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Aug 132018
 

Do not neglect to fulfill your obligations to the house of the Lord by paying your offering, giving your loving and generous contribution

“But lest you offend these people, go to the sea, cast the hook, and open the mouth of the first fish you catch. There you will find a coin; then take the coin and give it to them, for me and for you “(Matthew 17:27).

 

The disciples of Jesus were being questioned whether Jesus happened to pay the Temple tax. Jesus did not answer either ‘yes’ or ‘no’, He first questioned the deeper meaning of things. “Do kings charge taxes of children or strangers?” Peter answered, “Of strangers!”

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Strangers are those who are not regarded as children. We are not strangers in the house of God, in the world that He created we are children. The truth is that the world treats us as strangers, and we live in this world with the strangeness of not belonging to this world, because we are of God.

Here are some things that are important to our thinking today. When we pay our taxes, it does not mean that we agree with them. For many of the taxes and fees we pay are unfair, too many, dishonest, and often not used in the right way. But not agreeing, not finding the way of justice through them, we can not scandalize, we must fulfill our obligations.

The first of our obligations is with God, with the house of God and with the things of Him. The tax levied on Jesus or his disciples was on the Temple tax. We do not pay taxes to our temples, we pay our offering, we give our contribution with our offerings. Do it heartily, do not do this as a stranger, but as a son.

The son has an obligation with the things of the Lord, to take care of the house of the Lord. We do not find Jesus preaching tithing, we do not find Jesus compelling anyone to pay tithing or even bind faith to the condition of paying tithing, but He presents us as an example, a detachment, as one who does not scandalize and wants to take care of what are the obligations.

Do not neglect to fulfill your obligations to the house of the Lord by paying your offering, giving your loving and generous contribution. Do this as a son!

But if the world treats us as strangers, even as strangers we pay our taxes, our contributions and do not be scandalous. Let us be an example for the world we live in.

 

Father Roger Araújo

Priest of the Community Canção Nova, journalist and collaborator of the Portal Canção Nova. Contact him: padrerogercn@gmail.com

 Posted by at 08:35
Apr 252018
 

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Let the Good Shepherd heal our wounds and let His life be in us.
“The thief only comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly “(John 10,10).

 
We continue to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd who guides, guides, directs, the lives of His sheep. Today, the Good Shepherd warns us that there is a thief who steals the sheep. And why does this thief steal the sheep? He kills, steals, and destroys the sheep.

It is important to understand that the enemy of our soul is a thief, he steals the souls that belong to God. He wants to rob us that we no longer belong to God, and then he kills and destroys the life of God that is in us. The thief tears away the grace of God that is within us, but he only does it if the sheep are seduced, if she lets herself be stolen from the lap of God.

When we are in Jesus, the thief of this world does not have the power to steal, kill or destroy us, because the Good Shepherd cares for and does not neglect us. Sometimes pastors are distracted and deluded by other occupations and concerns, but our Good Shepherd does not. He watches over, cares for us at all times, even when we run from Him.

The Good Shepherd awaits us, He runs after us. He wants to get us out of the hands of the evil one, the one who robs us of God, the one who presents deceptive, deceitful attractions that pull us out, pull us.

Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed from the lap of Jesus, let us not be taken from the fold of Jesus because the thief does not come as a thief; rather, he arrives with options to draw us. And when we wish to return, the heart is ruined, broken, lost grace, taste, taste for the things of Heaven.

Let the Good Shepherd, who came to give us life in abundance, to the full, to care for us, to heal our wounds and to have His life in us.

God bless you!

Fr Roger Araujo

 Posted by at 01:01
Mar 282018
 

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Our reference is Jesus who is in the poor, in the sick, in the suffering, in the humanity in which we live
“Mary, taking almost half a liter of pure and very expensive spikenard perfume, anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. The whole house was filled with the perfume of the balm “(John 12: 3).

 
Mary is the one who stood at the feet of Jesus; Martha was serving and Lazarus was at the table. Mary stood at the Master’s feet giving everything she had: her love, her heart, her feelings, her affections, her material possessions. The most expensive perfume one could have, she placed on the feet of Master Jesus.

Mary is the disciple who surrenders to the Master, is the disciple who in love with Jesus, surrenders all her heart. On the same side are the disciples of Jesus, but one of them is striking, because he finds scandalous what Mary is doing: an expensive perfume being placed at the feet of Jesus. And in a false spirit of caring for the poor, but a hypocrisy, she said: “What she is spending at Jesus’ feet could be used for the poor.”

We will always have poor people among us to care for, and we can only take care of the poor when we take care of Jesus when we are at His feet. It is not to despise the poor; on the contrary, we must first go to Jesus’ feet to know how to serve poverty, which is the humanity in which we live.

We do not do welfare work, we find Jesus at our feet and put ourselves at His feet to worship Him, to give ourselves completely to Him, to find the poor person of Jesus in the poor. Therefore, the first attitude of the poor is always to put themselves at Jesus’ feet.

We can not fall into that view that we do much for the poor or that we work on the streets. The first place we address is at the feet of Jesus, we worship Him and put ourselves entirely at His feet. When we do not do this, we lose ourselves in what we do, we lose ourselves in our work, in our obligations. We get lost because the reference is missing.

Our benchmark is Jesus who is in the poor, the sick, the suffering, the humanity in which we live. We find Jesus in each one, so we do not disappoint ourselves, we do not get hurt and our heart will not hurt for anything when we have a point of reference. Our benchmark is always to be at Jesus’ feet!

God bless you!

Padre Roger Araújo

Priest of the Canção Nova Community, journalist and collaborator of the Canção Nova Portal . Contact: padrerogercn@gmail.com 

 Posted by at 01:01
Feb 072018
 
Padre Duarte Lara prega durante o Acampamento de Cura e Libertação

Fr. Duarte Lara preaches during a Healing and Deliverance retreat at Canção Nova

The sick touched by Jesus are healed
“And in the villages, cities, and fields where they came, they placed the sick in the squares and asked Him to touch at least the hem of His garment. And all who touched him were healed “(Mk 6, 53-56)

 
What are our diseases and infirmities, if not our exposed and known frailties coming to light. We are born fragile and there is nothing more fragile than a child when he or she comes out of its mother’s womb. Our fragility gives us an awareness of a supreme truth and a sounding strength in the life that is called God.

When we take our infirmities, our sick and sick to the presence of Jesus, to be touched by Him, we, too, are touched by the strength of God.

It is the Lord who strengthens us, because we are not strong. God is strong! When He is in us we are strengthened and placed on our feet.

We can train a lot and stay strong and muscular, but only sooner or later, fragility knocks at our door. I must say that it is very important that we become aware of our fragility, for when we are not aware of our frailties, we are surrounded and dominated by pride and pride.

Pride and pride blind us, deceive us and put us in the worst of diseases, because with them we do not see healing and strength, and the healing and strength of our lives has a name: Jesus.

God sent His Son into the world so that all our frailties would be and be at the Lord’s feet of life. When we feel strong and believe that no evil can overcome us, the “snake bite” weakens us, the “sting of evil” makes us aware of how fragile we are.

God wants to strengthen each one of us!

Let us place trust and hope in the Lord, because He is our strength and takes care of our frailties.

God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

 Posted by at 01:01
Jan 022018
 

Messa e Giornata MarianaThe womb of Mary is the place of our communion with God, it is the place to rescue ourselves
“When the appointed time was fulfilled, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman” (Gal 4: 4).
 
On the first day of the year, we want to contemplate Jesus, the Son of God who became man and lived among us through a woman. It is wonderful to see that the biblical text, the Letter to the Galatians, emphasizes the fact that the Son of God was born of a woman.


You may think, “Every child will be born of a woman.” While ancient cultures always give value to the patriarchal side, to man, the Bible creates a new order, places this woman in the primacy of events. The humanity of Jesus alive, present and incarnated among us, takes place through the Virgin Mary.


It is important to understand that this child born of Mary is the eternal Son of God. Although Jesus is incarnate and we see Him only in His human form, in His human appearance, the way He manifests Himself in our midst, He is the eternal Son of God.


The Church puts on the first day of the year the celebration of Mary, the Mother of God. Many may think, “How will Mary be the mother of God, if He created Mary?” It is true. It was God who made her, she is a creature of God like us, but she was a chosen creature for the Son of God to be born through Her. This is the fact that we worship and turn to Her.


Jesus is incarnate in the womb of Mary. I see Jesus present in the Tabernacle, the Consecrated Host, but the first Tabernacle, the first dwelling place of Jesus in our midst, was in the womb of Mary. That womb nourished, nourished, gave vitality and vigor to the humanity of Jesus.


Today we want to contemplate the new creation, the new creature, the new man born in Mary. When we celebrate Mary, the Mother of God, just on the first day of the year, is precisely to say that in Mary all things are recreated and made. Jesus began salvation in the womb of His Mother, where the new Paradise, the new Eden, the garden that God created, was established for us to live our salvation and our communion with God.


The womb of Mary is the place of our communion with God, it is the place to rescue ourselves, to recreate and to rebuild. We want to start this year with a new life.


Everyone says, “New Year, new life,” but there is no new life if we do not start with God unless we allow Him to restore and do all things new to our lives. We must turn to God, that He may restore all things. Mary is the new creature, the new Eve, the new woman, the new humanity; is the full, redeemed human being. May It point us to the path of Paradise, Eden, the way of the new creature, because, we want to be new every day.
God bless you!

Fr. Roger Araujo

 Posted by at 01:01
Dec 212017
 

“Now I say to you, Elijah has come, but they did not recognize him. On the contrary, they did with him whatever they wanted. So the Son of Man will be mistreated by them “(Matthew 17:12).
 
The Jews awaited the return of Elijah; he was a well-recognized prophet in the Old Testament, he was the greatest of the prophets for all that he signified in the prophecy of Israel, in the teaching of the will of God, for the austere life he led, for the friendship and intimacy he had with the Lord.


The belief was that Elijah should return, but they did not understand the divine logic. It is not that Elijah would incarnate again to make himself present, but the “spirit” of Elijah. What he brought as the ardor of the presence of God in the midst of the people came in the figure of John the Baptist.


John the Baptist represented Elijah to the people, but they did not recognize him, not that John was the incarnate Elijah, but his values ​​were present in the life of John the Baptist.


Many went to John and were baptized for him, received his words, but many mocked, despised and ridiculed John, saw in him a madman.


Jesus is saying, “As they did unto John, and they did not recognize him as a prophetic sign, they despised him, even as they would do unto the Son of Man.” The Son of Man will be mistreated, will not be recognized, and we know that He, after all this, will still be crucified and killed by men.


Contempt is non-recognition, contempt means not receiving, it is, above all, expelling that sacred presence from the midst of our lives.
We can not despise the presence of God in our midst, let us not do this at all. We know that if we do not do it directly, we do it through indifference, in the slightest case, we do not recognize where God is present in our midst.


I could quote the Word of God, the sacraments, but there are visits of God to our environment that are ignored and despised, above all, when God manifests in the person of the neighbor. There is no closer visit to God in our midst than His visitation through suffering.


It does not mean that God wants us to suffer, but when suffering knocks at our door, God goes ahead to say that he is suffering with us and that he is at our side.


When I meet a sufferer, someone who is truly suffering, in my home, in my family, in the society where we are, there is the place to meet God, it is the place to welcome Him, there is the person of God present in the middle of us.
Let us not despise suffering, as if it were a curse, but find the blessing in suffering

Fr. Roger Araujo

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