St-Basil-the-GreatO that man had remained in glory with God!

For he would then possess, not the glory now imputed to him, but his own true glory, made great by the power of God, made luminous by the divine wisdom, made blessed by eternal life and its joys!

But since he turned away from the desire of the divine glory, hoping for a greater, seeking eagerly for what he could not obtain, he lost what he should now possess.

And now his surest salvation, the healing of his wound, his way of return to his beginning, is to be humble; not to think that he can ever of himself put on the cloak of glory, but that he must seek it from God.

In this way he will put right the false step taken; in this way he may return to the holy obedience he rejected.

But having overthrown man by the hope of false glory, the devil does not cease from tempting him with these very same delusions.

Rather, he devises countless snares for this purpose, proving to man that it is a great thing to amass riches, that by this means he may become great, and that he should be eager to obtain them: which in fact do not lead him to glory, but may rather lead him into great danger.

For the amassing of riches is the beginning of avarice; and this amassing does not lead to any glory, rather it blinds men through folly, uplifts them to no purpose, and causes a sickness like an inflammation within the soul.

A body that is swollen is neither healthy nor of use to any man; it is rather an unwholesome state, the beginning of danger for him, and a source of death.  And this is what arrogance is to the soul.

[…] Among the gifts given to men the greatest and most enduring seem to be wisdom and prudence, and these too have their vain uplifting, and their imagined unreal glory.  If they who have them have not also the wisdom of God, all their gifts amount to nothing.

The evil which the devil worked against man turned against himself; without knowing it, what he contrived against man, he contrived against himself.

For not only did he injure him whom he had hoped to separate from God, and from eternal life, but he betrayed himself, became an exile from God, and condemned to eternal death.

The snare the devil laid for the Lord caught him instead; he was crucified on the Cross he planned to crucify Him; and died the death by which he hoped the Lord would die.

Basil the Great (330-379): Homily 28, 1-2 @ Lectionary Central.

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