THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST
deny oneself, like all the commands of God, is like a mustard seed,
at first bitter and pungent to the nose but, when swallowed, becomes
an enjoyable delicacy. For the connoisseurs, they run after it.
If you obey this command of Christ in a shallow manner, it will just
be bitter to the taste and pungent to the nose…like all the
commands of Christ. But if chewed and swallowed, that is, if fully
understood and obeyed, the bitterness disappears and sweetness
If food is merely tasted, it will not nourish the body. But if
swallowed, it will nourish the body. So with the commands of Christ,
if merely conceived in the mind, it remains as bare knowledge. But
if obeyed, the soul will taste the sweetness of the Lord.