Will those who think clearly about Today’s Reading be Catholic? #7.

Luke 18:38 tells us to ask:  “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”  Then, Jesus will let us see how to get into Heaven.


Question 1: “Does Today’s Reading give reasons to be Catholic?”

Answer: “Jerome 7:23-28 begins with repeating God’s ‘command to His people’:

‘The Lord says: ‘This is what I have commanded My people:  ‘Listen to My voice.  Then, I will be your God and you will be My people’.


Question 2:  “What are we to do after we ‘listen to God’s voice’?”

Answer:  “We should obey His Direct Order!  ‘Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.’  God’s order is to obey all His Commandments.”


Question 3:  “What did those early examples of ‘Willful Protestants’ do?”

Answer:  “‘But, they did not heed or obey.  They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts.  ‘They turned their backs, and not their faces to Me.’  They ignored God’s Prophets, and ‘they did not obey or pay heed’.  Instead, ‘They stiffened their necks and do worse than their fathers’.


Question 4:  “Does God tell what always happens to those who reject His Word?”

Answer:  “‘They become a nation that does not listen to God’s voice or to God. They do not take correction.  Their faithfulness has disappeared, and the word itself is banished from their speech.’  Today, many want to ‘ban’ the word ‘faithfulness’.


Question 5:  “Do the Psalms tell us we can be cured from willful disobedience at this very moment?”

Answer:  “Today’s Response tells us to avoid the sin of ‘heart-hardening’:  ‘If today you hear His Voice, harden not your hearts.’ 

Psalm 95:6-7 tell us what we must do to save our lives and souls:  ‘Enter, let us bow down in worship;  let us kneel before The Lord Who made us.  For He is our God, we are the people He shepherds and the sheep in His hands.’

Today’s Reading from Joel2:12-13 tells us how everyone can choose to be saved:  ‘Yet even now .  .  . return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning.  Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to The Lord, your God, because He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and relenting in punishment.’


Question 6: “Does Jesus tell us the same thing that The Prophets taught?”

Answer:  “Jesus fulfilled all that The Prophets taught in Luke 11:14-23.  ‘But, if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then The Kingdom of God has come upon you.’  The ‘finger of God’ includes the angels who do His Will on earth.”


Question 7:  “Did Jesus bring the ‘finger of God’ to earth when He Spoke His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church into being with His Word in Mt. 16:18-20?  ‘And I say unto you thou art Peter and on this rock I build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  I give you the keys to The Kingdom of Heaven.’?”

Answer:  “Jesus did give us those ‘keys’.  Catholics see Jesus as being:  ‘When a strong man who is fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe.’  No matter how often His Church has been attacked, Jesus has kept it ‘safe’ from clouds of atom-sized ‘demons’ by ‘the finger of God.’

We see living proof of His Power in the next sentence:  ‘But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.’  No demons have been ‘stronger’ than Jesus and His angels.  That is proved by the fact that His Church is still here and growing closer to God.”


Question 8:  “How does Jesus end Today’s Reading?”

Answer:  “He divides all humanity into two groups.  Then, He tells us what happens to one:  ‘Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters.’


Question 9:  “Is that a 2,000 year old Prophecy of Jesus that predicted nearly 50,000 Protestant Denominations, into which billions of people have chosen to be ‘scattered’?”

Answer:  “May all be blessed to think clearly enough to see the answer to that simple ‘Yes.’ or ‘No.’ question and live accordingly.”


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