“Christ, the Son of God, is the greatest gift God the Father could ever have given mankind; He is also the greatest gift mankind could ever have given to God the Father. But our Lord is also the greatest gift a human being can give to his brother. In becoming the ‘fragrance of Christ’ [2 Cor. 2:15], man bears within himself and radiates the humility and love of Christ through the grace of the Spirit of the Lord. Having made his own life a silent sermon, he humbly serves his brethren. He is a sanctifying presence. He takes upon himself his brother’s burden, after the manner of Christ Himself, Who bears the burden of the whole world.”
– Archimandrite Zacharias, Remember Thy First Love, p. 332.