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Friday, February 22, 2019

   “Do not love the world (τὸν κόσμον) or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (ἀλαζονεία τοῦ βίου, false pretension of life), is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever.” (1 Jn 2: 15-17)

     What does St. John mean by “the world,” when he tells us not to love it? Does he mean the world that God “so loved, that He gave His only-begotten Son…” (Jn 3: 16)? Or does he mean the world that God created, and saw that it was “very good” (Gen 1: 31)? No, he means the world we “create,” or rather distort, by seeing it not with gratitude and amaz...

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