Monthly Archives: August 2014

On Virtue

You cannot earn equality, you must assume it. You cannot eradicate evil, you must over come it. Jesus said, “do not repay evil for evil, rather overcome evil with good”. MP


Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who insult you.
Luk 6:29 If someone strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other one as well, and if someone takes your coat, don’t keep back your shirt, either.
Luk 6:30 Keep on giving to everyone who asks you for something, and if anyone takes what is yours, do not insist on getting it back.
Luk 6:31 Whatever you want people to do for you, do the same for them.
Luk 6:32 “If you love those who love you, what thanks do you deserve? Why, even sinners love those who love them.
Luk 6:33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks do you deserve? Even sinners do that.
Luk 6:34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to get something back, what thanks do you deserve? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back what they lend.
Luk 6:35 Rather, love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, for he is kind to ungrateful and evil people.
Luk 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Luk 6:37 “Stop judging, and you will never be judged. Stop condemning, and you will never be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Luk 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use, you will be measured.”




Pray for absolution


God of all mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
opposing your will in our lives.
We have denied your goodness in each other,
in ourselves, and in the world you have created.
We repent of the evil that enslaves us,
the evil we have done,
and the evil done on our behalf.
Forgive, restore, and strengthen us
through our Savior Jesus Christ,
that we may abide in your love
and serve only your will. Amen.

What Are the Corporal Works of Mercy?

Generally speaking, the works of mercy are found in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25.32-45.  Here is the CVE passage:

When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all of his angels, he will sit on his royal throne.
Mat 25:32 The people of all nations will be brought before him, and he will separate them, as shepherds separate their sheep from their goats.
Mat 25:33 He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Mat 25:34 Then the king will say to those on his right, “My father has blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created.
Mat 25:35 When I was hungry, 1 you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty,2 you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, 3 you welcomed me,
Mat 25:36 and when I was naked, 4 you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, 5 you took care of me, and when I was in jail, 6 6 you visited me.

Fairly straight forward in  my contemplation. Feeding the hunger, quenching the thirst of the thirst,  welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, healing the sick, and visiting those in chains. All of these acts of those of an Inclusive God who cared about people. I know this because the third section  of the gospel tells us what Jesus thought about those who did not do these things.

Mat 25:37 Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, “When did we give you something to eat or drink?
Mat 25:38 When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear
Mat 25:39 or visit you while you were sick or in jail?”
Mat 25:40 The king will answer, “Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.”


Mat 25:41 Then the king will say to those on his left, “Get away from me! You are under God’s curse. Go into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels!
Mat 25:42 I was hungry, but you did not give me anything to eat, and I was thirsty, but you did not give me anything to drink.
Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, but you did not welcome me, and I was naked, but you did not give me any clothes to wear. I was sick and in jail, but you did not take care of me.”
Mat 25:44 Then the people will ask, “Lord, when did we fail to help you when you were hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in jail?”
Mat 25:45 The king will say to them, “Whenever you failed to help any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do it for me.”