Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sententiae Patristicae: Second Sunday of Easter, Year A

The Fathers of the Church on the Readings of the Lectionary

First Reading Acts 2:42–47
Second Reading 1 Peter 1:3–9
Gospel John 20:19–31

For the Gospel, see Easter 2, Year C.
St. John Chrysostom--the Church's fellowship was not just in prayers or doctrine but in social relations:
‎Consider what an advance was here immediately! For the fellowship was not only in prayers, nor in doctrine alone, but also in (πολιτεια) social relations. “And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” See what fear was wrought in them! “And they parted them,” he says, showing the (το οιονομικον) wise management: “As every man had heed.” Not recklessly, like some philosophers among the Greeks, of whom some gave up their land, others cast into the sea great quantities of money; but this was no contempt of riches, but only folly and madness. For universally the devil has made it his endeavor to disparage the creatures of God, as if it were impossible to make good use of riches. (Chrysostom, Hom. Act. 7, NPNF1, vol. 11, pg. 45)

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