Who St. John Chrysostom preferred to eat with

“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (St. Luke 14:13-14)

St. John Chrysostom’s first sermon on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians sets forth a choice; would you rather take part in a rich banquet on fine dinnerware with dignitaries, or share a simple meal with poor, the blind, the lame, and the maimed? Access the sermon here:

http://www.ccel.org/fathers2/NPNF1-13/npnf1-13-50.htm#P1919_1251603

St. John Chrysostom, as you might imagine, chooses the latter option, and argues for it.

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