Spiritual Reflections of Fr John Brian

A web place for epistles, sermons, homilies, and other spiritual and pastoral reflections of Fr John Brian Paprock, including Sunday sermons from Holy Transfiguration Chapel in Madison Wisconsin and links to articles published on-line. All images are from the archives of Fr John Brian. Most of them are photographs taken by him. Permission to use any of the content of this blog needs to be requested - frjohnbrian@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Imperfectly Reaching For Perfection

Imperfectly Reaching For Perfection
Impurely Reaching for Purity

What is the main problem with this world that we have to struggle against? Why are we not already perfect and pure? If we have attained purity and perfection, why can't we just stay that way? Why doesn't God just make us that way and keep us that way?

These questions (and maybe a few answers) are discussed in this sermon by Fr John Brian. Using Hebrews Chapter 8 and the prophecy of Mary when she meets Elizabeth, Fr. John Brian investigates why we need a savior in the first place and why the story of Jesus Christ is still relevant in our modern age.

This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, November 27, 2011 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

"Called to Divine Nature" is the theme of an open and free mini-retreat in Madison, January 21, 2012 hosted by Holy
Transfiguration Mission. Pre-registration by email or voicemail by January 8 is encouraged.

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