February 13, 2013 + For We Are Laborers Together with God
by St. Justin Popovich
From Man and God-man: Studies about Orthodox Theology, Athens, 1974.
“For we are laborers together with God” (I Cor. 3:9). The ideal of the true and perfect man was realized in the person of the God-man with the God-human synergy. This God-human cooperation, taking place through the God-human body of the Church, becomes a common property of man and a common way of life, thought, action, and their existence. In the Church, men are incorporated with the God-man, Christ, namely are born with Him and by Him, are transformed with Him and by Him, are crucified with Him and by Him, are resurrected with Him and by Him, partake of His Ascension and by Him, are living eternally in Him and by Him, are feeling in Him and by Him, are acting with Him and by Him. In this catholic God-humanization of man lies his exact salvation and sanctification. The human race was created for this reason, and paradisiacal life of our forefathers was created in this joyful synergy with God. The fall occurred when we rejected this synergy and began to work through sin and cooperation with the Devil. The God Logos became man in order to restore the life of Paradise and the order of life within it, namely the cooperation with God.
Venerable Stephen (In Monasticism Simeon), the Myrrhgusher and Prince of Serbia
You were illumined with the image of Godly grace, And after death you have shone with the light of your life, By issuing sweet-scented myrrh Which flows from the tomb of your relics, And sustains your people on this earth, O our Father Simeon, discerner of the Way of God, Pray to Christ our God that He may grant us His great mercy.