Message from Fr. Tony 07.04.21
If Jesus walked among us today and performed miracles and taught us, how would we treat Him? Would we have the faith to allow Him to perform miracles of healing among us? Would we have the faith to allow Him to teach us? Would we treat Him with the faith and respect he would deserve or would we treat Him with the skepticism and contempt which the people of Nazareth showed Him as we heard in the Gospel today?
Jesus does continue His ministry among us today. His ministry is continued in the Church. During the Last Supper Jesus
ordained His apostles as the first priests of the New Covenant – and Catholic bishops are the successors of the apostles. He continues to be with us in every tabernacle, in every Catholic Church, at every Eucharistic celebration. Gathered in the Upper Room, Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit on the apostles and gave them the authority to forgive or retain sins. Before Jesus ascended to heaven he commanded the apostles to go out to the whole world baptizing and preaching. In so many ways the ministry of the Church is the continuation of the ministry of Jesus. Through His bishops, priests, and deacons, Jesus continues His ministry today. Jesus walks among us today and teaches us through the Church. So let’s go back to the question we asked at the beginning: If Jesus walked among us today, how would we treat Him? Would we have the faith to allow Him to perform miracles among us? Would we allow Him to teach us? Remember: He does indeed walk among us today! Fr. Tony