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Jul 8, 2021

▪️ Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. - Ephesians 5:16

🛑 What is the evil of the day?

The evil of the day ought to belong to the day.

What is the evil of a body?

Disease. And what again the evil of the soul?

Wickedness. What is the evil of water? Bitterness.

And the evil of each particular thing, is with reference to that nature of it which is affected by the evil.

If then there is an evil in the day, it ought to belong to the day, to the hours, to the day-light.

So also Christ says, Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 6:34 And from this expression we shall understand the other.

In what sense then does he call the days evil? In what sense the time evil?

It is not the essence of the thing, not the things as so created,
but it is the things transacted in them.

In the same way as we are in the habit of saying, I have passed a disagreeable and wretched day.

And yet how could it be disagreeable, except from the circumstances which took place in it?

Now the events which take place in it are, good things from God,

but evil things from bad men.

So then of the evils which happen in the times, men are the creators,

and hence it is that the times are said to be evil.

And thus we also call the times evil.

St. John Chrysostom

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