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Alka-Seltzer + esterder

September 6, 2007 1 comment

Alka-SeltzerMASS – (Fr Alvarez) — today’s Gospel reading of Jesus calling the trusting apostles to be “fishers of men” was well illustrated by an Alka-Seltzer commercial (“Try it, you’ll like it!”).  Sometimes we have to venture out of our familiar comfort zone and into the unknown for various reasons (fear, inadequecies, selfishness, etc), but the Lord calls each of us (uniquely) to trust His direction and “learn something new” that should surprise us in the “best way.”  — Amen.  Easier said than done, but baby-step are still moving.

SPANISH 2 – (Dr Jimenez) — Yo “failo” (I need the past preterite form) the review test (chapters 1-11) with a 48%, but surprisingly (and somewhat relieved) that some did worse.  I definitely need to step up my catch up work, or it’s gonna hurt all semester.  Learned a new word (that doesn’t exist) — “esterder” — I need to think of a good definition for it.  Any ideas anyone?  Kermit?

RECTOR’s CONFERENCE – (Fr Michael) — part 3 of a series on “Reason, Formation & Relationship with Christ.” I’ll post some excerpts separately.

Church history, #2 Paul the Troubleshooter

St. Paul the ApostleAs I revist the book, The Story of the Church: Peak Moments from Pentecost to the Year 2000, chapter 2 is “First-Century Adjustments,” focusing on Paul the Apostle.  It has always confused me how Paul was the “go-to-guy” to answer any questions of theology & the Christian life.  He wasn’t even one of the original 12 apostles, but spoke with such authority, even declaring himself an apostle.  His conversion story (Acts 9) is amazing enough.  But even more unbelievable is how fast the Christian community embraced him and bestowed authority to dictate Christian “policy,” an even greater testament to grace and the submission to the Holy Spirit.

Paul is a master cameleon of evangelization, able to adapt the gospel message to any culture.  He was well-versed in the Hebrew Scriptures (OT), had a heart for his audience, walked in their shoes, and presented the challenge of the Gospel in their “language.” — everything a Christian is called to do.  A great example is Paul’s sermon to the Athenians in Acts 17:16-34.  It seems so supernatural … because it is … it’s only possible through the Holy Spirit.

That reminds me of a line from the “Fishers of Men” priesthood video when it’s said, “It’s not natural to be a priest … it’s a supernatural calling.”  — You can’t disagree with that.