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John of Damascus | November 13

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law cloth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. —Psalm 1:2-3

“To search the Scriptures is an excellent and profitable work for souls.”

Olive Trees with Yellow Sky: Vincent van Gogh

To search the Scriptures is an excellent and prof­itable work for souls. Just as a tree is planted by streams of waters, the soul watered by divine Scripture is enriched and gives fruit (that is, righteous belief) in its season. It is adorned with evergreen branches—actions pleasing to God. Through the Holy Scriptures, we are trained to think rightly and to act in a manner pleasing to God. For in these words we are encouraged toward every virtue and dissuaded from every evil. If we love learning, we will be learned in many things. For by carefulness, hard work, and the grace of the giving God, everything is accom­plished. All who ask receive, those who seek find, and to those who knock it shall be opened. Therefore, let us knock at the beauti­ful garden of Scripture. It is fragrant, sweet, and blooming with various sounds of spiritual and divinely inspired birds. They sing all around our ears, capture our hearts, comfort the mourners, pacify the angry and fill us with everlasting joy. Scripture sets our mind on the gold, gleam­ing, brilliant back of the divine dove. Its bright wings rise to the Only-begotten Son who is the Heir of the spiritual vineyard’s Farmer. The divine dove brings us through Him to the Father of Lights.

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