May 11, 2019
Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. Jn_6:60-69
The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace. She was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord, and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit she grew in numbers. Acts_9:31-42
This period, that Luke describes in the Acts of the Apostles, may have been the only time in ALL of history that the Church was “at peace.” It certainly is not now and it was not even at peace in the time of Jesus, where John describes all of the challenges Jesus faced, not only by the religious leaders, but even by those who were following him.
It just prompts us to ask of ourselves, where do I stand in my peace with the Church. Do I believe in some and not believe in other aspects of her dogma and traditions? Am I struggling with the issues of clergy abuse, clericalism, secrecy, or the whole huge topic of sexuality (not only in the Church but in the world as well)?
Maybe it’s time to go back to the Truth of the Scriptures and the Catechism and then back to our own strong faith in Jesus. Yes, the Church is composed of men and women who are not infallible. But Jesus IS! So keep your faith and actions in Him and His teachings and He will see us through to His peace with the help of the Holy Spirit. And all those other trivialities will fade into nothingness when we attain to His Kingdom both, in our hearts now and in our eternal residence in His Kingdom to come!
The Peace of Christ be with you always, beloved!
It IS the peace of LOVE!
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