The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive
June 20, 2023
St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons (in what is now France) in the late 2nd century, in his monumental work written about 185AD, Against Heresies, says that
Life in man is the glory of God (sometimes rendered “the glory of God is man fully alive”; the life of man is the vision of God. If the revelation of God through creation gives life to all who live upon the earth, much more does the manifestation of the Father through the Word give life to those who see God.
Much to unpack here. Suffice it to say that Saint Irenaeus highlights the privilege that we have as disciples of Christ. God really albeit obliquely reveals Himself through the beauty and wisdom of the physical universe. We dare to believe, however, that, in the Incarnation, God has come infinitely closer to us, in intimate revelation and relationship, giving everlasting life. It is in this relationship through Christ, fully manifest in the vision of God, that we are fully alive. May we each grow in this relationship, and thus in aliveness.
Yours in Christ,
THE REV. DOMINIQUE PERIDANS