Spiritual Reflections of Fr John Brian

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Kingdom of Heaven is for Children

Kingdom of Heaven is for Children

Today's sermon is about Matthew Chapter 18 where there is a recorded event where Jesus uses children among the crowd to emphasize an important lesson: the quality of children ought to emulated.

There is some variety of which qualities He was emphasizing, but one which is mentioned today is humility. But it is often overlooked that, in Matthew's gospel, it is not only the manner we approach the kingdom of heaven, but also how we should receive others.

Entering the Kingdom of Heaven is a present moment dilemma. As we grow up in the ways of the world, we lose the very things we need to know God and be with Him.

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This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, July 28, 2013 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

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