Gregory the Great

Items of Interest: The Redeemer

by Benjamin Domenech on April 6, 2009

Here is what Isaiah deeply deplored by saying, “We all have fallen like leaves, and our sins have carried us off like wind.” But the righteous are able, through innocence they have received, to ward off the charges of the present accusation; but they are not strong enough in their own strength to drive out the bonds of death that result … The Redeemer of the human race, who became the mediator of God and humanity through the flesh, alone showed himself righteous among people, yet he received the punishment of blame without blame. He convicted humanity lest it fall further, and stood before God lest He smite; He offered examples of innocence, and took our punishment for evil.

Gregory the Great
Morals on the Book of Job

Items of Interest: The Word Endures

by Benjamin Domenech on January 26, 2009

All this is confirmed under a mighty pledge, when the sentence is added in which He says: Amen, I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass. Nothing of this world is more durable than the heavens and the earth, and nothing in the order of nature passes away more quickly than speech. Words, as long as they are incomplete, are not yet words. Once completed, they cease utterly to be; because they cannot be perfected save in their own passing away. Therefore He says: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass. As if he were openly to say: all that seems to you enduring and unchangeable, is not enduring and without change in eternity. And everything of mine that seems to pass away, is enduring and without change: because my speech, that passes away, utters thoughts (sententiae manentes) which endure for ever.

Gregory the Great
Homilies