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The work of the Lord is our first priority

The queen of the south shall rise up in the judge­ment with the men of this gen­er­a­tion, and con­ demn them. For what? For indiffer­ ence to the work accom­plished by the Lord before their eyes. That queen, upon hear­ing about Solo­ mon’s wis­dom, came from afar to hear him, but these men,having be­ fore their face the Lord Him­self, did not heed Him, although it was obvi­ ous that He was high­er than Solo­ mon, as the sky is high­er than the earth. And the queen of the south con­demns every­one who is indiffer­ ent to God’s works, because the Lord always, even among us, is as obvi­ous­ly present in the Gospel ac­ counts as He was then. Read­ing the Gospels we have before our eyes the Lord with all of His mar­vel­lous works, for they are as doubt­less as the tes­ti­mo­ny of one’s own eyes. Mean­while, what is more atten­tive to the Lord as that which is im­ pressed upon our souls? We have closed our eyes or turned them the oth­er way; this is why we do not see; and not see­ing, we do not de­ vote our­selves to works of the Lord. How­ev­er, this is no excuse, but rath­ er the rea­son behind our unheed­ ful­ness, which is as crim­i­nal as what comes from it. The work of the Lord is our top pri­or­i­ty — that is, the sal­va­tion of the soul. Further­ more, we should heed what comes from the Lord even if it is not direct­ ly relat­ed to us; ever more so should we heed what is direct­ed at us for the accom­plish­ment of our essen­tial work, the sig­nif­i­cance of which ex­ tends through­out eter­ni­ty. Judge for your­selves how crim­i­nal it is to dis­ regard such a matter!

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse