Homily by Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller, recorded July 25, 2021, at Ecclesia Gnostica, Hollywood, California.
Meditations for this week.
Color: Green; Intent: Wisdom
O God, who art the Wisdom of the wise and the Strength of the strong, whose Beauty shines through the whole universe; may we so open our hearts to the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that we may ever be strong in Thee, and may show forth in our lives Thy divine Beauty. Amen.
The Lesson is taken from the first Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians:
We speak wisdom among them that are perfect; yet not the wisdom of this world. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our glory. Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. The natural man receiveth not the things that are freely given to us of God. The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual discerneth all things; yet he himself is discerned of no man.
The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Philip:
Those who are in the truth will be perfect when all the truth is revealed. For the truth is like ignorance; while it is hidden it abides in itself, but when it is revealed and recognized it is praised inasmuch as it is stronger than ignorance and error. The Logos said: If you know the truth, the truth will make you free. Ignorance is a slave, knowledge is freedom. When we recognize the truth we shall find the fruits of the truth in our hearts. If we unite with it, it will bring our fulfillment.
Lecture by Stephan A. Hoeller, first in the series: “Gnostic Mythic Reality” recorded July 23, 2021, at Besant Lodge, Hollywood, California