I was teaching a First Reconciliation class last Tuesday, and a kid had asked a really good question. (Sadly, I have forgotten the question but remember the answer) I think it was something how they were confused how God, was our God, but yet he came and lived on earth. So to explain that I went into explaining-simply- how God showed himself has human, and divine. Then the kid asked, " What does divinity mean?" I replied, "It means holy" He asked, " What does holy mean? and I froze and stumbled upon my self. I had no answer.
Based on this weekends Gospel, you may be wondering a question or two... like, " Why would Jesus, Our God, choose people like fisherman to be his disciples?
Out of all people why did Jesus chose some poor, fisherman? Wouldn't it have been SO much better to get some educated people? Some good speakers, some senators, and maybe even people who study the law? Wouldn't that sound like a good dream team to you? Well, maybe to us, but their is one big problem.... They all had to much pride.
If Jesus had picked people that knew the law, greatly educated people, and senators, then they themselves, could simply say, " He chose me, because of my great profession!" and that, today, would say that we need to be rich, and have a great job to follow Christ. But that's not who he came for. He came for the poor. Poor in spirit and physically. Now, not getting into another planned post, he chose those strong in spirit and low on earth.
In the Words of St Paul (1 Cor 1: 26-31)
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Since Jesus chose to have the least educated, fisherman- who had nothing to brag about- could only take pride in one thing... Christ.
Certainly without a doubt these fisherman, learned a deeper, and religious aspect, of life, and eternity than any of educated people would have. The educated, would spend all their life trying to get over their pride! Whereas, the fisherman, would grow in Faith, and become a TRUE disciple.
Certainly these, the ones who made up the Dream Team, Certainly became Holy. As was sung by the angels in Today's first reading, " Holy, Holy, Holy is the lord Almighty;the whole earth is full of his glory." Holy Is the Lord Almighty! God is Holy!
No websites, have gave me a direct answer of, " What is holy?" and well the best I came up with was from Dictionary.Com saying, " Dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church or religion" This is my answer to the question what is holy?
Holy is the Lord Almighty! He is our God, and he chose his Dream team, with the help of his heavenly Father. And with this he chose the poor of poor, and the cheaters of cheaters ( tax collectors)
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