Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time & St. John Chrysostom, September 13,2017
John was born in Antioch in 349 A.D., where he received a fine education and spent a period of time in uninterrupted contemplation of the Word of God as a hermit. But he found his true calling as a priest in Antioch and served eleven years as a priest before he was raised to the episcopate in Constantinople – a center of wealth, power and political intrigue. John preached Christ to rich and poor alike. After he censured the Empress Eudoxia for scandalous public behavior, he was banished to Armenia. From exile he wrote letters of comfort to his friends. “All things will certainly turn out, whether in this life or the life to come. In every circumstance, yield to the incomprehensibility of God’s providence.” According to Pope Benedict XVI, John’s perfectly pastoral theology” addressed everyday problems on marriage and family life spoke to issues that husbands and wives face, then as now, “There is nothing which so welds our life together as the love of man and wife,” he wrote. John died in exile in 407 A.D. at Comana in Pontus. In 1568 A.D. he was declared a Doctor of the Church.