I often read the Daily Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary & a few of the readings are from St John Chrysostem’s homilies. Naturally i looked him up & read some of his other homilies.
Good stuff. Never thought much of him being of the Orthodox Church.
Last few days I’ve been reading here about the Orthodox Church & quite frankly I am more confused than I’ve been in a while.
Many of the beliefs the Orthodox Church holds to they claim they received from Apostolic tradition. The Catholic Church makes the same claim.
I understand the different levels of Theory (or whatever the official name is). & I accept that, more or less. But if we’re talking about things like the dormition of the BVM, the righteousness of St Joseph, how can we be so far apart if our beliefs were handed down, by word of mouth from one Apostle to his successor & to his successor after him?
There is a tradition, I believe, in the east that the Apostles came together at Mary’s death to say goodbye to her. If that is true, how can the West deny her passing?
Does the East consider St Joseph a Saint? I’ve read stories where they consider his doubt of the incarnation an obstacle. How is it that the West believe so differently.
Back to St John Chrysostom. I just read this from this homily.
If He can establish in peace a city torn by factions, how much more is He able to establish the Church! The Church is stronger than heaven. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away. What words? Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Is he saying what I think he is saying? & if so, how does that explain the chasm between us now?