Monday, October 24, 2011
(The LORD) Secures justice for the oppressed [calling all to salvation], gives food to the hungry [communion]. The LORD sets prisoners free [crushing down death by death]; the LORD gives sight to the blind [wisdom]. The LORD raises up those who are bowed down [exalts the penitent]; the LORD loves the righteous [those who keep the statutes]. The LORD protects the stranger [catechumen], sustains the orphan [those without faith] and the widow [those who have lost faith], but thwarts the way of the wicked [anyone who would turn a chosen one away]. The LORD shall reign forever [King of Kings], your God, Zion, through all generations! Hallelujah! – Psalm 146:7-10
Compelled by our association with the fatih we must assist in the good work by feeding the hungry by nurishing the soul, freeing the prisoners through our corporate intercessory prayer, giving sight to those who are spiritually blind by admonishing one another in psalm and approaching righteousness in our own living, and growing God's church by welcoming the stranger (to the faith).We take from this life only what we invest in our spiritual relationship to God and to one another.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
|Hagiographos Elias Damianakis, Archon Maestor|
We are the Church so to be the Church be well versed. We are not called to ignorance but to the knowledge of God. There just is no substitute for reading The Word. Podcasts, audio tracks, Christian radio, lectures and workshops all enrich our understanding and the broader Christian community but they are not replacements.
To cozy up with a well read Bible is about as good as we are going to find it. Even the church fathers and elders will only clarify what has already been established. Now please don't interpret my commentary as some refashioned sola scriptura or a lopsided adoration. This is simply a reality that everything else seems to clarify and frame the text. What good is the context without the content. Exercise your soul and invigorate your spirit everyday with Bible readings. Cozy up not just with a good book but The Good Book. I venture to say reading daily even the smallest verse will vastly improve the quality of your life and your relationship with God the Great I Am. If we wait to find time we will soon realize that time has run out. That we have allowed the cares of this life to choke off our spiritual body. Remember Orthodox brethren we ARE the Bible Belt.