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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 theHoly Prophet and King David. Christians are indebted to no one in the OldTestament more than the Holy Prophet and King David. He alone amongst all thebelievers in the ancient covenant, is described by the Lord as having a heartfor God. David Sin, in infamy second only to that of Adam,has been meditated upon by believers, as has David's deep repentance, which hasprovided an image for countless Penitence to imitate over the centuries in order to findpeace with God. In these ten lectures, Father Josiah surveys the entire life ofKing David, from his early rise as a humble shepherd to his yearsin 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 theultimate son of David, the true king of pains, who reigns on David'sthrone at the right hand of the father, the one whose heart is gentle andperfect, Jesus Christ, the Lord for these and other available titles.Please visit our website, I'd patristic nectar dot Org. And now the arenawith Father Josiah Trenna, in the name of the father, end of theson 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 havehistory and things that they become known for. In this town, Riverside, I think, officially established in one thousand eight hundred and seventy, becamevery famous very quickly. Bye Thousand Eight hundred ninety five. In that veryyear we had the highest per capita income of any town in the United Statesof America because of the citrus industry which was just booming here, and markersabout the citrus industry are all over our town. In fact, this weekone of the historic citrus buildings burned on mission in avenue and pine, whichwas a great sadness. Can you imagine being from Bethany? Can you imagineyour hometown was Bethany? That town? Of course, anyone who's made pilgrimageto the Holy Land knows Bethany. It's...

...on the agenda, it's on theitinerary 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 placethat became the witness to the plundering of hell and the destruction of death forthe 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, sothat you can stand on the ground at the place where Jesus spoke life intothe four days dead, Lazarus, his friend, where Jesus wept in theface of our misery. What a town,...

...what a town, what Jesus didtoday, 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 thehuman race and what it means to be Jesus's friend. You know, hisrelationship that he had with Lazarus was a model and a type of the relationshipthat he seeks with every one of his disciples, and the experience of Lazarusis a witness to what every friend of Christ has already experienced on the insidein his life and will experience on the...

...last day. Listening to the GospelText, did you see, did you feel, the struggle of the sistersof Lazarus? Did you feel their interior conflict? They were so sad aton one hand, so sad because their brother had died and Jesus was nobiritwhere to be found, and at the same time they they had these thoughtsabout Christ. They knew who he was, at least they were in process ofunderstanding who he was. The Gospel Tax Reveals the movement that the sistersof Lazareth had to become Christians, to have a Christian understanding, a trueChristology. 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 thetomb. 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 trueunderstanding of Jesus, and Jesus so patiently but so directly helped her come toa true Christian understanding of his identity? He said to her when she wasstruggling and saying, Lord, if only you were here. He ended thatidea I'm everywhere. I am the resurrection...

...and the life. He who believeson me, though he died, yet shall he live? Lord, ifI know whatever you ask the father, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes on me will never die. Wow, what no wonderthese 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 onthe island of Cyprus. They could speak about a true understanding of Jesus andthe consequence of believing it like no one...

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

...millions and millions of victories and nota single defeat. You can understand why hell might have been a little overconfidentuntil it heard the voice of the king of an unshakable kingdom, as theepistle 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. Theymight have been a little confused, like I suspect you might be a littleconfused if you were listening carefully to the Gospel. How is it? Whatdoes Jesus possibly mean I am the resurrection and the life. He who believeson me, though he died, yet shall he live. And then,two seconds later, he who believes in me will never die. which isit, Lord, am I going to...

...die or am I not going todie? Which is it? It's both. I am the resurrection and the LineLife. He who believes on me, though he died in the flesh,yet he shall live in the his soul and in the resurrection. Andhe 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 hasbeen so denuded, so totally crushed into pieces, so made impotent, thatwe just call it sleep. That's how the apostles talk about death. It'srest, it's rest. This is why...

...we priests love, we love tomake our commemorations of the living and the departed. We love to make ourcommemorations, especially when, like this morning, the list comes to us with theproper titles. The list came this morning, on one side the livingand 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 littlegiggly. It's not just because I'm thankful that Lens over. Okay, praisethe Lord, that he took us through another great lent. Praise the Lordfor that. But mostly and giggly because we all know what's coming. Weall 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 tosee death terrorized and to know that just in a few days the wholeworld 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 thatyou have enjoyed and have been edified by this presentation offered to you by PatristicNectar Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing the spiritually thirsty with the sweetteachings of the Holy Fathers. If you are interested in other available titles orif you would like more information on patristic nectar publications, please visit our websiteat www dot patristic nectar dot org. Again, that's www dot patristic nectardot org.

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