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Let Us Take Care of Each Other

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The great cannot exist without the small, nor the small without the great. There is a certain mixing together in all things, and usefulness in such.

Let us take our body. The head without the feet is not anything, neither are the feet without the head. For the most insignificant parts of our body are necessary and useful to the whole of the body. But all work together and employ a single state of submission in order to keep the whole body safe.

So, let our whole body be safe in Christ Jesus, and let each one subject himself to his neighbor, according to the gift given to him. Let the strong take care of the weak, and the weak have respect for the strong. Let the rich man provide for the poor, and the poor give thanks to God, since He gave to him someone through whom his need might be filled. Let the wise demonstrate his wisdom not in words, but in good works. Let the humble-minded not bear witness of himself, but rather allow himself to be borne witness of by another. Let him who is pure in the flesh not boast, knowing that it was Another who granted to him self-control.

So, let us consider, brethren, of what kind of stuff we were made, what and who we came into the world as, from what kind of tomb and darkness. He Who formed and created us led us into His world, having already prepared His benefactions before we were born.

Therefore, since we have all these things from Him, we must give thanks for all things to Him, to Whom be glory to the ages of ages, Amen.

An excerpt from St. Clement of Rome’s First Epistle to the Romans, 37.4-38.4

 

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