Thought of the day
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Christmas Weekday (January 3rd)

Saint Cyril of Alexandria (380-444), Bishop, Doctor of the Church Commentary on Saint John’s gospel

Christmas Weekday (January 3rd)

Commentary of the day 

Saint Cyril of Alexandria (380-444), Bishop, Doctor of the Church Commentary on Saint John’s gospel

"Behold the Lamb of God"

He is without compare, the Lamb who died for all, who watches, one man for all, over the whole flock of humankind on behalf of his God and Father that he might hand them all over to God; one man for all that he might gain all men (cf. Rm 5:18), that all might live “no longer for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised to life again” (2Cor 5:15). Indeed, while we were yet submerged in numerous sins and therefore subject to death and a perishable nature, the Father gave his Son as our redemption, he alone for all of us, for all things exist in him and he is superior to all. “One man died for all” (ibid.) that all might live in him. 

For just as death took hold of the Lamb immolated for all, so it has set free all of us in him and with him. For we were all in Christ who died and was raised to life for our sakes. In truth, once sin was abolished, how could it be that death itself, which comes from sin, should not be abolished along with it? Once the root is dead how could its fruit be preserved? Once sin is dead, what cause is there for us to die? That is why we can joyfully say regarding the Lamb of God’s being put to death: “Death, where is your victory?” (1Cor 15:55).