October 2, 2023     2:54 pm
314. Week of Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
Blessed are the pure in heart
          Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.   Mathew 5:8
          The Prophet Isaiah says: "We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags." (Is. 64:6.) God Himself says: "The imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth." (Gen. 8:21) does this also refer to true Christians, to God's children? Most certainly. The heart of true Christians is still tainted with sin. And they, more than all others, know this and sincerely deplore this sad fact. But their sin is forgiven. "The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanses us from all sin." (1John 1:7) And "now we are the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He is pure." (1John 3:2,3) There we have it. True Christians, the children of God, strive against all sin and uncleanness that dwells within them, and through the Holy Spirit that dwells within them they rule over sin. They are always mindful of the pure and holy God, who in Christ is their dear Father, and seek to be like Him. Aren't you familiar with this? And thus they, we, are blessed people. God shall crown our seeking with joy: one day we shall see God; then the glorious image of God shall be resplendent within our souls and be reflected therein in heavenly and perfect purity. Yes, "blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God."
          PRAYER: - My God and Father, who through Jesus Christ has adopted me as Your dear child, and has given me Your Holy Spirit, that I may greatly rejoice in Him: give, O give to me an abundant measure of Your grace, that I may rule over all the unclean desires of my depraved heart and purify myself. And finally let me see Your face in the everlasting light, and illuminate me throughout with perfect purity. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
October 2, 2023     2:54 pm