Friday, August 03, 2018
From the teachings of Saint John Chrysostom:
"When you see on earth a man who has encountered the shipwreck of poverty, do not judge him, do not seek an account of his life but free him from his misfortune.
"Need alone is a poor man's worthiness.
"We show mercy on him not because of his virtue but because of his misfortune, in order that we ourselves may receive from the Master His great mercy, in order that we ourselves, unworthy as we are, may enjoy His philanthropy."
This is the natural consequence of the line in the Lord's prayer "and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us". As we judge, so are we judged; as we forgive, so are we forgiven; as we serve, so are we served.