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“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.

 

In our modern era, we expect the boundaries of knowledge to push further and further out.  The NEAR Shoemaker probe actually landed on an asteroid.  The Huygens probe landed on Saturn’s moon Titan.  Our rovers on Mars have tremendously expanded our knowledge of our neighboring planet.  Our submarines have discovered the resting place of the Titanic and dived to the deepest part of the ocean.  Mathematics, biology, and physics all more closely describe the natural world in which we live.  Engineering marvels abound.  We are so used to hearing of new discoveries that we hardly pay attention anymore.

But as limitless as this new knowledge seems, it shrinks in comparison to the Maker of our world and all that is therein, he who created all that is from nothing.  The beautiful natural order we discover was first marvelously wrought by God.  Without his creating all these things, they would not be there for us to discover little bit by little bit.  As seemingly infinite are our discoveries, they are but the design of our truly infinite God.

But God did not merely make his creation and then stand idly by, as many of our Eighteenth-Century forebears thought.  God made another kind of progress – a truer kind of progress, if you will – a progress from death into life, a progress from sin into holiness, a progress from dark ignorance to the full light of truth.

Our bodies decay and die.  Our science has taught us so much about the ways our bodies break down.  But what natural science cannot tell us is what comes after.  Our Bible does not tell us the many ways of cancer in our bodies.  But it does tell us about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who came down from Heaven and became one of us, Who died on the Cross and rose again, defeating eternal death once and for all.  God’s plans for us far exceed our aging bodies and diminishing number of friends.  God’s plans for us include life forevermore.

“Exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” means that God’s work is constant and exceeds our imaginations and our desires.  God’s work in us is but a small taste of the work God is doing in the universe around us, both amongst other men and in the physical and supernatural universe which do not see.

Life in eternity is different than life here.  I don’t know exactly what it will be like, but it will be different than here.  Our lives here, struggling with sin, learning to love one another, learning to believe in Christ, are a preparation for the wonders to come.  Christ’s love for us, even when we did not deserve it, is a sign, a foretaste of what everlasting life in the presence of God will be like.  We cannot begin to plumb the depths of such life.

Father Theodore O. Wedel said that “A personal relationship with the forgiving God is the privilege of each member.”  In Christ, we come to know God.  God knows us more and loves us more than the sparrows of the air.  Therefore, we should “come boldly unto the throne of grace” (Hebrews iv.16).  Likewise, as mutual members of Christ’s Body, we may ‘come boldly unto’ each other.  We are brothers and sisters together.  We are not just calling each other that for the duration of our service here on Earth, like brothers in arms.  We are speaking of eternity, unto ages of ages.  Amen.  In Christ, we remain brothers and sisters one to another permanently.

If we were true to our Savior, the world would stand silently in awe of our love of each other.  I know most of you.  I have been here for a year now.  When you think that you are mouthing off in private, sometimes father is watching.  We do not love each other as we ought.  We criticize each other without mercy.  The Blessed Virgin weeps over the way we treat each other.  Christ again sighs deeply over the antics of His disciples.  The Holy Ghost groans.  God the Father is not amused.  We tell each other to go to Hell, either failing to understand that that is a curse beyond all curses or truly hating our brother in our hearts and on our lips.  We vie for respect.  We hold grudges in our hearts.  We conspire with our friends against our brothers and sisters.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  God wants us in Heaven with him forever, but we cannot take our favorite hatreds and sins with us.  We must change.

 

How are you living your new life of miraculous wonder?  Are you acting more virtuously in your daily life?  Do you trust more and more profoundly in Christ?  Can your neighbors and family bask in the reflected love of Christ in you?  Would a look at your finances reveal evidence that you are a faithful Christian?

Or how about this:  The Duties of Churchmen.  Do you invariably worship on Sunday and major holy days when you are able?  Do you receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ at least three times a year?  Do you fast as you ought?  Do you go to our Lord constantly to keep your conscience clean?  Do you tithe and give alms as you are able?  Do you keep the Church’s law of marriage, abstaining from all sexual impurity and nurturing the relationship with your spouse?

If you are not doing at least your minimum duty, then you have concrete evidence that something is wrong in your spiritual life.  For Christ’s Church to show forth His glory, she must be a living body of his.  Her members ought to live lives of faith, love, and virtue.

I have only been here for a year, but I have heard stories of members of this parish who lived lives of faith, love, and virtue.  This week we keep the first anniversary of the death of our dear sister Margaret Staulcup, or her “year’s mind”.  Mrs. Margaret is a wholesome example of an intentional life lived for Christ, a life which showed glory to God in her family, in her parish, and in her community.

I personally knew Mrs. Dorothy Baker and her abiding faith in our Savior.  In ways small and large, she too showed forth God’s glory in her family, in her parish, and in her community.

Unless our Lord returns in power and great glory first, we too shall die.  When it comes your turn to die, will people speak in reverential tones of your faith, of your love, and of your virtue?

 

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.

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