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:
Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them,
“You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you
that one man should die instead of the people,
so that the whole nation may not perish.”
He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year,
he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
and not only for the nation,
but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.
So from that day on they planned to kill him. Jn 11:45-56
United by a Death!
Is that not ironic, when the death was of the One, the ONLY One
finally able to bring LIFE!
And by His death He DID bring life.
But only to those who BELIEVE in Him.
And that’s US, beloved!
Jesus said, “the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Jn 10:31-42
The Light shines on “something” to make a shadow that looks like a rabbit.
The “something” must be there in order for the shadow to exist.
We know the Light exists because we feel it’s warmth and
can see – only because there is a Light.
Now if the shadow moves, we know that either the “something” moved
or the Light moved.
We know how the Light moves – how fast and in what direction.
So IF the shadow moves faster or in another direction from the normal result
of the Light moving, we know that it was the “something” that moved and not the light.
Now the “something” could be a rabbit or it could be something else
mimicking the shape of a rabbit.
Yet we also know that the shadow would not even be there
if BOTH the “something” and the Light were not in existence together,
interacting with one another.
Jesus said, I am in the Father and the Father is in me.
And the works that I have done attest to that fact. (paraphrased)
Just like the shadow (the works), the Light (Father) and the “something” (Jesus).
So if you see the works (the shadow), and you know that it could only occur because of a Light and a “something,” and Jesus says – I AM the “something,” then you can believe,
not because He said it, but because you’ve seen the shadow with your own eyes.
And that shadow only appears in the presence of Jesus.
Now let’s move that shadow to our own hearts, beloved.
Then, Jesus will be in us and we in Him.
And since the Father is in Jesus and He is in the Father,
then we can rightly say, that the Father is in us also.
And finally, add this – St. John says,
“God IS Light.” (1 Jn 1:5) and “God is Love.” (1 Jn 4:8)
LOVE – the works, the Shadow,
Jesus, the “something” causing the shadow (the works, the Love)
and God the Light shining the Love –
in US, beloved!
(Maybe a silly analogy, JUST an analogy, but one to think about.)
God spoke with Abram saying, “My covenant with you is this:
you are to become the father of a host of nations.
No longer shall you be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham,
for I am making you the father of a host of nations.” Gn 17:3-9
Abram, the “Exalted Father” changed to
Abraham, the “Father of Multitudes”
A Covenant sign. A new name. A New Life.
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
before Abraham came to be, I AM.” Jn 8:51-59
Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.
The NEW Covenant.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.”
Resurrection, beloved! New LIFE. No death.
Jesus said, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jn 8:31-42
“But I am free!” we said…
So then, can we live without our cell phones, without our TVs, without our comfy beds, without our 3-squares+?? Can we live without our morning coffee or our nighttime snack? Can we live without our car, our computer, without our Church or even our family?
Can we live without our own bodies???
(And that’s not even considering the sinful stuff – to which we’re enslaved)
Then who’s the enslaved one and who’s the free!
The Truth is – YES we can!
And that’s freedom!
Going back many more thousands of years, here’s Freedom…
The Babylonian King, “Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed,
‘Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
who sent his angel to deliver the servants who trusted in him;
they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies
rather than serve or worship any god
except their own God.’” Dn 3:1-97
And not even a “white-hot furnace” could keep them down!
The Truth will set us Free, beloved!
“whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.” Nm 21:4-9
Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will realize that I AM,“
Jesus said, “if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” Jn 8:21-30
and with a little background…
Moses to God, “if I go to the Israelites and say to them,
‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me,
‘What is his name?’ what do I tell them?”
God replied to Moses: I am who I am. Then he added:
This is what you will tell the Israelites:
I AM has sent me to you. Ex 3:13-14
It’s simple. Belief = LIFE.
Jesus IS God incarnate,
the second Person of the Holy Trinity.
Always look UP to Him!
And you will have LIFE, beloved!
(The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord)
The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him
Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us!’” Is 7:10 – 8:10
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;” Heb 10:4-10
“..the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in
your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.’“
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
THY Will be done!
I am Your faithful servant, Lord.
Come Holy Spirit…
(Fifth Sunday of Lent, B)
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 clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.” Ps 51
Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.“
“Whoever loves his life loses it, and
whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.“
“Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.”
So what’s it take to gain eternal life:
1. First, know that God has already placed His law within our hearts.
It’s there! All we need to do – is listen.
2. In order to gain eternal life, a death must first occur.
Death to self. Death to thinking that the world is all there is
and that we have to squeeze as much out of it as we can,
regardless of who gets crushed in the process.
3. And third, move from “self-service” to “Jesus-service”
knowing that everywhere we are, Jesus is right there with us –
bringing LIFE to every soul we meet.
Nicodemus said, “ ‘Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him
and finds out what he is doing?’ They answered and said to him,
‘You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet
arises from Galilee.’ ” Jn 7:40-53
There’s their proof! It’s never been done before, so it’s impossible that it can happen now.
“If it doesn’t fit in MY box, it can’t be true, it CAN NOT be real! So not only
will I not believe, I will destroy everything that has to do with it – or Him.
Sounds like a familiar creed!
And we wonder why we’re still driving gasoline fueled cars.
Are we holding our God (god) nice and snugly in our own little box?
Or are we open to believe the unbelievable, the unplanned, the “miracles?”
Jesus was and is uncommonly unique.
Uncommonly Divine. Uncommonly perfect.
Uncommonly in Love with us, beloved.
And no “box” can possibly explain that!
And yet, “The wicked said among themselves,
‘Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;” Wis 2:1-22
“Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said,
“Is he not the one they are trying to kill?” Jn 7:1-30
You see, the hope of the wicked is ‘Death.’ For it is death that they embrace.
It is death that they bestow upon all who model peace, truth, love and justice.
And it is death that will in turn consume them.
They’ll say abortion is not death and capital punishment is not death,
slander and hatred and greed are not death.
To them, the just ones are obnoxious.
And Jesus never existed.
You see, death was not an end to Jesus, but just a beginning.
And it was a beginning for us too, beloved.
No matter how wicked the world may get.
Know that we have the promise of ‘true’ hope.
We have the hope of LIFE eternal.
Blessed are you, most beautiful and dearest one!
Jesus said, “The works that the Father gave me to accomplish,
these works that I perform testify on my behalf
that the Father has sent me.” Jn 5:31-47
No further proof is necessary!
Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word
and believes in the one who sent me
has eternal life and will not come to condemnation,
but has passed from death to life.” Jn 5:17-30
Through the prophet Isaiah, the LORD said,
“Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” Is 49:8-15
We are NEVER FORGOTTEN, beloved.
So too, we must never forget,
and always believe in
“The angel brought me, Ezekiel, back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,
and I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple
toward the east, . . .” Ez 47:1-12
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “the water I shall give will become
in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jn 4:14
Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the
kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” Jn 3:5
At Jesus’ crucifixion, “one soldier thrust his lance into his (Jesus’) side,
and immediately blood and water flowed out.” Jn 19:34
“Wherever the river flows,
every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live…” Ez 47
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked. Jn 5:1-16
A SPRING of living WATER welling up from inside for Eternal Life!
(Solemnity of St. Joseph)
“the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,” Mt 1:16-24
O Saint Joseph, we pray to you for those who are out of work,
for those who want to earn their living or support their families.
You who are the patron of workers;
grant that unemployment may vanish from our ranks;
that all those who are ready to work may put their strength and abilities
in serving their fellowmen and earn a just salary.
You are the patron of families; do not let those who have children to support and raise lack the necessary means. Have pity on our brothers and sisters held down in unemployment and poverty because of sickness or social disorders. Help our political leaders and captains of industry find new and just solutions. May each and every one have the joy of contributing, according to his abilities, to the common prosperity by an honorable livelihood. Grant that we may all share together in the abundant goods God has given us and that we may help underprivileged countries. Amen.
O God, Who in Your ineffable providence did vouchsafe to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Your most holy Mother; grant, we beseech You, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector. Who live and reign, world without end. Amen.
(Fourth Sunday of Lent B)
Jesus said, “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.” Jn 3:16
“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and
does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” Jn 3:14-21
The Light, the Truth, the Way, the Lord,
(St. Patrick’s Day)
“For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice,
and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” Hos 6:1-6
Jesus said, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Lk 18:9-14
Does the Potter thank the clay for turning into such a nice piece of pottery?
No . . . It’s the clay who thanks the Potter for transforming
such a lump of ugliness into such a thing of beauty!
OH, do we have so much to be thankful for, beloved!
Jesus said, “Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.” Mk 12:28-34
Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Lk 11: 14-23
If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Ps 95
Through the Prophet Jeremiah, “Thus says the LORD:
Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people.
Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.” Jer 7:23-28
WITH HIM, with open hearts and listening ears!
(Pi day – 3.14…)
Moses said, “Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees
which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live…
. . teach them to your children and to your children’s children.” Dt 4:1-9
Jesus said, “whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” Mt 5:17-19
Sounds pretty clear:
OBEY and TEACH = Life and Kingdom.
(Obey what? See 3/11/12’s Quotes)
(Teach who? Everyone!)
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.‘ Mt 18:21-35
“An act of merciful love is only such
when we are deeply convinced at the moment we perform it
that we are at the same time receiving mercy
from the people who are accepting it from us.”
Pope John Paul II, Dives in Misericordia
The grace of
Naaman the Syrian said,
“Now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel.” 2 Ki 5:1-15
Jesus said to them, “no prophet is accepted in his own native place.”
. . . and they wanted to kill him . . .
“But he passed through the midst of them and went away.” Lk 4:24-30
Probably the worst thing that we can experience is Jesus slipping through our midst.
Did we miss Him? Did we reject Him? Did we want Him out of our lives?
Naaman had a second chance, by the reasoning of his servants.
And by it he was healed.
Know God, beloved, and be healed!
(Third Sunday of Lent, B)
“I, the LORD am your God,
You shall not have other gods besides me.
You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.
Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.
Honor your father and your mother,
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife,
nor anything else that belongs to him.” Ex 20:1-17
. . . THE BIG TEN!
Or, the “Ten Commandments version for Dummies” –
1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
2. Love your neighbor as yourself. Mk 12:30-31
Either way, THE proven pathway to PEACE.
“Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt
and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;” Mi 7
“As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.” Ps 103
“now we must celebrate and rejoice,
because your brother was dead and has come to life again;
he was lost and has been found.” Lk 15
Forgiven and FOUND, just for the asking!
Jesus said, “ The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes” Mt 21:33-46
Noah – rejected. Moses – rejected. Joseph – rejected.
David – rejected. Jesus – rejected.
Ever feel rejected, beloved?
Hang on to Jesus and be…
in our eyes!
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.” Jer 17:5-10
Jesus said, “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded if someone should
rise from the dead.” Lk 16:19-31
Funny how that works.
Sometimes we can tell stories, testimonies, quote Scriptures and
even show archeological proof. But if there is no trust, no hope,
neither can there be a blessing.
But, blessed are you, beloved. For you are here and you are His,
Jesus said, “whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mt 20:17-28
. . . The most perfect human and divine example.
Take me Lord, that they too might LIVE.
For these are our ‘beloved.’
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
“Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow;
Though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool.” Is 1:10-20
“Will you let me be your servant,
Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to
Let you be my servant, too.”
White as snow, beloved!
Jesus said, “For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.” Lk 6:36-38
In mercy, in judgment, in condemnation,
in forgiveness and in giving,
measure rightly, measure generously,
measure only and always in – LOVE.
(Second Sunday of Lent B)
St. Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Rom 8:31
Up on the mountain . . .
Where Noah landed his ark,
Where Isaac was saved by God,
Where Moses received the Commandments,
Where Jesus pronounced the Beatitudes,
Where Jesus was transfigured,
Where we were saved by His death.
Up on the mountain, who can be against us,
when God is there to save us?
Just keep hanging on to Jesus, beloved.
Our Love, our Life.
Jesus said, “But I say to you, love your enemies,
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father, . . .“
“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Mt 5:43-48
Being perfect may not be easy, but it’s just.
Being perfect is not a jump on the other side of a line.
It is a slow tedious climb. And sometimes we even fall back a bit.
But God gives us the ability to climb right back up again, with Jesus.
It’s saying NO to what the world defines as right – hate your enemies,
get back, get revenge. When your heart says ‘YES!’ when that bad guy gets
his due, listen to the other side of that heart that says ‘NO!’ that revenge,
death and hatred is NOT right. It eats me up from the inside out.
God IS the just judge – leave it in His hands and keep hatred
out of your hearts forever, beloved!
THAT is the pathway to PERFECTION!
And with His help and my love YOU (and I) can do it, beloved.
“… if the wicked, turning from the wickedness he has committed,
does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life;” Ez 18:21-28
Yes, there is always hope!
Turn away from the darkness and
into the LIGHT!
Queen Ester prayed,
“Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,” Est C:14
“When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.” Ps 138
Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Mt 7:7
And always ask, ‘according to God’s Will,’ not mine.
That means asking with patient endurance.
And being prepared to sometimes discover –
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