St. John the Baptist Church
My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Gospel readings of this week talk about our Almighty God, whom we have to adore and worship with all of our heart, our mind, our soul, and our whole being. By our naked eyes, we cannot see God. Nonetheless, we must offer to Him everything of who we were, who we are, and who we will be, for God is real, God is true, and God is Life.
The Gospel narrates, “Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.” We are also well aware of the man with an unclean spirit who cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you, are-the Holy One of God!”
As disciples, how are we to live our lives and purposeful continue the mission of Jesus. The Letter of St. Paul explains, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of those who bring the Good News!”
St. James 1:18, 21-25 writes: “God willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures. Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the Word that has been planted in you and can save your souls. Be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror. He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like. But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres, and is not a hearer who forgets, but a doer who acts, such a one, shall be blessed in what he does.”
In all these, know God, believe in God, and serve God. Practice what we believe; do what we genuinely know, and live to serve God by our actions towards our brothers and sisters.
With love in Christ,
Fr. Thuong Hoai Nguyen