This is an account, at once rigorously theological and warmly devotional, of the death and resurrection of Christ, and their significance for the Christian life. Von Balthasar offers sharp insights into some current controversies—for example, the ‘bodiliness’ of the Resurrection—and spiritual inspiration for the year round. This scholarly reflection of the climax of the Christian year is an established classic of contemporary Catholic theology.
“For God, the Incarnation is no ‘increase’, but only emptying.38” (Pages 25–26)
“The paradox must be allowed to stand: in the undiminished humanity of Jesus, the whole power and glory of God are made present to us.” (Page 33)
“One must, however, take notice of the fact that the starting-point and model of all theology, namely Holy Scripture, provides us with a shining example of the perfect identity between concrete and abstract (or, better, universal) ways of looking.” (Page 37)
“It is to this end that his attitude of serving tends. Though he has the right to reign, his service extends to the giving over of his soul as a ransom for the many (Mark 10:45).” (Page 17)
“It was with a stooping down, remarks Augustine, that the Incarnation began” (Page 26)