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Chrystostom: “Thy Master was crucified, and dost thou seek ease?”

19 February 2016

John Chrystostom

 

“Nothing is so unbecoming in a Christian, and foreign to his character, as to seek ease and rest: and to be engrossed with the present life is foreign to our profession and enlistment. Thy Master was crucified, and dost thou seek ease? Thy Master was pierced with nails, and dost thou live delicately? Do these things become a noble soldier? Wherefore Paul saith, “Many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ.” Since there were some who made a pretence of Christianity, yet lived in ease and luxury, and this is contrary to the Cross, therefore he thus spoke. For the cross belongs to a soul at its post for the fight, longing to die, seeking nothing like ease, whilst their conversation is of the contrary sort. So that even if they say, they belong to Christ, yet it is as enemies of the Cross. For did they love the Cross, they would strive to live the crucified life. Was not thy Master hung upon the tree? Imitate thy Master in some other way; crucify thyself, though no one crucify thee; crucify thyself, not that thou shouldest slay thyself, God forbid, for that is a wicked thing, but as Paul said, “The world is crucified to me and I unto the world.” If thou lovest thy Master, die His death.”

– St. John Chrystostom

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