from St. Maximus the Confessor

. . . we are clothed in the body of humiliation

and likewise we are subject

to the manifold evils that arise from it

because if its inherent weakness;

and rather than magnify ourselves over others

in view of the inequality all around us,

we should by prudent consideration

even out the disparity of our nature,

which in its own right is equal in honor,

by filling others’ deficiencies

with our own abundances.

(from Ambiguum 8: On How the Creator Brings Order out of the Chaos of Bodily Existence, p. 76St. Maximus the Confessor‘s understanding of St. Gregory the Theologian‘s teachings, in On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ, translated by Paul M. Blowers and Robert Louis Wilken, St. Vladimir Press Crestwood, NY, 2003.)

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Every once in awhile I make an effort to grapple with St. Maximus’ writings; they’re deep. And I thought this one definitely applied to our subject at hand.

Of course St. Paul wrote something similar:

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. . . . .

I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack– that there may be equality.

As it is written, ‘He who gathered much had nothing left over and he who gathered little had no lack.’ [Exodus 16:18]

– Second Letter to the Corinthians chapter 8, verses 9 & 13-15


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