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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I look for/expect the resurrection of the dead (Προσδοκῶ ἀνάστασιν νεκρῶν, Чаю воскресения мертвых, Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum), and the life of the age to come. Amen.” (Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed)

Christianity is all about “looking for” or “expecting” good things, rather than bad ones. A God-centered life turns me away from the “bad” kinds of expectations rooted in merely-human anxiety, – that feeling of impending doom, coming at you around the corner, for example, in financial matters or in personal relationships. In a God-less, self-reliant state we tend to slip into certain fears, like that of being left destitute or being left alone, like, with six or seven cats in a lonely apartment. ☺

But what is it that I am invited to “look for,” or “expect” and long for, in a God-cen...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sell your possessions, and give alms (ἐλεημοσύνην); provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Lk 12: 33-34)

 

Give it away, the Lord says to me today. Give “alms” (a corruption of the Greek word “eleimosini,” meaning “mercy” or “pity”). This includes my material possessions, but not exclusively and not even essentially. The kind of “alms” our Lord is talking about (eleimosini) involve a self-giving of the heart; an overflowing of the heart with mercy, pity, and compassion. This kind of giving is the opposite of self-pity, self-seeking, and self-isolation, and it provides me with true wealth “that does not fail.”

 

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