- Luke 14:34-35 -
- From: "Trudie" <trudie.Miller@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2007 10:46:13 -0600
- Luke 14:34-35 -
"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty
again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Salt can lose its flavor. When it gets wet and then dries, nothing is left but
tasteless residue. Many Christians blend into the world and avoid the cost of
standing up for Christ. But Jesus says if Christians lose their distinctive
saltiness, they become worthless. Just as salt flavors and preserves food, we
are to preserve the good in the world, help keep it from spoiling, and bring new
flavor to life. This requires careful planning, willing sacrifice and unswerving
commitment to Christ's Kingdom. Being "salty" is not easy, but if a Christian
fails in this function, he or she fails to represent Christ in the world. How
salty are you?
November 10th - Sts. Tryphon, Respicius, and Nympha
Martyrs whose feast is observed in the Latin Church on 10 November. Tryphon is
said to have been born at Kampsade in Phrygia and as a boy took care of geese.
During the Decian persecution he was taken to Nicfa about the year 250 and put
to death in a horrible manner after he had converted the heathen prefect Licius.
Fabulous stories are interwoven with his legend. He is greatly venerated in the
Greek Church which observes his feast on 1 February. In this Church he is also
the patron saint of gardeners. Many churches were dedicated to him, and the
Eastern Emperor, Leo VI, the Philosopher (d. 912), delivered a eulogy upon
Tryphon. About the year 1005 the monk Theodoric of Fleury wrote an account of
him based upon earlier written legends; in Theodoric's story Respicius appears
as Tryphon's companion. The relics of both were preserved together with those of
a holy virgin named Nympha, at the Hospital of the Holy Ghost in Sassia. Nympha
was a virgin from Palermo who was put to death for the Faith at the beginning of
the fourth century. According to other versions of the legend, when the Goths
invaded Sicily she fled from Palermo to the Italian mainland and died in the
sixth century at Savona. The feast of her translation is observed at Palermo on
19 August. Some believe that there were two saints of this name. The church of
the Hospital of the Holy Ghost at Rome was a cardinal's title which, together
with the relics of these saints, was transferred in 1566 by Pope Pius V to the
Church of St. Augustine. A Greek text of the life of St. Tryphon was discovered
by Father Franchi de Cavallieri, Hagio-graphica (Rome, 1908), in the series
Studi e Texti, XIX. The Latin Acts are to be found in Ruinart, Acta Martyrum.
Analecta Bollandiana, XXVII, 7-10, 15; XXVIII, 217.
This Version Taken From:
To those who wish to stand in God's grace, neither the guardianship of saints
nor the defenses of angels are wanting.
-- Saint Hilary: Commentary on the Psalms, 365AD
2 Of the fruit of his own mouth shall a man be filled with good things: but the
soul of transgressors is wicked. 3 He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his soul:
but he that hath no guard on his speech shall meet with evils. (Proverbs 13:2-3)
Out of the depths, I have cried to Thee,
O Lord, Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the
voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark my iniquities,
O Lord, who shall stand it?
For with Thee there is merciful
forgiveness: and by reason of Thy
law I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His word; my soul
hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until
night; let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy;
And with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from
all its iniquities.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon them:
May they rest in peace. Amen.
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