By St. Symeon the New Theologian:
Were you often guests at a sumptuous banquet I doubt that any one of you would be so indifferent that he would fall asleep and only take from it for his own need, and not be anxious before departing to take with him something for the morrow that he would eagerly share with some of his friends or even with the poor. But here the words of life are offered to you, which make those who feed on them immortal! Tell me, is it right for anyone to be inattentive or to fall asleep and snore as if he were a living corpse? How great the loss! How great the insensitivity and sluggishness! He who sits at table and has no desire for the food set before him is clearly lacking in physical health. . . .
You have the word of life in yourselves (cf. Phil. 2:16). You have come to be fed with the bread of the word (cf. Jn. 6:27); you are not dead, but have become living instead of dead. You have tasted of the true life and have obtained compassion for your neighbors (cf. Phil. 2:1; Col. 3:12) from God who is compassionate. Therefore do not fail to stir up, to encourage, to instruct your neighbors and all others, as best you are able, as your own members, or rather, as those who are members of Christ and sons of God.
- Symeon the New Theologian, The Discourses, 980-999 A.D., Chapter XI, section 6, translated from the Greek by C.J. de Catanzaro, this translation c. 1980 by the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle in the State of New York, Paulist Press, pp. 171-172