Daily Mass Quotes – July 2013

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?

silenceOr 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:

Happy Anniversary, beloved!
Well, it’s been two years this month since we started
Whispers to the Wind
Two years, day by day, month by month, reflecting on
the Word of God that we read in each day’s Catholic Mass.

Thank you for following.
Thank you for being HIS and my Beloved!
May our Loving God bless you now and forever
in Jesus’ name!

Whispers 2yr07-31-13
(St. Ignatius of Loyola)
As Moses came down from Mount Sinai
with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,
he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiant
while he conversed with the LORD.
When Aaron and the other children of Israel saw Moses
and noticed how radiant the skin of his face had become,
they were afraid to come near him. Ex 34:29-35

Ah-hah!
So spending time with the Lord, leaves us RADIANT!
Ever see a radiant person, beloved?
They’re beautiful on the inside!
And you can tell, the instant you see them.
It doesn’t mean they have no problems.
It doesn’t mean they have no fears.
But their problems and their fears are mostly for us.
Their love is so great.
Their trust in the Lord is so complete,
that beyond their fears and their problems, they are at peace.
RADIANCE!

RadianceJesus 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

Buy IN, beloved.
And then SHINE!

07-30-13
the LORD passed before him (Moses) and cried out,
“The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger
and rich in kindness and fidelity . . .

So Moses stayed there with the LORD for forty days and forty nights,
without eating any food or drinking any water, and he wrote on the
tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28

Merciful
Gracious
Rich in kindness
Rich in fidelity

Imagine a world full of people who COULD be just like that.
We were actually formed in His image and likeness.
So there’s no reason it could not be so.
We’ve got the guidelines.
We’ve got the example
in Jesus!

It all begins with us!

07-29-13
(St. Martha)
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?” Jn 11:19-27

Death is not death for those who believe in eternal life.
And those who fear death just don’t truly believe.
Do YOU believe, beloved?
If so, then we know that death will really be a freedom,
an awakening from this shadow we call life.
Praise God for Jesus,
who opened our eyes to this truth.
And blessed be YOU who believe!

07-28-13
(17th Sunday of Ordinary Time, C)
St. Paul said, “. . . even when you were dead in transgressions
and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he (Jesus) brought you
to life along with him,” Col 2:12-14

Ever feel dead, beloved?
There are certain things we do
that we just feel we have no control over.
And we wish those things can be cut right out of us,
like circumcision.
Yet as hard as we try, they keep on coming back.
Well, maybe we just DON’T have that control, and never will.
~~~ But Jesus does. ~~~
Give it up to Him, beloved.
And He will bring you
LIFE.

Jesus said, “I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.” Lk 11:1-13

And PRAY always!

Trinity

The Holy Trinity – Our God

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My Father

Father You are Holy,
and I know that Your Kingdom is all around me.
And I know that it’s always there for the asking – It’s Your will!

Help me today.
Be it in my need for food, or work, or health, or relationships.

For You see,
I am truly sorry for whatever I’ve done against You –
You in myself and in my neighbors.

And I promise to forgive all who hurt me,
knowingly or unknowingly.

And I promise to always keep Jesus in my thoughts,
so that He will help me to fight all the
temptations in my world,
that go against Your
HOLY will.

For, I truly, sincerely and deeply Love You,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
AMEN!

07-27-13
Taking the book of the covenant, he (Moses) read it aloud to the people,
who answered, “All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do.”
Then he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying,
“This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you
in accordance with all these words of his.” Ex 24:3-8

God made a covenant or promise with the Israelites whom He led out of
Egypt. He would be their God and they would be His people.
They would always be His people, but being their God was up to them.
It was up to them to always keep God first in their lives.
And the Book of the Covenant was the set of rules they were to live by,
the Ten Commandments.
That covenant was ratified in BLOOD, with which they were consecrated!

But, you see, blood can be washed off. Then it’s only what’s in the heart
and in the mind that really matters. And we have a constant
battle in life to keep those always clean and right.

Jesus told a story about a man who had a field full of good wheat
mixed in with weeds. When the workers wanted to clear the weeds, Jesus said:
Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to
the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”” Mt 13:24-30

So when they talk to you about “the Rapture,” be sure to quote them
Matthew 13 and then tell them – you certainly DON’T want to be collected first!

Just keep on being the best YOU you can be!
And Love God MOST.
For, you are His and my
Beloved!

07-26-13
(Sts. Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
For I, the LORD, your God, …bestow mercy down to the
thousandth generation
on the children of those
who love me and keep my commandments.
” Ex 20:1-17

1. Listen, 2. Believe, 3. Follow
all in LOVE!

And never let ANYONE ever take away your belief!

07-25-13
(St. James, Apostle and Martyr)
Jesus said, “the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mt 20:20-28

That means that whoever or whatever is holding us hostage: be it
pride, greed, lust, anger, fear, past regrets, guilt or even unfulfilled love,
Jesus paid the price to free us, to redeem us for Himself.
Life may not always be easy, beloved.
But it is RICH in Jesus.

St. Paul said, “We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;
perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body
the dying of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be
manifested in our body.
2 Cor 4:7-15

And that’s Eternal LIFE, beloved!

07-24-13
Two months into their Exodus journey,
starving in the desert, the Israelites awoke, and . . .
In the morning a dew lay all about the camp,
and when the dew evaporated,

there on the surface of the desert were fine flakes
like hoarfrost on the ground.

Moses told them, “This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.”
Ex 16:1-5, 9-15

EucharistThe “Bread from Heaven,” manna in the desert.
God provides in our need.

Pray, and – in faith, Believe!
And you will be fed!

07-23-13
(St. Bridget of Sweden)
Jesus said, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my
brother, and sister, and mother.
” Mt 12:46-50

Today we have cell phones. Two thousand years ago
they had messengers. So there you are in the middle of an
important teaching moment. There you are driving
in the middle of the Lincoln Tunnel or washing dishes or
holding up a panel of ceiling drywall waiting to be nailed in place
and the darned thing rings or buzzes.
Ugggggh!

Jesus used the interruption as a teaching moment.
(Funny, if we actually study the Scriptures, we find that Jesus used many
different times of interruption as teaching moments: blind Bartimaeus,
the hemorrhaging woman, the centurion’s servant,
the paralyzed man through the roof . . .)

And the world turned this one into a philosophical Pandora’s box.
“Did he really have brothers and sisters?”
“Did Mary really have other children?”
“Is the whole of the Catholic theology just a lie?”
Did Joe really say Ugggggh?
Uggggggggh!

Are we really going to let a little statement, taken totally out of context,
separate WE, “Brothers and Sisters” in Christ?
(Oops, and does my saying that mean that we were born of Mary too?
Hmmm, guess “brothers and sisters” can mean more than
just immediate siblings – even in our own day.)

Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father, is . . .
God’s “will” is for us to LOVE one another,
not to find little, silly differences that separate us from one another.
(That’s the box the devil wants everyone to open – the “Separation” box.)
And if that’s our aim, guess we’re missing the whole point.
God loves us ALL!
And so should
WE!

07-22-13
(St. Mary Magdalene)
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,” Jn 20:1-2, 11-18

In John’s account of the resurrection of the Lord,
it was Mary Magdalene who was the first witness.
It was Mary who was the first called to “go and tell the Good News.”
And GO she did! Could you just imagine the excitement!
Never for a second did she think that they might not believe.
BUT IT WAS TRUE!

Two thousand years later, we have no tomb to run to, to prove its vacancy.
But we do have the Lord, right there at our sides, to ask and support us
and to give us all the strength we need to stand up to
any doubt that may creep into our thoughts.
He IS!

07-21-13
(16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.” Lk 10:38-42

There is a time for work and a time for rest.
There is a time for pain and a time for joy.
There is a time for sitting and a time for cross carrying.
But in all times, beloved, the better part is making the choice
to count our blessings and not theirs,
to smile and not to frown,
to love and not to hate,
to hope and not to despair.
Jesus will help us.
Just ask!

Christ with Martha and Maria Henryk Semiradsky, 1886

07-20-13
Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope.
Mt 12:14-21

Jesus’ quotes about,
Those who were first will be last” – were the Israelites who rejected Jesus, and
Those who were last will be first” – were the Gentiles who were also rejected
by the Jews, but who DID accept Jesus.

And in His Name, the accepting Jews and WE will find HOPE.
For even if our faith is only a glimmering ember or a “smoldering wick”
Jesus WILL revive us and we will LIVE!
What awesome hope, beloved!
You ARE the Light!

07-19-13
Jesus said to the accusatory Pharisees,
I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
you would not have condemned these innocent men.” Mt 12:1-8

Mercy derives from Love.
Sacrifice derives from greed.
Mercy looks outwardly – to others.
Sacrifice looks inwardly – MY pain, MY sacrifice!

Let mercy flow, beloved, out of God’s love in you!

07-18-13
Moses spoke to God, represented by the eternal fire of a burning bush,
saying, “if they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?”
God replied, “I am who am.” Then he added,
“This is what you shall tell the children of Israel:
I AM sent me to you.” Ex 3:13-20

burning bushGod IS eternal being!
Always and everywhere present.
In and through and for and with everyone.

BE with God, beloved!

And yet, I ask, what am I holding back from God.
What is keeping me from truly BEING with God?
Is there fear or doubt, selfishness or pride?

savedJesus said: “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

And in the rest, THERE IS GOD.

07-17-13
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned you have
revealed them to the childlike.” Mt 11:25-27

Ever wonder how Jesus prayed?
He PRAISED God the Father.
He acknowledged God’s wisdom and might.
And He acknowledged our ability, or inability to learn.
In that ability or inability, Jesus revealed Himself
to those who were open to learn, open to accept,
just like a child.

Lord Jesus, we DON’T know it all.
Please help us to recognize that, and to learn from You
the ways of God, just like a child!

07-16-13
Jesus began to reproach the towns
where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
since they had not repented.” Mt 11:20-24

Oops, we goofed, we cheated, we lied,
we did something totally selfish when it was not necessary.
Forgive us Lord. For we know you are mighty
in deed and in word, and we are sorry.
We Repent!
We will try our hardest to never do that again.
And beyond that, we will LOVE one another,
just as you have loved, and still do,
love us.

Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

07-15-13
(St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor)
Jesus said, “whoever does not take up his cross
and follow after me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever
loses his life for my sake will find it.Mt 10:34—11:1

Jesus wants God to be Number 1 in our lives.
That means 1 over our friends and relatives.
One over homes and cars and ‘smart’ trinkets.
ONE, even over ourselves!

Again, maybe not easy, but that’s where we are called
to take up our crosses of difficulty, our crosses of
not always my way, but for the Good of the Lord,
for the good of our neighbor. And that’s when
we’ll truly find LIFE!

That’s LOVE.

07-14-13
(15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, C)
St. Paul said, “Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things
in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.” Col 1:15-20

And if this is true, which it undoubtedly is,
and we are part of that creation, then it only make sense that,
you (or we), shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart, with all your being,
with all your strength, and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.
Lk 10:25-37

. . . because only in Him do we live and move and have our being,
our neighbor as part of that being as well.

LOVE

07-13-13
Jesus told his disciples, “What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.

And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.

Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will
acknowledge
before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others, I will deny
before my heavenly Father.” Mt 10:24-33

Three VERY important points, beloved:
1. LISTEN FOR JESUS – even when we feel we’re in total darkness,
solitude, loneliness, abandonment, or threatened.
It may be just a Whisper to the wind.
And then Speak up for the Truth!

2. DO NOT FEAR DEATH – because for the believer, death is just a
transition. And the next part is promised to be even better!
But do fear falling away from belief, because then, the next
part (which will come no matter what) will not be good at all.

3. KNOW, BELIEVE and ACKNOWLEDGE GOD – because beyond
everything else, we DO want Jesus and God on our side!

07-12-13
As Jesus was sending his disciples out on their first missionary journey,
He warned them that they might be persecuted for their faith and said,
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.” Mt 10:16-23

Ever allow the Spirit of God to speak through you, beloved?
It is the most amazing experience, listening to yourself speak,
and as you do, inside your mind you’re saying to yourself,
“Where are these words coming from?”

That’s God!

07-11-13
(St. Benedict)
“I am Joseph,” he said.
Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5

Whispers…
sometimes need to be shouted

07-10-13
On the third day (of their imprisonment) Joseph said to his brothers:
“Do this, and you shall live; for I am a God-fearing man.
. . . you must come back to me with your youngest brother.
Your words will thus be verified, and you will not die.”
Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a

Joseph sent his brothers off to do a near impossible task, to take his little brother away from their dad, Jacob. And Joseph knew that it would be difficult, both for them and for his father. You see, sometimes, reconciliation IS difficult for everyone involved, even for Joseph, as he wept for their fear and for their hurt. It was through this experience, however, that those brothers would finally and truly repent, because the weight of their guilt for sending Joseph off into slavery was more than they could bear.

In this life we live, we learn that there is an internal-moral law, or code, or truth that says: “With repentance comes freedom” And this ‘sending’ by Joseph, would bring Freedom to his family, in more ways than one.

We can think of God the Father Himself, who sent His only Son, Jesus, on a mission to save as many of us as He could. You see, God weeps for ‘the lost’, just as He wept for His Son – and the horror they would execute upon Him. And yet, as we know, Joy comes in the morning. Just as Joseph’s brothers spent 3-days in prison before their freedom, Jesus spent 3-days in a tomb before offering that same freedom to us. All we need do is give our souls back to Jesus, (as the brothers gave Jacob’s most beloved son back to Joseph)
and we shall Live, forever free, in the Kingdom He promised.

For, that Kingdom is at hand, beloved.
Just look around – with the eyes of Jesus!

07-09-13
Abraham’s grandson Jacob wrestled with an angel of God.
When the man realized that he could not prevail,
he struck Jacob, wrenching his hip. Then he said,
“You shall no longer be spoken of as Jacob, but as Israel,
because you have contended with divine and human beings
and have prevailed.” Gn 32:23-33

And there is the origin of the name ISRAEL,
after which all the descendants of Jacob were called Israelites.
Jesus, who was equally man and God, also prevailed,
showing us that not even death had power over Him,
thereby opening the doorway for us
to Eternal Life!

07-08-13
Abraham’s grandson and Isaac’s son – Jacob
had a dream: a stairway rested on the ground,
with its top reaching to the heavens;
and God’s messengers were going up and down on it.
And there was the LORD standing beside him and saying:
“. . . In you and your descendants all the nations of the earth
shall find blessing.”
Gn 28:10-22a

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“Jacob’s Ladder”

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The Stairway to Heaven

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And WE, beloved find Blessing through them!
For Jesus is the ladder, Jesus is the Way to Heaven!

07-07-13
(14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus said, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.
Lk 10:1-12, 17-20

What is this harvest?
The harvest are the people who have completed their growth.
They are ready to be released from the bondage of their growth,
untied from the umbilical cords of their mother and
allow themselves to be used to feed others.

And the laborers are those who set them free.
They are not sent to try to harvest those who are not yet ready.
They are not sent to force the unbelievers into belief.
They are simply sent to harvest those who are ready.

Are you ready, beloved?
Ready to be set free?
Ready to feed the world?

The Kingdom of God is at hand!
“Peace to your household!”

(Link to today’s Homily – “The Greatest Joy”)
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07-06-13
(St. Maria Goretti, Virgin, Martyr)
Isaac concluded the blessing of his son Jacob, saying,
Cursed be those who curse you, and blessed be those who bless you.
Gn 27:1-5, 15-29

You know, beloved, everybody is somebodies son or daughter.
And ALL are God’s sons and daughters.

handsBeware not to curse anyone,
if a cursing in return is not what you want!

On the other hand, BLESS all,
and YOU will be blessed as well!

May God blessings be with you always,
beloved, for YOU are –
GREATLY LOVED!

07-05-13
Jesus said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” Mt 9:9-13

Mercy – forgiveness, loving despite
their looks, their conditions, their haughtiness.
Loving the person, not the action.
MERCY, not sacrifice.
And even though sometimes mercy is sacrifice,
we offer it anyway – all to the Glory of God!
Blessed are you, beloved, fellow sinners.
Come, Follow Him!

07-04-13
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,
“Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” Mt 9:1-8

Heard a great quote yesterday.
Our holy Catholic Church, Jesus’ Church,
is a hospital for the sinners, and not a hotel for the saints.

One to think about next time we hear about those “party churches.”
One to think about next time we come for renewed healing ourselves.
One to think about when seeking out our fellow sick ones
who might appreciate feeling a little better!
Jesus is the gentle healer of our souls!

Jesus gentle healer
07-03-13

(St. Thomas, Apostle)
Jesus said to Thomas, “Have you come to believe
because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not
seen and have believed.” Jn 20:24-29

Thank you St. Thomas for bringing upon all of us –
a blessing from Jesus. For we have not seen.
We’ve read from others, we’ve looked at pictures of events
that others imagined from the same read words. But we have not seen.
We take it purely on Faith that Jesus, the Son of God,
rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and sent
the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts now
and forever. And with that LIFE
within us, we can have
PEACE !

07-02-13
In the midst of a storm threatening to capsize their boat,
the disciples called out to Jesus, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm. Mt 8:23-27

boat in calmO we of little faith! Why are we so terrified?
. . . A crumbling economy, wars, earthquakes, hurricanes,
fires, incompetent national leadership . . .
“Save us Lord!”
He WILL – if we just keep the faith!!!
. . . And there will be a ‘Great Calm.’
Just wait, beloved!
Just allow His peace to engulf you!
And all WILL be well.

07-01-13
The Lord said to Abraham,
If I find fifty innocent people in the city of Sodom,
I will spare the whole place for their sake.” Gn 18:16-33

Interesting, we know the end of the story.
There weren’t as few as 10 innocent people in Sodom and Gomorrah.
And the cities were not spared.
Their sins are what we are making legal actions in our world today.
Yet, for the sake of what we call “relativism,” political correctness,
the innocent are sitting back and ignoring it.
So in the end, are there ANY innocents today either?
Even me – just whispering to the wind?

You see, there really are ABSOLUTE morals!
And they are all right there in the Book.
They’re also somewhere there in our hearts.
Let’s listen, beloved.
And let’s take a stand for morality.

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Happy July beloved!
Please stop by and visit June’s Daily Mass Quotes too…
Link below.

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