Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Lent Reading: Quote of the Day 26

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book Meditations on the Cross, the chapter entitled "Resurrection instead of Immortality" based on 1 Corinthians 15:17

Easter does not celebrate a struggle between darkness and light that in any case must finally be won by light, since darkness is, in actual fact, nothing at all, and death is, after all, already life. It does not celebrate a struggle between winter and spring, between ice and sunshine. Rather, it remembers the struggle of guilty mankind against divine love, or better: of divine love against guilty humankind; a struggle in which God seems to succumb on Good Friday and in which precisely by succumbing he is actually victorious on Easter.
Do I recognize both the inevitability of Christ's victory, and its paradox?

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