The Arena
The Arena

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Confident Silence | Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross 2021

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The Arena Podcast is the flagship of Patristic Nectar Publications and contains the Sunday Sermons and other theological reflections by Father Josiah Trenham delivered from the ambon of St. Andrew Church in Riverside, California and begun in 2010. Currently there are more than 550 sermons and lectures covering ten years worth of preaching through the liturgical calendar.

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...and now the arena with Father JosiahTreda, the name of the father and of the sonand of the Holy Spirit, a blessed lords. They to all of you,brothers and sisters. I'm not supposed to be here standing before you on this wonderfulSunday on which we leave the celebration ofthe mother of Gods Nativity and we prepare for the Exaltation of the HolyCross and on which we are going to say, alas,good bye to our beloved father, Thomas and to Horia, Leanne and all of theirbeautiful nine children. I wasn't supposed to be here. FatherThomas is supposed to be here preaching to you. Father Thomas issupposed to be standing...

...broto before the holy place and leading the service. Friday night we had a hiccup and father thought that he had been outand about with some friends who discovered afterwards that they hadcoved. So he called me, and he said. Oh No- and I said Oh no, I said, look a baby. You got to goright now and get one of those emergency tests in those ones that like come back quick,you don't have to wait for three days, but they were all closed. So on Saturday he went he got the test and last yesterday afternoon late, hesent me. The message, thank God, is negative, so I did...

...what I never do, which is. I had a goodnight's sleep. Last night I wasn't awake ruminating on my sermon.I wasn't thinking of all of the pastoral things I would have to do inthe morning. No, I just enjoyed it just enjoyed it. I woke up in aleisurely way. I said good bye to presider. I came to the Church and Ithought you know. Maybe I should check my phone check. The phone text from FatherThomas One of my child's tests came backpositive. We got it very late. Last night I triedto call, but your phone was off, I'm not coming, and neither is my family. You know so many of my wishes...

...of late have been smashed to pieces by divine providence that I'm tempted to preach this morning.On the last verse of the Epistle Lessen, where Saint Paul says, let no man cause me any more trouble, except that it's not a man causing metrouble it's the Lord God saving me and Father Thomas and you by his divineprovidence. So instead I'm going to entitle thesermon. This morning, nineteen, twenty one, that's what I'm going to entitle mysermon on a nineteen twenty one and by the way, I'm making this up right. Now, this entire sermon, I created aboutthree minutes before Ortho started on a...

...nineteen. Twenty one is a precious textin the proverbs, and it goes like this. The heart of man has many plans, but the counsel of the Lord will stand. The heart of man has many plans and theCouncil of the word, but the Council of the Lord Will Stan Man Proposes God disposes. This is the God that wesought, sir, it's good to have plants, people who love God, people who areseeking first, the Kingdom of God, people who are invested in seeking salvation for themselves andfor all that they know in love. Of course, you have to have plans nothaving plans is a big commentary upon a very great lack of love, people whohave love plan to do good as much as...

...they can to those that are around them,but every plan we learn not just from nineteen twenty one,although that summits, it sums it up perfectly. Every plan we learn to set forth infaith. This is why Saint James, the brother of the Lord says in his epistlein chapter four, don't say to day or to morrow. I will go to suchand such an sit, a city and I will engage in business there and I willmake a profit. Don't talk that way he says but say.Rather, if God wills, I will live and even do such and suchnow. That is a text about the providence of God and aboutour confidence in God and how we make our plans. We make ourplans yes, and we have been making...

...plans. Lots of them have we been trying to with God's helpand grace execute them. We trust that their good and that they will have a good end andthe intent of our plans is to glorify God and to do good to our children, but whenever our plans run up againstthe Providence of God for us, the solution, the response,brothers and sisters to that is, may his name be praised glory to God. Thank God. It's not despair, it's notsadness and depression, and it's certainly not anger. No, it's THY will be done o Lord together we can ballow before theunscrutable decisions of Providence,...

...fully confident fully confident thatthe decisions that God makes for us, even when they cut off our goodintentions, because his plan is better for us, he's accomplishing better things thanwe were, it would be able to accomplish if he executed our will do. We have toknow what those things are to trust him. I think not. How was that trust? That'slogic. I don't know why it's better for FatherThomas not to be here personally. It seems to me that to allow this,precious priest and his family to be with us here on the last Sunday makes perfect sense to allow him to beable to tell you how much he loves you and how thankful he has been for all ofthese eleven and a half years he's been here with his family to tell you howmuch he loves you to discharge that undischargeable debt of gratitude toyou. I'm sure that Father Thomas is at...

...home right now. Jeff chomping on those nails missing out sobadly to be here, to give you an opportunity to send him off with smiles and tearsand kisses and love to meet. That sounds reasonable to me.That makes perfect sense, but there was something better and we're living it right now. I haveno idea what what that is- and maybe God will show it to US- I'mnot sure, but whether he shows it to assume thislife or not. I trust him, I believe in his providence. You know some people, they don'tbelieve in a God that governs everything and I feel very bad for them just think of how they response torespond to terrible circumstances, no comfort, no assurances that...

...something goods going to come out of it. Thank God we're not like that. Some don't have a great certainty thatthe world is being governed by a wise providence. Some believe that it isbeing governed by a wise providence, but they have no confidence that thatmeans it's going to be good for them. This is the Muslim moral view. The Moslem. God is powerful and governsthe world, but in all his ninety nine names, brothers and sisters, you neveronce see the word love the supreme love that we give that wedescribe our God who describes himself that way. Right God is love. Can You mentine the fright? Something happens. You know it's fromGod, but maybe it's because God wants to throw you into hell right now, maybe he's so angry with you that hejust wants to squish you like a bug.

This is the sorrow of fatalism and unfortunately it's it infects verymuch. The the Moosemin world view. This is not us. We believe that God is Almighty. We believe that his providencesuperintends literally everything in life. He is a great God and his wondersare beyond compare. He is so involved in our life that he's sustaining all ofthe molecules in our body. At this moment he's numbering the hares or insome of your cases past. Hence he was numbering the hairs that fall off of your head every day.He knows more about you than you know about yourself, and he cares more aboutyou than you care for yourself. This is the God we serve. This is whySaint John fres of them in his...

...masterpiece on this subject, which is entitled on the Providence ofGod, that he wrote by the way when he was in exile, be unjustly accused,beaten up by soldiers, lied about by the Emperor. His best friends were allbeing tortured. His faithful priests were serving the liturgy in orangegroves because all their churches had been taken away from them. He was beingsurrounded by bandits, never knew if he was going to live another day and hewrote this marvellous treatise on the providence of God in multiplechapters and he dedicated chapter six, which is the heart of the treatise on the love of God, to explain that weinterpret providence all of it through the cross, and that was our Gospel Lesson to day, for God, so loved the world that hegave his only begot, an son that whoever believes in him might notperish but have everlasting life. This...

...is the true God, and this is whybrothers and sisters on this day in these circumstances, which arecompletely unknowable to me. I praise the Lord and I bowed downbefore him, trusting that his love is in action, even if I can't get it. Iwant you to trust him with me like that, and then we can just stay confident andthen we can offer God the language of loving acquiescence with Shank withSaint John's Cresus Tim says the propriate language of a Christian andcircumstances like this confident silence make his name be praised. We hope that you have enjoyed and havebeen edified by this presentation offered to you by patristic nectar,publications, a non profit organization committed to nourishing the spirituallythirsty with the sweet teachings of the...

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