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On Salvation: The Thesis and Allegory (WIP)Concerning the Exodus of the Jews and the tale of Moses, this is, among other things, a story and allegory of the whole of salvation for each man. Naturally it must be seen in light of Christfor where Moses received the Law, Christ was, is, and evermore shall be the Logos and the Lawgiver. But whereas the Law is the Word of God, in this story it should be likened to Christ.
The whole of the forty years in the desert signifies the whole of a man's life. The whole ordeal is likewise an allegory of salvationfor every trial and temptation is present. The Jews have left slavery (what else, but sin?) by virtue of their fidelity and by the power and grace of God. For none of them could leave without fidelity to His word (that is to say faith in what he promised). There in the desert is the establishment of an order of priests (Moses and the 70 Elders), the establishment of the law, and the journey towards the Promised Land, that is to say heaven.
Indeed, the Divine Word guided the
See how much God loves us? God is NOT a servant, but He CHOSE to serve us.
See how much God loves us? And God underwent all these services and sufferings because of His Great Love for us.
Jesus once said that "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." (John 15:15)
Today we celebrate our Maundy Thursday: and for Catholics and Protestants, today we commemorate the day when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The washing of feet during the time of Christ was considered as one of the "dirtiest" and lowest job around. But despite this, Jesus humbled himself even to the point of doing this dirtiest job of his time.
It is mind-bogging to think that an Almighty GOD will serve his own creations instead of the reverse. But all this He did because of one thing: because of Love - out of his pure Love for us. The dirty feet represent the
St. Patrick Breast PlateI bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
I bind this day to me for ever.
By power of faith, Christ's incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan river;
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;*
I bind unto myself today.
I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of the cherubim;
The sweet 'well done' in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors' faith, Apostles' word,
The Patriarchs' prayers, the Prophets' scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord,
And purity of virgin souls.
I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun's life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.
I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold an
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