The great preacher St. John Chrysostom from Antioch known as “John the Golden Mouth”. A priest from Syria came to Constantinople, under the cloud of imperial politics he became the bishop of the greatest city in the empire.
He suffered from stomach ailment, though his body was weak, his tongue was so powerful. He became famous for his sermons. His interpretation of the Scripture, never failed short from hitting the point, often said to sting the high and mighty, and often lasted for couple of hours.
Disliked by many courtiers at the imperial court; accorded precedence before the highest state officials.
Often in his sermons, John called to share wealth with the poor, a message not appreciated by the rich, just as much as disliked by those unfaithful who detested his message about marriage fidelity, men and women. Justice and Charity known no double standards for John.
At the pulpit, John would become so excited that he would draw criticism and trouble, and called a hypocrite when it came to wealth and chastity.
Taking actions against unworthy bishops, some accused him of uncanonical extension of his authority. The archbishop of Alexandria, Theophilus and Empress Eudoxia were determined to discredit him. Resenting his sermons, often mentioning the lurid Jezebel and impious Herodias, contrasting gospel values with the excesses of imperial court life; Eudoxia supported Theoplhilus and other angry bishops with their stand against him, John died in exile in 407.
John Chrysostom’s preaching, by word and example, exemplifies the role of the prophet to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. For his honesty and courage, he paid the price of a turbulent ministry as bishop, personal vilification, and exile.