Rejoice in the Lord Always

by Scott D. Hendricks

The whole of time is a festival for Christians, because of the abundance of good things that have been given. . . The Son of God was made man for you; He freed you from death and called you to a kingdom. Therefore, you who have obtained and are still obtaining such things, how can it be less than your duty to keep the feast all your life? Let no one then be downcast about poverty, and disease, and craft of enemies. For it is a festival, even the whole of our time. For this reason Paul said: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice.”

~ St. John Chrysostom

Theodore G. Sylianopoulos, The Way of Christ (Brookline: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2002), 28.