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“Though You Die, Yet You Shall Live" | Saint Lazarus Saturday 2021


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Now available at patristic nectar dot Org. BATRISTIC nectar publications presents a heart for God lectures on the life of the Holy Prophet and King David. Christians are indebted to no one in the Old Testament more than the Holy Prophet and King David. He alone amongst all the believers in the ancient covenant, is described by the Lord as having a heart for God. David Sin, in infamy second only to that of Adam, has been meditated upon by believers, as has David's deep repentance, which has provided an image for countless Penitence to imitate over the centuries in order to find peace with God. In these ten lectures, Father Josiah surveys the entire life of King David, from his early rise as a humble shepherd to his years in hiding from Saul, to the magnificent...

...covenant that God cut with him, which provided the prism through which believers have come to understand he who is the ultimate son of David, the true king of pains, who reigns on David's throne at the right hand of the father, the one whose heart is gentle and perfect, Jesus Christ, the Lord for these and other available titles. Please visit our website, I'd patristic nectar dot Org. And now the arena with Father Josiah Trenna, in the name of the father, end of the son and of the Holy Spirit, blessed Lazarus Saturday to all of you. I feel quite giggly today. You know,...

...cities of any duration of existence have history and things that they become known for. In this town, Riverside, I think, officially established in one thousand eight hundred and seventy, became very famous very quickly. Bye Thousand Eight hundred ninety five. In that very year we had the highest per capita income of any town in the United States of America because of the citrus industry which was just booming here, and markers about the citrus industry are all over our town. In fact, this week one of the historic citrus buildings burned on mission in avenue and pine, which was a great sadness. Can you imagine being from Bethany? Can you imagine your hometown was Bethany? That town? Of course, anyone who's made pilgrimage to the Holy Land knows Bethany. It's...

...on the agenda, it's on the itinerary to stop there, to that place where Mary and Martha and Lazarus lived, the place that Jesus liked to hang out with his friends and the place that became the witness to the plundering of hell and the destruction of death for the first time in the history of the human race. For Two thousand years, people have made the journey to Bethany like you can do today, so that you can stand on the ground at the place where Jesus spoke life into the four days dead, Lazarus, his friend, where Jesus wept in the face of our misery. What a town,...

...what a town, what Jesus did today, brothers and sisters, it really manifests two things. First, it manifests his complete, utter dominion over everything, his complete dominion over everything, and the second thing that it manifests is what his disposition is towards the human race and what it means to be Jesus's friend. You know, his relationship that he had with Lazarus was a model and a type of the relationship that he seeks with every one of his disciples, and the experience of Lazarus is a witness to what every friend of Christ has already experienced on the inside in his life and will experience on the...

...last day. Listening to the Gospel Text, did you see, did you feel, the struggle of the sisters of Lazarus? Did you feel their interior conflict? They were so sad at on one hand, so sad because their brother had died and Jesus was no biritwhere to be found, and at the same time they they had these thoughts about Christ. They knew who he was, at least they were in process of understanding who he was. The Gospel Tax Reveals the movement that the sisters of Lazareth had to become Christians, to have a Christian understanding, a true Christology. Did you hear the comment, Lord, if only you were here? That was an incredible thing to say.

Not The pharisees would have said that. She knew and she thought, if only what he was here, no weight death could have even got near my brother. If Jesus was here, death would have been hiding behind a rock, not taking him into the tomb. And then she said, Lord, I know anything you ask your father, he'll grant you. She knew how close he was to God. She knew that he was God's son and that anything Jesus asked the father, the father would have done. Did you see her struggling to have a true understanding of Jesus, and Jesus so patiently but so directly helped her come to a true Christian understanding of his identity? He said to her when she was struggling and saying, Lord, if only you were here. He ended that idea I'm everywhere. I am the resurrection...

...and the life. He who believes on me, though he died, yet shall he live? Lord, if I know whatever you ask the father, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes on me will never die. Wow, what no wonder these beautiful women and Lazarus became such effective witnesses for decades after this experience, after the resurrection, they became powerful missionaries all over the place, specially on the island of Cyprus. They could speak about a true understanding of Jesus and the consequence of believing it like no one...

...else could. Mary and Martha from the side of grieving at the death of their brother, and Lazarus from his descriptions of hell. I would have loved to have been his parishioner, since he was a bishop on Cyprus for years. I would have loved to be celebrating in the church Pasca with St Lazarus, the things he would have told us, the things he saw, how the powers of the devil melted away when they heard the voice of Christ. Shaking, literally shaking. Hades, which had been unshakable up until this very moment, went unshakable. You can you imagine if you were some great, MMM fighter, M M, a fighter, and you had not, you know, a hundred victories, not two hundred victories, you had millions and...

...millions and millions of victories and not a single defeat. You can understand why hell might have been a little overconfident until it heard the voice of the king of an unshakable kingdom, as the epistle set today, the one unshakable kingdom was not hades, it's God's kingdom. And Mary and Martha and Lazarus bore witness to the power of Christ, to a true understanding of him who is the resurrection in the life. They might have been a little confused, like I suspect you might be a little confused if you were listening carefully to the Gospel. How is it? What does Jesus possibly mean I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes on me, though he died, yet shall he live. And then, two seconds later, he who believes in me will never die. which is it, Lord, am I going to...

...die or am I not going to die? Which is it? It's both. I am the resurrection and the Line Life. He who believes on me, though he died in the flesh, yet he shall live in the his soul and in the resurrection. And he who believes on me will never die, because after Jesus is destruction of death. Dear ones, we don't even call death death anymore. It has been so denuded, so totally crushed into pieces, so made impotent, that we just call it sleep. That's how the apostles talk about death. It's rest, it's rest. This is why...

...we priests love, we love to make our commemorations of the living and the departed. We love to make our commemorations, especially when, like this morning, the list comes to us with the proper titles. The list came this morning, on one side the living and on the other side the resting. Yeah, the living and the resting. So this is what I meant when I was little. I'm a little giggly. It's not just because I'm thankful that Lens over. Okay, praise the Lord, that he took us through another great lent. Praise the Lord for that. But mostly and giggly because we all know what's coming. We all know what's coming and it's so wonderful... see the enemy of mankind, what Paul calls the last enemy, death, terrorized. Such a blessed blessing to see death terrorized and to know that just in a few days the whole world is going to hear the proclamation of Jesus's own resurrection from the debts. I wish you all a very blessed St Lausbie's Day. I'm we hope that you have enjoyed and have been edified by this presentation offered to you by Patristic Nectar Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. If you are interested in other available titles or if you would like more information on patristic nectar publications, please visit our website at www dot patristic nectar dot org. Again, that's www dot patristic nectar dot org.

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