Reconciling Opposites

Saint Athanasius
Saint Athanasius

“The all-holy Father of Christ, beyond all created being, as supreme steersman, through his own wisdom and his own Word, our Lord and Savior Christ, guides and orders the universe for our salvation, and acts as seems best to him. And the universe is good, as it was created and thus we see it, since this is what he wills ; and no one could disbelieve it. For if the movement of creation was meaningless, and the universe was carried about haphazardly, one could well believe our statements. But if it was created with reason, wisdom, and understanding and has been arranged with complete order, then he who governs and ordered it can be none other than the Word of God.

“I mean the living and acting God, the very Word of the good God of the universe, who is other than created things and all creation ; he is rather the sole and individual Word of the good Father, who has ordered all this universe and illuminates it by his providence. He is the good Word of the good Father, and it is he who has established the order of all things, reconciling opposites and from them forming a single harmony. He is the one, Only-begotten, good God, proceeding from the Father as from a good source, who orders and contains the universe.”

Excerpted from St. Athanasius’ Discourse Against the Gentiles; from the Week 1 of the Year: Thursday Office of Readings.