Thursday, January 13, 2011

We learned it from Him!

"My Flesh is truly food, and My Blood is truly Drink."
Painting:  The Last Supper - Vasili Nesterenko 1997
"When we speak of the reality of Christ's nature being in us,
we would be speaking foolishly and impiously--had we not
learned it from Him. For He Himself says: `My Flesh is truly food,
and My Blood is truly drink. He that eats My Flesh and drinks
My Blood will remain in Me and I in him (John 6:56-57).'
As to the reality of His flesh and blood, there is little room left
for doubt, because now, both by the declaration of the Lord Himself
and by our own faith, it is truly Flesh and truly Blood.
And these Elements bring it about, when taken and consumed,
that we are in Christ and Christ is in us. Is it not true?
Let those who deny that Jesus Christ is true God be free
to find these things untrue. But He Himself is in us through the flesh
and we are in Him, while that which we are with Him is in God."
St Hilary of Poitiers
300 - 368
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
"Hammer of the Arians"
 A favorite motto of St. Hilary:
Ministros veritatis decet vera proferre,
"Servants of the truth ought speak the truth."
FEAST DAY - January 13
This is how Hilary summed up the problem
with the Arian heretics* of the fourth century:
"They didn't know who they were."
*Arius, whose followers were called Arians, felt that God created Christ, not of his own matter.
This meant, in his opinion, that Christ was not God and was not divine.
Therefore, worshipping Christ would be tantamount to worshipping another god,
and this specifically went against God’s teaching that He alone should be worshipped.
Ste Hilary, ora pro nobis!
In continued, concerted prayer in NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK:
“Lord, help me to want to be what YOU want me to be.” -  Steve Woods

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