Saint John Chyrsostom Exhorts Us to Pay Attention to the Sermon

Saint John Chyrsostom Exhorts Us to Pay Attention to the Sermon

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Few people, sitting down with friends to watch a major sports event, would remind each other to pay attention. When we are being entertained, it isn’t hard to pay attention. But how many of us can muster the same attentiveness during the sermon in church?

In this episode, Fr. David Smith shares the first homily of Saint John Chrysostom on the Gospel of John. This homily doesn’t spend as much time on the Gospel itself as you might expect. In fact, the preacher begins by telling his listeners to pay attention! Listen in – it sounds like people in Saint John’s day weren’t so different from our own generation.

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Fr. David Smith

Fr. David Smith is the senior priest at St.Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Syracuse, NY. He is a graduate of Drew University and Asbury Theological Seminary, as well as having a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary/Antiochian House of Studies, granted in 2000. In addition, he has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator (NY and PA) since 2005. He is happily married with four children.