At the first word of a senior, all on hearing should rise to obey, since their obedience is shown to God, as our Lord Jesus Christ says: He who hears you hears Me.
Therefore if anyone hearing the word does not rise at once, he is to be judged disobedient. But he who answers back incurs the charge of insubordination, and thus is not only guilty of disobedience, but also, by opening the way of answering back
Cf. Basil. (transl. Rufin.) Interrog. 69for others, is
p.125to be regarded as the destroyer of many. (III) Yet if any murmurs, he too, as though not obeying heartily, must be considered disobedient. Therefore let his work be rejected,
cf. Basil. Interrog. 71until his goodwill be made known. But up to what measure is obedience laid down? Up to death
cf. Basil. Interrog. 65, Cassian. Inst. xii. 28it is assuredly enjoined, since Christ obeyed the Father up to death for us. And this He suggests to us saying through the Apostle: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who though He was in the form of God, thought it no prize to snatch at to be equal with God; but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, and being found in fashion as a man, humbled Himself, being made obedient to the Father up to death, even the death of the cross.
Phil. 2. 5-8Thus nothing must be refused in their obedience by Christ's true disciples, however hard and difficult it be, but it must be seized with zeal, with gladness, since if obedience is not of this nature, it will not be pleasing to the Lord Who says: And he who does not take his cross and follow Me, is not worthy of Me.
Matt. 10. 38And thus He says of the worthy disciple, how that Where I am, there is My servant also with Me.