(Seventh day in the Octave of Christmas)
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it. . . .“ Jn 1:1-18
New Beginnings, beloved, beginning tomorrow!
Praise God, we made it through the old.
Thank God for all the Blessings we received,
despite the setbacks, the failures and the heartaches.
Thank God for Jesus,
because without him,
it would have been a whole lot tougher.
Now for new beginnings. 2014 here we come!!!
Light our way with Your Love, Jesus!
The Light, the Life, the Word, the Truth – Jesus
(Sixth day in the Octave of Christmas)
St. John wrote, “Do not love the world or the things of the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.“ 1 Jn 2:12-17
You see, beloved, when we love the things of the world, it all leads to “self.” It leads to self-preservation, selfishness, jealousy, argument, disagreements, fighting and war. It leads to death. Satan and his world love death. But God loves LIFE. When we can learn to love God, then we can begin to see God in others. Then instead of fighting for self, we begin living to GIVE to others – ALL that we have and all that we are. And the more we give, the greater our lives become – both in the eyes of God and our fellow-man. And that ‘greater’ means – happier, healthier, hopeful and productive – in a heavenly sense.
Jesus showed us this “Way.” A way of living in thanksgiving for even the least or little that we have. A way of living a life of love and forgiveness of others. A way of living for Giving. A way of living LIFE to the full – the way God had intended us to live from our very creation. And all of that brings us HOPE.
As we bring another year to its close, spend a few moments, beloved, to think of ALL we have to be thankful for. And then think of those who might not even have a roof over their heads or a meal to eat. How can we make THEIR lives better?
(The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)
“My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him; revile him not all the days of his life; kindness to a father will not be forgotten, firmly planted against the debt of your sins — a house raised in justice to you.“ Sir 3:2-6, 12-14
My “Living Will.”
God’s “Living Will.”
Jesus’ relationship with His step-father (Joseph)
and His true Father (God and the Holy Spirit).
Jesus – Our model!
(Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs)
When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.’ Mt 2:13-18
The things that are done in the name of ‘self-preservation’!
Herod, the Roman ruler of the land – we today call Israel, was threatened by a little child. And so, with all his power and might, he had all the children killed. What do we do, beloved, that we may not even realize, that may do harm to others
for the sake of self-preservation?
When we begin to live the life Jesus taught, every action, every decision we make becomes based on a wider viewpoint, not just on me, I and myself. Then we begin to truly LOVE. And they immediately recognize something different about us.
We are CHRISTIANS!
(St. John, Apostle and Evangelist)
St. John wrote, “what we have seen and heard we proclaim
now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us;
for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
We are writing this so that our joy may be complete.“ 1 Jn 1:1-4
Ever watch a good movie, beloved?
Or see something that made you laugh or even cry?
Funny, when that happens, we can barely restrain ourselves from letting it out,
from shouting from the rooftops. It MUST be shared, so that others
can join in our fun or love or joy or even pain.
And thus it was for the disciples. They lived and ate and walked and
learned from Jesus himself. And then He was gone. And then He was back.
And then He was gone again. But then He, in the form of the Holy Spirit,
was back to stay, within their and our lives, within our hearts!
How could anyone hold that in, and not want to share it with
everyone they know and everyone they meet!
This story is SO INCREDIBLE,
we just want everyone to know the JOY and
the LIFE of Jesus – for it lasts eternally!
Thanks be to God for the Apostles and Evangelists!
Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ!
(St. Stephen, First Martyr)
Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people . . . The people came forward and debated with Stephen, but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke.
Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59
Jesus advised His disciples, “When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. . . . You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.” Mt 10:17-22
St. Stephen endured to the end.
He witnessed to the Lord.
He corrected their errors.
And he prayed for them,
even as they stoned him.
This is our ultimate model. Love ALL.
Even when they “know not what they do.”
.And don’t ever worry about what you are to say, beloved.
For the Holy Spirit will take care of it all!
(The Nativity of the Lord, Christmas)
On the day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me . . .
a Child in a manger, Angels in the heavens, and
Salvation by our Lord Almighty.
“A light will shine on us this day:
the Lord is born for us.“ Ps 97
When the angels went away from them to heaven,
the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see
this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”
So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Lk 2:15-20
Try as we might to express the GLORY of the Day,
words can not come close to describing
God become man,
to live among us, to teach us
True LOVE – which He IS.
Our TRUE LOVE!
A very blessed Christmas to you, my beloved.
Jesus lives with us, together, always!
On the Day before Christmas my True Love gave to me . . .
a house in which to dwell, and a Light to guide us all into peace.
King David was feeling a little guilty that he was living in a palace, while God was stuck
in a little old tent. So he proposed to build God a Temple. But God replied that He did
not need a building that man had built, in which to dwell. For God had already built the ultimate dwelling place for Himself. It was ‘man‘ himself. So God said to David,
“I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his
Kingdom firm. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and
your Kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.“
2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
No hurricane, no tornado, no flood, no landslide, no volcano, and especially, no enemies shall ever stand against this House. This house is Jesus! And when Jesus dwells within us, when we offer ourselves to serve as his dwelling place, He will stand secure
within us as well, beloved.
Zechariah, the father of the newly born John (the Baptist), sang out in joy and praise to God with the words,
“In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into
the way of peace.” Lk 1:67-79
So, whenever we might feel like we’re living in a world of darkness, beloved,
just remember WHO dwells within us. It’s Jesus. His Light will always guide us
in the Way that will lead to PEACE! And His LIGHT is LOVE!
A very blessed and joy-filled Christmas Eve to you, beloved.
See you tomorrow . . .
Matt Maher’s version of Zechariah’s Canticle (Cute!)
Matt Maher’s version of Zechariah’s Canticle (Cute!)
On the second day before Christmas my True Love gave to me . . .
a baby named John, a voice to be heard, and a message for eternity.
The relatives and neighbors of Elizabeth asked her what name she would give her son.
She replied John. But they were insistent that John was not appropriate.
So, they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed.
Immediately his (Zechariah’s) mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God. Lk 1:57-66
The Lord spoke through the prophet Malachi about John, saying,
Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; Mal 3:1-4
Birth of John the Baptist, Giuliano Bugiardini
Before any great thing or person can come,
people need to be informed, space needs to be made.
John informed the people. And the space was a place in
their hearts. A cleansing to make room for the Lord.
This was the “Baptism of Repentance” that John was so well known for.
“Make straight the path,” for Jesus is coming.
Just two more days!
(The Virgin Mother)
On the third day before Christmas my True Love gave to me . . .
a pregnant virgin, not an oxymoron, but a Truth that can set us all free!
A Truth . . .
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Mt 1:18-24
. . . Just as the Angel Gabriel had promised.
– The wheels were set in motion . . .
Joseph was prepared for the unexpected.
Elizabeth and Zechariah were awaiting their own surprise (the birth of John).
And Caesar was authoring a decree, the consequence of which, would be recorded
in history for all time. For it would take this Holy Family away from their home
in Nazareth, to begin the long Journey that would have eternal benefits,
for EVERYONE. . .
The BIRTH of the Savior of the world,
Emmanuel – God is with us!
(The Visitation of Mary with Elizabeth)
On the fourth day before Christmas my True Love gave to me . . .
the voice of my little dove – as sweet as she is lovely!
A lover wrote of his beloved in the Song of Songs,
“O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you,
let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.” Sg 2:8-14
Many hundreds of years later in a little village another voice was heard.
Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said (to Mary),
“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
“For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” Lk 1:39-45
Ever hear a voice beloved,
that just rattled every nerve in your body –
That’s the Heavenly voice of God,
the Blessed voice of Mary,
the Lovely voice of Jesus,
resonating with our Love for them!
Ahhhhh, the voice of Christmas!
(The Annunciation to Mary)
On the fifth day before Christmas my True Love gave to me . . .
a choice most blessed – made by Holy Mother Mary.
The angel Gabriel came to Mary to inform her that she was to conceive
and bear a son who’s name would be Jesus, along with some pretty
spectacular pronouncements about him.
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
the Son of God.” Lk 1:26-38
OK, Mary thought, I’m not even going to touch the “spectacular” part
of this announcement. All that stuff about this boy being
“the Son of the Most High,” and that
“the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
No, let’s just get down to the nitty gritty of how all this
is going to happen in the first place.
Mary questioned the “down to earth” reality of the claim,
the same way Zechariah did in yesterday’s reading.
Fortunately, Gabriel was in a little better mood with Mary’s inquiry.
You see, Mary wasn’t just going to deliver a messenger
(even though John was a very important messenger).
Mary was going to be the very “ark” of God Himself.
And the means of that occurring (through the Holy Spirit),
was the least of God and Gabriel’s concern.
All they were looking for was an “OK” from Mary!
And that’s exactly what they got!
We call it Mary’s (great) fiat. Mary said,
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
No ‘buts‘, no ‘what if’s‘, no ‘let me check with my mom first.‘
Mary offered it ALL!
Knowing it would upset her parents. Knowing she would be rejected by her
friends and community. Knowing she’d probably lose her new husband, Joseph.
Even at the risk of capital punishment (death),
Mary said YES
The absolute ULTIMATE in Faith.
The result of which brought SALVATION
to all of US, beloved.
And His Name is JESUS!
(The Annunciation to Zechariah)
On the sixth day before Christmas my True Love gave to me . . .
a message so astounding that for nine months –
without speech I would be.
An angel came to Zechariah, the husband of Elizabeth (who would later
become the parents of John the Baptist) and announced her pregnancy.
He said, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard.
Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John.“
“I am Gabriel, who stand before God.
I was sent to speak to you and to announce
to you this good news.
But now you will be speechless and unable to talk
until the day these things take place,
because you did not believe my words, which
will be fulfilled at their proper time.” Lk 1:5-25
Did you ever question the plausibility of something, beloved,
and then miss a “once in a lifetime” opportunity?
We seem to do it all the time, because we’re so conditioned
to mistrust almost everything . . .
“Now, what are they trying to sell?“
“What do they want out of us?“ “What is the cost?“
Here in Missouri, they call us the “Show Me” state,
because someone in our historical past
just would not believe unless he
was first shown.
And that’s all well and good for the the sake of safety,
for the sake of self-preservation.
But some things we just have to take on FAITH.
I think if I was confronted with an Angel,
I might tend to believe whatever he had to say,
just out of fear or astonishment.
Or else, I might as well commit myself to the loony bin.
But thanks be to God – we’ve got lots and lots of
examples in our Bible of those who did listen and reaped
the benefits – without loosing their speech, or sight, or life:
like Noah and Abraham, Moses and Elijah.
What about you, beloved?
Do you believe that the pretty little Infant in the dirty old manger
came to SAVE YOU for eternity?
That IS exactly what JESUS came to do!
(The Annunciation to Joseph)
On the seventh day before Christmas, my True Love gave to me . . .
Words of Hope – for myself and the world to see.
The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph
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, because he will save his people from their sins.”
. . . “and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.” Mt 1:18-25
That the world is falling apart.
That there is no hope.
That war and disease, hunger, hatred
and death are just ALL there is,
as the media would like us to believe,
THAT is NOT the Truth.
The TRUTH is – that GOD IS WITH US!
Just stop a second, beloved, and say a short prayer.
Find something/anything in your life that you are thankful for,
and you’ll find that His Love and Peace will encompass you
like a warm blanket and a tender hug.
His Grace will fill us with HOPE, despite it all!
As Jacob (the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham) was about to pass on
from this life, he gathered his sons together and blessed them. Yet within
the blessings, he also summarized his opinion of their lives: the good,
the bad and the ugly. Who but a father knows the very nature of each of us?
(Though we may not always want to hear it from him directly…)
So to his son Judah, Jacob said, “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise –
your hand on the neck of your enemies;“ Gn 49:2, 8-10
Now, remember, Judah was in the ancestral line of Jesus,
as Matthew describes the lineage up to Joseph, Jesus’ step-father.
And it was from Judah’s line that King David was born.
But remember, that Mary, who was the blood mother of Jesus,
was also descendant in the line of Judah.
Thus the lineage from Judah to Jesus stands.
Can you just imagine knowing your ancestry some 50 generations back!
I’ve got the names back to my great grandfather. But that’s about it.
Yes, some people do exert exorbitant energy learning the ancestry,
but in the end, we can all say that we’re descendants of Noah,
we’re descendants of Adam, and we’re children of God,
and that’s a long way back!!!!
And it couldn’t be any BETTER
(no matter what happened in-between)!
When Jesus had come into the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing
these things? And who gave you this authority?” Mt 21:23-27
When someone who is against you asks you a question, they really don’t want an answer. Because any answer you give, especially one in defense of yourself or your stand will, in their ears, be wrong or just not heard by them. Jesus knew this fact. So whenever He was asked a question by his adversaries, He responded with a question back. And usually their own answer would backfire on themselves because there is only ONE TRUTH.
Jesus IS that Truth!
So don’t let your adversaries ever feel they have the upper hand, beloved, when you hold the Truth of Jesus. The Holy Spirit will guide you to the answer that will always lead to Jesus. And sometimes silence is just as good an answer as any words can impress.
Always hold on to the Truth of Jesus!
(3rd Sunday Advent A)
“Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense he comes to save you.“ Is 35:1-6a, 10
Vindication – WE have been proven to be worthy of God.
And we will be compensated with “eternal” salvation.
And what that means, is no more Fear of death.
Jesus said, “blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.“ Mt 11:2-11
So PRAY, beloved, for the one who uses the Lord’s Name as a curse.
Most likely they just don’t understand . . .
He IS their Savior as well!
(St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus answered His disciples’ question about the prophet Elijah with these words,
“Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased.
So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.” Mt 17:9a, 10-13
They did not recognize Him!
Last year I finally had it with lugging that heavy Christmas tree up the stairs,
even in it’s three collapsible pieces. It was one of those “pre-lit” trees that opened up
like an umbrella, so there was no insertion of a hundred branches . . .
We loved that tree compared to our earlier versions.
It was just that I’m starting to get too old now, and maybe a little intolerant of lifting
so much any more. And as those “pre-lit,” light strings slowly began to burn out, that beautiful tree just didn’t have quite the thrill any more, that it did in it’s earlier years.
And even in my last ditch effort to improve it,
after hours and hours of removal of all of those lights, tightly wrapped around every single branch, that tree still seemed to weigh a ton. So last year I bit the bullet and bought a slightly smaller and much lighter tree – with NO pre-lighting. The question was, what to do with that old tree. It was still in pretty good shape. And I was certain that someone would want a FREE, 7.5 foot, artificial Christmas tree.
Well, as I always say, “I couldn’t sell a jug of water
to a desert-dry nomad – for free!”
And the “free tree” just went to confirm
my sales inability.
NOBODY wanted it!
Today’s Scriptures reminded me that I am not alone.
Elijah the prophet, John the Baptist, John of the Cross and even Jesus
struggled to get people to buy-in to Goodness,
to buy into Love, to buy into Hope, to buy into GOD –
Those people just did not Recognize a good deal when they saw it.
And so, the Baptist was beheaded, John of the Cross was imprisoned,
Elijah had to hide in a cave, and we all know what happened to Jesus!
DO WE RECOGNIZE, BELOVED, THE AWESOME GIFT
THAT IS RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES???
God loves us. Jesus died for us. The Kingdom of Heaven is open to US!!!
And ALL we have to do is BELIEVE and follow in His footsteps!
Jesus says, “Come!”
. . .
Well, that old tree; . . . in the end, some poor sucker is going to end up
paying probably $50 or more for it now, from Goodwill . . .
When they could have had it for FREE!
Some of us DO recognize a Good deal when we see it.
Come, beloved. Jesus is waiting for YOU!
(St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr)
Isaiah prophesied, “I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;“ Is 48:17-19
So Listen, beloved.
The Psalmist wrote,
“Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.” Ps 1
Then, Follow . . .
“wisdom is vindicated by her works.” Mt 11:16-19
Then, DO . . .
. . . and all will be well with you.
(even if it ends, like Lucy, in martyrdom)
– – – – – –
The prefect said to Lucy, “Your words will be silenced,
when the storm of blows falls upon you!“
The virgin Lucy answered: “To God’s servants the right words will not be wanting,
for the Holy Spirit speaks in us.” “Yes,” she continued, “all who live piously
and chastely are temples of the Holy Spirit.“
“Then,” he replied, “I shall order you put with prostitutes
and the Holy Spirit will depart from you.“
Lucy said, “If I am dishonored against my will, my chastity will secure
for me a double crown of victory.“ CatholicCulture.org
(Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
The angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Behold, you will conceive in
your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” Lk 1:26-38
“Once upon a time . . .”
Don’t all GREAT stories begin that way?
Well, this IS the Greatest Story ever told.
Once upon a time there were a people who were very lost.
And try as they might, they just couldn’t find their way.
They had hopes and dreams, but none of it was strong enough,
was real enough to believe.
And THEN it happened.
In a distant land, in an obscure place, in the dark of night,
to an unknown and very poor couple,
a BABY was born . . .
And we have been told,
even thousands of years later,
of it’s truth, of it’s warnings,
and of it’s HOPE –
through His own Mother.
One of my favorite quotes:
Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am
meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Mt 11:28-30
Tired of it all, beloved?
Tired of the lies? Tired of the robbery?
Tired of the greed? Tired of the war?
Tired of the poverty? Tired of the hunger?
Tired of the media’s deception?
Just want to hear the Truth for a change?
Jesus say’s “Come to me!”
Drop the weight of the world and take the “yoke” of Jesus.
It no longer has to be all on your shoulders, beloved.
Because with Jesus by your side, the burden is bearable.
It’s the Truth
we’ve been searching for all along.
Come float along with Jesus.
And His Hope will be in you as well!
“Though the grass withers and the flower wilts,
the word of our God stands forever.” Is 40:1-11
Sometimes, that Word stands out like a blaring trumpet:
“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
But other times, it may be like – a tiny whispering wind:
“Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.“ Is 40:1-11
That’s you and I, beloved.
The withering grass and the wilting flowers;
the lost sheep and the imperishable Loved ones.
May our Loving God bless you always!
(Don’t miss the two awesome song links in the pictures)
(Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.” Lk 1:26-38
Maybe the reason most people misunderstand the
Immaculate Conception to mean the
conception of Jesus is that
the Scripture readings used for this Solemnity
speak of the conception of Jesus
and not of Mary, because
there is no mention of Mary’s conception and birth
in the Scriptures of the Bible.
The Immaculate Conception actually refers to the
sinless conception of Mary.
A reference to the source of this information can be found in
the Protevangelion of James which I’ve quoted in
The Birth of Mary Page in ColorMe4Life.com.
From there, you can get to The Life of Mary Our Mother videos also.
May the Mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
bless you always, beloved, in His Love!
(2nd Sunday Advent, A)
John the Baptist said, “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry
his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.“ Mt 3:1-12
And John further describes the fire as a cleansing fire.
A fire that will burn away the sin and the unrepentant sinner.
It’s Advent, beloved, time for us to burn away some of that “chaff.”
Time to begin to form some new and holy habits,
so that we will be prepared when Jesus comes again!
(St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus sent His twelve apostles out on their first missionary journey without Him.
He asked them to cure sickness, drive out evil and proclaim “the Kingdom of God.”
And in doing this it had to come from hearts in the purity of love.
For there would be no reward, no payment. Jesus said,
“Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
Mt 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6-8
If we receive anything today without cost, we wonder what’s wrong with it!
Or we ask, “where’s the catch?”
Well, there is a catch with Jesus’ offering.
We may not be paying money, but we are paying Jesus with our very souls.
We’re putting out all our junk, as we do in a garage sale.
And Jesus is buying it up so that we can enjoy a clean house.
All that will be left is Joy, Happiness and Eternal Life.
Jesus did that (made that payment for our junk) with His life.
And we are to do the same with ours for others, beloved,
out of the pure love of Jesus in our hearts!!
(St. Nicholas, Bishop)
Two blind men asked Jesus for healing and he replied,
“Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
And their eyes were opened. Mt 9:27-31
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Ps 27
– – – ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH! – – –
How strong is our faith, beloved?
Do we truly believe that the Lord is our Light,
and our salvation?
Or is it all just lip-service?
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
What do we want done, beloved?
Ask the Lord of Hosts and His Will (your life)
will be multiplied like the loaves of Wednesday.
We will SEE again, in abundance,
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.”
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” Mt 7:21, 24-27
Jesus differentiates, in this passage, listening and doing.
Listening to Jesus’ Words is like building a house.
We learn right from wrong. We learn good from bad.
We learn the difference between saying we love
and actually loving.
But if we don’t act on that advice,
if we don’t follow those commands,
then that house is not worth very much,
because the first wind or storm that comes by
(temptations), and our house will fall.
It would be like going to school for years and years
to become a doctor.
And after you finally graduated, you became a sales clerk at WalMart instead.
Don’t waste Jesus’ Words, beloved.
Act on them and that “Rock” will be unmovable!
You ARE truly Loved : )
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Ps 23
“On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples,
a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web
that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces;“ Is 25:6-10a
Jesus “took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over
– seven baskets full.“ Mt 15:29-37
The LORD will provide,
in abundance – whatever little we can offer.
SEVEN baskets full – from seven fish,
AFTER feeding thousands !!!
Come, let’s climb the LORD’s mountain, beloved,
to Jesus and give just a little bit.
The Prophet Isaiah said, “A shoot shall sprout from
the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.”
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
a Spirit of counsel and of strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be
the fear of the LORD.“
This “shoot” is Jesus,
as a descendent of King David, whose father was named Jesse.
The Spirit is the Holy Spirit.
And that Spirit, resting upon Jesus, would endow Jesus
with the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit,” wisdom, understanding, counsel . . .
Those are the same Gifts, beloved, that we receive in our Confirmation.
And . .
“Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit.“ Lk 10:21-24
Just another reason for our constant thanksgiving to God.
With every thought, with every decision of ours,
the Holy Spirit is there to offer us help,
to offer us guidance.
All we need do, beloved, is Listen!
The centurion said in reply, (to Jesus) “Lord, I am not worthy
to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and
my servant will be healed.” Mt 8:5-11
When we can finally recognize our unworthiness in the
presence of Jesus, then will we be healed,
and fed, and comforted, and
Come, Lord Jesus and say the Word to us too!
(1st Sunday of Advent A)
The Prophet Isaiah said, “Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and
we may walk in his paths.” … “let us walk in the light of the Lord!“ Is 2:1-5
And Jesus said, “stay awake! For you do not
know on which day your Lord will come.“
Advent is the time to remind us to
“Always be prepared!”
Not for disaster, but for GLORY!
Glory in our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Link to today’s Homily: 2013-12,
The Santa Claus Song
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Happy December beloved!
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