Wednesday, September 13, 2017

St. John Chrysostom: church attendance

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    Feast of John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher, 407
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
    be acceptable in thy sight,
    O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
    —Psalm 19:14 (KJV)
    We assemble not in the church to pass away the time, but to gain some great benefit for our souls. If therefore we depart without profit, our zeal in frequenting the church will prove our condemnation. That so great a judgment come not upon you, when ye go hence, ponder the things ye have heard, and exercise yourselves in confirming our instruction,—friend with friend,—fathers with their children,—masters with their slaves,—so that when ye return hither, and hear from us the same counsels, ye may not be ashamed, but rejoice and be glad in the conviction, that ye have put into practice the greater part of our exhortation. Not only must we meditate upon these things here,—for this short exhortation sufficeth not to eradicate the evil,—but at home let the husband be reminded of them by the wife, and the wife by the husband, and let an emulation obtain in families to the fulfilment of the divine law.
    ... St. John Chrysostom (345?-407), quoted in The Life of St. Chrysostom, Johann August W. Neander, London: Seeley & Burnside, 1838, p. 135 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 19:14; Matt. 10:32-33; 1 Cor. 14:34-35; Eph. 5:22-31
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, keep sin from overwhelming the goodness taught to me from Your Word.
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