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.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Sunday, September 8, 2019
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without me, you are able to do nothing.
Monday, July 15, 2019
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.
Monday, July 1, 2019
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.
You have in your place, those who hold to the doctrine of Balaam, who instructed Balak to cast a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat and to commit fornication.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
2019-06-16 Trinity Sunday
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 Father.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Been reading Revelation. In Chapter 2, Jesus admonishes the Angel of Ephesus and then says in 2:6, "But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate." This got me to wonder who these Nicolaitans are.