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Σάββατο, 20 Ιανουαρίου 2018

The Inverted Pyramid. The Blessed Sophrony of Essex, in his book on Saint Silouan the Athonite. Abbot Tryphon.




The Inverted Pyramid


We must go downwards to be united with Christ


The Blessed Sophrony of Essex, in his book on Saint Silouan the Athonite, suggests the “inverted pyramid,” is an image of Christian living we should all strive to imitate. The world would suggest that the natural pyramid, such as we see in the pyramids of Gaza, see the powerful sitting at the very top, holding power and dominion over the rest of humanity. Occupying the top of this earthly image of the pyramid, is the natural goal of most of us, for because of our fallen nature, we desire to be important.


 We are, by nature, dissatisfied with being at the bottom, desiring as we do to sit with the powerful of this world.
But our natural nature, as created by God, desires equality and justice, and therefore is thus not satisfied with this “pyramid of being.” Thus, Christ took this earthly pyramid and inverted it, and put Himself at the bottom, becoming its Head. Because He took upon Himself the weight of our sin, He revealed His Way to us, and in so doing showed us that no one can be justified but by faith in Him. 

This means that we must go downwards to be united with Him, this Christ Who is Head of the inverted pyramid. It is there that the power of divine life is to be found. Christ alone holds the pyramid, and it is essential for us to find the way of going down, the way of humility. This is the Way of the Lord, Who came to us as a humble servant.


With love in Christ,

Abbot Tryphon

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