A very special day/Un dia muy especial

Updated: Apr 23, 2021


Today is very special in my life because it is now 12 years since I was ordained a DEACON. (My priestly ordination anniversary is May 22, 2010, almost 11 years now!)

Hoy es un día súper especial para mí porque hace 12 años fui ordenado DIACONO. (Mi aniversario de ordenación sacerdotal es el 22 de mayo de 2010, ¡ya casi 11 años!)

Each priest is a deacon first --- that is ordained to service.

Cada sacerdote es un diacono primero ordenado al servicio.

The word deacon comes from the Greek word diakonia which means service.

La palabra diacono viene de la palabra diaconía en Griego y significa servicio.

I have always tried my best to remember that I am first and foremost called to serve each of you and never to judge any of you but to accept you just as you are.

Siempre he tratado de recordarme que primeramente estoy llamado a servirle a cada uno de ustedes y nunca de juzgarlos sino de aceptarlos a cada uno de ustedes tal y como son.

Service is about taking the person sent to you and loving them, caring for them, listening to them, meeting them where they are at in their life and showering them with compassion and understanding. Service is not about wanting someone to be where you would want them to be but rather having an encounter with the person God sends you just as they are.

Servir a una persona que Diosito te haiga mandado no se trata de querer que esa persona sea como tu sino de encontrar a esta persona en donde ella está en su vida y no tratar de cambiarla a que sea como a ti te gustaría que fuera.


God is in your life to accept you and not to judge you.

Dios está en tu vida para aceptarte y no para juzgarte.


God is not in your life to punish you but to love you.

Dios no está en tu vida para castigarte sino para amarte.


Dios no castiga a nadie. Nosotros castigamos y por eso creemos que Diosito nos va a castigar pero Dios es amor.


God does not punish anyone. We punish each other and thus we go on believing that God is an ogre who is just waiting to punish us. God is love. God is acceptance. God is not judgmental like we are. The only time Jesus ever refused to do something for someone in the Bible is when he was asked to pass judgment. It is not in God’s nature to judge. All other times when Jesus is asked to do something He does it like when he is asked to heal or raise people from the dead or drive out demons or provide food for a hungry crowd – He always does it no matter how tired He may be. Only when He is asked to judge does He say NO! God is not in our life to judge us but to love us. God is not in your life to condemn you but to accept you. God is not in your life to curse you but to bless you.

So why do you curse, condemn, and judge others? Stop it. As Jesus went through His life healing, raising people to life, restoring sight, spreading compassion, so too we are called in this life to do likewise.

Here is the quote from the Bible: Luke, chapter 12:13-15 "Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me. Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you? Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." God is calling you to accept the people in your life just the way they are not the way you would want them to be because He accepts you the way you are not the way He would want you to be. God doesn’t say “wait I will only love you if you become this or this way or change to be this or this way” --- No, God loves you right now and at this moment in your life the way you are. God will not love you more if you stop doing drugs or stop drinking or start going to church or stop gambling or stop gossiping or stop overeating or start praying more --- God loves you now just as He did before and just like He will tomorrow and the next day and forever. We should want to stop sinning because it’s good for us to stop sinning because sin leads to death. We shouldn’t want to stop sinning because of fear that God will punish us because God doesn’t punish anyone --- life will punish you if you continue going down the wrong path. We should also want to stop sinning because if you love someone you want to please them and make them happy and bring them joy and nothing pleases God more than to see His children get away from a life of sin and turn to a life of joy and love and hope away from the things that destroy His children here on earth like drugs, pornography, alcoholism, the casino, hate, grudges, resentments, and all the other sinful behaviors that kill us. Sin leads to death as the Bible says: “for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is life in Jesus Christ His son.” Romans 6:23.


Dios no está en nuestras vidas para juzgarnos sino para amarnos. La única vez en la vida de Jesús acá en la tierra que él se negó en ayudar a alguien era cuando un hermano le pidió que juzgara entre él y su hermano. Jesús le dijo que NO. Dios no está en nuestras vidas para juzgarnos sino para aceptarnos tal y como somos. Dios no está en nuestras vidas para condenarnos sino para acogernos a su pecho amoroso y abrazarnos con la ternura de su paterno amor. Dios no está en nuestras vidas para bajarnos sino para levantarnos. Dios está en nuestras vidas para bendecirnos no para maldecirnos. Vean esta cita Bíblica --- Lucas 12:13-15 "Uno de entre la gente le dijo a Jesús: —Maestro, dile a mi hermano que me dé mi parte de la herencia. Y Jesús le contestó: —Amigo, ¿quién me ha puesto sobre ustedes como juez o partidor? También dijo: —Cuídense ustedes de toda avaricia; porque la vida no depende del poseer muchas cosas." Así como Jesucristo se pasaba esta vida levantando la gente de los muertos, sanando y curando y liberando, ofreciendo compasión y compartiendo el dolor y los sufrimientos de los demás --- también nosotros estamos llamados a hacer lo mismo con los que nos toca encontrar en el camino de la vida. Dios no está en tu vida para condenarte sino para aceptarte y te llama a aceptar a los demás tal y como son no como te gustaría que fueran sino como son porque Diosito te acepta a ti tal y como eres. Nosotros nos alejamos del pecado no porque tememos ser castigados por Dios sino porque al pecar nos dañamos nosotros y dañamos nuestras familias y todo pecado nos lleva a la muerte. “El pago que da el pecado es la muerte, pero el don de Dios es vida en unión con Cristo Jesús, nuestro Señor.” Romanos 6:23.


Father (Padre) Adam Kotas 23 April 2021



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