Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Well, therein lies the difference between those who may have obtained salvation through the grace of our Lord by faith, and those who have truly become (or are becoming) genuine followers of Christ. There are many who profess to be Christians, or "little Christs", but there are few who submit their lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The Nazarene in whom we put our faith was the first man to flesh-out this vow of obedience long before it became one of the three counsels of Christian perfection, for it was he "...who being found in human form...humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." It was also he who said, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me." Jesus, emptied himself of self-will and chose to be an obedient, surrendered vessel for God's power and love to manifest itself to the human race. My friends, we are called to that very task.
So what exactly is a vow of obedience? To who or what does one commit to obey? And for what purpose?
Saturday, July 16, 2011
As was mentioned in the previous two posts, the classic "trinity of vows" poverty, chastity, and obedience were implemented as a means of direction, discipline, and grace to combat, or counterbalance the three deadly sins mentioned in 1 John: the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. In Part One - Poverty, we saw how taking vows of material poverty has been employed throughout Church history in order to combat covetousness (the lust of the eyes) that gives birth to greed and selfish ambition. Now, we want to look at the classic vow of chastity as a means of warfare against the lust of the flesh, namely that which is perverted through our sexuality.