Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Acts 15:1-6, Psalm 122:1-5, John 15:1-8


Acts 15:1-6, Psalm 122:1-5, John 15:1-8

Acts 15:1-6

My Beloved, we see in these verses that no matter how strongly we feel about some pet belief or theory we could be mistaken. What is acceptable in one context may not be so in another. The Jewish faith required circumcision according to the Mosaic Law of Moses to distinguish themselves from the rest of the nations. This changed when You came into the world. Now what distinguishes Christians from the rest of the world is Baptism. We see in the early Church how disputes which arose were resolved. They were brought to the elders in the Mother Church in Jerusalem, gathering together they prayed about it, discussed it and led by the Holy Spirit decided on the right course of action. This is how it is done to this day. "Rome has spoken the case is closed."  And so it will be until the end of the age for You guarantee that the Church cannot teach error on matters of faith and morals.

Psalm 122:1-5

My Beloved, I thank You for Holy Mother Church who receives all her children and cares for each lovingly and respectfully.
 All find their place in her despite the rich diversity of her children who come from every nation. language and race and all offer You praise, thanksgiving and worship in every tongue. Your life in her keeps her holy and safe from all the attacks and wiles of the Enemy. Within her embrace all are safe for she is built on the Rock of Peter and You are her Cornerstone.

John 15:1-8

My Beloved, You are the true Vine - many have come claiming to be what they are not, they flourished for a while and are now either long gone or will be forgotten eventually. The Father who tends the Vine will not permit parasites to cling as dead weight contributing nothing and yielding nothing, these the Father will remove from You and cast away. The branches that He permits to remain in You He will tend, clean and prune. He will do everything necessary to enable the branch to yield fruit to its potential. Many have begun well but because they were neither humble nor obedient they have inevitably broken from the Vine and withered slowly and died.

Keep us faithful Beloved. Keep us close to Your Church nourished by the Holy Eucharist and by Your Word we will receive life and grace. Through the life giving Sacraments found only in Your Church we are guaranteed happiness in this life and eternal bliss in the next.

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