O Lord, maker of all things, master of the universe: send your Holy Spirit to our brothers and sisters in France this day. May they be comforted and find peace in the midst of such chaos. May the light of your redeeming love through Jesus Christ, our Lord, shine brightly upon the darkness in which they find themselves. Allow your Church to be your mouthpiece, to give words of solace; and may we be your body, that those who mourn may find shelter in our bosom. For those who have died, we ask that you have mercy upon them, and grant them entrance into your eternal kingdom, according to their faith and your will. We cry out to you O Lord, and ask that you forgive those who have perpetrated this evil. For they did not know the truth of their actions. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus, that evil may be chained, and righteousness reign forevermore. Amen.
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I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
- And of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord.
- He was begotten, not made and is of one essence with the Father.
- Through him all things were made.
- Who for us and for our salvation he came down from heaven.
- He was made incarnate by the power of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
- He suffered under Pontius Pilate.
- He was crucified, died, and was buried.
- He descended into the place of the dead.
- He rose from the dead on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
- He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
- He shall come again to judge the living and the dead.
- His kingdom shall have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit.
- Who is the Lord, the Giver of Life.
- Who spoke through the Prophets.
- Who with the Father and the Son, is worshipped and glorified.
I believe in one holy Church.
- Which is universal, and for all peoples.
- Which is the Communion of Saints.
- It is timeless and beyond the reach of mortal death.
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead, and life everlasting.
- Which is a bodily resurrection.
- The righteous shall enter the world which is to come.
- The righteous shall not taste of death again.
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The Gospel of John opens with a declaration that in the beginning was the Word, and that all things were created through the Word, and nothing was made without the Word. In verse fourteen, John specifies that the Word took on flesh in the form of Jesus. This hearkens us back to the beginning of the Hebrew Scriptures, where God speaks – and from his Word flows forth all of creation. John not only shows us from where Jesus gets his authority, but he also shows us that the Truth of God has always been made evident through Jesus.
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus sets about trying to teach his disciples a new way of looking at the Hebrew Scriptures. As a Jewish rabbi, it was his duty to teach his students his “midrash” or teaching, which the New Testament refers to as his “yoke” (Matthew 11:30). If Jesus were just a rabbi, then his interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures was up for debate – which happened quite often. Anytime Jesus is recorded as speaking with the elders and Pharisees, what is happening is a debate upon the midrash of Jesus. They are questioning his rabbinical credentials. However it becomes clear early on, that the Pharisees cannot match wits with the son of Joseph.
The reason that the midrash of Jesus was so questionable, was because from the very onset, it seemed as if he was contradicting everything that Moses had said. When Jesus spoke about the Law, he challenged the core beliefs of his Jewish brethren. According to the midrash of Jesus, revenge was no longer an option. His interpretation of the Law, was not based upon the text itself, but upon the spirit. And from our perspective today, who would know the spirit of the Law better than the Word that it was spoken through?
Jesus had funny ways about how he observed the Law. He didn’t find it sinful to gather food on the Sabbath, in spite of overwhelming disdain from other teachers who thought it should be a day of total rest. Neither did he allow for the stoning of sinners; for who was perfect according to the letter of the Law? Jesus even ate with tax collectors and sinners, the enemies of all religious Jews. The tax collectors because they had sided with the Roman Empire over their fellow Jews, and sinners because they did not live in accordance with the letter of the Law.
While in many ways the midrash of Jesus was more strict, in all, it was more free. The midrash of Jesus required discipline, but it was tempered with mercy. If someone offended you, you forgave them. According to Jesus, it didn’t matter how grievous the sin, nor how many times you had been sinned against. “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15)
It was a completely radical way of re-interpreting the Law of Moses. But ultimately, it was about re-orienting the people of God back to Shalom. It was about bringing man back into full communion with God. This is the meaning of the Scriptures when Christ tells us that he is “the way, the truth, and the life” and that “no man comes unto the Father except through me”. (John 14:6). Paul reiterates this same point later in his Epistle to the Galatians when he says that we are no longer bound under the Law, for we have been set free from the letter of the Law through Christ Jesus. However, if one insists on following the letter of the Law, they must follow it perfectly, for by following the Law they have been severed from Christ. (Galatians 5)
The road we travel isn’t easy. In Matthew chapter seven, Jesus calls the road to reconciliation with God, narrow. It takes a lot of work, and daily prayer. We must re-orientate ourselves back on a consistent basis to the midrash of Jesus. Brushing away cultural normalities, and hearkening back to a voice which cried out long ago, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!”(Matthew 3:2)