Just one of the reasons I love Nicodemus.
St. Paul says, while we do happen to live on this earth, we really belong in heaven. By the way, CS Lewis says it another way, “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” Regardless, we Christians look to heaven for Jesus to come again and take us with him. When Jesus comes back he will raise us up from the dead and change our mortal bodies into immortal bodies just like his.
Poor in Spirit is a odd term that gets misused by people with social or political agendas. The best way to understand the term, Poor in Spirit, isn’t as an indicator of quantity, but rather of awareness of dependency. Someone in poor health needs the help of doctors and caregivers. Someone truly poor in wealth, not only has little, but has so little that they could not survive without the resources and grace of a community… whether civil, familial or religious.
Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Luke the Evangelist. He is called an evangelist because he wrote the third of the four New Testament Gospels. St. Luke also wrote the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, which comes just after the Gospels in the New Testament. Taken together, St. Luke’s Gospel and Acts form a continuous story of the birth of Christianity from the announcement of the birth of John the Baptist, to St. Paul’s imprisonment in Rome, in about 60 A.D.
St. Paul said, “Only Luke is with me”. What’s the significance of this and what does he mean? … click here.
“… So while I engage in a bit of idolatry by congratulating Jesus on his brilliant teaching style, let’s not forget that the content of the debate is as important as the debate itself. There are two demands that God places on us…” To learn more, chick here.