Wednesday, March 28 ::: Live for Him

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For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

II Corinthians 5:14-17

audio : The Heavens Are Telling, from The Creation, Franz Joseph Haydn (1798)

image :  Wassily Kandinsky, The Blue Mountain, (Russian, 1909)

The Cross of Christ is the Door to heaven, the Key to paradise, the Downfall of the devil, the Uplifting of mankind, the Consolation of our imprisonment, the Prize for our freedom.  The Cross was the Hope of the patriarchs, the Promise of the prophets, the Triumph of kings and the Ministry of priests. Tyrants are convicted by the Cross and the mighty ones defeated, it lifts up the miserable and honors the poor. The Cross is the End of darkness, the Spreading of light, the Flight of death, the Ship of life and the Kingdom of salvation. By the Cross, Christ draws everything to Him. It is the Kingdom of the Father, the Scepter of the Son, and the Seal of the Holy Spirit.

Rupert of Deutz, 12th century

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