Monday 13 September 2021 – Daily Prayer

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John Chrysostom

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

See how you see, hear as you speak, act as you wish

Saint John Chrysostom, “the golden mouth” (born 449 AD), was a gifted homilist whose influence continues to this day in both Eastern and Western Catholicism. He was a divisive figure who clashed with the Empress Eudoxia herself over the role of women in the Church and fearlessly asserted Christian orthodoxy in a pagan society. He urged his audience to be true followers of Christ: ‘What use is it,’ he asked them, ‘if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden goblets, if your brother starves to death?’

Lord, thank you for the gift of righteous leaders who teach truth and justice. It is not always pleasant to be with them; but they shine like beacons when their words and deeds call us to respond wholeheartedly to your rules and commandments. Today may I see what you see, hear how you speak, and act as you wish.

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