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?
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? Or 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, beloved!!
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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Quotes for reflection:
Jesus said, “when you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.”
We ARE the poor to whom God has given a banquet of love and life.
The warm sunshine on a cold winter’s day. The beauty of fall colors. A baby’s smile. The smell of fresh apple pie. A Son who died to give us life. All His gifts for which we can give nothing but gratitude, praise and love.
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!”
Secure and at peace,
I know that it is You Lord who have nourished me,
who have kept me alive.
And now it is my time to feed the hungry with your comfort, your Word,
always bearing in mind that all my strength
is from you alone!
Jesus said, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Oh the sweetness of redemption!!
And still, we’ll pray for them.
And beg prayers for strength for our own humility.
Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles
“Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.” Ps. 19
Of all the disciples who followed Jesus, He chose 12 simple men to represent the 12 tribes of Israel (the 12 sons of Jacob). These 12 included: Simon, who was called Peter and the brothers James and John, the three of whom were Jesus’ closest Apostles. It also included Judas Iscariot who would later betray Jesus and take his own life as well. This Simon, whom we recognize today, was called “the zealot.” Legend has it that he was martyred by being sawed in half and he is often depicted in paintings with a long tree saw. St. Jude or Thaddeus, was the son of James and is the patron saint of desperate cases.
The term apostle is derived from the Greek, apóstolos, meaning one who is sent forth as a messenger in contrast to a disciple who, as a student, learns from a “teacher.”
In our faith journey, are we a disciple or an apostle?
As a disciple, our greatest desire is to know, love and serve Jesus.
As an apostle we offer to the world
the “Good News” that God loves us, no matter what,
and that His Kingdom is available for all who seek Him.
St. Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
And again, “What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
..No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.“
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.“
Absolutely nothing can abolish His enormous love for us,
but we certainly can forget to love Him.
Lord help us to always, always keep you first in our love.
St. Paul said, “all things work for good for those who love God”
Jesus said, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate,“
Salvation. It’s not just a one-time acceptance.
It’s a “striving.” It’s a wholehearted “loving” and following
Jesus on the road, on the Way – to LIFE!
In love, work only for the Good.
St. Paul said, “For who hopes for what one sees?“
But as adults, we have the capacity to obtain pretty much whatever we like. If we believe it’s worth it, we’ll save or borrow to get that thing we want so much, and then pay the price of time (in saving) or the burden of debt afterwards – but there is no hope in that.
And often we’ll find that even after extensive research to purchase only the very best item, it too will break down or become obsolete in no time.
So where is the hope?
The Hope is in Jesus Christ and His Eternal Kingdom.
Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.
When it was fully grown, it became a large bush..“
How would we describe the Grand Canyon, or the Ocean, or a brilliant Starry Sky to a blind person? How would we describe the smell of a freshly baked cinnamon apple pie or the sound of the first bird songs of the early spring to person who could not smell or hear?
Jesus describes Heaven with many little pieces of information. It begins in the very center of your heart and then grows like a tree and spreads.
It will not break down and will never become obsolete!
And you may not even know it, but there will be ‘others’ who will seek – what they find in YOU!
A little piece of the Kingdom of God!
St. Paul said, “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die,
but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.“
Jesus said, “ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day
from this bondage?“
So totally contrary to what the world teaches.
So totally freeing, this “sabbath day” event.
Easter – we have been set free from the bondage of “the flesh.”
(30th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind…
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.“
(Bl. Pope John Paul II)
St. Paul said, “The concern of the flesh is death,
but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.“
But, “you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.“
Which just begs the question, “Which am I?”
… and I would tend to say, that if you’re here, reading these Whispers,
there is no question – YOU ARE living in the spirit, beloved!!!
Blessed are you!
St. Paul said, “I see in my members another principle
at war with the law of my mind,”
“Who will deliver me from this mortal body?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.“
Why do we fight so hard to satisfy our passions
instead of listening to the truth in our own thoughts?
The answer is there. If we just surrender to Jesus,
He will give us all the strength we need!
St. Paul said, “For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.“
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Jesus said, “I have come to set the earth on fire,“
Are we “on fire” for the Lord?
A fire that burns away all cause, desire or passion for sin.
The fire of eternal life!
Jesus said, “be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.“
Preparedness and Responsibility,
both important for Life, both stemming from Love.
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;”
“…first say, ‘Peace to this household.'”
“…cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'”
Instructions for us, Christ’s laborers.
We CAN do this,
The Kingdom of God IS at hand, just open the door, beloved!
(St. Ignatius of Antioch)
Jesus said, “though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
Instead our goal is to be, “rich in what matters to God.“
Love one another!
(29th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus said, “repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”
In birth we are wet and naked.
In the waters of Baptism we become children of God.
We are sealed with the sign of God’s ownership.
– – WE belong to God. – –
Money and work and every material thing we have belong to the world.
These are just things on loan while we live in these fleshly bodies.
We give them back either in life or in death.
So why do we get so uptight over ownership?
(St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, “When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.“
Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing make you afraid.
All things are passing.
God alone never changes.
Patience gains all things.
If you have God you will want for nothing.
God alone suffices.
(St. Teresa of Jesus)
Jesus said, “..whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered behind closed doors
will be proclaimed on the housetops.“
Therefore, make every word and every thought emanate from love alone.
“My soul waits for the LORD
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.“
More than deer long for running streams,
more than . . .
Jesus said, “Woe to you!“
At the end of the day, do we get a “Woe” or a “Well done.”
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.”
So let’s look up and listen!
“there is something greater than Solomon here.”
“there is something greater than Jonah here.”
“The LORD has made his salvation known”
Greater than wisdom, greater than revelation, Jesus is Salvation!
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” . . .
. . riches, fame, beauty, rest, perfection…
but maybe love, peace, health and something of an income would be nice
Jesus said, “blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.”
That sounds pretty simple. “Love!”
“And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, “
Jesus said, “..ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.“
PRAYER and Patience!
(with Thanksgiving and Love)
The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray..”
“Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.“
Prayer is preparation of OUR hearts, not God’s.
For how can we truly know someone unless we talk and listen to them.
(St. Francis of Assisi)
Jesus said, “Martha, Martha,
you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.“
Blessed is the Voice, blessed is the Word, blessed is the company of the Lord!
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart, with all your being,
with all your strength, and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.“
. . . The cost for eternal life.
(Of which EVERY soul on earth CAN afford!)
And it’s OUR choice…
St. Paul said, “..the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.“
Blood is red and Diamonds are clear,
IF we believe, we know
Jesus is near!
(St. Therese of the Child Jesus)
Jesus said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.”
“..rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
Not on the internet, not on an award, not on a book cover,
not on TV or even the cover of Life magazine;
The ONLY place I’d like to see OUR names . . .
is written in the Book of Heaven!
EARLIER MONTH’S QUOTES under the “The Lord’s Page”
in monthly subcategories of – “Whispers to the Wind”
entitled “Daily Mass Quotes” (DMQs)
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