Fourth Sunday of the Resurrection
May 15, 2011
Hear this, all you peoples
In the doors of daughter Zion
For Jerusalem will be weighed and Judah will fall
For a prophet cannot perish outside of Jerusalem
The cross was established in Jerusalem, and all
creatures were gladdened; greedy death was unraveled
in it, and the power of demons was taken away; it
chased the Jews away to the four corners of the
earth, and it gathered the nations together, and
brought them into the Kingdom: that Paradise of
heaven which Adam lost when he disobeyed, and the
Second Adam conquered in Judah, returning its land
to the Kingdom. He seized power in heaven and on
earth, for lo, assemblies of angels worship before
him, and they all cry out in one voice: thanksgiving
to the Son of the Lord of All!
ܚܖܒܫܒܐ ܕܐܪܒܥܐ ܕܩܝܡܬܐ
ܫܡܲܥܘ ܗܵܖܹܐ ܟܠܟܼܘܿܢ ܥܲܡܡܹ̈ܐ܀
ܒܬܲܪ̈ܥܹܝܗ̇ ܕܒܲܪ̄ܬܼ ܨܸܗܝܘܿܢ.
ܡܸܛܠ ܕܐܸܬܬܲܩܠܲܬ̤ ܐܘܿܪܸܫܠܸܡ ܘܲܝܗܘܼܖܵܐ ܢܦܲܠ.
ܡܸܛܠ ܕܠܵܐ ܡܸܫܟܚܵܐ ܕܲܢܒܼܝܼܵܐ ܢܹܐܒܲܖ ܠܒܲܪ ܡ̣ܢ
ܨܠܝܼܒܼܵܐ ܐܸܨܛܠܸܒܼ ܒܐܘܿܪܸܫܠܸܡ.
ܘܒܸܪ̈ܝܵܬܼܵܐ ܟܠܗܹܝܢ ܐܸܬܼܦܨܲܚ̈.
ܡܲܘܬܵܐ ܝܲܥܢܵܐ ܒܹܗ ܐܸܫܬܪܝܼ.
ܘܫܘܼܠܛܵܢܵܐ ܕܫܹ̈ܐܖܹܐ ܐܸܫܬܩܸܠ.
ܠܲܝܗܘܼ̈ܖܵܝܹܐ ܒܲܕܲܪ ܐܸܢܘܿܢ.
ܘܲܠܥܲܡܡܹ̈ܐ ܟܲܢܸܫ ܐܸܢܘܿܢ.
ܘܐܲܥܸܠ ܐܸܢܘܿܢ ܠܡܲܠܟܘܼܬܼܵܐ܀ ܠܗܵܘ ܦܲܪܕܲܝܣܵܐ ܕܲܫܡܲܝܵܐ.
ܕܐܵܘܒܸܖ ܐܵܖܵܡ ܟܲܖ ܐܸܬܼܥܒܲܪ.
ܐܵܖܵܡ ܕܲܬܪܹܝܢ ܙܟܼܵܐ ܒܲܝܗܘܼܖ ܘܲܦܢܵܐ ܠܐܲܬܼܪܹܗ
ܠܡܲܠܟܘܼܬܼܵܐ܀ ܘܐܸܚܲܖ ܫܘܼܠܛܵܢܵܐ ܒܲܫܡܲܝܵܐ ܘܒܲܐܪܥܵܐ؛
ܘܗܵܐ ܣܵܓܼܕܿܝܼܢ ܩܖܵܡܵܘܗܝ ܟܸܢܫܹ̈ܐ ܕܡܲܠܲܐܟܹ̈ܐ؛
ܘܩܵܥܹܝܢ ܟܠܗܘܿܢ ܒܚܲܖ ܩܵܠܵܐ.
ܬܲܘܕܝܼܬܼܵܐ ܠܹܗ ܠܒܲܪ ܡܵܪܹܟܿܠ؛
The Center of the World
British having taken over a great part of the world in past
centuries placed the “Prime Meridian,” the “zero-point” of the
globe, through Greenwich, London, effectively making themselves
the “center” of the world, and the location of everything else
in the world relative to them. “West” meant “west of London,”
and east meant “east of London;” the same goes for the
still-used terms “middle east” and “far east.” The Babylonians
were the first to make such a bold declaration, and placed
themselves in the center when they drew the first known map of
the world. It is the trademark of any dominant culture to make
itself the reference-point to which everything else is related.
For the Christian faith, it is not a city that is powerful in
worldly terms that is the center, nor a place famed for its
beauty or magnificence that is looked at as the reference for
all around it. This is because the Christian faith is not about
dominion or magnificence, but rather salvation. The Gospel is
not about the sword taking over country after country by force,
but about the redemption of the whole human race offered freely
in the Blood of Christ. The Church is not about political force,
but about the spiritual power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the
center and focus of this new Order in the world is not London or
Babylon, but the city of Jerusalem.
One momentary event in one city, the crucifixion of
Christ in Jerusalem, makes waves all over the world: “The
cross was established in Jerusalem, and all creatures were
gladdened; greedy death was unraveled in it, and the power of
demons was taken away.”
effects are not even limited to the physical world: death and
demons are defeated by it. The authority of this new spiritual
empire is wider than that of the empires of old, because it
expands to the non-physical, and death, a concept, and demons,
spiritual beings, become its slaves the way those conquered by
the empires of old became its slaves.
Its expansion to the spiritual
realm assumes that its expansion on earth is complete; the
Gospel is preached not only to one nation, but to all, and the
concept of Judaism is here made a symbol for exclusivity: “it
chased the Jews away to the four corners of the earth, and it
gathered the nations together, and brought them into the
kingdom:” As opposed to a
“national religion,” we have now, because of the cross, an
The Undoing of Adam’s Defeat
The war that Satan fought against the human race began
at its beginning, with Adam, and that first battle was lost by
mankind. Because the battle was lost, earth, paradise and the
human soul became the territory of the empire of the devil. But
the cross, on which Christ shows how even God’s weakest moment
is mightier than Satan, fights the battle a second time: “that
paradise of heaven which Adam lost when he disobeyed, and the
Second Adam conquered in Judah, returning its land to the
At the creation, God gave Adam authority over the
earth, to rule it in his Name: “fill the earth and subdue it…”
This authority, though not entirely revoked, was made incomplete
and impure at the moment when Adam and Eve sinned. No more did
they completely speak in God’s Name, because they had failed in
keeping his commandment, and no more were they God’s image in
all purity. But the true Image of God, the Second Adam, came
down to earth and obeyed in order to undo the first Adam’s
disobedience. Finally, the world has again one King, who is both
God and Man, and who rules both heaven and earth: “He
took on authority in heaven and on earth, for lo, assemblies of
angels worship before him, and they all cry out in one voice:
thanksgiving to the Son of the Lord of All!”