There is no need for words when the grace of the Spirit lives in us. We need only look to see it. When God lives in someone's heart, we will rejoice in his goodness. And we will have pity for those who are separate from Him and live in sin. Hopefully, our sorrow and prayer will help them find their way back to God. The spirit of God unites. Sin, on the other hand, destroys our unity with God and each other, and causes trust and understanding among us to disappear. Unsurprisingly, Apostle Paul remarks: "Two selves are dwelling in me!" Sin is divisive.,
But Christ joins us together. His Spirit makes us one. Many years ago, when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, they began to speak with other people in their languages. That way, they restored the unity of mankind. We cannot live in the spirit if we cannot relate to what others say and why.
The Spirit supports our Church. It glues us all together like bricks in its walls. Through the Spirit, we become the body of Christ by taking in His flesh and blood. At Church, we restore our wholeness.
The Church is more than a house of prayer; it is our Kingdom of Heaven. Admittedly, we are not fully ready for this Kingdom. We still cannot make ourselves abandon our sinful and selfish ways.
Sometimes, we cannot even conceive of a different life. We are wrong. We can and must live differently. But we are not ready. The Holy Spirit has led us to the Church, brought us to the Holy Cup and let us partake of the sacraments of the Lord.
So keep the Spirit in your hearts, and share it generously with others. Say a kind word, reassure someone who needs it, and multiply the grace.
May the Holy Spirit always be with you, and so, by strengthening ourselves with the gifts of our Church we will overcome this world that lies in sin. The enemy will fight back, but he can do nothing because God is in our midst. God is great and does marvellous things. He alone is God.
Happy Trinity Day! Greetings on the Birthday of our Church!
Preached on 12.06.2022
At Christ's entry to Jericho, the biblical Zacheus, the chief publican, climbed a tree to see Him. Spiritually, we should always be at our high point. By overcoming our old selves, and not pandering to them, we reach new heights.
The people who do not know God will live different lives, which may even be quite exciting and filled with all sorts of pleasures. Their life journeys, however, will have the same endpoint – being buried in a grave and falling into oblivion.
We are all treading along our life path; it is a journey that we will have to follow through to the end, every footstep of it. We should be careful not to take the wrong turn as we are progressing since every false step can cost us very dearly.
This is not the definition of humility that we’re used to. How do we tally it with the understanding of humility as “feeling inferior to others”, which is typical of so many spiritual books?
To be honest, I’m nobody. I know that but I also know that there is the devil who sneers at me gleefully, “Aha! You’re done!” I say, “No, I’ve only just begun. I want to change. I want to be different. I want to serve God.”
He did not arrive in a chariot, or a limousine, not even on a colt. He came on a donkey. We need to be like children to believe it.
God's grace is bestowed on us at church by virtue of God's love for every human being whom He created in His image; His grace has a powerful impact on our lives - it acts like a fire that eats away all the things that are superfluous, passing…