The Lord is teaching us the basics of spiritual life. He knows everything without our asking and expects us to put our trust in Him. Trust in God is the solid rock on which to build our lives, more solid that the vagaries of luck or good or bad fortune.
Life is a journey, and every man a traveller. Where are we going? In which direction?
We live in a finite world, but as we come to church and meet the eternal God, our world changes fundamentally, if only for a few moments; however brief, this encounter has a lasting impact, by sending us searching for Christ's way towards the Kingdom of Heaven. Our knowledge of God emboldens our spirits, by giving us the ability to believe, trust, and by restoring peace and confidence in our hearts. Without the knowledge of God, life is nothing more than a collection of experiences, sensations and things of this world. 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. As they live, they will be questioning themselves all the time if there is anything wrong with them; they will be tormented by worldly passions such as making more money than their neighbours and staying popular with others. They will look towards this world for satisfaction of their wants, but not to God, who asks us to trust him and follow him on the journey towards the Kingdom of Heaven.
Some of these people might wonder if they have alternatives. If they sought Him out, would He respond? If they prayed to Him, would they be heard? We can assure them wholeheartedly that the Lord will hear, and will give generously so we may be saved. We know this very well from the outpouring of God's love, this most precious gift of all, which we all felt as we took communion today. Let us all cherish this gift and pass it around generously.
I pray that every soul will come to know you eventually, o Lord, will stay loyal to You and hold on to You in this fast-changing world made up of temporary things that are doomed to death and destruction.
May God save and protect all of us.
A sin is when we are away from God. As soon as we call upon God and begin to repent, the broken connection is restored, and the sin is devoid of its power.
In the kingdom of heaven, there is no need for human values or hierarchy. It is a new life, a new world and new relationships. We need to focus on Christ, Who came not only to give us courage, but also to teach us to live differently.
All too often, we are too afraid of silence and will rush to fill it up. But the moments of silence are truly precious.
Sometimes, the magnitude of human suffering, hardship, and pain can throw us into despair. But let remind ourselves that people in worse situations have come out of them successfully, and emerged stronger than before.
To grow up spiritually is to develop the habit of spiritual life. You start small but practise every day. We all took the Holy Communion today. To remain with Christ, we must all take communion at every Liturgy.
If only Adam could have said, while still in the Garden of Eden: "Forgive your indocile and disorderly servant, O Lord, for not listening to you". Sin acts on us subtly and covertly. We transgress once, and we cannot stop.
When the Pharisees met Christ, one of them asked, "Who is He?" "Son of Joseph," replied another. We like to believe that we know it all. We like to be confident and unshaken in our decisions and to be convincing to ourselves and others.