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Saturday, June 17, 2017

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

2nd Sunday after Pentecost!















                                       


Greetings in Christ Jesus,

Sunday June 18, 2017


Epistle: Romans 5: 1-10
Gospel: Matthew 6: 19-25
Psalm:  Psalm 74/75

Friends,

Justified by faith! What does this mean to us today? According to today’s epistle we will not be neglected in suffering, we will suffer. We are told to glory or boast in our suffering as well as in our hope of sharing the glory of God. We are told to store up treasure in heaven and not here on this earth. Our heart will be wherever our treasure is, according to the gospel. We have a warning here; 22 the light of your body is your eye. If your eye be single, your whole body shall be lightsome. 23 But if your eye be evil your whole body shall be darksome. If then the light that is in you, be darkness: the darkness itself how great shall it be!

So what is this “justified by faith” meaning? We simply believe and that is it? Regardless of what comes upon us and regardless of our reaction to it; we are justified simply because we believe?  In another scripture we are told that even the demons believe and tremble, are they justified by their belief as well? What does it mean to store up treasure in heaven? Is this simply a matter of believing? I say that it is not.

We believe and have faith that Jesus is true to His word and that we have salvation through Him unto everlasting life in the light of Almighty God, we store up our treasures in heaven by being faithful to the commandments of Jesus; love God first with all of our heart, with all of our mind, with all of our soul, and with all of our strength. Secondly we love our neighbor as our self. It is by doing these two commandments that we begin to store up treasure in heaven by doing for others. Care for people, clothe them, feed them, give them water, pray for them, and comfort them. This is storing up treasure in heaven. By loving and acting out of true love.

It need not be difficult through many rituals, care for one another as our Lord Jesus cared for us. Carry each other’s burdens as best as we can. Of course we are limited often times in what we can actually do but we do what we can and never, ever, neglect prayer for others, this is free to all of us.

Remember that it is Almighty God who judges us; rejoice in His love and care of and for us and do not be so quick to judge, discern what is right and wrong and stay away from the wrong but it is not ours to judge, judgment and discernment are not the same and are often times confused with each other, by discernment we may keep our hearts and our souls pure, by judgment we cast judgment on ourselves as well. By this I mean that we do not determine who goes into eternal damnation and who does not, we discern one who is on the road to eternal damnation but we do not send that one there. That is God’s decision alone.

Remember; if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity.


In Christ.


   

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

I Pentecost. 1st Sunday after Pentecost.


1st Sunday after Pentecost!















                                      

 Greetings in Christ Jesus,

Sunday June 11, 2017


This day is also one of two All Saints Days’ in the year.

Epistle: Galatians 6: 8-14
Gospel: Matthew 16: 24-27
Psalm 147/148

Friends,

We reap what we sow! If we sow to the flesh we will also reap to the flesh. Therefore we have made no heavenly or spiritual gain. If we want heavenly or spiritual gain we must not sow to the flesh, we must become followers of Jesus; deny ourselves and take up our cross.

If we sow to the flesh in order to gain the whole world and in this we lose our own life, how have we made profit? We must lose our life in the flesh in order to gain our life in the heavenly realm. This is the basic teaching of today’s readings.

Praise the Lord; in all things give glory to God through our Lord and savior Jesus the Christ. All of creation praises the Lord. Man who has a mind and free will has chosen to not praise the Lord but to seek power and glory for himself and to lord himself over all that he is able to lord himself over.

These are the ones who are sowing to the flesh. They seek riches at the expense of others. They care nothing for the struggles of anyone else. Some even say; I can do good all by myself I do not need a god to tell me to help others. Look and see how much I give to the many foundations. I am a good person, I need no one to tell me and I answer to no one.

We must be different than this, love God first with all of your heart, with all of your mind, with all of your soul, with all of your strength. Then love your neighbor as yourself. Then we will be sowing to the spiritual things. Do this in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus. Give up yourself when needed to help someone in need. Do what you are able to do, we all do not have money but we may have bread, we may have a bed, sometimes we may only be able to just simply be there for someone who is in pain whether physical, emotional, or spiritual.

If you are married then give up yourself to care for your family, this means also to instruct them in the ways of the Lord and not to neglect their proper upbringing. Work to support them, love them. If you are single then you must be celibate, you will then have even more time to help others who are not within your family.

Pray always, do not chase after entertainment at the expense of time with the Lord. We will become what we begin and strive for here. If we choose to neglect God then we have taken ourselves away from Him today and in the new world we will be separated from Him because we have separated ourselves from Him here today.

Strive for the true prize that awaits us with patience, faith, perseverance, and diligence. Do not neglect the time here today, it will determine the time tomorrow.

Remember; if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity.

 In Christ!



   

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Many Blessings!

+William

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Love and Worldly Troubles!

 5th Sunday after Resurrection  
 
                                      










Greetings in Christ Jesus,

Sunday May 21, 2017


Epistle: Acts 16: 19-36
Gospel: Mark 7: 31-37
Psalm 70/71 “In thee, O’ Lord, I have hoped

My Friends,

In the readings today we see troubles, there are health issues; a man is brought to Jesus who is deaf and dumb, Jesus heals the man. Notice that Jesus groaned before He healed the man; we have read this before when Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead after four days in the tomb. We have read that Jesus wept. The Apostles are imprisoned for casting an unholy spirit from a girl who was being used for profit by her keepers because she could divine or tell the fortunes of those who she came into contact with. This of course made those who were her keepers much money. While the Apostles were in prison they began praising God, an earthquake came and shook the prison, the doors of the prison were opened and the bands fell off of all of the prisoners.

Our Psalmist speaks of his troubles and of those who seek his life and cause him great grief. Yet in spite of these things, even though his life is in peril, he praises God. He glorifies Him as savior and protector, he believes the promise of God, and he has great faith. The Psalmist as well as the Apostles, who are imprisoned after being beaten, never stops praising God in spite of their life being in great jeopardy.  These are lessons for us today. Regardless of our life and its many difficulties, we are loved and helped. We cannot know how much more difficult it would be for us if our Lord Jesus did not love us. Jesus groans at the healing of those who ask, Jesus weeps at the grave of His friend. Jesus does indeed love us to the point of giving His life for us.

Notice however that all of these people faced great challenges in their life. They had no easy life because they praised and preached Jesus, no, their life was indeed difficult. The world does not want anyone to live in eternal glory because the world is ruled by Lucifer the devil. He was and is the first to defy Almighty God and he suffers greatly for it. So how can he rule the world that God created? Because man allowed him into the world and followed him, this is how. Man continues to allow Lucifer to control him and the world system. Because we have been given free will by the Father, this will continue. We need to struggle against the devil and live for Jesus on this earth. There will come a day when man no longer praises the Creator and when this day comes it will finally signal the end. Currently people are still being born who turn to the Savior Jesus the Christ. Enough so that Almighty God has not instituted the end of the world as we know it and a new earth begins.

We do not know when this end and the new beginning will be, in spite of the many modern prophets who make a living selling Jesus and the destruction of the world; we have no clue when it will be. In the meantime, it rains on us all, haters and lovers of Jesus. The sun shines on us all, haters and lovers of Jesus. We remain together in this world until that day. So take a lesson from the readings. Continue to praise and worship Jesus the Christ and the Father through Him. Never cease to pray and live according to the gospel. Allow the Holy Ghost to guide you. Love God with all of your heart and soul; love your neighbor as yourself. You never know whose life you will change because of this love of God in you.
  
May the peace of our Lord Jesus the Christ be with you throughout this day and the rest of your life. May the Holy Spirit fill us all to overflowing so that everyone in whose path we cross may receive a blessing from our Lord Jesus the Christ.


Blessings

In Christ.



   







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Many Blessings!

+William

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

MID-PASCHA

  











 Greetings in Christ Jesus

Wednesday May 10, 2017


Epistle: Acts 4: 31-35

Gospel: Luke 24: 36-48

Psalm 68/69

My Friends,

We see the power of the Holy Spirit in today’s Epistle reading from the book of the Acts of the Apostles; “and when they had prayed, the place was moved wherein they were assembled; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with confidence”. There is a great need of this today, so many are preaching their own words and calling them the word of God. I don’t know what god they are referring to because there is not much from the Holy Spirit in their speech or philosophy. I believe that going to seminary and memorizing a philosophy and verses of scripture to back this philosophy is not being spiritually led, it is being scholastically led. There is a major difference between the two.

In the Gospel today our Lord has risen from the dead and has appeared to His Disciples, He instructs them further in a face to face conversation so that you would think that after following Him for a few years and then getting further understanding from Him after coming back from the dead that they should know all that they need to know, but then He gives them a strange directive; “I send the promise of my Father upon you: but stay you in the city till you be endued with power from on high”.

In other words, I know that I have taught you face to face and you intellectually know many things, you must wait to go out after I am gone until you receive power from on high. The Holy Spirit had not yet descended on them, they had no power, and they had an intellectual understanding but were still lacking in this authority and power. This is true today of many who go about preaching. There is a lot of dancing around on stage and throwing the arms up in the air. A whole lot of “praise God” is said, promises of a better life here in this world today, a feel good emotionally charged preaching and then the plate is passed around.

Do you think that because there is good preaching that tickles the ears that one cannot leave the spirit? What does the scripture say? Apocalypse/Revelation 2: 2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you cannot bear them that are evil, and you have tried them, who say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars: 3 And you have patience, and have endured for my name, and have not fainted. 4 But I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love. 5 Be mindful therefore from where you are fallen: and repent, and do the first works. Or else I come to you, and will move your candlestick out of its place, except you repent.

The church in Ephesus left its first love which was the joy in Christ Jesus which we can only have through the Holy Spirit. Legalities creep in, false teachings creep in, the zeal becomes alive for the false understanding and the legal commitment along with the emotional showmanship and the quality of the entertainment. These things are not of the Holy Spirit and the love and zeal of and for Jesus the Christ dies.

Our Psalm begins with the words; 1 Unto the end, for them that shall be changed; for David. 2 Save me, O God: for the waters are come in even unto my soul. 3 I stick fast in the mire of the deep: and there is no sure standing. I am come into the depth of the sea: and a tempest hath overwhelmed me.

Unto the end, for the end of time, for them that shall be changed; those who are converted to the Christ, Jesus, this Psalm is for us. Save me O God are the words that we should be crying out, for we are all stuck in the mire of the deep and there is no sure standing because the waters are come in even unto our souls. These are the sin, the cares and the worries of this materialistic world. We must renew our first love and again begin to walk with the Spirit, seek wisdom, seek the Holy Spirit to direct our footsteps. Do not settle for less.

May the peace of our Lord Jesus the Christ be with you throughout this day and the rest of your life. May the Holy Spirit fill us all to overflowing so that everyone in whose path we cross may receive a blessing from our Lord Jesus the Christ.

Blessings




   























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Friday, May 5, 2017

3rd Sunday after Resurrection


 3rd Sunday after Resurrection  

                                       

Greetings in Christ Jesus,

Sunday May 7, 2017


Epistle: Acts 2: 22-28

22 You men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him, in the midst of you, as you also know: 23 This same being delivered up, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you by the hands of wicked men have crucified and slain. 24 Whom God has raised up, having loosed the sorrows of hell, as it was impossible that he should be holden by it. 25 For David says concerning him: I foresaw the Lord before my face: because he is at my right hand, that I may not be moved. 26 For this my heart has been glad, and any tongue has rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope. 27 Because You will not leave my soul in Hades, nor suffer Your Holy One to see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life: You shall make me full of joy with Your countenance.

Gospel: John 4: 5-42

He came therefore to a city of Samaria, which is called Sichar, near the land which Jacob gave to his son Joseph.Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well. It was about the sixth hour.There came a woman of Samaria, to draw water. Jesus said to her: Give me to drink.For his disciples were gone into the city to buy meats.Then that Samaritan woman said to him: How do you, being a Jew, ask of me to drink, who am a Samaritan woman? For the Jews do not communicate with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered, and said to her: If you did know the gift of God, and who he is that said to you, Give me to drink; you perhaps would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water.

11 The woman said to him: Sir, you have nothing wherein to draw, and the well is deep; from where then have you living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered, and said to her: Whosoever drinks of this water, shall thirst again; but he that shall drink of the water that I will give him, shall not thirst for ever: 14 But the water that I will give him, shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up into life everlasting. 15 The woman said to him: Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw. 16 Jesus said to her: Go, call your husband, and come here. 17 The woman answered, and said: I have no husband. Jesus said to her: You have said well, I have no husband: 18 for you have had five husbands: and he whom you now have, is not your husband. This you have said truly. 19 The woman said to him: Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers adored on this mountain, and you say, that at Jerusalem is the place where men must adore.

21 Jesus said to her: Woman, believe me, that the hour comes, when you shall neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, adore the Father. 22 You adore that which you know not: we adore that which we know; for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeks such to adore him. 24 God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman said to him: I know that the Messias comes (who is called Christ); therefore, when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus said to her: I am he, who am speaking with you. 27 And immediately his disciples came; and they wondered that he talked with the woman. Yet no man said: What seek you? or, why talk you with her? 28 The woman therefore left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and said to the men there: 29 Come, and see a man who has told me all things whatsoever I have done. Is not he the Christ?

30 They went therefore out of the city, and came unto him. 31 In the mean time the disciples prayed him, saying: Rabbi, eat. 32 But he said to them: I have meat to eat, which you know not. 33 The disciples therefore said one to another: Has any man brought him to eat? 34 Jesus said to them: My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work. 35 Do you not say, there are yet four months, and then the harvest comes? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and see the countries; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reaps receives wages, and gathersh fruit unto life everlasting: that both he that sows, and he that reaps, may rejoice together. 37 For in this is the saying true: That it is one man that sows, and it is another that reaps. 38 I have sent you to reap that in which you did not labour: others have labored, and you have entered into their labours. 39 Now of that city many of the Samaritans believed in him, for the word of the woman giving testimony: He told me all things whatsoever I have done.

40 So when the Samaritans were come to him, they desired that he would tarry there. And he abode there two days. 41 And many more believed in him because of his own word. 42 And they said to the woman: We now believe, not for your saying: for we ourselves have heard him, and know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world.

Psalm 67/68

Unto the end, a psalm of a canticle for David himself.Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered: and let them that hate him flee from before his face.As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.And let the just feast, and rejoice before God: and be delighted with gladness.Sing to God, sing a psalm to his name, make a way for him who ascends upon the west: the Lord is his name. Rejoice before him: but the wicked shall be troubled at his presence,who is the father of orphans, and the judge of widows. God in his holy place:

God who makes men of one manner to dwell in a house: Who brings out them that were bound in strength; in like manner them that provoke, that dwell in sepulchres. O God, when You did go forth in the sight of Your people, when You did pass through the desert:The earth was moved, and the heavens dropped at the presence of the God of Sina, at the presence of the God of Israel. 10 you shall set aside for Your inheritance a free rain, O God: and it was weakened, but You have made it perfect. 11 In it shall Your animals dwell; in Your sweetness, O God, You have provided for the poor. 12 The Lord shall give the word to them that preach good tidings with great power. 13 The king of powers is of the beloved, of the beloved; and the beauty of the house shall divide spoils.

14 If you sleep among the midst of lots, you shall be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and the hinder parts of her back with the paleness of gold. 15 When he that is in heaven appoints kings over her, they shall be whited with snow in Selmon. 16 The mountain of God is a fat mountain. A curdled mountain, a fat mountain. 17 Why suspect, you curdled mountains? A mountain in which God is well pleased to dwell: for there the Lord shall dwell unto the end. 18 The chariot of God is attended by ten thousands; thousands of them that rejoice: the Lord is among them in Sina, in the holy place. 19 You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts in men. Yea for those also that do not believe, the dwelling of the Lord God. 20 Blessed be the Lord day by day: the God of our salvation will make our journey prosperous to us. 21 Our God is the God of salvation: and of the Lord, of the Lord are the issues from death.

22 But God shall break the heads of his enemies: the hairy crown of them that walk on in their sins. 23 The Lord said: I will turn them from Basan, I will turn them into the depth of the sea: 24 That your foot may be dipped in the blood of your enemies; the tongue of your dogs be red with the same. 25 They have seen Your goings, O God, the goings of my God: of my king who is in his sanctuary. 26 Princes went before joined with singers, in the midst of young damsels playing on timbrels. 27 In the churches bless God the Lord, from the fountains of Israel. 28 There is Benjamin a youth, in ecstasy of mind. The princes of Juda are their leaders: the princes of Zabulon, the princes of Nephthali. 29 Command Your strength, O God: confirm, O God, what You have wrought in us.
30 From thy temple in Jerusalem, kings shall offer presents to You. 31 Rebuke the wild beasts of the reeds, the congregation of bulls with the kine (herd of cows) of the people; who seek to exclude them who are tried with silver. Scatter the nations that delight in wars: 32 ambassadors shall come out of Egypt: Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God. 33 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth: sing to the Lord: Sing to God, 34 who mounts above the heaven of heavens, to the east. Behold he will give to his voice the voice of power: 35 give glory to God for Israel, his magnificence, and his power is in the clouds. 36 God is wonderful in his saints: the God of Israel is he who will give power and strength to his people. Blessed be God.

My Friends,

In our opening Epistle from the book of Acts we can see that today we are speaking of the victory of God over evil, (sin and death). We are shown that Jesus the Christ could not be held in death but that He was freed from death and overcame death so that we might live, this was in fact prophesied by King David in Psalm 15/16: 8 I set the Lord always in my sight: for he is at my right hand, that I be not moved. 9 Therefore my heart has been glad, and my tongue has rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 Because You will not leave my soul in Hades; nor will then give Your holy one to see corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; You shall fill me with joy with Your countenance: at Your right hand are delights even to the end.

This is a time of great joy for all of mankind for all who believe and trust or entrust their entire life or being to the Lord Jesus the Christ. We all must remember that to simply believe that this Jesus existed is not a saving belief for even the demons believe and tremble. This believing for salvation means to trust in and on the Lord, everything in our entire life including our very life and the things that take place are entirely entrusted to Him. This is the belief that we are to have. Nothing short of this will be acceptable.

Remember Jesus said; not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of heaven. We must give ourselves completely over to Him, period. No matter what happens in our life.

In today’s Gospel we see that all, every race, all of mankind is able to believe and gain heaven by this belief. There is no difference of mankind in the salvation of man’s soul. Believe, entrust your entire life to Him and live according to the commandments; if you love me, keep my commandments. The path is not easy, the tempter, Lucifer the devil never rests. We must be ever vigilant to keep ourselves from sin which is turning our back on God himself and doing that which is against Almighty God by either doing what we should not or by not doing what we should.

In today’s Psalm we see the Psalmist speaking prophetically regarding the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ. In verse 1 we see (unto the end) and in verse 19 we can see resurrection and ascension to the Father. (19 You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive;) We can see this theme spoken of by the apostle Paul in the book of the Ephesians chapter 4 verse 8: 8 Wherefore he says: Ascending on high, he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men. 9 Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? Psalms 65, 66, and 67 are sung throughout the Paschal season including bright week, (the week following the Sunday of the Resurrection up to but not including the following Sunday, (Which is called Thomas Sunday)). At the Christ’s resurrection, death, the final enemy, was defeated, we can see here in verse 22 how He ‘broke the heads of his enemies: the hairy crown of them that walk on in their sins’.

This is a victory Psalm of God over His enemies.

May the peace of our Lord Jesus the Christ be with you throughout this day and the rest of your life. May the Holy Spirit fill us all to overflowing so that everyone in whose path we cross may receive a blessing from our Lord Jesus the Christ.


Blessings

In Christ.


   













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Saturday, April 29, 2017

2nd Sunday after Resurrection

 2nd Sunday after Resurrection  

                                      









Greetings in Christ Jesus,

Sunday April 30, 2017


Epistle: Acts 3: 1-13

1 Now Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of prayer. 2 And a certain man who was lame from his mother's womb, was carried: whom they laid every day at the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful, that he might ask alms of them that went into the temple. 3 He, when he had seen Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked to receive an alms. 4 But Peter with John fastening his eyes upon him, said: Look upon us. 5 But he looked earnestly upon them, hoping that he should receive something of them. 6 But Peter said: Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise, and walk. 7 And taking him by the right hand, he lifted him up, and forthwith his feet and soles received strength. 8 And he leaping up, stood, and walked, and went in with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 And they knew him, that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him. 11 And as he held Peter and John, all the people ran to them to the porch which is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.

 12 But Peter seeing, made answer to the people: You men of Israel, why wonder you at this? or why look you upon us, as if by our strength or power we had made this man to walk? 13 The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus, whom you indeed delivered up and denied before the face of Pilate, when he judged he should be released.

Gospel: John 3: 16-24

16 For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believes in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him. 18 He that believes in him is not judged. But he that does not believe, is already judged: because he believes not in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. 20 For every one that does evil hates the light, and comes not to the light, that his works may not be reproved. 21 But he that does truth, comes to the light, that his works may be made manifest, because they are done in God.

 22 After these things Jesus and his disciples came into the land of Judea: and there he abode with them, and baptized. 23 And John also was baptizing in Ennon near Salim; because there was much water there; and they came and were baptized. 24 For John was not yet cast into prison.

Psalm 66/67

1 Unto the end, in hymns, a psalm of a canticle for David. 2 May God have mercy on us, and bless us: may he cause the light of his countenance to shine upon us, and may he have mercy on us. 3 That we may know Your way upon earth: Your salvation in all nations. 4 Let people confess to You, O God: let all people give praise to You. 5 Let the nations be glad and rejoice: for You judge the people with justice, and direct the nations upon earth. 6 Let the people, O God, confess to You: let all the people give praise to You: 7 the earth has yielded her fruit. May God, our God bless us, 8 may God bless us: and all the ends of the earth fear him.


My Friends,

“Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into”. When I was a child, Laurel and Hardy were a popular comedy act on the big screen. The first line here is a famous catch phrase that Oliver Hardy would say to Stan Laurel every time they got into trouble; the reality was that most of the trouble that they got into was in fact a result of Oliver Hardy’s scheming. The team made a film called “Another Fine Mess”, the media and especially the newspapers took up this title as a caption for many cartoons, using Oliver and Hardy. But in fact, even in this film they never spoke the words “another fine mess”, Oliver Hardy’s catch phrase in every film was always “another nice mess”. So what does this have to do with today’s readings?

This misquoting of comedians applies to Holy Scripture. The Bible is so misquoted that truth is almost unknown today. Fairy tales and Hollywood films have so filled the minds of the people that these things are often quoted as scriptural truth and the wording of actual Scripture is accused of being false if spoken and if shown in writing then the accusation goes on to say that scripture has been changed. Even if the quotes themselves are spoken accurately they are taken out of context and so destroyed and twisted into some kind of nonsensical meaning that it becomes absurd at times. In today’s readings we are talking about the love of God. Is this love used to destroy truth by much of the media and the people today? Even from the pulpit? I will tell you that yes it is.

In our first reading we see Peter and John healing a crippled man, how could this be? The love of the Christ working through these two apostles who were connected to Jesus the Christ through the spiritual bond and love is how it works. This love of the Christ can also work through those who do not truly love the Christ themselves but use His Holy name for financial gain. Because of the great love of Jesus the Christ for the people, there are healings done even through those who do not believe.

We see this clearly on the scripture regarding the Day of Judgment when the people are separated to the left and to the right and those who are put to the left complain, Jesus the Christ says; Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’…

In the Gospel reading we see this love of God the Father come to life when He sends His Only Begotten Son in the flesh to give up His flesh for man. We see this love exemplified in the Son; Jesus the Christ, as He indeed suffers for man, dies, is buried, and rises, defeating sin and death for our sake. What do we read in the Psalm today? We read what the church teaches, confess and praise God for salvation. This is not an invention of the church for the Psalms existed centuries before what is known as the church today although the church has always existed in time in the mind of Almighty God.

Because God loves us He tells us to repent, confess, come back to Him and praise Him. Because of His love for us He will not lie. Love does not lie to us, it tells us the truth. Sin separates us from God, it does not separate us from love, God still loves us even though we sin, but, our sin turns us away from God, this is the separation, we separate ourselves through our sin. We are a witness to the love of God and when we lie to someone who asks an honest question regarding sin so that we do not lose their friendship or so that we do not hurt their feelings, we do them great harm. They will continue in their sin. Often times the answer to the question that is asked is in fact already known to the asker, but they do not want to change from their sin so when asking the question their desire to remain in their sin is simply confirmed by one who claims the Christ but gives a false answer.

Sometimes there may not be an exact answer or we simply may not be sure or know the answer. We need to be honest here as well and then seek the answer from God. Jesus the Christ loved the people, He gave His life for all. He ate with sinners, He walked and talked with them, He was spoken against by the leaders of Israel for this, but read carefully the words; He never lied but always gave the truthful answer when asked. He spoke with love and concern but always the truth was given. We cannot change the truth. We must ask God for the courage to speak truth when asked a question. If the question asked has anything to do with the salvation of someone’s soul. The truth must be given to them. There is no other way.

This my friends is true love for the soul of another human being.


May the peace of our Lord Jesus the Christ be with you throughout this day and the rest of your life. May the Holy Spirit fill us all to overflowing so that everyone in whose path we cross may receive a blessing from our Lord Jesus the Christ.


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Many Blessings!

+William