4. Elucidation of Christ’s Words By Examples from Life
a. Attention will be turned to analogies in the natural world for the higher perfection of Christian love.
b. In the relationship of a mother towards her children the exclusiveness of self-consciousness is modified. This can be seen not only in human mothers, but among animals as well.
c. Turning from the natural human to grace-filled Christian love, we see an even greater integral unity in spiritual love.
d. When the Lord likened the future unity of Christians to that of Father and Son, He had in mind not a pantheistic unity of personality, but rather the unity of many persons by nature. We see the same thing in the above examples from natural life and moral life: the life of a mother and infant is one life, since they have one nature; the life of the Apostle Paul is likewise one in Christ.
e. The saint has all his cares concentrated on Christ; all is life is a single striving that in itself rouses him to acts of love and toward God and neighbor.
f. If there had been no fall, all mankind would live in unity; but the fall consists in a self-loving individualization and a distortion of natural unity.
g. The content of a grace-filled nature is love, and the power which gives it life is Christ.
- How does Metropolitan Anthony employ analogies from the nature world to illustrate Christian love? How successful is he?
- What is the meaning of the distinction made between unity of personality [hypostasis] and unity of persons by nature. Why is such a distinction important?
- How is unity in love the basis for praying for one another, especially in praying for the reposed, asking the intercession of the saints, and baptizing infants?