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Luke + Acts + Filipino food

January 29, 2008 Leave a comment

NEW TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — Gospel of Luke & the Acts of the Apostles.  Compared parables of the synoptic Gospel books.

CULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — today was Filipino Food Night.  Their food culture is a mix of Asian, Spanish & America.  — Delicious everything … egg rolls & salsa were addictive!
Philippines / Filipino food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL Philippines / Filipino food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL Philippines / Filipino food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

Jewish colloquy + Nicaraguan food — “PB”

January 15, 2008 Leave a comment

NEW TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — today was colloquy (discussion group) about chapter 5, “The Religious & Philosophical World of New Testament Times,” of Raymond Brown‘s An Introduction to the New Testament.  Much of our discussion involved the clashing views of the Jewish Sadducees, Essenes and Pharisees, but also included Greco-Roman Cynics, Epicureans, Stoicism, Sophists and Gnosticism.  — stimulating

Nicaraguan Food Night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLCULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — tonight was Nicaraguan Food Night.  — lots of good flavors.

DOTS — starting to get sick today — found out another seminarian has discerned to leave seminary [“PB“] — extra prayers for him

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.