Tuesday of the Thirty-second week in Ordinary Time
"Say, 'We are unprofitable servants' "
Isaac the Syrian (7th century), monk near Mosul, saint of the Orthodox churches
Discourses, 1st series, no.5
"Say, 'We are unprofitable servants"
The eyes of the Lord look on the lowly to make them glad. But the face of the Lord turns away from the proud to humble them. The lowly always receive pity from God… Make yourself small before everyone and you will be raised up higher than this world’s princes. Make all creatures go before you, embrace them, humble yourself before them, and you will be honored more than those who make an offering of gold. Descend lower than your own self and you will see God’s glory within you. For where humility sprouts, God’s glory spreads… If you have humility in your heart, God will reveal his glory to you in it…
Do not love honor and you will not be dishonored. Honor flees before someone who runs after it. But honor pursues the one who flees it and makes known to everyone his humility. If you despise yourself so as not to be honored, God will make you known. If you accuse yourself for love of the truth, God will permit you to be praised in front of every creature. They will open before you the door to the glory of your Creator and praise you. For you are truly made in his image and likeness (Gn 1,26).