Sunday, December 30, 2012

personal jesus



reach out and touch faith
your own personal Jesus
someone to hear your prayers
someone who cares
your own personal Jesus
someone to hear your prayers
someone who's there (Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus, 1989)
what does the Holy Family have to say to us today?  the question raised by Fr. Thomas Rosica with his homily indicates that families today are having more and more difficulties in passing on the faith to the next generation.  i agree.  i see it everyday via the families i minister to in our Sacraments Preparation program for First Confession, First Communion.  we have lost the words, and language to share and discuss the faith with our children.  in fact, the same generation are lost when it comes to properly celebrating funerals as well.  we no longer know what to do, how to do it, and sometimes even lost as to who could help.  this Year of Faith, a year of falling in love with God in Our Lord Jesus Christ once again, let us find the words and language in order to evangelize, in order to be healed and made whole again, then allowing us to share the Good News to those knocking on heaven's door (searching) - to be a type of personal Jesus for others.
"what's wrong with the world today? - i am." (G.K. Chesterton)
preparing for all things Holy Family + Holy Mary Mother of God, i was happily surprised by CNN's preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ, through Piers Morgan's (a Roman Catholic) interview of Pastor Rick Warren (an Evangelical).  i haven't heard of Rick until i heard him come to the defense of Angus T. Jones, who had strong words for the anything-but-Catholic show Two + a Half Men a few weeks back.  he had said something like, "whatever you do, do not watch that show!"  anywho, i thought Rick did a good job at tackling some of the issues Piers brought up.
"it is not about you.  it is about God in Our Lord Jesus Christ." - Pastor Rick Warren
the show, Pastor Rick Warren on CNN Religion in America, was not much of a dialogue, however.  but it does help us find the words and language to talk about our faith.  Piers brought up the Church, small communities, the Pope, authority of the Bible, his personal issue with the idea that we are all sinners, weight loss, condoms, sex, marriage, and same-sex attractions, not necessary in that order.  i thought Rick did a good job in talking about the joy that is our faith!

Seinfeld talking to Elaine,
... waiting for a talk show i think
at one point they made me think of a Seinfeld episode, the famous The Doll episode (the doll, Maestro, Oro-Dent electric toothbrush, etc.).  Rick + Piers were discussing faith, and materialism and how both don't always mix nicely.  we all want the good life.  but the reality is that it is never enough.  we want the better life.  that's where God in Jesus Christ comes in.  however, proposing Him to others is difficult.  it was like Seinfeld proposing his Oro-Dent electric toothbrush to Elaine, but she not being interested.  but it is a much better toothbrush, Seinfeld would insist.  again, Elaine is not interested.  Seinfeld is confused as why Elaine wouldn't want the better experience.  Rick proposes the joy of faith, the joy of Jesus Christ to Piers, but he ... was not ready.  Piers had too many questions to go through before the end of the show.  Rick proposes God in Our Lord Jesus Christ to all, not because you are going to die, but because you are going to live!  we who evangelize, who share the joy of God in Our Lord Jesus Christ, continue to be confused as to why others are not quick to experience true freedom.

they talked more on sex, marriage, family.  how divorce was not an option for Rick and his wife.  that love is not just an emotion, but a choice!  this lead into more discussion on same-sex attraction.  Rick talked about love of God, love of neighbour, and how we are called to love everyone.  but there was not enough time to really talk or debate this issue in more detail (see later post).  though Rick tried to address this issue, Piers had other topics in mind.

finally, the show ended with a final thought, which mirrored what abbé Francois Kibwenge (my pastor) preached on for Christmas.  that though we celebrate the baby Jesus, He in fact grows up!  we are all called to grow, and mature in Faith.  during this Year of Faith, let us find the words and language to know and experience the love of God in our lives.  through this experience, let us be prepared to boldly go where no man has gone before - in the hearts of those who have never heard of God in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Space the human heart: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise Church. Its Her five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." (see wikipedia.org)
peace.

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