Salvation

A Life of Obedience – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

A Life of Obedience – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

Some may back away from an obedience so complete, believing that serving God means loss to self. After all, look what it got Jesus – a cross. Others may say it is our duty anyway. In truth, they are right; it is our duty anyway. However, there is more to it than that. Obeying God did bring Christ to the cross but on the cross he became the Savior of the world; and beyond the cross, his obedience brought him to the resurrection, to eternal glory, and to the right hand of God. Adam, Satan, and all of us have made the same mistake too often and too long. Obeying God in the long term loses us nothing, but gains us everything and has it the power to bless countless others in the world around us. .

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True Repentance – Gospel in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Advent

True Repentance – Gospel in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Advent

This is what we are called to turn and return to, not just once, but over and over again—whether we’ve completely fallen off the wagon (or never even gotten on it), or “simply” find ourselves struggling to trust in the goodness and character of God in the face of life’s struggles. True repentance and conversion don’t just happen once. They are a life-long process of constantly directing and re-directing ourselves towards God, who loves us more than we can fathom and who longs to fill every valley, make straight the crooked and smooth the rough. It is only as we turn away from the things that hurt us or harm us and turn toward Him and His love in trust and surrender that this healing, this salvation (the two words are often used interchangeably in the Gospels) can actually begin to take place.

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The God Who Washes Feet – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Easter

The God Who Washes Feet – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Easter

The passage above opens with a curious statement that can be easily overlooked but, in fact, is the key to everything. St. Peter says that “God…glorified his servant Jesus…” which might lead one to believe that in some way Jesus did not participate in the glory of God prior to his Incarnation, Passion, Death and Resurrection. But that is not the case, as is clear in John 17:5. No, it is not the glory of Christ’s divinity that is in question here, but rather the glorification of his humanity, and this for our sake alone for, as St. Gregory of Nazianzus states,”That which was not assumed is not healed; but that which is united to God is saved”

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He Came to Save – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

He Came to Save – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

Our lives are left impoverished by sin, our hearts are broken because of sin, and we find ourselves imprisoned by our sin and its effects …Even if we just think very superficially we can see the toll our envy, self-centeredness, anger, and pride have taken on our own happiness and those around us. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly.” Isn’t that, then, the same as Paul saying, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”? By saving us from sin he restores us to life, life abundant and life eternal. Best of all he restores us to relationship with Life itself, to relationship with God, in whom is our only true life and happiness.

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The Most Beautiful Way – Gospel Reading of the Fifth Week of Easter

The Most Beautiful Way – Gospel Reading of the Fifth Week of Easter

Far more is being promised here than simply entry into some ethereal, otherworldly place that we so often imagine heaven to be. This is the promise of the beatific vision—that we, sinful mortals, might finally behold God unmediated (for then we shall see him “face to face”), and in so doing, partake in His Divine Life, “the perfect unity of the Blessed Trinity” (CCC 260). It is the most beautiful and amazing promise of all made possible by the greatest gift of all: the atoning death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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