“Taste and see” does not mean, “Check out God’s credentials.” Instead, it is a warm invitation: “Try this; I know you’ll like it.” When we take the first step of obedience in following God, we cannot help discovering that He is good and kind. When we begin the Christian life, our knowledge of God is partial and incomplete. As we trust Him daily, we experience how good He is.
For Jews the highest human authority was the high priest. For us Christians, the highest human authorities were God’s messengers, the apostles. Jesus, God’s Messenger and High Priest, is the ultimate authority in the church.
Our Best Defense
In late January 1956, during the tense days of the Montgomery Boycott, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. could not sleep. A threatening phone call had terrified him. So he prayed, “I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But now I am afraid. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter, I am at the end of my powers….I can’t face it alone.”
The Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr., the Pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church, presides over the Mass conducted on January 11, 2015.
Christmas – that time of the year when the courtrooms are once again filled with the not-so-merry sounds of lawyers arguing about rather nativity scenes violate someone’s civil rights or whether Christmas carols can be sung at a school concert.
The Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr., the Pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church, presides over the midnight Mass on December 25th, 2014.
Selma is the story of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Our society idolizes the so-called- “beautiful people”- popular entertainers and models whose youthful faces dominate the pages of the magazines at the supermarket check-out. But such attractiveness has nothing to do with the kind of beauty that delights the heart of God.
If God sent you to do something significant for Him, how would you expect to be treated? Like a celebrity in a motorcade? How would you expect to feel? Important and confident? Secure in knowing exactly where you were headed and what you were to do?