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Causing Our Savior to Marvel

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Ancient faith, radio and patristicnector publications present the arena Sunday homilies and theologicalreflections with Father Jessiah trenum. Every person's prayer Woll is unique.There are no two prayer rules that are the same. Every prayer, roll is unique in everyprayer, rull is forged in experience and councel and therefore its subjectto change and adaptation. As the person is. The Lord is our teacher of prayerand he expects us to pray in the sermon on the mout in chapter six. He sayswhen you pray pray. This way. Prayer together with almsgiving andfasting, are the spiritual disciplines that our lord assumes anyone daring toclaim discipleship is performing prayr rolls are designed to be kept. It's better to accept our weakness andfashion a small rule appropriate to our strength and to do that rule faithfullyfaithfully prayed rules can then be expanded and developed over time, butrules that are irregularly kept have no progress, no line of advance. What you have just heard are soundbitesfrom some of the lectures in a six part, lecture series entitled the Prayer Rule.These lectures explore the discipline of classical Orthodox Christianpersonal prayer. Examining the content and order of the prayer role, givingspecial emphasis to the prayers of repentance the rule of prostrations,the giving of thanks and the use of the Jesus prayer, patristic Necyarpublications invite you to download the first of these six lectures here atancient faith, radio for more...

...information and the remaining lectures.Please visit our website at www, dotpatristic, nectar, dotor and nowhere's father Josia Trenu, with the Sunday homily in the name of the father and of theson, an of the Holy Spirit one go. How can we hear that Beautiful Gospel text, brothers andsisters and not Marvel with Christ at that Centurion faith? What a believer he was, how he models, trust? What a man thisRoman Centurion from copernium. He was a man who impressed the Lord. Usually Jesus wait to be asked to do something. Come to my house, heal my servant andJesus before he senter an even has a second to say. I need you to come. Hesays I will come and heal him. He was up and advancing toward the manimmediately so impressed he was with his faith. The CENTURIAN was a man of love. He demonstrated in his life thesupremacy of love over every virtue and every gift that you heard about in thatEpistlelesson. This man was not found lacking. Hedidn't just love ever his wife, he didn't just love his kids. He loved hisslave, his servant boy at his house, who was sick and in terrible distressand for him for the least he went to the master. He was a man of humility. When our Savior demonstrated hisenthusiasm to be of assistance, the man...

...stopped him. Luke says he did it through his friends.He wouldn't even go himself at the beginning. He stopped him. He said Lord, I am notworthy. These are words that the humble haveupon their lips. Often I am not worthy ther're shocking words on the lips of asoldier of a centurion of a gentile Lord. I am not worthy that you comeinto my house. You have no place here with me when you're with me, Ithi Smarch, your name, the fathers of the desert. They askedthis question. What is humility in one of the old menin the desert? Says this in the desert, fathers is, as humility is insisting upon thinking about your ownsins, always and not someone else's. This is humility, thinking about your own sins, alwaysand not someone else's and constantly beseeching God about them. Really how much we use our ropes. Howmuch we say the Jesus prayer is a good thermometer or how hot our heart is forhumility. Do we really believe we're sinners?This is the question we must ask ourselves. He was a man of love. He was a man ofhumility. He was a man of immense faith. He knew what others much closer toJesus. Much better instructed did not know even Jesus's, close friends likeLazarus and Mary and Martha even they did not have the faith that this Romansoldier head remember when Martha was...

...concerned because of Lazarus's death.She said to the Lord Lord, I know. If you had been here, you would not havedied. You could have asked your father for anything the Centur en dnew better this onestanding in our midst is not the one who needs to ask for anything he's not the asker he's the doer. He does the miracle, he accomplishes the answerto prayer, and this centurion knew it. He knew that Jesus wasn't bound byspace. He wasn't bound by time that he could make merely speak it and it would be done. He knew that sickness and death and the sorrows of this life were underthe command of Jesus, just as much as his own soldiers were under his commandand no one defied this Entur, and he said I say to my soldiers: go they go.I tell them, stop they stop. I tell them jump, they say how hi this is, howit works in the military. He knew the one he was looking at had the samerelationship to all the sorrows of life. Do we believe them? Do we believe that if, in our own life, that what comes to us is completelyunder the dominion of our Savior, that he has spoken into existence for oursalvation, whatever it is by his power and all of this marvellous life? All of this love allof this humility. All of this confident faith in a man of the world, not a monk in the desert, a centurion,a soldier and a commander of soldiers. He was living in the world brothers andsisters just like you, but he had a chest. He had a heart, he had a soul. Yes, he gave orders to others, but hegave orders to others as a Christian woold. As a believer as someone whofeared God. Yes, he used weapons.

He was a man of war, yes, but he usedthem as a Christian wood as a man who feared God. According to God's law, as God'sminister injustice, we should marvel at him. We shouldhonor this nameless centurion, how appropriate that we don't even know hisname. The Holy Fathers Tell us that this man,besides being all of these wonderful things, the humble man, the loving man,the faithful man, the worldly man, he was also a prototypical man and in this Gospel we should seesomething very important, and that is that he represents us. How did Jesus respond to his faith? Hemarvelled? Yes, he did. It was amaze, but then he went on to say I have not found faith like this in allof Israel. Truly many will come from the east and the West and sit at thetable in the Kingdom with Abraham Isaac and Jacob, but the sons of the kingdom.That's the Jews will be calved out into the outer darkness, and there will bemuch nashing and wailing there who our saviour took the centurion and used himas a prism to explain escatology the last things for us and the fact that those who have beengiven such great privileges by God can very easy in a very short period oftime, come to presume upon them. This is exactly what happened to theJews. They had the priesthood, they had the temple, they had the coenants, theyhad the oracles of God. They had God's tender care, but only a minority of them used. Thosegifts for good instead most had got puffed up so puffed up about who theythought. They were because they had the true faith. They were in the rightpeople. They were on the right land...

...that they missed the savior himself, their Messiah standing in their midst,the only nation in the world that ever knew Christ and lived with him killedhim. NOWR savior says that the relationship that matters to him that door through which you pass to thetable in the Kingdom with the Patriarchs, is the door of faith thecenturions face, and he said many were going to follow that Centurion. He is atype of the believers who werd to come of the gentiles, who had no right toGod, who heard the announcement of Jesus'ssaving acts, his great victory over death, his atoment for sin, hiscompassion and desire for all men to be gathered as a sheep, an to hissheepfuld. We heard that message and we followed the Centurion by belief and byfaith, but brothers and sisters. Don't doubt listen to me as your pastor.Don't doubt what happened to the Jews can happen to us. We are in the position now that theywere in then all of the things they had were shadowsint, Paul says of what was to come and what was given to us to believers tothose of the Orthodox faith. We have two thousand years of history. We havethe sacred priesthood. We have the mysteries, we have the scriptures. Wehave the writings of the fathers. Do we allow these things to make asincere believers and to produce the virtue that the Centurin had of humblelove? If not, we ourselves will end up. Judgelike the Jew well be thrown out. If we aren'tbelieving God keep that from us, no, we want to impress our savior like...

...the Centurion. Did you want to impress him you want to secure his smile, his blessing, Not Mans? Don't brothers and sisters be menpleasers, don't measure your life to make people happy measure your like tomake Christ av you live before the face of God. Do those things that you know willplease him and then please, as many men as you can,but second, not first now, we've marveled at the Centurion withChrist. I want to end my hamily by having you marvel with me about Christ. The Centurion is magnificent, but this gospel text is as much aboutour saviour and his magnificence as it is about the centurion in his faith. What you see in this Gospel Miracle isthe Authority of Christ, and this has been a theme in our Saviors Teachingand in the Gospel Record. The Gospel today came from the Eighth Chapter ofSant Matthew. You know whats INC chapters, five through seven. Yes, thesermon on the Mount, the most famous hommily our savior ever gave the verylast verses of that text in Matthew's record say that everyone who waslistening to Jesus was amazed. They were all amazed because he wasteaching them as one having authority and not as the scribes taught he didn't make appeals constantly togreat teachers. He said you have heard it was said, but I say to you- and hespoke words of inspiration, words of truth and light, and everyone sat therelistening to him. Undone, it sums up the response to his sermonon the Mout that he spoke divine it...

...with a divine authority. ImmediatelyMatthew Records in Chapter Eight- nine, not more words of Christ, but his deeds.His healing of the leper, his calming of the waves, his curing of the blindman and the deaf man, his casting out of demons here in these chapters, where we findthe Gospel text today, we see the Authority of Christ- indeed,not just in word. We see that he has complete dominionover sickness like leprosy over the demons over the sorrows that come to useven over the waves of the sea, all of the natural realm weare to see in this uniqueness of oursavior that the man who walked in the Holy Land that those feet were divinefeet that mouth that spoke was a divine mouth, that this was the Thaanthropose,the son of God, God in the flesh. This is what matthew it's proclaiming to us. Yesterday I hada conversation with a woman that I was interacting with and she I always find it interesting when I'mhaving conversations with folks that I don't know and they're talking to apriest and instead of asking me something about God or faith, theybegan telling me things. I was find that interesting, I mean.Would I go to a physician when I go to a doctor in the doctor's office who Ijust meat? I start telling him you know doctor. This is how the body works andwhen it goes like this and the blood vessels get like this, and then theywould. I do that. I hope not, I hope not, but this is a regularoccurrence. I think it's a commentary upon the the lack of status of clergymen in oursociety in general, we were no longer the keepers of theology and moralitylike we once were. I hope those days...

...will come again, but this woman began to tell me allsorts of interesting religious nonsense, but her main point was that she hadcome to the deep conviction that every religion in the world was a trail thatled to the top of the mountain they're, all just trails, leading tothe top of the mountain. This is the great revelation she thought she had. I don't know how many think that, butnot a small number of people believe that the Christ is just one more trail. Youknow when you're at the bottom, you can go left, you can go middle, you can goright, one of them says Jesus one says Mohammed One says Buddha: whatever our saviour doesn't permit suchthoughts. Anyone who says that doesn't know this Gospel Teck does it know the Christ of history, theChrist, who is the only way anyone can suggest such athing as to have a tame Christ who hasn't said or done what he has saidand done. We can't trivialize him. We can't cuthim down to size to make him equal Buddha or Mohammed or others. It's notpossible. He, as you see, is the supremeauthority over life and death. He Has Dominion over sickness. He seeksto enter into not just our lives into our hearts into our homes. He wants topermeate them with his prisence he's, not content, simply that we quote himabout this or that moral presctepp that we follow. This is not what he'sinterested in he's interested in believers. He's interested in US offecingourselves to him as our savior living with him. God's authority is not parcelled outbetween all the religions of the world. I've been here a bit there so that thesoul called wise of the world can pick...

...and choose from each religion as theylike course. It's a very convenient theory to think that all the religionsare roads. Then you can just take what you like from each one, never mind the innumerablecontradictions between them. All, no all authority. Jesus says allauthority in Heaven and at Earth belongs to him. He is the culmination and thefulfilment of every authentic human yearning. For God he is the radiant andblinding sun without any dark spot that other dim and flickering lights, or thesmoking wicks of the world's religions bear witness to in proportion of thetruth that each might have without all the fallenness and themixed in darkness, the religion of Christ. Our faith is pure and perfect. The church on the earth is his holybody. It is his dwelling place his presence now with us on the Earth, thecontinuation of the incarnation it does not share authority with synagogue,Mosqe or Asian Temple, the supreme authority. That is oursaviour, the Lord, the master, the Thaanthropose, the saving authority has been given to the mystical body ofChrist in Chapter Ten of Matthews Gospel, justafter he finished demonstrating Jesus Authority overall creation in Chapter Ten vers, one matthewrecounts the calling of the disciples. With these words and having summoned his twelvedisciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits to cast them outto heal every kind of disease and to cure every kind of sickness. He gave them authority to baptize thenations to teach the whole world and...

...all those in every religion or noreligion to keep his saving commandments. The Church of Christ ishis dwelling place and hence the Authority of God on the Earth, thesacred Magestirium, the beacon of light in a world of darkness, and if webelieve this, if we trust Christ present in hismystical body, we two will share the table with the Patriarchs and with theCenturion. This is what I leave with you, brothers and sisters. Believe him trust him imitate the faith of the Centurion andreap the same reward. Omenwe hope that you have enjoyed and have been edifiedby this presentation offered to you by patristic nectar, publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing thes, spiritually thirstywith the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers until next time.

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