Thursday, October 03, 2013
Making A Difference
Fr. John begins by discussing the terrible news of shootings in America and about suicide. We need to get rid of evil-ness in us and around us, but also with compassion.
Then the sermon walks into Matthew Chapter 15, asking: what's more important - the tradition or the mercy and love of God?
Fr. John Brian challenges Orthodox Christians: "If we cannot be expressions of the mercy and love of God than tradition can do very little for us."
"We cannot just be a hollow continuation of a tradition or a language or a culture. That's not what we are called to be as Christians. We are called to be so much more."
We need to bring goodness into every area of our lives, putting aside all evilness.
The Holy tardition ought be an expression of the love and mercy of God in our lives.
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This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, September 22, 2013 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
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