Sunday, January 13 (OS., December 31, 2018) 2019: Sunday Nativity Afterfeast and Leavetaking (33rd Sunday) Holy Righteous Ones: Joseph the Betrothed, David the King, James the Brother of the Lord. Epistle: Galatians 1:11-19 Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23 Christ is Born! St Matthew's account of our Savior’s birth is drenched in violence. For example, in his attempt … Continue reading Human Violence
Just as a “dishonest scale” can undermine the trust between buyer and seller, the evil imaginations of the human heart--of my heart--have the potential to tear apart the human community. “He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,” and it is this that is the root of all human violence. Even if I never lift my hand against him, in my heart I kill my neighbor I hold him in contempt.