Thought of the day
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wednesday of the Third week of Advent

Saint Clement of Alexandria (150- c.215), theologian Protrepticon I, 4-7

Wednesday of the Third week of Advent

Commentary of the day 

Saint Clement of Alexandria (150- c.215), theologian 
Protrepticon I, 4-7

                             “The lame walk”

The apostle Paul wrote: “We ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, and far from true faith; we were the slaves of our passions and of pleasures of various kinds. We went our way in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our savior appeared, he saved us… because of his mercy.” (Tit 3:3-5) See the power of the “new song” (Ps 149:1) of the Word of God: he made human beings out of stone (Mt 3:9); he transformed those who behaved like wild beasts into civilized human beings; and when those who were dead, who had no part in the true and real life, heard this song, they returned to life.

He put everything in order in a measured way… in order to make the entire world a symphony… The Word of God, the descendant of the musician David who existed before David, left behind the harp and the zither, which are instruments without a soul, and through the Holy Spirit ruled the whole universe and in particular the human being who, in his body and soul, is the summary of the world. He plays on this instrument with a thousand voices in order to celebrate God, and he himself sings in harmony with that human instrument… The Lord sent his breath into the beautiful instrument, which is the human being (cf. Gen 2:7), and made him as his own image. But he himself is also a harmonious, well-tuned and holy instrument of God’s, Wisdom beyond this world and Word from on high.

So what does this instrument, the Word of God, the Lord, and his new song want? To open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf, to lead the cripples or the lost to righteousness, to show God to ignorant human beings, to stop corruption, to conquer death, to reconcile disobedient sons with the Father… Don’t think that this saving song is new in the way furniture or a house are new, for it was “before the daystar,” (Ps 110:3) and “in the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God.” (Jn 1:1)