Origen on Christ1

"[T]he Apostle says, 'for those who have their senses exercised to the discerning of good and evil' (Heb. 5:14), Christ becomes each of these things in turn, to suit the several senses of the soul. He is called true Light, therefore, so that the soul's eyes may have something to lighten them. He is the Word, so that her ears may have something to hear. Again, He is the Bread of life, so that the soul's palate may have something to taste. And in the same way, He is called the spikenard or ointment, that the soul's sense of smell may apprehend the fragrance of the Word. For the same reason He is said also to be felt and handled, and is called the Word made flesh, so that the hand of the . . . soul may touch concerning the Word of life."


1 Origen of Alexandria and Caesarea (ca. 185-ca. 254/55), from his commentary on the Song of Solomon; Origen: The Song of Songs, Commentary and Homilies (Ancient Christian Writers, vol. 26), trans. R. P. Lawson. (New York, NY: Newman Press, 1957) 162.