Good day, The Lord’s Day to everyone !
Christmas is near, have you done your Christmas decor?
But most of all, are we prepared for The Lord’s coming spiritually ? Let us pray to The Holy Spirit to help us be more kind, be more gentle, be more generous this time. How beautiful it is to obey The Lord !
Our theme for today’s reading is: Our Priests.
Here is our first reading: (Malachi 1:14b—2:2b, 8-10)
A great King am I, says the LORD of hosts,
and my name will be feared among the nations.
And now, O priests, this commandment is for you:
If you do not listen,
if you do not lay it to heart,
to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts,
I will send a curse upon you
and of your blessing I will make a curse.
You have turned aside from the way,
and have caused many to falter by your instruction;
you have made void the covenant of Levi,
says the LORD of hosts.
I, therefore, have made you contemptible
and base before all the people,
since you do not keep my ways,
but show partiality in your decisions.
Have we not all the one father?
Has not the one God created us?
Why then do we break faith with one another,
violating the covenant of our fathers?
And here is our Gospel reading: (Mt 23:1-12)
Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens* [hard to carry] and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
From our first reading and Gospel we can deduce some points:
1. The Lord will not tolerate wrong doings from priests and bishops.
2. Priest and bishops are human beings and therefore imperfect. They will not have all the good qualities of our Lord. Therefore we should not expect them to be perfect.
3. We should pray for our priests and bishops, and pray to The Lord to send us good church leaders.
4. Priest should welcome constructive criticism done in the spirit of love, maybe through the pastoral council.
5. Church leaders should not stop to grow deeper in the virtue of humility. (Pope Francis as a living example).
6. When a Priest perform a sacramental ministration, such as a Holy Mass or Baptism, he is acting in behalf of Christ. It’s sacredness is as if it’s Christ himself who perform the sacrament two thousand years ago, regardless whether he is a good priest or not. Every Mass, every Baptism and for that matter everyone of the seven sacraments is Holy and Sacred and a carrier of Grace, and therefore should command our respect.

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