domingo, 2 de julho de 2017
"You Are The Christ, The Son Of God Live" 2(Mt.16,13-20)
Antoni BigCuore *
Gospel of Sunday, 07/03/2016 - (Mt. 16: 13-20)
The Gospel of Sunday next Sunday, according to the Catholic Christian liturgy, is foreseen in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 16, verses 13 to 20.
In Caesarea Philippi, the Master Jesus asks his disciples, "Who do men say to be the Son of Man?" They said, "Some say it's John the Baptist, others say Elijah, others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
Then he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter, answering, said: "YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD LIVE" (emphasis mine). Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood have not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. I also tell you that YOU ARE PETER, and on this rock I will build MY CHURCH, and the gates of hell will never prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in the heavens, and what you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven "
A.BIGCUORE´S REFLECTION: From the text of the evangelist, it is very clear which church is founded by Jesus Christ: the one whose head began with Peter !!!
On this rock I will build MY CHURCH, says the Master Jesus, that is, the ONLY church. The definite article "A" makes that clear !.
We are not here interested in creating controversy or discussing religion, only to clarify that the ONLY biblically-continuing church of the apostles is CHRISTIAN CATHOLIC. This, however, does not invalidate the other Christian denominations. Most important of all, it is to be DISCIPLES OF JESUS!
That is, PRACTICE all that He taught through His words in the holy Gospels.
Our CAPACITY TO LOVE is what will save us! That is nothing more than being baptized and having faith in Jesus and, of course, day by day, having attitudes, concrete gestures of love for our neighbor. (Eg a friendly word said at the right time, a hug, a kiss, demonstration of solidarity, especially in the hour of pain, charity, etc.)
Through the text, it is clear that as Jesus was passing a Procuratorate to Peter to take care of his flock, when He ascended to heaven, with the later coming of the Divine Holy Spirit, who guides the church to this day.
The Catholic Church, as the mystical body of Christ, is perfect, holy and impeccable! The hierarchical church is composed of men; And men are flawed. Look at what happened to Pope Benedict XVI, he resigned because he felt that some groups of cardinals were creating great "resistance" to his pastoral and temporal administration as well. And, in view of his age already advanced, he opted courageously and humbly for the resignation, as foreseen in Article 332, paragraph 2, of the Code of Canon Law, written by himself then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in the time of Pope John Paul II.
EVERYTHING PASSES. ONLY GOD REMAINS !.
The catholic church, throughout history has undergone several crises, already had until three Popes, one in Rome, another in France, and another one in Pisa, Italy, between 1.309 and 1.377. The Papacy's residence moved from Rome to Avignon in France, for Pope Clement V was taken by the French king to reside in Avignon. In 1378 Pope Gregory XI would return to Rome where he would die. And he also had an anti-pope in Pisa, Italy.
The schism abolished the CONCILIATION OF CONSTANCE, in 1417, when the papacy was reestablished in Rome. (2)
Do you want a bigger crisis than that? And the Catholic Church has never been and will never be destroyed, for it is guided by the Holy Spirit itself; It is He who proceeds from Heavenly Father and the Son Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word. It was endorsed by Jesus himself when, in the above text, he says that "the gates of hell shall never prevail over it."
God bless all of us Christians and non-Christians for the best to happen in this world so troubled and full of violence! Peace begins in the human heart, let us not forget that!
GOD BE ETERNALLY PRAISED AND GLORIFIED, IN THE NAME OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, AMÉM!
Source: (1) - Jerusalem Bible, Paulus Publisher, pg. 1,869 / 870. (2) Wikipedia
(02) The Pauline Bible, pastoral edition, p. 688/689.
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(Original text 23 / 08.2014, modified 02.07.2017.