Skip to main content

The Essential and Fundamental Choice: Do I choose God?

     I am in an ongoing process of which courses to take. Which ones will help me more than others, and seeing what has more benefits than others. It a struggle, because if I don't take things this year, it limits to what I can take next year, and I want to leave doors open for the next while. I'm afraid, however, not taking the right things, and missing out on something that could potentially be helpful to me. Soon enough, I will have made my choice and stick with it.

     We are always surrounded by choices in life. What do I want to do in life? Where should I go today? Should I watch t.v even though I have work to do? Should I go shopping? And the list could continue. When we are surrounded by so many options and choices, we begin to separate between what I NEED and What I WANT.

     Really, there is one  essential choice we must make Do I believe in God? Do I choose God? Everything other choice is optional and a want. We must profess our Faith in Christ Jesus, and everything else will revolve around this. For in Christ we are given life.


"It is my choice to die at the hands of men
with the hope God gives of being raised up by him;
but for you, there will be no resurrection to life."

     God created us to be alive, and to have our being. He sent us to give us choices, choices of life. And most certainly he gave us free will. Imagine if all your life, you were forced to ride a bike everywhere whereas you wanted to drive a car. But you are forced to ride a bike-no options. God isn't that kind of God. He is the God to give us life, to give us options. And so God sent us to test our faith in him, how loyal are we. And if we, his children, prove worth then we shall live with him forever.

     This weekends Gospel  includes a woman who married a man with six other brothers. The Sadducees, whom have no perception on the recent idea of Resurrection , try to trick Jesus. But rather, they really just insult them selves, because Sadducees have a lot of money and a high rank. They prove that they A) have a lack in knowledge and B) Know nothing of God. We are just in saying this because of Jesus response. He first, to sum up, tells them that after death we no longer have the need for marriage because we are all realted-we are all Gods children in his home.


      The Sadducees, do not follow oral traditions but rather they prefer written preserved tradition. They also, do not believe in the existence of Angels, and the have no concept of resurrection because there is no say of either in the Torah. They had believed that, when a person dies, thats it, nothing more happens.  But Jesus responds to them the words of the written Torah to prove them wrong. He shares with them that God is the God of the Living and not of the dead. That to God everyone is alive.

      As Catholics, Christians, and people of earth, we are given one essential and fundamental choice to have Faith in God. God has granted us the freedom of choosing, to test us. And if we pass this test we will be given great heavenly rewards: Life! Ask your self today, Do I truly believe in God? Do I choose God as the center of my life? Do I make choices that show my Faith in God?




Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Feed My Sheep

During this Easter season we are given the opportunity to listen and reflect on the word of God from the Gospel of John. For the third and final time this weekend, we will hear a post-resurrection appearance of Christ to his apostles. It is through these appearances that Christ proves his resurrection, dispels the darkness of doubt in his apostle’s mind, and commissions them to make known the love and joy of these events to the world.

The Gospel this weekend tells us that after the death and resurrection of Christ, the disciples have returned to fishing, as they once did before they followed Christ. These skilled fishermen do not catch anything all night, until a man comes on the shore of the beach and tells them to cast their net on the right side of the boat, and they catch an abundance of fish, that the net should have broke, but it did not. After they caught these fish, the apostles realized that it was the Lord, who has now called them a second time from their job of fishing to …

Forgive... Not Seven times but Seventy Seven times

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 18:21-22 
It's very hard to forgive. Forgiveness is essential to our life here on earth. Jesus gave us the perfect example of forgiveness while he was on earth. Jesus loved us so much that he bore all our sins on the cross that goes before us. Every wrong we have done; every pain has become  A LOT LIGHTER because Jesus bore it before us.
Jesus is asked by his own, disciples, how many times should they forgive. Because they know that they have to forgive, and they know they everyone does wrong, but how much is enough? We need to draw a line right? No.
Jesus tells us that we shouldn't just forgive seven times. He told us to forgive 77 times. Or 77 X 7 times. Which is a more perfect number. Jesus told us that we must forgive has many times that someone does wrong. …

Fishers of Men

I have had the pleasure recently to start teaching again the First Penance and Eucharist at my Parish. It is always  a great time for me to know that I am laying the seeds of God in their heart and knowing that I am preparing them for a once-in-life-time event.  I love seeing the kids who are earnest to learn and who want to be there.

     In todays' Gospel, we are presented with an overview of Jesus life. Jesus does three distinctive things, that Matthew wraps up very quickly. He teaches, proclaims, and heals. These three unfold for us what we can expect from Jesus during his life time.  However, before he begins his own life and mission one thing had to happen- the Death of John the Baptist. John, we know, was the last of the Prophets and his main mission was to make sure people were finally ready for the King  to come. Jesus, therefore, couldn't start until the paths were made straight.

     Jesus mission on earth is the great light that has appeared in the darkness. In…