Stephen Freeman, Orthodox priest wrote:
“I believe that we cannot rightly perceive the world around us until we gain a heart-knowledge that grasps the practice of veneration (great respect, reverence). It is also a practice that can only be voluntary. It has the capacity to reveal hidden wonders. Its absence has the capacity for great swathes of misery.
The world around us is sacrament and symbol. It means that anything and everything can serve to reveal God to us, and to reveal ourselves to us, as well. It is, however, a world that only gives itself to us in love. We cannot see what we do not love and honor.”
“The Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him.” Jesus