Text Box: Volume 23 No. 3           OF THE CHURCH
Text Box:     OF MAN WITH GOD   August, 2013 A.D.
REUNIONText Box: Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh. Also not much difference from the poor. 

Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you and shall reproach you and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice: for behold, your reward is great in heaven, Now this is very different from the poor. Obviously, following Christ’s teachings will often place one in opposition to those who ignore His teachings; even those who only partially ignore His teachings. This opposition may not be in everything nor every day, but it will occur more often than not.

But then Our Lord established: 

But woe to you that are rich: for you have your  consolation. That is downright frightening. Does being successful in trying to get a little ahead, or to stash something away for retirement, make one rich? Perhaps, just perhaps, if a rich person is not controlled by their wealth and the material excesses which wealth makes available, and especially if their wealth is used to further the spiritual welfare of others (and of themselves), perhaps, just perhaps, their consolation will be Heaven.

In similar manners consider:

Woe to you that are filled: for you shall hunger. Woe to you that now laugh: for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when men shall bless you: 

for according to these things did their fathers to the false prophets.

Text Box: Holy Innocents Orthodox Church
Parish, and Retreat House for
 The Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil 
[Within the Ecumenical Patriarchate]
From Metropolitan Archbishop Lee S. Mc Colloster, S.S.B.
To the flock entrusted into my care:

Most who term themselves Christians are familiar with The Beatitudes. They were given to us by Our Lord as a portion of His Sermon on the Mount.  They are so called because each of them holds out a promised reward to those who practice the virtues they recommend.

But it seems very few people recall Our Lord also gave warnings, out right condemnations, and promised consequences no one will like for those who practice opposition or engage in opposition to the beatitudes, or fail to incorporate The Beatitudes as aspects of themselves. Well, there is one exception to this, one admonition for which there is not expressed adverse consequence: of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again. 

First, let us go back to that with which you probably are familiar.

Matthew 5:1 - 48 - 7:29

Saint Matthew’s presentation of The Beatitudes may be the best known or most often “quoted”. The familiar, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek: for they shall Text Box: possess the land. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart: they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” are known in every land. 

The rewards associated with The Beatitudes are straightforward; heaven is implicit.

Perhaps the lack of familiarity with the admonitions is due to the multifaceted aspects which accompany the admirations. 
Saint Luke presents the admonitions which follow The Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount in a much more stark manner.

Let us first “pick at” a few of The Beatitudes in Saint Luke.

Luke 6:19 - 49

Blessed are ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Since many of the poor go to hell it must be that the poor must follow The Way taught by Christ just like everyone else. Perhaps it is the poor who do not allow the effects of the their poverty to be their main focus . . . Perhaps the poor do not have as many distractions from the path to holiness as do the more affluent.

Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Not much difference from the poor, is it.

Text Box: and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again. (See page 4)

Are you able to follow this instruction from God?