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Ep9 The Founding of Christ’s Church

Father Len traces the history and traditions of the Church Jesus founded back 4000 years and explains the relationship between Judaism and Catholicism.

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Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom

  • The Catholic (Universal) Church Jesus founded is the longest running institution in human history.
  • History teaches us wisdom if we are open to it and willing to learn.
  • The Catholic Church is the branch of Judaism that believes that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.
  • Jesus is the fulfillment of Judaism.
  • Jesus came to reform religion and fulfill the prophecies of opening it up to the Gentiles.
  • Jesus wants a church that is a family that includes everyone.
  • Jesus starts an institution, a church, which “the gates of hell will not prevail against.”
  • Tradition, everything Christ handed on to his apostles, is a big deal in Catholicism.
  • Jesus picks 12 apostles from among his disciples to lead his church. He leaves them a structure, stories and a way of worshiping to guide them. These traditions and principles have continued unbroken for 2000 years.
  • Jesus commanded the 12 leaders of his church to go out and baptize the world in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus didn’t leave anything written. He didn’t write any books.
  • The Bible was written by the Church, the second-generation of disciples, as the 12 apostles began to die off. It’s written so Gentiles can understand the religion of Jesus.

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Ep2 The Religion of Jesus

Father Len explores the Bible story of a wealthy and powerful man and a bankrupt and outcast old woman. Both seeking healing from Jesus. The story reveals the essence of the religion of Jesus and puts our beliefs about religion on trial.

Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom

  • Jesus pushes us to take religion beyond just believing that He is the Messiah and being a good person obeying moral laws.
  • Jesus dismisses laws in the Book of Leviticus that reject or marginalize people.
  • “If the best that you can say about your life is that you’re a good person who obeys all the moral laws, you’re boring and lack spiritual depth.” – Father Len
  • The Book of Wisdom tells us that God is about love, life, and healing. God rejoices in welcoming and loving all people.
  • Jesus gives us a test of religion. Do we want a religion that is about rules, regulations, and moral laws that causes us reject or marginalize some people? Or, do we want the religion of Jesus that accepts and loves all people unconditionally?
  • “Let your heart be broken when people are marginalized, rejected, or treated as if they’re dead. Believe in the way of Christ. Believe in life and unconditional love for everybody.” – Father Len
  • Bible stories explored in this episode:
    • Book of Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
    • Gospel According to Mark 5:21-43
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