Thursday, November 21, 2013

You Lack One Thing...

You Lack One Thing...

In Mark, Chapter 10, Jesus Christ is presented with the problems of those that want to follow Him, but do not. In this instance, the issue presented is wealth.

Fr. John Brian gives a homiletic sermon on the real issue of possessions and wealth, how it is a quick test of humility which is neded to follow.

It is our attachment to wealth, to things, that keep us bound to this world and unable to rise to heaven. But we are very attched to our things. Fr. John Brian brings the example of Papa Nicholas, a 19th Century Greek priest, who demonstrated great piety.

This episode to Jesus saying, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to get to heaven..."
Of course, in Mark's version, an explanation of sorts is given by Jesus.

Then in the appointed Epistle, 1 Thessalonians, St. Paul exhorts us in chapter 4:3-4 - to "keep [our] possesions in sancitification and honor." Fr. John Brian helps us understand this and then compares sexuality to financial issues to help in our understanding.

"You are taught by God to love one another." 1 Thessalonians 4:9

"With God all things are possible." Mark 10

This is a sermon in continuation of the Syrian church's celebration of the Cross.

Please pray for Fr. John Brian who continues to encourage us in the continuing development of Christian spirituality.

This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, October 20, 2013 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

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