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For the Second Monday in Advent: John Chrysostom on the reading of the Scriptures

December 5, 2016

Continuing with the theme for the Second Sunday in Advent (otherwise known as “Bible Sunday”), here is an excerpt from Faith and Life with a quote from St. John Chrysostom:

As soon as one touches a Gospel, he at once brings his mind into better order, and by the mere sight of the book puts worldly things away. But if there be added to this a careful reading, then his soul, as it were initiated in a holy sanctuary, is purified and becomes better, while God converses with it through those writings. The reading of the Scriptures is a great preservative against sin, whereas ignorance of the Scriptures is a great precipice, a deep abyss, and to know nothing of the Divine Law is altogether to throw away one’s salvation. It is this which has generated heresies, which has brought in a corrupt life, which has turned every thing upside down. For it is impossible, quite impossible, that any one should go away without benefit who reads Scripture habitually and attentively.

–St Chrysostom on Lazarus, Sermon iii.

He echoes “Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” (Psalm 119:11)

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