Saturday, January 1, 2022
Sunday, October 24, 2021
You have heard that it was said by sages long ago, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’
But I say to you, not only are you not allowed to kill, you’re also not allowed to have or express a single, hateful thought or inclination. If you do you become worthy of burning eternally and consciously in an everlasting fire. So then, you would be wise to confront your accuser and bribe him so that he doesn’t bring accusations, true or false, against you to some kind of civil authority. They’ll imprison you, and you’ll never get out. Then, even after you get out, if you get out, you’ll still be tormented by your Heavenly Father forever once you die.
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
But I say to you, if you look at any female—regardless of the natural beauty God gave her, or whether she’s single and available for marriage, or even irrespective of the very definition of “adultery” as sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse—gouge out your eyeballs. That would be much better than being consciously tormented for eternity, and it would prevent you from sinning again in such an egregious manner with your eyes.
It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must make it legal and official by giving her an certificate showing you’re serious.’
But I say to you, that every husband who divorces his wife for any reason whatsoever, except for sexual immorality, makes the innocent victim of a wife guilty of committing adultery. And whatever guy ends up marrying that poor innocent lady is also committing adultery. It’s that simple.
Again, you have heard that it was said by sages long ago, ‘You should never make promises that you don’t expect to keep or know you can’t keep. Frivolous vows are now allowed, and you must follow through with what you promised in the sight of God.’
But I say to you, don’t even bother making promises at all. Don’t take oaths with anyone but the almighty and omniscient God. Just say to everyone, “Yes” or “No.” If you say more, you are possessed by Satan himself.
You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”
But I say to you, don’t ever retaliate or pursue retributive justice. If some guy punches you on the left side of the face (assuming he’s right handed), turn the right side of your jaw toward him and let him knock you the fuck out, if need be. Also, if someone is suing you, and in that process he strips you of everything, give him the shirt off your back and the pants on your legs. Get buck naked. He’ll never forget your act of charity. And if Nazis, thugs, or covid-police force you to walk one mile to their death camps, go with them two miles. That way you both are exhausted and frustrated, and not just you alone. Give money out of your car windows to panhandlers and drunks, and do not refuse to accept them as they are. They need your money. Give it to them.
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
But I say to you, love your enemies no matter what, and pray for those who work very hard to destroy your livelihood, your family, and your nation. Just pray for them to know and understand that God loves them. That’s the best you can do. Don’t worry either, because God the Father sends sunlight and rain upon evil people and good people, like you. There is no discrimination with God the Father. Therefore, be perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect. It’s that simple.
Sunday, July 19, 2020
5th Ezra: Vaticinium ex eventu and its hope fulfilled
Thus says the Lord: Didn’t I ask you, as a father his son, and as a mother her daughter, and as a nurse who loves her child, that you be my people and I your God, that you be my children and I your father? I gathered you as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But now, what will I do to you? I will cast you forth from my presence! …I sent my servants the prophets to you, but you took them and killed them, and tore to pieces the bodies of the apostles. I will require their souls and blood, says the Lord.Thus says the Lord Almighty: Your house is desolate!…
…I will hand over your houses to a people coming from far away, and those who have not known me will believe me, and those to whom I have not shown signs will do what I have said. They have not seen prophets, but are mindful of the antiquity of the prophets. The apostles bear witness to the coming people with joy. Although they do not see me with bodily eyes, they believe with the spirit, and they have heard the things that I have said, and believe me.
…I invoke you, father, over the mother of those who were unwilling to keep your covenant, that you might give confusion to them and bring their mother to destruction.
…Thus says the Lord to Ezra: “Tell my people that I have prepared for them to eat, and I will give them the kingdom of Jerusalem, which I was going to give to Israel. And I will take for them the glory of Israel, and I will give to them the eternal dwelling places that I have prepared for Israel. The tree of life will be an aroma of ointment for them, and they will neither labor nor become tired… Seek and you will receive. Ask for yourselves few days, so that your days may be lessened; for already my kingdom is ready to come…."
…Good mother, embrace your children. Give them happiness like the dove that rears her children, and strengthen their feet, because I have chosen you, says the Lord. And I will raise the dead from their places and from their graves, because I have recognized my name in them. Do not be afraid, mother of the children; I have chosen you, says the Lord.
…Treat the widow rightly; secure justice for the orphan; give to the needy; protect the fatherless; clothe the naked; care for the injured and weak. Do not ridicule the lame person, but protect him. Admit the blind to the vision of my splendor. Gather the old and young within your walls. Watch over your infants. Let your servants and free men be joyful, and your whole company will be happy. When I find your dead, I will raise them; I will watch for signs, and I will give your dead the place of honor in my resurrection. Wait a little; your rest will come. Good nurse, nourish your children. Strengthen those whom you bore and strengthen their feet, because none of those whom I gave you will die. …Days of tribulation and distress will come…
…Rejoice, mother, with your children, and I will save you, says the Lord. I will remember your children who sleep, because I will seek them out from the breadth of the earth. And be strengthened in the greatness of your glory, and perform mercy, because I am merciful, says the Lord. Embrace your children until I come, and to the others, show mercy, because my fountains will overflow and my grace will not fail.I, Ezra, received an injunction from the Lord on Mount Horeb for Israel, but they spurned this commandment. I say to you who hear and understand: “Await your shepherd. I will give you the restfulness of your eternity, because the end of the age and the diminution of mankind are near. Be prepared for the rewards of the kingdom. Perpetual light will shine upon you, and eternity of times has bee prepared for you. Flee from the shadow of this age, the captivity of your glory.”
“…Mount Zion, receive your number. Bring to completion your people clothed in white, who serve you with obedience, because they have fulfilled the law of the lord….”
I, Ezra, saw on Mount Zion a great crowd that I could not count; all of them were praising the Lord with songs. And in the middle of them was a tall young man who stood out above all of them. And he was placing crowns on the heads of each of them, and they were becoming taller. I began to look with amazement. And I asked an angel and said, “Who are these people?” And he responded and said to me, “They are those who have laid aside the mortal clothing and donned the immortal, and confessed the name of God. Now they are being crowned and receive palms.” And I said to the angel, “Who is that young man who gives them crowns and palms?” And he answered me and said, “He is the son of God whom they confessed in the mortal world."
R.H. Charles, A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life in Israel, Judaism, and in Christianity: Or, Hebrew, Jewish, and Christian Eschatology from Pre-Prophetic Times Till the Close of the New Testament Canon, Being Jowett Lectures for 1898-99
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Saturday, April 11, 2020
- Melito of Sardis, A Homily On Pascha1
writing between A.D. 160 and A.D. 170