The tradition of compassion calling us to act for those in need
- Xpuctoc Bockpece!
"....The tradition of compassion calling us to act for those in need. St. John
Chrysostom preaching on Matthew 25:
Do you want to honor Christ’s body? Then do not scorn him in his nakedness,
nor honor him here in the church with silken garments while neglecting him
outside where he is cold and naked. . . . Of what use is it to weigh down
Christ’s table with golden cups, when he himself is dying of hunger? First,
fill him when he is hungry; then use the means you have left to adorn his
table. . . . What is the use of providing the table with cloths woven of gold
thread, and not providing Christ himself with the clothes he needs?
Or, to quote a modern Orthodox witness,
The way to God lies through love of people. At the Last Judgment I shall not
be asked whether I was successful in my ascetic exercises, nor how many bows
and prostrations I made. Instead I shall be asked, Did I feed the hungry,
clothe the naked, visit the sick and the prisoners. That is all I shall be
asked. About every poor, hungry and imprisoned person the Savior says “I”: “I
was hungry, and thirsty, I was sick and in prison.” To think that He puts an
equal sign between Himself and anyone in need . . . I always knew it, but now
it has somehow penetrated to my sinews. It fills me with awe.
The same passage from St. Matthew....." can be attributed to Father Deacon Vadim's
work in Brighton Beach, NY - his email is varefiev@... & address
St. John’s Foundation for The Homeless
4718 Beach 48th St., 2nd Fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11224, USA
More information on his work with those in need of our love can be found on this
site (but it is only in Russian) http://www.brooklynchurch.org/.. hopefully some one
can translate it in to English.. perhaps some one reading it will give assistance to
Father Vadim & those that work with him....
Christ is Risen!