Marcus and JonMarc Grodi continue their discussion of St. Paul's wise counsel on how to seek godliness with contentment. In Part I of this discussion, they looked at Paul's joyful exhortation to the Philippians, and began to unpack a list of ten "ingredients" for spiritual fulfillment. This time around, they look at more practical ways to remember God's blessings in everyday life, and share the joy of our Catholic faith with all whom we encounter.
Philippians 4 contains one of the most robust calls to joy in all of Scripture. And yet when Paul writes in Philippians 4:11 that he has learned the secret of being content in every situation, he's saying so from inside a prison cell. How was St. Paul able to find joy and rest and contentment in the Lord, regardless of what life threw at him? And how can we, in our day and age, rest in Christ in a world that seems to be falling apart around us? Marcus and JonMarc look at some simple ways to practice contentment in everyday life.
Continuing on the theme of spiritual humility, Marcus and JonMarc Grodi look more at St. Paul’s first letter to Timothy, and the advice Paul gives regarding pride and the sins connected with it. A desire for controversy leads to an air of superiority, and blinds us not only to the truth, but also to our own faults. Paul knew that this kind of pride was a major temptation in his time, and is certainly pervasive in our own time. Marcus and JonMarc dig into St. Paul's advice to Timothy on spiritual pride, and the universal call to holiness in spite of, and even in the midst of, scandal and dissent.
In St. Paul's first letter to Timothy, he gives a number of wise instructions about how Timothy should conduct himself as a spiritual leader, and how to avoid temptations that will derail not only his ministry, but his relationship with God. Love of money, an unhealthy interest in controversies, and a conceited heart -- all these things bring focus on the self instead of God, and replace humility with the sin of pride. But, as Paul reminds Timothy in the face of all these temptations, "Godliness with contentment is great gain."
There is a major difference between the contemporary secular concept of love, and the way that love is presented in the Scriptures. Especially in chapter 13 of St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, there is a sacrificial quality of love, which requires the exercise of will rather than a reliance upon emotional whims. Marcus and JonMarc Grodi look at the Christian call to true charity, and how Jesus is our ultimate example of a love that is willing to risk everything for the good of the other.
In an ongoing series focusing on how to abide and abound in Christ, Marcus and JonMarc Grodi look at how the relationship between husband and wife reflects the relationship between the God and the believer. They unpack St. Paul's teaching to the Galatians on the Fruits of the Spirit, and discuss the importance of relying upon grace in order to grow in love. They also look at what John the Baptist and St. Peter can tell us about humility and conversion in relation to both marriage and a relationship with Christ.
St. Paul's letter to the Philippians is one of the most joyful texts in the New Testament, and yet he wrote it from prison! In it, St. Paul calls us to rejoice in whatever adversity we might be facing, giving us a clear Scriptural groundwork for the Catholic theology of suffering. In this Deep in Scripture episode, Marcus and JonMarc Grodi look at how St. Paul's message from Philippians 4:4-7 calls us all to abide and abound in Christ, and to do so joyfully.
In this episode of Deep in Scripture, Marcus and JonMarc Grodi unpack more passages related to the concept of abiding and abounding in Christ. Looking at Hebrews 12:11-16 and 28-29, as well as the beginning of Hebrews 3, they reflect on what it means to respond to grace, and how that affects not only our personal walk with the Lord, but also how we walk together as a community of believers. Marcus and JonMarc also look at the danger that bitterness can pose to the spiritual life, and how it can distract us from the discipline and perseverance necessary to deepen our relationship with God.
How does one live abundantly in Christ, and abide in him, as he commands us to do? For every Christian, there is a call to grow in grace, walking each day more closely with him. Marcus reflects on what it means to abide and abound in Christ, and why conversion isn't a one-time event, but a lifelong call to deepening relationship with Jesus. He examines a number of Scriptures that describe what this process should look like in the lives of believers.
In the story of Jesus' first miracle at the Wedding of Cana, many Catholics focus on Mary's words to the servants there, "do whatever he tells you," as a model for Christian piety and action. On today's episode, however, Fr. Skip Thompson, a convert to the Catholic faith, focuses on the words of Our Lord to His Mother in that exchange: "O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come." Is this merely a rebuke of Mary? Or is there a lot more to this passage, beginning with the fact that Jesus refers to his mother as "woman" rather than "mother?"