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Divine Gladness or Diving Gladness?


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Ancient faith, radio and patristicnecture publications present the arena Sunday homilies and theologicalreflections with fother Jessiah Treno, for he beheld the divine cross as abright flashing. Trophy withit was he victorious over awl who opposed him andhe destroyed the deceit and Hare of all the idols while making strongthroughout the World Orthodox faith and practice. First of Christian kings.Since the king of all created things foresaw thy goodness apart and thyready obedience, he through reason captured thee when unreason ruled overthee and having made mee to shine in heart and ind, with a certain knowledgeof godly piety, he showed thee to the world as a shining sun that sendethforth the beans of all Godly deeds, wise and glorious constanty. What you have just heard are soundbitesfrom some of the lectures in an eight port lectur series entitled Gods,Statesmen, Pious Christian kings, patristic negtar publications invitesyou to download the first of these Nain lecters here at ancient faith, radio for more information and the remaininglectures. Please vis it our website at www, dot, patristic, nectar, dodor andnow here's father Josiatreum with the Sunday Hama. The name of the father and of the sonand of the Holy Spirit won God. Christ is risen. I greet you brothers and sisters onthis Antipaska on this new Sunday of Saint Thomas.

I want to relate to an interestingconversation I had with someone in Riverside this week who greeted me and asked about my faith. The person told me that he was baptizedCatholic Hou said I was baptized Catholic, but I don't practice anyparticular religion. I appreciate all religion and I trid to find the good in Muslem and Buddhist and hindred sacredtexts, everything I can get my hand on Adi responded to him by saying it's agood principle, look for good in every place and whereyou find it Yov, thanks to God, for it using the revelation of God. Jesus Christ is a touchstone to measurewhat is good and what is not. Without Him, we have no touchthough, we don'tknow what's good or bad, except our own feeble judgment, and I told them, but for me listening to you, I must sayI can't put Jesus in that category. I can't just line him up with good Hindootexts and good Buddhist sex and good moosetom texts. Forgive me, but that's not my understanding of Jesushe's off the charts and the man responded to me and said Iagree with that. Jesus was the best. It was a telling conversation. It wastelling him that it represents the mindset of so many in our land, a thoroughgoing relativism, a desire to affirm everything withoutreally affirming anything upon what you can base your life and certainly in this quest, a resistance at the idea that anyreligious tradition has any more truth than any other, and because we're inAmerica Al was a slight vow to Jesus, an acknowledgement that there'ssomething different with him.

But just what that thing is that'sdifferent with him is exactly what we have to say to our land and it's hard for many to articulate.What is it that Seyts Jesus apart? Why do we have to bow this difference between the world'sgreat and influential religious teachers, and Jesus is found preciselyin not what Jesus taught as much as who he is and what he did. Yes, Jesus was a rabbi. Yes, he is thesupreme teacher, but when we confess our faith in him before God, thecommunity and the world, when we confess the second paragraph of theNiseene Cree, these are not the things we say we don't him his great teaching in the creed. In fact, we confess whohe is and what he's done. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, thatis what seit Jesus apart from any other teacher in the world. He is curious. Heis divine he's God's son by nature. Then we go onand we confess what he's done, who, for us, men and for our salvation came downfrom heaven was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Marian became manhe suffered and was varied and rose again from the dead on the third day.According to the Scriptures, this is what Seyts Jesus apart hisdivine identity and his salvitic work. You won't hear anything thereabout hisgreat preaching, though it was like no other man had spoken. This is what sets our saviourcompletely apart on the best efforts of men in the world. I read a fascinating interview thisweek that thrilled my heart. I nothing I could have read better in bright week.It was the story and interview a personal interview witha very prestigious British...

...philanthropist and the owner of the accmanden Stanley bridtish soccerteam and the former Muslem now convert tothe Christian faith. ILIASKANA MISTER CON is a convert to the faithfrom his religion of his birth and his upbringing. Islam, and in the interviewhe spoke about what brought him to the conversion. What brought him to faith-and he says it- wasn't so much a push out of Islam- it's not that he wasrepulsed by his faith. It was the pull of Jesus. It was the poll he describes thedefinitive moment of his conversion to crise when he was visiting Rome and hewent into Saint Peter's and he walked by Michael Angelo Pieta and he gazed upon the vergin holdingthe broken body of the Lord Christ. I'll read you his words. He was asked. Was it the beauty of thePieta that struck you? He said yes and the context this is God. I thought thisreally. Is God- and he goes on he goes. You must remember that one of the bigthings when we look at traditional Islam is the heresy in their opinion ofequating the mortal Jesus with God, and if there is ever an obtacle that amovesthem convert have to contend with, intellectually and emotionally morethan anything else. That is it at that moment in front of the Pieta. Irealized the truth of our religion is so simple and so direct and the interviewer continues. You meanthe fact that Jesus is not just a prophet for God himself. Yes,absolutely, and I think at that moment I remember it distinctly. It stillmoves me to tears. There was no doubt in my mind, as I was preparing for Saint ThomasThinking of his doubt, and how the Lord...

...removed it he didn't just remove it.Then he continues to remove doubt in the identity of his son, all over theworld, as people encounter the Gospel as people meet Christians. As this mandid and hear the story of Jesus, they recognize very clearly he's not somesecond Mohammand he's not some new Buddha he's, not someone who's going togive us some beautiful suitdress. This man is the son of God, who saves the race of Mankin. The touch of Saint Thomas Experiencecontinues and coming to faith in Jesus, as the Godman is all determinative.It's precisely who Jesus is and what he's done and conquering sin. Thedevils and death that determine our whole life that orient the Christianlife by his resurrection. He has ushered inthe Kingdom of God, and he has granted to us now a different heavenly life. We call iteverlasting life, eternal life and he's granted it to us. It's a quality ofexistence, it's the quality of being freed fromdeath. This is what we possess, and this iswhat we live. It's normative for us and the way that it expresses itself iswith an unspeakable in the words of Saint Peter, an unspeakable gladnessand joy. Because of what we've been given. There was a great irony this week Ileft but with reserve, because I was standing in the altar on bright Wednesday on bright Wednesday.Our clergy in southern California gather around our hierarch, our fatherand God, his Eminent Arch Bishop, Joseph as we do every bright Wednesdayd. We have a a clergy litergy, and so we were down at our Cathedral.In Los Angeles D, we were all vested in standing in the altar and we werechanting, the possible cannon, those...

...beautiful nine odes celebrating oursaviors triumph, and we came to the Eighth Ode and I was holding a littleprinted book that the Poricedominos had been racious to make for all thepriests so that we could follow alone, and we came to this beautiful troparianin the eight O. Let me read it to Yo as it's supposed to be, and then I want totell you how it was actually printed. Ode. Eight come on this auspicious day of theresurrection. Let us partake of the new fruit of the vine, of divine gladnessand of the Kingdom of Christ praising Him, as God unto the ages. This is the TROPARIAN AF BeautifulTroporian. There was, however, a bump in the liturtical road. There was a missprint, there was amenprint and it only involved one letter now. You all know that severalletters, if you get several letters wrong, that can really alter things. Some of you might remember, though, aminority I'm sure, because it was some time ago that a most reveared butunnamed and Pious Deacon was once reading a Gospel text in a unnamedchurch around the time of Mativity, and he came to announce that the wisemen had come to the crive child bearing their gifts of gold, Frankinstein andMurd. Now, if you actually examine those fiveletters, stine and sents you'll recognize that there's only twoletters different. They share three of the five letters, but arrangement andeven two letters difference can really change the meaning, and I think we'veall been trying to figure out exactly how Frankinstein fits into the wholeNativity story.

I really haven't figured that one outyet, but in this old AIG bchause brightWednesday, it wasn't two letters. It was just one. It was just one that made all thedifference instead of the words partaking of the new fruit of the vineof divine gladness and the Kingdom of Christ. The text read partaking of the newfruit of the Vit of the vine of diving gladness, and when I read that I said, isn't thattrue on possible to go to the heavens, we're dancing with gladness and joy andthen we're diving back into the pit of despair. This is too much of a description.Diving, gladness of my life, I'm resolved against it. PASKA establishes a new way of life forUS brothers and sisters, not for one day, not for one day for the rest of ourdays and for eternity. The Kingdom of Christ, which is ofunspeakably radiant and divine gladness, is our possession Sant Paul, says this.He says the Kingdom of God's not about eating and drinking it's aboutrighteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. This is our normative life.This is the way that we live. You know brothers and sisters. That's why this Sunday, Saint ThomasSunday, is called also in the church, Onthiposka or the New Sunday, becauseour Lord chose to appear to his disciples after his resurrectionrepeatedly on This Day, the first day of the weekHeriaki. That's why it's called Kiliaki. It is the day of the Lord it's the dayin which he appeared to Thomas exactly one week after the resurrection torenew Paska.

This is what we do every Sunday. This is why we come to church sofaithfully every Sunday, because it's a renewal of the celebration of Jesus'sResurrection, which has a tremendous impact upon us, it's impossible to livein the radiance of gladness and joy without faithfully coming to renew ourcelebration of Poska every Sunday. It's why we don't kneel it's why we standwith joy Sunday in and Sunday out and notice howupset Thomas was because he was absent, he missed out, and he didn't have the joy of theothers and even disbelieved it, because he was missing from the gathering ofthe Faithful. I had a beautiful conversation with aninquirer in the church yesterday. This is a good week, brootful interactions. I was asking this inquirer, who wasrequesting to become a catacuman. I was asking I this inquire about hisrelationship to the services he's been coming for some months veryfaithfully. I said tell me about that, and he looked at me. He said Father I came on such and such a date, and Ihaven't left since been to all the services I can't live without them. Ut to myself, you're right I kept thinking. I kept thinking of abeautiful account of the Martodom of a collection of martyrs under thepersecuting Emperor Diocletian. This is enden. The third beginning of thefourth century Diocletian was complaining against the Christians forgathering together on Sunday and the Marters told him we can't live withoutour gatherings. On the Lord's Day. We can't live, which is absolutely true. We really celebrate...

PASCA beautifully. In my opinion, I dance our celebration of Pasca, but Iwould like to encourage with you with something. Can you accept it from me? Can you accept a little hastoral poke I like to hear you say yes, becausethen the chances that you're actually going to take it ar much higher? We have such a beautiful Paska andhonestly, I don't think anyone can touch our holy week. I don't thinkanyone can touch it at least not within a fie male radios, but we have a lot. We have a lot to learn about sustaining POSCA. You know one of the loneliest weeks ofthe year. For me, the churgicly is brightwee it'not right, not right, Pascas, not one day andPaska isn't just Sundays. The church appoints a week a week with uniqueservices that are very chipper. Radiant brief. It's called Brightweek, and this is whywe have so many services during bright week is to really infuse within us thecelebration of our Saviors resurrection, and then we maintain it each Sundaythroughout the year, but here's my pope. I want you to take bright week moreseriously. I want you to choose one day in Bright Week that you're going tocome next year. CHOOSE ONE LITTERG: There's lots oflinergies come to the agape vespers. Maybe onPoska afternoon n we read the Gospel and as many languages as we possiblycan announcing the resurrection of Christtalmen. Can you take that? Thank you. I know that if you do then you'll be sodelighted, you'll be just like that other person you'll say I can't believeI didn't come to bright weeks. Services before and the rest of your life you'llgo to something in Bright Week and you...

...will taste more deeply of the divinegladness and it won't be diving. Christ is risen. We hope that you have enjoyed and havebeen edified by this presentation offer to you by Patristic Nectar,Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing this spiritually thirstywith the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers until next time.

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