Daily Mass Quotes – September 2011

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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To find Quote sources, click on Link above, select Today’s Readings or pick date from calendar.
Link for information on the day’s saints is at the bottom of this page.

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Quotes for reflection:

9-30-11
(St. Jerome)

Jesus said, “Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me.
And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

Deliver us Lord – from whatever it is that pulls us away from listening to You!
Help us to return to your Word,
for your Word is LIFE!

9-29-11
(Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael – Archangels)

Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

And so they did…
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Michael:  Rev 12:7-12ab
Raphael: The Book of Tobit
Gabriel: Luke 1:26 (Annunciation)

9-28-11
Jesus said, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”

A stranger in a strange land, only wanting to be back home;
and gather as many as will “hear” to come along!
COME, beloved!!!

9-27-11
(St. Vincent de Paul)
Jesus’ disciples said, “‘Lord, do you want us to call down
fire from heaven to consume them?’
Jesus turned and rebuked them,”

From yesterday:  Even when they are against us,
it is God who will judge and mete out justice –
in His time – not us, and maybe not now.
For we don’t know if they may turn from their
evil ways, repent and eventually be our best of allies!
(And that doesn’t mean we might not have to incarcerate them if they’re
dangerous to society, or stay as far away as we can from them in the meantime.)

9-26-11
Jesus said, “whoever is not against you is for you.”

“the one who is least among all of you
is the one who is the greatest.”

It gives you a whole new perspective on who your enemy isn’t,
and whose enemy you shouldn’t be!

9-25-11
He said, “‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’
He (his son) said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘
but afterwards changed his mind and went.”

Justice means mercy for a lapse into error,
yet mercy is blocked by error retained.

9-24-11
“I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD,
and I will be the glory in her midst.”

The Glory

“he guards them as a shepherd guards his flock.”

Jesus said, “‘The Son of Man is to be handed over to men’ …
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.”

Afraid to ask the hurting questions.  What do you mean?  Why?
I love you too much to lose you.  I just thought you’d be with me forever.
It’s hard to lose a loved one, beloved.  But one day we will all be reunited.
And in the meantime we have memories and we have Jesus,
always protecting us!!

He bore the punishment that makes us whole,
by his wounds we were healed.
” Is 53:5b

9-23-11
(Saint Pio of Pietrelcina)

“take courage, all you people of the land, says the LORD,”
“For I am with you,”

“But who do you say that I am?”

. . . and Why?

9-22-11
Who then is this about whom I hear such things?
It is the Lord!

And what is it I’ve done or not done?
“whoever earned wages earned them for a bag with holes in it.”
“Thus says the LORD of hosts:  Consider your ways!
Go up into the hill country; bring timber, and build the (My) house”

The Lord’s house is not a bag with holes in it, it’s your very heart.
And it’s built with Love and Caring and Sharing and Giving.
Come UP and let’s build!

9-21-11
(St. Matthew)
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.”

For we have,
“one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,

who is over all and through all and in all.”

Jesus said,
“Go and learn the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”

then come,
“Follow me.”

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9-20-11
My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.

Sometimes when we cry out for Jesus, He may seem unreachable.
But He’s always there.  And sometimes the answer may come only in a Whisper.
“Act on it!”

9-19-11
“Those that sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.”

“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel”

“For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.”

Hope, Light and Transparency.
It’s been said that the Light of God that will shine upon us
will be so bright that all of our iniquities will be burned away in an instant
and all that will be left will be perfect transparency.

How close to transparency, without shame, can we come today?

9-18-11
“As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.”

So who are we to make presumptions about God!
We just need to be the best ‘us’ we can be and God will take care of the rest.
Amen?    AMEN!

9-17-11
Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

(Isn’t that EVERYONE!!)

Though some, “may look but not see, and hear but not understand.

Yet, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you;”

TO YOU !

So, “Come with joy into the presence of the Lord”,
BELOVED!

9-16-11
Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!”

St. Paul revealed, “For the love of money is the root of all evils, …
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.”

“poor IN SPIRIT” — “LOVE of money”
recognizing our poverty in spiritual perfection
not destitute, desperate, but, like the women below, sharing our resources
for the love of neighbor over the the love of the resources themselves

Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women …
Mary, called Magdalene, … Joanna, … Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.

Funny, yesterday one of the ten year old boys in my Religious Ed. class asked why there were no women disciples.  Today’s Gospel attests that there actually were many.
And they were all invaluable toward building God’s Kingdom!!!

9-15-11
(Our Lady of Sorrows)
From the cross Jesus “said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’
Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.'”

“Let no one have contempt for your youth,” and
“Do not neglect the gift you have,”

What incredible “Gifts” we have in Jesus, in Mary!
We are never, ever too young to witness for the Lord,
no matter how old we may feel.
Mary suffered the loss of her Son, yet gained a son in John.
While John and all of us gained a Mother in Mary.
And as Mary soon learned, neither she, nor we, ever lost Jesus.
He is our Hope, our Love, our Life, our Salvation!!!

9-14-11
(Exaltation of the Cross)
Jesus said, ” just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the
Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.”

So hideous a sign of torture and death now has become our sign of Life Eternal.
(For more of the whole story visit the “Stained Glass Splendor” series)

9-13-11
Jesus said,“‘Young man, I tell you, arise!’
The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.”

In how many ways can we be “dead”?
Spiritually dead, socially dead, morally dead.  Does anyone really care?
Jesus cares!  Your mom cares!  And I care too!
“Young man, or woman, I tell you ARISE!”
For you are beautiful in our eyes.

9-12-11
“I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.”

“…but say the word and let my servant be healed.”

Our humble and faithful prayer of supplication, always with thanksgiving.
Nichole Nordeman could not have sung it better  – “Gratitude

9-11-11
“Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the LORD?”

No, the anger and hatred must be let go of – for the only one it hurts is its owner.
(side note – link to some interesting statistics since 9-11-01)

“The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.”

No matter how bleak it may appear, the Good will always prevail!

“For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.”

Praise the name of the Lord – Jesus Christ!!!

9-10-11
Jesus said, “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,”

“A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,”

What are we feeding our hearts and minds, so that we produce GOOD fruit?
You know what they say, “We are what we eat.”
And we all start out being – GOOD trees!

“Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.”

9-9-11
Jesus said: “How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?”

St. Paul said:  “I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.”

Lord, please help me remove my “beam,”
that I may no longer be ignorant (of Your Love for us all).

9-8-11
(Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
“We know that all things work for good for those who love God,”

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means ‘God is with us.'”

And no greater “good” has ever been worked – Jesus Christ!
Thank you Mary!

9-7-11
“Every day will I bless you,”

“Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh.”

BLESSED,” beloved!!

9-6-11
“…in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily,
and you share in this fullness in him..”

Just about the only and most appropriate response is – “WOW!!!”

9-5-11
Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?”

“…this mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.”

“Only in God be at rest, my soul,”

My soul be at rest – today (Labor Day), tomorrow and always.
That’s LIFE, and that’s HOPE!

9-4-11
“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

“I have appointed (you) watchman..”

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”

Listening and OPEN, TOGETHER, in LOVE, WATCHING over one another.

9-3-11
“The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

“God has now reconciled you in the fleshly Body of Christ…”

Don’t we just Praise the Lord, as Catholics, we have the Sabbath and the Eucharist!!
And ALL are welcome…  Jesus says, “Come.”
We DO miss (and love) those not with us!

9-2-11
“Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,”

“No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.”

Jesus is and always will be – the “new.”
Love does not patch hatred – it replaces it!

9-1-11
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching men.”

Hmmm, never was very good at fishing.
‘d bet this page hasn’t caught one “man” or woman for that matter!
Just “wisperin’ to the wind”…  Please prove me wrong – send in a comment!!!
Guess (Joseph) always was more of a dreamer!
What about you?

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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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Link to Following Month‘s DMQs

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(also in Time page, under Liturgical Seasons section)

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