The Eternal Good Things of the Spirit

St. Macarius the Great

By: St. Macarius the Great

The glory that the saints possess in their souls even today will (on the Day of Resurrection) clothe their naked bodies again and raise them up to the heavens. Then our body and our soul will rest eternally with the Lord in the Kingdom. When God created Adam he did not give him bodily wings like the birds but prepared for him in advance the wings of the Holy Spirit- the wings he desires to give him in the resurrection- to lift him up and carry him wherever the Spirit wishes. Saintly souls receive these wings even now when they take flight in the spirit toward heavenly thoughts.

In fact, Christians live in a different world: they have a table that belongs to them alone, a delight, a communion, a way of thinking uniquely theirs. That is why they are the strongest of men. They receive this strength in the interior of their souls from the Holy Spirit. That is why in the resurrection their bodies too will receive the eternal good things of the Spirit and be united to the glory that even now their souls experience and possess.

Excerpt taken from the homilies of St. Macarius the Great from the book: St. Gregory Palamas & Orthodox Spirituality.

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