Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

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Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

Bubbles2 Then the LORD said (to Elijah), “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.”  A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD – but the LORD was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake – but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire – but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.  When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?” 1 Kings 19:11-13

Why are YOU here, beloved?

Was it to discover magnificent colors? Was it to find colorful music or awesome videos? Was it just curiosity? Was it accidental? Were you really looking for God, for Hope, for true LOVE somewhere in this menagerie we call the web?

silenceOr were you just hiding in a cave, waiting on the Lord to Whisper in your ear – a Word – LIFE! Life, it’s in You! And YOU are beautiful in the Eyes of God, no matter what the world may say or think.

You are Loved!!

Every day the Lord whispers in our ears – Words of HOPE, Words of LOVE, and maybe not even words – just His JOY in our hearts.

Let’s follow the Scriptures of our daily Mass and see if we can catch those Words – simple but beautiful – Whispers to the Wind . . .

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10-17-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 17, 2017
(St. Ignatius of Loyola, Bishop and Martyr)
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.  Ps 19

All we need to do, beloved, is to look around us.  The beauty of the moon and stars.  The majesty of the birds and their music, the wild and tame animals, as well.  The glory of God within our neighbor, our friends and even our challenging children.  The cleansing of our natural disasters (though we may not feel that way if it’s we who’ve been cleansed).  The reclamation, the revitalization, the baptism, if you will, of all that was into all that can be!  Day unto day pours out God’s Word.  And that Word is JESUS!  Have faith beloved, and all will be well, as we pray for one another!

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10-16-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 16, 2017
(St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin)
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”   Rom_1:1-7

About the warmest, truest greeting possible!

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10-14-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 14, 2017
(St. Callistus I, Pope and Martyr)
While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.”  He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”  Lk_11:27-28

Jesus shows humility at a compliment and advice to take the glory from the person and place it on God.  We are called, beloved, to be obedient to God and not to place anyone or anything above our love and worship of God.  Go and do likewise!

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10-15-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 15, 2017
(28th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face; Is_25:6-10a

. . . IF that is what we are looking for!

St. Paul said, “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.”  Phil_4:12-14,19-20

. . . But it’s up to us to try!

Jesus said, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.”  Mt_22:1-10

. . . So, will you be chosen, beloved?  Are you wearing the garment of righteousness required for entrance?  Do we really want the Kingdom of God?  Or are we just playing games with God.  The rules are defined.  The demands are clear:  LOVE!

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10-13-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 13, 2017
Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”  Lk_11:15-26

Wow!  If that’s not basic ‘Common Sense 101!’

But you know what, beloved, there are a lot of people who never took that class!  We see it in how our corporations are run.  We see it in how our governments are run.  And we see it on our very streets and in our neighborhoods.  You see, there is strength in unity, in agreement, in compassion.  And all we have to do, is look  to the world’s media to see that there seems not to be very much of any of that around.  But keep in mind that that is just the media’s version of our world.  Maybe that is exactly what the media wants us to believe!

Do you?

Maybe it’s time to open our eyes to see another viewpoint.  To see all the time and money and prayer that are being spent for those who are in need, after disasters of weather, or accident, or terror driven tragedy, or disease and illness.  We really ARE an enormously compassionate and united people.  We are God’s people!  And we remain so because we are not against the Love of Jesus.  We are for Him and everything He stands for.

Stay rooted in Jesus, beloved!  Be very skeptical of what you hear and see in the media.  Do not be deceived, for their goal is to scatter and not gather.  And scattering brings weakness  It’s the gathering that makes us strong.  And in that strength we are HUMAN!  We are God’s humanity!

Jesus came to gather by sharing with us, His divinity!
In Him, we are ONE!

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10-12-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 12, 2017
(Our Lady of the Pillar)
Through the Prophet Malachi, the LORD of hosts says, “for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.”  Mal_3:13-20b

Justice will be!

Jesus said, “If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”  Lk_11:5-13

So, always remember the precedence, beloved: God FIRST, then others, then ourselves.  And when that precedence is maintained, whatever we ask the Father in Jesus’ name, He will provide, if it be His will!  Trust in Him!

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10-11-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 11, 2017
(St. Pope John XXIII)
Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry that God did not carry out the evil he threatened against Nineveh.  He prayed, “I beseech you, LORD, is not this what I said while I was still in my own country?  This is why I fled at first to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger, rich in clemency, loath to punish.  And now, LORD, please take my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.”  Jon_4:1-11

Did you ever know those people, beloved, whom you just cannot satisfy?  I know there are days that I fit that category quite well myself!  Those days when everything was all planned out and then that Voice came!  And we reply, just like Jonah, “But, look I had PLANS!”  “No, You’re not REALLY going to wipe out that nasty nation, because I know of your mercy!  And I’m not going to be the hypocrite who warns them about something that doesn’t even happen.”  Jonah was mad!  Jonah was mad enough and embarrassed enough to give up on everything, even life!

He couldn’t even relax in peace after it was all over.  You see, in the first place, Jonah needed a job – so God gave him one.  Then when he realized that he couldn’t hide from the job that God gave him, he grudgingly did it, and then waited for pay-day!  You see pay-day for Jonah was to see that God’s fire come down from heaven, just as it did upon Sodom and Gomorrah.  But there was a difference this time.  Instead of remaining in their stubborn sinfulness, like the Sodomites, the Ninevites repented.  They realized that their sins against God were truly serious enough to warrant a change.  And they just happened to have a really good leader, at the right time, who would make the decision that their salvation was more important than their selfishness.

So what is it that’s driving our lives, beloved?  Are our plans number one, or are we flexible enough to accept and answer God’s calling at a moment’s notice?  Is nothing ever good enough for us, or can we see the goodness in everything, especially in God’s love and mercy for us!  It all brings us back to Martha’s anxiety and Paul’s declaration that – in God, in Jesus there is NO anxiety!  Rest in Him, beloved and His peace will rest in you!

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Well that will be the end of the Maui pictures in Whispers.  I have enough to continue for the next couple years at one a day, but we need to get back to the Lord alone!  I will soon add a page under the Pictures Header of ColorMe4Life to include some of the best photos from Maui . . . Till then, blessings and peace in Christ!

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10-10-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 10, 2017
Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.  There is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”  Lk_10:38-42

Sometimes, when you’re spending a short, solitary week in paradise, you just have to let go of all those daily tasks, daily requirements that we tend to place upon ourselves.  No, it doesn’t mean that we forget our Lord.  As a matter of fact maybe we remember Him even more than usual.  And there is the thanksgiving in prayer that we heard from St. Paul a couple days ago.

Mary had chosen to savor the moment with her Lord, because they don’t come around all that often and you never know when those moments may just disappear.  Mary was accepting the gift of Jesus, while Martha was giving her gift TO Him.  And sometimes the giving is a lot harder than the receiving.  But when we can sit back and savor the moment, even for just a moment, it makes all the giving a lot easier, even when no one else offers a hand.

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10-09-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 9, 2017
The Lord said to Jonah, “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it; their wickedness has come up before me.”  But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD.   Jon_1:1–2:1-2,11

Even though the Lord may not force us to do His bidding, or be good people (for our own sake), our lives can become pretty uncomfortable when we try to avoid Him.  Jonah was the classic example of what can happen when we try to run and hide from God.  There is NO hiding from God!  He sees all and knows all!  So, if we’re prompted by some unforeseen, internal Voice to help that stranger, to hold that door, to say something nice, or even to hold our tongue when bitterness is ready to explode from our mouths, we probably better ‘just do it.’  Or who knows, we just might be gobbled up by a big fish!!

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10-08-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 8, 2017
(27th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
Brothers and sisters:  Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil 4:6-9

You know what, beloved, sometimes we really don’t need whatever it is we think we need so much.  Sometimes when we ask God (with thanksgiving for all we DO have) what we get instead is Peace!  And maybe that’s all we needed from the start!  The Peace of Jesus Christ be with you always, as you seek out our greatest need of all, Him!

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10-07-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 7, 2017
(Our Lady of the Rosary)
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” . . . Jesus said, “. . do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”  Lk_10:17-24

What a blessed reason for rejoicing!

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10-06-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 6, 2017
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past; may your compassion quickly come to us, for we are brought very low.  Help us, O God our savior, because of the glory of your name; Deliver us and pardon our sins for your name’s sake.  Ps 79

You know, beloved, sometimes our own sins just weigh us down so much that we just want to give up.  But we also know that we have a God who is so incredibly merciful that we will be given chance after chance to change!  And we have an advocate in Jesus to help us accomplish that change.  Pray for the Holy Spirit’s strength, and you will be saved!

And then we can all live the Joy, He wants us to have!

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10-05-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 5, 2017
Jesus sent disciples ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. . . . Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’  If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.  Lk_10:1-12

Always loved this quote.  Whenever we give peace to others, Jesus tells us it can have two effects.  And both are dependent upon how the person we give it to decides to respond.  It they accept it, it will have the power to heal them.  If not, they will remain in their state of ‘un-peace.’  But notice that either way we receive the blessing of offering it, whether they accept it or not.  And if not, we receive our own peace (Christ’s peace) back in return.

Peace and blessings to you, beloved.
And my prayers that you will gladly accept it!

Our Kaanapali sunset here on the western side of Maui,
with the island of Lanai in background.

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10-04-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 4, 2017
(St. Francis of Assisi)
Jesus said, “Follow me.”  . . . . And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”  Lk_9:57-62

If a driver was to concentrate on what was behind him, he would certainly crash into what is ahead.  If the swimmer or runner were to constantly worry about who’s behind her, she would certainly not win the race.  And if the surfer were to concern himself about the wave crashing in behind him, he’s also never make it to the end of that wave.  Well, if we are to follow Jesus we need to concentrate on the prize and not the past.  Live the moment and make the best of every one that we’re offered, just as St. Francis and Jesus did.

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10-03-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 3, 2017
Thus says the LORD of hosts: There shall yet come peoples, the inhabitants of many cities; and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another, and say, “Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD”; and, “I too will go to seek the LORD.”   Zec_8:20-23

A common desire for the Love of the Lord.
Who is this God who loves us, even when we’ve sinned so horribly against Him and against our brothers and sisters?  He IS the Lord!  He IS our God.  And all the more reason why we should love one another as much!

Here in Hawaii people often greet one another with the word Aloha.  I always assumed it just meant our typical American, vanilla, hello.  But if you looked it up you’d come to find the definition:  Aloha (pronounced [əˈlo.hə]) is the Hawaiian word for love, affection, peace, compassion and mercy, that is commonly used as a simple greeting (Wikipedia).  And now I think of that Love of God every time I hear Aloha.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we greeted one another with “LOVE.”  It’s so much sweeter than just hello!

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10-02-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 2, 2017
(Guardian Angels)
Jesus said, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.  And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.  See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”  Mt_18:1-5,10

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide.

Amen.

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10-01-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

October 01, 2017
(26th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Brothers and sisters: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing.  Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others.  Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus,   Phil_2:1-11

The secret to happiness!

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09-30-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 30, 2017
(St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!  See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.  Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day, and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.  Zec_2:5-9,14-15a

Our Lord does dwell among us.
And His name is Jesus!

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09-29-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 29, 2017
(Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels)
War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.   Rv_12:7-12ab

No temptation, no evil, no devil nor anything else that is his – that’s our heaven!  That’s what we have to look forward to.  Thank you St. Michael and companions.  Thank you Jesus.  Thank you Father!  Blessed be God forever!

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09-28-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 28, 2017
Sing to the LORD a new song  Ps 149

What’s the song in your heart, beloved?  Is it a good song?  Is it a praising song?  Is it a joyful song that lifts you up?  Or is it the blues?  Maybe it’s time for a NEW song!  God loves us so incredibly much that He gave us His only Son!  Now that’s a song to keep forever!

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09-27-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 27, 2017
(St. Vincent de Paul, Priest)
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. . . .
Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.  Lk_9:1-6

So what kind of demons can we expel, beloved?  And what kind of diseases can we cure?  Well, you know what, sometimes just some kind words, words of encouragement, words of hope can make a world of difference in the healing of those who are down. And they can even expel demons who want nothing less than to bring us despair and separation and hopelessness.  Jesus IS our hope.  When we can let the world know the hope that Jesus promises to EVERYONE, we’ll find a world that is much more livable, much more joyful!  And we certainly can use a little joy in our world today!  We ARE Jesus’ people of hope and joy!  Let’s go do some healing!!!  Let’s go spread some LOVE!

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09-26-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 26, 2017
(Ss. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs)
Jesus was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you.”  He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”  Lk_8:19-21

It’s so easy for us to take a couple of sentences out of the Bible and make all kinds of inferences from them.  Did Jesus have brothers and sisters?  Was He blatantly rude to his mother?  Or was He just making the point of the primacy of God over all others, even parents?

The Protestants take the brothers and sisters concept literally, while we believe that the translation is important, as there were no words for cousins or step-siblings in the ancient Aramaic/Hebrew.  We also believe that Mary was kept virginally pure her entire life. So Jesus never really had any other direct siblings from His mother.

In the end, we are all His brothers and sisters, beloved.
And Mary is our Spiritual Mother as well!

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09-25-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 25, 2017
Jesus said to the crowd: “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.” Lk_8:16-18

We just can’t hide the evil nor the good within us, brothers and sisters.  It will be seen as clear as day!  So the message today is, to be as good as we possibly can.  And let that light shine on the world around us.  And, you know what, beloved?  That light will reflect right back to us, making our own light shine all the brighter.  That’s the light of Jesus within!

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09-24-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 24, 2017
(25th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts. 
Is_55:6-9

If our God was not so far beyond us, beloved, could He even be our God?  For He has created us and everything we see and know.  He is our strength, our mercy, our love, our wisdom, our all!  And having had Jesus in the form of human flesh, we now have the absolute best example to follow.  Jesus has shown us, not only the true possibility of being so far beyond mortal fleshly behavior that we can actually be “like” God ourselves, but He also showed us, through His resurrection, our Hope for all eternity, which follows this short mortal existence.

We have something to strive for, beloved.
And we have reason to follow and obey!

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09-23-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 23, 2017
(Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest)
Jesus said, “Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. . . .

As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard (the Word), but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life,”  Lk_8:4-15

Ever feel like you’re struggling to get your head above the thorns, beloved?  And with every move there’s another prick!  Ouch!  Just can seem to get ahead, because each prick brings you back down again, until you almost feel like giving up.  Well one way to keep ahead is to always remember what’s driving you back up, the sun (the Son), Jesus.  When we keep our focus on the Son, He will keep our mind off the pricks.  He will strengthen us against their evil.  And we WILL succeed against every trick that nasty devil throws to thwart us.  Jesus is our strength!  Rely on Him!  And He will shine in our lives!

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09-22-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 22, 2017
“the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.  Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.  Lay hold of eternal life,” 1_Tm_6:2c-12

It didn’t say that we shouldn’t have any money.  Just not to LOVE it.  Not to let it control us!  Yes, we need it to eat and have some enjoyment in life.  But if it controls us, we’ve lost what should be our overriding love – of God.  God always comes first.  Then He will take care of all of our needs, even the money!

Blessed be God forever!
And our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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09-21-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 21, 2017
(St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist)
As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.  He said to him, “Follow me.”  And he got up and followed him. Mt_9:9-13

OK, I’ve had enough of this.  Enough of people poking fun of me.  Enough of no friends.  Enough of being hated because I’m working for the enemy.  Enough of it’s never enough for them either.  It’s just not worth it any more.  So maybe it’s just time to leave!  Pick up what’s left and follow the Master.  Maybe this Guy will finally be the answer.

Beloved, just do it!  Jesus IS the answer to all that lack of love.  All that emptiness.  All that loneliness.  Come!  Follow the Master and LIVE!

Good day to be RE – Born!

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09-20-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 20, 2017
(Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gon (Priest) and Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions, Korean Martyrs)
Jesus said, in the company of the unbelievers, “To what shall I compare the people of this generation?  What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.'”  Lk_7:31-35

If you ever tried to console a toddler who was overly-tired, you know exactly what Jesus was talking about today.  We might try to suggest that they take a nap, only to receive an obnoxiously screaming “NO.”  And when we offer to play with them instead, we get the same response.  And we know that, at that point, it could be ice cream, or toys, or even Disney World, and nothing would make a difference.

Jesus explained the attitude of the Pharisees, just like these children.  They were not happy dancing nor mourning.  But they surely had a complaint, when either option was offered.

Funny, it sounds just like our liberal world today.  With no foundation to ground them, they’re groping inside for purpose. And that purpose flutters around like the wind, with the only constancy being their interminable complaining!   And the non-sense of their words and actions precisely mimics that of the overly-tired child: insatiable, obnoxious and deaf.

You see, John the Baptist came to prepare them for their long-awaited “nap.”  And those who accepted him, found peace through the waters of repentance and reconciliation. They were ready for the refreshing Words of their God and Savior, Jesus.

And they understood the Truth and the Wisdom of His Words.  Because those Words were grounded in Love and Compassion, in Justice and in Hope!  And those words were validated or vindicated in the actions of Jesus and His disciples; where listening and healing, going the extra mile and humbly giving without complaining – were the hallmarks of their faith.

Fr. Andrew Kim and Paul Chung were a couple of our more modern-day visionaries.  With open hearts and minds they accepted and promoted an advancement – from the Class-based society of Confucianism – to the Love-based, human equality and dignity offered by Catholicism, offered by Jesus.

And just like the “NO” of an overly-tired child, and the “NO” of a stubborn Pharisee, the Korean leaders refused to relinquish their oppressive power, and proceeded to massacre thousands upon thousands of Christians throughout the 19th century in Korea.

Fr. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, the first Korean priest, and the men and women who followed in the footsteps of Jesus, offered their lives for their faith.  These are our Saintly models for true Christianity.  Where love and not vengeance prevails.  And where our hope is not in worldly power, but in a Kingdom of Peace and Wisdom and Truth.

Jesus will lead us there!

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09-19-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 19, 2017
Jesus crossed paths with a funeral procession for the only son of a poor widow:  he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”  The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.   Lk_7:11-17

Dead man speaking!  Not something you run across very often.  But when you’re in the presence of God, when Jesus resides in your heart, you never know what miracles might happen, when you believe!   A person you haven’t seen in decades all of a sudden shows up (dead man speaking), and great, old relationships are restored.  An ill child miraculously gets well, at the total incredulity of her physicians.  A very needed rain shower waters your new bushes and saves you from having to artificially water them again.  Dead men speaking.  They’re all around us . . . When we BELIEVE!

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09-18-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 18, 2017
. . . the centurion sent friends to tell him (Jesus), “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.  Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed.”  Lk_7:1-10

With a word, the centurion could have sent armies.  With a word, he did send messengers to ask for Jesus’ help.  He had faith enough to believe that with a word, Jesus could also command the healing of his servant.  And with a word it was done!  Do we need His help today, beloved?  With a word, ask His guidance, His healing, His love, and in faith believe it will be done.
So it was said, so it shall be done!

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09-17-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 17, 2017
(24th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?  As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.  Mt_18:21-35

It’s not forgiveness because we’re supposed to.  It’s not forgiveness because we want to be forgiven.  It’s forgiveness because deep within our hearts we know that LOVE conquers all.  Wouldn’t we rather have a friend than an enemy?  Wouldn’t we rather be totally relieved of anger and hatred.  Forgiveness comes from the Love we have pouring out from our hearts.  How many times?  An unnumbered amount!  Beyond all imagining, we forgive because it’s just what someone who is filled with Christ’s love does.  It’s as natural as breathing!

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