Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers


'If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!' The Lord does to say 'on thee' or 'before thee,' but 'the light that is in thee.' With these words, He turns the whole picture of the eye and the body to the inner man, to the mind and the soul, the eye is the image of the mind, and the body of the soul.

In Holy Scripture, mention is often made of the mind's sight, and also of its blindness. The Apostle Paul desires for the Ephesians, from God, 'the eyes of your understanding being enlightened' (1:18), and the Psalmist prays: 'Open Thou mine eyes, that I may see the wondrous things of Thy Law' (Ps. 118:18), thinking here of the eyes of the mind and inner sight, by which alone God's Law can be seen. (St.) Bp. Nicolai Velimirovich, Homilies, Vol. 2.

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