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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

        “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates, ‘We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her children.” (Mt 11: 16-19)

      God reveals His wisdom to us in different ways, and through different sorts of people. But if our hearts are closed to God’s wisdom, particularly when we’re stuck in our own “wisdom”; when we are “wise in our own eyes” (Is 5: 21), then we reject God’s wisdom on any pretext. And the most common pretex...

Friday, September 30, 2016

Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him... One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’” (Lk 23: 32, 39-43)

On that Friday almost two millennia ago, the repentant criminal accepted “the same sentence” of condemnation as all of us who have been “condemned justly,” and “for our deeds.” Christ Himself acce...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

We who are strong ought to bear/tolerate (βαστάζειν) the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor… May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept/receive (προσλαμβάνεσθε) one another, therefore, just as Christ has accepted you, for the glory of God.” (Rom 15: 1-2, 5-7)

 

So in this passage the Apostle calls us, first, to “bear” or tolerate (from the Latin “tolerare,” meaning “to bear, endure”), but then he goes on to ask us to do even more: He says, “accept” one another, just as Christ accepted us, all of us, having “tol...

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