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The Last Shall Be First
Reflection on Readings For Sunday September 24th, Wisdom 2:12-20; James 3:16-18; Psalm 54:3-8; Mark 9:30-37
By Rev. Robert Johnnene OFD
Missionstsergius.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EverlastingLoveOfChristMinistry

This week’s readings have a series of powerful messages for us to consider.  They talk about how people who boast about how great they are, how
powerful they are could very well be in danger in God’s design of things.  I have chosen a few of the passages from today’s readings for us to reflect
upon and consider how and where we, and those in the public eye, are living them.
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.  But the wisdom that comes from heaven is, first pure; then
peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
(James 3:16)
Where you have envy and selfish ambition, you find disorder and every evil practice.  Envy and selfish ambition, how often have we and leaders of
corporation, governments and churches followed those goals?   How does the scripture tell us to overcome those evil conditions in our life?  By
seeking God’s wisdom and live a life that is considerate of others, full of mercy for those who are suffering because of poverty, illness or who have
hurt us in some way.  We are told to seek out peace not vengeance.
Remember what we are told in Romans 12:18-20
Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, "I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it," says the Lord.
James 3 further tells us “The harvest of Righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace”
Since we are in the seasonal time of harvest, possibly we need to work harder than ever before to harvest peace between those with whom we have
had disagreements.  We need to find the common ground to settle the petty differences that have divided all who all claim to worship the one and
same God, The Creator God, The God of Abraham, Isaac, David, Jacob and the Almighty Father of Jesus Christ.  We have sown the seeds of
discontent among the seeds of peace and goodwill.  Now we need to harvest peace and goodwill and leave the discontent for the weeds to be burned
and destroyed.
Mark’s gospel tells the story of how the apostles were arguing about who among them was the greater.  Christ knew this, as He knows all of our
thoughts, words and actions, and when they got to where they were to rest, Christ gathered them together and asked what they were discussing.  
When no one answered, Christ sat them down and told them;
“Jesus sat down and called for the Twelve to come to him. Then he said, "If you want to
be first, you must be the very last. You must be the servant of everyone. Jesus then took a little child and had the child stand among them. Then he took
the child in his arms. He said to them, Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me doesn't
welcome only me but also the One who sent me."
Can Christ’s message to us be any clearer?  If we wish to be a true leader, the first of firsts among people we need to become a servant to all.  We
need to have the innocence of a child that knows no anger or hatred.  Hatred, violence, anger are lessons that are learned and then nurtured by
people with agendas of their own.  
Our only agenda in life should be to live, work and think of what Almighty God wants from us.  We need to live our life attempting to emulate our
Redeemer and Savior, Jesus Christ, in all of our daily lives.
We can begin doing this by examining how we relate to the issues that our family and the world are facing today.  Do we judge people on how they
look, their color, the church they attend, who their partner in life may be, how much money they have? We should judge them on how they are
respectful of the needs of others, how they are always ready to help someone in trouble or need, by their love of Almighty God.
We live in troubled times.  We hear many versions of how life is going to change for us by doing one thing or another.  Politicians will be promoting
their agendas over the next 6 weeks all claiming to improve our lives.  Television networks are all vying for our eyes claiming to be the #1 network
that gives us the best news and entertainment.  Advertisers tell us our lives will improve by using their product.  The truth is the only way our lives
will ever change is if we change them within our selves.  Our lives and the world condition will only change when we begin to make a serious
examination of our behavior and how closely it and our lives are being lived in relationship to Christ’s teachings.  The chalenge is ours alone.  We
can not be seeking to be the top gun but must be willing to be the servant.
We need to become a servant of  God, serving our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and working to harvest peace among all God’s children.  May
Almighty God give us the Wisdom to know and live according to His way and not the way of mere mortals.  May God grant us patience, compassion,
forgiveness, and courage to live according to his way so that we may be welcomed into His Kingdom with open and loving arms.       AMEN.
Doing the Work of The Lord
A Reflection of the Readings for October 1, 2006
Numbers 11:25-29, Psalm 18, James 5:1-6, Mark 9:38-48
By Rev. Robert Johnnene OFD

The readings for Sunday have, it seems to me, a very important message for all who claim to be Christians and followers of Christ to
consider. One of the most important is found in the message of the Psalm and it affirms the truth about Almighty God that He listens to us and
answers our prayers.  If we put our lives in God’s hands, He will protect us and make our lives safe for us.  There is, of course, one condition
and that is we have to live according to how God, through Christ’s teachings and the commandments has instructed us.
I love you, O LORD, my strength.  The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.   I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.  For I
have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not done evil by turning from my God. (Psalm 18)
A second and even more powerful message is that by placing our measure of wealth in material things we are leading ourselves to possible
destruction.  The message found in James 5 is crystal clear, on a couple of points.  One concerns how one has gained their earthly wealth. If
you have accumulated profit at the expense of others by not paying a just wage, that profit will be like a fire that consumes you.  It also places
blame on those who live for only the material on many of the troubles that are plaguing the world today.
Now an answer for the rich. Start crying; weep for the miseries that are coming to you.  You stored up as your treasure for the last days a
burning fire. Laborers mowed your fields, and you cheated them – listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realize that the cries of
the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went
on eating to your heart’s content. It was you who condemned the innocent and killed them; (James 5).
A third message found in the readings concerns those who seem to feel that they are the appointed of God.  That they and only their message
is the correct path to God.  When the apostles told Jesus they tried to stop people who were not of their group from prophesizing and
performing miracles in the name of Almighty God Jesus said:
‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.
‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his
reward.’ anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great
millstone round his neck. (Mark 9)
Lastly, the reading from numbers has a very interesting and thought provoking idea for us to ponder upon.  This concerns a supposition about
what the world would be like if everyone was given the gift of prophesy by God.        If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and
the Lord gave his Spirit to them all!’(Numbers 11)
Just imagine it, every follower of God having the gift of prophesy.  If that were actually the case, the world might not be so quick to declare
war against other nations.  People would be more likely to be concerned about the needs of the poor, hungry, aged, sick, and more likely to be
more compassionate and less judgmental.  People would realize that a pure love between two people is a good thing not to be disparaged and
condemned.
As we contemplate these messages let us realize that throughout all of scripture God have directed us on the way to live and how we can gain
everlasting life with Him.  God expects us, no He put us here to live and do His work while we are here to gain the greatest wage and wealth
of all.  Everlasting life in His presence.  We have been sent out into the vineyards to be the hands, feet, mouth and spirit of Almighty God and
to actively wage the battle against the powers of darkness who are attempting to replace the infinite mercy, love, compassion of God with
hatred, discrimination, violence and greed.
Let us offer up a prayer to God, giving ourselves over to Him so that the truth of the Psalm becomes our truth, The LORD is my rock, my
fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
Almighty God,
I give you my hands to do Your work;
I give you my feet to go Your way;
I give you my eyes to see as You do;
I give you my tongue to speak Your words;
I give you my mind that You may think in me;
I give you my spirit that You may pray in me;
Above all, I give you my heart that You may love in and through me all to whom I come in contact with each and every day.  
I dedicate myself to doing Your will in all things and to become an instrument through which You might bring about peace and harmony to all
your children here on earth.                AMEN
Prayer by Fr. Robert Johnnene OFA © 1987
Jesus is the Gate to full Life
A Reflection for Good Shepherd Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter 2008
Based on John 10:1-10
By Rev. Robert Johnnene OFD
Mission Saints Sergius and Bacchus and Franciscans of Divine Mercy

Today’s gospel is one of my favorite and uplifting passages of Scripture and the image I see of Christ and what all
who are called as His shepherds here on earth should be. The Good Shepherd goes after a lost sheep and on finding
it carries it on his shoulders back to join the rest of the flock. This is what I feel this ministry has been called to fulfill.
In the Gospel of John 10, we hear the telling of how Jesus likened himself to a good shepherd.
Jesus said: ‘I tell you most solemnly, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but gets in some
other way is a thief and a brigand. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper
lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out.
When he has brought out his flock, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice. They
never follow a stranger but run away from him: they do not recognize the voice of strangers.’
Jesus told them this parable but they failed to understand what he meant by telling it to them.

So Jesus spoke to them again: ‘I tell you most solemnly, I am the gate of the sheepfold.
All others who have come are thieves and brigands; but the sheep took no notice of them.
I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: he will go freely in and out
and be sure of finding pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’
In the passages following today’s Gospel relates how Jesus lets us know that He has other sheep that do not belong
to this fold and He is there to lead them also.
In the ancient times, the good kings of the world considered themselves the shepherds of their people. In other
words, they had a responsibility to the people they ruled.
It is too bad that in this day and age the worlds rulers do not consider that they have a responsibility for their
subjects but look upon their subjects as people who are there to comply with their every command or rule no matter
how inhuman it is.
Christ, the Good Shepherd, considers every person and creature on the face of the earth to be his responsibility. He
does not want to loose even one of them. Christ’s Mercy and love for all of God’s children, Christ’s brothers and
sisters, is unending and without limitations.
Christ took a stand during His life on the side of all the downtrodden, distressed, alienated, sick, and the outcasts
and marginalized of His society and He expects those of us who have been called to be His shepherds here on earth
now to act in the same way.  No matter what some Christian church leaders and faithful have to say we are here to
serve ALL God‘s children. When the actions of people are opposed to how Christ, the Good Shepherd, acted they
cannot claim to be following Christ.
Jesus so loved all of us that he was willing to lay down his life for us so that we could have redemption and access to
the Eternal life with God. In today‘s Epistle from 1 Peter 2, verse 24 states “Christ himself bore our sins in His body
on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by His wounds we have been healed.”
Christ took on all the sins of the world in His flesh and died in the flesh so that all sin could die with Him. His rising
from death gave life to forgiveness and everlasting life.
Jesus Christ, The Good Shepherd, is seeking out all those who have felt unwanted and rejected and attempting to
call them back to His loving care and to claim their rightful place within the Mystical Body of Christ, The Church.
Christ is calling to us to “Come out into the light of the Truth, the Truth as spoken and taught by Jesus Christ.”
By our Baptism, we were called to be sons of God, free of sin, and to live according to the teachings of Jesus.
It is not through power, prestige, wealth, or fame that we are saved, but it is by love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness,
and generosity.
Christ calls each of as, as he said to Peter, “Feed My Sheep”. We feed Christ sheep by respecting and loving all God’
s children.
As priests, we are called to proclaim God’s mercy and love and to fight against injustice. We need to be supportive of
all the sheep of the flock, not just the healthy but, even more so, those who are poor, aged, ill or whose sexual
identity is homosexual.
We need to let them know that God truly loves them and wants them to live in His pasture safe in His loving
embrace.
God is calling us to come home, home to the truth and the nourishment of the Eucharist.
The Good Shepherd will take good care of us, if we but seek out the light of His truth within our hearts and return to
His loving care. Christ is seeking out all of God’s children who have strayed, been driven away or have felt unwanted
to bring them into the safety of the flock.  
Let us not reject His call but hearken to it and let Him find us and carry us to safety.

AMEN
A Reflection for Good Shepherd Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter 2008
Based on John 10:1-10
By Rev. Robert Johnnene OFD
Mission Saints Sergius and Bacchus and Franciscans of Divine Mercy

Today’s gospel is one of my favorite and uplifting passages of Scripture and the image I see of Christ and what all
who are called as His shepherds here on earth should be. The Good Shepherd goes after a lost sheep and on finding
it carries it on his shoulders back to join the rest of the flock. This is what I feel this ministry has been called to fulfill.
In the Gospel of John 10, we hear the telling of how Jesus likened himself to a good shepherd.
Jesus said: ‘I tell you most solemnly, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but gets in some
other way is a thief and a brigand. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper
lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out.
When he has brought out his flock, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice. They
never follow a stranger but run away from him: they do not recognize the voice of strangers.’
Jesus told them this parable but they failed to understand what he meant by telling it to them.

So Jesus spoke to them again: ‘I tell you most solemnly, I am the gate of the sheepfold.
All others who have come are thieves and brigands; but the sheep took no notice of them.
I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: he will go freely in and out
and be sure of finding pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’
In the passages following today’s Gospel relates how Jesus lets us know that He has other sheep that do not belong
to this fold and He is there to lead them also.
In the ancient times, the good kings of the world considered themselves the shepherds of their people. In other
words, they had a responsibility to the people they ruled.
It is too bad that in this day and age the worlds rulers do not consider that they have a responsibility for their
subjects but look upon their subjects as people who are there to comply with their every command or rule no matter
how inhuman it is.
Christ, the Good Shepherd, considers every person and creature on the face of the earth to be his responsibility. He
does not want to loose even one of them. Christ’s Mercy and love for all of God’s children, Christ’s brothers and
sisters, is unending and without limitations.
Christ took a stand during His life on the side of all the downtrodden, distressed, alienated, sick, and the outcasts
and marginalized of His society and He expects those of us who have been called to be His shepherds here on earth
now to act in the same way.  No matter what some Christian church leaders and faithful have to say we are here to
serve ALL God‘s children. When the actions of people are opposed to how Christ, the Good Shepherd, acted they
cannot claim to be following Christ.
Jesus so loved all of us that he was willing to lay down his life for us so that we could have redemption and access to
the Eternal life with God. In today‘s Epistle from 1 Peter 2, verse 24 states “Christ himself bore our sins in His body
on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by His wounds we have been healed.”
Christ took on all the sins of the world in His flesh and died in the flesh so that all sin could die with Him. His rising
from death gave life to forgiveness and everlasting life.
Jesus Christ, The Good Shepherd, is seeking out all those who have felt unwanted and rejected and attempting to
call them back to His loving care and to claim their rightful place within the Mystical Body of Christ, The Church.
Christ is calling to us to “Come out into the light of the Truth, the Truth as spoken and taught by Jesus Christ.”
By our Baptism, we were called to be sons of God, free of sin, and to live according to the teachings of Jesus.
It is not through power, prestige, wealth, or fame that we are saved, but it is by love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness,
and generosity.
Christ calls each of as, as he said to Peter, “Feed My Sheep”. We feed Christ sheep by respecting and loving all God’
s children.
As priests, we are called to proclaim God’s mercy and love and to fight against injustice. We need to be supportive of
all the sheep of the flock, not just the healthy but, even more so, those who are poor, aged, ill or whose sexual
identity is homosexual.
We need to let them know that God truly loves them and wants them to live in His pasture safe in His loving
embrace.
God is calling us to come home, home to the truth and the nourishment of the Eucharist.
The Good Shepherd will take good care of us, if we but seek out the light of His truth within our hearts and return to
His loving care. Christ is seeking out all of God’s children who have strayed, been driven away or have felt unwanted
to bring them into the safety of the flock.  
Let us not reject His call but hearken to it and let Him find us and carry us to safety.

AMEN
Jesus is the Gate to full Life
A Reflection for Good Shepherd Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter 2008
Based on John 10:1-10
By Rev. Robert Johnnene OFD
Mission Saints Sergius and Bacchus and Franciscans of Divine Mercy

Today’s gospel is one of my favorite and uplifting passages of Scripture and the image I see of Christ and what all
who are called as His shepherds here on earth should be. The Good Shepherd goes after a lost sheep and on finding
it carries it on his shoulders back to join the rest of the flock. This is what I feel this ministry has been called to fulfill.
In the Gospel of John 10, we hear the telling of how Jesus likened himself to a good shepherd.
Jesus said: ‘I tell you most solemnly, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but gets in some
other way is a thief and a brigand. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper
lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out.
When he has brought out his flock, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice. They
never follow a stranger but run away from him: they do not recognize the voice of strangers.’
Jesus told them this parable but they failed to understand what he meant by telling it to them.

So Jesus spoke to them again: ‘I tell you most solemnly, I am the gate of the sheepfold.
All others who have come are thieves and brigands; but the sheep took no notice of them.
I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: he will go freely in and out
and be sure of finding pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’
In the passages following today’s Gospel relates how Jesus lets us know that He has other sheep that do not belong
to this fold and He is there to lead them also.
In the ancient times, the good kings of the world considered themselves the shepherds of their people. In other
words, they had a responsibility to the people they ruled.
It is too bad that in this day and age the worlds rulers do not consider that they have a responsibility for their
subjects but look upon their subjects as people who are there to comply with their every command or rule no matter
how inhuman it is.
Christ, the Good Shepherd, considers every person and creature on the face of the earth to be his responsibility. He
does not want to loose even one of them. Christ’s Mercy and love for all of God’s children, Christ’s brothers and
sisters, is unending and without limitations.
Christ took a stand during His life on the side of all the downtrodden, distressed, alienated, sick, and the outcasts
and marginalized of His society and He expects those of us who have been called to be His shepherds here on earth
now to act in the same way.  No matter what some Christian church leaders and faithful have to say we are here to
serve ALL God‘s children. When the actions of people are opposed to how Christ, the Good Shepherd, acted they
cannot claim to be following Christ.
Jesus so loved all of us that he was willing to lay down his life for us so that we could have redemption and access to
the Eternal life with God. In today‘s Epistle from 1 Peter 2, verse 24 states “Christ himself bore our sins in His body
on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by His wounds we have been healed.”
Christ took on all the sins of the world in His flesh and died in the flesh so that all sin could die with Him. His rising
from death gave life to forgiveness and everlasting life.
Jesus Christ, The Good Shepherd, is seeking out all those who have felt unwanted and rejected and attempting to
call them back to His loving care and to claim their rightful place within the Mystical Body of Christ, The Church.
Christ is calling to us to “Come out into the light of the Truth, the Truth as spoken and taught by Jesus Christ.”
By our Baptism, we were called to be sons of God, free of sin, and to live according to the teachings of Jesus.
It is not through power, prestige, wealth, or fame that we are saved, but it is by love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness,
and generosity.
Christ calls each of as, as he said to Peter, “Feed My Sheep”. We feed Christ sheep by respecting and loving all God’
s children.
As priests, we are called to proclaim God’s mercy and love and to fight against injustice. We need to be supportive of
all the sheep of the flock, not just the healthy but, even more so, those who are poor, aged, ill or whose sexual
identity is homosexual.
We need to let them know that God truly loves them and wants them to live in His pasture safe in His loving
embrace.
God is calling us to come home, home to the truth and the nourishment of the Eucharist.
The Good Shepherd will take good care of us, if we but seek out the light of His truth within our hearts and return to
His loving care. Christ is seeking out all of God’s children who have strayed, been driven away or have felt unwanted
to bring them into the safety of the flock.  
Let us not reject His call but hearken to it and let Him find us and carry us to safety.

AMEN
What were the Sins of Sodom?
By Rev. Robert Johnnene OFA of Mission Sts Sergius & Bacchus
www.missionstsergius.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EverlastingLoveOfChristMinistry

As I began to write the reflection I planned to write a reflection that incorporated the
readings for both the Tridentine Liturgy and the Novus Ordo liturgy and actually
began to write one that found a common theme in both suggested readings.  
Upon further reflection and meditation I felt that I was compelled to write more than
one reflection and that the first one would address a common theme that is used to
discriminate against persons of a same sex orientation since one of the major purposes
of our mission is to proclaim the infinite and everlasting love of Almighty God for
ALL his children regardless of their sexual orientation.
The reading from Genesis 18:20-32 address the sins of Sodom, a passage of scripture
that many use to condemn those God created with a same sex orientation.  What many
forget is the beginning of the reading which is;
“The Lord said, ‘How great an outcry
there is against Sodom and Gomorrah! How grievous is their sin! I propose to go
down and see whether or not they have done all that is alleged in the outcry against
them that has come up to me. I am determined to know.”
It would seem that before the angels of the Lord even arrived in Sodom the people had
been committing a grievous sin.  I then went back and read the passages that come
before the reading for this Sunday where Abraham see three strangers approaching
and asks them to stop and enjoy the comfort of His humble abode. Abraham was
living according to the laws found in Leviticus 19 verse 33-34 where God is to have
told Moses
“When a strangers reside with you in your land, do not molest them. You
shall treat them no differently than the natives born among you, have the same love
for them as for yourself; for you too were once strangers in the land of Egypt”
There is also the law found in verse 18:3 which says; “You shall not do as they do in
the land of Egypt, where you once lived, nor shall you do as they do in the land of
Canaan where I am bringing you; do not conform to their customs”
It was the practice at that time in Egypt and the land of Canaan and even into the
early Christian times among Greeks and Romans that people would engage in sexual
acts as a form of worship to the GODS.  Notice here I said Gods not a singular and
one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God who created all things, but
false Gods like Baal, Venus, Aphrodite, and others.  
Just prior to and immediately following Geneses 18:20-32 we are made very aware of
the law of Hospitality that was prescribed in the laws of Leviticus.  
In Genesis 19 we have the story of how Lot when seeing the two angels approaching
invited them into his house rather that stay in the town square.  When the townspeople
of Sodom surrounded Lots house demanding that he send the two out so they could
have intimacies with them, Lot offered his two virgin daughters in their place.  If this
were about sex with men, why would Lot have offered His daughter?  According to
Isaiah 1, 3& 9 the sin of Sodom was lack of social justice and according to Ezekiel 16:
46-51 he describes the sin as a complete disregard for the poor and Jeremiah saw the
combined actions of the people of Sodom as general immorality and greed.
We who call ourselves Christians and followers of Jesus Christ must take into account
that if we were to adhere to the Laws of Leviticus we would be committing many sins
every day of our lives.
Chapter 7:23 prohibits eating the fat of any ox, sheep or goat and 27 prohibits eating
any blood so those who eat most meat, even if it only has a tiny bit of the fat in it have
sinned.
Chapter 11 of Leviticus forbids the following:
“You may eat the meat of any animal
that has hoofs provided it is cloven footed and chews the cud”
eliminated are rabbit,
pig,  and further down the chapter you are forbidden to eat Shrimp, Lobster, Clams,
but you are however allowed to eat grasshopper, locusts and crickets.  Among other
things forbidden according to the laws found in Leviticus are cutting your hair and
beard.  
In short, if we were to follow all the things in Leviticus, the world would most certainly
never have progressed any further than that period of History in which these laws were
supposedly given to Moses.  
According to Isaiah, Ezekiel and Jeremiah the sin of Sodom was not that of
homosexuality but one of inhospitality
The word “Homosexual” didn’t even exist until 1849 and then only in England, it
became more common around 1869.
God loves all His children, even when they have sinned and He is such a
compassionate and loving God that He will forgive us our sins if we but ask him. God
has created individuals with their sexual identity and I am certain that He had a reason
for creating people with a same sex orientation.  We mere humans are in no position
to criticize God for creating things as he has in fact we are to praise Him and then
respect all that he has created.  Those who have a same sex orientation are called to
respect their bodies and those of their loved one and not use the gift of sex just for
personal gratification but in a loving relationship.
Today’s world qualifies for committing the sin of Sodom as described by Ezekiel,
Isaiah and Jeremiah because our world today is more focused on fame, fortune and
pleasure than it is on caring for the poor or being hospitable to the strangers who
come into our communities.  Far too many forget that at one time they were strangers
in a New World and they had to assimilate and learn the customs and language but if
they were discriminated against, and many were, they adjusted and proved themselves.
Our neighbors are every person on the planet and that is truer today because of the
advances in travel and communication especially the internet. People from all over the
globe are communicating with each other more quickly and they are learning about
each other and the customs of the various countries.
Our ministry receives emails and phone calls from, not only people in the United
States but Romania, Spain, Greece, Italy, the Philippines, Chine, Japan, Sweden,
Canada, Ireland, England, France, Africa and Australia.  
Ours is a global community and therefore we need to treat everyone as we want
ourselves to be treated. We need to become true believers and followers of the Great
commandments Christ taught us. “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and body
and love your neighbor as you love yourself”
Let us ask God to forgive us our failures and assist us in becoming more kind,
generous and loving to all of the children of God regardless of the nationality, race,
creed, sexual identification or social Status.         AMEN