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Posted by Paul Edwards (Fr. Paul) on Jul 28, 2014 | Comments (0)


Ninth Sunday After Pentecost Bottom Line Meditations

Unlocking the Gospel Secrets of Spirituality

Discover what difference reading these scriptures while Thinking Legalism or Feeling Grace can make.

The Grace Language of Jesus

SPIRITUALITY CAN CHANGE OUR LIFE

Jesus spoke a foreign language. He took literal words the legalist understood and gave them a new spiritual meaning.

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OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

Literal Religion: Understands dreams are about real life.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“They said to one another, ‘here comes this dreamer.’”

Spiritual Grace: Knows dreams are spiritual from God and need interpretation.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“They said to one another, ‘here comes this dreamer.’”

Did you feel the Grace?

Grace is the Word of God and legalism is not!

PSALM: 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b

Literal Religion: It is not possible to continually seek the Lord’s Presence rationally.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his Presence continually.”

Spiritual Grace: It is possible to continually seek the spiritual Presence of the Lord consciously.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his Presence continually.”

Did you feel the Grace?

The national anthem of Legalists is “I Did It My Way”!

EPISTLE: Romans 10:5-15

Literal Religion: “near” means close by.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart”

Spiritual Grace: “near” means present.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart”

Did you feel the Grace?

You'll never know grace is all you need until grace is all you’ve got!

GOSPEL: Matthew 14:22-33

Literal Religion: We lose contact with the spiritual Presence by moving from our conscious awareness to our rational thinking.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”

Spiritual Grace: When we are conscious of the Presence we think in a different way than when we are rationally thinking how we feel about a situation.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”

Did you feel the Grace?

Christ's love is grace because He loved those who hated Him!

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For further study see the follow on Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Meditation.


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