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John [15:26-16:4] The World’s Hatred Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15,26-27.16,1-4a. Jesus said to his disciples: "When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,…More
John [15:26-16:4] The World’s Hatred

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15,26-27.16,1-4a.
Jesus said to his disciples: "When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.
And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you."

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Saint Peter Chrysologus (c.406-450)

Bishop of Ravenna, Doctor of the Church
Sermon 108; PL 52, 499

Offer a sacrifice to God
“I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice” (Rm 12:1). With this plea the apostle Paul raises all men to participation in the priesthood (...). We do not look outside ourselves for something to offer God but bring with us and within us something to sacrifice to God for our own advantage (...): “I urge you by the mercies of God.” Brothers, this sacrifice is in Christ's image, he who laid down his life here below and offered it for the life of the world. Indeed he made a living sacrifice of his body who yet lives after being killed. In so great a sacrifice death was destroyed, removed by the sacrifice (...). Hence martyrs are born at the time of their death and begin to live as their life ends; they live when they are killed and shine in heaven when people on earth think they have been snuffed out (...). The prophet sang: “You did not ask for sacrifice or oblation but a body you have prepared for me” (Ps 39[40]:7). Become both the sacrifice that is offered and the one who offers it to God. Do not lose what God's power has granted you. Put on the cloak of holiness. Take up the belt of chastity. May Christ be the veil over your head; the cross the breastplate that gives you perseverance. Keep in your heart the sacrament of Holy Scripture. May your prayer burn constantly like a sweet-smelling fragrance to God. Take up “the sword of the Spirit” (Eph 6:17); may your heart be the altar where, without fear, you may offer your whole self, your whole life. (...) Offer your faith to make reparation for unbelief; offer your fasting to put an end to voraciousness; offer your chastity that sensuality may die; be fervent that wrongdoing may cease; exercise mercy to end avarice; and to suppress foolishness, offer your holiness. Thus will your life become your offering if it has not been wounded by sin. Your body lives, yes, it lives, each time that, putting evil to death within you, you offer living virtues to God.