Monday, March 02, 2009
David deSilva on the Sacramental Life
I've finally finished reading through David deSilva's Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation Through the Book of Common Prayer which has been a very rewarding act in my weekly morning routine. I'll leave you with the final words of deSilva:
"The Book of Common Prayer discovers the meaning of both baptism and burial in the Paschal mystery, the death and resurrection of Jesus. This mystery is that those who live forever are the ones who give themselves away to others and to God's cause in the world, who die to self by embodying the mind of Christ and following the leading of the Spirit to complete Christ's work in the world. The question we face between baptism and our own Easter is this: will we live for this mortal life, witnessing to the triumph of Christ's resurrection, the triumph of God over death, proclaiming by our self-giving actoins and courageous witness, 'Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?' (1 Cor. 15.55).!