Saint John Chrysostom was a monk in the desert for quite some time. When he was brought to Constantinople, he was made a bishop against his will. His body was weak from stomach ailments because of his desert days. Although his body wasn’t strong, his tongue was. Saint John’s sermons were high and mighty and sometimes lasted 2 hours. Many of his sermons called for sharing wealth with the poor. Whether intended or not, sermons mentioning the lurid Jezebel and impious Herodias were associated with the empress, who finally did manage to have John exiled. He died in exile in 407.
Saint John Chrysostom spread the Good News with courage and honesty. He continued preaching regardless of what anybody else would say. We pray today so that we may understand the Good News and spread the word effectively as he did, Amen.