A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
NOTES FROM DEACON PAREJA
November 16, 2019
October 1, 2015
Again in this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus is being questioned by the Pharisees as he is moving from place to place teaching the people what today we know as Christianity; to be like Christ.
The intent of the Pharisees was to put Jesus on the spot, to challenge him regarding the laws and practices of the Jewish faith that was a part of his life since birth. Jesus did not turn away from these questions; he met them head on and in his teaching he was always directing the people to His Father.
“No one comes to me unless it is granted by my Father.” John 6.65
“Whoever receives me, receives not me, but the One who sent me.”
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in
me.” John 14.11
Jesus was and is in union with His Father and the Holy Spirit. There is a relationship enjoyed by three distinct persons and that Trinitarian relationship becomes the model by which we live in love with one another. We need to be in relationship. God said, “It is not good for man to be alone” Genesis 2:18 then created another person for the purpose of a shared relationship. You see, we learn to love as we enter into relationships with one another. It is by loving others that we come to understand; to make sense of what Jesus was teaching.
Mark also shares in the Gospel how Jesus was upset when the disciples wanted to discourage people from bringing their children to him. He told them that all must be like a child to enter heaven. And how is a child? A child is one who is dependent upon another. A child is one who trusts he is being loved and cared for. Are we dependent upon the love of God? Do we as Christians believe we are loved and cared for? Do we trust that God is with us and will provide the best for us? This is, in the words of Jesus, how we must become to gain heaven.
We must honor the relationship between God and ourselves and the relationships that we enter into and take vows to uphold. We must be dependent upon God and grateful for how he loves and cares for us. By that we are blessed with the ability to love and care for others. We love, because God first loved us
Take time this week to ponder the many relationships in your life including your relationship to God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How do those relationships influence your ability to love and care for others? Even relationships that do not nurture can teach us much about ourselves, our need to be loved and our need to love others.