Feast of Sts Methodius & Cyril, Equal-to-the-Apostles
“I AM HE WHO IS” (Ex. 3.14) means that I am He who is not, the non-being, the One who is non-existent in respect to all the faculties you possess: sense, knowledge, and intuition. But while that is the way it is, and you are aware of it—I, the beyond-being, come down, I empty myself, I approach you, I become one with you in order to make you my own; in order to save you by teaching you things untaught. By saying to you through my conduct that ultimately, what is great, unapproachable and terrible in me is not the power, the inconceivable magnitude, but the ineffable love, the kindness of beauty and the condescension of humility that is manifest in the way I behave.
The manner in which I exist is the kenotic mode of love and sacrifice. Do not be afraid of my power, then. You should be afraid of my ineffable goodness and humility. You should be afraid, not because I threaten you, but because I respect you more than you deserve or understand.
—Archimandrite Vasileios, The Thunderbolt of Ever-Living Fire