A Lenten Journal: A Pursuit of the Doctrine of Christ (Fifth Saturday)

“… Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.”    Mark 9:49

If the truth is being taught, does it matter who is the teacher?  Isn’t falsehood a far greater problem than honest teachers who aren’t part of our clique?  And why be concerned about the good someone else is doing when one must seek good for themselves?  Again, the disciples were concerned about their petty positions of greatness.  Jesus is far more concerned about the purity of their message.

Great Blue Heron (© John Gresham)

We must be disciplined to avoid the things and situations that lead us into temptation.  Yes, the Holy Spirit does lead us to a place of testing from time to time.  Angels are there to minister to us when we are there.  But, when we put ourselves in such places and times, we leave ourselves without an aide except for sincere repentance.  God forgives.  But, we are not to put him to the test.  If others see us testing God with our undisciplined lifestyles and are led astray by it, we are no better than the willing deceivers who seek whomever they can destroy.

Salt is the character of the Spirit that prevents rotting and prepares for healing.  Fire is used to test and separate pure precious metal from dross.  If we careful to spend time seeking self purification rather than trying to silence brothers and sisters who are doing a good work, the good of the Gospel can be seen by all.  Seen because of direct evidence of good works and miracles.  Seen because of indirect evidence of Godly lifestyles.

Your Brother in Christ,

Cyprian Bluemood

Monastic Order of Saint-Simon of Cyrene

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