Saint John Chrysostom on Adam’s Attempt to Hide from God

St. John Chrysostom

He calls personally: “The Lord called Adam,” the text says, “and said to him, “Adam, where are you?’”…
What has happened? I left you in one condition whereas now I find you in another; I left you clad in glory, whereas now I find you in nakedness.
“Where are you?’” How did this happen to you? Who has brought you to this changed condition? What kind of robber and brigand has robbed you like this in an instant of all the substance of your wealth and cast you into such indigence? Whence has come the nakedness you are experiencing? Who is responsible for depriving you of that wonderful garment you had the good fortune to wear? What is this sudden transformation? What tempest has all at once in this way sunk all your precious cargo? What has happened to make you try to hide yourself from the one who has been so kind to you and placed you in a position of such importance? Who is it you are now endeavouring to avoid through fear? Surely, after all, no one has cause to accuse you? Surely, after all, no witnesses are testifying against you? Whence comes the fear and dread that overwhelms you? “’I head the sound,’” the text says, “as you walked in the garden, I was afraid because I am naked, and I hid’” Whence comes the knowledge of your nakedness? Tell me: what is new and surprising? Who could ever have told you of this, unless you have become the guilty cause of your own shame, unless you have eaten from that one tree I told you not to eat from?

* This excerptis from “Daily Readings from the Writings of St. John Chrysoston” compiled by Fr. Anthony M. Coniaris

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