The blog is going on a hiatus (vacation) and will return. Keep the faith!
This very short letter (we have 6 verses today, not chapters) deals with problems starting to appear in the church from within not from outside persecution. There were just things that could not be tolerated (he calls them “worms” among other things). Sometimes, we are our worse enemies. We need to be of one mind and one heart. We need unity within the church. Let’s pray for that unity and understanding: one church, one faith, one baptism…”
Justin was a well-studied philosopher who came to Christianity. Because of his belief in Jesus and his background, he became an apologist, and is, in fact, the patron of apologists. We have a 2nd century description of the Sacrament of Baptism and the Mass from St. Justin. The word “martyr” that he took meant “witness.” It has come to mean one who witnessed to his faith by giving his life just as St. Justin did.
“Lord, let the Church praise You for the great things You have done for Your people. May we always recognize with joy the presence of Christ in the Eucharist we celebrate, as John the Baptist hailed the presence of our Savior in the womb of Mary. Amen.”
We are told that we have been purchased, not by money but the blood of Christ, from bondage to sin. Jesus has paid the price; now we are to live for the spirit.
Peter stresses to the second-generation Christians that because they have not seen Jesus in the flesh doesn’t mean that they are second-rate Christians. Our sacramental experience of Christ is genuine and real. Jesus is the center of our lives. If we place anything else at the center, our lives will tilt off balance.
It seems that in our time, every holiday dealing with those who served in the military is treated like Veterans Day. Memorial Day is different in that it honors those veterans who answered the call to service by giving their lives. So, let us pray for the souls of those who died in service to our country.