Capsule for the Day
St. Gregory of Nyssa asked a pertinent question, "What then must we do, we who have been found worthy of the name of Christ?" He went on to answer the question, "Each of us must examine his/her thoughts, words and deeds, to see whether they are directed toward Christ or are turned away from Him". Christ is therefor the measure of all things.
He is that Tree of Life, the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Does this mean He is evil also? Not at all! Rather, it means He is the standard against which all our thoughts, words and deeds are judged. To gravitate toward Him is the good; for He is the Way, and He has called us to follow Him. To turn away from Him is the definition of wrong and evil.
St. Gregory's answer implies that all Christians, bearers of Christ's name, should follow Christ. This means three things. One, that we are enlightened by Christ and we let His light lead us. Two, that we live the kind of life He lived: praying always to the Father. Three, that we let the will of the Father be done, especially in difficult and trying moments.
Fr. Francis Afu