“I look for/expect the resurrection of the dead (Προσδοκῶ ἀνάστασιν νεκρῶν, Чаю воскресения мертвых, Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum), and the life of the age to come. Amen.” (Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed)
Christianity is all about “looking for” or “expecting” good things, rather than bad ones. A God-centered life turns me away from the “bad” kinds of expectations rooted in merely-human anxiety, – that feeling of impending doom, coming at you around the corner, for example, in financial matters or in personal relationships. In a God-less, self-reliant state we tend to slip into certain fears, like that of being left destitute or being left alone, like, with six or seven cats in a lonely apartment. ☺
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Jn 1: 1-5)
Today, as those of us on the Older Calendar prepare for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, and those of us on the “New” calendar celebrate the day of St. John the Theologian, I’m thinking about the fundamental, primary truth St. John reveals to us about our cross-carrying Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God. Namely, St. John identifies Him as the Source of Life and Light, God.
It is true that the Lord calls me to “love,” “mercy,...