The study of the Bible was one of the subjects, which often concernced St. John Chrysostom.
That is why in many of his speeches he refers to this issue and urges Christians to read the Bible.
Let’s enjoy it in the following text:
“Pleasant, of course, is the meadow and a garden, but it is much more enjoyable to read the Divine Scriptures.
Because there there are flowers that are withering, while here there are meanings that are always vigorous; there there is the breeze that is blowing, while here there is the breeze of the Spirit; there the thorns fence, while here the providence of God secures; there the cicadas sing, while here the prophets are chanting; there you have the pleasure of sight, while here the benefit of reading.
The garden is in one place, while the Scriptures are in all parts of the world; the garden works according to the seasons, while the Scriptures, both in the winter and the summer, have rich leaves and are full of fruits.
So, let us take care of reading the Bible, because if you watch the Bible, it takes away your distress, it embeds pleasure, it destroys the evil, it roots the virtue, it does not leave you in the turmoil of things to suffer like those who suffer from a storm.
The sea is raging, but you are sailing in peace, because your captain is the reading of the Scriptures and this rope does not break by the temptation of the circumstances.”