St Symeon the New Theologian: Do You See Christ in Every Single Being?

Feast of Our Righteous Father Sergius of Radonezh

Symeon_New_Square.jpgCHRIST IS the beginning, the middle, and the end. He who is in the first is in all, and as He is in the first so He is in the middle and the last as well. There is no difference between these things for Him, just as there is neither barbarian, Scythian, Greek, nor Jew—only Christ who is in all and is all.

From the first to the last, from head to foot, the holy Trinity reaches all men. It gathers them, joins and unites and binds them to Itself, and by gathering them It makes them strong and impregnable. It reveals Itself to each and every one, and makes Itself known as one and the same. Such is God, in whom the last become first and the first last.

We faithful ought to look upon all the faithful as one single being. We should consider that Christ is in each one. We should therefore be ready to give our life willingly for the sake of our love for Him. We have no right at all to say, or even to think, that a person is evil. As I have said, we should consider all of them good, and even if you see someone swept away by the passions, do not hate your brother; hate instead the passions which torment him. If he is tyrannized by desire and prejudice, you should groan all the more in case you yourself should be tempted, for you are just as liable to the vicissitudes of unstable matter.

—St Symeon the New Theologian, Theological and Practical Chapters

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