December 9, 2012
“Let us visit Christ” – St. Gregory the Theologian
Let us visit Christ. Let us take care of Christ. Let us nourish Christ. Let us cloth Christ. Let us gather Christ in. Let us honor Christ. Not only with a table, as many do, neither as Mary did with myrrh. Not only with a grave, as Joseph of Arimathaea did. Not only with that which is pertaining to burial, as Nicodemus, who was in part a friend of Christ. Neither with gold, incense and smyrna, as the wise men, who [offered these things] before all those that we aforementioned.
But because the Lord of all wants mercy and not sacrifice and, instead of millions of fatted sheep, compassion, let us present this to Him through those who have our need and who today waddle in the dirt, so as when we are set free from this life on earth, they will receive us in the eternal Kingdom, where we will live with our Christ, who is due glory in the endless of ages. Amen.
St. Gregory the Theologian (+391)
Abstract from “On love of the poor”