Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Being Useful | Wisdom of St. John Chrysostom

"You can continue to fast, sleep on the ground, eat cinders, weep without ceasing. But if you are not useful to others, you are doing nothing worthwhile."

- St. John Chrysostom (349–407)

it reminds me of the blessed saying of Jesus Christ, upon him be peace, on the context when he protested even calling him a 'good' teacher, because he knew for sure what is important and what is not; what matters and what not.

Read from Mark 10:17-18: "As Jesus was coming out to the road, a man came running to him and knelt in front of him. He asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone."

our calling good or reciting decorative verses ammounts to nothing until we serve. to serve humanity is to serve God. don't just say 'i love God', cause your saying or your worship doesn't benefit God who is Independent of Creation. its only service to the creation, even to the lowest animal is an expression of Loving God, nothing else matters. being useful to others, serving others - thats the mantra of a realized human being.
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