24 December 2016

We awaken in Christ's body

We awaken in Christ's body,
as Christ awakens our bodies,
and my poor hand is Christ,
He enters my foot, and is infinitely me.

I move my hand, and wonderfully
my hand becomes Christ,
becomes all of Him (for God is indivisibly whole, seamless is His Godhood).

I move my foot, and at once
He appears like a flash of lightning.
Do my words seem blasphemous? - Them
Open Your heart to Him

and let Yourself receive the one
who is opening to You so deeply.
For if We genuinely love Him,
We wake up inside Christ's body

Where all our body, all over,
every most hidden part of it,
is realized in joy as Him,
and He makes Us, utterly, real,

and everything that is hurt, everything,
that seemed to Us dark, harsh, shameful, maimed, ugly, irreparably damaged, is in Him transformed
and recognized as whole, as lovely,
and radiant in His light
We awaken as the beloved
in every last part of our body.

Symeon the new theologian (949-1022)