The King’s Highway
St. Mary of the Angels
June 11, 2021
God and Man: “The only way to true liberty is to accept the service of God. His service is perfect freedom, because in His service I can find deliverance from the bondage of sin and selfishness, and from all that hinders me from being my true self. This is the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
Luke 1:74-75: “That He would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve Him without fear/In holiness and righteousness all the days of our life.”
Sin: For reasons unknown to us, evil exists prior to man’s sin. Therefore, there is temptation. Overcoming temptation is necessary for spiritual growth. Adam and Eve fail to withstand temptation. The effects of sin immediately follow the act of sin: The loss of innocence (they know they are naked)/The sense of guilt leading to a slavish fear of God (they hear God approaching in the Garden and hide from Him)/Attempt at deflection and blaming of others (they blame the serpent and then one another). So sin compounds like the weeds engulfing the garden – Adam and Eve must leave the Garden of Eden because they are unfit to remain so close to God.
Parable of the Prodigal Son: Exposition on Sin: The beginning of sin is selfish will – the desire to be independent of God/Father. The action of sin is a perverted wasting of an inheritance from God/Father. The “far country” is the state of mind of being far from God/Father – Independence seems fun at first, but that proves illusory, for it is only a matter of time before the sinner is enslaved to his sin. The sinner is in want and becomes a “citizen” of the “far country” – identified more with other sinners in rebellion against God, unless and until he repents.
Preparation for Christ: “Mankind never could have found God had not God come to Man and revealed Himself in Christ. But the awakening of the need [for] God was part of God’s preparation of the world for Christ.” Judgment under the Law makes it clear to Israel that they will need the Law written into their hearts (Grace) in order to be restored to a right relationship with God.
Galatians 3:23-24: “But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the Law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore, the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.”
The Incarnation: “But He who was born of Mary was not a new human person appearing in the world. He was the Son of God uniting Himself to human nature [hence the Virgin Birth instead of being conceived like every other human]. And, having become man, He has never laid aside the human nature, which He took into union with His Godhead.”
Leviticus 26:13: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.”
St. Athanasius: “He became what we are so that He might make us what He is.”
Atonement: “If God joined Himself with all humanity, then justice [paying off the debt of sin from before Man had been freed from the Old Adam in Christ] could be satisfied. Humanity having divine strength could do what Man in his own weakness could not do.”
Sacrament: Outward sign of an inward grace. In combining God with Man, Christ Jesus Himself is the first Sacrament.
Sacrament: “God’s direct way of giving grace and truth to men, during Our Lord’s visible sojourn on earth, was by bringing them into touch with His human nature; and now God’s direct way of giving them grace and truth is by bringing them into union with the Church in its visible organization.”
Sacrament: “To seek for our salvation and sanctification apart from sacramental grace would mean that we had closed our eyes to the fact that we are both body and soul, and that the Son of God for our salvation was made flesh.”
Sacraments without faith will not be efficacious: “The reality of the sacraments is not created by faith, but it is discerned and enjoyed by faith. Therefore, it is true to say that we are saved by sacraments, and also that we are saved by faith.”
Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
2 Corinthians 5:7: “For we live by faith, not by sight.”