Thursday, February 19, 2009

John Chrysostom on wealth and poverty

The poor man has one plea, his want and his standing in need: do not require anything else from him; but even if he is the most wicked of all men and is at a loss for his necessary sustenance, let us free him from hunger....

If it is possible for you, remember everything I have said. If you cannot remember everything, instead of everything, I beg you, remember this without fail, that not to share our own wealth with the poor is theft from the poor and deprivation of their means of life; we do not possess our own wealth but theirs.
That's from some sermons on the parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31) delivered back in the day by John Chrysostom, who was apparently some kind of rabid commie or anarchist or lord knows what.

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