One book I have on the back burner is a devotional of reflections on
things Jesus said. I’ve collected 356 sayings but haven’t made much
progress in writing the reflections. Maybe that is why in the
Transfiguration story we hear on the Second Sunday of Lent, the words
that attract my attention are “Listen to him.”
God the Father speaks twice in the Gospels: at Jesus’ baptism, when
he announces that Jesus is his beloved Son, and at the Transfiguration,
when he again identifies Jesus as his Son, but adds, “Listen to him.” In
other words, “obey him.” (The word obey is from the Latin for
“to listen.”) The mother of Jesus says the same thing at the wedding in
Cana: “Do whatever he tells you.” This is referred to as Mary’s
commandment. Click to continue
Christians are now dealing with a new obstacle to evangelism; we can no longer assume people know stories in the Bible or the basic tenets of the faith. Perhaps this dearth of spirituality in modern culture will serve to drive desperate people to the feet of Christ but more than ever seekers need basic catechism to lead them back into the arms of God and the Church.
A few decades ago, almost everyone knew the bible, even if they did not attend church because even public schools read the bible and prayed before classes started. I am a convert. As a Protestant kid who went to Sunday School from 3 years old, I grew up on the stories of Jesus, singing songs about His love and memorizing bible verses. I realize now that I was a prayerful kid; God was close to me. continue
When I learned who currently held the authority my Lord gave Simon Peter, recorded in Matthew 16:13-19, I didn't have much choice: I had to join the Catholic Church.
In a sense, I 'knew too much.'
I could either claim to follow Jesus and acknowledge the Son of God's authority, passed along in unbroken succession through the rise and fall of kingdoms, empires, and civilizations — or not. As Simon Peter said, it's a simple choice....