That’s why the true God came in the flesh. To die for us and save us from our false gods. To be a God unlike any other god. A God and Lord who does not demand, but gives. A God who does not threaten, but promises. A Lord who does not condemn, but saves. That’s Jesus.
Higher Things Daily Reflection: http://dtbl.org/5672
The world bears the Gospel a grudge because the Gospel condemns the religious wisdom of the world. Jealous for its own religious views, the world in turn charges the Gospel with being a subversive and licentious doctrine, offensive to God and man, a doctrine to be persecuted as the worst plague on earth.
As a result we have this paradoxical situation: The Gospel supplies the world with the salvation of Jesus Christ, peace of conscience, and every blessing. Just for that the world abhors the Gospel.
Thus you can gather how foolish it is- in fact, how terribly deceived so many people obviously are- when they ridicule pure doctrine and say to us, “Enough already with your ‘Pure doctrine, pure doctrine’! That can lead only to dead orthodoxy. Focus on pure living instead. That way you will plant the seeds of righteous Christianity.” That would be like saying to a farmer, “Stop fretting about good seed! Be concerned about good fruit instead.”
Thus you can gather how foolish it is,- in fact how terribly deceived so many people are- when they ridicule pure doctrine and say to us, ‘Enough already with your "Pure doctrine, pure doctrine!” That can lead only to dead orthodoxy. Focus on pure living instead. That way you will plant the seeds of righteous Christianity.’ That would be like saying to a farmer, “Stop fretting about good seed! Be concerned about good fruit instead!’
It’s easy to forget we have peace with God. Our conscience in particular might bother us because of what we’ve said or thought or done. We may struggle with our own sins and the sins of others. It’s like a battle and we wish we were at peace. That’s because we forget that Jesus did indeed come to bring us peace with God.
- Start at the crucifix and make the sign of the cross. Then say The Apostle’s Creed.
- move to the first bead and say the Lord’s Prayer.
- on the next three beads say the Pre-1550 Hail Mary.
- on the chain following the third bead say a Glory Be.
- move to the next bead and announce the first mystery and say the Lord’s Prayer.
- on the next ten beads say ten Pre-1550 Hail Mary’s.
- the chain after the tenth bead, say a Glory Be.
- repeat pattern of Lord’s Prayer, ten Pre-1550 Hail Mary’s, and a Glory Be for the next four mysteries, announcing each mystery before each Lord’s Prayer.
- at the centerpiece after all five mysteries have been meditated on, end with The Evangelical Praise to The Mother of God.
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- the Nativity
- The Presentation to the Temple
- The Finding in the Temple
- The Agony in the Garden
- The Scourging at the Pillar
- The Crowning with Thorns
- The Carrying of the Cross
- The Crucifixion
- The Resurrection
- The Ascension
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
- The Communion of Saints
- The New Jerusalem