26 Jan God Welcomes Us into His House….Heaven (Heb 9:27-28) by Stephen Holinaty
“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” ~ Heb 9:27-28 (full readings)
Stephen’s Reflections: In today’s readings we see that God made a new Covenant by sending His Son to teach, suffer, and die in order to open the gates to us sinners. God our Father reached out to Mary to Birth Jesus, our Brother. Jesus preached the Good News and suffered and died to open the Gates to Heaven for us. Though we have sinned and will sin again, God will always reach out to us in hopes that we will repent and continue to try and live a righteous life. Jesus lived, died, and will come again. We will live, die, and face eternal judgment. The righteous path will not be the easiest nor will it be without pain and/or suffering. But if we truly open our eyes we will see signs within everyday events that will let us know God is with us always. In turn we need to try and be there for people, we may or may not know, to help them as God sends people we may or may not know to help us.
* Stephen Holinaty is a cradle Catholic who is married to Soonie and together they have three children (Gabriella, Mykala, and Matthew). Stephen has been an early childhood educator for over 20 years..
Faith Challenge: “And if a household is divided against itself, that household can never last.” (Mk 3:25) We are part of many “families.” One that may include brothers, sisters, moms and dads, or classmates, teammates, neighbors and/or live-long friends; but ultimately we are all God’s children. We need to try and be there for all our brothers and sisters; for if we don’t our house will be divided
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Feast Day: St. Timothy
Faith Quote: Jesus said “Love one another as I have loved you.” Plant a seed of kindness even if you don’t get to see the fruits that come from it.