Some people love to accumulate jewels from the farthest corners of the earth. But if you study Scripture diligently, says St. Cyril of Alexandria, you will gather a treasure greater than any collection of jewels.
If you wish to explore the Holy Scripture, and you overcome your laziness and apply yourself, thirsting for the knowledge, then every good thing will be yours. You will fill your mind with the divine light. Then, when you apply that light to the doctrines of the Church, you will very easily recognize everything that is true and unadulterated, and lay it up in the hidden treasures of your soul
Then you will rejoice as much in having the knowledge you desire as others who are worldly do when they insatiably accumulate Indian gems or gold. In fact, you will rejoice even more, “for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her,” as it is written (Proverbs 8:11).
–St. Cyril of Alexandria, Five Tomes Against Nestorius, 1
Is my real treasure in knowledge? Or have I usually preferred shiny rocks?
Father, I know that faith in your word is the road to wisdom. Open my eyes to your works and my ears to your voice.
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