One Flock, One Shepherd
Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 42:2-4; John 10:11-18;
As Peter has envisioned a blanket of four-footed animals representing unclean food being brought down to him from Heaven for him to kill and eat from, which meant Peter should also evangelize the Gentiles and not just his own kind, we are also being taught to be shepherds to other flocks so that there may be just one flock and one shepherd, for God sees everyone as one and the same, no matter what religion, race, or creed you have. God loves all of us and wants us to help guide all of us to Him so we can be one big happy family.
While this is what God wants, being a Catholic person, I find it hard to entice people to walk the faith and talk the faith, for I see that the church has become like an expensive pricey restaurant where it’s hard to order because they made so many choices. Likewise, it’s hard for people to follow because we see so many people praying to so many patron saints when these saints are merely saints for us to honor and be role models for us to follow. We should only pray to one being, and that is Jesus. God gave us Jesus so we can have a more direct connection to Him. No one enters the kingdom except through the Son. That is what is written in the bible. There was no mention of Black Nazarenes, feasts, processions, saints and Holy Week “penitensyas”. Some of these activities are already considered idol worshiping, such as dancing at the Obando, the Black Nazarene, Sto. Niño, processions, rites and other stuff.
When praying, it’s better to pray from the heart rather than make one pray and go through a list of novenas and other recited prayers which one just blandly recites. It’s also futile to recite bible verses to others when all the other person want is to seek God’s forgiveness, to seek inner peace, as well as receive the Lord’s blessings. Sometimes they just need a good ear to hear them as they vent out their frustrations. Evangelizing also means being a good listener, and knowing when to talk, how to talk, and being a friend to the person you are evangelizing, and not intimidating the person and scaring him away.
Evangelizing is not that easy, but with the Lord’s Holy Spirit, we can make the impossible possible. All we need is the heart and compassion for it, the courage to speak the truth, and and the faith of a child in God. The Holy Spirit will provide the rest.
Light Of Jesus (L.O.J.) community offers the privilege of a Catholic mass and yet without the unnecessary rituals, feasts and activities that are established by man which is being followed by hard-core Catholics. It is this plus sessions of delightful and soul-filling preachings from brother Bo Sanchez. Plus the music really rocks, as they have a full band playing every L.O.J. session and mass! I am learning so much from this community! 🙂 It has provided me spiritual strength and nourishment ever since I joined. I suggest that you try attending the one in PICC at 10:45 am on Sundays! You are sure to be hooked to God after that!
May we all unite God’s flocks into one. Let us all work together on a common cause as Christians! 🙂