The Sermon on the Mount

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7), Jesus introduces the kind of life those who seek the Kingdom of God must lead.  His homily could properly be called, “The Righteousness of the Kingdom.”  It can be divided into several sections. (1)  The Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1-16): The sermon begins with the Beatitudes (the “blessings”), describing the joys of true discipleship, the blessed way of life.  The people of God await the rewards of the promises Jesus makes. (2)  The New Covenant (Matt. … [Read more...]

Constant Prayer, The Jesus Prayer

Once in a letter to the Church in Thessalonica St. Paul the Apostle encouraged the faithful to pray constantly without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5.17).  Today, and most likely even then, such a task seems impossible.  How can anyone truly expect to pray constantly?             Certainly, we have many opportunities to pray as a community, especially during Great Lent and Holy Week.  Christians are also instructed to pray in secret, to stand before our God privately and commune with Him in … [Read more...]