Conference of Catholic Bishops
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America have teamed up and produced a website for parents called Faith and Safety: Technology Safety Through the Eyes of Faith (faithandsafety.org). This is an ecumenical attempt to offer reflections on our core values and faith commitments regarding the Internet. It is worth looking at.
Please remember that we have an obligation to fast from food and drink for one hour before receiving Holy Communion. There is really no need to bring food and drink into the church. If you must eat or drink, please watch the TV in the narthex while you consume your food. There is also a garbage pail in the narthex. In this way we can begin to get ready for our refurbished pews.
I have always wondered why Jesus rebukes the Apostles when Peter reveals that Jesus is “the Christ of God.” Perhaps there is a bit of jubilation that they are so closely connected to the Messiah and they feel that they are moving into high places. That might make a little more sense out of this passage.
Jesus then informs them that he, the Son of Man, must suffer rejection and be murdered. He begins to show them that what they were expecting is not at all close to reality. Further, he tells them that they too must take up their own cross daily and follow him. This implies that our daily sufferings can be related to Jesus’ own passion. Jesus also gives his disciples an insight into the value of this life that we are presently living. It is temporary and we must behave in a fashion that reveals the reality of why we are here on earth. We have choices and the choices are between thinking we are important in this life or being meek and humble of heart. Being important in this life eventually amounts to nothing and many times brings us to spiritual ruin. Being meek and humble of heart puts us on a journey toward eternal happiness and eternal life.
St. Paul reminds us that there are really no essential distinctions from one Christian in this life or the next. However, many people today interpret the phrase that “there is not male and female” as a justification of a unisex philosophy. Well, the fact is, in heaven, if we get there, we will remain the same sex that God gave us at birth. It apparently bears some significance in the next life.