Sunday, November 24, 2013
The best way to reach any goals is through Jesus-Christ. Jesus thought how to go through life apart of the world, and by so to be free of most condemnation and bless by believing in him. Never the less we are all sinners and myself I must carry my part of the world’s burden; so I criticize and I search for different solutions for our surrounding. It is so simple when we put our trust in God. Jesus said do not judge and you will not be judge. I believe that all sins can be pardoned; we must repent of our sins and pray the Holy Ghost to find our better way.
In Quebec the people are becoming more like the gentiles of the bible. Still trying to create a sociable relation with everyone where love and fraternity can flourish, where families can live in peace. Looking at the empty churches it feels like we are putting aside our belief in God as if we can really succeed without him… Really if everyone on the planet would love one another practicing true charity we could wonder what becomes of all that is invisible because we could be in Eden, still something would be missing for all those hoping in an afterlife.
It is well to create a society that is good to live in but there will always be some mishaps, there are those people like you and me that succumb to temptation and those that make a career out of it, they distort all good reasoning and abuse as much as they can may it be for luxury, cupidity, power etc. So we create laws that are of course transgressed. Man as changed very little for thousands of years and probably since its present form.
Charity may be thought but to me all resides in Jesus-Christ. With Christ we can lose our way and find it again like did the prodigal son. The churches in Québec are abandoned and I can only put the blame on our servants the preachers and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, of course it is hard to obtain recognizance from obstinate people. Like Jesus said: The first will be last; like the Jews that wouldn’t open their heart or the workers that wanted more pay than the others.
If the Pharisees in Mathew 23 where to sever with what tended to the law, our preachers did not ask enough of our laicism. Of course to err is human and I believe that in Quebec the error was to mix religion with politics. Many French speaking people are still looking for better recognition and others are just too overwhelmed with our modern situation to really care or realize the distress of so many others. I am not judging but what once caught my attention was when a well educated preacher had a brief television appearance. He had a way easy to follow and I thought how come we don’t see him more often? And I said to myself they must be studying more for themselves rather than preaching. Of course I did not know all the work he might have been doing nor how it works with television deals…
Mathew 23, 1-12 New International Version
1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteriesa wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others. 8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
If the Pharisees tie up heavy loads on other people’s shoulders, Christ is charitable with his grace. The best way is showed so we must follow it but a small well intended imitation is all ready good. Facts are that we must remember what is true.
May the grace of Jesus Christ be with you.
Monday, October 28, 2013
This is something I first wrote in the French language. It was the week of coming together for different Christian congregations. I am catholic by heritage which means that I follow into my parent’s belief. God bless their souls.
I pray for my church and others without judgment. Although I recognize that the Catholic Church has made errors throughout the ages, it is up to the lord to judge, for he only knows the hearts.
What counts is love, and how can we pretend to have love when we forget others or push them away? Love has no restriction but too often we follow this material world which is really limited.
Volunteering our time and ourselves to help others is what God loves. We all feel good when we do so; where the saying comes: There is more pleasure in giving than in receiving. Yet we lose ourselves in the face of temptation. I am as much a sinner as anyone, lacking self control and judgment, but the Lord’s word brings warmth to my heart, strengthens my spirit and shows me the way. James 4, 3 when you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. I do not believe that we must be without pleasure; on the contrary we must have a lot and be willing to share it. We may remember how John the Baptist lived; he deprived himself of everything preparing his followers for the coming of the lord. But the lord was the opposite having a lot to share. Mathew 9, 10-13 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” And Jesus changed water into wine. John 2, 11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Jesus talk of himself as being the groom, we must understand that he is the system which we must marry and that we must please. It is not a matter of depriving ourselves but more one of remembering others.
The love of God is so tender that we must not be afraid of punishment because the Lord is always near and disposed to help us; all we need to do is to recognize him. Luc 15, 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Mathew 20, 16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Whatever pleases God is what should please us. So we must be merciful and rejoice with one another proclaiming Gods word.
The bible mentions the flames of eternal hell where burns what is useless, but I believe that our sovereign really wants our redemption and best try, all is there for different characters of mankind. Some people need a strong hand to show them the way; others need comfort, encouragement or examples, some tenderness, but love and reconciliation is for everyone.
I heard a friend on the radio saying how good it is to receive the lord in our life, we must open our heart to him and let him shine is light on us, which is the enrichment of compassion and love. We must let him grow in us like a grain of mustard. Mathew 13, 31-3231 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with everyone!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
In today’s industrialized world we want to escape for a better life, not realizing that love and sharing is all that we need to do and have. A life of consumption is at hand and well publicized to reach the mass population. Democracies around the world are much alike where we find the rich, the middle class and the poor.
In Quebec a social net is well in place. So now we can say that the government will take care of the poor, putting aside our personal charity. Forgetting the meaning of charity, unions or syndicates grow in popularity where solidarity is now proclaimed. Politically from the left, the right or the center, winning votes is often a means without scruples. To me, honesty must include justice where a good life must be hopeful for all classes of people.
Governments are formed by people; there humanity may be put to test depending on their responsibilities. But charity remains an individual affair and cannot be automated by someone else. Charity cannot be a question of administration; it is a matter of conscious where each one of us must recognize oneself.
To me charity as no boundaries, it is a matter of personal love and spirituality. We live in a world of consumption and entertainment, where it is very easy to forget those that are in distress close or far away. Our conscious is so much solicited by publicity that all that seems to matter is the next best thing. We must stay alert and understand what we really need for our work or leisure time.
Entertainment can be important, like sports, arts, may it be static, energetic, creative, dreamlike or spectacular. There is a lot of talent to be shared between citizens of the modern world; but we forget our own people, those of the last rank of our society, the sick, and the lonely of different means. So many are abandoned and neglected in this fast paced world where we always look for the finer things; we even forget the existence of orphans.
How can we explain the foolishness of a world so rich that claims to be humanely concern? I remember decades ago in Quebec that we where announcing a leisure society for the future, liberty 55 was greatly publicized where 55 is the age of retirement, true for only a minority. Now retirement is push forward, 67 years old instead of 65. Retirement may be well deserved for some leisure time but there is always a possibility to help others.
The orphans are often those that we forget. We are now able to adopt babies from other countries and I do find it very admirable, but what about those around us, too old or maybe handicapped? Still a minority of people think of adopting.
The children and adults of countries or regions struck by famine count poorly when we are on a ski hill, an ice ring, or in a ball park. Restaurants are everywhere, theaters, we can wine and dine, dance and be merry. But for thousands of years, we where thought to share those riches. Is our world truly modern, what is it about our evolution?
Deuteronomy 24 (New International Version) 19 When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow. 21 When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow. 22 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with everyone!
Monday, June 24, 2013
We often go trough out life as all is due to us. Going about everything as it comes along and so be it. The young might prove to be excessive or rebellious and the adults respond can be patronizing. Engulf in this world preoccupation and speed up modernization, we may go about our religious belief like everything else as if all is due to us by just going through the motions.
Schooling is obviously a plus for everyone; but nowadays, we are looking more to philosophy for the young, it may result in some understanding of situation but I fear that it is debilitating our love and charity which defines our relation with God.
I believe that we should recognize that we are God’s creation and that we must pursue our better evolution which is to develop our spirit, our hearth with the help of the all mighty. We must put the time to develop our inside to obtain results like we did for the outside with the evolution of science.
Many scholars believe in the theory of evolution, yet accept the Big Bang theory; I find it to be ironic.
Obviously we can only teach what we know, and someone that wants to learn must inform oneself. To know God we must read the book that describes him. God is love and may be found everywhere but the bible is a direct link to God’s handout to mankind. The all mighty as universal love for mankind, a solution that heals the body and the hearth, a strength that comes from within, always a blessing, sometimes resembling the Big Bang showing love where there was none our like moving a giant rock that blocked the flowing for resurrection.
Colossians 2,8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
Christ procured grace for all times, We are for always under the watchful eyes of the father who cares for his creation that suffers and needs his help throughout his preferred son Jesus Christ.
John 12, 44-50 44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with everyone!