Category : Scripture

Written on Sep, 10, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

The good friend that He is, God not only wants us to be His friend, He wants us to be friends with each other. God, if I may speak in this way, delights not only in our friendship with Him but with each other.

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Written on Sep, 04, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

To be watchful in these ways requires that we always stand firm in our faith. We must first commend ourselves and all those in our lives to Christ. The fathers of the Church were keenly aware that apart from Christ, the tendency of creation to change leads only to death and decay. All things change, all things pass away, only Christ remains. Without Christ, not only will even the good things in our life will disappoint us, they will fail us and yes, even betray us.

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Written on Aug, 27, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

…to be perfect means letting nothing limit our willingness to love our neighbor with that same love Christ has for each of us. This love is the only way we can pay the debt we owe to the blessings God has given us by the hand of our neighbor.

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Written on Aug, 20, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, August 20, 2017: 11th Sunday of Matthew; Samuel the Prophet, Holy Martyr Luke of Bouleutos, Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, Stephen, First King of Hungary, Hierotheos, Bishop of Hungary Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12 Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35 Glory to Jesus Christ! St Paul chastises the Corinthians for failing to do …

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Written on Aug, 13, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Reconciliation requires with those who’ve hurt me or to help others be reconciled to Christ and the Church can only happen if I see a least faint glimmer of goodness in the person. If I can’t see at least “the silhouette of virtue” in them,

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Written on Aug, 06, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Let us run with confidence and joy to enter into the cloud like Moses and Elijah, or like James and John. Let us be caught up like Peter to behold the divine vision and to be transfigured by that glorious transfiguration. Let us retire from the world, stand aloof from the earth, rise above the body, detach ourselves from creatures and turn to the creator, to whom Peter in ecstasy exclaimed: Lord, it is good for us to be here.

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Written on Jul, 30, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

However important, and even essential, are the things we do in this life we need to remember that “there will be none of these tasks” in the Kingdom of God. Rather like what Martha we “will find there is what Mary chose.” In the Kingdom of God “we shall not feed others, we ourselves shall be fed” by Jesus Christ the Word of God.

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Written on Jul, 23, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

To avoid the temptation to sentimentality, to “faith” without works, we need to remember that actions worthy of the name “charity” demand practical skills. While our emotions have a role to play in our spiritual lives, like good intentions, they aren’t sufficient. More importantly, and again like good intentions, detached from the moral obligation to practical and effective good works, our emotions can easily deceive us.

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Written on Jul, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

For many Christians, the centrality of good works to our salvation is much contested. And even when it isn’t, many Christians get anxious whenever they hear someone say that there are good deeds are expected of them. So what do we mean by “good works”?

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Written on Jul, 10, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

To profess Christ for our neighbor’s salvation can never be a purely formal action. There can be nothing mechanical about sharing the Gospel with others. Rather, what we say must be the fruit both of our love for Christ and for the person with whom we are speaking. If love is missing, whatever I say will come off artificial or manipulative. It will feel to people as if I’m trying to win an argument or, worse, humiliate them.

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