Ancient teachings are relative today

I The Purpose of Parables and those who understand , I wrote about Jesus speaking in Parables. This was His was of weeding out those with a hardened heart with those of purity of heart – who would hear His word.

I am going to bypass the readings from Mass this morning which in part I have covered already in and refer to scripture in No longer concealed in the tomb . I would like to share, the Roman Catholic Church – Pope Francis has elevated July 22nd the Memorial Day of Saint Mary Magdalena to a Feast Day, which is a very special honor. Reading some articles today I am afraid there are many who will still not accept her position in the life of Jesus and the other Apostles. The role of women in general, and perhaps all laity – well, I see points are being missed and I hope they keep the focus on Jesus where it should be and remain – in time they will get it -the wheels of the church move slowly, I think a very long road lay ahead. We are all “one”, the church makes divisions that Jesus did not.

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The one reading today that I would really like to address is from a letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians. This was included in the Divine office readings the day I first wrote this.  The reading included Colossians 3:1-17, I am going to lengthen this a bit by adding to verse 23.

~ Please read the area’s notated “footnotes” for “translating what these particular teachings were about – a certain group of people, in a certain time period, that we can relate to in some ways.

Colossians 3:1-23

Mystical Death and Resurrection. {Christians believe}

1If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory”


The above is St. Paul teaching the Colossians (per USCCB footnotes)

“By retaining the message of the gospel that the risen, living Christ is the source of their salvation, the Colossians will be free from false religious evaluations of the things of the world (Col 3:1–2). They have died to these (false ways); but one day when Christ…appears, they will live with Christ in the presence of God.”

Chapter notes:

“Their (Colosisians) teachings stressed angels (Col 2:18; “principalities and powers,” Col 2:15), which were connected with astral powers and cultic practices (see note on Col 2:16) and rules about food and drink and ascetical disciplines (Col 2:16, 18). These teachings, Paul insists, detract from the person and work of Christ for salvation as set forth magnificently in a hymnic passage at Col 1:15–20 and reiterated throughout the letter. Such teachings are but “shadows”; Christ is “reality””

Christians today, live in the presence of God, with God being within our hearts, the Holy Spirit within our soul.

Lets look at some of the negative aspects of human behavior, they are not Godly, they are not the way Jesus walked. As Christians (as well as many other good, people of other religions) these are good reminders here on how we should conduct ourselves.

Some of these readings, depending upon the version of the bible you may read – can completely turn one away from “hearing” the words. I think it is wrong, to boarding sinful to share the readings without more detail of the intention of the author(s). They frighten people – right off the bat “put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly” What??? – Right. Here we go again. Remember – God is in charge. God IS Love, Love IS God. So what is that first sentence below about? I’m writing this now – so you will read, and not be afraid, or turn away.


“* [3:5–17] In lieu of *false asceticism* and superstitious festivals, the apostle reminds the Colossians of the moral life that is to characterize their response to God through Christ. He urges their participation in the liturgical hymns and prayers that center upon God’s plan of salvation in Christ (Col 3:16).”
*false asceticism*
False Asceticism. ~
Saint Paul to 1 Timothy 4: (- I need someone to tell me why what St. Paul states here is the opposite of the Roman Catholic Church teachings and why it is supposed to be okay – when even St. Paul said no??? This was for Christian Clergy and Christians that St. Paul Spoke. It seems quite out of context in regards for the growth or preservation of Kingdom of God. Why would God not want healthy married men and women leading His church???    Experiencing all of the wonders and gifts that He has graced us with?!?

Did anyone not consider that perhaps some men (or women) chose not to marry (for the Kingdom) because of physical illness or deformities?  I debated not having children because I did not want to have them born with the same orthopedic issues that I had.  If I was born 2,00o years ago – I would not be walking.  Being in the pain I was in before surgery – I wouldn’t be walking or having children.

Jesus chose married  Peter – Rock of the Roman Catholic church… was married as were ALL of the original Apostles. Is this why so many leave the church??? Teachings are not consistent with the Bible. Teachings are not consistent with Jesus Christ, or our loving God).
Saint Paul to 1 “Timothy 4:
1 Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will turn away from the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and demonic instructions
2 through the hypocrisy of liars with branded consciences
3 They forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods (meat on Friday) that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth
4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected when received with thanksgiving,
5 for it is made holy by the invocation of God in prayer.
Counsel to Timothy. 6* If you will give these instructions to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching you have followed. 7 Avoid profane and silly myths. Train yourself for devotion,d 8 for, while physical training is of limited value, devotion is valuable in every respect, since it holds a promise of life both for the present and for the future.e 9 This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance.f 10 For this we toil and struggle,* because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the savior of all, especially of those who believe. 11 Command and teach these things. 12Let no one have contempt for your youth,* but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity (goodness).”

~ Back to Colossians:

Renunciation of Vice.

5 Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry. 6Because of these the wrath of God is coming [upon the disobedient]. 7By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way. 8But now you must put them all away: anger, fury, malice, slander, and obscene language out of your mouths. 9Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator. 11Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all.”

~ Confused? Worried? Read above “footnotes” & 1Timothy again.

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. 14 And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

*Footnotes: “* [3:5–17] In lieu of false asceticism and superstitious festivals, the apostle reminds the Colossians of the moral life that is to characterize their response to God through Christ. He urges their participation in the liturgical hymns and prayers that center upon God’s plan of salvation in Christ (Col 3:16).
The Christian Family
18 Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and avoid any bitterness toward them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they may not become discouraged.”
Love your family!
Your family is a true blessing from God. In Wives Submit to your husbands… I explain carefully what a biblical, Godly marriage is to be. Vs 20 & 21 (above) are strong reminders to remember to treat both your parents and children with love and respect.
God loves all of us equally. He does not see any difference, child, adult, rich, poor, young, old, dishwasher or clergy, Catholic or Jew – He loves all of us the same. He wants all of us to live lives that are joyful and full, in following His ways. Don’t fear God – allow Him to love you and – don’t be afraid to love him back.

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