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Matthew [18:1-5] True Greatness Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10,17-24. The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us …More
Matthew [18:1-5] True Greatness

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10,17-24.

The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name."
Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power 'to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
At that very moment he rejoiced (in) the holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."
Turning to the disciples in private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

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Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407)
priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
Homily 1 on the 1st letter to the Thessalonians


"Jesus rejoiced (in) the holy Spirit "

“You became imitators of the divine Lord,” Paul says. In what way? “Receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit” (1 Thes 1:6) ... Affliction affects the material part of our self, joy shines within the higher, spiritual part. Let me explain myself: life's calamities are sad and painful but their outcome is joyful, since the Spirit wishes it so. Thus, it is impossible to be glad when we suffer if, on that occasion, we are suffering for our sins; but we will even allow ourselves to be lashed joyfully if it is for Christ's sake (cf. Acts 5:41).
This is what the apostle terms “joy from the Holy Spirit”. We breathe it in those very things that nature rejects with horror. You have been subjected, he says, to a thousand trials, you have undergone persecution, but the Spirit did not abandon you in these trials. As the three children were surrounded by a gentle dew in the furnace (Dn 3:10) so were you in affliction. Most certainly this was not due to the nature of the fire but was caused by the Spirit's breath. Similarly, it is not in the nature of trials to give us joy so this joy can only come from suffering borne for Christ's sake, from the divine dew of the Spirit, which transforms the furnace of suffering into a place of rest. “With joy”, he says; and not with any kind of joy but with an unquenchable joy. This is what is to be understood so long as the Spirit is its author.