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Friday, September 20, 2013
To Be Understood, TRUTH Must Be Lived
Being Participants in Truth
Truth cannot aid us until we become participators in it. We only possess
what we experience.
St. Gregory of Sinai, who lived in the fourteenth
century, taught that understanding and participation were inseparable in
the spiritual life.
He who seeks to understand commandments without
fulfilling commandments, and to acquire such understanding through
learning and reading, is like a man who takes a shadow for truth.
the understanding of truth is given to those who have become
participants in truth (who have tasted it through living).
Those who are
not participants in truth and are not initiated therein, when they seek
this understanding, draw it from a distorted wisdom.
Of such men the
apostle says ‘the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit,’
even though they boast of their knowledge of truth.” Here is a simple
but neglected doctrine that should be restored to its rightful place in
the thinking and teaching of the Church. It would work wonders.
Lord, teach me what it means to participate in Your truth that through it I may be free.
The Lord says: 'These people come near to me with their mouth and honor
me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is
made up only of rules taught by men.' — Isaiah 29:13
Some of us measure our commitment to Christ by the truth we mouth and
the rules we keep - rules which may be man-made and not from God. But
truth must be tasted through living if we are to be participants in it.