Nearly all reject the weak the poor as objects of disgust;
an earthly king cannot bear the sight of them,
rulers turn away from them,
while the rich ignore them and pass them by
when they meet them as though they did not exist;
nobody thinks it is desirable to associate with them.
who is served by myriads of powers without number,
who “upholds the universe by his word of power,
whose majesty is beyond anyone’s endurance,
has not disdained to become the father, friend,
the brother of those rejected ones.
God willed to become incarnate so that God
might become “like unto us in all things but sin”
and make us to share in his glory and his kingdom.
What stupendous riches of God’s great goodness!
What ineffable humility on the part of our Master and God!
— Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022)
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