Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Man: Homo Adorans

"To name a thing, in other words, is to bless God for it and in it. And in the Bible to bless God is not a "religious" or a "cultic" act, but the very way of life. God blessed the world, blessed man, blessed the seventh day (that is, time), and this means that He filled all that exists with His love and goodness, made all this "very good." So the only natural (and not "supernatural") reaction of man, to whom God gave this blessed and sanctified world, is to bless God in return, to thank Him, to see the world as God sees it and -- in this act of gratitude and adoration -- to know, name and possess the world... "Home sapiens," "homo faber" ... yes, but, first of all, "homo adorans." The first, the basic definition of man is that he is the priest. He stands in the center of the world and unifies it in his act of blessing God, of both receiving the world from God and offering it to God -- and by filling the world with this eucharist, he transforms his life, the one that he receives from the world, into life in God, into communion with Him. The world was created as the "matter," the material of one all-embracing eucharist, and man was created as the priest of this cosmic sacrament."

- Fr. Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World, 15.

2 comments:

Rose D. said...

I love this quote. Someone once told me that sin is, in essence, stupid. And more than that--it's unnatural. We're not created to sin. In "The Problem of Pain," C.S. Lewis says that humans are most human when they're with God.

Anonymous said...

Toby, are you one of those Christian hipsters I've been warned about?