Easter in the theology of

St. John Chrysostom and Cyril of Alexandria (Excerpts only)

This is not all the theology of those fathers but only some excerpts for meditation and prayer

ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM c.347-407

"Come, see the place where he lay" Mat 28:6. Come, see the place where the outward signs of your own resurrection are portrayed, where death lies entombed. Come, see the place where the sown seed of mortality has brought forth a rich harvest of immortality. "Go and tell my brethren to go into Galilee, and there they will see me" Mat. 28:7.

Tell my disciples the mysteries which you yourselves have beheld. Thus did our Lord speak to the women. And still today, to those who believe, He is present, although unseen, in the baptismal font. As friends and brethren He embraces the newly baptized; which rejoicing and gladness He fills their hearts and souls. The Lord himself washes away their stains with streams of grace and anoints those who have been reborn with the precious ointment of the Spirit. The Lord becomes not only the one who feeds them, but also their very food; to his own servants he offers the daily largess of spiritual bread. To all the faithful He says, "Take and eat the bread from heaven; receive from my side the spring of water, ever flowing and never dried up. Let those who are hungry have their fill; let those who are thirsty drink the wine that brings true fulfillment and salvation. O Christ our God, you alone are the good Lord and lover of all; to you, with the Father of all purity and life-giving Spirit, belong the power and glory, now and always and for endless ages. Amen.

ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA D.444

"Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet believe" John 20:29 There was a wonderful providence behind these words of the Savior, and they can be of very great help to us. They show once again how much he cares for our souls, for He is good and as Scripture says: He wants everyone to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth. Even so, this saying of his may surprise us.

As always, Christ had to be patient with Thomas when he said he would not believe and with the other disciples too when they thought they were seeing a ghost. Because of his desire to convince the whole world, he most willingly showed them the marks of the nails and the wound in his side; because he wished those who needed such signs as a support for their faith to have no possible reason for doubt, he even took food although he had no need for it. But when anyone accepts what he has not seen, believing on the word of his teacher, the faith by which he honors the one his teacher proclaims to him is worthy of great praise. Blessed, therefore, is everyone who believes the message of the holy apostles who, as Luke says, were eyewitnesses of Christ's actions and ministers of the word. If we desire eternal life and long for a dwelling place in heaven, we must listen to them.


LET US PRAY:

Lord Jesus increase our faith in Your real Presence in our hearts. Let us discover Your Presence also in the hearts of every man and woman, so we may live the mystery of Your Resurrection as people renewed by your love and saved from every sin. Guide us to become a faith community by responding to Your appeal to love and serve everybody as a brother and a sister and let everybody share the joy of being Your brother. Amen