Posts tagged Jesus
Posts tagged Jesus
“Judas could have left as many disciples did,” the pontiff explained. “Indeed, he should have left had he been honest. Instead, he stayed with Jesus, not out faith, nor out of love, but with the secret desire of taking revenge against the Master.”
Solid insight into the the mind of one of the most intriguing gospel characters. What makes a man turn on something for which he had previously sacrificed all? Our pope says that it was the desire for a political savior, a savior who would conquer the world, satisfy all material desires, and place the Chosen people at their rightful place atop the world. A strong message for those of us today who consider leaving the Church because she has not “helped the poor enough”, or because of the failings of her leaders and faithful. Jesus did not promise material salvation, but only Himself, bleeding and broken for our souls.
A common Protestant objection to the Real Presence is that it is “not necessary”.
I fail to see how the necessity of a thing relates to its reality. It seems to me that if someone loves God, then they will not ask if His gifts are “necessary”. I fail to understand how the Protestant mind sees the Eucharist and wants it to be a symbol. If Jesus physically appeared to you, would you not be joyful? I suppose this is simply my Catholic bias talking, but I would think that a Protestant would want nothing more than Christ to be physically present in the Eucharist, and would be sorely disappointed if after much prayer, soul searching, and study concluded that He wasn’t.
Wherein Troy gets tossed around by a giant, gets scared again, gets spiritually schooled by an agnostic, and is somehow okay with all of this.
Wherein Troy travels to the land of the inbred, gets annoyed by charismatic Catholicism, and is reminded of how silly he is.
Actions are not people. Good Lord, I hope I’m a bit more than my actions.
Sure, Our Lord said “Judge not, lest ye yourself be judged…how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a mote is in your own eye?”(Matt. 7:1-4).
There is some truth to this guy’s sign. Jesus did hang out with all manner of unsavory folk. But you know what His common theme was when He spoke to the sinners? It was always, “Go, and sin no more.”
There is nothing wrong with judging actions, provided it is done with charitable intent. It’s judging people (“God Hates Fags” comes to mind) that is wrong. Check out what Paul has to say: “Do not keep company with anyone who is named a brother who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner.” (1 Cor. 5:11). He seems to think that we have a responsibility to shun people who do evil, both for our own safety and to hopefully show them that what they are doing is wrong (my interpretation of the verse…and I’m no scholar).
Now, I’ll admit that my action that prompted this question, though I was judging an action rather than a person, was not done with charitable intent. I was a bit ticked off because of a common misconception/misrepresentation of what I believe, and instead of answering it thoughtfully as I should have, I launched a sarcastic tirade, which was more fun. Mea culpa, I am sorry.
Hail and thunder knock my heart cold from the sky
Mary seems so far away.
full of deceit and empty of
grace, I go to the place
blessed by those whose lives are pure
art, like a Caravaggio, like a pieta.
amongst us, we broken
women and men. why hath thou
is the fruit of our sins so sweet?
of thy desires I know nothing.
womb to tomb we are nothing but cells and dirt!
Holy - words like butterflies from the sky
Mary, I have no other hope. what is the
Mother of our depravity?
God. I cover my face. I try and fail to
pray. I am the damned and
for us damned there is no rest,
sinners until the earth rises in wrath.
now and then I am reminded that
at the hour of judgement,
of our glory, the last enemy destroyed is
Follow Jesus. I guarantee that is the best way anyone could rebel against the world we live in.
Darn straight. Jesus isn’t cutesy and cuddly like He’s often made out to be. He’s a revolutionary of the purest sort-the kind that leads an uprising against human nature and society itself so that the rest of us can transcend our mortal failings.
“All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
Could LOTR have a Marian message? http://consecration.com/default.aspx?id=45
Can not help myself!