Welcome to week 7 in the book of Exodus. Can you believe we’ve made it this far? I hope you are able to continue to persevere in these last two weeks. There is still so much for us to learn from Moses and Aaron. In my APPLY for this week, we’re going to be discussing Aaron and the choice he made. He is a leader of the people, set apart by God to lead the people on the right path. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do and it causes some problems. Find out more below.
Monday, May 14 Chapter 31
Tuesday, May 15 Chapter 32
Wednesday, May 16 Chapter 33
Thursday, May 17 Chapter 34
Friday, May 18 Chapter 35
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A couple weeks ago I shared some thoughts on the Protestant Reformation. A quick history lesson: members and clergy of the Church was not making the best choices. That’s an understatement. One of the biggest things they were doing was selling indulgences. An indulgence is a special blessing that can cut your purgatory time or that of a loved one. They aren’t for sale, they are prayers and penances you do for the redemption of others, not commodities. Members of the clergy were doing this and the Pope at the time turned a blind eye. This, along with several other things caused Martin Luther to get fed up and nail his 95 theses to the front gate of his monastery.
In our lifetime, priests have sexually violated the rights of children under their care. They abused their power and influence to bring harm to the most vulnerable and most precious members of our community. Sometimes, those in authority knew these atrocities were taking place, yet did not report these pedophiles to legal authorities, instead moving them from parish to parish, allowing them to abuse even more children.
The consequence of both these instances is a disillusionment with the Church and her teachings. Because of voluntary ignorance, spiritual and sexual abuse, members of the Body of Christ have left the fold permanently. Souls have been lost because people do not rejected the practices of church leadership, while not actually rejecting Church teaching.
I’ve heard it said that if one leaves the Church because the people in the Church are sinners, then their faith isn’t in God, but in people. And people will always be a massive disappointment as we will see in our readings this week. It is vital to our spiritual salvation to never put our faith in priests, nuns, or bishops. They’re people too, and sometimes they make horrifying mistakes. But we do have to stand up and speak truth to power when power is abused and misguided.
The final point I want to make is this. I’m a convert, I came to the Church from a family that was pretty firmly apposed to Catholicism and after the public news of priestly sexual abuse of children. I choose to be part of the Catholic church because her doctrine is sound. No where in any official Vatican document have I found it written that sexually abusing children or the selling of indulgences are morally or spiritually acceptable practices. I have never seen anything doctrinally wrong in the teachings of the Catholic Church. I am Catholic because Christ started the Catholic Church, not the Lutheran Church. I love all of the priest I have ever known, but my faith isn’t in them, it’s in Christ.
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