Lectionary Ravings: I John 3:10-20/Mark 14:10-42

From I John 3 – we must love our brother(s), and not slay him through our hatred as did Cain.

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

Everyone wants to think of himself as the Abel of that relationship. Being totally honest with you, I identify myself more as a Cain. But this is about more than my relationship with my brother(s). It is about my relationship with Christ.

The Gospel for the day from Mark 14:

the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners…

Have we not betrayed the Lord into the hands of sinners with our arrogance, our greed, our pride, our contempt for things godly, and our hatred for our brother?

The way out, saith the Lord, is prayer.

Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

The Blessed Theophlyact says this in his Explanation of the Holy Gospel According to Mark, “But watch and pray, all of you, lest you enter into the temptation to deny Me. For your spirit is willing and eager not to deny Me, and this is why you made your promise to Me. But your flesh weak; so much so that unless through prayer God gives strength to your flesh, you are in great danger of denying Me. And again the Lord went away to pray, saying the same words, so as to confirm, by praying a second time, that He was not only divine, but also really and truly a man.”

Thus, prayer is what we do as men and will solve all of the aforementioned frailties


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