When we love without seeking to be loved, everyone will gather around us like bees. That applies to everybody – Saint Porphyrios
That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:21
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Peter 3:8
Philippians 2:2 one heart and one mind. If Christians want to have harmonious coordination, they need to work for the same direction and share the same objectives with one heart and mind.
Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope when you were called — one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. (Eph. 4:3-7)
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. . . . The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. (1 Cor. 12:4-6, 12)
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Romans 12:16
Let us be like the bees that collect the most useful things to make a candle with their sweet light!
Listen therefore to something which not my own words of wisdom, but rather the words of a very enlightened elder – If you see things with the eyes of a bee, you will view all things as though they are honey. But if you see them with the eyes of a fly, you will see everything as impurity “.
I learned from my experience that people can be divided into two categories and a Third does not exist people either belong to one camp or the other.
Saint Gregory of Palamas’ Speech on the Ascension of the Lord
He stood among them and He said, “Peace be with you” – that sweet and important and common address. It is a double peace – the peace we have towards God which is the source of reverence/piousness and that peace which we have as people amongst each other.
And as He saw that they were afraid and shaken by the unexpected and unusual sight, because they thought they were seeing a soul – a ghost, He spoke to them about the questionings in their hearts and after revealing Himself to them, He proposed that they confirm it was truly Him by examining Him and touching Him. He then asked for food, not because He had need for food, but to confirm His resurrection for them.
And He ate the broiled fish and honeycomb which were also symbols of Christ’s Mystery. That is to say, the Word of God united Himself hypostatically with our human nature, which was like a fish swimming in the waters of pleasure-loving, passionate life, and He cleansed it with His divine unapproachable fire. Our human nature resembles that of the honeycomb because we hold the treasure of reason in our bodies just as honey is contained in the comb.
He ate these things because He was pleased to take the salvation of each human being as His food.
He did not, however, eat it all, but just a piece of the honeycomb, since not everyone believed. Nor did He take the portion Himself, but it was offered to Him by His disciples, just as they had brought the believers to Him, separating them from the faithless.
Whatever you make, may it become the sweetest honey and candle for the saints.
Basil the Great
ADDRESS TO YOUNG MEN ON THE RIGHT USE OF GREEK LITERATURE
Therefore the soul must be guarded with great care, lest through our love for letters it receive some contamination unawares, as men drink in poison with honey…
We shall receive gladly those passages in which they praise virtue or condemn vice. For just as bees know how to extract honey from flowers, which to men are agreeable only for their fragrance and color, even so here also those who look for something more than pleasure and enjoyment in such writers may derive profit for their souls. Now, then, altogether after the manner of bees must we use these writings, for the bees do not visit all the flowers without discrimination, nor indeed do they seek to carry away entire those upon which they light, but rather, having taken so much as is adapted to their needs, they let the rest go. So we, if wise, shall take from heathen books whatever befits us and is allied to the truth, and shall pass over the rest. And just as in culling roses we avoid the thorns, from such writings as these we will gather everything useful, and guard against the noxious. So, from the very beginning, we must examine each of their teachings, to harmonize it with our ultimate purpose, according to the Doric proverb, ‘testing each stone by the measuring-line.
- Since we must needs attain to the life to come through virtue, our attention is to be chiefly fastened upon those many passages from the poets, from the historians, and especially from the philosophers, in which virtue itself is praised. For it is of no small advantage that virtue become a habit with a youth, for the lessons of youth make a deep impression, because the soul is then plastic, and therefore they are likely to be indelible. If not to incite youth to virtue, pray what meaning may we suppose that Hesiod had in those universally admired lines, of which the sentiment is as follows: ‘Rough is the start and hard, and the way steep, and full of labor and pain, that leads toward virtue. Wherefore, on account of the steepness, it is not granted to every man to set out, nor, to the one having set out, easily to reach the summit. But when he has reached the top, he sees that the way is smooth and fair, easy and light to the foot, and more pleasing than the other, which leads to wickedness,’—of which the same poet said that one may find it all around him in great abundance. Now it seems to me that he had no other purpose in saying these things than so to exhort us to virtue, and so to incite us to bravery, that we may not weaken our efforts before we reach the goal. And certainly if any other man praises virtue in a like strain, we will receive his words with pleasure, since our aim is a common one.