Newsletter for Sunday 3 February 2019

1 Feb

Walking in the Truth of Christ

“This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.” The Jews in the synagogue were amazed when Our Lord spoke these words. He had just quoted from the Prophet Isaiah and was essentially claiming He was the long-awaited Messiah. They weren’t too pleased at this, especially when He went on to imply that the Israelites (God’s chosen people) were so wicked that God would bring His blessings to the Gentiles instead of to them. At this, they became very angry and tried to throw Him off the cliff, but He merely slipped through the crowd and went on His way, because His hour had not yet come. No one laid a finger on Our Lord until He permitted it.

This happens frequently in the Gospels: Our Lord’s teaching challenges them – they become angry and then seek to kill Him. This can sometimes play out even in our own lives. I often have to ask myself, “Do I want JESUS on my own terms or on His?” We can sometimes accept His teaching up to a point, but then we draw the line with a “No!” People can even become angry over the Church’s claims and Her moral teachings or reject Her call to confess our sins. We can sometimes think, “Who is the Church to tell me how to run my life?” When we feel like this, we might ask ourselves, “Who am I to question God and to ignore the teaching of the Church to which He has given authority to preach and teach in His Name?” The authentic teaching of the Church is the voice of God and it is dangerous for us to shut our ears to that voice. It is easy to think that because the world approves of certain behaviours, it is OK for us to indulge in them. Deep down we know this is not the case, because we have only one Master – and that is JESUS. Obey JESUS and keep His commandments and you will be happy. It brings great peace of soul knowing we are doing God’s Will and being pleasing to Him. St Paul tells us, “the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1: 25). God loves us and always knows what is best for us.

Mary, Our Lord’s Mother never lost sight of God during her earthly life. Ask her to guide you and to keep you on the right path. Ask her to help you see things as God sees them, thus helping you to draw ever closer to Him and become a saint.

Fr Paul Gillham, IC

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