Wednesday, May 27, 2009

True humans are ordered to the cross

To be conformed to the risen one–that means to be a new human being before God. We live in the midst of death; we are righteous in the midst of sin; we are new in the midst of the old. . . . The new human beings live in the world like anyone else. They often differ very little from other people. They are not concerned to promote themselves, but to lift up Christ for the sake of their brothers and sisters. Transfigured into the form of the risen one, they bear here only the sign of the cross and judgment. In bearing them willingly, they show themselves as those who have received the Holy Spirit and are united with Jesus Christ in incomparable love and community.”

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics

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