This reading from the Acts of the Apostles is something that has shaped even what we do as Catholics. We don’t realize the importance of because by the simple statement: “It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and ours too, not to lay any burden…..” If they did not come to that statement of faith, we would be part of a Jewish sect. By that simple statement, the church does away with a lot of the Old Testament, such as the kosher laws and the rite of circumcision.
After all did not Jesus in the Gospel promise the Holy Spirit to the Church to lead it in its journey of faith? It is an amazing thing that many people say: “I am spiritual but I am not religious.” I ask them and from whom did you hear about Jesus? It is the witness of the Church that testifies to the Resurrection of Jesus and his continual presence within the Church. And therefore you cannot be spiritual unless you are also religious. This is the height of selfishness, because to be spiritual and not religious is to be the pope of your own faith. It just doesn’t make sense.
The Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church and it is only in the Church that we can find the truth. How about you can pick and choose what you want to believe in? How Catholic are you? Do you practice your own sense of Catholicism? That could be the reason many of us are stuck in our progress towards the Lord.
I love you!
Words of Wisdom: 3 kinds of Catholics. Conservative Catholics believe nothing should be done that hasn’t already been done. Moderate Catholics believe something should be done but not quite yet. Liberal Catholics believe everything should have been done yesterday.