WELCOME TO GOD’S HOLY, CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH!
Fr. Renier and all of the parish staff would like to thank everyone for the cards, sweets, and other gifts during this Christmas season.
We appreciate your generosity and warm wishes and pray for every blessing for you all in the new year.
*** Reflection ***
Today we find ourselves in the middle of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. How appropriate, then, is our second reading from Saint Paul’s first Letter to the Corinthians, in which he calls on the people of Corinth to put an end to their divisions so that their focus might be on proclaiming the gospel. Let us pray today for unity in our own Church as well as unity among all Christians.
“SOMETHING NEW AND GOOD“
The first writer who gathered up Jesus’ actions and message summed it all up by saying that Jesus proclaimed the «Good New of God». Later on, all the Gospel writers use the same Greek term (euaggelion) and express the same conviction: in the God announced by Jesus, all peoples encounter something «new» and «good». Is there still in that Gospel something that can be read, in our mainly indifferent and unbelieving society, as new and good for the people of today? Something we can meet in the God announced by Jesus and which isn’t offered easily by science, technology or progress? How is it possible to live a faith in God in our time?
In Jesus’ Gospel we who believe meet up with a God with whom we can feel and live a life that is gift, that has its origin in the ultimate mystery of the reality that is Love. For me it’s good to not feel alone and lost in existence, nor find myself in the hands of destiny or chance. I have Someone to whom I can be thankful for my life. In Jesus we meet a God who, in spite of our stupidity, gives us energy to defend our liberty without ending up slaves of some idol: to not live always half-way or just hanging on; to go about learning new and more humane ways of working and of enjoyment, of suffering and of loving. For me it’s good to be able to count on the energy of my mustard seed faith in that God.
In Jesus’ message we meet up with a God who awakens our responsibility to not ignore everyone else. We won’t be able to do great things, but we know that we need to be a part of a life that has more dignity and more happiness for all, thinking above all in the most needy and defenseless. For me it’s good to believe in a God who frequently asks me what I am doing for my brothers and sisters. This God makes me live with more clarity and dignity. This is a God who helps us to suspect that evil, injustice and death don’t have the last word. One day everything that hasn’t happened here, that has been left half-done, our biggest dreams and our most intimate desires – all this will reach their fullness in God. For me that helps to live my life and to await my death with much confidence.
Certainly, each one of us needs to decide how she or he wants to live and how we want to die. Each one needs to listen to his/her own truth. For me it isn’t the same to believe in God as to not believe. For me it seems good to be able to go about in this world feeling myself welcomed, strengthened, forgiven and saved by the God revealed in Jesus. By José Antonio Pagola
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
“Jesus calls his the fishermen to leave everything to follow him“
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles- the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea-for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John , in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.