Sep 11, 2021
RICH MAN, POOR MAN
Abba Macarius the Great, passing through a village one time with some brothers,
heard a young boy say to his mother,
'My mother, a rich man loves me and cherishes me, but I detest him.
A poor man detests me, but I cherish him'.
When Saint Abba Macarius heard these words,
he was utterly astonished.
The brothers said to him,
'What is it about these words, my father,
that astonishes you so completely like this?'
The old man struck his chest and said, 'What a great mystery there is in these words!'
They begged him,'Tell us!'
He said to them,
'Truly, my children, the Lord is the rich man: he loves us, but we do not want to obey him.
Our enemy, the Devil, is the poor man: he detests us, but we love his filthy acts and abominable practices and vain desires
and the rest of his pleasures'.