Sunday, April 8, 2012

Early Church Fathers, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012, St Ignatius of Antioch

The Resurrection of Christ (Kinnaird Resurrection)The Resurrection of Christ (Kinnaird Resurrection) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)He underwent all these sufferings for us, so that we might be saved; and He truly suffered, just as He truly raised Himself, not as some unbelievers contend, when they say that His passion was merely in appearance. It is they who exist only in appearance; and as their notion, so shall it happen to them: they will be bodiless and ghost-like shapes. I know and believe that He was in the flesh even after the resurrection.  And when He came to those with Peter He said to them: “Here, now, touch Me, and see that I am not a bodiless ghost.” Immediately they touched Him and, because of the merging of His flesh and spirit, they believed. For the same reason they despised death, and in fact were proven superior to death.  After His resurrection He ate and drank with them as a being of flesh, although He was united in spirit to the Father.  St Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Smyrnaeans
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