Thursday, March 14, 2013
Georges Florovsky in Creation and Redemption, pages 37-38
I was reaching for another book when I inadvertently pulled this one down with it. I glanced through the pages and began to read. Good stuff. Now I forgot which other book I had been searching for and why. But that is the way it is. In looking for something else, we stumble into gold.
The Church is not Catholic because she is the majority or because of a tie to the past but because this catholicity is lived out in the liturgical and sacramental life of the faithful, called, gathered, and enlightened by the living voice of God's Word, set apart by baptismal mark and new birth, and sent forth to do the work of the kingdom through the means of grace. The smallness of the Catholic Church does not mar or detract from her catholicity since that catholicity flows from who she is and not the possession of documents from the past or historical connection (apart from the continuity of what is believed, confessed, and taught).
Either Florovsky sounds Lutheran here or Lutherans sound Orthodox. Either way it was a great stumble onto a great quote... An accident of grace, I call it. Wish I had more of them... more often...