The wise man, then, turns his eyes toward the One who is his head, but the fool gropes in darkness. No one who puts his lamp under a bed instead of on a lamp-stand will receive any light from it. People are often considered blind and useless when they make the supreme Good their aim and give themselves up to the contemplation of God, but Paul made a boast of this and proclaimed himself a fool for Christs sake. The reason he said, We are fools for Christs sake was that his mind was free from all earthly preoccupations. It was as though he said, We are blind to the life here below because our eyes are raised toward the One who is our head.
And so, without board or lodging, he travelled from place to place, destitute, naked, exhausted by hunger and thirst. When men saw him in captivity, flogged, shipwrecked, led about in chains, they could scarcely help thinking him a pitiable sight. Nevertheless, even while he suffered all this at the hands of men, he always looked toward the One who is his head and he asked: What can separate us from the love of Christ, which is in Jesus? Can affliction or distress? Can persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger or death? In other words, What can force me to take my eyes from him who is my head and to turn them toward things that are contemptible?
He bids us follow his example: Seek the things that are above, he says, which is only another way of saying: Keep your eyes on Christ.
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