BROTHERS and SISTERS, speaking of His Son, God said, “In the beginning, O Lord, You founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain. They will all wear out like a garment, like a cloak You will roll them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will never end” (Psalm 102:25-27). But to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool” (Psalm 110:1)? Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? Therefore, we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the message spoken by angels was valid, and every sin or disobedience received a just punishment, how can we escape, if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.
Saint Dorotheos, commenting on "how can we escape, if we neglect such a great salvation?", says,
Who will give us back this present time if we waste it? We are not yet perfect, but at least we desire to b so, and this is the beginning of our salvation. Someone wanting to acquire the spiritual craft must not interest himself in anything else but, day and night, attend to it, unless a man drives himself and fights against his evil inclinations he readily falls away and diverges from the path of virtues.