Even though honey is sweet, the sick one perceives it as bitter, but the crime is not the honey’s, but rather the illness must be to blameSt. John Chrysostom “ΕΙΣ ΤΟΝ ΑΓΙΟΝ ΙΕΡΟΜΑΡΤΥΡΑ ΦΩΚΑΝ, ΚΑΙ ΚΑΤΑ ΑΙΡΕΤΙΚΩΝ” (N. 703)
St. John Chrysostom points out to us that the sweetest honey can be perceived as bitter by someone who is sick. Is the honey to blame? No, the sickness is to blame.
Today, truth is not at all acceptable to the majority. Not that anything is wrong or could be wrong with the truth. Simply, the truth has become distasteful for many due to the sickness in the spiritual life. Truth demands actions, spirituality, and using our minds. The truth often hurts and is always accompanied by so many difficulties.
And yes, it is always easier going along with the crowd. The truth though holds the real honey. Can we reach out and perceive beyond our spiritual infirmity?