Life of Saint John the Theologian – Chapter 12

The Life and Struggles of the
Holy Apostle and Evangelist
John the Theologian

Chapter 12

Chrysus the Magistrate

“The civic magistrate Chrysus, and his wife, Seline had an only son who was possessed. Hearing that John worked great wonders, he took his son and went to Myron’s house. When he beheld him, John immediately said: ‘Chrysus, thy sins prevail over and tyrannize thy don. Therefore consider thy taking of bribes and favoritism in lawsuits hateful to the Lord,that thou mayest find mercy with God. But wherefore hast thou come to us?’ Chrysus answered: ‘Sir, take whatever I possess in my house, only cast the evil spirit from my son, lest he peris evilly.’ John answered: ‘We have no need of thy possessions, but we have need of thee and thy son!’ Chrysus replied: ‘Sir, what must I do to restore my son?’ John answered:’Believe in the crucified Jesus and thou shalt behold His power.’ Chrysus then declared: ‘I believe sir, only heal my son!’ Then John took hold of the child’s right hand and sealed it with the sign of the cross thrice and offered up a prayer; and straightway the evil spirit departed from the lad. When Chrysus beheld this sign, he was struck with awe and fell down prostrate before John, saying: ‘Of a truth, father, God is with thee!’ The following day, Chrysus took Seline, his son, and a substantial amount of money, and went to John, saying: ‘Sir, take all of this and bestow upon us the seal of Christ.’ John replied: ‘For the deal of Christ ye do not require money, but only a pure faith. As for this money, distribute it among those in need, and receive freely the grace of Christ.’ After he had instructed them, he baptized them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and sent them to their home in peace. We remained a long while in Myron’s home without going forth, but all came there to be catechized and baptized.

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