23 November 2010

Patristic Quote of the Day

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  By evil here He means, not wickedness, far from it, but affliction, and trouble, and calamities; much as in another place also He says, Is there evil in a city, which the Lord has not done? nor any thing like these, but the scourges which are borne from above. And again, I, says He, make peace, and create evils: Isaiah 45:7 For neither in this place does He speak of wickedness, but of famines, and pestilences, things accounted evil by most men: the generality being wont to call these things evil.  -- St. John Chrysostom, Homily 22 on Matthew

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The “other place” is Amos 3:6. One of the verses which, years ago, started me on the idea that God conducts history for the benefit of His Kingdom, the Church.

Peace and Joy!
George A. Marquart