Discourse Two on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
(Delivered in Antioch in the year 389 or 390 on the second day of the month.)
By St. John Chrysostom
1. I was pleased yesterday to see your right feeling when I entered upon the subject of Lazarus, inasmuch as you approved of the patience of the poor man, and shrank from the cruelty and inhumanity of the rich man. These are no small tokens of a noble mind. For if, though not possessing virtue, we yet praise it, then we may be at all events more able to attain it. In like manner if, though we do not flee from sin, we still blame sin, then we may at all events be able to escape from it. Since, therefore, you received that address with great favor, let me deliver to you those things which still remain.