Our True Physician

“But our physician is the only true God, the unbegotten and unapproachable, the Lord of all, the Father and Begetter of the Only Begotten Son. We have also as a Physician the Lord our God, Jesus the Christ, the Only-Begotten Son and Word, before time began, but who afterwards became also a man, of Mary the Virgin. For ‘the Word was made flesh.’ Being without body, He was in the body; being unable to suffer, He was in a body subject to suffering; being immortal, He was in a mortal body; being Life, He became subject to corruption, that he might free our souls from death and corruption, and heal them, and might restore them to health, when they were diseased with ungodliness and wicked lusts.” St. Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Ephesians, 7

When The Father saw humanity growing sick with corruption from their wickedness and from the mire of mortality that we were stuck in, He sent His only begotten Son. The Son of God comes in the flesh that He might heal it. Much as the physician draws near to the wounds of the patient to heal him, the Logos draws Himself into our very suffering that He might heal us. Mortality and corruptibility meet with the Divine incorruptible and immortal Logos who destroys these very things within us on our behalf. He subsequently sends The Spirit. That by participating in His imaging of The Father (Heb 1.3), through the sending of His Spirit (Jn 14) into our hearts, by whom we cry out abba Father (gal 4.6, Rom 8.15), we too might partake of God once more and regain our wholeness. Our true cure is our return and reunion with the Divine. As St. Gregory the Theologian will say in his poetry,

“In thee alone all things dwell. With a single impulse all things find their goal in You. You are the purpose of every creature.” St. Gregory the Theologian, Dogmatic Poems. This is quoted from this beautiful book, (Roots of Christian Mysticism) 

May we pursue Him Who came for us through the partaking of The Spirit and of His life giving flesh in the Eucharist (another thing which St. Ignatius of Antioch speaks about in his letters).

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