18 May 2006

Another Patristic quote for the Day

The man who has a hundred sheep is Christ the Good Shepherd, the merciful Shepherd, who in the one sheep, that is, in Adama, had constituted the whole flock of the human race. He had set this sheep amid the delights of paradise, in a place of life-giving pasture. But that sheep forgot the voice of its Father while paying heed to the howling of wolves, and it lost the safety of the sheepfold, and was injured all over by deadly wounds. Therefore, Christ came into the world to look for it, and found it in a womb belonging to the Virgin. He came into the flesh of his Nativity; raising it onto the cross he placed it on the shoulders of his Passion, and rejoicing in the complete joy of the Resurrection, by means of the Ascension he bore it up and carried it off to his heavenly dwelling. - St. Peter Chrysologus, Homily 168, par. 6

4 comments:

Jim Roemke said...

What a beautiful quote! I guess this is one of the reasons this St. Peter was called "chrysologus." Truly, these are golden words.

William Weedon said...

Aren't they golden? I have decided that I have to OWN this volume. I've signed it out from the sem library, but I just love this man's preaching. He's brief (as fitting for a Westerner), but he uses powerful imagery - much, much stronger than say, Leo or Gregory. He's awesome.

Fr. Shane Cota said...

What is the title of the book you have with these homilies in it? This is good stuff. I've read a few sermons by him in my "Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers" set.

William Weedon said...

*The Fathers of the Church* vol. 110