The Shepherd, May, 2008

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Christ is Risen!

Truly, He is Risen!





    “BEHOLD, He cometh leaping upon the mountains (Cant. 2:8). For in coming to the task of our redemption He [Christ] made, if I may so speak, certain leaps.  Do you desire, dearest brethren, to learn what those leaps were?  From Heaven He came down to a womb; from the womb to a crib; from the crib to a cross; from the cross to a tomb; from the tomb He returned to Heaven.  Behold how the Truth, made known in the flesh that He might induce us to run after Him, made for us certain leaps: For He rejoiced like a giant to run His course (Ps. 18:6), that we from our hearts might cry out to Him: Draw us after Thee; we will run after Thee to the odour of Thy ointments” (Cant. 1:3).


Saint Gregory the Great, Pope of Rome, + 604 A.D.




"HE [CHRIST] rightly concluded all that He did in the world with words of blessing (Luke 24:50), showing that He was the very One of Whom it is said, Yea, the Lawgiver will give blessings (Ps. 83:7).  And it is appropriate that He led those Whom He blessed out to Bethany, which is interpreted 'house of obedience,' because contempt and pride deserved a curse, obedience a blessing.  The Lord Himself was obedient to His Father even unto death, … and the blessing of heavenly life is bestowed only on those who strive in holy Church to comply with the Divine commands."


Saint Bede the Venerable of Jarrow, + 735 A.D.

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