SURPASSED BY WOMEN
Man surpasses woman in worldly
matters but, in spiritual matters, women get the better of men and
are the first to seize the prize of heaven and soar like eagles to
the heights of holiness. While men, like jackdaws, remain
stuck to the ground.
The women of the Old Testament were
great and admirable characters: such were Sarah, Rebekah,
Deborah and Hannah. Yet, they never surpassed the men of the
But now it is the very contrary;
women outstrip and eclipse men. This is a shame. Man is
the head but he is surpassed by the body; he is the leader but he is
surpassed by his follower. Man is supposed to rule over woman
but how can man be ruler when he is surpassed by his subject?
St. John Chrysostom