"All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for training
in righteousness." [2 Tim. 3:16] The soul therefore gains great advantage
from the reading of the Bible.
"Like a tree planted by streams of water," [Ps. 1:3) the soul
is irrigated by the Bible and acquires vigor, produces tasty fruit, namely,
true faith, and is beautified with a thousand green leaves, namely, actions
that please God. The Bible, in fact, leads us towards pure holiness and
holy actions. In it we find encouragement to all the virtues and the warning
to flee from evil.
The Bible is a scented garden, delightful, beautiful. It enchants
our ears with birdsong in a sweet, divine and spiritual harmony, it touches
our heart, comforts us in sorrow, soothes us in a moment of anger, and
fills us with eternal joy. Let us knock at its gate with diligence and
with perseverance. Let us not be discouraged from knocking. The latch
will be opened. If we have read a page of the Bible two or three times
and have not understood it, let us not be tired of re-reading it and meditating
on it. Let us seek in the fountain of this garden `a spring of water welling
up to eternal life.' [John 4:14] We shall taste a joy that will
never dry up, because the grace of the Bible garden is inexhaustible.
- from On the Orthodox Faith
(Translation by Thomas Spidlik, Drinking from the Hidden
Fountain: A Patristic Breviary, Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo,
MI - Spencer, MASS, 1994)