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?
You are Loved, beloved!!
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:
(13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, C)
St. Paul said, “live by the Spirit and you will certainly not
gratify the desire of the flesh. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit,
and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other,” Gal 5:1, 13-18
Hmmmm, confusing? Not really. Example given in today’s Gospel.
Jesus was rejected in a Samaritan village. Disciples wanted to rain down
fire on that village. Jesus rebuked them. Flesh wants revenge.
Spirit says – well maybe that town just wasn’t ready yet, LOVE them anyway.
St. Paul said, “the whole law is fulfilled in one statement,
namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
That’s the Spirit speaking!
The flesh says: get mad, get even, get your due.
The Spirit says: Love, despite it all.
Jesus on the cross said: Father forgive them!
“Live by the Spirit” beloved!
(Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles)
Jesus said to His disciple Simon,
“. . 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
And that Rock (Jesus and His Church perpetuated through the Apostles)
is still standing, with sin and evil bound, while
the freedom and joy of Love and Life
is loosed forever.
(St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr)
God said to Abram, “I am God the Almighty.
Walk in my presence and be blameless.” Gn 17:1
He INVITES us too, beloved, to walk along with Him.
It’s the “blameless” part that might be a little difficult…
The leper said to Jesus, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”
Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said,
“I will do it. Be made clean.” Mt 8:1-4
Jesus will always help – IF we just ask!
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
. . . Maybe a scary thought. Are we doing the will of the Father?
Or are we just mimicking to look good, to sound good?
God, through Moses and Jesus through the Gospel writers
told us in many details what the will of the Father is . . .
to Love one another.
Are we loving in our thoughts and in our actions?
Lord, Lord, please help me to be more like you!
And when I err, please help me to forgive myself as well.
I know that you always do.
“Abram put his faith in the LORD,
who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.”
Gn 15:1-12, 17-18
. . . And it’s the same with us, beloved.
When we put our faith in the Lord, in Jesus,
we are being righteous!
And even though God loves ALL,
God especially loves Righteousness.
Jesus told his disciples,
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but underneath are ravenous wolves.
By their fruits you will know them.” Mt 7:15-20
Jesus was dealing with Jewish religious leaders who wore the clothes
of the righteous, but really weren’t. The apostles dealt with the same
actions from people who just wanted something for themselves at
the cost of others, using the Name of Jesus.
Today we see the same “false prophets” in all aspects of life.
They say, “Buy me and I’ll make you better” –
(at a hidden cost that leaves nothing left to GET better!)
They say, “Try me,” “Look at me,” “Vote for me,” “Worship me” . . .
(And we buy, and we vote, and we worship like sheep led to slaughter.)
That’s not the righteousness God wants.
True righteousness shows itself in
our Faith, beloved, in our actions,
in our LOVE!
If in any way the Love is missing, so is the Righteousness!
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.“
. . . And all it takes is the ‘looking,’ the seeking!
Be a seeker always, beloved.
And that ‘road’ will find YOU!
. . . . .
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a recent discovery that
just thrilled me in awesomeness. If you get a chance,
or even on purpose, be sure to watch this movie!
(Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist)
O LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar.
Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works. Ps 139
What better reason to give thanks, beloved?
God has created YOU!
(12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever
wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses
his life for my sake will save it.” Lk 9:18-24
For what or whom, brothers and sisters in Christ, would we be willing
to lose our life? For what or whom would we be willing
to take up our Cross daily? . . . the cross of poverty, or illness,
the cross of loneliness or oppression.
For one thing alone does my soul thirst, O Lord. For you!
“My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.” Ps 63
(Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, Martyrs)
St. Paul said, “that I might not become too elated,
a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan,
to beat me, to keep me from being too elated.
Three times I begged the Lord about this,
that it might leave me, but he said to me,
“My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness.”
I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses,
in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.
Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults,
hardships, persecutions, and constraints,
for the sake of Christ;
for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Cor 12:1-10
For when I am weak – then, I am letting God, letting Christ
take over my life. And no greater strength is possible.
It may take a little letting go, beloved.
It may take a little patient endurance.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
paraphrased, Phil 4:13
(St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious)
Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Mt 6:19-23
What are our treasures, beloved?
Mine is YOU!
Jesus said, “If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father
forgive your transgressions.” Mt 6:7-15
A grudge is a pretty heavy and hard thing to carry.
Yet it can cling to us like Velcro.
Forgiveness lightens our load.
God loves us incredibly much, so why would we want to
bring our Velcro grudges, our unforgiveness, to Him.
Shake it loose, beloved!
Jesus will help!
And be Free.
(Our 37th Anniversary)
St. Paul said, “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor 9:6-11
God knows and God will reward us accordingly.
And all will be WELL!
(Happy anniversary my beloved, and may our Lord Jesus
bless us with many many more !- )
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
Love and Pray . . .
Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But 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.” Mt 5:38-42
Let LOVE conquer,
with the strength of Jesus.
(11th Sunday of Ordinary Time, C)
St. Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live,
no longer I, but Christ lives in me;
insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God
who has loved me and given himself up for me.” Gal 2:16, 19-21
St. Paul said, “we are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
For our sake he (God) made him (Jesus) to be sin who did not know sin,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in him (Christ).” 2 Cor 5:14-21
Being the unseen.
So if we can believe in those little, invisible,
robotic looking creatures living with us
that we call viruses, that cause us to sneeze, and cough,
and ache all over, (our ‘Being or becoming the Unseen’),
then why do we have such a hard time believing
in the Spirit of Christ living within us,
who causes us to: help a stranger,
to forgive someone’s misdeed,
Jesus overcomes the hatred, the vengeance,
the evil within us.
He IS the antibiotic, the antivirus – who will not only save us today,
Trust in Him, beloved, and LIVE!
“..whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.
And all this is from God,” ibid
Believe, beloved, and it WILL be!
WE will be the – hidden Love within us!
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
THIS is the treasure St. Paul spoke of when he said,
“We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.” ibid
What incredible hope, peace, joy, life – of being Christian!
That’s you and I, beloved!
Or it can be . . .
(St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, …
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.“
Hmmmm! I’ve recently gone to saying the Hail Mary every
time I drive near to the intersection where the inhabitants of
‘that neighborhood’ unfailingly shoot out without looking.
It really helps me not to constantly call them “fools.”
And it actually seems to have reduced their numbers.
Guess I might say Mary’s helping both of us.
And I surely don’t want to be “liable to fiery Gehenna!”
What about you, beloved? Got any tricks to surviving the foolishness
of the world – of ourselves?
Jesus said, “whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” Mt 5:17-19
As any parent would know, we generally give commands
to our children for two reasons:
1. We don’t want them destroying things that do not belong to them.
It may be something valuable, something that took us or others
a lot of work to build, or clean, or keep . . .
~ and ~
2. We don’t want them hurting themselves or others.
This is mostly because we love them.
Though it may also have to do with not wanting unnecessary
medical expenses, not wanting to hear the screams of pain,
and maybe even, not wanting to say “I told you so,” when you did.
You know what? I think God gives us commands for the same reasons.
Mostly because He loves us.
But also because he loves us – ALL.
And, He doesn’t want to see us hurt each other.
Funny (actually not) there are children, as well as adults, in this world
who have NEVER GOT IT!
But you know what, in the end, we’ll all get what we asked for in this life.
If we seek the ways of heaven – our actions will earn it .
If our lives are focused on independence and selfishness,
solitude and mistrust – we will gain just that,
for eternity . . .
Some of us call that hell!
You see, God’s commands are all about LOVE.
So if LOVE of God and neighbor is
our focus, I surely hope we meet someday
with Him . . .
God love you, beloved!
(St. Barnabas, Apostle)
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” Mt 5:13-16
For you light up my life!
St. Paul said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement,
who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able
to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement
with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.” 2 Cor 1:1-7
Therefore, beloved, be encouraged.
For YOU are loved beyond comprehension.
And in that love, no harm can ever touch your beloved soul.
They may obliterate your body, but your soul belongs to God.
And that is the best encouragement ever.
(10th Sunday of Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother. Lk 7:11-17
No more death!
ARISE, beloved, arise!
There IS Life here!
(Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
“his mother kept all these things in her heart.” Lk 2:41-51
Way more than any normal heart could possibly endure.
Mary, Our Mother!
At the Cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus at the last.
Though her soul, of joy bereaved,
Bowed with anguish, deeply grieved,
Now at length the sword hath passed.
Oh how sad and sore distressed
Was that Mother, highly blest,
Of the sole begotten One!
Oh that silent, ceaseless mourning,
Oh those dim eyes, never turning
From that wondrous, suffering Son!
Who on Christ’s dear Mother gazing,
In her trouble so amazing,
Born of woman would not weep?
Who on Christ’s dear Mother thinking,
Such a cup of sorrow drinking,
Would not share her sorrow deep?
For the sins of His own nation,
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His Spirit forth He sent;
Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
She beheld her tender Child,
All with bloody scourges rent.
O, thou Mother, fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
Make my heart with thine accord.
Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ my Lord.
Holy Mother, pierce me through.
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Savior crucified;
Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torment died.
Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him who mourned for me,
All the days that I may live.
By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give.
Virgin of all virgins blest,
Listen to my fond request;
Let me share thy grief divine.
Let me to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine.
Wounded with His every wound,
Steep my soul till it hath swooned
In His very blood away.
Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Lest in flames I burn and die
In His awful judgment day.
Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
Be Thy Mother my defense,
Be Thy Cross my victory.
While my body here decays
May my soul Thy goodness praise
Safe in Paradise with Thee.
(Solemnity of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus)
In describing the incredible Love coming from His Most Sacred Heart,
Jesus said, “What man among you having a hundred sheep
and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy…” Lk 15:3-7
Ever feel that lost, beloved?
Be it from something we did to get excluded.
Be it our own stubborn individuality.
Be it just trying to be right in a world gone wrong.
Seems like we are the ‘1’ – disconnected, lost, unwanted.
BUT we’re really NOT.
That sacred heart of Jesus is so immensely huge.
WE ARE LOVED, regardless of what the ’99’ think or do.
And when we open up our hearts to recognize that Love,
then we are no longer lost. We are a part of His flock.
And we can learn to love others just as well,
even if they are part of the 99 who disowned us.
There is Hope.
And His name is Jesus!
Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing,
I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins
I offer you this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will.
Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger.
Comfort me in my afflictions.
Give me health of body,
assistance in my temporal needs,
your blessing on all that I do,
and the grace of a holy death.
Tobiah said to his new wife, Sarah,
“My love, get up. Let us pray and beg our Lord to have
mercy on us and to grant us deliverance.” Tb 6:10 – 8:9a
For seven former husbands of Sarah never made it through that night.
But none had prayed to God before consummating their marriage.
The scribe answered Jesus,
“He (God) is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding,
with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself
is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mk 12:28-34
So the love of God or anyone for that matter, goes far
beyond the trivial actions – the flowers, the work, the dates.
True love is set so deep within our souls that “we”
actually disappear from the picture as
we become ONE with
our Loved one.
(St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr)
In answer to the Sadducee’s inquisition about death, resurrection and marriage,
Jesus said, “When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given
in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven.” Mk 12:18-27
Imagining “heaven” is probably like a lobster imagining he could fly.
And he hasn’t even got a clue what flying is!
In answer to the Pharisee’s inquisition about paying taxes,
Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.” Mk 12:13-17
So, we are to be fully responsible for our earthly wealth,
in sharing, paying taxes, in all honesty.
AND we are to be equally honest in our relationship with God.
That is, EVERYTHING we have is GIFT from Him.
Bottom line – BE GRATEFUL!
Love and Share.
(Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs)
Tobit said to his son Tobiah, “My son,
go out and try to find a poor man from among our kinsmen
exiled here in Nineveh. If he is a sincere worshiper of God, bring him
back with you, so that he can share this meal with me.” Tb 1:3; 2:1a-8
Here is the mark of a true Christian, a rock of his community.
One of my favorite Bible stories – Tobit!
Jesus said, “Have you not read this Scripture passage:
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?” Mk 12:1-12
Feeling rejected, beloved? Fear not.
It’s a sign of your strength.
Stand up for the Lord,
For you are His ‘cornerstone.’
(The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ)
Jesus, took bread, and after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often
as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 1 Cor 11:23-26
Excerpt from today’s homily –
“The miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves,
and the Feeding of the Thousands by the disciples,
was just a foretaste of the Gift that Jesus would offer
every one of us through His passion, death and resurrection . . .
The Gift of His Divine Self
infused into our very beings,
with every Eucharistic meal we partake in . . .
Not just received, but partaken,
because beyond receipt, beyond our taking,
we are giving our total selves
in thanks for His great mercy and love!
Continued . . .
Link to Homily – “An Unconventional Solution“
(St. Justin, Martyr)
“When I was young and innocent, I sought wisdom openly in my prayer
I prayed for her before the temple, and I will seek her until
the end, and she flourished as a grape soon ripe.
My heart delighted in her,” Sir 51:12 cd-20
What greater delight, than that of Wisdom!
She is the most resplendent in beauty.
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Happy June beloved!
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