“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
(Matthew 5:13, NKJV)
This was in my inbox this morning from a mailing list of Christians I’m on at my company. Recently, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the One Catholic and Apostolic Church, and about the multitude of other kinds of Christianity. (New readers, I believe the Orthodox Church is that One Church founded by Christ, and the only other possible viable claim is Roman Catholicism.) When I read this verse today, it seemed to me, for the first time, condemning of the many schismatic branches of those who claim to follow Christ. Does Schism imply lost saltiness? I believe, to a certain extent at least, the answer is yes.
I don’t have more time for thoughts on this at the moment, but perhaps I will have more thoughts on this topic in the future…
Yes, it is true. We’re Orthodox Christians! And the church didn’t fall down or anything. Thank you all so much for your prayers, and so many of you for coming out to support us. It means so much to us.
The service was wonderful. I teared up so many times, before going up for the chrismation, and again big time before going up to receive the gifts in the Eucharist. I can’t speak for how I looked, but the smiles and shining, joyful faces of the rest of the family brought so much joy and peace to my heart. My godfather, Pete, said of my tears, “I think you’ll make a good Orthodox” and then he told me not to make him cry too.
I know this is going to take a while to really sink in. Your prayers are coveted for the newly illumined. It is much like stepping through the threshold, and now we have our lives before us to learn to follow our Lord and learn to truly live Orthodox lives.
Many of our friends joined up later in the evening for a celebration at the house, and we had a great time. Fr. Evan (and family) came and told some great stories (as usual). My only regret is that I didn’t get to sit and talk for awhile to everyone who came.