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Monday, May 23, 2005

Let no man seek his own...

Commentary on the Holy Scriptures by the Holy Fathers:


"Let no man seek his own, but every man another's"
(I Cor. 10:24)


That is the principle of the saints of God, both in times past and at the present time, from all ages to the end of the world. That is the principle of all true social structure.

On that principle can be founded a human society that is the most perfect, the most pleasing to God and the happiest. It is a saving principle in every kind of difficulty that people today encounter, against which they struggle without victory and without hope.

A holy soul cares for his neighbor, either close at hand or far away. He cares where the homeless will spend the night, how the hungry will be fed, with what the naked will be clothed. He cares and he prays for the salvation of his neighbors; that their hearts may be filled with love towards God, that their minds may be directed towards God, that the wicked may turn from the paths of wickedness, that the hesitant may be confirmed in the Faith, that the firm may persevere, that the departed may behold the Face of God, that the living may be written in the book of Life in the Kingdom of Light.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
The Prologue of Ochrid