Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Matthew 7:15-16

Being Catholic, I've heard some pretty horrendous things about the Church. Now I mean the entire Church not the miserable members of the Church that harm children. One specific thing I've heard is that if you sell the Vatican, you can end world hunger. This statement drives me a little crazy, especially when it comes from Televangelists or anyone that follows Protestant Personalities rather than religion. Here's why: no group of people in the history of the planet earth have fed, clothed, housed, and educated more people than the Catholic Church. Here's the real kicker, YOU CAN GO TO THE VATICAN. Yeah, St. Peter's is a tourist destination. Can you walk around Joyce Mayer, Joel Osteen, or Creflo Dollar's house? No. Besides, you probably wouldn't want to since they don't have all 2,000 years of Christian history. Do you know why? Because only the Catholic Church has been around for 2,000 years. It's the only church Christ himself started. We follow Jesus, not pastors or talking heads on a TV. It's a ridiculous suggestion that obviously annoys me. The fruits of the Catholic Church speak for themselves.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Matthew 7:13

Join me on a quick mental adventure. Imagine a wall, a stone wall. A big one like in medieval castles. Virtually impregnable. Now imagine a man set aflame with the Holy Spirit and has the strength of God running straight into that wall, creating a hole in his shape. That's what I like to think of the gates of Heaven being like. An impregnable wall, tall and thick. Then our beautiful savior comes and opens one small section of it, in his shape. That's the narrow gate and the only way to get through is to take on his shape. You can't fit a square block in a circle hole and you can't fit an unrepentant sinner through a Christ shaped hole. Christ asks much of us: denying ourselves, taking up our crosses EVERY DAY, and following him. The way of the world is so much easier: evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, and folly. (We can tell that gate is wider because the list is so much longer.) We often fall into despair over all the things God has asked us to do because they seem impossible. Well the reality is, they are impossible...without God. Remember, through God's grace and the gift of baptism we do not posses a spirit of weakness or despair, rather a spirit of strength and hope. We can do all things with Christ, including follow him through the narrow gate.

Summer 4

Summer 4