The Firstborn of the New Creation

May 11, 2009 § Leave a comment

On this day, as the prophet says, God makes a new heaven and a new earth. What is the new heaven? you may ask. It is the firmament of our faith in Christ. What is this new earth? A good heart, a heart like the earth, which drinks up the rain that falls on it and yields a rich harvest.

In this new creation, purity of life is the sun, the virtues are the stars, transparent goodness is the air, and the depths of the riches of wisdom and knowledge, the sea. Sound doctrine, the divine teachings are the grass and plants that feed God’s flock, the people whom he shepherds; the keeping of the commandments is the fruit borne by the drees.

On this day is created the true man, the man made in the image and likeness of God.

– St. Gregory of Nyssa, bishop

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