THE VALUE OF MIMESIS
February 24, 2013 Speaker: Daniel Rice
Topic: SUNDAY HOMILY Passage: Philippians 3:17–4:1
Fr. Daniel discusses the value of Memesis - that is, the value of imitating the right people in this life. In Philippians we see St. Paul encouraging believers to follow the best teachers and not those caught up in hedonistic philosophies of worldly pleasure. Why? Because God promises pleasures beyond imagining, and the cross of Christ is the way to all God promises.
Your heavenly Father wants the best for you, and hedonism is too small. It sells us short. You deserve better than the temporal pleasures of this world. Your Father offers you something much bigger and better. What might that be? This homily may inspire you to reach for a life of eternal pleasures in the presence of God.
The way into these promised eternal pleasures comes by means of imitating and following the truest of Christ's teachers, the ones who know how to lead you into God's best for your life.
THE VALUE OF MIMESIS
The Practice of a Better Life
PHILIPPIANS 3:17-4:1 (ESV)
3 17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. 4 1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
WHERE TO LOOK FOR INSPIRATION - v. 3:17
The lives of the Apostles and their teachings
HOW TO LIVE IN YOUR DAILY LIFE - v. 3:18
Look to Heaven through the Cross of Christ
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FUTURE - v, 3:21
Complete and utter transformation by His Spirit
WHO YOU ARE IN GOD’S EYES - v 4:1
You are greatly loved and deeply valued