Welcome Christ In Your Heart And Homes

Welcome Christ In Your Heart And Homes — The Lord, who already welcomed Zacchaeus in his heart was now ready to be welcomed by him in his house. He said, “Zacchaeus, hurry up and come down, since I have to stay in your house.”

Zacchaeus thought it was a marvelous piece of good luck to see Christ. While imagining it was a marvelous piece ofgood luck quite beyond words to see him passing by, he was suddenly found worthy to have him in his house. Grace is poured out, and faith starts working through love.

Christ, who was already dwelling in Zacchaeus’s heart, is welcomed into his house.

Zacchaeus says to Christ, “Lord, half my goods I give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times over.” It is as if he were saying, “The reason I am keeping back half for myself is not in order to have it, but to have something from which to pay people back.”

There you are. That is really what welcoming Jesus means, welcoming him into your heart. Christ was already there. He was in Zacchaeus and spoke through him. The apostle says this is what it means “For Christ to dwell by faith in your hearts” (Eph 3:17)

St. Augustine

Courtesy of Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church of Swarthmore.

Welcome Christ In Your Heart And Homes

True Light Of Revelation To The Gentiles

True Light Of Revelation To The Gentiles — The Evangelist commemorates the prophet’s words: “Beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.”

In what darkness?

Certainly in the profound error of ignorance.

What great light did they see?

The light concerning which it is written: He was the true light that illumines everyone who comes into this world.”

This was the light about which the just man Simeon in the Gospel declared, A light of revelation to the Gentiles and glory for your people Israel.”

That light had arisen according to what David had announced, saying a light has arisen in the darkness to the upright of heart. Also, Isaiah demonstrated that light about to come for the enlightenment of the Church when he said: “Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”

Concerning that light also Daniel noted, “It reveals the profound and hidden things, knowing those things ward are in darkness and light is with it,” that is the Son with the Father for even as the Father is light, so too is the Son light.

And David also speaks in the psalm: “In your light shall we see light,” for the Father is seen in the Son, as the Lord tells us in the Gospel “Who sees me, sees the Father.”

From the true light, indeed, the true light proceeded, and from the invisible, the visible.

“He is the image of the invisible God,” as the apostle notes.

Saint Chromatius

Courtesy of Holy Myrrh Bearers Church in Swarthmore, Pa.

True Light Of Revelation To The Gentiles

Healing Of A Disabled Woman

Healing Of A Disabled Woman — Moreover, in this infirm woman, it is like the figure of the Church which presents itself when it has fulfilled the measure of the Law and of the resurrection, in this endless rest, raised to the summit of greatness, she will no longer be able to experience the curvature of our infirmity. And this woman could be healed only be means of the Law and grace: The Law by its precepts, in baptism, and the grace by which, dead to the world, we are resurrected for Christ; for in the ten words is the completion of the Law, in the number eight the fulness of the resurrection.

So this work of a Sabbath signifies what will happen: Whoever has fulfilled the Law and grace will be rid of the miseries of this crippled body through the mercy of Christ.

This is why sanctification was first given in the figure by Moses, because the practice of future sanctification and spiritual observance was to abstain from works of the century.

Even God rest from the works of the world: not of (all) works, since activity is perpetual and continual, as the Son says: “My Father is still working now, and I too are acting” (John 5:17), so that the example of God will cease for us in the works of the world, not those of religion.

It is for lack of understanding that the head of the Synagogue did not want anyone to be healed on the Sabbath while the Sabbath is the image of of future recreation.

So it is not the good works but the bad ones which are idle.

Ambrose of Milan

Courtesy of Holy Myrrh Bearers Church in Swarthmore, Pa.

Healing Of A Disabled Woman

Demons No Power Over Pigs Or Us

Demons No Power Over Pigs Or Us — We may also learn this from what befell the heard of swine. Wicked demons are cruel, mischievous, hurtful and treacherous to those who are in their power.

The fact clear proves this, because they hurried the swine over a precipice and drowned them in the waters. Christ granted their request that we might learn from what happened that their disposition is ruthless, bestial, incapable of being softened, and solely intent on doing evil to those whom they can get into their power.

If there is anyone among us who is wanton, swinish, filth loving, impure and willingly contaminated with the abominations of sin, God permits such a one to fall into power and sink into the abyss of damnation.

It will never happen that those who love Christ will become subject to them. It will never happen to us as long as we walk in his footsteps, avoid negligence in the performance of what is right, desire those things which are honorable and belong to the virtuous and praiseworthy lifestyle that Christ has marked out for us by the precepts of the Gospel.

From a homily of Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Courtesy of Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church

Demons No Power Over Pigs Or Us
Demons No Power Over Pigs Or Us

Caesarius Of Arles Sermon On Enemies

Caesarius Of Arles Sermon On Enemies courtesy of Holy Myrrh Bearers Church.

Those who close their eyes to the demands of love fall asleep in the desire for worldly pleasures. Therefore be watchful. Eating, drinking, carousing, gambling and hunting are pleasures but evils of every kind follow in the wake of these vanities.

No one can deny that they are enjoyable, but the love of God’s law must come first, for to love God means to keep His commandments. Which commandments? You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and you must love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

My brothers and sisters, to widen our hearts, we need not depend upon ourselves. Ask God to help you love one another — to love everyone without exception, not just your friends, but enemies as well, not because they are your brothers and sisters in Christ, but so that they may be. Pray that you may always have a warm, fraternal love for other people, both for those who have become your brothers and sisters, and for your enemies, that they become such.

Whenever you love brothers or sisters you love friends, for they are already with you, joined to you in faith unity. If they live virtuously you love them as people who have been changed from enemies into brothers and sisters.

But suppose you love people who do not yet believe in Christ, or if they do, yet believe as the devil believes — they believe in Christ, but still do not love him.

You must love just the same. You must love even people like that. You must love them as brothers and sisters. They are not such yet, but you must love them so that they may become such through your kindness.

All our love, then, must be fraternal.

About Saint Caesarius

Caesarius Of Arles Sermon On Enemies
Caesarius Of Arles Sermon On Enemies

Pierogie Sales Restart At HMB

Pierogie Sales Restart At HMB –Holy Myrrh-Bearers Ukrainian Catholic Church has restarted periogie sales. The potato and cheese delights are $10 per dozen and can be ordered by calling 610-544-1216.

Pickup times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays at the church at 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, Pa 19081.

Pierogie Sales Restart At HMB

Disobedience Sins By Falling Short

Disobedience sins by falling short, not wanting to submit to a good order of a legitimate authority; servility on the other hand sins by excess, submitting to unfair orders or orders given by an illegitimate authority. The good citizen should know how to disobey civil authority, and the good Catholic how to do the same with ecclesiastical authority, disobeying whenever the authority demands obedience to an iniquitous order.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

Disobedience Sins By Falling Short
Disobedience Sins By Falling Short

Pierogies Return To HMB

Pierogies Return To HMB — Pierogie are back at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Cost is $10 per dozen and the potato and cheese-filled delights can be picked up 1-3 p.m., Thursdays and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fridays at the church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, Pa. 19081.

Call 610-544-1216 or email HMBChurch@verizon.com

Pierogies Return To HMB
Pierogies Return To HMB

Friday Food Sale At Holy Myrrh-Bearers

Holy Myrrh-Bearers Ukrainian Catholic Church is holding a Friday food sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 10.

Available will be perogies at $10 per dozen; stuffed cabbage 3 for $10; kielbasa at $9 per ring; Ukrainian kraut at $3 per 8 ounces; platters for two of kielbasa, perogies and kraut for $12 and other home-cooked food.

Pre-orders can be made by calling 610-544-1216 and will be reserved until 1 p.m.

The church is at 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, Pa. 19081.

Masks are required to enter. Final products are non-contact and prepackaged.

Friday Food Sale At Holy Myrrh-Bearers
Friday Food Sale At Holy Myrrh-Bearers
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