June 13

When God in His love condemned Adam to death after his transgression, he first experienced this death in his soul (Genesis 3:19): his spiritual and deathless organs of perception, deprived of their celestial and spiritual enjoyment, were quenched and became as though dead. Later, after 930 years (Genesis 5:5), came the death of the body.

Similarly, now that God has reconciled mankind through the Cross and death of the Savior, He restores to the truly believing soul its enjoyment of spiritual light and mystery while it is still in the flesh, and once more enlightens its spiritual organs of perception with the divine light of grace. Later he will invest the body also with deathless and incorruptible glory.

~St Makarios of Egypt






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