Sunday, February 20, 2011

To Really Love...

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.


What is love? Love is defined as having a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal tie. But for us it is more than that. For us love is what we are called to by Christ; but how?

We are called to love by our actions, works and interactions with all whom we meet and those whom we know. Our love extends from our family to our brothers and sisters who are homeless beggars or the street.

Through this love, we are called to love y helping to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. It also means that we give of our time to listen to the one who wishes to speak with us, or the one who seeks our forgiveness.

Christ showed us His love for the world by obeying His Father’s will. He stretched out His hands on the Cross and was crucified; dying so that our sins could be forgiven. If Christ could do that for us, what can we do for Him?

I think that at the very least we can die to our pride.  It is our pride that gets in the way of our ability to show love. When we are able to let of of our pride and are able to be humble we are able to accomplish so much more for the Kingdom of Heaven.

God is so good! 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Faith...

In recent conversations with others, I have been moved more and more to reflect on faith. Faith is an essential part of who we are.  Without faith we have nothing.  We put our faith in God every day- or at least we should strive to.  We are made in the Image and Likeness of God; we are his sons and daughters.

Take for example the relationship between a child and their parent. The child takes, as an act of faith, albeit known or unknown at that time, that the parent will love them, nurture them and do anything to care for them. The parent likewise takes it as an act of faith, that the child loves them, cares for them, and nurtures them. So to as the relationship between God and man, there should be an act of faith.

God created us in His image and likeness. Why would he do such a thing? He does this because He loves us.  He cares for us, for our eternal immortal soul.  He loves us and we should love Him too. But there are times when we don’t. There is this thing called sin.  Brought into this world by Lucifer, God’s favored one, to disrupt our relationship with God. It eats away at our soul because it enacts us to turn away from God and thus, destroys our faith in what Is.

When our faith becomes diminished or non-existent we become uneasy, we are depressed or find ourselves in a state of despair. We will be stuck in this despair, depression…whatever you want to call it, until we are able to break the bonds of sin. When we turn to God and ask of His mercy in the Sacraments we open up the pathway to God’s overflowing abundances of Grace. The Grace of Faith, the Grace of relationship, the bonds and unity with God. We have the ability to believe, to have faith, in the unknown, the mysterious everlasting God. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

To whom much is given...

Lk. 12:48b
"Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more."


These words echo eerily similar to the scene in Spike Lee's " Spiderman". Uncle Ben is talking to Peter Parker about Peter's bew found abilities, "with great power comes great responsibility." it is my belief that we as Christians have a great power, with which comes a great responsibility! In our baptism we are freed from the bonds of Original Sin. Most of us being babies when we are baptized have God parents who act as a proxy for us in making promises. What promises you ask?:

V. Do you reject Satan?
R. I do.
V. And all his works?
R. I do.
V. And all his empty promises?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
R. I do.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
R. I do.

V. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.

R. Amen.

Those are some pretty heavy promises that we must keep! But with those promises we have a plan, a plan to follow Christ and to get to heaven. Now I think it would be very unfair to the world for us not to share this wonderful gift, we must share it; in fact we have been ordered to do so!:

Matthew 28: 18-20
"then Jesus approached them and said to them, 'All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirt, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.'"


If we take this command seriously and go out and make true disciples of all nations think of the consequences of these actions! Peace, love, hope! All wonderful things. If we just sit around and are lukewarm in our faith and do nothing with it, we squander not only the likelihood of ourself not being  with our Father in heaven, but we potentially risk others salvation too. Others who would have seen a great witness in us, had we been faithful disciples of the Lord.

Do you reject Satan and all his empty promises? I do.
Go out then and make disciples of all nations!

God is Good!