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He who is not with Me is against Me

Tues­day. [Rom. 14:9–18; Matt. 12:14–16, 22–30] He that is not with me is against me; and he that gath­ereth not with me scat­tereth abroad. Who is with the Lord? He who lives and acts in His spir­it; he who allows him­self nei­ther thoughts, nor feel­ings, nor desires, nor inten­tions, nor words, nor deeds, which would be unpleas­ing to the Lord and in oppo­si­tion to His revealed command?ments and deter­mi­na­tions. He who lives and acts oth­er­wise, is not with the Lord and con­se­quent­ly does not gath­er, but scat­ters. What does he scat­ter? Not only ener­gy and time, but also what he gath­ers. For exam­ple, one who gath­ers rich­es not with the Lord, amass­es only rich­es, not shar­ing with oth­ers, while depriv?ing him­self even of nec­es­sary things; or anoth­er gath­ers them, spends a part on his own lux­u­ri­ous lifestyle, part on dona­tions made out of vain­glo­ry, and saves part for his heirs. In the oth­er world he will appear with noth­ing — and there he will be the poor­est of the poor. On the con­trary, one who gath­ers rich­es with the Lord pass­es on what is gath­ered through the hands of the poor and needy, unto eter­nal trea­suries. When such a per­son dies, he will find in that world all his rich­es intact, not scat­tered, although he spent them through­out his life. The same applies to the gath­er­ing of knowl­edge. Here scat­ter­ing is even more obvi­ous, because it can be seen how one who is intel­lec­tu­al not in the Lord gath­ers a seem­ing moun­tain of knowl­edge, but it is no more than rub­bish — a phan­tom of the truth, and not the truth. They not only lack knowl­edge, but even loose human sense. They become deliri­ous, like one who is asleep. Read the sys­tems of the mate­ri­al­ists and you will see that this is so.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse