Saturday, July 13, 2013

St. John Chrysostom: "The Church is a hospital, and not a courtroom, for souls"

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior (source)
The Church is a hospital, and not a courtroom, for souls. She does not condemn on behalf of sins, but grants remission of sins.

Nothing is so joyous in our life as the thanksgiving that we experience in the Church. In the Church, the joyful sustain their joy. In the Church, those worried acquire merriment, and those saddened, joy. In the Church, the troubled find relief, and the heavy-laiden, rest.

"Come," says the Lord, "near my, all of you who labor and are heavy-laiden (with trials and sins), and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

What could be more desirable than to meet this voice? What is sweeter than this invitation? The Lord is calling you to the Church for a rich banquet. He transfers you from struggles to rest, and from tortures to relief. He relieves you from the burden of your sins. He heals worries with thanksgiving, and sadness with joy.

No one is truly free or joyful besides he who lives for Christ. Such a person overcomes all evil and does not fear anything!
-St. John Chrysostom
Amateur translation from: (source)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

1 comment:

Michael Melchizedek said...

Just like Jesus,
- the church is here to heal you, not to contest your disposition.
- the church is here to reconcile you to God, not to condemn you.
- the church is here embrace you, not to exclude anyone.
- the church is here to love you, not to judge you.
- the church is here to show you compassion, not rejection.
- the church is here to show you liberation and redemption, not guilt and grief.
- the church is here to manifest Jesus, not the Pharisees.

(Mar Melchizedek)