Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Feast of St Peter Chrysologus.

"Jesus said to His disciples: "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.  When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away." (Matthew 13: 47 - 48).

Thursday 30th July 2020, 17th Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of St Peter Chrysologus. (406 - 450). Italian. Bishop and Doctor of the Church. St Peter Chrysologus was the Bishop of Ravenna. At a time when the Church was faced with the scourge of the Monophysite heresy, St Peter defended the two natures in Jesus Christ: Human nature and Divine nature. His theological teaching and preaching are characterized by exceptional clarity. Peter came down to us from history as a great homilist and his theological work on the nature of the Incarnation and the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in salvation history has lasting value.

We have seen a number of parables on the nature of the Kingdom of God of which the seed is the Church. Today we see the membership of the Church compared to the catch of fish by fishermen. The haul of fish contains good and bad fish. Isn't this the true picture of every diocese, every parish everywhere?. There are Church members who are so offended by this mixture of good and bad Christians that they want to get rid of the "bad eggs" at once.

Let us see what Jesus says about this:

"Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth." (Matthew 13: 49 - 50).
God’s ways are not our ways. His thought is not our thought.

May God open our hearts to accept the words of His Son. (Cf Acts 16: 14).

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3 comments:

  1. Can you please elaborate on Gods ways are not our ways, and his thoughts aren’t ours?

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  2. I hope the full quotation below from Isaiah 55: 8 - 9 will make it clearer :
    "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,nor are your ways my ways—oracle of the Lord.
    9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thoughts."

    God does not think like human beings. His logic may not be comprehensible to us but it makes sense. His dimension is often eternal or very long term.

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  3. Thank you for responding so quickly. As I let that sink in, it’s a real wake up call. Thanks for looking out for our souls.

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