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Church of the Faithful Centurion -
sermon tied the Collect, Epistle and Gospel together and talked, as is oft the
case, of the need for action, not simply diction and are all tied
Today’s propers really put to
lie the concept of the hermit Christian.
When we talk about them, look how the Collect talks about the Household
If that were not enough, see how Jesus reminds us of the need for
forgiveness and patience, things you only need if you interface with others.
God, what Bishop Cranmer styles as the Church, and how Paul speaks of the
benefits of fellowship and joint prayer.
these words from the Collect:
… keep thy
household the Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may
be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works,
to the glory of thy Name …
the Collect we ask the Lord to keep His household, (that would be the Church or
in continual godliness (that is to
keep Him as our leader and follow Him and the principles of Scripture), so that
with His Help we can have as smooth a path as practical and serve Him in
happiness. It also says that through His protection we might be free from all
adversities and to do good works for Him. These are only possible if we listen
to the Scriptures and apply them with the help of the Holy Ghost.
Without the help of the Holy Ghost we cannot
have His Protection and not be able to keep on the straight and narrow uphill
path towards heaven.
Paul follows this same thought in his Epistle when he thanks the Philippians
for their fellowship and talks about how they in the bond through Christ have
strengthened his faith as a result which enabled him to continue doing his good
works for the Lord. This is the same way with us. Our bond with Christ and our
fellow Christians in the AOC strengthens our faith as we tell others about the
good news of our Lord and the faith in which we all share.
The more we love the Lord, the more it will
show through in our actions and our judgment.
So, let us keep loving the Lord, so our actions and judgment will align
Which brings us to the point of the Gospel, in which Christ tells Peter
about forgiveness and how we must be ever patient with our fellow humans, and
if they are repentant grant them that forgiveness, no matter how many times
they might err and vex us.
matter if we want to or not, if they are repentant then we must forgive them,
regardless of how we want to do otherwise. If they are truly sorry for their
sins, then God will forgive them, so must we forgive.
For if we hold the evil of non-forgiveness in
our hearts, it is to our own detriment. Forgiveness not only helps the person
being forgiven, it helps the forgivee, for if we do not forgive, then the
grudge will wear us down over time and it will only hurt our souls.
non-forgiveness in our hearts is as bad for us as holding a grudge against an
individual, it hurts our hearts souls and minds. It also goes against Jesus’
words of never let the sun go down on our anger. If we hold non-forgiveness
against an individual that is clearly penitent, then we are not acting like a
Christian, but like our old unsaved selves. So we need to let go of our anger
and be able to forgive somebody regardless if we like them or not.
We should do unto others as we would like
them to do to us, if the roles were reversed.
can only forgive those sins against us, for those that are against God, only
God can forgive. We cannot forgive those, it is only in God’s jurisdiction that
He can forgive them. When one sins against a fellow creature, they sin against
When we say we forgive them,
we are not forgiving them ourselves only, but informing them God has forgiven
them for their sins.
Remember, we can
forgive them for personal trespasses against us, but through God’s power, only
He can grant absolution of our sins, not us.
I do not see anywhere in Scripture where Christ tells Peter humans have
the power to forgive sins, like the Roman Catholics claim they have, but rather
God must forgive sins, but we can tell others God has forgiven them. In the
concept of priests not having special powers, this is one of those powers we do
not have. We can only pronounce God’s forgiveness. We don’t have God’s power of
forgiving, but God has done the actual acting of forgiveness, but it falls upon
us to tell people about it.
The parable illustrates what happens to those who are forgiven, but yet
turn around and do not forgive their neighbor (in this case, a debtee) for
their sins and have thus abused their forgiveness from Our Lord. If we follow
this person’s path, we will find ourselves in a poor spot in eternal life. Let
us not be like that fellow, but let us forgive our neighbor, if he is truly
sorry and willing to repent and re-start the friendship, and turning a new leaf
so to speak.
If God has been so good to forgive us, why should we not inform others
God can and will forgive them of any sins against Him or us for that matter? It
would be truly selfish not to do so and to go against what He has commanded us
to do, in spreading the Word to all nations. This is why the Gospel is called
the Good News, because God has forgiven us for our sins and sent His Son to die
for us, that we might have eternal life instead of eternal damnation. This is
the ultimate forgiveness, accounting us as perfect, when we are anything
The lessons today speak of the
power of Our Lord in forgiveness and how we must remember our bond with our
fellow Christians in Christ, especially in times of great sorrow or trouble and
use that to strengthen us in our day to day lives. We must always remember
there are others in our heavenly family who are struggling along with us, stuck
together with the mighty ultimate, stronger than Gorilla Glue, glue of Jesus
Christ and God the Father. With the help of the Holy Ghost and our bond with
Christ, we shall not fail.
The Collect’s prayer, Epistle and Gospel tie together, laying out,
detailing and reinforcing the same message, ultimately.
We have to be willing to forgive others, tell
them about God’s forgiveness, and not turn around and commit the grave error of
not forgiving others as God has forgiven us for our sins. We have to act more
like God each day, though we are not and never will be perfect. If we try our
utmost best, that is all we can do.
Heaven is at the end of an uphill trail.
The easy downhill trail does not lead to the summit.
The time is now, not tomorrow.
The time has come, indeed.
will you ACT?
It is by our actions we are known.
Be of God - Live of God - Act of
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