If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. Sacrifice a lamb without blemish, commanded Moses, and sprinkle its blood on your doors. If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an irrational beast could possibly save men endowed with reason, his answer would be that the saving power lies not in the blood itself, but in the fact that it is a sign of the Lord’s blood. In those days, when the destroying angel saw the blood on the doors he Continue reading
Today’s second reading from the Office of Readings is a beautiful excerpt from a homily on Matthew by Saint John Chrysostom. Though he died in the fifth century, these words are just as applicable today as they were 1,600 years ago.
You are the salt of the earth. It is not for your own sake, he says, but for the world’s sake that the word is entrusted to you. I am not sending you into two cities only or ten or twenty, not to a single nation, as I sent the prophets of old, but across land and sea, to the whole world. And that world is in a miserable state. For when he says: You are the salt of the earth, he is indicating that all mankind had lost its savor and had been corrupted by sin. Therefore, he requires of these men those virtues which are especially useful and even necessary if they are to bear the burdens of many. For the man who is kindly, modest, merciful and just will not keep his good works to himself but will see to it that these admirable fountains send out their streams for the good of others. Again, the man who is clean of heart, a peacemaker and ardent for truth will order his life so as to contribute to the common good. Continue reading
Our Christian faith is truly an incredible, amazing, astounding, thing!
Of all the religions in all the world, which among them can claim the truths we as Christians profess?
The following quote brings home that most wonderful of truths: truly, we have a God who loves each of us in such a personal way!
I will serve you, because I came ‘to serve and not to be served.’
I am a friend, and a brother and sister, and a mother;
I am everything, and all I want is an intimate friendship with you.
I have become poor for you,
a beggar for you,
been crucified for you,
buried in a sepulchre for you.
In Heaven I intercede before God the Father for you;
and on earth I am His ambassador to you.
You are everything to me, brother, co-heir, friend.
What more do you want?
St John Chrysostom
Sometimes when we are going through many trials and difficulties, we forget how close the Lord really is to us. How much He cares for us, how much He has done for us.
Jesus is Love in action! He has proven His love.
Can we prove our love for Him?