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Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

The name called JUDAH

Part 3 & 4

In the First part of our reflections we considered the genesis of the name Judah. While in the Second part we traced the life of the personality affixed with this name from birth till the prophesies of his father Jacob – on deathbed.

Now let us briefly recollect some of the notable persons, and circumstances bearing the name Judah, in the New Testament:

a. One of the “brothers” of our Lord Jesus is named Judah.

“And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54 and coming to his own country he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judah? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.”
(Matthew 13 v 53-58)

b. The house where St. Paul the Apostle sought refuge – after the Lord Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus – belonged to a man called Judah.

Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord [Jesus] said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judah for a man of Tarsus named Saul; for behold, he is praying, 12 and he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”
(Acts 9 v 10 – 12)

c. One of the elders selected by the Apostles (after the Council of Jerusalem) to go in delegation to Antioch, to reassure the non-Jewish Christian converts, was a man called Judah.

“Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judah called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, 23 with the following letter: “The brethren, both the apostles and the elders, to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greeting. 24 Since we have heard that some persons from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, 25 it has seemed good to us in assembly to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26 men who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 We have therefore sent Judah and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. 28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: 29 that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from unchastity. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”
(Acts 15 v 22-29)

d. The writer of one of the Letters (Epistles) in the New Testament was also called Judah.

Judah, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James,
To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:
May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.”
(Juda 1 v 1-2)

e. That the above-mentioned Judah is the same as the one described as Judah son of James is not totally clear; however, both are instances of holy service to our Lord Jesus.

f. Consequently, if so many of the faithful among the early Christians bore the name Judah, why would anyone shy away from this holy name because of one man – Judas Iscariot – who sought to besmirch this name by betraying his Lord and Master, and the ultimate Name of all – Jesus of Nazareth, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the root of David.

We must reject the example of Iscariot who would not ask for forgiveness from God and went out in despair to kill himself.

Instead we must follow the example of St. Peter – scion of the House of Judahwho wept bitterly and sought the forgiveness of God; and after God poured on him many blessings, more than his brothers.

Besides we recall the exploits of Judah Maccabeus who with his brothers stood up in heroic struggle to get rid of the evil pagans, who sought to desecrate the Temple of Jerusalem, and who sought to wipe-out the religion of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Let us mention – from other parts of the Old Testament – a few of the numerous personalities and places connected with the name Judah.

a. Caleb – of the Tribe of Judah. He was one of the spies sent by Moses to reconnoitre the land of Canaan. He together with Joshua urged the Israelites to boldly go directly into Canaan; while the other ten spies discouraged the people, on the grounds that the Canaanites were too powerful to be defeated by the Israelites. “Giants” – was how the ten other spies sensationally described the Canaanites.

b. Bezalel – A man from the Tribe of Judah, filled with the Spirit of God, who carried out the construction of the Ark of the Covenant under the supervision of Moses.

c. After the death of Joshua the people of Israel inquired of the Lord, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?” The Lord said, “Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand.”
(Judges 1 v 1-2)

d. And when a despicable act was committed in the land, by those stimulated by a poisonous desire for same-sex sex acts, it was Judah that God directed to lead the battle against those had the temerity to abridge divine law, without any trace of remorse.

“The people of Israel arose and went up to Bethel, and inquired of God, “Which of us shall go up first to battle against the Benjaminites?” And the Lord said, “Judah shall go up first.”
(Judges 20 v 18).

e. King David (a man after the Lord’s heart), of course, was of the Tribe of Judah. And all the Kings of Judah after him. Our Lord Jesus is both Son of David and the root of David; he is both of the house of David and the Lord of David.

Judah is a name chosen by God long ago. It is a name worthy to be celebrated till the end of Age.

V: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered you hostile powers
R: The Lion of the Tribe of Judah has conquered; the root of David has conquered.
V: Let your mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R: For we have our all hopes in You.
V: O Lord my God, hear my prayer.
R: And let my cry come unto You.

St. Judah Thaddeus, pray for us

The Spirit says come!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

31st October, 2014

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The name called JUDAH

Part 2

29th October, 2014

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The name called JUDAH

Part 1

In other to better understand the story of our Salvation; we need to understand what the name called Judah signifies, in the entire history of the Revelation of God.

And to understand the name – Judah – it is necessary to understand the genesis of the person called by that name. And to do this we must reflect on the story of his mother – Leah.

The story of the Matriarch Leah can be found principally in the Book of Genesis. For our purpose we will be meditating on this account while trying to connect the dots to get the full picture of what the name Judah really means.

Now who was Leah?

Leah was the first wife of the Patriarch Jacob, by subterfuge means. We recall that Jacob was on the run from his brother Esau, who was out to kill, because Jacob had used deception to obtain the birthright, of the blessing of the first-born son, from their father Isaac.

Jacob, therefore, with the help of his mother, Rebecca, sought  refuge with Laban who was a relative of his mother.

To summarize, Jacob wished to get married to Laban second daughter, Rachael, but Laban swapped the two girls and Jacob ended up with the wife he did not want, and had not bargained for.

Naturally, Jacob was furious. But Laban stood his ground; and divorce was totally out of the question; annulment was also totally out of the question, because Jacob had already consummated the marriage.

As a compromise Laban offered Rachael also to Jacob as his second wife; Jacob agreed, but in his heart he swore to teach Leah and her fraudulent father, Laban, a lesson. A chief component of this lesson was to make Leah’s  life so miserable that she and her father would ever regret the day the deceived Jacob.

This is what is written in the Sacred Scriptures:

“he [Jacob] loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years.
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.”
(Genesis 29 v 30b – 31)

Why did God make Leah fertile and not Rachael?

Clearly the circumstance of a marriage is not an excuse for the maltreatment of a spouse.

Besides, it would appear that Leah was innocent of the deception plotted by her father; she must have been a pawn in the game Laban was playing. A game devised to keep Jacob serving him for as many years as possible.

So, Jacob tricked his father, Isaac, and his brother, Esau, to obtain the birthright; and Jacob’s father-in-law, Laban, in turn tricked Jacob into marrying the woman he had no intention of marrying.

So what happened next?

Leah had one son after the other, but still Jacob’s favorite remained Rachael, even though she was childless. What frustration for Leah! Three sons, and still her husband “would not give her the time of the day”, so to speak.

The first son came. She named him Reuben, which means: “see a son” or “seen my trouble”. And she said to herself:

“Because the Lord has seen my trouble; surely now my husband will love me.”
(Genesis 29 v 32)

Please note that this is all about Leah and Jacob, and the quest of Leah that her husband should love her.

But still Jacob could not stand the sight of her. No doubt his refugee status in Laban’s house kept him in this relationship against his will.

The second son came. Leah named him Simeon, which means: “hear”. And she said to herself:

““Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also”
(Genesis 29 v 33)

Note again that this all about Leah and her desire for Jacob to love her.

But Jacob still had eyes and ears only for Rachael.

The third son came. Leah named him Levi, which means: “bound”. And she said to herself:

“Now this time my husband will be bound to me, because I have borne him three sons.”
(Genesis 29 v 34)

Note once again, the birth of these three sons is all about the longing of Leah for the love of her husband.

Clearly, Leah felt that that she since she had three sons, there was no way her husband will not be hers to hold and to cherish.

But what happened? Surprise, surprise! Jacob is still not interested.

Let us take a breather. This is now crisis point.

We know that Laban and his household, including his daughters, worshiped idols, one of which would later be stolen.

So the question is when Leah was naming the first three children did she really appreciate who the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was? Had she, at this point in time, fully abandoned the gods of her father, Laban?

We have already noted that each time she named her babies her main concern was, the love of her husband, Jacob.

But with the birth of the fourth son, something changes.

In this instance we see that she does not mention the love of Jacob that has always dwelt in her heart. Nor does she boast of her fertility. Instead her focus is on God who this time she decides to praise, not because of her sons, nor because herself, nor because of Jacob’s attitude towards her, but solely for the sake of God.

When she gave birth to Judah, this is how Leah put it:

“This time I will praise the Lord.”
(Genesis 29 v 35)

With the birth of Judah, everything changes. Now the relationship between Jacob and Leah turns for the better.

Why did things change?

Let us speculate a while. Could it not be that Leah herself completely, turned away from the worship of the idols of her father; and began to worship, with full devotion, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Was it this conversion that led to Jacob changing his attitude towards Leah, and at last accepting her as his true spouse?

How do we know that things changed between Jacob and Leah with the birth of Judah?

We know this because Rachael who hitherto had been so confident of the primacy of her relationship with Jacob, now with the birth of Judah, became desperate to have a child of her own.

Why was Rachael not desperate for a child of her own with the birth of Reuben? Why was Rachael not desperate for a child of her own with the birth of Simeon?  Why was Rachael not desperate for a child of her own with the birth of Levi? Why was Rachael unmoved with the birth of three sons?

And most importantly why did Rachael become frantic with the birth of Judah? Could it not be that the birth of Judah changed everything, in a way Rachael could never have expected would ever happen? Now we see Rachael feel the heat; with her position, as favorite, under threat.

This is what she said to Jacob:

“Give me children, or I shall die!” Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachael, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”
(Genesis 30 v 1a – 2)

For the first time we see the two love-birds in a very heated altercation.

Now that Jacob was no longer angry with Leah – perhaps he was even playing the doting Dad with baby Judah – what was Rachael’s solution?

In desperation she offers her maidservant as wife to Jacob. This is what she says:

“Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, that she may bear upon my knees, and even I may have children through her.”
(Genesis 30 v 3)

So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife; and Jacob went in to her. And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. Then Rachael said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son”; therefore she called his name Dan.”
(Genesis 30 v 4 -6)

O Lord our God,
may you be blessed in all your holy servants,
both great and small.
Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

27th October, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

[P.S due to technical issues the posts of 24th October 2014 - 28th October 2014 are being re-posted. Please bear with us.]
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Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

Today’s [25th October] Gospel reading is one of the intriguing passages in the New Testament. Let us look at it again:

“There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
And he answered them,
“Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners
than all the other Galileans, because they suffered thus?
I tell you, No;
but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen
upon whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them,
do you think that they were worse offenders
than all the others who dwelt in Jerusalem?
I tell you, No;
but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
(Luke 13 v 1-5)

Our Lord Jesus warns us that unless we repent, we will all perish like these two sets of people.

The question is: how did these two sets of people perish?

The answer is simple enough:

1 They perished violently
2They perished suddenly
3They perished unexpectedly

Let us take it one step at a time.

1. We see that both the good and the bad do perish violently, so surely it is not this way of death that our Lord Jesus was talking about when he said: “unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

For example, we see many Christian Martyrs (e.g. St. Stephen, St. James, St. Peter, St. Paul, etc, etc) dying through violent means. Therefore a violent death is not a distinguishing factor between those who repent and those who do not repent.

2. Also we know that both the good and the bad can and do perish suddenly, so surely it is not this way of death that our Lord Jesus was talking about when he said: “unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

In this instance, we see examples of righteous people dying suddenly. For example Prophet Zachariah who was murder between the Altar and the Sanctuary. And for example St. Thomas Beckett who was murdered in his own church at the behest of his King.

Therefore a sudden death is not a distinguishing factor between those who repent and those who do not repent.

3. Lastly let us consider the unexpected death. What does it mean to die unexpectedly?

It means to die unpreparedly. It means when confronted by Death, the person so confronted pleads with Death: “Not now, I am not yet ready to die. Please come another time. Come at a more auspicious time.”

In otherwords to die unexpectedly is to die through what the Church calls an unprovided death.  It is to succumb to a death in which the person has not made his peace with God. It is to die under the weight of many a grave sin. It is to die in one’s sins without repentance or remorse.

On the other hand, for a Christian to die expectedly is to be always prepared to die. It is to realize that we know neither the day nor time; and therefore we are always ready. It is to die a provided-for death.

To be prepared to die at anytime is to ensure, as used by the Church, that we are in a state of grace at all times; which is to have – always – a spirit of Repentance, and a spirit of Penance.

And that is why the Lord Jesus said: “unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

Unless we all have a spirit of Repentance and a spirit of Penance, we will perish like the Galileans, and like those who the Tower of Siloam fell on. Which means to die unexpectedly, unprepared, and unprovided-for.

May we all meet our deaths (whether violently or non-violently; whether suddenly or not suddenly) in friendship with our Divine Redeemer. Amen.

In this way when Death comes on that day, we can be glad, and sing with the Psalmist:

“I rejoiced when I heard them say, ‘let us go to the Lord’s House.’
And now we are here, standing inside the gates of [the New] Jerusalem!”
…….
“For the sake of my relatives and friends
I say to [the New] Jerusalem, ‘Peace be with you!’”
…….
For the sake of my family and friends
I say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Allelujah!

Finally, it has also been granted to many Prophets, Apostles and Saints, such that the moment and circumstances of their death is known to them even before the time comes. There are many examples in the Sacred Scriptures. Starting with our Lord Jesus, who prophesied three times to his disciples, about his coming crucifixion and death. Other examples include the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob), Moses, David, Peter, Paul, etc.

The Holy Mother the Church has always taught us to pray against sudden unprovided deaths. Let us follow her teaching.

O Lord our God, do not confront us with sudden death.
O Lord our God, give us time to repent.
O Lord our God, give us the spirit of Repentance.
O Lord our God, give us the spirit of Penance.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

25th October, 2014

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Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

Brethren, it is now an open secret that a sinister cabal has taken over key parts of the hierarchy of the Holy Church of God, just as it was prophesied in Sacred Scriptures (e.g. The Gospel according to St. Matthew, the Gospel according St. Mark, etc, etc.)

Even as we speak, the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Prophet Daniel is being prepared to be set-up for unashamed public display in the near future.

The details of the shenanigans and plots going on in Rome have been spelt out blow-by-blow in the Book of Revelation. In the first quarter of next year, God permitting, we shall be highlighting these things, chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse.

Meanwhile, as always let us remind ourselves, of the necessity of holding-on tightly to our dear Catholic faith, despite the contradictions that beset this purest of faiths, even in our own generation.

This is how St. Paul admonishes us:

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.”
Ephesians 4 v 1 (RSVCE)

Another translation:
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you live a life that measures up to the standard God set when he called you”
Ephesians 4 v 1 (cf GNT).
Let us listen to the Apostle of the Gentiles, and take his words to heart.

We know, and we are sure, that in the end the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph, gloriously, and behold a white horse will be seen on the clouds of heaven.

The Spirit says come!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

24th October, 2014

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Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

In the first Reading of today at Mass we hear the admonition:

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
(Exodus 22 v21)

How relevant is this verse of the Old Testament to us in the present time? Who is the stranger the Sacred Scriptures talk about?

A stranger can be defined as a person whom one does not know, or with whom one is not familiar. A stranger can also be defined as a person who is not known in, a particular place or community.

 

Who then is a stranger for Catholics? Every non-Catholic is a stranger. Especially every non-Christian is even more of a stranger than a Christian, who is not in communion with the See of St. Peter.

But the Lord Jesus tell us that just as bona-fide members of our community are our neighbors, so also are strangers equally our neighbors.

And therefore we need to pay close attention when he reiterates the summary of the whole law as revealed by God:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”
(Matthew 22 v 37-40)

Consequently our neighbors include Catholics, non-Catholics, and non-Christians. We, therefore as good neighbors, must pray for the salvation of the souls of all who are our neighbors. In this way we love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

We must never fail to constantly pray that non-Christians (who in fact are the strangers living in the midst of Christians) come to the knowledge of the Way, the Truth and the Life, so that they may receive the free redemption of the Blood of Jesus.

For this reason , brethren, we cannot mince words: nobody can be saved except by the name of the only-Begotten Son of God – Jesus the Nazarene.

And therefore as Catholics we are called to evangelize all those who are outside of the faith; we must pray for them, we must fast for them, we must do penance for them.

In particular, we must never downplay the need for all of us to penance over and over again for the sin of disunity that plagues the Christian Community.
Petition of the Week:

O Lord Jesus, grant your salvation to all the citizens of the world; so that they may come to know you for who you really are – the Word of God:

In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.”
(John 1 v 1-3)

Another petition:

O Lord Jesus, grant all Christians the unity and the peace of your Kingdom where you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

That all Christians may be one family, one neighborhood, one community. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

Psalm of the Week:

Psalm 45 – this is a psalm that prefigures the Wedding of the Lamb. A reflection on this psalm by St. Augustine of Hippo can be viewed here (especially, we urge you all to review his meditation on verse 14, 15, and 16).

“Buckle on your sword, mighty king;
you are glorious and majestic.
Ride on in majesty to victory
for the defense of truth and justice
!
Your strength will win you great victories!
Your arrows are sharp,
they pierce the hearts of your enemies;
nations fall down at your feet.
Your Kingdom O God
will last forever and ever
.
You rule over your people with justice;
you love what is right and hate what is evil.
That is why God, your God, has chosen you
and has poured out more happiness on you
than on any other king.”

COME LORD JESUS!

26th October, 2014

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Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

The name called JUDAH

Part 1

In other to better understand the story of our Salvation; we need to understand what the name called Judah signifies, in the entire history of the Revelation of God.

And to understand the name – Judah – it is necessary to understand the genesis of the person called by that name. And to do this we must reflect on the story of his mother – Leah.

The story of the Matriarch Leah can be found principally in the Book of Genesis. For our purpose we will be meditating on this account while trying to connect the dots to get the full picture of what the name Judah really means.

Now who was Leah?

Leah was the first wife of the Patriarch Jacob, by subterfuge means. We recall that Jacob was on the run from his brother Esau, who was out to kill, because Jacob had used deception to obtain the birthright, of the blessing of the first-born son, from their father Isaac.

Jacob, therefore, with the help of his mother, Rebecca, sought  refuge with Laban who was a relative of his mother.

To summarize, Jacob wished to get married to Laban second daughter, Rachael, but Laban swapped the two girls and Jacob ended up with the wife he did not want, and had not bargained for.

Naturally, Jacob was furious. But Laban stood his ground; and divorce was totally out of the question; annulment was also totally out of the question, because Jacob had already consummated the marriage.

As a compromise Laban offered Rachael also to Jacob as his second wife; Jacob agreed, but in his heart he swore to teach Leah and her fraudulent father, Laban, a lesson. A chief component of this lesson was to make Leah’s  life so miserable that she and her father would ever regret the day the deceived Jacob.

This is what is written in the Sacred Scriptures:

“he [Jacob] loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years.
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.”
(Genesis 29 v 30b – 31)

Why did God make Leah fertile and not Rachael?

Clearly the circumstance of a marriage is not an excuse for the maltreatment of a spouse.

Besides, it would appear that Leah was innocent of the deception plotted by her father; she must have been a pawn in the game Laban was playing. A game devised to keep Jacob serving him for as many years as possible.

So, Jacob tricked his father, Isaac, and his brother, Esau, to obtain the birthright; and Jacob’s father-in-law, Laban, in turn tricked Jacob into marrying the woman he had no intention of marrying.

So what happened next?

Leah had one son after the other, but still Jacob’s favorite remained Rachael, even though she was childless. What frustration for Leah! Three sons, and still her husband “would not give her the time of the day”, so to speak.

The first son came. She named him Reuben, which means: “see a son” or “seen my trouble”. And she said to herself:

“Because the Lord has seen my trouble; surely now my husband will love me.”
(Genesis 29 v 32)

Please note that this is all about Leah and Jacob, and the quest of Leah that her husband should love her.

But still Jacob could not stand the sight of her. No doubt his refugee status in Laban’s house kept him in this relationship against his will.

The second son came. Leah named him Simeon, which means: “hear”. And she said to herself:

““Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also”
(Genesis 29 v 33)

Note again that this all about Leah and her desire for Jacob to love her.

But Jacob still had eyes and ears only for Rachael.

The third son came. Leah named him Levi, which means: “bound”. And she said to herself:

“Now this time my husband will be bound to me, because I have borne him three sons.”
(Genesis 29 v 34)

Note once again, the birth of these three sons is all about the longing of Leah for the love of her husband.

Clearly, Leah felt that that she since she had three sons, there was no way her husband will not be hers to hold and to cherish.

But what happened? Surprise, surprise! Jacob is still not interested.

Let us take a breather. This is now crisis point.

We know that Laban and his household, including his daughters, worshiped idols, one of which would later be stolen.

So the question is when Leah was naming the first three children did she really appreciate who the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was? Had she, at this point in time, fully abandoned the gods of her father, Laban?

We have already noted that each time she named her babies her main concern was, the love of her husband, Jacob.

But with the birth of the fourth son, something changes.

In this instance we see that she does not mention the love of Jacob that has always dwelt in her heart. Nor does she boast of her fertility. Instead her focus is on God who this time she decides to praise, not because of her sons, nor because herself, nor because of Jacob’s attitude towards her, but solely for the sake of God.

When she gave birth to Judah, this is how Leah put it:

“This time I will praise the Lord.”
(Genesis 29 v 35)

With the birth of Judah, everything changes. Now the relationship between Jacob and Leah turns for the better.

Why did things change?

Let us speculate a while. Could it not be that Leah herself completely, turned away from the worship of the idols of her father; and began to worship, with full devotion, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Was it this conversion that led to Jacob changing his attitude towards Leah, and at last accepting her as his true spouse?

How do we know that things changed between Jacob and Leah with the birth of Judah?

We know this because Rachael who hitherto had been so confident of the primacy of her relationship with Jacob, now with the birth of Judah, became desperate to have a child of her own.

Why was Rachael not desperate for a child of her own with the birth of Reuben? Why was Rachael not desperate for a child of her own with the birth of Simeon?  Why was Rachael not desperate for a child of her own with the birth of Levi? Why was Rachael unmoved with the birth of three sons?

And most importantly why did Rachael become frantic with the birth of Judah? Could it not be that the birth of Judah changed everything, in a way Rachael could never have expected would ever happen? Now we see Rachael feel the heat; with her position, as favorite, under threat.

This is what she said to Jacob:

“Give me children, or I shall die!” Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachael, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”
(Genesis 30 v 1a – 2)

For the first time we see the two love-birds in a very heated altercation.

Now that Jacob was no longer angry with Leah – perhaps he was even playing the doting Dad with baby Judah – what was Rachael’s solution?

In desperation she offers her maidservant as wife to Jacob. This is what she says:

“Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, that she may bear upon my knees, and even I may have children through her.”
(Genesis 30 v 3)

So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife; and Jacob went in to her. And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. Then Rachael said, “God has judged me, and has also heard my voice and given me a son”; therefore she called his name Dan.”
(Genesis 30 v 4 -6)

[...to be continued]

O Lord our God,
may you be blessed in all your holy servants,
both great and small.
Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

27th October, 2014

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Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

The Feast of St. Simon the zealot and St. Juda Thaddeus.

HAPPY FEAST DAY TO YOU, BROTHERS AND SISTERS!

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the message of the Good News.”
(Isaiah 52 v 7)

St. Simon the zealot, pray for us
St. Juda Thaddeus, pray for us

O Lord our God,
may you be blessed in all your holy servants,
both great and small, forever and ever.
Amen

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

28th October, 2014
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[P.S due to technical issues the posts of 24th October 2014 - 28th October 2014 are being re-posted. Please bear with us.]

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

The name called JUDAH

Part 2

In the first part  we reviewed the circumstances of the birth of Judah to his parents – Jacob and Leah.

Eventually twelve sons in total were born to Jacob by his wives Leah and Rachael, and his concubines Bilhah and Zilpah.

Of the twelve sons, Joseph, the first-born of Rachael, was the favorite son of Jacob. We can all recall the coat of many colors that Jacob made for Joseph – the son of his old age.

This special relationship, and the tendency for Joseph to have dreams that could only be interpreted as his older brothers bowing down before him, leads eventually to a show-down.

To summarize: the ten older brothers of Joseph were so vexed with him that they became willing to get rid of him, entirely. However, Judah was able to persuade the other brothers not to kill Joseph, but instead to sell him off as slave to a party of travelling Ishmaelites.

This is what Judah said:

“What will we gain by killing our brother and concealing his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.”
(Genesis 37 v 26b -27)

No doubt we have to praise Judah for saving the life of Joseph. Certainly without his influence over his brothers, Joseph would have been killed without much ado.

But, despite saving the life of his Joseph, the decision to sell him into slavery would haunt Judah all his life. This was a decision he eventually did many a penance for. This was a decision he spent a large portion of his life trying to make up for.

For one thing Judah underestimated the response of his father, Jacob, to the report of the supposed death of Joseph.

Jacob was cut to the heart; his favorite wife – Rachael – had died on the borders of Bethlehem Ephratha, leaving him to cater for the youngest of his sons, Benjamin. And then he hears news of the death of his favorite son, Joseph. Jacob became, virtually, inconsolable.

This is what happened when Jacob received the bad news:

“Then they took Joseph’s robe, and killed a goat, and dipped the robe in the blood; 32 and they sent the robe of many colors and brought it to their father, and said,

‘This we have found; see now whether it is your son’s robe or not.’

33 And he [Jacob] recognized it, and said,

‘It is my son’s robe; a wild beast has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.’

34 Then Jacob rent his garments, and put on sackcloth, and mourned for his son for many days. 35 All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and said, ‘No, I shall go down to the world of the Dead still mourning for my son.’ And the father wept for his son.”
(Genesis 37 v 31-35)

Judah, clearly, underestimated what the response of his father would be. He could not have imagined how inconsolable he would be.

How do we know this?

Because Judah could not withstand any more the sorrow of his father and left to live elsewhere:

“About this time Judah left his brothers and went to stay with a man named Hirah, who was from the town of Adullam.”
(Genesis 38 v 1)

Judah sought peace by leaving his father and his brothers and going to live elsewhere. But did he obtain the peace he sought for?

In the foreign land where he sojourned, Judah married a Canaanite woman who bore him three sons: Er, Onan and Shelah.

Er was very wicked, and he died for his wickedness, by the will of God, even before the bride, Judah had married for him, could bear any child.

Er’s brother, Onan, wedded his brother’s bride in a levirate marriage. But Onan was equally wicked. He had sexual relations with the bride, but practiced coitus interuptus, because he did not want to bring forth children for his dead brother. Onan too died for his wickedness, by the will of God.

The question is: Could Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods, or for that matter, artificial contraceptive methods, have saved Onan from the wrath of God?

Certainly, neither of the two methods would have made any difference, because Onan had already conceived in his heart and mind the seeds of disobedience. He had already decided to separate the sex act from its procreative intent.

And as St. Augustine tells us in the City of God (Book 14, chapter 21-24) the use of marital sex relations separate from its procreative intent is a sin, even in the context of a valid marriage.

St. Augustine summarizes: “The use of Matrimony for the mere pleasure of lust is not without sin, but because of the nuptial relation, the sin is Venial.”

To put it succinctly: Sex for the sake of Lust is sin.

Is this not the reason why every sex act that is separated from the procreative intent is cheered on by Satan and his cohorts?

Is this not the reason why pornography is cheered on by Satan and his cohorts?

Is this not the reason why masturbation is cheered on by Satan and his cohorts?

Is this not the reason why sodomy is cheered on by Satan and his cohorts?

Is this not the reason why all same-sex sexual acts are cheered on by Satan and his cohorts?

Is this not the reason why labeling oneself as “gay” is a delight to Satan and his cohorts. Because by such labeling a man binds himself to the nature of the Lust that he is subject to.

But in the case of the Biblical Onan, it was not just the separation of the sex act from its procreative intent that he practiced.

Onan, in fact, was motivated by hatred for the memory of his dead brother i.e. Er; and he was also motivated by flagrant disobedience to the express wishes of their father.

Therefore, even if Onan had practiced a Natural Family Planning (NFP) method, the wrath of God would still have fallen on him, because he had both hatred and disobedience in his heart.

Therefore:

1. As a general principle, every Christian must abhor and detest every contraceptive that has abortifacient component.

2. Every Christian should shun all non-abortifacient contraceptives except for medical reasons (e.g. barrier contraceptives in HIV/AIDS or Ebola)

3. Concerning Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods, these can be made used of, but rarely, if at all.

4. And if a Christian wishes to be perfect – “as your heavenly Father is perfect” – then the Christian would do well to adopt the slogans:

“If you want the kids, do the sex.”

“If you don’t want the kids, don’t do the sex.”

But again, that is if the Christian wishes to be perfect “as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Remember in Paradise they don’t do the sex, and they don’t marry but are like the heavenly Angels. (In the light of this, we urge you all to disregard the propaganda called the Theology of the Body.)

Accordingly, keep it simple, and “try and enter by the narrow gate.”

So much for Er, and Onan, and the use of the sex act.

Now Judah had serious problems on his hands.

The peace he was seeking was nowhere to be found. Was God punishing him for separating his brother, Joseph, from the patriarch Jacob? Was that why his own sons were being separated from him one after the other?

By custom, Judah was obliged to marry his third and last son to the childless widow of his two other sons. But he could not bring himself to do it. He could not risk being separated from the only son he now had; especially considering that his own wife was now dead.

So, Judah procrastinates with one excuse or the other; with the sole intent of not marrying his only remaining son to the childless widow.

And then by a means that is difficult to understand, and explain, the childless widow – Tamar – ends up bearing twin sons, whose father was Judah himself. That story in itself – the unconventional relationship between Patriarch Judah and Matriarch Tamar – is worthy of meditation on another day and in another post.

The Sacred Scriptures tells us that after the birth of the twin sons, Perez and Zerah, their parents, i.e. Judah and Tamar, lived in chastity as brother and sister.

What an example for many in irregular family situations

This is what Judah said when he discovered that Tamar was pregnant:

“‘She is in the right, and more righteous than me. I have failed in my obligation to her – I should have given her in marriage to my son Shelah.’ But Judah never had sexual relations with her again.”
(Genesis 38 v 26)

And this is the way it is written in the genealogy of Jesus of Nazareth:

“Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah (their mother was Tamar).”
(Matthew 1 v 2-3a)

After the birth of the twins – Perez and Zerah – we don’t hear about Judah again until the time of the great famine that griped Egypt and the Levant; and the children of Jacob were forced to seek relief in Egypt, where unknown to them their brother, Joseph, was now holding court, on the behalf of Pharaoh of Egypt.

In the fulfillment of the visions of Joseph, his older brothers eventually came and bowed down to him.

Let us listen to the Sacred Scriptures:

“When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, ‘Why do you look at one another?’ And he said, ‘Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live, and not die.’ So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with his brothers, for he feared that harm might befall him. Thus the sons of Israel [Jacob] came to buy among the others who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.”
(Genesis 42 v 1-5)

When the sons of Jacob got to Egypt, Joseph recognized his brothers but pretended otherwise and put them to the test. A tough test. On getting back to Canaan the brothers narrated all what happened to their father:

 When they came to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had befallen them, saying, 30 “The man, the lord of the land, spoke roughly to us, and took us to be spies of the land. 31 But we said to him, ‘We are honest men, we are not spies; 32 we are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.’ 33 Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I shall know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me, and take grain for the famine of your households, and go your way. 34 Bring your youngest brother to me; then I shall know that you are not spies but honest men, and I will deliver to you your brother, and you shall trade in the land.’”
(Genesis 42 v 29 – 34)

For Jacob the question of his youngest son, Benjamin, going away to Egypt was off the table. He could not let the boy out of his sight. This is what Jacob said:

“I am in bereavement of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin; all this has come upon me.”
(Genesis 42 v 36b)

And so Jacob refused to let his youngest son, Benjamin, go. That was the situation, but the famine was unrelenting. Now the choice before Jacob was clear: risk Benjamin going to Egypt in order to buy grain, or keep Benjamin with him in Canaan and they all starve to death.

Rueben, the first-born son of Jacob tried, without success, to persuade Jacob to entrust the boy to him.

Eventually it was to the care of Judah that Jacob entrusted Benjamin:

And Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the boy with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, both we and you and also our little ones. I will be surety for him; of my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame for ever”
(Genesis 43 v 8 – 9)

With the assurances of Judah, Patriarch Jacob eventually agreed:

12 Take double the money with you; carry back with you the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was an oversight. 13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again to the man; 14 may God Almighty grant you mercy before the man, that he may send back your other brother and Benjamin. If I must lose my children, I must lose them.” 15 So the men took the present, and they took double the money with them, and Benjamin.”
(Genesis 43 v 12-15a)

So it was that Jacob entrusted Benjamin to Judah. Indeed throughout the history of Ancient Israel – most often than not – wherever Judah is, there you will find Benjamin.

When the nation of Israel split into two – Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom – after the death of King Solomon, it was, essentially, only the Tribe and territory of Benjamin that was left with the Tribe and territory of Judah (apart from the Levites living in their midst).

So it was that when Joseph tried to keep Benjamin with him in Egypt, this is how Judah stood-up and defended Benjamin:

18 Judah went up to Joseph and said, “Please, sir, allow me to speak with you freely. Don’t be angry with me; you are like Pharaoh himself. 19 Sir, you asked us, ‘Do you have a father or another brother?’ 20 We answered, ‘We have a father who is old and a younger brother, born to him in his old age. The boy’s brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother’s children still alive; his father loves him very much.’ 21 Sir, you told us to bring him here, so that you could see him, 22 and we answered that the boy could not leave his father; if he did, his father would die. 23 Then you said, ‘You will not be admitted to my presence again unless your youngest brother comes with you.’

24 “When we went back to our father, we told him what you had said. 25 Then he told us to return and buy a little food. 26 We answered, ‘We cannot go; we will not be admitted to the man’s presence unless our youngest brother is with us. We can go only if our youngest brother goes also.’ 27 Our father said to us, ‘You know that my wife Rachel bore me only two sons. 28 One of them has already left me. He must have been torn to pieces by wild animals, because I have not seen him since he left. 29 If you take this one from me now and something happens to him, the sorrow you would cause me would kill me, as old as I am.’

30-31 “And now, sir,” Judah continued, “if I go back to my father without the boy, as soon as he sees that the boy is not with me, he will die. His life is wrapped up with the life of the boy, and he is so old that the sorrow we would cause him would kill him. 32 What is more, I became surety for the boy with my father. I told him that if I did not bring the boy back to him, I would bear the blame all my life. 33 And now, sir, I will stay here as your slave in place of the boy; let him go back with his brothers. 34 How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? I cannot bear to see this disaster come upon my father.”
(Genesis 44 v 18-34)

We see Judah, who had persuaded his brothers to sell Joseph into slavery (instead of killing him), now volunteering to become a slave himself so that his brother, Benjamin, could go back, scot-free, safe and sound to their father Jacob.

At this show of love and penitence by Judah, the emotion of it all was too much for Joseph, and he proceeded to identify himself to his brothers. Joseph and Benjamin embraced and wept in emotional reunion. The other brothers were in shock and fearful; but Joseph reassured them, for him the providential hand of God could be seen in all that happened to him and to them.

All the brothers returned to Canaan with plenty of goods and gifts. When Jacob heard all that had happened and the fact that Joseph was still alive – after the initial shock – he exclaimed:

“My son Joseph is still alive!” he said. “This is all I could ask for! I must go and see him before I die.”
(Genesis 45 v 28)

And so all the children of Jacob (Israel) – with their families – moved to Egypt and went to live in the area called Goshen. Pharaoh of Egypt was delighted to have the relatives of Joseph in his country. And there they stayed till the time when the death of Jacob was approaching and he called his sons together to hear his prophesy about each one of them.

This is what Jacob prophesied about Judah:

“Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
your father’s sons shall bow down before you.
9 Judah is a young lion;
from the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He stooped down, he couched as a lion,
and as a lioness; who can dare to disturb him?
10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until he comes to whom it belongs;
and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

11 Binding his foal to the vine
and his ass’s colt to the choice vine,
he washes his cloths in wine
and his vesture in the blood of grapes;
12 his eyes shall be red with wine,
and his teeth white with milk
.”
(Genesis 49 v 8-12)

But the question is: who is the Judah, that Jacob was really talking about? For certainly we know that Joseph – the viceroy of Egypt – was his favorite son, yet Jacob says in his prophesy that the brothers of Judah will bow before Judah.

But at the moment of this prophesy we see that, indeed, it is Judah who is bowing before a brother of his.

We see at the moment of this prophesy that it is Judah who is bowing before Joseph.

Therefore we ask again, which Judah is Jacob prophesying about, when he says Judah will rule forever and all nations will bow before him?

Furthermore, we see that Judah is a refugee in Egypt, yet Jacob is prophesying that Judah is a lion that no one can dare challenge. Jacob prophesies that Judah will hold all his enemies by the neck.

Again, who is this Judah that Jacob is prophesying would wash cloths with red wine?

The answer is: Jacob was really prophesying about our Lord Jesus Christ, because it is by his blood shed at Golgotha that all our cloths, as sinners, are washed – so that we can stand blameless and spotless before God.

Again, Judah in the prophesy of Jacob is Jesus of Nazareth, born of the line of the Patriarch Judah from the House of the servant of God, David.

This is what the Angel of the Lord revealed to St. John the Evangelist in the Book of Revelation:

“And I saw in the right hand of Him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”

And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I wept much that no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.

Then one of the elders said to me, “Weep not; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
(Revelation 5 v 1-5)

Jesus the Nazarene is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, who conquers, and who holds all his enemies by the neck; who rules all nations with an iron rod; who washes away our sins with the red wine of his own blood. It is Jesus the Nazarene who has a milk-colored smile for those who love him; and who has reddened eyes for those who rebel against him – their punishment will last forever.

Thus the name Judah endures even till now. And thus is the name Judah exalted even till this moment.

As we continue our meditation on this name, let us remember what the Lord our God says about those he has chosen as his own:

I will have mercy on those who I will have mercy” (Exodus 33 v 19b)

And in another place the Lord says:

You did not choose me. I chose you” (John 15 v 16a)

Consequently, blessed are all those who the Lord has chosen for his own. Blessed are those who praise the God of Jacob in his Temple. Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and treasure the Word in their hearts.

Hallelujah!

[…to be continued]

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

29th October, 2014

Category Archive: Message Board

Exhortation:

COME LORD JESUS!

In 1992, the then Pope John Paul II together with the then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger,  contrived with others to introduce the word, homosexual persons, into the lexicon of the Catholic Church.

They did this by means of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (popularly called 2nd Edition. In passing it is good to note that the so-called 1st Edition was even worse in terms of it definitions of sodomy and same-sex sex relations).

It is appropriate to recall that the terminology homosexuality (and thus homosexual persons) can be traced to 19th century German psychiatrist Richard Freiherr von Krafft- Ebing.  

In otherwords this terminology – with no precedent in the 2000 year history of the Church and with no precedent in the over 4000 year history of the Revelation of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – was introduced into the Church as something to be accepted as a part of the components of the deposit of faith.

Here is a terminology that when used in the context of Christianity, implies that some people are specifically created by God to have temptations to same-sex sex acts. The introduction of this terminology was a subtle way to begin the journey towards the so-called “Global Gay Agenda”, without faithful Catholics realizing it.

We urge you all not to be deceived by secular terms like: “Gay”, “Homosexual”, “Lesbian”, “Bisexual”, etc, etc. These terminologies are not neutral terms; rather they all connote grave sins. All Catholics (and indeed all Christians) should stay away from them.

Is it then not scandalous to the highest degrees to hear Bishops refer to fellow Catholics, whom they are the shepherds of, as “Gay” or “Lesbian” or what have you?

Where in the Sacred Scriptures or the Tradition of the Church or the 2000year teachings of the Catholic Church (before the disaster that started, earnestly, in 1958), can there be found such terminologies?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd Edition) published in 1992 was a sleuth of the hand masterminded by Karol Wojtyla and Joseph Ratzinger, in which a principal aim was to plant the evil seeds (while men slept), that would grow into the evil tree of legitimization of same-sex sex acts in the context of the Catholic Church.

All these have been prophesied by St. John the Evangelist in the Book of Revelation.

Brethren, it is with all sense of responsibility that we warn you to stay away from the evil of sodomy; and that you do not allow yourselves to be deceived by shepherds who are really wolves in sheep’s clothing.

As our Lord Jesus said: “By their fruits you shall know them”.

Keep the faith of St. Peter and St. Paul. Neither of these two saints will be found where same-sex sex acts are being cuddled under the doublespeak of psychological genesis and development of doctrine.

Our Lord Jesus tells us:

“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.”
(Matthew 5 v 29-30)

Again in another place he repeats it:

“And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.”
(Matthew 18 v 8-9)

Therefore if temptation to same-sex sex acts plagues a man, let him cut-off the temptation not cuddle it. If temptation to same-sex acts plagues a woman let her pluck it out, and throw it away, not cuddle it.

Definitely no Catholic should ask that these temptations should be treated with dignity and respect; and no Catholic should identify with them.

We urge you all to remember that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

22years have passed since 1992, and still they refused to amend the outrageous parts of #23572359 of the CCC of the RCC 2nd Edition.

Brothers and sisters, keep in mind the warnings from Sacred Scriptures about disobedience to the Lord our God. We appeal to you, do not join those who have hardened their hearts on this question of legitimization of same-sex sex acts:

“O that today you would listen to his voice
and hardened not your hearts
as your ancestors did at Meribah,
on that day in the desert of Massah
when they put me to the test,
even though they had already seen the work of my hand.

For 40 years I was disgusted with them,
I said, ‘How disloyal they are!
They refuse to obey my commands.’
And in my anger I swore a oath:
they will never enter into the place where I would have given them rest.
(cf Psalm 95)

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us

COME LORD JESUS!

23rd October, 2014