The feeding of the 5000 demonstrates our Lord’s ability to provide for us, and also the role of the church in providing for God’s people. Most importantly for EVERY Christian is that is also states a firm command, and the way to carry out this command. Audio Homily.
What defines the ministry of the Apostles?
The hundred and fifty three fish and the Restoration of Peter.
The life of the Apostles and the church is built upon the bedrock of the confession of faith.
Not only are the strong commanded to bear the infirmities of the weak, but this command includes everyone. The reason for this command is discussed and it is explained that following it is the only path to happiness.
Some incredible quotes from the Fathers and others regarding the implications of the incarnation.
St. Clement of Alexandria: “The Word of God became man, that you may learn from man how man may become God.”
St. Athanasius of Alexandria: “For he was made man that we might be made God…and…he himself has made us sons of the Father, and deified men by becoming himself man.”
St. Gregory of Nazianzus (the Theologian): “Let us become as Christ is, since Christ became as we are; let us become gods for his sake, since he became man for our sake.”
I just finished my third St Peter the Aleut summer camp at “Camp Grady Spruce”. This is a wonderful camp and I highly recommend it. A few reflections (in stream of consciousness order)
The healing of the paralytic shows that God hears the prayers of those who have faith. This is both a promise and a rebuke for us. We are responsible before God to have faith so that our prayers for our loved ones are effective. How do we gain more faith?
Stand fast on spiritual watch, because you don’t know when the Lord will call you to Himself. In your earthly life be ready at any moment to give Him an account. Beware that the enemy does not catch you in his nets, that he not deceive you causing you to fall into temptation. Daily examine your conscience; try the purity of your thoughts, your intentions. …