I just starting a new book by the contemporary Egyptian monastic elder, Matthew the Poor. He died in 2006, and Conciliar Press has published a collection of his talks under the title Words for Our Time. I plan on doing a full review soon but failed to make it past the first chapter before finding something I had to share:
The teachings of Christ are not the type of wisdom boasted of by worldly philosophy; rather, Christ’s wisdom is housed in very simple words. “Love your neighbor as yourself” — scholars can spend a lifetime writing complicated books about such phrases, discussing them in their colleges, and awarding doctor of divinity degrees. But it is only a few short words. The question is how to love? Who can achieve such an ideal? Many have done it, for the commandment requires not a large intellect, but a large heart and abundant courage.
We’ve all met believers like this. I pray to become a believer like this.