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Brethren: Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered Himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints: or obscenity, or foolish talking, or scurrility, which is to no purpose; but rather giving of thanks. For know you this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean, or covetous person (which is a serving of idols), hath inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the children of unbelief. Be ye not therefore partakers with them.
For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk then as children of the light. For the fruit of the light is in all goodness, and justice, and Truth.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Luke, Chapter 11, Verses 14-28.
At that time Jesus: was casting out a devil, and the same was dumb: and when He had cast out the devil, the dumb spoke: and the multitudes were in admiration at it.
But some of them said: He casteth out devils by Beelzebub, the prince of devils. And others tempting, asked of Him a sign from heaven.
But He, seeing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself, shall be brought to desolation, and house upon house shall fall. And if Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say, that through Beelzebub I cast out devils. Now if I cast out devils by Beelzebub; by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I by the finger of God cast out devils; doubtless the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his court, those things are in peace which he possesseth. But if a stronger than he come upon him, and overcome him; he will take away all his armour wherein he trusted, and will distribute his spoils. He that is not with Me, is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me, scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through places without water, seeking rest; and not finding, he saith: I will return into my house whence I came out. And when he is come, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then he goeth and taketh with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and entering in they dwell there. And the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.
And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to Him: Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the paps that gave thee suck.
But He said: Yea rather, Blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.
Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel.
But Ephesus was also the capital of Asia Minor and many pagans of the East came to Ephesus to worship in the temple of Diana which attracted various false philosophers and other false teachers, some of whom had infiltrated the Christian Catholic Church there which Saint Paul had established.
Today’s Epistle was written about 29 years after Christ had Ascended into Heaven, when Saint Paul was a prisoner in Rome. In this Epistle he admonishes the Christian Catholics in Ephesus to firmly hold the Christian Catholic Faith and warned them, as well as the Christian Catholics of the neighboring cities, against the sophistry of these false philosophers and other false teachers, especially those who had infiltrated the Christian Catholic Church at Ephesus.
But Saint Paul also writes about the Virtue of Charity in this Epistle, teaching, not only the Ephesians of his day, but all Christian Catholics of every age, including all Christian Catholics today, to be followers of God, as most dear children and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us (Ephesians 5:1-2).
So here God the Holy Ghost, through the pen of His inspired writer, Saint Paul, exhorts all of us who consider ourselves to be Christian Catholics, that we must be followers of God. This means to be conformable to God.
Christ explains it to us this way: Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48). The reason all of us should be perfect is because we are God’s most dear children.
To be perfect means to be virtuous; in other words, to be good. Just as virtuous, good children, who love their natural Father and, who, in turn, are loved by him, have the disposition and qualities of their Father and take after him, so also, we, being children of God, must become conformable to God in our conduct towards others, especially our fellow Christian Catholics.
But because the Virtue of Charity is the first and the greatest precept of God, and the greatest of all of the Virtues, because Charity is the bond of perfection (Colossians 3:14), all of us must imitate our Heavenly Father in all things, so that we walk in love.
But who among us has seen our Heavenly Father so that we can know HOW to imitate Him? Remember how His Divine Son, Jesus Christ, has revealed to us, in response to a comment by the Apostle Philip: Philip, he that seeth Me seeth the Father also (John 14:9). In other words, we can know HOW to imitate God the Father by imitating God the Son. Christian Catholics, during this penitential season of Lent, should make an extra effort, a real, genuine effort, to imitate Christ and thereby imitate God the Father as well as God the Son.
Some of you might have taken pause at the use of the term “Christian Catholic”?
In other words, why is the term “Christian Catholic” used since Protestants are also “Christians” and even call themselves “Christians”?
The answer is to be found in a very clear, proper, and 100% accurate definition of what the term Christian Catholic really means in contrast with those who attempt, either through ignorance and/or deception, to usurp the word “Christian”.
Let all of us learn from a Holy Bishop of the Christian Catholic Church:
“7. Many things the Holy Spirit hath taught us, Whom God sent from Heaven to the Apostles as their Comforter and Guide. Many things reason teaches us, as Paul saith, and honesty, and, as he says, nature itself (1 Corinthians 11:14).In plain English this simply means that ALL Catholics are Christians! But not even ONE Protestant is an actual Christian or a Catholic!
What! Is the authority of Apostolic men, of Primitive Priests, of the most blessed Martyr and Doctor Cyprian[Bishop Saint Cyprian of Carthage, a.k.a. Thaschus Cæcilius Cyprianus, (b. 190 A.D. - d. Martyred on Saturday, August 14, 258 A.D.) He converted to the Christian Catholic Church later in his life time. He was Ordained a Priest in 247 A.D. and Consecrated as the Bishop of Carthage in about 249 A.D. ],of slight weight with us?
Do we wish to teach the teacher? Are we wiser than he was, and are we puffed up by the spirit of the flesh against the man, whom his noble shedding of blood, and a crown of most glorious suffering, have set forth as a witness of the Eternal God? What thinkest thou of so many Priests on this same side, who throughout the whole world were compacted together in one bond of peace with this same Cyprian? What of so many aged Bishops, so many Martyrs, so many Confessors?
Come say, if they were not sufficient authorities for the use of this name, are we sufficient for its rejection? And shall the Fathers rather follow our authority, and the antiquity of Saints give way to be emended by us, and times now putrifying through their sins, pluck out the grey hairs of the Apostolic Age?
And yet, my brother, be not troubled; Christian is my name, Catholic is my surname. [Christianus mihi nomen est, Catholicus cognomen.] The former [Christian] qualifies me, while the latter [Catholic] proclaims me for what I am. The latter [Catholic] demonstrates what the former [Christian] signifies.”
“8. And, if I finally must explain the word Catholic and translate it from the Greek into the Roman idiom, Catholicmeans ubique Unum - everywhere One, or, as the more learned - doctores - think, obedience to all the Commandments of God. Whence the Apostle, whether you be obedient in all things (2 Corinthians 2:9).
And again, For as by the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners; so also by the obedience of One, many shall be made just (Romans 5:19).
Therefore he who is a Catholic, the same man is obedient He who is obedient, the same is a Christian, and thus the Catholic is a Christian.
Wherefore our people, when named Catholic are separated by this appellation from the heretical name. But if also the word Catholic means ubique Unum - everywhere One, as those first think, David indicates this very thing, when he saith, The Queen stood at thy right hand, in gilded clothing; surrounded with variety (Psalm 44:10).
And in the Canticle of Canticles the Bridegroom speaketh these words: One is my dove, my perfect one is but one, she is the only one of her Mother, the chosen of her that bore her [Canticle of Canticles 6:8].
Again it is written, Clothed round about with varieties. After her shall virgins be brought to the King (Psalm 44:15).
And further, young maidens without number [Canticle of Canticles 6:7].
Therefore amidst all, she is one, and one over all. If thou askest the reason of the name, it is evident.” (Bishop Saint Pacian [b. ? A.D. - d. 390 A.D.], Bishop of Barcelona, Spain [360 A.D. - 390 A.D.], Epistola I, Contra Sympronianum, De Catholico Nomine, ¶ 7-8. Letter I, Against Sympronian, a.k.a. Sympronianus, On the Catholic Name, ¶ 7-8 [375 A.D.]; De Scriptoribus Ecclesiasticis; emphasis added.)
“There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim ‘Christian is my name and Catholic my surname’. . [Bishop Saint Pacian, a.k.a. Pacianus (b. ? A.D. - d. 390 A.D.), Bishop of Barcelona, Spain (360 - 390), De Scriptoribus Ecclesiasticis], only let him endeavor to be in reality what he calls himself.” (Pope Benedict XV, Giacomo Della Chiesa [Thursday, September 3, 1914 - Saturday, January 21, 1922], Encyclical - Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum - Appealing for Peace, promulgated on Sunday, November 1, 1914, ¶ 24).
Various Protestant leaders have hi-jacked the Catholic word “Christian” because they no longer like the word “Protestant” and had to find a substitute for it! Historically, Catholicshave always been Christians; but Protestants have NEVER actually been Christians!
Because, by definition, since Protestants are NOT Catholics, and since ONLY Catholics can be, and are, Christians, therefore Protestants can not be Christians because to be a Christian a person MUST ALSO BE a Catholic!
Plus, Catholics used the term Christian for over 1,500 years before some ex-Christian Catholic bishops and ex-Christian Catholic priests set up their own many contradictory/competing sects and factions of antithetical religions in the 16th Century! Some of them even wrote their own “bibles” - with each “bible” contradicting in some places the “bible” of their other Protestant competitors.
Bottom Line: Protestants, with their hundreds of contradictory sects, are not ubique Unum - everywhere One!
“It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.” (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)
For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to ask ourselves in the various situations we find ourselves from time to time each day: “What would Christ do in this situation?”
In other words, would Christ, Who is as perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect, yell and scream at someone?
Would Christ become angry or revengeful at someone?
Would Christ hate someone to the point of wanting to, God forbid, even kill them?
Of course not! Such things are not of the perfect Virtue of Charity, but instead come from the concupiscence of the flesh, being worldly and sinful and bringing upon oneself the wrath of Almighty God.
Instead, let all of us imitate Christ Who teaches all of us, or, if you prefer, think of it as a warning: This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Love, which is another word for Charity, does not mean to go around hating people, but instead, as Christ commands: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 19:19), something which today one sees on the TV news, and elsewhere, of how a certain demonic pseudo-religion goes around killing, and trying to kill, all those who are not members of that phony pseudo-religion of demonic, hateful lies, which only guarantees a place in the horrors of Hell for all eternity! It is, in no way, a religion of peace!
On the contrary, Christ commands us to also love our enemies, saying: You have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thy enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you. That you may be the children of your Father Who is in heaven (Matthew 5:43-45).
Obviously, the phony pseudo-religion of demonic, hateful lies, hates everyone!
But, for real Christian Catholics, the bottom line is, resolve to be... perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect, imitating Christ in loving even our enemies, instead of being as a child of the Devil and Satan, going around hating this or that person, and, what is worse, wanting to blow up that person, or otherwise kill as many people as possible.
When such victimized savages are prone before the Judgment Seat of the Just Judge, Jesus Christ, scarcely visible in the effulgent brilliant white light of the Throne of White Light of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ, only then will they realize they were lied to by the leaders of their so-called pseudo-religion which is nothing less than Satanic, and then Jesus Christ, their sworn enemy, Whom they hate with demonic fury, will immediately cast such Terrorists into the eternal fires of Hell where they will burn forever for their acts of Terrorism! Thus, the just fate of the Terrorists who are God-haters, hating the Holy Trinity!
On the contrary, let all of us: Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us. (Ephesians 5:2).
Our Blessed Mother asks Catholics to
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
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