August 22, 2019

God’s Dress Code: Mk12:38-39

“And he said to them in his doctrine: Beware of the scribes, who love to walk in long robes, and to be saluted in the marketplace, And to sit in the first chairs, in the synagogues, and to have the highest places at suppers:” [Douay Rhimes Bible, Haydock]

Don’t fish for complements, lest you defy God while you are applauded…. For Christ’s soldiers march on through good talk on the right and evil talk on the left. No praise excites them. No criticism crushes them. They aren’t puffed up by riches, nor do they withdraw due to poverty. They despise both joy and sorrow. The sun does not burn them during the day, nor the moon by night. DON’T pray on the street corners, for fear that human applause would interrupt the straight course of your prayers. Don’t flaunt your fringes, wear phylacteries for show, or wrap yourself up in the self interest of the Pharisees.

(EPH 6:10-18)


Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power. Put you on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).

WISDOM , JUSTICE , SELF-CONTROL, COURAGE:

Do you know what kind of dress the Lord requires? Wisdom, Justice, Self-control, Courage. Let these be your four edges of your horizon. Let them be a four horse team to carry you, Christ’s charioteer, to your goal at full speed. No necklace can be more precious than these. No gems can form a brighter galaxy. You are decorated by them, you are fastened in, you are protected on every side. They are your defense as well as your glory. For every gem is turned into a shield. Jerome

ST JEROME:[340-420AD] and Bishop translated O.T. from the Hebrew to the Latin Vulgate making correction to the Septuagint Bible. As such, protestant switch from First Christian texts to Hebrew was symbolic protest, “a scandal for all that is Catholic”, eight hundred years later.

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