Do not be afraid (commentary)

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  1. karnala

    karnala Well-Known Member

    Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10:24-33.

    Jesus said to his Apostles: “No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master.
    It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!
    Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.
    What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
    And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
    Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge.
    Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
    So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
    Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
    But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father."

    Commentary of the day :

    Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407), priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
    1st sermon before his first exile, 1-3 ; PG 52, 427-430 (trans. breviary, September 13, rev.)

    “Do not be afraid”

    The waves are many and the surging sea is dangerous, but we are not afraid we may be drowned for we are standing on the rock. Let the sea rage as it will, it cannot split the rock asunder. Though the waves tower on high, they cannot overwhelm the boat of Jesus. What, pray beloved, are we afraid of? Death? “For me life is Christ, and death gain” (Phil 1:21). But tell me, is it exile ? “The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains” (Ps 23[24]:1). Is it the loss of property? “We brought nothing into the world. It is certain we can take nothing out of it” (1Tm 6:7)… If you find these words difficult to believe, believe the evidence. How many tyrants have tried to wipe out the Church?... But none of these things have triumphed against her. Where, now, are those men, those raging persecutors? Fallen into oblivion. And the Church, where is she? See her with her radiance shining like the sun…

    “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst” (Mt 18:20)… I have the word of Christ, his scripture in my hand; I do not lean on human strength; I hold fast to his word. That to me is my staff, that to me is security, that to me is a calm harbor. Even though the world be in turmoil, I hold fast to this word. I read it. It is my rampart, my safeguard. What word is this? “I am with you all days even to the end of time” (Mt 28:20). Christ is with me, whom shall I fear? Though waves rise up against me, the seas, the wrath of rulers: these things are no more to me than a cobweb.
     
  2. Radhe

    Radhe Well-Known Member

    karnala this is something we need to hear in these dark times...HOPE
    There is no doubt this is a very attractive part of TLIG messages.

    The passage below blew me away because I always felt that real solid friendship with the Lord was lofty and almost unattainable for the sinner and only for a select few....
    crazy of course the Lord came to save sinners.....

    Some time ago I thought the words of this old song from the sixties was like my relationship to the Lord





    ......that I was just too sinful to have the Lord near
    The passage below was how the Lord answered me.........!


    "I am not beyond reach! Vassula, I do not refuse anybody; I blame all those who discourage My countenance to My children to come to Me; whoever teaches that to be able to be with Me or be accepted by Me should be pure or worthy are those who are damaging My Church; any man having found Me, but is discouraged by others, I, who am Infinite Strength, will support him, giving him My Strength; why, why do I have men who call themselves experts, judging whether I am or not, banning every possibility, leaving My children disconsolate and helpless and disillusioned, disregarding all My graces, pulling away My children from Me; why are all My given blessings rejected; blessings that I gave; I am Infinite Wealth;


    daughter, when you had finally found Me, I was full of happiness; I was careful not to frighten you away; I was being gentle, treating you like a mother handling her infant; I made you approach Me; I was full of happiness calling you and meeting you, having you near Me, sharing everything I have, My beloved; and now, you come telling Me that you are thinking of leaving Me, because I, God, am impossible to reach and that you were given information that only worthy souls can reach Me and that you are below the standard required! I never deny any soul; I offer My graces even to the most wretched;>>>"


    delight Me and meet Me in this way; I bless you, daughter; I am guiding you; you are eating from Me; Vassula, read today 1 Peter; read attentively, then I will relate it to you; read the [​IMG]first chapter; live with faith; Peter teaches you to have faith; "


    (Jesus made me understand many things with the word 'faith'; that one can make mountains move by faith. One has to believe blindly, if you wish.)
     
  3. karnala

    karnala Well-Known Member

    I don't recall hearing his music in Australia when I was younger - he reminds me of Bob Dylan's music with the guitar and harmonica. At the time I would've thought his song was about missing a lost love (futility in trying to catch the wind) ..... and when you describe it like a relationship with God it reminds me of how some have compared the love poetry of True Life in God to the Songs of Solomon .... Song of Songs, a poem about God’s love for His people, and in particular, for each soul. Since I've been working at the radio station and listening to the radio more, I also think of TLIG messages like a melody: a poem that soothes the heart and heals it! There are a lot of Christian songs that soothe and heal, and people phone with testimonies about a song they heard at just the right time when they needed to hear it.

    The quote from Vassula is like its meant for me too - any man having found Me, but is discouraged by others, I, who am Infinite Strength, will support him, giving him My Strength; why, why do I have men who call themselves experts, judging whether I am or not, banning every possibility, leaving My children disconsolate and helpless and disillusioned, disregarding all My graces, pulling away My children from Me;

    I have been disillusioned about how I've been treated as a convert, and I used to ask the priest is it because I'm a single mother with four children? This was happening after I'd been through the RCIA and annulment process and was making a monthly confession because I believe in the Medjugorje messages - and I was asked to stop talking about Medjugorje too. Its very reassuring to know that Jesus is saying: I blame all those who discourage My countenance to My children to come to Me; whoever teaches that to be able to be with Me or be accepted by Me should be pure or worthy are those who are damaging My Church. I know it happened for Jesus that he wasn't accepted in his home town, and I seem to be more accepted when I travel to go to another church as well .... I still don't understand why this happens ??





     
  4. Radhe

    Radhe Well-Known Member

    karnala I know how you feel only too well. People are many and they say, and think often according to their own ideas. I find churches oddly unfriendly at times.
    I know you can feel rejected and hurt, I certainly have.
    Protestant churches I have attended I have found much warmer and friendly. They seem much better evangelists to me as well.

    At the end of the day karnala . The Love of Jesus for you... Marys love for you is beyond any human love no matter how holy the person.
    There can be a personality clash with even the best of people. Many very Holy people have struggled here. I think we are called to bear everything in peace (not easy I know) I asked a priest about this problem!
    I found myself cross with certain persons for their attitude _ He told me make excuses for them dont respond harshly..
    here again I have learned from TLIG a lot about this subject. You know the drill just by dipping in..Here's a quote from Thomas Kempis I found helpful over the years:

    “Every time I catch myself trying to figure out other people's motives, I'll stop and ask myself:
    "What did I say or do that prompted the action? Why did I react to it as I did?
    Does what happened make a major difference to me, or am I making something big out of a trifle?"
    Leave off that excessive desire of knowing; therein is found much distraction
    There are many things the knowledge of which is of little or no profit to the soul.”

    Thomas à Kempis
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2016
  5. karnala

    karnala Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the quote .... I've also subscribed to the Daily Proverb which has given me more insight into Christian behaviours. The only other churches I've been to, have been Catholic ones recommended because they still have a traditional Mass. The people I work with at the radio station are from all denominations - the new manager was Catholic, but only talks about his parents as Catholics, and he & his wife (Lutheran) used to go to the Hillsong Church when they were living in Brisbane. We even download the latest Hillsong youtube to put to air on the radio for Sundays. The manager was saying there's going to be a huge gathering of churches (ecumenism) in this region at Easter next year .... and I immediately thought about the prophecy of Archbishop Fulton Sheen (I thought he had a youtube about the false federation of churches, but I can't locate it):
    I don't know if the radio station is making plans to broadcast, etc and want me to be involved with the program coordinating. But its because of this prophecy that I'm careful not to be too involved and pray pray praying I can travel to Brisbane instead to visit my sons for Easter - where I can attend TLIG prayer groups and won't be lead astray :)
     

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