Catholic Verses – Bible Meditation #0004 – Genesis 4 – All the Crosses You Need


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0:03 chapter 4 Cain and Abel the men had
0:08 relations with his wife eve and she
0:11 conceived and bore Cain saying I have
0:13 produced a man with the help of the Lord
0:15 next she bought his brother Abel Abel
0:18 became a keeper of flocks and came a
0:21 tiller of the soil Cain is the firstborn
0:24 he’s the first human born with original
0:27 sin Adam and Eve were created sinless in
0:31 the Garden of Eden created with free
0:33 will they fell and only then was came
0:38 born than firstborn so Abel was a keeper
0:40 of flocks Cain a tiller of the soil the
0:44 soil won’t yield its fruit his red lays
0:46 it should have had Adam and Eve not soon
0:48 so I think it’s fitting that Cain’s a
0:50 tiller of the soil Abel on the other
0:53 hand is a keeper of flocks so Abel here
0:56 a type of Christ the ultimate good
0:58 shepherd and a type of Peter and the
1:01 successors appear hopes in the course of
1:04 time Cain brought an offering to the
1:06 Lord from the fruit of the soil while
1:09 able for his part brought one of the
1:11 best firstlings of his flock the Lord
1:14 looked with favor on Abel and his
1:15 offering but on Cain and his offering he
1:18 did not lip service is worthless it’s
1:22 worse than worthless it’s damnable this
1:26 is the danger of being religious we may
1:29 find ourselves presenting offerings to
1:32 God that aren’t acceptable because they
1:34 don’t come from a true and sincere love
1:36 of God they come from other motives
1:38 which ultimately must by definition be
1:41 selfish if they’re not godly they’re
1:43 selfish those are the only two ways
1:45 there’s the love of God unto contempt of
1:48 self or there’s the love of self onto
1:51 contempt of God there is no third way
1:54 God is not fooled by the semblance a–‘s
1:57 of religiosity of an outward piety to
2:01 the untrained eye it’s indistinguishable
2:04 from his brothers true piety only God
2:07 knows the hurt the only thing that God
2:11 finds me irresistible is humility
2:13 and Cain lacked humility and the
2:15 punishment of pride is pride the
2:20 punishment of not giving yourself
2:22 completely to God is that you will not
2:24 have given yourself completely to God
2:27 Cain greatly resented this and was
2:29 crestfallen so the Lord said to Cain why
2:33 are you so resentful and crestfallen if
2:36 you do well you can hold up your head
2:38 but if not sin is a demon looking at the
2:42 door his urges to what you yet you can
2:45 be his master Cain resented Abel his
2:49 brother he resented God he probably
2:52 resented the soil on which he gathered
2:55 firstfruits for his sacrilegious
2:58 offering he probably cursed the
3:01 firstfruits themselves and birds
3:03 chirping in the sky this is the
3:06 psychology of the unrepentant sinner I’m
3:10 not saying that Abel was not a sooner
3:12 I’m saying that Abel was a sinner who
3:14 knew how to repent he knew how to clean
3:17 his heart and come to God with a clean
3:19 heart and present offerings with a clean
3:21 heart so resentment is not appropriate
3:25 here what’s appropriate here is
3:27 repentance what’s appropriate here is
3:28 the love of correction oh I’ve gone
3:32 astray thank you for correcting me God
3:34 thank you for correcting my pride in my
3:37 hypocrisy thank you for pointing out to
3:39 me that I have committed idolatry and
3:42 adultery because I haven’t loved you
3:44 first above all things as i know i
3:46 should thank you for the first fruits
3:49 that you gave me to give to you and now
3:52 here are those same first fruits and God
3:55 would have smiled on but sin is lurking
4:00 at the door and when we leave our
4:03 comfort zone and our little bubble of
4:06 delusion the false religion Hilson
4:11 address and rip us to shreds so we need
4:17 to be on guard and obviously Cain was
4:19 not on guard because he was so
4:21 dumbfounded by his rejection that his
4:24 reaction was resentment not love and
4:27 as it ought to me Kane said to his
4:31 brother Abel let us go out in the field
4:33 when they were in the field Cain
4:36 attacked his brother Abel and killed him
4:38 then the Lord asked came where is your
4:41 brother Abel he answered I do not know
4:44 am I my brother’s keeper the Lord then
4:47 said what have you done listen your
4:51 brother’s blood cries out to me from the
4:53 soil Cain answers God’s question with
4:57 another question this tactic of
4:59 diversion will not work with God the
5:03 very blood of his brother Abel is crying
5:06 out from the soil everything we commit
5:09 speaks when we die and undergo judgment
5:15 we’re going to hear the voice of our
5:18 sins each and every sin every careless
5:23 word we utter will be judged the little
5:27 sins that are is dainty and light as a
5:33 snowflake they’re so small but the
5:37 problem is that there’s so many and
5:40 they’re speaking we’re speaking now and
5:45 we can’t hear it it’s only a judgment
5:47 that will hear the voices of our sin
5:49 whispering speaking or screaming as in
5:53 the case of certain seems like sodomy
5:55 and abortion so we should take care we
6:00 should we should learn from Cain that’s
6:03 why dark things are included in
6:04 Scripture it’s not because religion is
6:06 evil it’s because people are evil God is
6:10 holding up a mirror to us and saying
6:13 look at yourself listen to yourself know
6:19 yourself we have to confront ourselves
6:22 we have to do an examination of
6:24 conscience daily if you don’t know
6:27 yourself you can’t go to heaven you have
6:30 to know yourself therefore you shall be
6:34 banned from the soil that opened its
6:35 mouth to receive your brother’s blood
6:37 from your hand if you till the soil
6:40 no longer give you its produce you shall
6:43 become a restless wanderer on the earth
6:45 the soil is already cursed but here God
6:48 is adding to that mal addiction because
6:53 of Cain’s enormous pride and his soon
6:55 and his lack of repentance is lack of
6:57 contrition his lack of humanity sin
7:03 brings curses repentance brings blessing
7:09 happiness life we need to look at this
7:14 story we need to understand that it’s a
7:16 choice we should choose wisely and
7:18 choose life Kate said to the Lord my
7:22 punishment is too great to bear since
7:24 you have now banished me from the soil
7:26 and I must avoid your presence and to
7:28 become a restless wanderer on the earth
7:30 anyone may kill me at sight what we see
7:34 in Cannes complaint is a lack of faith a
7:38 lack of trust in God’s goodness a lack
7:40 of trust in God’s mercy and a
7:42 denigration of God’s perfect justice our
7:46 punishment is not too great for us to
7:49 bear that’s a lie we see here how the
7:52 lies of Satan flow naturally into the
7:56 heart of the unrepentant sinner what
7:59 comes to mind for me is Judas when he
8:02 betrayed our Lord she could have
8:04 repentance he knew that he was wrong he
8:08 knew that he made a mistake I like to
8:13 think there’s a chance that he did
8:14 repent in it he’s in heaven but the
8:16 overwhelming opinion of the scientist
8:18 that Judas is damned and he’s in hell we
8:21 can’t know that for certain but he could
8:23 have repented this is what we need to
8:25 learn when we look at people like Cain
8:26 and Judas he could have he had the
8:29 possibility he was given the grace of
8:32 free will that’s what our free will is
8:33 for its to choose that Oh to repent when
8:37 we’ve sinned Judas newly made a mistake
8:41 he
8:41 could’ve repentance he needed to Humble
8:44 himself no the paranoid mindset of came
8:50 there is no rest in the world for those
8:54 who don’t have rest in her hurt you
8:56 don’t have peace because we haven’t
8:57 repented ever confronted themselves and
9:00 been honest with themselves they’re
9:01 insane we’ve unbalanced themselves
9:04 they’re disordered McCain is no
9:07 different he’s the first example of this
9:08 someone whose mind is wracked with
9:11 paranoid fantasies persecution complex
9:16 he pictures everyone as an enemy
9:18 everyone as potential threat that was
9:22 out to get him not so the Lord said to
9:26 him if anyone kills Cain Cain shall be
9:29 avenged sevenfold so the Lord put a mark
9:32 on Cain lest anyone should kill him at
9:34 sight Cain then left the Lord’s presence
9:37 and settled in the Land of Nod East of
9:39 Eden justice is a real thing the
9:43 apparent lack of justice here below is
9:45 temporary it’s passing it’s bleeding we
9:48 don’t need to concern ourselves with
9:51 vengeance God will take care of Cain
9:55 vengeance is mine Siskel or so the
10:00 spirit of vengeance which is a sinful
10:02 disordered vengeance I hate full
10:05 vengence that is forbidden by coolidge
10:07 and that’s forbidden by God of course we
10:10 need to fight against injustice but in a
10:12 healthy sane holy way with righteousness
10:17 so there’s a Sevenfold punishment to
10:20 anyone that would avenge the death of
10:23 able by killing Cain descendants of Cain
10:27 and Seth King had relations with his
10:30 wife and she conceived and bore Enoch
10:33 Cain also became the founder of the city
10:36 which he named after his son Enoch st.
10:39 Augustine talks about the two cities the
10:42 city of man and the City of God I don’t
10:46 think it’s coincidence that we see the
10:47 first city in Scripture being attributed
10:50 to an unrepentant sinner
10:53 he is hunkering down for battle against
10:58 his enemies his perceived enemies Cain’s
11:01 perceived enemy is his neighbor it’s his
11:06 friend it’s his first lieutenant among
11:09 his thugs his perceived enemy is
11:11 everyone it’s God Almighty it’s designs
11:14 it’s the church Cain’s perceived enemy
11:18 he’s probably even in the mirror when he
11:21 looks at his tattooed face he doesn’t
11:23 recognize the twisted features he’s
11:27 confused he’s lost because when he had
11:32 the chance to repent he didn’t he was
11:34 proud very chilling story and we have to
11:41 understand that that city that he built
11:43 his thriving today we’re to be in the
11:50 world but not of the world precisely
11:52 because of Kings City to Enoch was born
11:57 arid and arid became the father of Maha
12:00 jail Magoo GL became the father of
12:03 Methuselah and Methuselah became the
12:05 father of Lamech Lamech took two wives
12:08 the name of the first was a dar and the
12:11 name of the second Zilla a DA gave birth
12:14 to Jabal the ancestor of all who dwell
12:16 in tents and keep kettle his brother’s
12:19 name was Jubal he was the ancestor of
12:21 all who played the lyre and the pipe
12:23 Zilla on her part gave birth to two
12:27 balkan the ancestor of all who forged
12:29 instruments of bronze and iron the
12:32 sister of Cuba Cain was niama lanik took
12:36 for himself more than one life so this
12:39 was contrary to God’s law at that time
12:42 later there was a dispensation given to
12:45 the holy man the patriarchs to have more
12:48 than one wife and I think st. Augustine
12:51 said that when it was the custom it was
12:53 not sin but it was not the custom when
12:57 la Meck did it and landmark is placed
12:59 clearly and unambiguously in the lineage
13:02 of Cain so there’s an atmosphere here of
13:05 disapproval
13:09 the genealogy goes on to talk about the
13:12 artisans those who work with precious
13:16 metals those that form instruments of
13:18 music and we can admire on the one hand
13:24 the skill of the craftsmanship of the
13:27 ingenuity but the irony is that they
13:30 don’t practice the art of true religion
13:32 which is the only heart that matters so
13:37 this city is thriving the city of Kane
13:40 is exciting I think it’s very alluring
13:43 when we live on the surface the flashing
13:46 lights and sexy women what happens in
13:50 Vegas stays in Vegas but unfortunately
13:52 it doesn’t stay in Vegas the sin of
13:55 Vegas is everywhere Sin City is
14:00 everywhere where does the pilgrim find
14:06 shelter in this world where can we go
14:10 and not offend God by participating in
14:13 the flesh the worldly ways of king and
14:17 his city when I picture the city of Cain
14:21 I don’t picture mud huts I picture
14:24 skyscrapers well-dressed CEOs firm
14:29 handshake friendly smile clean white
14:32 teeth power and money success which are
14:37 all good in and of themselves it’s good
14:39 to have clean teeth it’s good to have a
14:41 firm handshake and a good work ethic to
14:43 get up early and to work that’s good but
14:48 only God knows what motivates that and
14:51 these people that populate the city of
14:54 Satan these people are working harder
14:57 for death than I am for life is what
15:01 Thomas a Kempis says in the imitation of
15:03 Christ it’s shameful because it’s true
15:10 those who
15:12 soo evil are very diligent in their work
15:15 they are motivated they’re
15:19 self-sacrificing there’s almost nothing
15:23 they won’t do to achieve their ends we
15:30 can be tempted to join them because
15:33 appearances are very deceptive in our
15:38 day-to-day lives when we meet the person
15:41 of Cain if we have the spiritual
15:44 wherewithal the self-awareness the
15:47 alertness the vigilance to recognize the
15:50 Mark of Cain and to recognize that this
15:53 is Cain we have to immediately go back
15:57 to his unrepentant hateful sin all the
16:03 distractions his shiny shoes and his
16:06 expensive watch that allow him to move
16:09 through this world safely all of those
16:13 are distractions from the essential
16:16 point which is that he did not repent he
16:20 was not contracts he blamed able he
16:24 blamed God he blamed everything on
16:26 himself so he’s an enemy he’s an enemy
16:30 to himself first and foremost because
16:33 he’s an enemy to God and to neighbor and
16:37 so he’s our enemy too we have to love
16:40 Cain we need to be aware and to beware
16:44 okay the danger that he poses because
16:48 he’s not moving through this world the
16:49 same way that we are called to move as
16:52 pilgrims through this changeable world
16:55 he’s here to stay this is his home if
16:59 you want to think about it this way
17:00 we’re guests in Cannes home we’re
17:06 unwanted guests it’s better to say that
17:09 we’re trespassers on kings or maybe it’s
17:12 better to say that we are cultures of
17:15 Cain’s game his ill-gotten gain and when
17:22 we come and we try to take one of his
17:24 flaw
17:25 and bring them into the flock of Jesus
17:27 Christ you better believe that his
17:30 enmity will show itself Cain will hunt
17:34 down his lost sheep and unlike Jesus
17:37 Christ he is not love incarnate King his
17:42 hatred lemax said to his wives Adah and
17:47 Zillah hear my voice wives of Lamech
17:50 listen to my utter ins I have killed a
17:53 man for wounding me a boy for bruising
17:55 me if Cain is Avenged Sevenfold then
17:58 Lamech 77 fold the city of Cain is
18:02 thriving lanik comes along and we see
18:05 not a lessening or a moderation of
18:07 kane’s wrath and anger and pride we see
18:12 an augmentation if Cain was avenged
18:16 seven times blahnik will be avenged
18:19 seventy times seven times when Peter
18:23 asked Jesus in the gospel how many times
18:25 should he forgive those who offend him
18:27 and who asked for forgiveness jesus said
18:29 seventy times seven times so Jesus is
18:35 giving us a remedy and he’s showing us
18:37 the way Adam again had relations with
18:41 his wife and she gave birth to a son
18:43 whom she called said God has granted me
18:46 more offspring in place of Abel she said
18:49 because Cain slew him to Seth in turn a
18:52 son was born and he named him enough now
18:56 we have the introduction of the city of
18:58 god because Abel is dead but he’s been
19:02 replaced the name Seth I think means
19:06 replacement or substitute so here we
19:10 have a sort of resurrection of Abel Abel
19:14 was the type of Christ and Seth is a
19:17 type of Christ and they are the
19:20 spiritual parents of all of us who are
19:24 striving to belong to the city of god
19:26 and they are the ancestors of Jesus
19:31 Christ at that time men began to invoke
19:34 the Lord by name we know that cane
19:37 Abel offered sacrifice to God the
19:40 firstfruits of the soil the first wings
19:43 of the flock but now with the birth of
19:47 Seth and the City of God there’s a
19:49 renewed or an elevated liturgy the
19:54 primitive form of worship is replaced by
19:56 a growing body of right symbols and
20:00 rituals Cain city is growing they’re
20:04 growing in the arts they’re building
20:06 their trumpets fanfare and their armies
20:09 and their fortifications and the city
20:12 established by set will also grow and we
20:15 see the first indication of that growth
20:18 in the liturgy the delicate musical
20:22 instruments and define clothing are
20:24 certainly part of the liturgy or they
20:27 certainly will be eventually but they’re
20:30 not mentioned here what’s mentioned is
20:32 the name of the Lord people calling with
20:36 the voice we come into the world naked
20:39 will go to the world naked but we’ll
20:40 have the voice to call on the name the
20:42 word even if we don’t have a tongue even
20:45 if we don’t have vocal cords we can call
20:47 on the name of the Lord even if our
20:50 brother came kills us our voice will
20:52 call out to God on the soil this is what
20:56 we have as followers of Christ we have a
20:59 voice the enemy has might we have rights
21:07 when revelation talks about the great
21:10 dragon Satan falling from heaven and
21:14 taking one third of the stars with him
21:16 as his tail sweeps the heavens one-third
21:20 of the angels fell with Satan there’s a
21:24 2 to 1 ratio we have the upper hand if
21:27 God as far as who can be against us okay
21:32 Lucas cities with his instruments of
21:35 torture and destruction warfare is
21:38 control of the media art theater
21:41 literature
21:45 at the upper hand we have set and able
21:49 and so a third I’ve fallen but
21:54 two-thirds of the angels did not fall
21:57 God is unity Satan seeks division so
22:02 they are disabled because the disorder
22:07 they’re disabled because they
22:10 handicapped their hearts and minds
22:11 they’re handicapped the godless children
22:17 of Cain are lame spiritually the blind
22:21 the death they’re done so we have the
22:26 upper hand we’ll have to suffer our
22:33 award is not here our rewarded in heaven
22:39 with pilgrims between the perfect
22:43 paradise in the Garden of Eden and
22:45 heaven lies city of Cain as we passed
22:53 through would try to bring as many with
22:56 us as we can I said earlier the cane
22:59 seeks diligently after his lost sheep
23:03 but not as diligently as the Good
23:07 Shepherd seeks his lost sheep the City
23:11 of God has the advantage there too it’s
23:15 just more difficult to perceive we’re
23:18 operating on a spiritual level when
23:21 Jesus was arrested and st. Peter
23:23 impulsively sliced the ear off the
23:26 soldier jesus said if you live by the
23:30 sword you die by the sword did not know
23:32 that if I wanted to engage in a physical
23:35 battle I have more than twelve legions
23:38 at my beck and call regions of angels
23:42 and later he would say my kingdom is not
23:46 of this world Christ allow
23:52 self to be persecuted despised tortured
23:56 and killed by the city of man by Cain
24:02 and until the very end he was mocked he
24:08 was able to save others why can’t he
24:09 save himself if you’re the Son of God
24:11 come down from the cross moberly come
24:14 down off the cross this is an example to
24:18 us of how we engage in the world and
24:21 what we’re up against people will be
24:23 asking us why don’t you save yourself
24:26 why don’t you come down off your cross
24:30 come down off the cross you’re suffering
24:33 needlessly life is here and now come
24:37 down off your cross this is the constant
24:41 message bombarding those who would
24:44 follow Christ come down off your cross
24:48 we don’t want to see you suffering come
24:50 and join us that child inconvenient just
24:54 kill it your parents are inconveniencing
24:56 you just kill them you’re doing them a
24:58 favor take them off their cross their
25:00 suffering needlessly put it into it we
25:02 have clinical methods that are prompt
25:04 cost-effective and paints we have the
25:08 answers technology has the answers
25:10 science has the answers join us you’re
25:15 invited to come down off the cross and
25:18 they invited Jesus down off the cross
25:23 but he toughed it out to the end his
25:29 prayer needs to be our prayer before his
25:32 passions we prayed twice if it’s
25:35 possible let this chalice pass from me
25:38 but not my will done your will be done
25:42 Heavenly Father so climb back up on the
25:47 cross if you come down it’s not too late
25:53 climb back up the way to climb
25:58 back up the cross is to crawl hands and
26:01 knees and lay face down at the foot of
26:03 the cross and Jesus in His mercy will
26:07 look down on your humility and bring you
26:09 with him on his cross he’ll give you all
26:14 the crosses you need to make a dad

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