Welcome back to the Sunday Mass notes for 4-12-2015. Since this Sunday marks the first week after the celebration of Easter, the readings for today are focused upon the activities that occurred immediately after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Since the grave could not hold Jesus, if we have faith in Him we can trust that someday we too will rise from the dead with an incorruptible body.
Welcome back to the Sunday Mass notes for 4-27-2014. Since this Sunday marks the first week after the celebration of Easter, the readings for today are focused upon the activities that occurred immediately after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Since the grave could not hold Jesus, if we have faith in Him we can trust that someday we too will rise from the dead with an incorruptible body. This week we are beginning with the Gospel lesson in order to accentuate some of the themes that emerged from the Saint John’s message. Then we will move onto the first reading from the Book of Acts and conclude with the second from First Peter, a study that will continue for the next several weeks.
Revised and corrected on 2/24/2013
In an article[i] by Roman Catholic apologist Mark Brumley the author answers the question, do Catholics need to be born again?” He opened the article with the headline, “‘Have you been born again?’ the Fundamentalist at the door asks the unsuspecting Catholic.’
Brumley goes on to explain that as a Roman Catholic one is born again through baptism, and that the fundamentalists are wrong about their understanding of the need for a spiritual conversion experience or confession of salvation through praying of a sinner’s prayer. He incorrectly states, among his various false assertions throughout the article, that “The only biblical use of the term “born again” occurs in John 3:3-5 . . . although, as we shall see, similar and related expressions such as ‘new birth’ and ‘regeneration’ occur elsewhere in Scripture (Titus 3:5; 1 Pet 1:3, 23)”[ii]
Where does Spiritual Life Come From?
Spiritual Sally loved going to her Bible-believing church—she was the one that everyone called when they needed someone to pray for them. Why do some people seem to develop spiritual insights while others or even whole churches full of people seem to remain in the dark? What do these enlightened, “Spiritual Sallys” have that the others do not? The prophet Hosea 4:6 said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Flashing forward to the Book of Acts in the New Testament Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch who was reading the Old Testament, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The eunuch’s answer was, “Well, how could I unless someone guides me? (Acts 8:30-31).” The passage that this Bible lesson will lead us through shows a similar situation for Nicodemus in chapter three of John’s Gospel, a man without a full understanding of the things of God. How could he understand spiritual life except if Jesus explains it to him? Since spiritual life is a crucially important mystery done completely by God, we must trust in Jesus and not in our own wisdom.