42. The sin, an offense to God
It is told about St. John Chrysostom that Arcadio, the emperor of Constantinople, incited by his wife Eudoxia, tried to punish the saint. Different punishments were proposed by five judges: “Exile him to the desert”, said one of them. “Take his goods from him”, another answered. “Put him on jail, carried with chains.” “Kill him.” The last one said to the emperor: “If you send him to the exile, he will be happy, knowing that he has God everywhere; if you take his goods from him, you don't take it from him, but from the poor; if you put him on jail, he will kiss the chains; if you condemned him to death, you open Heaven's door to him...Make him sin. He only fears sin.”
We would ask ourselves if, as St. John Chrysostom did, we have sin as the worst evil.