Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fifty Years and Eternal Life

Fifty years and Eternal Life

Christ is Risen!

The contrast between a birthday and eternal life can be startling. One is the annual solar return that marks one's mortality. The other, a life beyond the confines of this world. Yet, both can be celebrated.

This sermon includes a homiletic sermon on 1 John Chapter 5, in light of the story of the disciples on the way to Emmaus in the Gospel of Luke. This sermon uses the English translation of the Aramaic by Lamsa. The Aramaic Bible, also called the Peshitta, was written in the orignal language of Jesus and his apostles. In that original canon of scripture, there was only one Epistle of John and it was the last book of the New Testament. In that context, reading the end of John's first epistle can give insight into the whole of the Epistles and their instruction about eternal life.

Fr John Brian also spends a few extra minutes reflecting on 50 years of life in this world.

So, this is like two sermons in one: Fifty Years and Eternal Life.

This sermon lesson uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara Syrian lectionary and was given on Sunday, May 22, 2011 by Fr. John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

"We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God and not of us." 2 Corinthians 4:7.

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