Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan
The Light of Glory
“For it is the God who said, “Light will shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)
St. Paul the Apostle humbly compares himself to a lowly soul and simple clay vessel. As was the case in Apostle Paul’s times, it is also true today. Clay vessels are quite cheap and easy to break.
Yet the greatest surprise is that God has placed the most precious treasure in the universe, the knowledge of His glory and the life-giving light radiating from the face of His Only Begotten Son, in those simple and fragile vessels of clay, the hearts of human beings created in the image and likeness of God. The clay vessel is imperfect, incomplete, and damaged, but this is not at all an obstacle for the treasure to be seen in all its beauty. Moreover, it is through this that it becomes known that it is from God and not from men.
The life-giving Word of God has been preached through simple and humble people for over 2000 years. God calls everyone and sanctifies all His saints with his precious treasure in fragile clay vessels. He could have sent armies of heavenly angels to preach the Gospel, but he chose us, his children, for whom he sacrificed his only Son.
Therefore, may God himself arise in the hearts of all of us, so that we may be enlightened by the light of the knowledge of God's glory radiating from the face of our Lord Jesus Christ and shine it in our surroundings, clearly realizing that this infinite power is from God and not from us.