He Has Gone to Search for Our First Parent, As for a Lost Sheep

From an ancient Holy Saturday homily. I love the Christus Victor themes:

Something strange is happening--there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “and with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

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6 thoughts on “He Has Gone to Search for Our First Parent, As for a Lost Sheep”

  1. "God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear."

    I wonder about the occasion for fear in hell that day.  Fear of defeat? Of loss of control?  Or a conviction in even the blackest-hearted inhabitants that they themselves are included in the victory?  My own experience is that coming to a truer knowledge of myself is the most fearful if eventually the most joyful process.

  2. It is from a Holy Saturday homily from the Liturgy of the Hours. I found many copies of it online, but that's the source.

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