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Learn the Parable from the Fig Tree

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Ancient faith, radio and patristicnector publications present the arena Sunday homilies and theologicalreflections with Father Jessiah trenum. There are stages in prayer. The firstis bodily prayer. This is where we start with prostrations. This is activeprayer. The second stage is a tentive prayer and the third stage is prayer ofthe feelings. The attention warming, the heart and what was thought withattention becomes feeling inside the heart. Praying is what it means to bespiritual. You know, there's a lot of talk in our culture, about beingspiritual and spirituality, a lot of bashing of religion andexultation of spirituality. For us to be spiritual means to be incommunion with the Holy Spirit to be inspired by him in prayer and in a lifeof fruit bearing to the glory of God and the good of men. It doesn't meansitting in big, sir, under a Redwood Tree reading the Bug of Agina. That isnot the definition of spiritual life. 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 rol, givingspecial emphasis to the prayers of repentance the rule of prostrations,the giving of thanks and the use of the Jesus prayer. Patristic nectyarpublications 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, I donwww that patristic nectar, dot, ord and nowhere's father Josia trenum with the Sunday Hommli, the name of the father and of the sonof the Holy Spirid, one God. I thank your brothers and sisters foryour prayers. This last twelve days as I participated with representativesfrom our parish and or annual Deaso imparaslive conference, and then thislast week, fifty four of us went on our annual Summertean camp out. I have survived. It was a time of wonder and inspirationfor us. We were in a majestic natural setting. We camped literally onthe base of Mountchasta one of the three highest mountains inthe lowest forty eight state over fourteen thousand feet call and activevolcano. We enjoyed many days of fellowship andprayer. I was deeply touched to listen to ouryoung people, chant the Orthros and the vespers every day every morning everyevening they know these services they're inthem it was a time of adventure. Our young people push themselves very hard. Many of them did things theynever had ever done, nor ever thought they would do more than once one of our teans whispered in my earfather. How am I going to explain this to my parents? Some of the adventures were so extreme.I put them under pastoral interdict,...

...not to publish any photos or messageson the facebook until we returned, so I wouldn't receive any phone calls fromthe parents saying bring my children home. Now we hiked to the top of Castle crags andlook down from that granite. Perch three thousand foot sheere drop. We hiked into the Shasta cavern, someof the largest caves in the United States. We went to the CHASTA Dam, weparticipated in all sorts of competitions and sports INA famous scavenger hunt. Thank God. MOUNTCHASTA is presitaras hometown andthe chief of polices happend to be a colleague of hers. She hat graduated inthe same high school class, so we were safe. She saw him actually on one occasionshe went into the the police station to ask him about an adventure that Iwas taking the kids on. We, we were jumping into lake hiskew, thelocal lake. They had built a brand new bridge and when we went there we saw localsjumping off the bridge into the water, twenty five or thirty feet, and we all thought that'd be a reallynice thing to do so. We did it. We did it. We spenthearts of two days jumping off that bridge, including a collaborative groupjump where we all lined up on the bridge and jumped so she asked thechief of police. Is that legal and he said no, it's illegal, but havea nice time.

Besides adventures, it was also a timeof sacred pilgrimage and our young people were able to to stay at Saint Serahfham Church inSanta Rosa, which is the parish of Father Laurence Margetitch. Who was ourour sint Andrew Day? Speaker last sint, Andrew Day, he opened graciously opened his parishfor hospitality and he put up fifty four of us in his hall on the way upand fifty four of us on the way down. We got to pray and make confession allof us confess and prayed the vesper service in hisbeautiful church, the Church that perhaps has the most beautifuliconography of any church in the United States. We made pilgrimage on the last day tothe Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Mary, where the shrine of Saint John, thewonder worker of Shanghai and San Francisco, is, and we were all able toparticipate in a liturgy and have a half hour. With the DE. We toldus about the history of that magnificent paerish, and especially thelife of Saint John. What can I say, brothers and sisters? It was exhausting,but in a great way, in a beautiful way. The theme of our camp out was this. Learn the parablefrom the FIG tree comes from Luke chapter thirteen learn the parabl fromthe FIG tree. It's emblazoned on the shirts of our campers. The parable of the FIG tree was one ofour saviors dramatic parabolic teachings. He found a tree that looked in seasonand ready to bear fruit. It had leads and when he went to it and he searchedfor the fruit, he found nothing and he did something quite shocking,hecursed it and it withered before the eyes of his disciples, and he taughtthem a lesson.

He taught them the importance of being rooted and connected to theliving God and bringing forth fruits good deed that you heard about in thereadings today. He taught us in fact that we will all be accountable for bearingforth good fruits. That fig tree was an image of the unbelieving Jews of histime, the majority of whom did not accept theMessiah he whom they claim to have beenawaiting for so long. When he did arrive, they did not open their heartsor turned their ways to face him. They looked like God's tree. They hadthe branches like good gods tree, but they were fruitless and the result wasthat they were given a rid of divorce and the Kingdom of God in Jesus' word,was taken away from them and given to a nation bearing the fruitof it, a fruit bearing nation, a nation thatwould accept the Lord God and live for him. This theme we addressed myself andJason Coberubius are retreat master. We address these themes in dailyreflections in the morning and the evening talking about fruit, bearingand about fruitless nest. Talking about the certainty of judgment,forbarrenness, the miracle of being ingrafted as a branch into the livingtree, which is Christ, the necessity of acquiring grace, seeking an increase of the Holy Spirit,trying to see the light of God and to possess the divine uncreated energiesof God, so that we could have power. You heard this if you were here forOrthos this morning, when Jesus told his disciples at the time of hisascention, that they should wait into...

Jin Jerusalem until they were clothedwith power from on high. The Christian life is about power aboutgrace, about acquiring the Holy Spirit. It's alive, not of empty moralism, notof just external conformity to certain commandments. That is what the fin tree had anexterior appearance of being God's Tree and had tho leave, but the only way true fruits colme iswhen grace comes into us when we actually make a livingconnection with God and his energy. His light passes from himself to us justlike the heat of the sun, the rays of the sun hit plants and by the miracleof photosynthesis, give life. This is what happens to us, the Christians. If we abide in Christ and he abides inus, we will bear much fruit, oursaviourself, this concept of fruit bearing union andthe danger of fruitlessness the danger of being merely morally conformed fromthe outside and having the inside corrupt. This is a common prophetic theme inscripture. This idea of empty hypocrisy, makingsomeone worthless Jeremiathe prophit mentions this quite a bit. If you had a concordance at home andyou looked up the word worthless, you would find many references in theprofits to this we're reading. Right now, in our reading, through the yearin the Geremy of the PROBEM, were about to come upon a profoundchapter chapter: Thirteen, it's called the waste band of Jeremiah. Yes, it'strue. The waste fan of Jeremia is what...

...that chapter is dedicated to, becausethe Lord God came to him and he said Jeremiah. I want you to go by a newwaste ban, a new loin cloth underwear, and I want you to take that cloth which will cling toyour waist. I want you to wear it, but then, after some time I want you totake it, and I want you to put it in a river and leave it there. Until I tellyou, which is what he did, the provit took his new waiste. Then he put it inthe river and then, when God told him now go get it. He went to get it andyou can imagine what condition it was in. It was worthless good for nothing and it no longer served this purposebecause when he pulled them up, they went down. That's what happens to warn out elastic, but the image brothers and sisters isthat, just as that waste fan no longer clung to the hips of the ProphetJeremiah, so the people of Israel no longer clung to the Lord, their God. They had grown dissatisfied with thegreat and majestic God of all things and his wonders and his gifts no longerdelighted them. They only found delight in the ways of the nation and they had become for that reason. worters this image so common in the propets about thenecessity of fruit, bearing of remaining in a position of clinging tothe Lord God and the danger of becoming fruitless or barren thisis. All over inthe scriptures you have Jeremiah's waisteband. You also have theforrunners acts. Remember his teaching at the Jordanriver when he saw the set sad ju sees...

...and the Pharisees coming to him.Remember what he said to them. It says in the scriptures they were coming forbaptism, but they weren't coming for baptismfrom the inside. It wasn't a movement seeking grace and repentance. It was amovement of external conformity and, as such, it was worthless and so Johnturned his sight on them, and he said you Brewda Vipers, who warns you to flee from the Wrat tocome. The act is already laid at the root of the tree. Every tree that does not bear goodfruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire, bring fourth fruits inkeeping with repentance, and don't think you can say to yourself. We haveAbraham for our father, for God is able from stones or maybe met these of the gentils arsfrom stones to raise up children to Abraham Jeremiah's waistepand, the forerunnersacts. It's the same thing, our live brothers and sisters is a lifeof union with God. This is what we seek every time, we're praying at a home.What we're trying to do is make a connection to the living God to be onewith him and to him. Have Him be one with us? We seek grace. We seek theHoly Spirit. We seek his power from the inside his uncreated divine energy, hislife, and is why you're here in the linergy? It's? Why you're listening to theGospel to the epistle you're chanting, the Psalms you're preparing forreception of Holy Communion You'R repenting of your sins? Now, becauseyou're yearning for a union with the Holy Trinity? You desire the HolySpirit and you want to see the light that shone out of Christ on the top ofMounttabor, so that when you chant at the end of communion, we have seen the true life we have now possessed the heavenlyspirit we have found the true faith. We want that. That's our life...

...from that comes conformity to the law. We have a lawful life, we love theLord's ways. We keep his words from the inside out. You understand what I'msaying, not just from the outside the readings today that you heard forthis feast of the Holy Fathers of the first sixecamenical councils. They camefrom Sant Pausa Fistal to titus chapter three and from the sermon on the Mounchapter, five of say: Matthews Gospel, both of those readings appointed tohonor thenatically, the fathers of the first six ecumenical councils, who weresuch fruit bearing Christians have as there as the center theme theimportance of of what I'm telling you the importance of tering in Titus, Saint Paul says this is atrustworthy statement and concerning these things I want you titus the bishop of Creete to speakconfidently, so that those who have believed in God may be careful toengage in good deeds, because these things are good and profitable for men,but shun foolish controversies, for they are unprofitable and worthless, hear it again, fruitfulness in gooddeeds or worthless. Those who are about focusing on bearing fruit for God andthose who like to play religion and get into allsorts of fights about this foolish controversy or that let our people learn to engage in gooddeeds to me pressing needs so that they might not be unfruitful your theApostolic Mind. It's the same as the profit is the same as Jeremias. Thesame as the fore runners all has the same met mine and our saviour mostbeautifully. You are the salt of the earth. You know these days is sometimes veryhard to connect scripture to us,...

...especially because we have electricity really hard to convey how profound thatteaching is about being the salt of the earth. We have refrigerators, so we don't saltmeat. We don't try to preserve it this way, but his listeners knew with salt.You have preservation without salt, you have wrought decay and worthlessnessand our saviour is saying we're the salt of the whole world believers are,we may seem insignificant, like salt and even CP, but our effect is profound. He says if the salt becomes tasteless,it's good for nothing except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot bymen. Do you hear the same thing once again, fruitful, effective orfruitless and worthless? You Are the light of the world, nobodylights, a light, a lamp and covers it, but puts it on a lambstand, so it giveslife to the whole house. This is in fact, what the fathers of thesixecumenical councils were holding up. The light of God bearing forth the goodfruits of a holy confession, so that others themselves might find the truth and throwing out the heretics from thechurch, those worthless salt that had become tasteless, whose teachings separated men from God. Let your light shine before men, sothat they may see your good works and glorify your father, who is in Heaven provearing like the holy fathers like SaintVladimir, the grandprince of Kiav, equal of the apostles wond. We alsocommemorate today, brothers and sisters. Seek this seek this insist to yourself on the same thing that Saint Paul AsksSittitus to insist on you. Imagine...

...it's as though our bishop would besaying to me is friest other Josiah insist that our people engage in good deeds tomeet pressing needs, lest they be unfruitful. Insist yourself insist that when you pray you do it forthe right reason in order to make a union a connection with the Living Godto get his grace to acquire in greater measure the Holy Spirit, so that you can then from the insideout function as salt and life effectively preserving a culture that is in the midst of decayand Rot. God grant us to be like this frutbearing so that people will see our good deeds and will give glory to hisprecious name. Other soning, Poly Spirit on. We hope that you have enjoyed and havebeen edified by this presentationl offered to you by Patristic NictarPublications, a non profit organization committed to nourishing the spirituallythirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers until next time.

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