Words from St. PAul from the first reading today taken from Acts 17:15-18:1
"In him we live and move and have our being as even as some of your poets have said, for we to are his offspring. SInce therefore we are the offspring of God....
Here is a thought to ponder. We are offspring of God. Certainly gives new meaning to the old adage, "whose your Daddy."
The unknown God of the ancients is no longer unknown. He has revealed himself in Christ. In Christ not only has he revealed himself but he has revealed ourselves to us as well. We are no longer just creatures. We are o longer flesh and bone. We are more.
God gives us the proper estimation and value of our lives; we are his children. This is high marks. What would the world look like if we actually lived this value in our daily lives. What would the world look like if we addresses each other as offspring of God.
A few weeks back we celebrated the Royal wedding in England. The royal family certainly got "royal" treatment of pomp and circumstance. But how much should each of us get that not because of the family we are born into or the money bags that hang around our necks but because of Christ who has called us each Sons and daughters of God.
In the words of JEsus from the gospel of John, "I go to my father and your Father, my God and your God."
SIt with this thought today: offspring of God. THen live it.
Today we also celebrate the feast of Justin Martyr. Here are a few words from the Martyr who lived in the the 2nd century.
"And on the day called SUnday there is a meeting in one place who live in cities or country, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read as long as time permits. when the reader has finished, the president in a discourse urges and invites us to imitation of these noble things. then we all stand up together and offer prayers. And bread is brought forth, and wine and water, and the presider similarly sends up prayers and thanksgivings to the best of his ability, and the congregation assents, saying Amen; the distribution and reception of the consecrated elements by each one takes place."
"This food we call Eucharist, in which no one is allowed to partake except one who believes that the things we teach are true, and has received the washing of forgiveness of sins and for rebirth, and who lives as Christ handed down to us."
"We have been taught that the food consecrated by the word of prayer which comes from him, from which our flesh and blood are nourished by transformation, is the flesh and blood of that incarnate Jesus."
Even back then the church was very particular with who could receive. There was no come as you are and help yourself. Rather the church guarded the sacred mystery of the Eucharist. Do we guard it today.
Here is a little satire on modern worship service in light of the ancient mass: click here
word from the Pope on St. Justin Martyr
Justin Martyr was an apologist, "to defend the newborn christianity, and the positive missionary concern , to explain the content of the faith in a language and on a wavelength comprehensible to their contemporaries."
"pray that, above all things, the gates of light may be opened to you; for these things cannot be perceived or understood by all, but only by the man to whom GOd and his Christ have imparted wisdom."