Tuesday, April 9, 2012
St. John Chrysostom was a powerful and holy preacher in fourth century Constantinople. His given name means “Golden-Mouthed,” having the reputation of being the greatest expositor of the Bible in his time. His life was embodied in verse 11: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Would you like to be remembered in a similar way? Then let your mouth be set by the silver of silence, opening yourself to the power of the Holy Spirit so that all that you say can be as gold.
In Romans 12:20, Paul uses verses 21-22 in his teaching about overcoming evil with good.
What proverbs especially move you? Writing them will deepen their impact. Place your written copies in settings where their brilliant quality will shine all the more, transforming your thoughts—and thus your mouth—into gold.
Fitting word: apples of gold. v. 11
A soft tongue breaking the bones v. 15
Foot seldom in neighbor’s house v. 17
Giving my enemies food v. 21
Your Spirit is within me. 37:14
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This is the Second Week in Easter, Year C.
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