Renouncing all our possessions? Hating our mother and father? What does Jesus want from us who are called His disciples? Marcus and Jim look into Christ’s demands in Luke 14.
“Render unto Caesar…” In Romans 12:1-2, St. Paul calls Christians to continue their conversion by transforming their minds—and not conforming to the world, or the culture around them. In chapter
“Mr. Grodi, I have heard you quip many times that when Scripture says (1 Tim 3:15) that the pillar and bulwark of the truth is the Church, Jesus could not have meant the thousands of denominations divided by contrary interpretations of Scripture we now have in our world, for how could an invisible church of faithful believers be the pillar and bulwark of anything?….”
Behind these verses, is St. Paul assumption of the Mystical Body of Christ: through Baptism, believers become united with Christ and one another in the Church.
Christians still struggle with sin. How does a Christian deal with personal failings? How does a Christian view death? How does a Christian progress in the spiritual life? Do we realize
St. Chromatius of Aquileia (ad 340–408), preached something about these Beatitudes that I had never heard, but which was understood by many of the early Doctors of the Church. In a sermon on Matthew, Chromatius wrote:
Our Lord, our savior, establishes extremely solid steps of precious stones, by which saintly souls and faithful can climb, can rise to this supreme good, which is the kingdom of heaven…. Brethren, before your eyes are the eight rungs of the gospel, constructed, as I have said, with precious stones. Behold Jacob’s ladder which starts on earth and whose top touches heaven. He who climbs it finds the gate of heaven, and having entered it, will have endless joy in the presence of the Lord, eternally praising Him with the holy angels.