A word from Gregory Nazianzen on the works of mercy

“Let us take care of Christ, then, while there is still time; let us minister to Christ’s needs, let us give Christ nourishment, let us clothe Christ, let us gather Christ in, let us show Christ honor—not just at our tables, as some do, nor just with ointment, like Mary, nor just with a tomb, like Joseph of Arimathea. [. . .] But since the Lord of all things ‘desires mercy and not sacrifice’ (Hos 6.6; Mt 9.13), and since ‘a compassionate heart is worth more than tens of thousands of fat rams’ (Dan 3.40), let us give this gift to him through the needy [. . .]”

– St. Gregory Nazianzen, Oration 14.5

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About Ben Kautzer

I am currently dwelling in the intangible space of the between. Having finished my MA in Philosophical Theology at the University of Nottingham, I decided to take a bit of a break, return to California, and start applying for PhD programs. That process is finally drawing to a close. This Fall I will be commencing my doctoral research in political theology at either the University of Nottingham, Durham, or Bristol. As of yet, that future still remains (uncomfortably) uncertain. My recent academic pursuits tend to focus on political theology (ecclesiology, ethics, politics, liturgy), biblical theology (scriptural narrative, hermeneutics, philosophy of memory and historical method), and Continental Philosophy (especially phenomenology). View all posts by Ben Kautzer

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