iwanttomeetchrist said: And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. (Matthew 23:9 KJV).... Just saying 👍 laters.
Why do you think Jesus called Abraham “father Abraham?” Why do you think the Bible writers use the term “God of our fathers” instead of saying the “God of our ancestors?”
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus (Acts 3:13).
So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them (Romans 4:11).
Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel (1 Corinthians 4:15).
Moreover, brethren, I want not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea (1 Corinthians 10:1).
But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel (Philippians 2:22)
Christians have to be careful not to take verses out of the Bible and twist them and misinterpret them. In the context of where Jesus says call no one your father, and call no one your teacher, he is rebuking the pride of the pharisees, who liked titles without having the responsibilities that go along with those titles.
Jesus did not mean to abolish the title “father” because we have earthly fathers and we call them father. Jesus did not mean to abolish the title “teacher” because we all have had teachers and we called them teacher. What Jesus wanted to abolish was being called father or teacher just for the sake of having honors.
But when Jesus Himself called Abraham his father, He did that because Abraham truly was a man who exercised spiritual fatherhood. And when St. Paul called himself the father to the Christians at Corinth, or a father to Timothy, it is because he had preached the Gospel to them and baptized them. He truly exercised spiritual fatherhood.
Spiritual fatherhood is a good thing. It means that a man takes responsibility in the Church to preach, to baptize, to mentor, and to love his flock as if they were his own sons and daughters.
It would be a terrible thing to use the words of Jesus to say that Paul was wrong, and no man should be called father. Doing that would rob a lot of sons and daughters of the father-child relationship which they need to feel in the Church. Even in the Old Testament, people called the prophets “father” such as when Elisha did this to Elijah:
Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two (2 Kings 2:12).
Men need to be fathers, and they need to be called father, and reminded of what it means to be a caring and responsible father, even to those who are not their flesh and blood. Too many men have abandoned their children and in the church many godly men have taken the role of being a father to the fatherless. Just saying.
God bless and take care, Fr. Angel
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damn the pope about to preach some sick verses
the guy beatboxing behind him
YO YO YO Pope P-Money Francizzle in da HOUSE (of God),
Layin’ down some psick Psalms and some wicked Wisdom~
Old Gregory’s rhymes, they might leave you tired,
But just like that plainchant, my words are inspired
I’m dope, I’m the Pope, and you know I’m infallible,
Sayin’ a Mass in my alb, stole, chasuble
I got nuns in my posse and cardinals in my crew
We followin’ Christ, that most radical Jew,
The Son of God, the Way and the Truth and the Light
Second Person of the Trinity, you know he’s a’ight, we tight, yo
Teachin’ the catechism, no time for schism
Don’t like what I’m preachin’, check it out, no need to get mad again
I’m bloggin’ and tweetin’ God’s word from the Vatican
You diggin’ my beats, you think I got it goin’ on
Why don’t you check out the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John?
Or the writings of Augustine
He always bustin’
Out the rhymes
For the love of The Lord, he gave up all his good times
I ain’t done yet, but for now, I gotta jet
Can’t say when I’ll be back
Like my homeboy Christ, don’t know the hour or the day
Till then, pull out your rosary, read my encyclical, and pray
PEACE OF CHRIST
Someone send this to the Vatican. Now.
"… the Gospel is not merely a communication of things that can be known—it is one that makes things happen and is life-changing. The dark door of time, of the future, has been thrown open. The one who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new life." - Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi
We would be a lot happier if we would take this line to heart: Life is hard. It’s just that simple. Somewhere along the line, most of us bought into the lie that tells us life is supposed to be easy… I suppose at times we need to be reminded that Jesus invited us to pick up our crosses, not our beach chairs.– Father Dave Pivonka, T.O.R. (via askthecatholic)
Today, July 6, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Maria Goretti, one of the Roman Catholic Church’s youngest canonized saints. She is the patron saint of crime victims, teenage girls, modern youth and children of Mary. She was beatified on April 27, 1947 and was canonized on June 24, 1950 both by by Pope Pius XII.