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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; and pray for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison, that I may make it clear, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of (ἐξαγοραζόμενοι, redeeming) the time. Let your speech always be in grace (ἐν χάριτι), seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.” (Col 4: 2-6)

It is not only the Apostle himself who is called to “declare the mystery of Christ,” and to “make it clear.” He also instructs his people, including all of us, to speak “in grace,” that we may know “how” to answer every one, when we are asked. He doesn’t say, if anyone asks you a faith-related question, refer him o...

Friday, April 28, 2017

You search (ἐραυνᾶτε) the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” (Jn 5: 39-40)

So, it is possible to seek “life” in the written words we’ve received in Tradition, while forgetting the Author of these words. I can easily miss the point of the Word of God, if I turn it into some abstract philosophy or “system of moral values,” divorced from the lived experience of encountering Christ; of “coming to Him,” that I may truly have life. I think this approach is often a pitfall, – subtle and yet tragic, – of those of us who study theology. What’s “tragic” about this approach is that it turns us into terrible bores, devoid of the Spirit. It’s what turns us into “people talking wi...

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