The Christ who destroyed death

Daily Reading for April 5 • Monday in Easter Week

I am the Christ.

It is I who destroyed death,

who triumphed over the enemy,

who trampled Hades underfoot,

who bound the strong one

and snatched man away to the heights of heaven;

I am the Christ.

Come then . . .

It is I who am your ransom, your life,

your resurrection,

your light,

your salvation, your king.

I am bringing you to the heights of heaven,

I will show you the Father who is from all eternity,

I will raise you up with my right hand.

From Melito of Sardis, quoted in Seeking Life: The Baptismal Invitation of the Rule of St. Benedict by Esther de Waal (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2009).

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