Whenever they reproach you

“Blessed are ye whenever they reproach you and persecute you, and say every evil word against you falsely on account of Me.  [Mt. 5:11]

Saint Chrysostom: “It is as if He said, ‘Though they call you sorcerers, deceivers, pestilent, or whatever else, happy are you.’ What could be newer than these commands? Wherein the very things which all others flee from, these He declares to be desirable; I mean to be poor, mourning, persecuted, and evilly reported….He who is evil spoken of is so far from miserable, but happy. See again the prize: ‘Your reward is great in the heavens.’ Now do not be discouraged that He does not mention a kingdom. For although He gives different names to His rewards, yet He brings all into His kingdom.” [Ib., P.G. 57:190 (cols. 228).]

(The Orthodox New Testament, Volume 1, Holy Apostles Convent, Buena Vista, Colorado)

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