Maxim Week 46

Accept criticism gratefully but test it carefully. We are not obliged to put into practice every criticism that’s given to us. Sometimes the criticism is false. But we certainly must welcome it, be grateful for it, test it. And St. John Chrysostom said, even when we’re accused of something, even if we think it’s not true, we should accept the criticism as true and put it into practice then we’ll never go wrong. Because if our accuser is right, we have repented, and we have pleased them. If they’re not right, we put them to shame.

Fr. Thomas Hopko

The ultimate example to us for this, is Jesus himself.

And the high priest arose and said to Him, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” But Jesus kept silent.

Matthew 26:62-63a

And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.

Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.

Matthew 27:12-13

Let us follow our Lord’s example and keep silent. Let us learn from the criticism that heads our way. I know I need to.

Have a blessed week!

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