The Arena
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Heaven | St. Luke 18

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Now available at Patristic, niter,Dodor, patristic nectar publications is pleased to present a four part lectureseries by father, Josiah Trinum, entitled Male and Female Reflections Ontransgender ISM. These lectures directly address this latest iterationof the sexual revolution and the sexual anarchy unlease by a cultural rejectionof the Christian theological foundations of creation, anthropologysexuality and the traditional therapeutic paths of the church. Theselectures explain why Christians cannot reasonably avoid studying transgenderideology in today's cultural climate, how this new world view on sexualityfinds itself deficient in explaining and healing or fall in human condition,and how love must compel believers to open their arms to persons seeking gonefrom a transgendered background for these and other available titles.Please visit our website a patristic nectar donor and now the arena with father, JosiahTrenta, the name of the father and of the sonand of the Holy Spirit a blessed Lord's Day, t all of you, brothers and sistersand best wishes. As you continue your course through advent and through thisNativity fast thirsting to see the Christ child born in Bethlehem. This iswhat's coming. This is the happiness that's coming. I've entitled my homilyto day, simply heaven you know as a pastor and as a father, my heart rejoices when I, when I see my children, my brothers andsisters,...

...traveling and exploring where we live. I love that. I love itwhen you're tell me about hikes that you've madenew aspects of the San Beradi mountains, you scale beautiful things that you'veseen at the beach. When I hear about your investment inyour neighborhoods when your interest in our town, when I get articles sent to me over the Internet from you about thingsthat are happening in our city, good things, bad sometimes too, I love thator when you go on journeys throughout the state or when I get to take theteens each summer to some new place in our state to see the marvel that is thestate of California or when you make cross country trips.You know the glory of citizenship is experiencedand it's nurtured through that kind of thing. You study what you love, that's thebottom line and the things that you love. You study. If you love your town, You love yourneighborhood you're, going to care you're going to observe you can become a center of stories andlocal histories. If you love your family, it's the same way you're goingto want to know about your forbears and about your relatives, the saints and the sinners alike. That's just how it is we visit. We travel, we read our localstate and national histories. We look to the examples of our great men andwomen in this land. We even study the core of theprinciples of our nation are constitution, that Marvellous Declaration ofpolitical philosophy that has enthralled the world until to daythat's called the declaration of...

...independence. These things concern us if they don't forgive me, you're an idiot you're, an idiot and you're living offother people's greatness, but you're not idiots. Certainly not you Nathan, absolutely,no. Definitely not. We even study our national and localand state sins, and certainly there's lots of them. There's lots of them andwe learn from them and we mourn them. We don't pretend like so many people dotoday that that's all there is or that somehow of a city or a state or anation has sins, may be even gross ones. That means you ought to just cancelthem, just abandon them. They must be rotten to the core, throw them out burnthem to the ground. If we followed t that policy we'd allbe nothing but a pilot dust, every human person there's no such thing as a a city or a state or a nation withoutsins. Unless you don't have any people living there, I just got done reading amarvelous book. It was written by one of my favoriteauthors. He was for many many years, a professorof classics at Cal, Ste Fresno and in these last years, he's he's a multigeneration, California, farmer, an extremely brilliant man, a realscholar, especially of Ancient Greco, Roman military history. But he also is an acute student of ournation and of politics in general. His name is Victor Davis Hanson. I knowsome of you know him and read him. He snell up at the hoover institutedStanford. He travels up. He hasn't left...

...his Fresno kicks. I just read a marvelous book that hewrote that just came out is called the dying citizen. How progressivismtribalism and globalization is destroying the idea of America tomarvelous text. I recommend it too highly and extremely a penetrating broad perspective. His classicbackground is enables him to talk about the challenges that are facing ourcountry from a broad perspective in relationship to history and other risesand falls of countries, it's good to nourish our citizenshipand citizenship. Conscientious loving citizenship isnever more important than when a country is in trouble as we mostcertainly are. I'm mentioning this to you, because my heart rejoices and seeing us be invested in our country and in ourstate and in our city, but even more I'm even more thrilled. My heart beatsfaster. When I see you all thirsty for heaven itself, when I see you resolved to study the history and the future of that place, that you also havecitizenship in Saint Paul says this in his epistle tothe Philippians in chapter three, he says our citizenship is in heaven from which we anxiously awake. Ourcoming saviour, that's where our our roots are deepest.He didn't deny his Roman citizenship.

He even appealed to it on multipleoccasions during his ministry he cared about it. He was invested in Rome to inthat sense, it was extremely widely travelled in the Roman Empire. I wouldhave loved to have heard him talk about the Roman roads and what they meant to the Gospel andwhat they meant to the advance of the church and what he would say to day if helived with us on the earth here about the opportunities for theChristian faith to day were people of dual citizenship. We have a citizenship here and we havea polite ev MAS. There were anchored there, that's our kingdom,that's where our people are in the next life. Heaven is a constant theme in theGospel, the New Testament from beginning to end Heaven, Heaven Heaven,heaven there's four genres of literature inthe New Testament. I think that's why I just said it four times: It's in theGospel sits in the axe, it's in the epistles and it's in the apocalypse. Heaven have it under many differentwords. Sometimes the Kingdom of God, sometimesthe Kingdom of Heaven- sometimes paradise, but wherever you look there, it is, andif you listen carefully, you would have heard it twice both in the Epistle and the Gospel.Just now in the epistle to the EPHESIANS and chapter two Paul saysthat we have been raised up with cries and seated in heavenly places so that in the coming ages, that's also a beautiful reference inthe coming ages. He will show the exceeding riches ofhis grace in kindness to us in Christ Jesusyou right now. Even if you don'tknow what it means aren't just seated...

...here in this temple, you're seated inheavenly places with Christ, you're joined to him. Heaven and Jesus cannot be separateddear ones at all where he is. He brings heaven with him and last time I look he's in you, which means in some sense heaven is inyou. Now it's not just a foreign concept. The Gospel Has Heaven Front in centeras well from Luke Eighteen. What does Jesus tell the man, the piousyoung man who wanted more a beautiful soul? He says, look, sell everything you have well. I bet he did not expect that. Ibet he did not expect that Jesus said so many things that therewas no possible way. Any one could have ever expected him to say them, sell everything you have if you want to make gitl progress, selleverything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure inheaven it's hard. He says for a rich man toenter the Kingdom of Heaven, a person who's, not an interested in hiscitizenship above a person who is not ambitious for heaven, slakes his interior desire with earthlythings he tries to make Earth Heaven, which issuch a frustrating effort. Since it's not if we wanted to add thesaint of the day, we could continue with this theme of Heaven, because theSaint of to day is an incredible man named Saint Stephen, a venerable martyr,a monk martyr is called Saint Steven.

The new is a great defender of the Holy IconsEighth Century Saint Stephen, the knew who ended hislife by being dragged through the city and having an iconic class heretic.Take a board and smash his head so that his brains, dribbled out on the ground,by the way that is that explicit in his life. Evidently quite a few people saw ittake place. That's what the heretics did with him,because he was such a vibrant witness to heaven and such a vibrant witness tothe icons icons all around you, brothers andsisters are bearing witness to one thing: The impact for coming in theChurch and looking at these beautiful faces, all of whom are alive some placethat we call heaven are a tremendous impact on us if theyalter our whole disposition in our thirst. If you came in here- and it was just white walls, if we all became Presbyterian just fora moment, you would also have an impact on you. Ihad it growing up as a Presbyterian myself, that's a message itself. Whitewalls is a message itself. All of these faces are saying somethingto you. What are they saying? They're saying come here. Remember us, don't forget where your citizenship is. This is your future. This is themessage of all of these saints they're. All looking right at you for areason heaven wants to confront you. Heaven wants to have a dialogue. Heavenwants to be important as an aspiration. The aspiration ofyour life. This is the witness of these...

...things. That's why sometimes you hearthe church call icons windows to heaven. They bear witness that this is not. Where meant this is notour home were so journeys where Parachicos ners. Do you know whatthat parakeet means? Parishioner mains, transience, spiritual transience, we're sojourning here in our journey toParadise, which is to come. This is also why we paint the saintsthe way we do. We use dimensionality in the ICONOGRAPHY in order not to givetoo earthly a feel when you stand in front of them, you look at them and they fully engageyou, but we avoid three D: It's why we don't have statues in the church,nothing wrong with Statuesi'm hoping one day to have a marvellous massivestatue of Saint Andrew, probably on that hill right there overlooking theplayground, maybe twenty feet built right into the side of the hill all inmarble and on his back his cross. Looking down over the kids- Yes, yes, I'M NOT JOKING! By the way, it'sgoing to be part of a campaign coming up soon. You just watch you just watch,but we don't bring the status into the church when we ascend to the Kingdom of God.We avoid statues just for that reason, because they are a little for us, alittle earthy a little bit too relatable as far asbeing attached to the earth. All of the saints are calling us to lift up ourgaze. I want us to be good citizens of thiscity and the state and this nation. I...

...really want you all to love the landthat you were made from the land that sustains you even in its misery. I want you to loveit read about it all. The time study our own city history, our statehistory, our national history care about it, but even more, I want you tothink always about heaven. I want you to have your affection set there. I want you to have your mind on thethings above where Christ it let it occupy yourself, your thoughts. This is what Saint Paul says like letyour mind be there, let it be the subject of your affectiondesire. Like Saint Paul said he said he desired. It was his ambition to depart. That's a word for die. It was his ambition to die and to bewith Christ, for that is far better. He said that was his ambition. Saint John Cris Astin says somethingmarvellous, there's hardly a church father whotalked more about heaven than him, but he said something marvelous. Hesaid while he was reflecting upon Heaven'sopposite hell, he said the greatest part of the pains of Hell is missing: Heaven, that's what makes hell hell. He says some people don't like this kind oftalk. Some people think that talking about heaven is cheesy the talking about. Heaven is, you knowfor kids...

...and they make fun of US and they say.Oh you know what are we going to do sit on a cloud and pluck a harp? You've heard it before I love C S,Louis's answer to that ses Lewis says people who mock us about that. He saysif some people cannot really understand books written for grown ups, they justshouldn't talk about them. I love that also some people are uncomfortabletalking about heaven because they think it's only for someone else. I want youto know brothers and sisters. Heaven is for you. Jesus didn't come here to save generichumanity. Jesus came here to save people withfaces and names. This is what he came to save he's planning paradise with you in mind. That's your calling! He will not restuntil you're there. He stands and intercedes before thefather for us at this moment and will continue to do so. Your on Sour, you can think of it. This way, your ownsoul, is a key. It's a key to adore to one of our father's many mansionsthat is fit for you, the House that Christ is making for youso that, where he is, you can also be. This is the future? Don't forget that the Christ who is inyou the one that Youi feel in you, the...

...one that you pray too all the time he carries heaven with him. You tasted a little bit. You're goingto taste it in a few minutes in an extreme way, but that's your destiny! That's where you're going. I think it's worth some deeper reflection thanthis homily, so hopefully you'll come when I, when Ido a class on heaven soon in the Saint John Chrysostom catechetical school,and we can explore this our future home in greater detail, pursue it year, one commen. 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 Holy Fathers. If you are interested in otheravailable titles or if you would like more information on patristic nectarpublications, please visit our website at www, dot, patristic nectar, dot, Org.Again, that's W W W dot, patristic nectar, Dodo, T T.

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