Art thou making a remembrance of Christ, and despisest thou the poor and tremblest not?

You may have noticed that I quote St. John Chrysostom a lot.  But, today it is highly appropriate since it is his feast day.  Here is a stinging excerpt from his homily on 1 Corinthians 11, which is today’s first reading:

What sayest thou? Art thou making a remembrance of Christ, and despisest thou the poor and tremblest not? Why, if a son or brother had died and thou wert making a remembrance of him, thou wouldst have been smitten by thy conscience, hadst thou not fulfilled the custom and invited the poor: and when thou art making remembrance of thy Master, dost thou not so much as simply give a portion of the Table?

He is speaking here about how the people are partaking of the Eucharist improperly on account of their mistreatment of the poor.  The whole thing is worth a close read if you have the time.  Check it out HERE.

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About Jeremy

I work at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond, LA. I teach part-time classes from time to time, through Loyola University in New Orleans, Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and St. Joseph's Abbey and Seminary College. I also just finished a doctoral degree in Biblical languages through the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
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