The Law?

the-law-of-god-vs-the-law-of-mos-1024x576Many verses in scripture refer to the “LAW”, but just what does that word mean? A close examination of God’s Word reveals the reality that the scriptures are speaking of two different types of “LAW”. One is called the law of sin and death, or the law of Moses, or the Jewish law, or the religious law. The other is called the law of God, or the law of Christ, or the law of the Spirit of life.

Reading the verses that surround these different titles really does show that they speak of two different types of law. The first set of titles refers to worship, sacrifice, diet, legality, purification, and other such laws of the Jewish nation, while the second set of titles refers to God’s universal and unchanging law of love for God and neighbor. The first set of laws is no longer binding, but the second set is binding for all people for all time.

Romans 8:2
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.

Galatians 6:2
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:21
To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.

1 Corinthians 9:21
When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.

Galatians 3:2
Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ.

Hebrews 10:1
[ Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All ] The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves.

Hebrews 10:8
First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses).

Matthew 2:4
He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law.

Matthew 5:19
So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Are you saved?

savedAre you saved?  Before you answer, consider what Catholic theologian Scott Hahn has to say:

“Did you know that the Bible nowhere states that you must accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? It is a great thing to do, but it is not what Jesus was talking about when He told Nicodemus in John 3:3 that he had to be born again. Jesus clarified what he did mean when he said, just two verses later, that ‘you must be born of water and the Spirit’, which He stated in reference to baptism. John finished describing Jesus’ discourse with Nicodemus in verses 2-21; he stated in the very next verse that ‘after this Jesus and His disciples went into the land of Judea; there He remained with them and baptized’. And a few verses later, John reported how ‘the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John.’ In other words, when Jesus said that we must be born again, what He meant was baptism.”

Preserving Scripture

 The Church, inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit, is responsible for the formulation, preservation and integrity of the Sacred Scriptures. For 1,500 years, when there were no Baptists, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Methodists, Anglicans, Evangelicals, non-denominationals or any other Christian church of any type, the Catholic Church preserved the Scriptures from error, saved them from destruction and extinction, multiplied them in every language under the sun, and conveyed the truths they contained to people everywhere.

The Bible is the most profound and sublime collection of writings in human history. It therefore goes without saying that these writings are difficult to understand. Individual interpretation of the Bible is a very slippery path that leads people to great confusion, heartache and distress.

This is why the Catholic Church has, in her wisdom, so vigorously defended her sole right to interpret the meaning of the Scriptures throughout history. The living voice of the Catholic Church stands as a beacon for all men and women of good will, and announces the life and teachings of Jesus Christ with tradition in one hand and the Scriptures in the other.”

Matthew Kelly

“Women, behold thy son”

catholism.orgRecently I was asked what the words of Jesus, address to His mother and the beloved disciple John, as He hung on the cross, meant.

“Woman, behold thy Son! Son, behold thy Mother!

 

Here is a portion of a quote from http://catholicism.org/woman-behold-thy-son.html which gives a short but very good answer to this question,

“Woman, behold thy Son! Son, behold thy Mother!”

“These words, moreover, contain a mysterious reference, filled with solace and comfort for Mary, to the glad tidings which God announced to our first parents when He spoke of the woman who should crush the serpent’s head. Finally, the words of the Savior enfolded another great mystery. For, whenever He acted as God, as for instance, at the marriage feast of Cana, or before that, when He was found by His parents is the Temple, He never called Mary mother; He rather considered her as His creature. And now Christ, the Eternal High-Priest, was about to redeem Mary, as well as the rest of mankind, by His death.

“Woman, behold thy Son! Son, behold thy Mother!” Although these words of the dying Redeemer fill our hearts with sadness at Mary’s afflictions, although they spur us on to assure the mother of Jesus, standing under the cross, of our admiration and of our sympathy, still they are for us, as they were for St. John, words of the sweetest consolation. For in saying these words, Christ also thought of us. Undoubtedly John was privileged, inasmuch as he alone took the mother of Jesus into his own house and cared for her as for his own mother. But it is the conviction of Holy Church that, at that moment, John also represented the entire human race. In the name of us all, John received the consoling message. By consenting to the incarnation of the Son of God, Mary had already become our mother. But, before departing, Christ wished solemnly to declare her as such and to recommend the care of her spiritual children to her who is the second, better Eve and the true giver of life. Therefore the words of the Savior, “Behold thy mother,” are to be taken not merely as an instance of tender, filial solicitude, but also as a last act of love on the part of the dying Redeemer, intended to embrace the whole world.

According to the will of Christ, then, Mary should be our spiritual Mother and we should be her children. For which reason we ought to render ourselves worthy of such a great honor by daily greeting her as our mother, by loving and revering her and by imitating the glorious example of virtues she gives us, especially of steadfastness in suffering. But she ought to be the mother not only of each one in particular, but also of all Christian families. Every Christian family should take her, as John did, and receive her joyfully into their house. Especially should we invoke the Mother of Sorrows at the hour of death. She assisted so lovingly at the death of her Divine Son, she will also assist us maternally at our demise and obtain for us the grace of a happy death.”

Jellyfish in the water!

jelliefishHi everyone, we will not be setting up this Sunday, Oct 27 for two reasons. First, there are a large number of Cannonball Jellyfish in the surf and although they say the Cannonball does not sting I disagree. I wore my short sleeve wetsuit the last time out and  came out of the water with welts on my arms and neck after several Jellies bumped into me.  The second reason is that  I am feeling a little under the weather but, I guess if you are going to get sick it is best to do it when there are Jellies in the water.

Have a great Sunday and if you must surf, be careful.

George

Oct. 20, today

images nsbHi everyone, there is a small swell in the water today out of the East so, we will be setting up on NSB at 10:30, tide permitting. The winds are forecast to turn on shore in the early afternoon, so the surfing will be better earlier rather than later.

See you on the beach.

God bless

George

Pro!-Life Sunday

pro-lifeHi, everyone.  This Sunday’s ministry will not be on the beach. It will be on the corner of North Woodland Blvd. by Office Depot here in Deland. We will “stand for life.” Come join the life chain, our pro-life witness.  Your presence will make a difference.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 6th.

Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Blessings,

George

The Real Presense

Eucharist2The other day when I was sitting in church before Mass, gazing at the tabernacle, I was thinking about the mystery of Jesus being truly present in the Eucharist and how awesome this is.  Then an even more awesome thought came to me:  Jesus is here because He loves us, and I am here because Jesus loves ME and has called ME into His presence.  Wow!   I have known He loves me for a long time, but in that moment I felt His love for me in a way I never had before.

You never know what’s going to happen when you sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament.