October 2007

There is no man who rises above his own smallness, regardless of self-image, and he judges others at his own peril.


(Lk 7:36-50)

The Lord can be gracious and forgive sins. Through love by faith, we may receive grace, be saved, and live in a state of peace.

Elsewhere Saint Paul writes that love makes up for a multitude of sins. Perhaps stated in another way, the extent of forgiveness is in proportion to love.
In any case, it works both ways: despite sin, we can love through faith in the hope of receiving grace, peace, and salvation; the Lord, by graciously forgiving, can further the works of the Holy Spirit in His creation, the chief of which are love and peace.

(see also A Brother Who Sins)

(Jn 8-15)

Here the key passages, in order of presentation, are in: Jn 8:1-11, The Woman Caught in Adultery; Jn 8:12-20 Jesus The Light of The World; Jn 8:31-38, The Truth Will Make You Free; Jn 9:35-41, Spiritual Blindness; Jn 12:20-26, Some Greeks Seek Jesus; Jn 12:27-36, The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up; Jn 14:1-14, Jesus The Way to The Father; Jn 15:1-17 Jesus The True Vine.

Great is the responsibility of men who have access to knowledge and the power to act on it, yet do not do the will of God, the fruits of the Holy Spirit. In other words, men are spiritually blind: they assign value to, and place their faith in, the works of the flesh, i.e. material greed and other forms of idolatry. They live in sin, they are servants of sin and, though they should not judge each other, they judge each other according to the laws of the flesh.

Jesus came to teach men of great responsibility, in this world, but they rejected him. Ordinary men, men from outside this particular circle of responsibility, came to seek Jesus, and Jesus responds to all men by “giving up” His life on earth, as a seed, so as to give life, even eternal life.

Jesus the Light, light of men, life, emanating in and from the Word, Λόγος, God, is also the son of man within whom is the kingdom of God; the Light, in whom if men have faith, they become sons of the Light, sons of the son of man, become like children – born again, humble – sons of the kingdom of God, in which house a place is prepared for men who live by faith in the Light, who live according to the Word, men in whom the kingdom is.

It is by following the teaching of Jesus that we produce fruit, the fruits of the Holy Spirit – such as love and joy – that we share in God’s glory.

We can ask for whatever we want, but if we ask to share in God’s work, with a pure heart, it will be granted. The opposite of this is a fruitless existence.

(Jn 6:60-71)

And again, Jesus says the spirit gives life, the body (flesh) achieves nothing.

We may walk in the ways of the flesh, or we may walk in the ways of the spirit, Jesus Christ, Son of God and son of man.

Take a chance, O sons of men, and “sacrifice” the body (flesh), which is such a small thing anyway, and in return you have the hope of eternal life.

(Jn 5:19-30)

Jesus is both the Son of God and the son of man. His concrete work on earth is the living witness of this interconnection. We have set before us the teaching of soulful living, living in such a way that men focus their energy on the soul. Faith is the key element because, those who live for the body (flesh) are certain to die, while those who live for the soul are taking some kind of risk, but if we choose to cast light on the choice – and we have the freedom to choose – the choice is clear.

In these circumstances, men judge themselves by their faith and their actions. Some seek to destroy, repress or manipulate faith in the soul and pursue the works of the mortal flesh, others willfully live by faith in the soul and seek God’s will and do it. The choice is clear: either, after temporary dillydallying, certain death, or the hope of eternal life, a soul in communion with God, its life in the truth.

What, then, is the soul worth to you? A plate of lentils? It is in this sense, then, that we judge ourselves, sons of men, capable of freely choosing to do God’s will as sons of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, son of man and Son of God.

(Jn 3:1-21)

Jesus explains to a member of a group of men who wield social power among men – those who would enslave other men by destroying , or perversely manipulating, faith in the soul – that the willing soul of a person can be independent of the earthly process: souls come from God and the willful soul can take a step back, so to speak – repent, purify, and live in the light –, and thus safeguard itself from the souls, and the fate of those souls, who choose the darkness over the light, men whose faith is in what is soulless, thereby judging themselves by virtue of their own belief, by the nature of their faith. The truth and the light are transparent, they need no audit, they do not depend on the scrutiny of men. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light, the path of the soul on earth as it is in heaven.