• June 23, 2022

There is a lot going on these days.  Gas prices are up, and it costs more to travel. The food prices are higher and it costs more to eat and drink just to sustain life. In general, things are more expensive. People are hurting and concerned about paying bills. There are also plenty of social issues: race, sexuality, life, war. What is going on in the country, the world? People are hurting and angry. However, the sun still rises and sets as usual. There is still rain to water the earth to sustain its growth. We still get enough oxygen from the air that we breathe. God has not changed and has not made things difficult. Man’s ungodly, wicked ways and incompetence are causing the pains and struggles faced by many. Do we, like James and John, suggest to Jesus to call down fire from heaven to consume the ungodly incompetents?

When Jesus was not welcomed at a Samaritan village in Luke 9:51-56, James and John asked Jesus, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them? The Samaritans were hostile because Jesus was headed towards Jerusalem, which they did not acknowledge as a valid center for worship. There is a parallel situation in 2 Kings 1:9-12, when Elijah called down fire from heaven twice which consumed 2 captains and 100 men sent by the king of Samaria. This is because God was angry as the king consulted with Baal Zebub instead of God. Jesus, in his time, however, was not approving of James’ and John’s request. Jesus was focused on traveling to Jerusalem for his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension; his role for the salvation of mankind.

With all that is going on in these trying times presented by a corrupt and deceived society are you willing to answer the call the Son of God has for you? He is primarily interested in the salvation of mankind’s souls. At this time he is not ready to send down fire to destroy those who are wicked, even those who are misleading souls from God. Often we question why a God would allow for sufferings of the innocent, of good people. However, the time for the weed to be separated from the wheat will come.

Following Jesus is not easy and certainly not glamorous. It is the opposite of what the world teaches. In Luke 9:57-62 you can see the cost of following Jesus. He did say, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” He has cautioned that there is a steep price when following him. He, however, is encouraging those who are willing, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” He is looking for those who are willing. He is not necessarily looking for those who are gifted, talented or qualified. If you are willing, he will send the Holy Spirit to rouse up in you the necessary gifts and to arm you for his works through you to save souls. Remember, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” 

May God bless and inspire you, as you discern his call for you. The Church needs those who are willing to fire up the dormant souls. When we have strong believers with hearts centered on God, the country and world through the Church can be guided to a better place.


Bernard Chan,
Diaconate Candidate, 2025


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