Walking With The Father: July 2019

July 28, 2019

I still have many things to say to you (John 16 12-15)

  • Jesus said, "I have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now." He knows that the Apostles won't fully understand Him now, and so in today's reading we are preparing for the descending of the Truth who will teach the Apostles. The image is similar to young parents who have been waiting for their young child about to arrive. At that moment the only communication is baby talk, even though we are bursting with joy to share with them everything that we want to tell them. Jesus also has that same feeling for us, his children. Father Matthew also has so much that he wants to share with us regarding the spreading the Gospel to others. It takes time, and there are bumps along the journey, and people may wonder why we are doing this, but we need to support one another if we are to experience the goodness that God has in store for us. The Alpha program is a support system to bring forward an encounter with Jesus Christ.

July 21, 2019

Two-edged sword (John 14 1-6)

  • The is one of the most popular funeral readings ever heard. It can give tremendous comfort, but the Word of God is known as a two-edged sword because it cuts to the heart with deep, profound, and tremendous inspiration. The inspiration of the Word of God causes us to change, and leads us to perfection, leaving us transformed. It is comforting for us to know that the Lord has created a dwelling place for us, but Jesus tells us that no one comes to the Father except through Him. This is what causes us to react, and to change, so that we can follow the Lord, who is the Way the Truth, and the Life.

July 14, 2019

Go and do likewise (Luke 10 25-37)

  • Jesus tells us that we must act like the Good Samaritan. We must know and live out our faith. We need to be reminded of this lesson over and over in our lives. We are to move away from being comfortable, and to be doers of the Word, taking action. Knowing is not enough, and the real challenge is to "go and do it". It's not just about information and rules and guidelines. It is about how we should act every day. "Do I act when I see someone in need?". "Do I ignore the person's plea for help?". Like the priest and the Levite, although considered to be good people, they make a critical mistake by not acting to help the person in need. Their knowledge was disconnected from their behaviours. How often are we like the priest and the Levite? They failed through the sin of omission because they did nothing. The Good Samaritan turns out to be the real hero. Jesus reminds us that everyone is our neighbour to love and to care for, even if we don't get along with each other.

July 7, 2019

Overwhelmed and amazed (Luke 10)

  • The disciples have returned home, and they were overwhelmed with joy, boasting about the power of the Holy Spirit, and the power they now had. Jesus warns them; however, not to boast, and not to be too prideful about this. We need to be reminded that we have also have power. God wants to do great things through all of us, but we need to make time, and allow Him to do so. We are called to be Christ to others. St. Isidore's welcomed 125 newly registered parishoners in the last 11 months, which is something to celebrate. Let us be filled with hope and joy, overwhelmed with what God has done for us over the past year. We thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon all of us.