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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

     “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You will be perfect, therefore (Ἔσεσθε οὖν ὑμεῖς τέλειοι), as your heavenly Father is perfect (τέλειος).” (Mt 5: 43-48)

     The final verse of the above-quoted passage can be confusing, – first of all, because it is often translated as a command,...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel (ἀφωρισμένος εἰς εὐαγγέλιον) of God which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and designated Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including yourselves who are called to Jesus Christ; To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints (κλητοῖς ἁγίοις): Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 1: 1-7)

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, make haste (σπεύσας) and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he made haste (σπεύσας) and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, ‘He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.’ And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it...

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