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one in heart and mind…

The practical idealism of the First Christians in chapter 4 of the Acts of the Apostles, who were one in heart and mind have as much to teach us in matters of faith than we probably can imagine especially when we continually claim that the right and left wings are two separate ways of living and thinking that have almost nothing in common. Over a period of time, I was accustomed to saying while both are on the other end of the religious spectrum, they are complimentary in the sense that each side has a response to the ever changing circumstances of our times, contribute to the church’s growth and deepen spiritual maturity. It’s just sad that a simple exchange of words ends up in a manner often worst than soldiers fighting in the battlefield. Its effects are pernicious, of course. Even among Church leaders, on some occasions, they avoid, remain adamant, insist on hanging out with like-minded folks, pass judgment and ignore a fellow in the hallway. The first reading today describes a Christian community in complete unity, sharing everything in common and never leaving anyone in deprivation under any circumstance. For many, it’s too good to be true because such a practice is almost non-existent, nowadays.

Besides the widespread ideological polarization in church affairs, I’m more concerned with the wider gap between the privileged, who think that what they have still aren’t enough to meet their needs and the grateful, who are contented even with limited resources and remain in gratitude for whatever they have. As someone ministering in the grassroots, caring for the neglected, the abandoned and the deprived carries more weight than dying to get a degree without any thought of doing anything concrete for the least. An average Catholic who spends time and lives with the insignificant is better than a genius who does nothing but think and plan. Amen? Amen.

This morning after the 6:30am Mass, a religious sister gave an unsolicited candid advice. It was well received. She said, Fr. Jojo, I liked your hairstyle, a lot better when you just got ordained. It was short and neat and you looked so cute then. With letting your hair grow, it seems you’re a teenager seeking for an identity. Don’t know whether it was conservative or liberal leaning but i’ll take it into serious consideration. 
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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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