Today is the
feast of St Matthew today. St Matthew was a tax collector who dropped
everything and followed Jesus when Jesus called him. He later went on
to write his version of the Gospel that bears his name. His version
of the Gospel was one of the four versions that record the Church’s
understanding of Jesus and of his teaching. The sad thing today is
despite the consistent teaching of the Church through centuries, many
have rejected the teaching of the Apostles and claim to know the
truth about Jesus Christ. Which is why in North America alone, we
have more than 30,000 Christian communities who claim they know the truth. By
doing so, they destroy the unity of the Church and go against what St
Paul stressed in the first reading: there is one body and one
Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one
Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above
all and through all and in all.
Amen, Amen, I say to you, he who does not enter through the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up by another way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters through the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
But I have a few things against you. For you permit the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit fornication and to eat the food of idolatry.
Today, is Fr
John’s 40th Year as a priest. This is something to thank
God for and celebrate. It is also something to reflect on. When I was
ordained last year, there were thoughts of doubts, of a sense of
unworthiness. While the priest’s ordination is different from a
Deacon’s I would think Fr John experienced those emotions also.
Yet, he willingly and courageously answered God’s call. Which makes
one ask, Why would a young man 40 years ago, with the whole world
before him, give up everything to serve God? Who is this God that Fr
John worships, loves and serves? It is quite fitting we celebrate
the Solemnity of the Trinity today because the Trinity is the God
whom Fr John worships and serves. It is also fitting that we
celebrate Father’s day today, since Fr John is our Spiritual