03-22-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 22, 2018
Jesus said to the Jews: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.”  So the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died?  Who do you make yourself out to be?”   Jn_8:51-59

When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him: “My covenant with you is this: you are to become the father of a host of nations.  No longer shall you be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a host of nations.  Gn_17:3-9

Too Good to be true?
Too True to be real?
Too Real to be acceptable?

A number of years ago, as a naive and gullible father of a driving-age daughter, I was caught by an internet, sales scam  for a car that both, cost me financially, and left me with a very bruised fatherly ego.  The website, the pictures, the legitimacy of it all, was quite convincing – but something about it was just too good to be true.  And, as I found out, too late, it wasn’t true.

When we experience incidents like that, over and over again, in all aspects of our lives, it begins to make us very skeptical of anything being True at all in life.

And so, we enter the stories of God and Abraham, of Jesus and the Jews – from the back-side, from the “skeptic’s side.”  Sure it’s easy for us to look back at the ancient Bible stories and condemn those non-believing Jews.  But how would WE have responded to that same discussion with Jesus?  How DO we respond to the honest salesman who is just trying to pay his bills and feed his family?

Too Good to be true?
Too True to be real?
Or, just too Real to be acceptable?

Here was Abram, 99-years old and childless with his wife Sarai. . . .  And the God who had directed him away from his family, and into a foreign desert, was promising, not only an expansive new home to live in, but a whole flock of ‘little Abrahams’ to fill it.  It was a Covenant promise that God had sealed with a new name for Abram, and that Abraham would seal in his own blood of circumcision, as proof of God’s Lordship over him.

Too Good to be true?
Too True to be real?
And Abraham’s response?

Abraham couldn’t even take the message standing up, falling to the ground in laughter!!

And who said that God didn’t have a sense of humor either, as He named that first-born and only son of Abraham and Sarah – Isaac, a name which means laughter!

It was Good.  It was True.  It was Real.  And, in Faith, Abraham found it quite Acceptable, all skepticism aside!

Then, when we look at the ongoing quarrel between Jesus and “the Jews” in John’s Gospel, we see a total disconnect between what Jesus was saying and what the Jews were understanding.

If we put it in today’s terms, it might be like a fifth grader having a discussion with Ph.D. on the metabolic biochemistry of respiration.  For the doctor it would be as simple as breathing, but for the child, he just couldn’t see beyond his own nose.

You see, while Jesus was taking about Eternal Life, the Jews were arguing about physical death. . . .

While Jesus was relating His Oneness with God the Father, using the most revered name for God the Jews knew, “I AM,” the Jews simply heard blasphemy.  Which is funny, because they must have missed the water to wine, the walking on water, the blind man seeing, and the multiplication of loaves, which only God could have done.

And while Jesus was describing the fulfillment of God’s Covenant with Abraham, the Jews couldn’t get past the Goodness to see the Truth, and Accept the reality of it all.

It was just too Good to be true, too True to be real, and too Real, too – right in their faces, to be acceptable.  And so they Rejected Jesus and everything He proclaimed, instead, because it was easier and safer that way.  And because the world had beaten them up so much, that they couldn’t believe anything any more.

You know, brothers and sisters in Christ, sometimes we have to, just step back and Accept on Faith, that which is so far beyond our understanding that only God can know; and maybe even Laugh about it.

You see, God has made the promise.  Now, all WE need do – is Believe and Follow the path that Jesus has laid out for us.

It’s a path that is too Good,

It’s a path that is too True,

It’s a path that is too Real, to NOT be Acceptable,
because it’s the path of Love that leads us –
to Eternal Life.

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About Joe Puglis

Hello and welcome to ColorMe4Life and Whispers to the Wind. My name is Joe Puglis and these websites encompass various aspects of my life. From the backgrounds of grocery store proprietor, to research chemist, to manager, carpet dyer and Catholic deacon you'll find a cornucopia of colors here, the Colors of Life. Most dear to my heart is my love of God, my awesome family, and you, beloved. Thank you for visiting. Please come back again. And feel free to visit the links in all pictures and hyper-linked words. These are always hand selected to go with the topic of discussion and kept as absolutely clean as possible. Also, I apologize for any links that have been removed by their owners. In time I try to replace them or update them. Hope you enjoy. May God bless YOU always, in Christ's love! Joe
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