Coming Home to the Church

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Speaker : Fr Joel Jason



* Lost without your love
– Lost without God’s love
* Home is not only a building of stones and marbles
It is going back to the loving embrace of our Father
Mark 10:17-22
The Rich and the Kingdom of God
“As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him.
   “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
   “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
   You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery,
   you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud,
   honor your father and mother.’”
   “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
   Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said.
   “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
   Then come, follow me.”
   At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

–> The problem of the man is not that he is rich, but that he is lost
–> Restless – felt lost – he was not at home

* Homing principles
  1. Be Hungry – a different kind of hunger
There is a heaven sized hole in our heart, and nothing less than the infinite can fill us
– something less than God cannot fill this hole.
– You will always be restless
– what do we do and where do we go to satisfy our heart
– What am I feeding my heart with?

Ecclesiastes 3:11
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart;
      yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

– Hunger not so much for happiness as for holiness
– If you hunger for holiness, hapiness is always a biproduct
– Pope Benedict 16th condemned false infinity
or Shallow pleasures, Fleating entertainment
– Be hungry, hungry of the things of God

  2. Be Humble
– Humility is not easy
– The devil can never kneel to God
– Bend knees in prayer
– Kneel before God
a. Seek counsel and help
– find someone who can be your accountability partner
– make sure that that person will not be afraid to confront you of the truth
– The truth is only hated for the people who hate the truth
– State of perfection vs the road to perfection
– As long as we are still on earth, we are still on the road to perfection,
we fall, we slide back, but we continue towards perfection
– A man of virtue is not someone who is always right but who is always wrong
but always goes back to the right path
– It was pride who turned angels to devils, it was humility that change humans to angels

   3. Be More
– Dont be satisfied with mediocrity
– The problem with you is not that you desire too much but you desire too little
– Desire for God not just the gift that He is giving


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