Doing Good Works in the Nativity Fast (Sun. Nov. 28)

The word of the day is “works.”  In today’s reading of Ephesians 2:4-10, St. Paul proclaims the works of God for those whom He has chosen for salvation. The apostle has already recounted the mighty works of God who raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and seated him at His right hand. Paul has already revealed that the Almighty has put all things under the rule of Christ who now is Head of His Body, the Church (Eph. 1:19-23). The Mighty Works of God for the Faithful But now St. Paul rejoices in the works of God that apply to the members of the Body of Christ. We note that he describes them in terms of contrasts:  dead…

Sacramentally Dead to the Law and Alive to God (Mon. Sept. 27)

The word of the day is “law.”  We take it for granted that the Mosaic Law and its regulations and restrictions do not apply to us.  But today, we reflect on why it no longer holds us captive.  We learn that freedom from the law is not a generality.  In Holy Baptism, each one is personally released from the bondage to the law and its judgement and given the grace of the Holy Spirit.  Today, we learn to think sacramentally about our salvation.  We realize that the water and oil of the Holy Mystery of Baptism and Chrismation are agents of grace by which we die to sin and rise to the freedom of the New Life of Christ in…

The Possibility of “Good Works” (Sun. Nov. 15)

the word of the day is “works.”  In today’s reading of Ephesians 2:4-10, St. Paul proclaims the works of God’s grace on behalf of those whom He has chosen for salvation. The Apostle has already recounted the mighty works of God who raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and seated him at His right hand.  Paul has already revealed that the Almighty has put all things under the rule of Christ who now is Head of His Body, the Church (Eph. 1:19-23). The Mighty Works of God But now St. Paul rejoices in the works of God that apply to the members of the Body of Christ.  We note that he describes them in terms of contrasts:  dead…