Just as the purest and brightest gold bubbles up through the dross in a heated caldron, so does fine character emerge from patiently endured suffering.

Tuesday, 5/21/13

The first reading is a call to discipleship. Its opening words are, “My son, when you come to serve the Lord, stand in justice and fear.”

The Gospel presents us with a different picture of discipleship. Rather than standing in justice and fear, the Apostles were arguing as to which of them was the greater.

The Lord tells us all if we want to be his disciple we must “Accept whatever befalls us when life is sorrowful, be steadfast.”

Jesus said that like gold we must be tested in fire. That is a common image in the Bible. We have heard it a hundred times. But this time let’s form mental pictures both of the gold refining process and of what it could result in for us.

Let’s say we have a drawer of junk jewelry that might or might not have a bit of gold in it. So, we drop the mess into an iron caldron on the stove, turning the heat way up. After a bit, a dark skin of dye and plastic forms over the surface. Then, it happens! Gold that is purer and brighter than any sun, bubbles up through the dross. Jesus is telling you that hardship patiently endured transforms your character into something as beautiful.


Mike said...

You are being sent into Hell forever ... outside of the God’s Catholic Church.

The vatican-2 heretic cult (founded in 1965 at the Vatican) *cannot possibly be* the Catholic Church … since it *enforces* the opposite, the opposite, and the opposite of the Catholic Dogma (the actual Catholic Faith).

The Catholic Faith *is not* Bible interpretation ... it is the Catholic infallible Sources of Dogma (which has been ruthlessly hidden from you, and which you must know). The Catholic Church didn’t even define the Bible’s New Testament Canon until 397 A.D. at the Council of Carthage.

The founding documents of the vatican-2 heretic cult … the “vatican-2 council” documents … have well over 200 heresies *against* prior defined Dogma.

Site > Immaculata-one (dot) com

Section 12 > Anti-Christ vatican-2 heresies (50 listed) ... followed by many Catholic corrections.

Sections 13 and 13.1 > Photographic *proof* of heresy at the Vatican.

Because of … the Catholic Dogma on automatic excommunication for heresy or for physical participation in a heretic cult (such as the V-2 cult) …

… we were all placed, body and soul, outside of Christianity (the Catholic Church) on 8 December 1965 … the close date of the “council”.

Section 13.2 > Catholic Dogma on automatic excommunication for heresy or participating in a heretic cult such as ... vatican-2, lutheran, methodist, evangelical, etc.

Section 13.3 > Matt 16:18, Gates of Hell scripture ... is *not* about the Office of the Papacy ... four Dogmatic Councils defined it as ... heresy not causing the Dogma to disappear.

Section 13.4 > The vatican-2 heretic cult does not have the Office of the Papacy only the Catholic Church has the Papacy.

Section 19.1 > Dogma on Abjuration for *re-entering* Christianity (the Catholic Church) … after being automatically excommunicated. A Formal Abjuration is also provided here.

Section 10.2 > Returning to a state of grace, in places and times when Confession is not available, like now.

Section 13.6 > You’re not a Catholic priest and never were ... because of the Catholic Jurisdiction Dogma. You were simply installed as a group leader for the vatican-2 heretic cult.

Anonymous said...

Father, I am so glad that God tests us and refines us by fire. Heaven is going to be so wonderful. God bless. Theresa Longino

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