This is amazing how close salvation is to us. The world, on the one hand, is utterly unstable. Yet, at the very centre of its fall, there is the uplifting counterforce of the gospel. ‘The grass withereth, and the flower falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.’
This tension should never let us give in hopelessness when we see this world’s power, covering everything, what is sacred, with oblivion. Yes, it is true, that the human soul is made bleed to half-death by the new terror of virtual life. Self-forgetting by the digital ‘blood-transfusion’ is our utmost catastrophe. Yet, the holy world of icons and Sacrament, which stand outside ‘artificial life’, lift up and rescue us with their powerful message. ‘But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you at of darkness into his marvellous light: which in time of past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.’
Apostle Peter speaks about this liberation through his own experience of fall. Betraying Jesus at his most important hour; and his being lifted up by the fullness of his Master’s love. There is no life-situation from which we could not be re-united with our Redeemer. Even if sometimes (the time for all of us) his Cross and Love fully coincide.
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..