Andrew the apostle was a brother of Peter. His occupation was that of a fisherman. He came from a town on the north east side of the sea of Galilee called Bethsaida. There are two accounts of his calling by Jesus. In Mark and Matthew he is called with his brother Peter while they were fishing near their seaport home.
Advent begins on this Sunday. This means that we are at the end of the Church's year. So the readings of these days center on the end of the world. The selection from the Book of Revelation and the 21st chapter of the gospel of Luke - read like our daily newspapers or TV newscasts.
In today’s gospel Jesus pulls no punches and portrays in graphic terms times of struggle, death and destruction that we must be prepared to face. “You will be hated by all because of my name,” (Luke 21: 17)
We’ve got some pretty tough passages today. Tomes have been written about the images and symbols in St John’s Book of Revelation. What can be said in a couple of minutes about this vision of swinging sickles and God’s fury? One thing is that it’s beyond us, too complicated.
Truthful giving starts in the heart, and that¹s not just talking about money. There are times in life when we think that we are giving enough of our time or money to God. But what we need to realize is that we are called to live for God. Our money, is his money. Our time, is a gift from him, so that we can enrich his kingdom by loving others.
When things are not going well in our lives, we look to a leader to rescue us from chaos: the war, the suicides, the terror, the murders, the abortions. Then there are our personal struggles with depression and failure of relationships.
The book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, tells the story of the battle of the forces of good against the forces of evil. At the time of its writing continual tragedies were happening to the people living in Israel. Some 200 years previously, the Romans had conquered the Greeks who had conquered the Holy land. The Jew had revolted and overcame the occupying Roman army.
"It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves." (Luke 19: 46)
Friends, may God bless you on this glorious day as we gather together to give thanks to our Lord for his endless and abundant grace. Today I wanted to take a moment to share with you an insight I recently learned in a wonderful book called one thousand gifts.
You¹re valuable to God. In every one of us, God has placed a special gift or ability. Even more important is understanding that somewhere, someone could use the advice or perspective that you have to save their life, to provide a new perspective on a nagging issue, or to simply have a better day
Father, You know the heart, help us to make sure we truly are listening for Your voice, and that our faith remains true and genuine. Help us to listen for You knocking, that You may come and dine with us.
“Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18: 8)
As Christians our recalling of the shortness of time also includes our faith in the return of Jesus, his second coming. To be honest. I don't think that we Catholics put much importance on the second coming of Jesus.
When we ask from our Lord Jesus Christ, we should do so with mercy and not from merit. We are all sinners, yet many people are blind to that fact.
Every single day that we wake up and open our eyes is a gift from God. Too often we take the blessing of simply being alive for granted. In truth, we are only alive and we are only given time on this planet thanks to the loving grace of God.
What does it mean to have ‘Eyes of Faith?’ Take this question and tie it to the faith journey. Not faith alone but rather the journey of spirituality. Many people forget that one’s faith journey can be both strong and weak.
Today’s passage from the gospel is the story of the ten lepers that Jesus heals, and how only one of them returns to thank Him. When we hear this story, we think, how ungrateful they were…after all He did for them.
I simply want you to think about ‘rights.’ What are they? Who receives them? What, in end, does it mean to declare and assert your rights?
"When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these."
Our world is going through some very difficult financial times. Many people are not able to find work. This lack of income has thrown people out of their homes and forced them to beg for food and clothing.
"We justify ourselves in the eyes of each other, but God Knows our heart" I take that to mean that no matter what I tell people, more specifically no matter how good I am at trying to convince people of what I think is right, God know my thoughts, motives and ideas.
Father, help us to remember that we are your temple, and that you abide in us. Help us to recognize how important we are to you, and because of that, take care to build each other up in our faith in Christ.
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?”
What does the final blue print of your life look like? What goals and dreams are you striving to reach for everyday? With the Olympics already well behind us, we¹ve been reminded of the tireless sacrifice athletes around the globe endure to reach their dreams.
You and I need to be encouraged to believe because we are weak. With this said, I ask that you please begin to allow yourselves to be encouraged. Now, I know that I am a delicate and feeble human when I forget to remind myself, daily, of the truth of Christ.