Monday, September 21, 2009

John Chrysostom: Read the Bible to Your Family

Let us take all this to heart, then, dearly beloved, and on returning home let us serve a double meal, one of food and the other of sacred reading; while the husband reads what has been said, let the wife learn and the children listen, and let not even servants be deprived of the chance to listen. Turn your house into a church; you are, in fact, even responsible for the salvation both of the children and of the servants. Just as we are accountable for you, so too each of you is accountable for your servant, your wife, your child.

- John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Sermon 6 on Genesis, in St. John Chrysostom, Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis, p. 105 (2004), Robert C. Hill translator.