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Keep Your Eyes on Jesus. By Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr.

Many passages in the Bible give us encouragement when we are going through trials and tribulations.. Obviously God intended that the writers to include these passages in the Bible to give us courage in our storms.
For example, in the book of Isaiah we read, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you; stop being anxious and watchful, for I am your God. I give you strength, I bring you help, I uphold you with my victorious right hand. (Isa 41:10)
And in the Book of Romans we read, With God on our side who can be against us? Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph by the power of him who loved us (Rom 8:31-37)

Who Do You Say That I Am? By Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr.

Peter’s answer makes sense. He and his brother, Andrew, had already made considerable sacrifice to follow Jesus. They had left their thriving fishing business and the security of their Galilean home in response to Jesus invitation, “Come, follow me.” They had staked their very lives on the assumption that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, the one who would restore the fortunes of Israel and save the people.

Congratulations to Jackie Robinson West. By Reverend Andrew C. Smith Jr.

We serve a mighty God. Congratulations to Jackie Robinson West. They are the United States Little League Champions! We are so proud of their accomplishments. It lets the world know that they cannot believe all of the negative stereotypes about African-American males. These young men displayed work ethic, character, and perseverance.

The Parable of the Workers. By Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr.

It is not always easy to understand the ways of God. In today’s gospel we see the workers failing to understand why those who worked just one hour received the same wages as those who worked all day. It reminds us of our futile attempts to understand why some people seemingly have been dealt a better hand than others going through life. Why does God apparently give more blessings to some than to others?

07.20.2014. A Tribute to the Effectiveness of God's Word. By Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr.

In today's first reading there is a tribute to the effectiveness of God's word. The Prophet Isaiah tells us that God's word will not come back void, but do God's will. The message behind the reading therefore, is that the word of God has a purpose; a purpose that is to be realized every time we hear the word.

07.13. 2014. The Impact of Peter and Paul upon the Church of Jesus Christ. By Reverend Andrew C.Smith, Jr.

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. The impact of Peter and Paul upon the Church of Jesus Christ cannot be overstated. In today's first reading from the Acts of the Apostles we learn that King Herod had James killed by the sword. He then had Peter put in prison under guard of four squards of four soldiers each. King Herod had planned a similar fate for Peter, but God intervened.

06.22.2014. The Feast of Corpus Christi. By Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr.

Good morning Holy Angels,

Today we celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (feast of Corpus Christi).

In the Gospel passage today Jesus is really explaining what takes place during the Last Supper and every Mass. It is another take on the Last Supper, looking at the Last Supper from another angle so that we get a fuller understanding.

06.01.2014. The Feast of Ascension. By Reverend Andrew C. Smith, Jr.

Today we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. After the resurrection, Jesus taught his disciples about God’s kingdom for forty days (Acts 1:3) and then he was “taken up” to heaven (Acts 1:2, 11). The cross and empty tomb are at the very heart of the gospel message proclaimed by Jesus’s followers throughout history (1 Corinthians 15:1–4).

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