Holy Monday and Feast of St Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople
BROTHERS, WE ought to think of Jesus Christ, as we do of God, as “Judge of the living and the dead” (Acts 10.42; cf. 1 Pet. 4.5). And we ought not to belittle our salvation, for when we belittle him, we also hope to receive but little. And those who listen as though these are small matters do wrong, and we also do wrong, when we fail to acknowledge from where and by whom and to what place we were called, and how much suffering Jesus Christ endured for our sake. What repayment, then, shall we give to him, or what fruit worthy of what he has given to us? And how many blessings do we owe him? For he has given us the light; as a father he has called us sons; he saved us when we were perishing. What praise, then, shall we give him, or what repayment in return for what we received? Our minds were blinded, and we worshipped stones and wood and gold and silver and brass, the works of men; indeed, our whole life was nothing else but death. So while we were thus wrapped in darkness and our vision was filled with this thick mist, we recovered our sight, by his will laying aside the cloud wrapped around us. For he had mercy upon us and in his compassion he saved us when we had no hope of salvation except that which comes from him, and even though he had seen in us much deception and destruction. For he called us when we did not exist, and out of nothing he willed us into being.
—St Clement of Rome, An Ancient Christian Sermon