Saturday, 24 August 2013

The Doctors Speak...

Saint Basil

We read in the Psalm: 'The voice of the Lord is upon the water. The God of glory thunders, the Lord, upon many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful, the voice of the Lord is full of majesty' (Ps. 29:3)
 These words are concerned with the kingdom of nature.

 What are clouds if not water? No sooner does a clap of thunder burst from the clouds than we immediately think of God making his glory resound.
 But if you wish, you can understand this 'thundering of God' also as the change that took place after Jesus' baptism in the water. From that moment the strong voice of the Gospel began to resound within people's souls to lead them to holiness.
 The Gospel itself is a thunder clap. Not for nothing did the Lord change the name of two disciples and called them 'sons of thunder'. (Mark 3:17) In that case the waters are understood to be the saints, in the double sense that they receive 'a spring of water welling up to eternal life' (John 4:14) and 'out of their heart shall flow rivers of living water' (John 7:38), that is to say the spiritual teaching which refreshes other souls. 

 Above these waters is the Lord, and His voice is full of majesty

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