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        Paul writes: "Anyone who will not work shall not eat."  The Apostle himself would have been able not to work, since he had been entrusted with a great mission.  Notwithstanding that, he worked day and night.  All the more reason for others to do the same.   

        "We hear some of you are living in idleness, not doing any work."  Even if they were passing the time in prayer and fasting, they would not be doing the manual work of which the Apostle is speaking.     

        He concludes: "Such persons we command and exhort in the name of the Lord Jesus to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living." 

        Paul does not say:  "If they are idlers, let the community keep them."  On the contrary, he demands two things:  that they keep quiet and they they work.     

St. John Chrysostom








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