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St. John Chrysostom—Homily 33 on the Gospel according to St. Matthew

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Mar 08, 2022 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“So long as we are sheep, we conquer: though ten thousand wolves prowl around, we overcome and prevail. But if we become wolves, we are worsted, for the help of our Shepherd departs from us: for He feeds not wolves, but sheep.”

In addition to being a towering figure among the Early Church Fathers, St. John Chrysostom (c. 347-407 AD) is also one of the greatest preachers the Church has ever produced—a truth attested to by the fact that most of Chrysostom’s extant writings are sermons.

This is the thirty-third of the nearly one hundred exegetical homilies by Chrysostom on the Gospel of Matthew, in which Chrysostom emphasizes Christ’s command that his followers be as “sheep in the midst of wolves... wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”


Homily 33 on the Gospel According to St. Matthew Full Text:

Way of the Fathers, Ep. 41—Chrysostom (Part 1) | Golden Mouth & Golden Mysteries:

Way of the Fathers, Ep. 42—Chrysostom (Part 2) | Triumph, Tragedy & Glory:

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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for, the “voice” of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. Based in New York City, he holds both a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. See full bio.

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