Sunday, August 2, 2009

To believe in the Son of God

August 2, 2009

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The bread of Life; to believe in the Son of God

...And they said, "This man is the son of Joseph, isn't he?
We know his father and mother. How can he say that he has come from heaven?"...

(Jn 6:24-35)

This man is the son of Joseph (v.42). Jesus' listeners were Jews who believed in God and the Scriptures. To believe in the prophets who were honored after their death was easy; but to recognize God's contemporary and controversial messengers, especially when the messenger of God was as simple carpenter was another matter. This is equally true today, for we must overcome doubts and listen to God's messengers who point out the mission of the Church in today's world. There are many who believe in the Bible or Christ but refuse to listen to the Church, especially when it speaks through Christians and religious belonging to the world of the poor and of workers.

- Christian Community Bible, Catholic Pastoral Edition


And here is a quote from G.K. Chesterton:

"The point of having an open mind, like having an open mouth, is to close it on something solid. "

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