Friday, April 10, 2009

Wine mingled with gall

"When they had come to Golgotha, the Gospel says, 'They gave him vinegar mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he refused to drink.' This event was foretold by David when he wrote, 'They gave me gall for food, and they gave me vinegar to slake my thirst.' Take note of the mystery revealed here. Long ago, Adam tasted the sweetness of the apple and obtained the bitterness of death for the whole human race. In contrast to this, the Lord tasted the bitterness of gall and obtained our restoration from death's sting to the sweetness of life. He took on himself the bitterness of gall in order to extinguish in us the bitterness of death."

Chromatius of Aquileia, Tractate on Matthew 19.7

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