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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

  “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 Jn 4: 1-4)

     We confess that Jesus Christ has come “in the flesh.” Not as did the ancient heretics known as “docetists” (from the Greek verb “dokeo” that means “to seem”), who taught that Christ did...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

   “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray him.” (Mk 14: 10-11)

     Here St. Mark the Evangelist mentions that Judas is “one of the twelve.” That is Judas’s “vocation” and God-given “place” in this world. But his concern, nay, obsession, with money (cf. Jn 12: 6), which isn’t quite being satisfied in his God-given “place,” draws him out of that place, and onto the slippery slope of “sin” (or “amartia” in Greek, which means “missing the mark” or the point of one’s own existence). It’s an obsession that, when succumbed to, not only makes life worse for Judas, but entirely unbearable, so he kills himself (Mt 27: 5). As it...

Sunday, February 24, 2019

   “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing…” (Lk 15: 21-25)

     On this Sunday of the Prodigal Son, NC-people also celebrate the feast of “The First and Second Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist,” – who was famously beheaded when Herod’s birthday party, at which there was...

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