‘Jesus’ Category Archives

3
Jan

GOOD THOUGHTS FOR THE COMING YEAR: from Queen Elizabeth II.

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, Jesus

Did you watch/hear the Queen’s Christmas speech?
I think it is very good.

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31
Dec

MURDER OF CHILDREN: holy innocents, then and now.

by Arnold Jago in Death, History, Jesus, Multiculturalism, Persecution, Recent Developments

For Christians, December 28 is/was the Feast of the Holy Innocents”.
The “innocents” being babies murdered by King Herod, who feared a possible new-born alternative king.
“When Herod realised that he had been outwitted by the Magi (wise men) he gave orders to kill all boys in the Bethlehem region aged two years and under….” (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 2)
We know who killed those Bethlehem victims.
Who is murdering the hundreds of innocents being killed right now — daily, week in, week out?
Don’t we and our politicians and media bend over backwards to avoid suggesting that it’s mostly done by Muslims?
Is Islam, in fact, an ideology of violence dressed up as a religion?
We’d like that not to be true. Don’t we all long for a day when all Muslims renounce violence?
But we see little reason to expect it.
Denial and lies certainly aren’t helping.

6
Dec

CHRISTMAS: why bother?

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Faith, Family, Forgiving, Happiness, History, Jesus, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Multiculturalism, Truth, Youth

Why celebrate Christmas?
Because we can’t help liking, honouring and admiring this unique person, Jesus Christ.
He was the ultimate one-off.
Above all, see how he totally refused to compromise.
When his challenging message was leading inevitably to his own painful death, he made his message even more challenging, more confronting.
There was no mistaking it:
“Love your enemies!”
Pray to God, saying:
“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us!”
Yes, the Christian church is faulty — tragically unworthy of him who founded it….
Yet it’s in the church that we can hear his gospel read and preached.
In the church we can meet together with others who at least have a go at living Christ’s way.
Jesus Christ, born so long ago, can make you and me better.
He offers a motive for our children to grow into people who are better.
That’s why Christmas is important.
Have a good one.

27
Nov

THE CHURCH’S FOCUS FOR NEXT YEAR: the gospel according to Saint Matthew.

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Jesus, Modern Church

Today is the first Sunday of Advent — from the Church’s viewpoint it’s the first Sunday of a new year.
For the last 12 months, the gospel readings for Mass have mostly come from Saint Luke’s gospel.
Now, for 12 months, they’ll come mostly from Saint Matthew’s gospel.
Interestingly, Matthew is probably the gospel least compatible with the “discernment-type” belief-system of Pope Francis.
Matthew’s first 2 chapters describe Jesus’ family tree, his birth and the 3 wise men visiting.
Then comes John the Baptist, his predecessor-prophet, with the message: “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Soon after that John is arrested – and that’s when Jesus starts his own public teaching ministry.
His theme? “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Sounds familiar?
But there’s a difference.
Jesus makes it clear that his message is to be even tougher than previous prophets.
More demanding in at least 6 areas.
They are spelt out in Matthew’s gospel chapter 5 (from verses 21 to 48).

18
Jan

CATHOLICS AND JEWS: confused messages?

by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Jesus, Modern Church, Multiculturalism

The other day, Pope Francis made his first visit to a synagogue as pontiff, greeting Rome’s Jewish community in a show of “interfaith friendship”.

Six weeks ago he was reported to have stated that Catholics should not try to convert Jews to Christianity.

Did he say that?

We’ll never know, but that’s what the media reported and he hasn’t since contradicted it.

My problem with that is that Jesus Christ reportedly said to his disciples, as a parting message, more or less the opposite:

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you . . . you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

(Matthew’s gospel chapter 28 and Acts chapter1)

 

6
Jan

CELEBRATING JANUARY 6: something special and unexpected

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Family, God, History, Jesus

January 6 is in the feast of the Epiphany.

The “twelfth day of Christmas” (count them yourself).

Commemorating three (perhaps) royal personages (perhaps) seeking the much-awaited new king in (definitely) the wrong place.

“Epiphany” means a divine manifestation or revelation – usually with something unexpected about it.

* to the Jews it was unexpected for God to reveal himself to pagans (the wise men weren’t Jews).

* to the wise men it was unexpected that God would reveal himself in an environment of poverty (not a palace).

* to us it may be unexpected that God expects us (yes, us) to spread his gospel. His gospel. Not ecumenism. Not democracy. Not human rights. Not “liberty and equality”. . . .

To spread his gospel by living it — unembarrassed to mention it and to argue for it.

So don’t you and I need an epiphany now, in a hurry?

The forces of greed, disbelief, violence, distraction-worship — and refusal to think hard — are sidetracking us from our calling.

Let’s ask God for a personal epiphany — and the courage to stand tall and fight hard.