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St. Theophan the Recluse. Thoughts for every day of the year.

(John 4:5-42). The people of Samaria, after the Savior had spent two days with them, said to the Samaritan woman: “Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” It is this way with everybody. At first everybody is called to the Lord by the words of others – or, as for many today, by baptism as an infant – and later, once we experience for ourselves life in the Lord, we begin to cling to the Lord not only because of an external membership in the church, but because of an internal union with Him. We must all make it a law for ourselves not to satisfy ourselves with formal membership, but to diligently seek an internal communion with the Lord, so that we will then always carry within ourselves a witness that we stand in the truth. What must we do to do this? We must allow the truth of Christ to be incarnate within us – and the truth of Christ is the resurrection of the fallen. Thus, let us set aside the old man, passing away in vain lusts, and be clad with the new, formed in the image of God, in righteousness and truth – and let us then know in ourselves that the Lord Jesus Christ is in truth the Savior not only of the world, but also of ourselves.


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