Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Kingdom of God
I must be cleansed and purified in order for the light to shine within me. What is impossible for me is possible for God. It is by his grace that I have been healed! From a homily by Saint Gregory of Nyssa, bishop - The kingdom of God is within you. This teaches us that the man who cleanses his heart of every created thing and every evil desire will see the image of the divine nature in the beauty of his own soul. I believe the lesson summed up by the Word in that short sentence was this: You men have within you a desire to behold the supreme good. Now when you are told that the majesty of God is exalted above the heavens, that his glory is inexpressible, his beauty indescribable, and his nature transcendent, do not despair because you cannot behold the object of your desire. If by a diligent life of virtue you wash away the film of dirt that covers your heart, then the divine beauty will shine forth in you.