Walking With The Father: April 2019

April 27, 2019

God protects his faithful (Daniel 3 13-95)

  • This is a memorable reading about a king who makes a golden image, and who wants the people to worship it. There were; however, the three who dared not to worship the image, and so their fate was to face certain death in the fiery furnace. Everyone watched and witnessed in wonder and in awe how the three were protected by God.

April 21, 2019

The Resurrection is a game changer (Easter Homily 2019)

  • Christ Is Risen. He Is Truly Risen! Jesus' act of love for us has given us access to heaven! Pause to consider the depth of this reality, the greatest moment in history, and how important the Resurrection is in our lives. If there was no Resurrection, then Jesus gets downgraded to a simple teacher who was innocent, and who died a brutal death. If that's the case, then we might as well go home. "When we die, then toss me in the ground, that's it, it's over!". There would be no hope and no lasting joy. But there is hope. Jesus rose from the dead, and by doing that we now know that it's not over when we die. We too will be raised from the dead and have hope for eternal life. As baptised Christians, we are moved to share the news of the Resurrection with others. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

April 17, 2019

Don't throw away your Lenten gains (Matthew 26 14-26)

  • Father Matthew looked into how much the 30 pieces of silver was really worth, which tempted Judas to betray Jesus. On the low end it was worth around 2 days of wages, and on the high end it was worth 48 days of wages for a Roman centurion. Looking back at these 40 days of Lent, let's not get too prideful of what we have accomplished, and let's not be tempted to fall back into the same attachments we gave up during Lent, such as those temptations that come through the senses. We need to know what our areas of temptation are, so that we don't "let it all go" just because it will be Easter.

April 4, 2019

Saint Isidore of Seville

  • Father Matthew provides us with an interesting homily about St. Isidore of Seville, one of the most learned people of his time, and today he is known as the patron saint of the Internet and computers. His passion was to document all known knowledge of his time.

April 3, 2019

The Father and I are one (John 5 16-30)

  • Jesus heals a paralyzed man, and tells him to stand up, take up his mat, and walk. This upsets the Pharisees because Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath, which goes against the belief to rest on the Sabbath. Jesus challenges this belief, and says that God is still working, and there is a need to act today regardless of the day of the week. On top of that, the Pharisees were particularly angry with Jesus because He called God, Father. After this, Jesus goes on the offensive in a direct manner (without the use of parables). Father Matthew describes the moment in more detail, and what it means to us today.