From Today’s Readings:
Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time.
Alleluia 2 TM 1:10
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus Christ has destroyed death. This fact changes everything. Without that, religion has no power. This is a very succinct summation of the Gospels.
Redemption from sin and the call to holiness of life are not won by personal deeds but are freely and graciously bestowed according to God’s eternal plan.
“It may appear to be something of a riddle. The stamp left on us by the popular culture is a mixed experience. We are drawn to the this-worldly in all its allurements. We are made to think that all that is popular is also good precisely because it is American and free and affordable or legal. We know we can be deceived as well as our children and grandchildren can be deceived. So, we come to church for direction to put all things in proper perspective so that the road-map to the kingdom can remain for us clear and uncluttered. It is a wise man who can sort out the goodness of the world from the evil the world generates.” ~ Bishop Joseph Perry
God bless your day.
Frank’s Photo of the Week
There are several ways to believe. We can believe in ourselves or someone else. We can believe in a certain way to do something. We can also believe In what others tell us.
The important thing for me is when I believe that it’s my own thinking, and not what another person wants me to beleive. Sometimes, when I do this I can feel all alone.
So, there needs to be, I have found, a source for your convictions. A measuring stick if you will. That source for me is Jesus Christ — not because we live in a Christan nation or that the majority still believes in Christianity.
Rather because the words and actions of Jesus are proven, and have impacted my life to the point of that is what I beleive. Jesus also brings us to a form of independence. …
Those who live contrary to the designs and plans of God are courting destruction and Death — not simply the death of the body, but the death of the soul.
Living in a way contrary to the purposes of our human nature made in the image of God inevitably leads to suffering and mourning. The lies we tell ourselves, and those we accept from our culture, lead to ever more complex justifications which inevitably damage our spiritual health, sending us into spirals of sin which further blind us.
Such justification with out repentance ultimately leads to destruction. It is only by loving God’s truth more than human praise that we can come to true repentance, which frees us to live in accord with God’s purposes revealed to us in Jesus Christ, the perfect image of God.
Thanks for Reading.
Make it a great week. See you back here again next Monday.
Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director
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