Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
12th April 2015
Paschal Lamb by St. Melito of Sardis
This One is the
Passover of our salvation. This is the One who patiently
endured many things in many people: This is the One who was
murdered in Abel, and bound as a sacrifice in Isaac, and
exiled in Jacob, and sold in Joseph, and exposed in Moses,
and sacrificed in the lamb, and hunted down in David, and
dishonoured in the Prophets.
This is the One who
became human in a virgin, who was hanged on the tree, who
was buried in the earth, who was resurrected from among the
dead, and who raised mankind up out of the grave below to
the heights of heaven.
This is the lamb
that was slain. This is the lamb that was silent. This is
the One who was born of Mary, that beautiful ewe-lamb. This
is the One who was taken from the flock, and was dragged to
sacrifice, and was killed in the evening, and was buried at
night; the One who was not broken while on the tree, who did
not see dissolution while in the earth, who rose up from the
dead, and who raised up mankind from the grave below.
And thus He was
lifted up upon the tree, and an inscription was affixed
identifying the One who had been murdered. Who was He? It is
painful to tell, but it is more dreadful not to tell.
Therefore, hear and tremble because of Him for whom the
The One who hung the
earth in space, is Himself hanged; the One who fixed the
heavens in place, is Himself impaled; the One who firmly
fixed all things, is Himself firmly fixed to the tree. The
Lord is insulted, God has been murdered, the King of Israel
has been destroyed by the right hand of Israel.
O frightful murder!
O unheard of injustice! The Lord is disfigured and He is not
deemed worthy of a cloak for His naked body, so that He
might not be seen exposed. For this reason the stars turned
and fled, and the day grew quite dark, in order to hide the
naked person hanging on the tree, darkening not the body of
the Lord, but the eyes of men.
Yes, even though the
people did not tremble, the earth trembled instead; although
the people were not afraid, the heavens grew frightened;
although the people did not tear their garments, the angels
tore theirs; although the people did not lament, the Lord
thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice.