Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday in Bright Week ~ Christ Alpha and Omega




Christ yesterday and today, 
the beginning and the end, 
the alpha
and the omega,
to him belongs time
and the ages
to Him be glory and empire
throughout all the ages of eternity.


Every priest began the great vigil on Holy Saturday night with these words as he incised the Greek letters into the wax of the candle.

The central monogram here that looks like a P with an X through it or superimposed stands for the sacred name, Jesus Christ. The alpha and omega dangle from its arms. These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. But what does it mean?

In Christ, there is the love of God from start to finish.
In Christ, there is the love of God for all of troubled humanity in its
      long story. Can you feel it?
In Christ, there is the embrace of God for our individual and
      familial lives.
In Christ, there is an inclusive mercy. Is our message really
      salvation for all?
Christ, the beginning and ending of each day.
Christ, the beginning and ending of each thought.
Christ, the beginning and ending of my being called into existence. 
Christ, the beginning and ending of my questions, doubts and fears.

1 comment:

  1. I have to say, this is one of my favorites. Thank you.

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