Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Sunday Sermon, August 30th -- St Bartholomew, A True Israelite Without Guile (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Sunday Sermon)

 "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me."

Monday (August 24th) was the feast of St Bartholomew, who followed the Lord to the point of enduring the most horrific death of all the Apostles - being flayed alive.

We discuss the history of St Bartholomew, who is actually Nathaniel from St John's Gospel. The Lord praised him as "A true Israelite, in whom there is not guile." Guile means a certain two-facedness. The be without guile is for his yes to mean yes and his no to mean no. St Bartholomew, once strengthened by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and having preached the Gospel as far as India, would be yes for Christ to the end, even enduring a most violent death.

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