Hear things that strike us dumb with awe: we become members of Christ, and Christ becomes our members. Christ is in my hand and my lowly foot, and I am His own foot and hand. I move my hand, and Christ is all my hand, for God is indivisible in His Divinity. I move my foot, and behold it shines like Him.
Do not accuse me of blasphemy, but welcome these things and adore Christ, fulfilling Him in yourself. If you so wish, you will become a member of Christ, and so all of our members individually will become members of Christ and Christ our members, and all that is dishonorable in us He will make honorable by adorning it with His Divine beauty and glory. Living with God, we shall become gods, no longer seeing the shamefulness of our bodies at all, but made completely like Christ.
Well, you recognized Christ in my hand and my foot, but in this other organ - did you not shudder and blush? God was not ashamed to become like you; are you ashamed to be like Him? "No," you reply, "I am not ashamed to be like Him, but when you said that He became like a shameful member, I feared that you were uttering blasphemy." Well, you were wrong to fear, for there is nothing shameful. The hidden members of Christ, because one covers them, are for that reason more worthy of honor than the others, for they are the hidden members, invisible to all, of the One who is hidden, of the One who sows the seed in Divine union...
When I utter these formidable words about holy members and with an enlightened mind consider all of their glory, I am filled with joy, without thinking of anything sensual. But you consider your own flesh, all soiled, and you run over your infamous actions where your mind ever crawls like a worm; that is why you project your shame on Christ and on me, saying: "Do you not blush at these shameful words, disparaging Christ by associating him with shameful members?" But I say in my turn: "See Christ in the womb of His mother; picture to yourself the interior of the womb and Him escaping from it, and whence my God had to pass to come out of it." You will find there much more than what I have spoken about. He accepted all for our glory, so that no one would blush to imitate him, or to say or to suffer what He suffered...
So there was, even now in these latter days, Symeon the saint [my teacher], the pious one, the Studite. He did not blush before the members of anyone, neither to see other men naked, nor to show himself naked, for he possessed Christ completely, and he was completely Christ, and all his own members and the members of everyone else, all and each one, were always like Christ in his eyes: he remained motionless, unhurt, and impassive; he was all Christ himself, and as Christ he considered all the baptized, clothed with the whole of Christ. But you, if you are naked and your flesh touches flesh, you are in heat like a donkey or a horse. How do you dare then to speak against the saint and to blaspheme Christ, the One who united Himself with us and has given impassiveness to His holy servants? For he becomes a spouse - do you hear? - each day, and all the souls with whom the Creator unites Himself become spouses, and they in turn are united with Him in a wholly spiritual marriage. And even if He takes them dishonored, by uniting Himself with them He at once restores their integrity, and what was formerly soiled by corruption in their eyes is no longer anything but sanctity and incorruption, perfectly healed. They glorify the merciful One; they are in love with the most beautiful One. They are entirely united to His total love; or rather, by receiving His holy seed into themselves, they completely possess God, who has taken the form of man.
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