We are all children of God
And as a Loving Father, God has great plans for us
He saw already what will happen to us, our strengths, our weaknesses
He wants a relationship with us
Does He focus on our mistakes?
He saw our past, our present and our future
Yes we are sinners. But God does not look at our sinful side alone
Rather He sees your potential
He sees the goodness He has created in you
He has anointed you, a Christian, a follower of Jesus
You are an heir of a long standing appointment directly traced to Jesus from centuries old
How come we can not see clearly our potential?
How come we do not believe in ourselves?
God believes in us
God sees our potential despite our brokenness and sinfulness
Will He stop this mission because you are a sinner?
Jesus did not stopped Judas Escariot to be part of His apostles.
Because He believed in Judas, despite his sinfulness
That is how Jesus looks at us.
Not our faults. The no. of times we fell on the ground
But how much faith we have.
And how we can serve others
How we can have a real relationship with Him.
Do you trust what Isaiah tells….
that God promises prosperity after the great trials….
As it turns out, God loves to plan. He creates a great plan for us, His children
God is a merciful God
He is not a God of judgement
He is a God of love and he disciplines us thru trials because He is molding us
He discipline His children out of love, not because of judgement
God assures us of victory, salvation and prosperity
We should hold on to that
He does not look at the number of times, we fall on the ground
rather He looks at us, how we will be successful
How we will overcome trials because of His grace
God is ready to guide us
Each person, has a mission in this world…..
Are you ready to believe in your potential as God will guide into it?
First Reading Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
What does the verse mean to me?
- Yea, O people in Zion who dwell at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more.
- He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you
- And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.
God assure people in Jerusalem with victory and salvation
Isaiah is telling them, God will reveal himself to them after the adversity and affliction
- And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
- And he will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and grain, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. In that day your cattle will graze in large pastures
- and the oxen and the asses that till the ground will eat salted provender, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork.
God is assuring them He will guide them, thru hearing His words
God assures them prosperity in anything they will do, from planting trees and pastures of cattle
- And upon every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
- Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day when the LORD binds up the hurt of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.
God tells them that there will be a great slaughter, the exile by foreign people but, in the end God promises them, the trials will end.
God assures them there will be healing for the people and God will bind up the hurt of His people
This shows God is not a God of punishment
Because God does not focuses on the punishment towards Israel
He think of the people and what He will do to save them
How he will prosper them
God is a merciful God
God is a forgiving God
He forgives men
God is a Healing God
God can heal your soul, your body, your heart, your mind
Gospel Matthew 9:35–10:1, 5, 6-8
What does the verse mean to me?
- For which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, `Rise and walk’?
Old Testament interpretation of affliction and sins
Jesus is saying it, because during His time, Israelite interpretation of the Moses Law and the Old covenant is, you are a sinner if you have afflictions. You are healthy because God blesses you because you are a righteous person
This is where religious pride lurks in Israelites in this story
If you are healed by diseases, it means God forgave you for your sins
That is why Jesus is saying “which is better, to say you are forgiven or rise up and walk?”
- But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he then said to the paralytic — “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home.
Jesus is reminding the crowd in reference to the prophets mentioning the Son of Man, who has the authority to forgive people
People eventually gave the glory to God
- When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
- And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.
Jesus is preaching about the Kingdom of God so that the people have an idea about their relationship to God and how to go to heaven and please God
Jesus is healing diseases among people, which is definitely controversial in His time, as He heal people, it means they are also healed from their sins
- When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd
Jesus had a big heart for the people
Jesus is merciful, He knew people were lost, no one to guide them about the love of God the Father to them and His Kingdom
- Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few
- And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.
pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Jesus told them to pray to God to give laborers to help the Israelites
If we see something we do not like, we need to pray for it to God
Yes we condemn when something is wrong, using our judgement to say it is wrong or inappropriate
But we include prayers to God the Father for the great changes that will happen to correct and improve the situation
If we just condemn and say, We are against this….. , and end there, then we are not following Jesus
Prayer should come after we discerned something is wrong
Whether it is something we observed in our family, in our working place, in our community, in our country, in our church, in the world
Do not stop at just judging…
We should place it humbly in the hands of God thru prayer
Authority of apostles
- Jesus is starting to make the disciples his new laborers for the people of Israel
- Jesus gave them the authority to expel spirits and heal people
- This authority is given specially to the 12 apostles though Jesus had other followers
- The authority is also given to Judas escariot, the one who will exchange Jesus with money to the Jewish priests in their time
- Jesus could have said not give the authority to Judas, yet Jesus gave it to Him
- Jesus still looks at our potential, both our kind side and our bad side and it does not matter
- If we are anointed, Jesus will anoint us for a purpose
- Judas escariot expelled spirits and healed people under Jesus authority
- The authority of the apostles are passed on to the early Christian communites, specifically to the religious elders
From Peter to the Catholic Church
- Catholic Church can directly trace its roots from early Christian communities even to St. Peter, and other apostles to Jesus
- St. Peter along the way has preached and dedicated putting early Christian communities like the other apostles as Christianity has spread along the areas of Roman Empire
- St. Peter along the way had established elders in the early Christian Churches, together with the different apostles
- Even if there are different Churches, all these early Christian Churches in its earlier stages were united. They are unitedly known as Christians, and all were brethen with one another
- The western side of the Catholic Church is where the Roman Catholic Church has in its roots
- Church traditions are what the earlier Christians had at the time of St. Peter and Paul together with the word of God (thru preaching) as the bible has not yet published at that time
- Until now, Bible (the word of Bible) and Church traditions is passed on to the modern Catholic Christians
- Modern Catholic priests can trace their appointment of authority, from the early Christian elders, to apostles specifically from St. Peter and Jesus
- This is the reason why, modern Catholic priests as part of their ministry can expel unholy spirits and thru charism of healing of the Holy Spirit can minister for healing especially in the spiritual matters
- We now have Exorcism, healing and deliverance as part of the ministry of the Catholic Church. Here in Manila we have AMOE as office for exorcism.
- For Healing and deliverance ministry, in Manila we have Catholic communities for Healing ministry that takes on the role of healing and deliverance
- Unfortunately, spiritual warfare, has few priests called into training.
- Just like Jesus said, we have few laborers
- Men called into priesthood are in our time, becoming less
- And not all of them are further trained for a head-to-head on spiritual warfare against the enemy
- But if we include it in our prayers, may more Men who are called By God to be a priest, go into priesthood and may they be trained for spiritual warfare along the way
- After all, this is all God’s plans
- It is God who is in control if He wants to send more priests for this special calling.
- We trust God to oversee the events of deliverance and healing ministry
- God will send the right people for this kind of overtaking.