Daily Mass Quotes – August 2012

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:

08-31-12
St. Paul said to the Church in Corinth,
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us (those) who are being saved it is the (very) power of God.
For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and
the learning of the learned I will set aside.’
1 Cor 1:17-25

Today’s readings are all about wisdom and foolishness.
In Matthew’s Gospel (Mt 25:1-13), Jesus tells a
parable about ten virgins awaiting entrance into
a wedding feast. Five were wise and came prepared.
While five were scatterbrained, living just in the moment.
With never a second thought about the future, they assumed they
could always get what they needed at the last moment.
Unfortunately, this time they guessed wrong.
And there was no second chance.

Jesus died on that cross once, and for all (for everyone).
Now is our chance to come prepared to the feast, or
to falsely imagine there may be a second chance.
Believe, beloved – NOW!
For what may sound like folly is really God’s truth.
There is no more need for proof. It has all been proven in the Scriptures.
And in that truth – is the strength of God,
no matter what the world may throw at us.
And in that strength is –
Eternal Salvation!

My prayer along with that of St. Paul and Jesus
is that ALL may choose to Come to that
trusting Salvation.
Know Beloved that YOU are Greatly LOVED!

08-30-12
Jesus said to His disciples,
Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Mt 24:42-51

Two weeks ago tonight, I was driving home from a Church meeting.
It was a tough day. We had the surprise death of one of our middle-aged
parishioners (our family) and my evening meeting had not gone very well.
The roads were very dark.
My journey home goes along a narrow road with rolling hills.
I drive that road multiple times a day, and as they say,
I can do it with my eyes closed. Yet this night was different.

At the bottom of one of the hills is an old, narrow, potholed bridge.
Now, I’m usually very good at spotting critters entering, crossing or
meandering the road, except for the occasional fast running deer.
But this night, within a few yards after crossing that old bridge,
I was suddenly confronted with a huge, buck (antlered deer),
just standing there in the middle of my lane.
There was NO option of stopping or swerving or anything else.
At the moment of impact, he looked at me, eye to eye,
directly through the windshield of the car, with just a few feet between us.
As I closed my eyes for just a few seconds, I heard his body crumpling
the hood, fender and door of my car. And I prayed that
another driver would not confront him more disastrously.

Now I really love deer.
They always remind me of the Holy Spirit.
So of course my mind always shutters when one meets with
vehicular manslaughter – especially when it’s done by me!
But this time I just couldn’t help think of the verse
quoted by Jesus today.

We never know the hour or the minute when
the Lord will come for us!

It was that way with our beloved friend from Church.
For me, it just might have been that night with the deer.
But I guess the Lord is not through with me yet.
And that is why, beloved, we hold EVERY moment
with one another as
SACRED!
We hold every word, every deed, every thought
as it just might be ours or our beloved’s last,
in LOVE!!!

May you be blessed always, Beloved, in the awareness of the moment!

08-29-12
(The Passion of St. John the Baptist)
St. Paul said to the Thessalonians,
when we were with you, we instructed you that
if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat.
2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18

The key there being the term “unwilling.”
John the baptist worked hard all day, and yet he had to eat bugs!
Jesus and His disciples worked hard healing, comforting and teaching,
and yet they had to pick the heads of grain to eat,
(when they weren’t otherwise given meals by generous townsfolk).

So what about us, beloved?
We may be very willing to work.
But the ‘world’ has other plans for us.
We’re too old, or we make too much,
or we just aren’t pretty enough for them.
So, out in the street we go!
Then just try to find work again.
You might think we were lepers!

All I’ve got to say is, praise the Lord for working wives.
Maybe He knew all along – that was the reason
they became such a major part of our workforce.
(On the other hand, maybe that’s why we’re not
getting paid for our work anymore. Hmmm?)

Doesn’t make it right!
Neither was what happened to John!
Mk 6:17-29

08-28-12
(St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
St. Paul exhorted the Church in Thessalonica not to
be frightened, nor alarmed, nor unprepared for –
the day of the Lord is at hand.2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17

Yes, there will be a final judgment, but what fear could we possibly
have if we are following the Way of the Lord?
Death? All will die! Harm? The Lord will protect us!
Separation? We will all be reunited in the Kingdom of God!
So stay firm, beloved! And KNOW that we WILL
be together, forever in His Kingdom!

. . . . .

St. Augustine is quoted as saying…

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like.

Love is the beauty of the soul.

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.

08-27-12
(St. Monica)
Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men. You do not enter yourselves,
nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.
Mt 23:13-22

Yet, upon Peter’s confession to Jesus that,
You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” Jesus said to Peter,
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Mt 16:13-20

So why the difference?

Everything the scribes and Pharisees said and did was for their own benefit.
It was that old cliche, “Do as I say and not as I do.”
But the Pharisees would never admit that, they were above that.
They never thought that they wouldn’t be going to heaven.
It was all those others, those sinners, who were locked out!
Jesus clearly informed them otherwise – in no uncertain terms!

Peter on the other hand, KNEW in his heart, this truth about Jesus.
All that mind stuff wasn’t quite there yet.
But Peter knew that he was unworthy to even be in the company of Jesus.
It was that selfless devotion that earned him the praise of Jesus,
and the “KEYS” that OPENED rather than shut
those Gates of Paradise to ALL!

St. Monica also knew God, knew Jesus, as well.
Yet she had a son who was rebellious against all that she believed.
He was a man of “the World,” not of God.
Monica though, had the faith, the trust, that prayer could turn him around.
And ‘around’ it did, as St. Augustine became one of the greatest
Catholic theologians of all time.

We too, beloved, are called to that same selfless devotion.
To love one another just as Jesus loved us.
To give, to pray, to sacrifice!
And who knows what “sinners” we encounter and persist with,
who may become the St. Augustines of the future!

08-26-12
(Twenty-first Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Joshua said to the Israelites,
As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.

After completing his discourse on “the Bread of Life,” (from John 6)
Jesus’ disciples murmured to one another. They either didn’t understand
or refused to believe the Words of Jesus.
Jesus said, “The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.
But,
As a result of this,
many of his disciples returned to their former way of life
and no longer accompanied him.

What about us, beloved?
Which way do we turn when the going gets tough?
When we just don’t understand?
Or worse, when we don’t agree – “It’s just not possible!!!
Well, not sure about you, but . . .
As for me and my household, we WILL serve the Lord!

I only hope and pray, beloved, that you make the same choice too!

08-25-12
Jesus said, “The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.Mt 23:1-12

Funny thing about humility. Although it may be a little difficult to endure,
Humility shows honesty. And honesty is something most everyone
admires! And admiration often results in respect.
And in turn, respect seems to be just the opposite
of what one in today’s world would
think of a humble servant.

But, you see, what ‘they’ don’t know is that
we’re not looking for the world’s respect.

The ONLY exaltation we seek is that of our Lord.
And listening to Him and following his lead,
is what will gain us that eternal respect.
Though, we know that He LOVES us even when we fail!
Thank you Jesus!!!

08-24-12
(St. Bartholomew, Apostle)
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.”

Nathanael, or Bartholomew, was doing something quite secretly
down under the old fig tree. After publicly refuting the possibility of Jesus
being of any significance, since He came from the lowly side of town,
Nathanael was awestruck that Jesus knew his secret.
And he rationalized no other explanation except that
Jesus had to be their expected messiah,
the Savior, the Son of God!

And that He is, beloved.
There is clearly no duplicity in that!

08-23-12
(St. Rose of Lima)
The LORD said to the prophet Ezekiel regarding the Israelites,
I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you,
taking from your bodies your stony hearts and
giving you natural hearts.
Ez 36:23-28

New, Organic, All-Natural…
Blessed!

08-22-12
(The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23

When the Lord is our shepherd, there IS nothing left
to want other than Him!

No fear, no harm, no wanting.
Just Peace in His Love!

Rest always in that Peace, beloved!
For He is our Shepherd.

08-21-12
(St. Pius X, Pope)
Jesus said, “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.Mt 19:23-30

. . . Jesus said this in response to the rich young man who refused
to give up his wealth to become a disciple.
“Who then, is worthy enough?” they asked.

Jesus said, “For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.

. . . Again it gets back to that – letting go of “me” and relying on God, mentality.
It’s a HEART thing!

Jesus said, “many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

In His time this statement was made in reference to the Jews who refused to believe.
Then look at the criminal on the cross next to Jesus.
In his last dying breath, because of his BELIEF,
he became a “first” to join Jesus in paradise.

You see it’s not how HOLY we think we are.
It’s how BLESSED we Know YOU are!
And in your blessedness, beloved, there is our undying
LOVE for YOU!

08-20-12
(St. Bernard, abbot and doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.Mt 19:16-22

How much can we lose? How much can we give away?
And yet KNOW that we still have “treasure” in heaven!
It’s not easy. It takes FAITH!
Come, beloved, follow Jesus,
the REPOSE of our souls,
and truly LIVE!

08-19-12
(Twentieth Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and
drinks my blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.

So what makes the Catholic Church different from all those other
Holy, but just missing something, Christian Denominations?
The Holy Eucharist!
It’s not just a sign or a symbol, but as Jesus said,
my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.Jn 6:51-58
So what is it that’s keeping anyone from uniting with Jesus,
uniting with us?
Come!

08-18-12
The LORD asked the prophet Ezekiel,
what is the meaning of this proverb that you recited in the land of Israel:
‘Fathers have eaten green grapes, thus their children’s teeth are on edge?’
Then the Lord GOD swore it would never be repeated again, saying:
For all lives are mine; the life of the father is like the life of the son,
both are mine; only the one who sins shall die.
that man (who) is virtuous—he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD.
and he who “practiced (all these) abominations, he shall surely die;
For I have no pleasure in death of anyone who dies,
says the Lord GOD. Return (to me) and live!Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32

So the next time we hear someone say –
“Why did God take his or her life . . . so early, so quickly, so indiscriminately?”
Remember those words from the LORD.
HE TAKES NO PLEASURE IN DEATH!
And neither should we, beloved,
(even IF we’re not real happy with their actions)!
And I know, that’s sometimes much easier to profess than to actually live.
Let God be the JUDGE.
We should do the best we can to prevent repetition of a bad action –
without taking another life.
And internalizing that concept and living it should be our life’s goal!

08-17-12
Jesus said, “Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator ‘made them male and female and said,
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’
Mt 19:3-12

Marriage = male and female = husband and wife.
From the Beginning!

08-16-12
To the prophet Ezekiel,
The word of the LORD came to me:
Son of man, you live in the midst of a rebellious house;
they have eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear,
for they are a rebellious house.Ez 12:1-12

Sometimes rebellion has its place and sometimes not.
What makes the difference? . . .
Looking and SEEING, hearing and LISTENING!
Sometimes we can look and look and yet our minds blind us from
what we’re actually seeing. It may be our own prejudice, our own
preference, our selfishness, or even (what we think is) our self-preservation.
True SEEING is looking with an open mind to other viewpoints.
True SEEING and LISTENING is understanding
more than just what strikes the retina or vibrates the eardrum.
God love us beyond the suffering, beyond the death
and even beyond the sin.
Can we, even partially, do the same for others?!!

08-15-12
(The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?
1 Cor 15:54b-57

Rubens 1612 – Assumption

When the Church speaks of the Assumption of Mary, what comes to mind is death and that eternal life
that was promised all of us.
What also comes to mind are these bodies of ours
and the question of what is to happen to them
in that eternal life.
For we are told by our Church Fathers and
profess in our Apostles Creed that
I believe in the resurrection of the body,

The dogma of The Assumption says that Mary
was assumed, body and soul, into heavenly Glory.
What more fitting eternal transition for Mary,
the very “ark” of the Body and Soul
of our Lord, Jesus!

Prefigured by a wooden ark that saved humanity via Noah (Gn 7:23),
and a golden ark which held God’s covenant through Moses (Ex 25:10-22);
prefigured by the eternal return of Enoch to God (Gn 5:24),
and prefigured by Elijah’s return to God in a flaming chariot (2Ki 2:11)
Mary the perfect “ark” of the New Covenant (Jesus),
would unquestionably return to God,
undefiled, incorrupted in body and soul,
to be crowned in Heavenly Glory.

How blessed are we to be considered her children as well.

(Link to video “Mary Our Mother, part 3“)

08-14-12
(St. Maximillian Kolbe, priest and martyr)
Jesus’ disciples asked Him, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble
like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

In some cultures children truly are the lowest of the low. They may be abused
and used for the worst of tasks. They may be killed for disobedience, which
may actually be just a misunderstanding or their own self-preservation.
Even in civilized countries they may be killed before they
are even born into this world.
Jesus says, NO!
Just look at a child!
We have children who are prodigies in music and art and even science.
Accomplishing things that even adults with many years of experience can’t or haven’t!
And yet, a child is Humble. They know their place.
And they know where their meal comes from.
Do we, beloved?

A True Story…

Thus our call…
Be HUMBLE, like a child.
Recognize, that like them, we are all children of God.
And in receiving them we receive –
Jesus!

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08-13-12
In the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the Heavenly Glory, he exclaimed,
Above the firmament over their heads something like a
throne
could be seen, looking like sapphire.
Upon it was seated, up above, one who had the appearance of a man.
Upward from what resembled his waist I saw what gleamed like electrum;
downward from what resembled his waist I saw what looked like fire;
he was surrounded with splendor.
Like the bow which appears in the clouds on a rainy day
was the splendor that surrounded him.
Such was the vision of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.
Ez 1:2-5, 24-28c

Electrum

On a sapphire throne, appeared one who looked like a man,
yet, who’s lower portion appeared as fire and
upper portion as “electrum.”

More BRILLIANT than
the mind can imagine!

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08-12-12
(Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Today we hear the continuation of last Sunday’s
“Bread of Life Discourse” (see 08-05-12 below and associated link).

Last Sunday’s theme was “Come and Believe,” if you ‘desire Life…
And Jesus told us that He IS the Bread of Life.

Today we hear the conditions of Coming
and Believing…

Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,

Hmmmmm, sounds like we don’t have
any say in that one??

Maybe the question really should be,
“Are WE being ‘drawn’ by God and
just don’t realize it?”

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Jesus then said, “Everyone who listens to my Father and
learns from him comes to me.

Now there’s something we CAN do. Listen and Learn!
And when we actually DO that, we’ll find that we ARE being drawn.
We are actually, ALL being drawn to Jesus by God!

Jesus continued, “..whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.” Jn 6:41-51
When we Listen, Learn and Come to Jesus
(because we are being drawn that way by God), then
we’ll discover that the ONLY way to “Eternal Life” is
through Jesus,
because He IS the “Bread of Life.”

So what exactly is it that we’ve got to do?

Listen – in the silence of our hearts, to the voice that whispers:
Love, Forgive, Give and Believe.

Learn – about God our Creator and Father,
about Jesus our Redeemer and Savior and about
the Holy Spirit our Counselor, Strengthener and Sanctifier,
through the Bible, the lives of the Saints, the Catechism
and of course, our good Catholic friends.

Come – to Jesus – in our Church community, through the poor,
in our prayers and through our clergy.

Live – that promised “Eternal Life,” (which can begin today if
we’ve never had
that “personal relationship” with Jesus),
which comes to us through the Sacraments, the Community,
and the Magisterium of our AWESOME Church!

And KNOW that we are
His BELOVED!

08-11-12
(St. Clare, virgin)
His disciples said to Jesus, “Why could we not drive it (the demon) out?
He said to them, “Because of your little faith.
Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.Mt 17:14-20

Now a mustard seed is very small. Jesus mentions the mustard seed
several times when making the point of something extremely tiny.
Faith the size of a mustard seed then, is not very much faith.
And Jesus says, even that little bit of faith will deem you
incredible abilities, like walking on water, healing
the sick or moving mountains.
So why can’t we do all those things?
Faith!
Do we really have any, beloved?
Well try it.
And maybe don’t test it walking on air like Indy Jones, the first time.
Remember that was a life and death need on the part of Indy to save his dad.
But start small and work your way up.
Say, “With Jesus’ help I CAN . . .”
And you WILL!!
I have faith in YOU beloved!

08-10-12
(St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr)
Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.” Ps 112
St. Paul said, “God loves a cheerful giver.2 Cor 9:6-10
Jesus said, “Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.Jn 12:24-26

So give it away beloved.
Give away the me, me, me of this world,
to be BLESSED for eternity,
with Jesus!

Palma Giovane – St. Lawrence giving Rome’s wealth, the poor

08-09-12
Through the prophet Jeremiah, the LORD said,
I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts;
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jer 31:31-34
A new covenant of LOVE and forgiveness – written in our hearts.

Jesus asked, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?
Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Jesus said, “..you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.Mt 16:13-23
A new community of sharing and caring and love – Our Church.
Built on the foundation of the apostles.
Built in the image of Jesus.
And despite our errors and the slings and arrows of the enemy,
our Catholic Church is still thriving two millennia later!

08-08-12
(St. Dominic)
Jesus said, “O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.Mt 15: 21-28

What a contrast from yesterday! So what made the difference?
Yesterday, Peter’s faith was distracted by fear, because he was stretching
the boundaries of nature and relying on his own courage rather than
keeping a single minded focus on Jesus.
Today’s woman had a strong personal need, a goal – to save her daughter.
And she would do anything in her power to convince Jesus to help.
Even as far as bearing insult and groveling on the floor.
She PERSISTED, no matter what!
And for that persistence, she was rewarded with the words we’d all just love to hear.
So what’s it take? Let go of the “what’s in it for me”
and the “I don’t need any help, I can do it on my own” philosophies.
Persistently rely on Jesus and count on His salvation,
then wait for that ‘whisper,’
“Let it be done for you as you wish!”
ummmmmmmmmm!

08-07-12
Two optional Gospel readings for today. Both have good quotes…
Jesus said to Peter, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?
Mt 14:22-36
Jesus said this when Peter was distracted while walking on the water to Jesus.
The distraction caused Peter to begin sinking, and Jesus saved him.
The moral being, don’t let anything distract us from our resolute focus on our Lord.
He is the Way, the Truth and the Light!

The second is also a quote from Jesus.
Jesus said to his disciples,
If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.
This was said in response to the Pharisees insistence on strict
adherence to, sometimes impractical, laws.
Again, the moral is, if you’re not sure of yourself, be careful who you follow!
And always consult with Jesus first!
Jesus said, “It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles the man;
but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one.Mt 15:1-2, 10-14
Wow, if we can only, ALWAYS remember that one!

May our loving God bless you always, beloved!

08-06-12
(Transfiguration of the Lord)
God said, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.Mk 9:2-10

L i s t e n !
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and Happy Birthday, Mary Ann, my beloved!!!
60 years, God’s gift to the world,
and 38 of which I’ve had the honor of sharing with you!

08-05-12
(Eighteenth Sunday Ordinary Time B)

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jn 6:24-35

Come and Believe and Live!
Link to Homily for today

08-04-12
(Saint John Mary Vianney)
Of Jeremiah the prophet, the princes and people said to the priests,
This man does not deserve death; it is in the name of the LORD,
our God,
that he speaks to us.Jer 26:11-16, 24
Thus, they protected him from death.

And yet, of John the Baptist, Herod ordered, for the honor of a drunken vow,
Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.Mt 14:1-12

Both men preached the Lord’s message of repentance to sinners.
Both risked the consequence of denial and rejection.
Jeremiah’s audience heard and listened.
John’s, like Jesus’ rejected and eliminated their opposition,
in favor of continuing in their sinful habits.
And we know which of all lives on!

Blessed be the Lord, our God!

08-03-12
(St. Lydia Purpuraria)
In response to their rejection of Him, Jesus said,
A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and in his own house.Mt 13:54-58

The Psalmist likewise expressed in his prayer to the LORD that –
zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults
of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.Ps 69:5, 8-10, 14

And the prophet Jeremiah discovered that,
When Jeremiah finished speaking all that the LORD bade him speak
to all the people, the priests and prophets laid hold of him,
crying, “You must be put to death!Jer 26:1-9

People never like hearing the Truth, that sometimes their thoughts or
their actions are not always appropriate for a Child of God – of whom we all are.
It was never ‘they’ whom the prophets, or Jesus, or the Psalmist condemned.
It was some of their actions that did not glorify, respect, or recognize
God as their Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.

Whom do we reject, beloved,
because their beliefs may be a little different than ours?
Whom do we love, even though they are not all saints?
We certainly aren’t.
Yet we ARE ‘Children of God’!
And in that, be we saints or sinners,
we are LOVED!
Know it always, beloved!!!
And let our zeal for Him consume us too!

08-02-12
The LORD said to Jeremiah,
“…like clay in the hand of the potter,
so are you in my hand,…” Jer 18:1-6

The Scriptures remind us again today, both through the prophet Jeremiah,
and Jesus’ own words, that before we reach His Kingdom
there will be a “final judgment”, a selection process,
in which only those deemed worthy enough will be allowed entrance.
And this is not a “give it up, we’ll never be that good”, warning.
It’s a, “Jesus wants us all to be that worthy and
He’s willing to do all in his power to help us
make it there.” All we need do is trust.
Have FAITH and BELIEVE.
We will be there together, beloved.
Trust!

08-01-12
(St. Alphonsus Liguori)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy
goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Mt 13:44-46

. . .Worth more than:
ALL our worldly “stuff,”
All our past and present,
All our hard work, blood, sweat and tears,
ALL of “me”
given up to buy . . .
ETERNAL LIFE with GOD !

(and the price – already paid by Jesus.)

. . . . . . .

Happy August, beloved!
Please stop by and visit July’s Daily Mass Quotes too…

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EARLIER MONTH’S QUOTES can be found
in monthly subcategories of – “Whispers
entitled “Daily Mass Quotes” (DMQs)

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Link to Previous Month’s DMQs
Link to Following Month’s DMQs

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Link to Saint of the Day
(also in Time page, under Liturgical Seasons section)

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