Don’t you see the barren trees, how strong and lovely they are, large, smooth and tall? But if we have an orchard, we’d rather have productive pomegranates and olives than them, because they’re only for enjoyment and don’t bring us the slightest benefit. That’s the way those Christians are who care only about their own affairs. In fact, they’re not even like that, because they’re headed for the fire, whereas as decorative trees are at least used, either for construction or for the security of the owners.
“Saint John Chrysostom”
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