Chrysostom on an Idle Life

chrysostom“The whole life of men in ancient times was one of action and contention; ours on the contrary is a life of indolence. They knew that they were brought into the world for this purpose, that they might labor according to the will of Him who brought them into it; but we, as if spiritual things. I speak not only of the Apostles, but of those that followed them. You see them accordingly traversing all places, and pursuing this as their only business, living altogether as in a foreign land, as those who had no city upon earth. Hear therefore what the blessed Apostle saith,

‘For this cause left I thee in Crete.’

As if the whole world had been one house, they divided it among themselves, administering its affairs everywhere, each taking care of his several portion of it.”

(John Chrysostom, Homily on Titus 1:5-6 [emphasis mine])

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