Readings: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Let us not love the world (see 1 John 2:15). It oppresses those who love it. It does not lead them to the good. Rather than worrying about it falling, we must toil in it so that it will not seduce us. Behold, the world falls; the Christian stands, for Christ does not fall. For why does the Lord Himself say, “Rejoice, for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)? Suppose we answer back to Him, “No, You rejoice! If You’re the one who has overcome, You’re the one who should rejoice. Why should we?” Why does He say “rejoice” to us? Only because it is for us that He has overcome, it for us that He has fought. For in what sense did He fight? In that He took on human nature.