The discussion regarding Jesus’ relationship with the Father in John 10:22ff happens, according to the Johannine author (v.22), against the backdrop of the Feast of Dedication (or Hannukah). This editorial note by John is quite possibly a deliberate parallel reference to the resurrection of Jesus. If this is the case then it sheds further light […]Read more "The Feast of Dedication and a Possible Resurrection Motif in John 10:22-39"
Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God […]Read more "Christ’s Descent Into Hell – Holy Saturday"
My Brothers and Sisters, who can speak of Jesus but Himself? He masters all our eloquence. His perfection exceeds our understanding! The light of His excellence is too bright for us, it blinds our eyes! Our Beloved must be His own mirror. None but Jesus can reveal Jesus! He sets Himself forth by many choice […]Read more "Who Can Speak Of Jesus But Himself? – Spurgeon"
What words can adequately describe God’s gifts? They are so many that they cannot be numbered. They are so great that any one of them demands our total gratitude in response. Yet even though we cannot speak of it worthily, there is one gift which no thoughtful man can pass over in silence. God fashioned man in […]Read more "How Can We Repay God? – Basil of Caesarea"
Who can express the binding power of divine love? Who can find words for the splendour of its beauty? Beyond all description are the heights to which it lifts us. Love unites us to God; it cancels innumerable sins, has no limits to its endurance, bears everything patiently. Love is neither servile nor arrogant. It […]Read more "The Binding Power Of Love – Clement of Rome"
All the feelings and passions that lead us into sin were really made to serve righteousness, says Gregory of Nyssa: I advise that love’s passion be placed in the soul’s purest shrine, chosen as the first fruits of all our gifts, and devoted completely to God. And once this is done, I should be kept […]Read more "Manage Your Passions, Manage Your Life"
Ignatius was Bishop of Antioch from 67 to 107 AD. On his way to martyrdom in Rome he wrote a letter to the church at Ephesus urging them to unity. In practical terms this comes from spending time together with other Christians, a natural consequence of faith seeking love. He writes: Try to gather together more frequently to give thanks […]Read more "Unity Through Love – Ignatius of Antioch"