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
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 . . .
For Daily Scripture Quotes:
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Quotes for reflection:
A centurion said to Jesus,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He (Jesus) said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.” Mt 8:5-17
We’re so often asked, “Please pray for me or my loved ones,” and maybe wonder
will that really do any good? Well maybe I would climb the mountains or
plumb the depths of the sea to ease your pain, out of my love for you.
But that would be a cake walk compared to what was already done
for you by Jesus. I am but dirt compared to You, Jesus. I am
surely not worthy to even have you enter into my house.
But just say the Word, and may God’s will be done,
and may we have the strength to endure
whatever may come our way.
In the Name of Jesus,
(Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul, apostles)
Peter “was being kept in prison, but prayer by the Church was fervently being made
to God on his behalf. . . secured by double chains, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison.
Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell.
He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying,
‘Get up quickly.’ The chains fell from his wrists.” Acts 12:1-11
God HEARS our prayers!
So keep on praying beloved, for our world, for our country,
for the LIGHT of TRUTH to shine!
St. Paul said, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.
From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all
who have longed for his appearance.” 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18
The Crown that awaits ALL who have LONGED for Christ!
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.
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 16:13-19
PETER, ROCK, CHURCH – never stop believing, beloved!
(St. Irenaeus, bishop and martyr)
Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who
does the will of my Father in heaven.” Mt 7:21-29
Jesus said that anything we ask in His Name will be done for us.
Thus we might be healing or comforting or peacemaking in His Name.
But if we are doing it for OUR own glory, it doesn’t quite make the mark.
“The will of my Father in heaven,” is to do it all out of Love for
one another. To do it for HIS Glory!
So every day is another day we have to praise His Name.
Praise for the Words, the whispers, that only discerning
ears might catch, like yours my beloved.
And in that, HIS will is done!
God bless you!
Jesus said, “..every good tree bears good fruit,
and a rotten tree bears bad fruit…
by their fruits you will know them.” Mt 7:15-20
You are the Apple of my eye, beloved!
And THAT’s a GOOD fruit,
fed by the water of everlasting Life,
Jesus said, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.”
“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,“
Mt 7:6, 12-14
“The Golden Rule and The Narrow Gate”
Think they’re related?
And to take it a step further, a step closer to God,
after “Do to” add “and think of” in that Golden Rule, eg.
Do to and think of others whatever you would have them do to or think of you!
When we can get there, then we’re truly traveling through that narrow gate!
God bless you, beloved!!
Jesus said, “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?” Mt 7:1-5
That certainly puts it in perspective!
Funny, when we notice those splinters in other’s eyes,
it usually means we’re not looking close enough at our own splinters.
Maybe it’s not a beam, but a whole barrage of little splinters piercing us.
Is it possible to somehow find a mirror that lets us truly
see ourselves as others do??
What can I wash off from that image that allows
a better, a true me to shine forth.
Help me Jesus!
Help me BE, more like you.
(Nativity of John the Baptist)
“The LORD called me from birth,
from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.”
“O LORD, you have probed me, you know me…
Truly you have formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.” Ps 139
Zechariah wrote, “John is his name,” Lk 1:57-66, 80
Bill, Tom, Mary, Carl, Elise, Celeste, Douglas, George, Gina, Joe, Lisa, Warren, Sally,
Harry, Christie, Mike, Lillian, Samuel, Talia, Rachel, James, Isaac, Heather . . .
From your mother’s womb, He gave you your name,
and BLESSED is that name, beloved!
Jesus said, “..do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’..
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.” Mt 6:24-34
A single minded focus on God…
So if we could get the ‘l out of Gold,
we’d find ourselves much better off
with God instead!
For Jesus said, “You cannot serve God and mammon.“
Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…
But store up treasures in heaven..
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound,
your whole body will be filled with light;” Mt 6:19-23
Treasures on earth are the material things we accumulate
out of greed, lust and self-centeredness.
Treasures in heaven are the gifts of self we give to others
out of love for God and our neighbor.
Look to what is good, pleasing and right and see what can be good in the rest.
And in ALL things – LOVE!
YOU are the Light of the World, beloved, let your light shine!
(Saint Aloysius Gonzaga)
Jesus said, “This is how you are to pray:
“Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.” Mt 6:7-15
AS WE FORGIVE !
Elijah said to Elisha,
“..if you see me taken up from you, your wish will be granted; otherwise not.”
As they walked on conversing, a flaming chariot and flaming horses
came between them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.”
2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14
The passing of the torch, or in this case the mantle, takes
unwavering attention and unwavering faith!
Jesus said, “When you give alms . . . When you pray . . . and When you fast,”
don’t do it for the attention. You’re not looking for man’s attention,
but God’s and God knows your heart before you even do it.
Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
So always remember to keep your focus on God, beloved,
The Solution to Evil in a world looking Ugly
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said,
‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
But I say to you,
love your enemies and
pray for those who persecute you,” Mt 5:43-48
Could you just imagine what the world would look like
if we could all embrace this philosophy!
Did you ever try it? Overcome your own internal hatred, and
outwardly show compassion, even love towards a snobby or
snooty co-worker or boss.
The result may actually blow you away!
Because, even though it may take some time,
You WILL see a change!
In our continuing story of Ahab, Naboth and Elijah,
today Ahab is threatened with the wrath of God for all his evil doings!
It was enough to shake him to his roots.
And Ahab repents. . . and God relents.
Then the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite,
“Have you seen that Ahab has humbled himself before me?” 1 Kgs 21:17-29
We have ONE Loving and Forgiving God!
Sometimes we just need to let go of a little of that pride,
and humble ourselves – even if it’s just in our own minds. . .
And we’ll begin to see great things happen in our lives!
The Problem of Evil in a world of Good
“Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard . . .” 1 Kgs 21:1-16
Now the story went that King Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard,
except Naboth held that vineyard as something very important to himself, because it was his ancestral heritage.
So he refused to give, trade or sell it.
(Sounds like a very familiar conflict between today’s
Israel and Palestine)
Well Ahab acted like a little child in the whole matter and went home pouting. But behind that weasel of a man was a very powerful and evil woman named . . . Jezebel.
Do you think Naboth was willing to actually risk his life for that inheritance?
Did he even imagine that holding on to that ‘principle’ would cost him his life,
and in dying the vineyard would be lost anyway?
It did and it was!
So, what are we hanging on to, that we’re willing to die for?
Property, home, car, trinkets, money, job, family, even life itself.
People DO die for all of these every day somewhere in the world.
And yet, if we didn’t stand up for what is right,
the whole world might be in total chaos, because of the evil within it.
Sometimes I wonder, are we already acting like the wimpy Ahab and allowing
the Jezebel’s of the world take it over???
And yet . . .
Jesus said, “I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well. . .
Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back
on one who wants to borrow.” Mt 5:38-42
So was Naboth wrong in holding to his belief?
Sometimes, maybe it’s more a matter of ‘worth’.
Was it worth stubbornly hanging on to that vineyard,
or could Naboth have ever imagined that the evil Jezebel
would eventually get her justice, her blood licked up by the dogs?
And in that end he might have even gotten his property back.
Jesus’ philosophy is –
instead of acting out of revenge (an eye for an eye)
we need to respond to evil with good.
CONQUER evil with GOOD!
Don’t let them hit you again, but instead of running away or hitting back,
turn the other cheek so they CAN’T hit you again!
If they want your possessions (be it material or philosophical) so badly,
they just don’t understand that the reason these look so good to them,
is because it’s YOU that makes them look so good.
Give them away and they’ll discover that now
they don’t look nearly as appealing,
because now they’re not YOURS.
And guess what, you won’t even miss them.
And more likely than not, they will be replaced
from somewhere else, with something 100 times better.
A job, a car, a home, a life!
Remember the story of Job.
And Hang On, beloved – ONLY – to God!
(Eleventh Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Jesus said, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” Mk 4:26-34
The Miracle of Growth.
Some seeds may yield weeds that starve the land of nutrients.
Some seeds may yield poisonous vines that starve trees of light and resist touch.
Yet some seeds grow to enhance all life around them.
The seed of a smile or an acknowledging word.
The seed of hope to the despairing.
The seed of…
(The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
“and his mother kept all these things in her heart.” Lk 2:41-51
How huge, how flexible, beloved, can a heart possibly be?
To hold all these things: virgin birth, persecution by a king,
death of the children of a whole community, a lost son,
the miracles, the healings, the unbounded love,
and eventually even his murderous death.
No greater mother has the world ever known!
Mary, Our Mother
(The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus)
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately blood and water flowed out. Jn 19:31-37
According to tradition, Lanciano, Italy is also the birthplace of Longinus the Roman centurion who thrust his spear into Jesus’ side during the Crucifixion (Mk 15:29) striking Him in the tip of His heart from which He shed blood and water. Lanciano in Italian means “of the Spear.” After seeing the events which followed the piercing of Jesus’ heart, the darkening of the sun, and the earthquake, Longinus believed that Christ was the Savior. A more physical sign, however, was that Longinus had poor eyesight, and after having touched his eyes with the water and blood from the side of Jesus, his eyesight was restored. What a perfect parallel to the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in this same town. Longinus touched the heart of Jesus, was healed, and converted. He gave up the Army, went to Cappadocia and was martyred for the faith. He is now known as Saint Longinus. His feast day is celebrated on March 15.
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, united substantially to the Word of God.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty.
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven.
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity.
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise.
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts.
Heart of Jesus, in whom art all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead.
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills.
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy.
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who call upon Thee.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our offenses.
Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches.
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our iniquities.
Heart of Jesus, obedient even unto death.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of Heart,
Make our hearts like unto Thine.
Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen
Jesus said, “whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment, . . . and whoever says,
“You fool,” will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Mt 5:20-26
Forgive me beloved. You’re not the fool, but I am for allowing myself
to let you get me angry. May our loving God bless
you always and keep you . . .
(St. Anthony of Padua)
After Elijah thoroughly drenched the wood and
the meat of sacrifice on that stone altar with water,
The LORD’s fire came down and consumed the burnt offering,
wood, stones, and dust, and it lapped up the water in the trench.
Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said,
“The LORD is God! The LORD is God!” 1 Kgs 18:20-39
What is the cost of conversion?
Utter fear? Astonishment? Amazement?
And how long will it be before those momentary impressions fade?
The Israelites saw the splitting of the sea.
They experienced the ‘manna from heaven.’
They watched as armies were annihilated before the Lord.
And yet over and over again, they forgot.
What is the cost?
It’s something so deep inside that we’ll never forget.
We’ll never forget the scourging.
We’ll never forget the cruelty, like a choking, dense black fog all around Him.
We’ll never forget the nails and the lance thrust into His side.
We’ll never forget the piercing crown of thorns ripping into His head.
We’ll never forget the suffering our Savior endured for us!
Two thousand years later, we still remember.
And the next time some Baal in the form of anger or hatred or revenge or abuse.
Some Baal in the form of greed or jealousy or lust or overindulgence
grips our hearts and minds, we reach down into our pocket,
or onto that chain around our neck to feel
His Cross, His Love.
And we remember.
And we know that LIFE is worth so very much more.
And we know that this ‘world’ is not ours!
We live in a different world.
And it is spelled:
L O V E !
Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth…
You are the light of the world…
…your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.” Mk 5:13-16
Notice, that it’s not our works that glorify us.
But it is God working through us, such that He is to be Glorified!
We are really just the shaker. He is the salt.
We are really just the wick. He is the fire and light.
And yet, these are the most awesome shakers and wicks ever to be found.
Glorify God, beloved, and you will live in His Glory too!
(St. Barnabas, Apostle)
Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” Mt 5:1-12
So how would you describe heaven?
(The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi)
Jesus, took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them,
and said, “Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it. He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.”
Mk 14:12-16, 22-26
The Body and Blood of TRUE Life,
St. Paul said, “Beloved: I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
who will judge the living and the dead,
and by his appearing and his kingly power:
proclaim the word;
be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.
For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine
but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity,
will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth
and will be diverted to myths.” 2 Tm 4:1-8
The truth – that marriage is between a man and a woman,
that abortion is murder,
that capital punishment is murder as well,
that war is not a game,
that a rainbow is a beautiful gift of God’s nature
and not a sign of sick sexual relationships,
that ‘choice’ is another wonderful gift of God, that is given to us to be used responsibly
and it is not a bi-word abused by child murdering abortionists to represent
a false freedom to unjustly kill the indefensible,
that God loves us so much that he gave his only Son to die for us.
The truth that the trash on the TV is destroying the morals of our children.
The truth that the same is being done through the games they play.
The truth that that same immorality on the TV and movie screens
is destroying the morals of our adults as well.
The truth that adultery and pre-marital sex are not morally right, they’re sin.
The truth that taking the rights and assistance from the poor and oppressed
is just as bad as killing them outright.
The truth that if we are moral persons we are not nerds or square or odd or dead.
The truth that living a morally wholesome life is really
much more awesome and exciting than living the world’s immorality.
Jesus said believe and LIVE!
I believe that the majority of us are better than all that.
We just need to spark up the courage and stand up for what we believe,
just as St. Paul instructs his beloved, Timothy.
St. Paul said, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching,
for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
so that one who belongs to God may be competent,
equipped for every good work.” 2 Tm 3:10-17
All Scripture taken in context, with full understanding of the cultural
and historical relevance. All Scripture as part of a toolbox
including Tradition and Magisterium as a means for
bringing Christ to the world!
St. Paul said, “If we have died with him we shall also live with him;
if we persevere we shall also reign with him.” 2 Tm 2:8-15
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.“
And when we can understand these things and live them,
we just might hear Jesus say to us too…
“You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” Mk 12:28-34
St. Paul proclaimed, “… Christ Jesus, who destroyed death and brought
life and immortality to light through the Gospel,” 2 Tm 1:1-12
Jesus said, “He is not God of the dead but of the living.“
Resurrection of the dead, immortality!
Trust in God! Believe in Jesus, beloved.
(St. Boniface, bishop and martyr)
Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.” Mk 12:13-17
In other words, we are to be responsible both in worldly things
as well as in spiritual things. As ‘Children of God’ we are to recognize
that every wonderful worldly thing we’ve been blessed with
and every beautiful person we’ve been honored to have as friends
and family are solely gifts from God. And every moment this
realization comes to mind, we are to give Thanks – through our
love, our words and our actions to help make this
world a better place – a part of His Kingdom!!
We ARE His Body!
Jesus said, “The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;” Mk 12:1-12
Always be very careful with what or whom you reject,
because one day they just may become your cornerstone!
Jesus continued in reference to that cornerstone being himself,
“by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?“
(Most Holy Trinity Sunday)
Jesus said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Mt 28:16-20
“The Great Commission,”
The Apostles commission, and OUR commission.
(Link to today’s Homily)
“Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit.
Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy
of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” Jude 17-25
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
(St. Justin, Martyr)
Peter said, “let your love for one another be intense,
because love covers a multitude of sins.
Be hospitable to one another without complaining.
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another
as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Pt 4:7-13
Giving, Forgiving Love.
Productive and Beneficial Love.
Love that results in Faith.
Faith that results in answered prayer.
All in accordance with God’s Will.
That you and I remain always beloved!
Happy June, dearest!
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