Thursday, September 13, 2012

Heaven bound!

Statue from the "Angel Bridge" -  Roma
St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, in a homily on the words of Eucharistic institution at the Last Supper in Matthew 26, speaks most powerfully on the reality of the Body and Blood of Christ. ... Imagine the great bishop standing in the cathedral church of Constantinople before the altar and saying the following:

"How many there are who still say, 'I want to see His shape, His image, His clothing, His sandals.'  Behold, you do see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him!  You want to see His clothing.  He gives Himself to you, not just to be seen but to be touched, to be eaten, to be received within.  Let all of you be ardent, fervent, enthusiastic.  If the Jews stood, shoes on, staff in hand, and eating in haste, how much more vigilant should you be. They were about to go Palestine; you are about to go to heaven."  (Homily 82 on the Gospel of Matthew)

Excerpt from In the Presence of Our Lord: 
The History, Theology and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion
~ Fr Benedict J Groeschel, CFR, and James Monti
St John Chrysostom
Chrysostomos - 'golden-mouthed'
Syria ~ 347- 407
Archbishop of Constantinople
Doctor of the Church
Patron of orators
FEAST DAY ~ September 13
"The bee is honored more than other animals, not because she labors,
but because she labors for others”  ~ St John Chrysostom
St John Chrysostom, ora pro nobis!

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