Ideal vs. Real Christian Living

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter


Again, my apologies. The video feed cut off just before mass and I didn’t see it from behind the altar. So there was no video recording at all. But I’m glad I set up an audio recorder. And with that …

The Acts of the Apostles presents us an idealized picture, a romanticized picture of community life in those early days of the church. That’s perhaps why some Christian communities would like to take us back there, minus all the historical development of the last 2000 years. Granted they were smaller in number and likely from the same section of the civic community, plus they had the Apostles to guide them with authority and credibility, they shared a common perspective without much dissent. Their unity was based on professing one faith, being one in mind and heart, and being gathered around the Apostles. And that faith expressed itself vividly in their care, both spiritual and material, for one another.

The pharisee Nicodemus met with Jesus under cover of darkness, a symbol of his search for faith that he was still uncomfortable sharing with his friends. He was unable to grasp Jesus’ teaching of being born from above. For sure it was not an easy teaching to grasp. But Jesus was hinting that the Spirit of God at work in the believer’s mind and heart enables this new understanding of God, oneself, and the world. Faith is both God’s gift and our response. A purely human attempt to understand divine truth will fall short. God’s Spirit must draw us to a renewal of our minds and hearts first.

Even among those who claim faith in Jesus Christ today, we can have very differing perspectives on thorny matters like freedom of speech, immigration, economic assistance to the poor, to name a few. But perhaps if faith in Jesus’ resurrection enlightened our understanding, we would not be so divided. The Kingdom is already here, he has said before. And God’s Spirit brings renewal to our minds and hearts. The measure is still our care for one another. How do you think we’re doing?

This mass was offered for the repose of +Maryann McAuliffe.

Rolo B Castillo © 2020

4 responses to “Ideal vs. Real Christian Living”

  1. Thank you for all you are doing at this time to keep us connected. Hope you enjoyed the parade. May God bless you & stay safe & healthy . Blessings Monica & Richard

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    • Thank you Monica & Richard. I did enjoy the parade. Truly unexpected and heart-warming. I pray for you all as well. Keep safe. We will need to party hard when we emerge on the other side. Peace. Fr. Rolo

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  2. Thanks for this post. We miss your smiling generous self but always enjoy your posts when we read them! They bring a down-to-earth, everyday wisdom to us—a blueprint of what being a Catholic/Christian is all about. (…and has always been all about.) Stay well.

    Lois Vitt and Jeff Greenwell

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    • You are welcome Lois & Jeff. I have always known that unless I can understand the lesson of scripture for my own living, there’s no point trying to explain it to someone else. I will probably just confuse them more! Haha! The measure of all our “faith” is not what we think but how we speak and act. And that’s enough to worry about for a lifetime. Peace. Fr. Rolo

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