Bible, Romans #16

Chapter eleven challenges both Jews and Gentiles. God will graft into His fold whomever He chooses, according to the faith they live. Neither should be “haughty” (v20) over the other because they have been chosen by God. They can lose it on account of losing their faith. We too should be careful about being prideful of our faith. Sometimes we can think ourselves better than the other and assume our salvation. Continue reading “Bible, Romans #16”

Bible: Romans #11

In Chapter Six, Paul poses the dilemma of sin and its effects, and living righteously and its effects. Right before this chapter, Paul says that grace abounds all the more when sin is present. He knows some people might want to take the easy way out and say, “then it is ok to sin, because grace just keeps coming and makes my bad actions null and void. I can do anything I want.” Not. Paul refutes this thought by stating, “What then shall we say? Shall we persist in sin that grace may bound all the more? Of course not!” (v1). When we follow Jesus, sin itself should be dead in our hearts and, therefore, should not even be a desire. This happens when we consider sin as dead. It has no life and brings no life. It takes a certain dying to self, because some of our sins we like too much. We all have our attachments to things or actions we take. Continue reading “Bible: Romans #11”

Bible: Acts of the Apostles #18

Paul makes his case in Jerusalem in the beginning of Chapter 22. He starts out by getting their attention. He is not getting attention just to glorify himself; his whole drive is to spread the good news about Jesus. He knows he needs to gain credibility for them to come to know Jesus, so he speaks in Hebrew (v2). My guess would be that he does not have a bad accent. Even when Peter speaks, the others comment on his accent right before he denies Jesus (Mt 26:73). My bet is that since Paul grew up in Jerusalem (v3), he was able speak well. He also drops the name Gamaliel. Gamaliel was a renowned teacher and was highly respected by most Jews at the time.   Continue reading “Bible: Acts of the Apostles #18”

Why the Catholic Bible

Jesus said that the truth will set you free. Jesus gave us the magisterium to ensure that the truth would be preserved so that we can take advantage of this promise. The truth then can prove to be the wisdom of God and everything noble. We have the fullness of the truth in the Catholic Church. Rejoice!

Christmas Homilies

Today is a very special person’s birthday; Jesus our Lord! God has walked among us. He became one of us! He comes to save us in the form of a little baby. This baby can change your life!He really is in your life giving you grace if you recognize Him. But He wants change your life. He wants you to experience His love in a new way, in a way that can make you the person you want to be!

4pm Mass in St Mary Church

8am Mass in St Mary Church

10:30am Mass in St Joseph Church