St Symeon: Do You Do Works Greater than Our Master?

Feast of St Symeon the Stylite

Symeon_Stylite_Square_2.jpegON ANOTHER occasion I saw a noteworthy miracle. Someone came in – he too was a tribal leader of the Arabs – and begged the divine person [St Symeon the Stylite] to help a man who on the road had become paralyzed in the limbs of his body. He said the man had suffered the disease at Callinicum, an important citadel. When he had been placed in the center, Symeon ordered him to repudiate his ancestral impiety. When he obeyed willingly and fulfilled the order, he asked him if he believed in the Father and the only-begotten Son, and the Holy Spirit. When he confessed that he believed, the saint said, “Since you believe in these names, rise up.” When he stood up, he commanded him to carry the tribal leader on his shoulders to his tent. Now the leader was a large man, but he picked him up immediately and was off, while the bystanders broke out into hymns praising God.

Symeon commanded this in imitation of the Master who ordered the paralytic to carry his bed. But no one should say this imitation was an usurpation of power, for this is the word of the Master Himself, “He who believes in me will also do the works that I do, and greater than these will he do” (Jn. 14:12). We have seen the fulfillment of this promise, for while the shadow of the Lord did not work any miracle at all, the shadow of the famous Peter put an end to death, drove out diseases, and put demons to flight (Acts 5:15). But it was still the Master who effected these miracles through His servants, and now likewise the divine Symeon works these myriad miracles by invoking His name.

~St Theodoret of Cyrrhus, The Life of St Symeon the Stylite


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