Read the daily quote from Pope Francis


article 4/23/17

Dear Friends,

              Too often we do not allow God to work His wonders in our lives.  The Holy Bible was given to us as a sure path to know God and understand His will for us.  In a general way Scripture leads the Church but in a personal way the same Scripture guides our decisions and very thoughts.  If we would read the Bible more we would see how the Word of God would begin to deepen our knowledge and insight, give us counsel and guidance, comfort us and encourage us as we transform our lives.

The Book of Hebrews in the New Testament is a great place to start.  Listen to how the writer of Hebrews encourages the disciple of God and reminds us of the heaven that awaits us:

“See to it that no man falls away from the grace of God; that no bitter root springs up through which many may become defiled; that there is among you no fornicator or godless person like Esau, who sold his birthright for a meal.  You know that afterward he wanted to inherit his father’s blessing, but he was rejected because he had no opportunity to alter his choice, even though he sought the blessing with tears.

You have not drawn near to an untouchable mountain and a blazing fire, nor gloomy darkness and storm and trumpet blast, nor a voice speaking words such that those who heard begged that they be not addressed to them, for they could not bear to hear the command: ‘If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.’  Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said, ‘I am terrified and trembling.’ 

No, you have drawn near to Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to myriads of angels in festal gathering, to the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, to God the judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood which speaks more eloquently than that of Abel.’”

So the writer of Hebrews first warns the believer to not fall away from relationship with God.  The many ways that poison that relationship he calls bitter roots.  He recalls too the lesson of Esau in the 25th chapter of Genesis where foolishly he lost his inheritance. 

Then we are reminded of how God in the Old Testament spoke His Will to the people through Moses and terrible power.  Now, through benefit of Jesus Christ we draw close to the mountain where God reveals Himself with confidence and joy.  Before the death of Christ we could not approach the mountain of God.  Now through the death and resurrection of Jesus we are made righteous and our path is opened to the Kingdom.

Let this Easter time be one of joy and confidence in God.  Let us not be foolish with our inheritance but live the light and freedom of the family of God.

Fr Al