Sunday, October 9, 2016

Endure

Photo by Vinoth Chandar
“Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it!"

Gospel of Matthew 7.13-14

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Accordingly, I beseech you, let us so perform all our actions that we may not fail to obtain such glory as this. To obtain it is by no means difficult, if we desire it, or arduous, if we apply ourselves to it. For, “If we endure, we shall also reign,” (2 Timothy 2.12). What is the meaning of “If we endure”? If we patiently bear tribulations and persecutions; if we walk the narrow path. The narrow path is unattractive by nature but becomes easy when we choose to follow it, because of our hope for the future.

John Chrysostom (AD 347 - 407)
Homilies on John 87.3, in Fathers of the Church: A New Translation, 41:465




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