Thursday, January 5, 2017

January 5, 2017


Matthew 22:37-40

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Personal Challenge

People have challenged me before that they do not want to be a Christian or go to a church because it is all based on rules of what I can do or not do, what I can believe or not believe, or that is so judgmental. My only answer to that is, "Hogwash!" Jesus clearly states to the young, rich man here that there are only two rules that we must follow if we are to claim to be Christians. They are to love God...completely, and to love our neighbor...unconditionally. If we live our lives this way then everything that we do in our journey of faith is not rules or commandments to follow but joyful sacrifices that we choose to offer up to our Lord and for our fellow man. We tithe and give offerings because we are so blessed. We fast and do almsgiving because it helps us to take our eyes off of ourselves and focus on God and our neighbor. We attend liturgy and vespers so that we can be in the presence of our Father and in a relationship with the people in our community of believers. This is what being a Christian is all about.

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