Monday 13 September 2021

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St John Chrysostom

1 Timothy 2:1-8. Blest be the Lord for he has heard my prayer – Psalm 27(28):2, 7-9. Luke 7:1-10.

See as you see, hear as you speak, act as you ask

Saint John Chrysostom ‘the golden-mouthed’, (b. 449 CE), was a gifted homilist whose influence continues to this day in both Eastern and Western Catholicism. He was a divisive figure, clashing with the Empress Eudoxia herself about the role of women in the Church, fearlessly asserting Christian orthodoxy in a pagan society. He challenged his listeners to be authentic followers of Christ: ‘What good is it,’ he asked them ‘if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden chalices when your brother is dying of hunger?’

Lord, thank you for the gift of righteous leaders who make truth and justice clear. They are not always comfortable people to be with; but they shine like beacons when their words and actions call us to respond whole-heartedly to your precepts and commandments. This day, may I see as you see, hear as you speak, and act as you ask.

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