One of the tragedies of modern times is that Orthodox Christians constantly argue over power and status rather than service to the weakest among us. Church leaders and academic theologians debate who is first and who is last. Clergy argue about the physical boundaries of Churches and who is entitled to govern them. They debate ancient titles that only have their place in a world that vanished thousands of years ago. Amidst all of these arguments, Orthodox Christians need to pause and remember that greatness in the Church is a paradox. It is also neither a title nor a jurisdiction. Greatness in the Church is not about who kisses one’s hand but how many feet one can wash in the service of Christ.
The Orthodox Church is great only insofar as She is good. The greatness of the Church is the goodness of the Church. And the goodness of the Church is perfected in mercy and service.