In our recent celebration of our patron saint, St John Chrysostom, Fr Ian suggested two challenges for us today arising from Chrysostom’s life:
St John Chrysostom came from a distant part of the Empire to the imperial city of Constantinople. He was a stranger from a distant place. He saw things differently to the ‘residents’ and openly and robustly challenged what he felt needed reforming, while affirming what was good.
Have we the wisdom to listen to the voice of the ‘stranger’ – the person of difference from a distant place, and seek to discern the truth and goodness within what they are saying?
St John Chrysostom built on what was good in the city, and did not hesitate in speaking out against injustice, inequality and lack of hospitality. As Christians encouraged by his example we affirm what is good in our society and cooperate with those who build up what is good. At the same time we also take courage to speak out against injustice and do what we can to make our local society, and the world a more just and caring place.
What can we do as individuals, and as a church, to affirm the good in our world? How can we challenge the injustices and inequalities that disturb us in the world today?
We hope, through our church blog, to offer some responses to these challenges.