On the love that is above all other loves



He that loveth father or mother more than Me, is not worthy of Me (Matt 10:37) The whole Gospel teaches us that we must forsake the lesser for the greater, the transitory for the enduring, the worse for the better, the cheaper for the more costly. If the Gospel did not promise greater worth, who would forsake the lesser?
If the splendor of precious treasure had not been manifested, who would forsake the more tawdry? Who would forsake milk and honey if he had not found something sweeter? Who would forsake father and mother if he had not found a closer kinsman? Who would forsake children and friends if he had not come to know someone dearer? Who would voluntarily give this life to torture and death if he had not caught a glimpse of immortal life? The Lord Christ is sweeter than milk and honey, a closer kinsman than father or mother, dearer than children and friends, more precious than any visible treasure gathered from this life, for He gives eternal life. Everything in this world is less than He; more bitter, cheaper and more transient than He. Whoever receives Him, to that man it is easy to leave all, for he has received the greatest and the Greatest.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Treasure of all enduring riches; help us to free ourselves from all else and cling to Thee, our life and our good. To Thee be glory and praise for ever. Amen.

St Nikolai Velimirovich
The Prologue from Ochrid

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