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The Season of the Church

The Martyrdom of St. Abanoub

July 31, 2014
Epep 24, 1730

Today's Readings

July 30, 2014
Epep 23, 1730

For the dead, the remembrance performed by the saints (i.e. believers) during their lifetime is beneficial.
St. Ephraim the Syrian


Putting Away Falsehoods With Patient Endurance

Forgiving someone appears initially to be a concept easily understood. It's meaning is one of granting forgiveness or pardon for an offense. But what if the offense was a misunderstanding or something taken out of the context in which it was presented? What if it was a misrepresentation of facts? Does this make the unforgiving acceptable?

Whenever there is much depending on the offense it makes it the harder to forgive. Accompanying reactions often defuse among others and then others are led into a trap of being convinced the unreasonable is indeed reasonable. These are the beginnings of falsehood.

As the Lord Jesus Christ died in excruciating pain upon the Holy Cross, our Lord had much to resent. The envious and paranoid religious leaders and their followers had stalked him at length, arrested our Lord upon a false and untrue charge and misrepresentation of facts, forced Him to undergo a trial of mockery and then sentenced the Lord Jesus Christ to death. Prior to this He was brutally beaten and forced to carry His own cross to the hill where His death would be finalized. Truly this was indeed horrible!
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Anger Conquered With Righteousness

The question frequently asked, "is anger a sin?" finds its answer in St. Paul's words to the Ephesians "Be angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath" (Ephesians 4:26). Anger is a complex energy initiated by various attitudes such as impatience, unmet expectations, stress, and the like. It is an inevitable natural reaction to an undesirable situation. St. Paul did not say not to get angry. Rather, he urged us not to sin. Sinning resides in the way anger is expressed and the length of time it is allowed to dwell in the heart. For inappropriate expression of anger will displease God; and by time it will breed other types of undesirable sins. The Holy Bible is full of incidents where the negative emotion of anger had found its way in the heart. These incidents exemplified anger as being one of two types: justifiable and unjustifiable anger. While the former leads to spiritual rewards and kingdom-related fruits; the latter leads to external violence and internal bitterness.

Justifiable Anger
This type of anger referred to as "holy indignation" is represented in many incidents in the Holy Bible. In the Old Testament we read about God's holy indignation for His glory "My glory I will not give to another" (Isaiah 42:8), His Ark of the Covenant "And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God" (2 Samuel 6:6,7), and for His people "So Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh and said to him, "Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews: 'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me" (Exodus 10:3).
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Churchless Christianity

One of the tragic occurrences in the evolution of contemporary religion is the presence of "Churchless Christianity". The assertion that the followers of this Christianity believe is that it is the Lord Jesus Christ who saves us, not the Church. They no longer want or need a Church. They stress that "all you need is Jesus."

Few would dispute the fact that it is the Lord Jesus Christ who truly saves us. Few would dispute the scripture, "For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus" (I Timothy 2:5). Through this Mediator, a Church was established, which is His Holy Body. We who are joined to Him are joined to the Church. "I will build My Church" (Matthew 16:18) clearly points out the Lord Jesus Christ intentions for His Church. To deny the Church is to deny New Testament teachings.

Perhaps what brought on the evolution of "Churchless Christianity" was that people lost faith in their place of worship. Perhaps worship was no longer a priority where they attended church. Perhaps the church they attended no longer welcomed strangers, the poor and the needy. Perhaps the church functioned more as a charity organization than meeting the congregations' spiritual needs. Perhaps God did not come first in the life of the Church.
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Grief's Unmerited Grace

"The Lord has sent me to bind up the brokenheartedto comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieveto bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair" (Isaiah 61:1-3).

What is Grief?
The act of grieving is a natural mourning, sorrowful emotional expression of pain at a severe personal loss. It is neither a passive nor passing emotion which may last for a short period of time after which happiness is ensued once again. Rather, grief is an individualistic process; and no one experiences grief and loss in the same manner. The grief process is as unique to the griever as their fingerprints. Therefore, one can never truthfully say to the bereaved person, "I know just how you feel." In reality what we know is how we have felt in the same situation, not how someone else has.

In order for someone in pain to cope with their bereavement, they must progress through certain stages of the grieving "process" as it is impossible to cause the pain to disappear instantaneously.
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