Stand up For Jesus - Change the Word of God to suit todays standards?
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Let us pray
O Jesus I Surrender myself to You, You take over. Amen
We make no apology for stating it is time to -
Stand up for Jesus.
The time has come for the Catholic Church to stop pussy footing around to be 'all things to all people'. We must uphold the truth. The truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
It is time for all of us to to stand up for Jesus
Can we change the Word of God to suit the World of today?
I had a discussion with a priest the other day about the need for the Church to change with the times and be more open more inclusive. He felt Pope Francis was the ideal Pope to lead this given his background and work with the poor. Society he said was changed and we as a Church must be more inclusive in so far as God did not want to exclude anybody and loved all. So far so good no difference between us. However when we began to look at various aspects of inclusivity our differences began to emerge. I put it to him that whether we liked it or not God laid the ground rules via the Ten Commandments and the preachings of Jesus and the Disciples led by the Holy Spirit and personified by the Word of God. Yes we agreed Christ came to save all mankind but indicated that not all will be saved. For us to follow Christ we have to love our neighbours our enemies those who may despise us. That is what he instructed and expects of us. But when I said what we cannot change is the Word of God, the Bible. He said to me that not all people given the nature of society today can live life to that standard and we cannot ignore this. We need to include them and find ways to include them. Everybody he said has rights. Yes I agreed but Jesus laid the standards down during His life and this lead us to discussions on various aspects of the life of Jesus including John Chapter 6 when Jesus told His followers that unlike the bread given to their ancestors the bread that he will give will bring life eternal. He said 'I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. Many of His followers could not accept what he was saying and left Him. He could have watered down what He said or told them they misunderstood. He did not. He turned to Peter and asked him if if he was leaving too. Peter said to Him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” We reflected also on the woman taken in adultery and in forgiving her He said "Woman neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more". So following a wide discussion we agreed that we have a responsibility to bring the message of God in a loving and caring way to all irrespective of their background. But ultimately it is the responsibility of each and everyone of us to decide to follow the word of God and live by it. Yes by our very human nature we will fall by the way from time to time. We have the sacraments and the wonderful sacrament of reconciliation. All he asks is that we have a firm purpose of amendment not to sin again. He will provide us with whatever help we need if we truly seek Him and do His will. So when we finished we were pretty much in agreement that we must do whatever we can to make the Church open and inclusive
but that inclusivity must be based on the Word of Our God.
Today we celebrate
The Holy Guardian Angels
The doctrine that every individual soul has a guardian angel has never been defined by the Church and so is not an article of faith, but is the “mind of the Church”, as expressed particularly by St Jerome and St Basil. it is present in both the Old and New Testaments.
Let us use this feast to remind ourselves that each of us has an angel of our very own looking after us; and also to pray to God for our own Guardian Angel. What a bore and a burden to them some of us are. May we one day be a cause of rejoicing for them also.
in your all-wise providence
you send angels to guard and protect us.
Surround us with their watchful care on earth,
and give us the joy of their company for ever in heaven. Amen
The Word of God
Matthew 18:1-5,10 - Anyone who welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me
The disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
‘Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. See that you never despise any of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven are continually in the presence of my Father in heaven.’
MORNING PRAYER Good Morning God! You are ushering in another day, untouched and freshly new. So here I am to ask you, God, if You'll renew me too.
St. Faustina Kowalska,
“Suffering is the greatest treasure on earth; it purifies the soul. In suffering, we learn who our true friend is.”
The Word of The Lord - From the Old Testament
Exodus 23:20-23 - I myself will send an angel before you
The Lord says this: ‘I myself will send an angel before you to guard you as you go and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Give him reverence and listen to all that he says. Offer him no defiance; he would not pardon such a fault, for my name is in him. If you listen carefully to his voice and do all that I say, I shall be enemy to your enemies, foe to your foes. My angel will go before you.’
May the Lord bless us,
and keep us from all evil,
and bring us to everlasting life.
Always remember - Jesus loves you.
Catholic Doctrine, New Testament, Catechism - catholictruth.online
Catechism taken from Catholic Catechism - catechismonline.com