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It is not over folks. Watch out so you are not caught asleep
Let the Master keep you in tune
Pentecost falls on June 8, 2014
You see that is the day that Christ breathed the Holy Spirit into those he chose. So if you got yourself all excited over Easter, you need to pay attention here. He remains physically with us until Pentecost hence Easter continues. Easter according to the liturgies of the same folks who came up with Easter is a season, like Lent and Advent. Really quite well designed if you pay attention. So Easter stays with us until we read: Acts:4 18-33. My favorite part of which is:
'31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Sharing in All Things
32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all''
Which is the filling of the Holy Spirit from God to Man. Really really cool.
This is your classic version -- not bad!
Just a little ditty a friend of mine wrote back in 1050?
Victamae Paschali Laudes
Let Christians offer sacrificial
praises to the passover victim.
The lamb has redeemed the sheep:
The Innocent Christ has reconciled
the sinners to the Father.
Death and life contended
in a spectacular battle:
the Prince of life, who died,
Tell us, Mary, what did
you see on the road?
"I saw the tomb of the living Christ
and the glory of his rising,
The angelic witnesses, the
clothes and the shroud."
"Christ my hope is arisen;
into Galilee, he will go before his own."
[Happy they who bear the witness
Mary's word believing
above the tales of Jewry deceiving.]
We know Christ is truly risen from the dead!
To us, victorious King, have mercy!
I like this version but the 1982 hymnal version as better cadence as it uses the eth instead of the ed at the end of words and is actually more accurate because eth means more of a continuum rather than a past tense. But it is worth reading and singing in any style.
How wonderful we have Easter.
How about you?
Did you know that Easter is 7 weeks long?
The enemy has been defeated --- Victory!
Easter season Gospel Readings
Assume Rite One or "The Daily Office Year One" which is the general calendar for churches that derive from churches that came up with Easter. What that schedule is most important for is the order in which the Bible is read and preached about in church. I have even noticed Joel Osteen seem to be guided by it although not strictly. I have seen other evangelical churches that seem to have a computer program to make sure they are never on the same scripture as the earlier churches would be on - whatever.
At any rate the Easter season Gospel readings are basically all Luke. Luke is the one other of a Gospel Book that did not meet Jesus firsthand as a man, so his account is by study not experience as to when Jesus was Man. That last reading of Easter comes out of Chapter 11 which as a reminder is where we get:
2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.”
Do not be concerned if that is not how you say it or that you never even noticed it is different in the Bible than what you say in your church. You could study it for months as lunatics like myself do, but it will not change the thrust of the meaning which is to first recognize the Father, then praise Him, then beg Him then promise Him and then beg HIm again. It is a Christ given format - follow it.
Second to it is from St. Francis Assisi and is called the Serenity Prayer. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. (if you look close it follows the same format)
Such a classic.
And so the last reading is:
A House Divided Cannot Stand
14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub the ruler of the demons.”
16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. 23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters."
It would appear this is one of those straight forward lessons telling us a pretty important truth. And we probably should listen to it. The folks who stand on the sidelines and gossip and find fault with those who work miracles are really very sad little people. But if you gather them en masse with evil leaders you crucify the miracle worker. Why? Probably fear.Fear born of ignorance. And it would seem that this is the cause of most intentional evil in the world.
Then we get the final Easter Season lesson -- A house divided cannot stand, and so ultimately all against Christ must be cast out of the house for it to survive. Do not over read that, those ignorant and not against are not to be cast out, and those different but not against are to be accepted also. It says that because it does not say the opposite and it does not include them in what divides a house -- which is "against", against does not even mean in disagreement it means like the man who attacked the home and took the other man's things. That story is there for example.
We have gone on too long but try to at least stay in the Easter Spirit for 7 weeks, I promise you it will not hurt you. And love and tolerance and not being "against" are very nice traits with which to live.