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Did they retire from fishing, or just go on vacation?

“Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.

Every time I hear this I picture the same scene in my head. I imagine a boat sitting on the beach with someone working in it, think Tim Robbins at the end of The Shawshank Redemption. A guy comes walking down the beach and says “follow me, I’ll make you fishers of men”. The guys working on the boat glance at each other, shrug their shoulders, and jump down to the beach to follow the man. Then, the three of them walk a bit further down the beach and they see a couple men on the next boat working with their father. Continue reading

Be careful what you ask Him for, He will probably answer

At mass today our deacon (Deacon Mike, my favorite deacon) mentioned the parable of the rich young man from the Gospel of Mark. As he mentioned it something struck me.  Isn’t it funny how the scriptures can do that? At certain times they just speak to you, sometimes the same verse hits you in different ways. Anyways, here is the parable in case you don’t remember it word for word: Continue reading

The Church of the Youtube Guy

re·li·gion/riˈlijən/

Noun:
  1. The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.
  2. Details of belief as taught or discussed.

This video currently has over six million views on youtube. I have a feeling that it has helped to form the opinions of at least some of those six million people, and that is a scary thought. Not that I disagree with everything the young man says, actually I agree with quite a bit of it, especially in the second half when he is talking about what Christ did for us even though we are not worthy.  A lot of it is very well thought out.  My problem is more with the “no religion” portion of the video.  It is fairly obvious that “religion” is a veiled reference to a specific church. Continue reading

From Church to Christ

Ok, so maybe I got a little carried away with my hockey analogy.  I never really even got to my point.  Sometimes my brain starts going and I don’t know how to put on the brakes.  What I meant to cover was how I stumbled into the faith.  I already explained in my introductory post that I was never sure if there truly was a God, but was pretty sure that if there was, it wasn’t the God of any religion that I was aware of.  I thought it was probably more of a higher power that kept the world in check, most people refer to it as karma.  But, when my wife Emily told me we were going to bring our marriage into the Church and she wanted to receive the sacraments, I told her I would investigate it with an open mind, and I did.

I started by trying to prove the Church wrong in any of it’s teachings that I either knew or thought I knew.  I failed miserably and ended up believing everything they taught was true, especially if you believed in Christ, which I did not yet.  So, I had a church whose teachings I believed, but I didn’t believe in its foundation – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  So, I needed to investigate Jesus.

I learned for the first time that Jesus was fully human and fully divine.  That took me a while to wrap my head around, actually I’m not sure I still fully understand, but I get the idea.  How do we know that he is fully human and fully divine?  The gospels record Jesus performing many miracles in front of many witnesses, the biggest of which was his resurrection. He cured the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons, and in the end he himself rose from the dead in accordance with the old testament scriptures.  Now, when I would hear these things in my previous life I would just dismiss them and say “Lots of things are written in books, not all of them are true”.

Now, I had to ask myself how many of those books had remained in existence for 2000 years (New Testament), even longer for the Old Testament?  How many of those books were 2000 years later to be found in hundreds of millions of homes at least?  How many men be wiling to die extremely torturous deaths for what was in any other book, even 2000 years later? The answer is none of them.  Their is only one such book.  And how do I know that it is true?  Because Christ said so, and he was crucified, died and resurrected on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and the evidence to support that is overwhelming.