Thursday, May 17, 2012

St. John Chrysostom: Hardened Hearts and Wicked Cunning Conspired Against Our LORD

From the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew 22:15 (KJV)

Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle HIM in HIS talk.

THEN When? When most of all they ought to have been moved to compunction, when they should have been amazed at HIS love to man, when they should have feared of things to come, when from the past they ought to have cried aloud in actual fulfillment. I mean, the publicans and harlots believed, and prophets and righteous men were slain, and from these things they ought not to have gainsaid touching their own destruction, but even to believe and to be sobered. But nevertheless not even so do their wicked acts cease, but travail and proceed further. And forasmuch as they could not lay hands on HIM (for they feared the multitude), they took another way with the intention of bringing HIM into danger, and making HIM guilty of crimes against the state. --St. John Chrysostom

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