The Promise of Peace at Christmas
On the Sunday before Christmas, Christ's Holy Nativity, Fr John Brian gives a homiletic sermon starting focusing on Act 3:16, where St Peter is talking about a healing miracle that just occurred:
"Faith in his [Jesus] name has healed this man who you see and know, and made him strong; it is the faith in him [Jesus] which has granted this healing before you all."
Then through other scripture readings appointed for the Sunday: Acts
3:16-26; Romans 4:13-38. And then drawing from the prophecy of Isaiah 11:1-9 where peaceful existence is described, where there is transformation not of the uniqueness of what God has created, but of the distorted animal nature. This is the promise of Peace at Christmas!
This sermon lesson uses the readings and services appointed from the
Malankara Syrian lectionary and was given on Sunday, December 19, 2010 by Fr. John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
"We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God and not of us." 2 Corinthians 4:7.
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FULLY ALIVE - INTRODUCTION
O God, have compassion on us, and bless us, and manifest Thy presence to us, and have mercy on us. Amen.
The spiritual teachings of Eastern Christianity, the rituals and the traditions of the Orthodox Church, have a transformative power. They have been repeated on every continent, every year for centuries. In some places, they've been repeated for more than millennia. One can see in them a preparation of the life to come, that kingdom of peace, the restoration of the garden - a homeland we spiritually long for. One can experience in them the presence of God; a healing of the spiritual woundedness that comes from a material life in competition with God's presence. Read the rest of the introduction and see the table of contents:
A Question About Confession
God Made Us All Children
Spiritual Health and Women
Becoming As Mary
Inviting Angels Into Our Life
Closing remarks at Orthodox Peace Fellowship Conference http://frjohbrian.blogspot.com/2010/10/interfaith-dialogue-conference-closing.html
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