That You May Know…


I write these things to you so that you may know that you have eternal life, you who believe in the name of the Son of God. And we have this confidence in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked Him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and He will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin, about which I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly. We know that no one begotten by God sins; but the one begotten by God He protects, and the evil one cannot touch him. We know that we belong to God, and the whole world is under the power of the evil one. We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the One who is true. And we are in the One who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Children, be on guard against idols.   I John 5:13-21      

  

I write these things to you so that you may know that you have eternal life, you who believe in the name of the Son of God.

  

Well, we’ve come to the end of our study of I John. I hope it has been an encouragement and a source of growth for you in your walk with Christ. I know it has for me.

So as we look at this final section of John’s letter, let us look at the major points he’s written about, that confirms that we have eternal life.   Continue reading

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A Call to Prayer


I recieved this in an e-mail this morning, and I wanted to share it with everyone.

Rosary for Truth
Schedule for September, 2007

The history of the Rosary shows how this prayer was used . . . at a
difficult time for the Church due to the spread of heresy. Today we
are facing new challenges. Why should we not once more have recourse
to the Rosary?
John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (2002), 17.

Schedule of Dates, Churches and Mass Times
Date Mass Time Church

Sept. 8 (Saturday) 4:30 p.m.St. Thomas the Apostle
Rosary at
4:05 p.m.
2914 West 44 th Street, Mpls, 55410
612-922-0041
Sept. 22 (Saturday) 5:00   p.m.

Church of Christ the King
Rosary at
4:35  p.m.
5029 Zenith Ave. S, Mpls, 55410
612-920-5030


Sept. 29 (Saturday)
5:00 p.m.

St.  Frances Cabrini
Rosary at 4:35 a.m
1500 Franklin Ave SE, Mpls
612-339-3023
 
We invite you to pray the Rosary with us for a return to the Orthodox
Tradition of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and for the
conversion of our brothers and sisters who are involved, whether by
intent, deceit or ignorance, in disordered movements contrary to the
teachings of the Magisterium of the Church and Holy Scripture.

St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesian Church commanded, Take no part
in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. . . .
when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible. (Ephesians
5:11,13) Our struggle is not against our brothers and sisters, but
for their conversion in love, For we are not contending against flesh
and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against
the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts
of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

 Together we can expose the works of darkness by bringing, through this mighty prayer, the light of truth and love in the power of the Holy Spirit.Our intent is to gather over a period of time at various churches in
our Archdiocese approximately 25 minutes before Mass, quietly kneel
and silently pray the most holy Rosary of the blessed Mother of God.
If you sense the Spirit of God prodding you then please join with us.
Please carry your Rosary exposed so we can identify one another and
sit together if you wish.
Arrive 30 minutes before Mass is scheduled to begin.

Three of One Accord


This is the One who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by water and blood. The Spirit is the One that testifies, and the Spirit is truth. So there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human testimony, the testimony of God is surely greater. Now the testimony of God is this, that He has testified on behalf of His Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony within himself. Whoever does not believe God has made Him a liar by not believing the testimony God has given about His Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever possesses the Son has life; whoever does not possess the Son of God does not have life.  I John 5:6-12  

   

So there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are of one accord. 

  

Some differing faith groups have expressed uncertainty about the identity of the three Witnesses, but most accept the explanation offered by Tertullian in the second century:

 

“For He [Jesus] had ‘come by means of water and blood,’ as John has written; that He might be baptized by the water, glorified by the blood. These two baptisims He sent out from the wound in His pierced side in order that they who believed in His blood might be bathed with the water; they who had been bathed in the water might likewise drink the blood.”   On Baptisim XVI.

 

I offer this for us to ponder; these three Witnesses are still present in His Church, administering the grace that only comes From God.

 

As Jesus Himself was baptized and the Holy Spirit descended on Him as a dove; the Father confirms Jesus is indeed His Son. He confirms this upon us at our baptisim as well (John 3:5).

And as Jesus shed His blood on the cross and died for our redemption, the Spirit testifies to this as well ( John 19:30). For, as Jesus hung upon the cross, dead, the lance (spear) was thrust into His side and the blood and water immediately flowed out (John 19:34).

 

This leads us to our pondering point; the Sacraments of Baptisim (water) and the Holy Eucharist (blood) are still witnessed to By the Holy Spirit in His Church today. The life-giving Spirit empowers the life-giving water and the life-giving blood.

 

This can not be done on man’s accord, but only the accord of the three Witnesses through the power of God. An empty ritual could not and would not bring about eternal life, yet our faith brought to life by the Spirit Himself, testifies within us that Christ is who He says He is. And through the water and the blood we are incorporated into the Sacrament of His Body, the Church.

 

As Saint Ambrose put it, “As Eve was formed from the sleeping Adam’s side, so the Church was born from the pierced heart of Christ hanging dead on the cross” (CCC 766).

  

So this week let us listen to the testimony of the Spirit, the water and the blood; calling us to a life of faith, hope and love in relationship to Christ, His Church and our service to others in love (Gal.5:6).

 

Amen.

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God’s blessing to all.

And The Winner Is…


Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves [also] the One begotten by Him. In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love and obey His commandments. For the love of God is this, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who [indeed] is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?   I John 5:1-5             

Last week we looked at the “perfect love that drives out fear”, this week we see what it looks like in action. It not only drives out fear, it conquers the world!

First, let us note, just who it is who conquers the world. It is whoever is begotten by God. What does this mean, exactly? For those of us who say the Nicene Creed every week, we are somewhat familiar with this term “begotten”. For the Creed it was carefully chosen, for Jesus always was, He was not created. John uses this word as well, in his writings. It’s meaning is “only one of a kind”. Is this the same kind of begotten for us? Not exactly.

We, as disciples of Jesus, are caused to exist by God’s grace through His Holy Spirit. How many of us lose sight of this fact in our day to day lives; The Divine Life dwells in us 24/7 ? The Spirit of God lives in us!

This is how John can challenge us to live pure lives. Because the Holy Spirit lives in us and, because of this fact, surely we won’t want to sin!

Secondly, this “begotten” causes (leads us to) conquer. Conquer what? The world (our sinful desires)! And we can only accomplish this through the power of the Holy Spirit. “For nothing will be impossible with God” (Lk. 1:37, Matt. 19:26).

Lastly, there is a specific victory that conquers the world (our sinful desires) that is our faith. Remember the definition of faith? It is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen (Heb.11:1).

We are begotten by ” water and Spirit”(John 3:5) through God’s grace and, as His sons and daughters, we partake of the same divine nature as “His only begotten Son”. As members of His family we are indwelled by the Divine Spirit Himself to conquer (overcome) this world in the manner Jesus did. Obedience to the Father in faith, love and works.

So this week, let’s not tell God we love Him……. Let’s show Him! The victory is our’s to have!

Amen.

Have No Fear, True Love Is Here


This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us, that He has given us of His Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testfiy that the Father sent His Son as Savior of the World. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgement because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. We love because He first loved us. If anyone says,”I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.   I John 4:13-21   

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.

The word “perfect” here speaks of maturity, a completeness and it is this love (mature love) that drives out fear. Like water poured in a glass drives out the air that occupied it, so is God’s love poured out in our hearts until fear is driven out of our lives.

The primary meaning seems to be that we will not fear God’s judgement if we live in His love and His love lives in us. So how does His love manifest itself in us?

In our love for others.

What does this have to do with fear? Let’s ask ourselves three questions:

1) Why do we not share our faith with our neighbors/ family?

2) Why do we not pray before meals at a resturant?

3) Why do we tolerate sin and not confront it?

The answer is fear. Why are we so afraid of what people may say to us or about us? Have we forgotten Matt. 5:11 or Matt. 10:28?

Fear is a basic human emotion toward danger. Why do we sense danger in loving others as Christ loves others? Because we see what happened to Jesus when He loved others.

Rejection, humiliation, degradation and crucifixion, not a list of things to get excited about. But these are the kinds of things we may face, as we love as Jesus loves.

We should not be afraid of others, we should be afraid for others!

So this week, let’s share our faith with a neighbor or co-worker. Let’s pray without fear/shame in public and confront the sin that we tolerate in our own lives, particularly the sin of fear that keeps us from loving others as Christ loves.

Amen.

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