Daily Mass Quotes – March 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? 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:

(EASTER, The Resurrection of the Lord!)

Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. .
Peter went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths
but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple (John) also went in, . .
and he saw and believed. Jn 20:1-9

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . . . . .

(Holy Saturday)
The TombSilence!
The anguish, the sorrow, the unknown.
The loneliness, the heartbreak, the emptiness.
The anger, the disappointment, the grief.
Whispering our prayers in the dark.

Where is He?
Maybe just a pinpoint of light.

Patient waiting . . .

Something EXTREME is about to happen . . .

Patient waiting . . .

Easter WILL come, beloved!
He IS there,
in your heart.

A pinpoint,
soon to become a Super Nova!

(Good Friday – The Passion of the Lord)
The LORD said through the Prophet Isaiah,
because of him kings shall stand speechless;
for those who have not been told shall see, those who have
not heard shall ponder it.” Is 52:13—53:12

CrossJesus answered Pilate’s inquisition,
For this I was born and for this
I came into the world,

to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth
listens to my voice.
Jn 18:1—19:42

Jesus is TRUTH.
Look, listen, BELIEVE.
Easter is coming!


(Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper)
In the midst of their Passover supper, Jesus said to His disciples,
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.Jn 13:1-15

It’s called “Servant Leadership.”
And Jesus set the example.

In our Fifth Grade religious education class, I teach the children
about servant leadership by doing just as Jesus taught. We mix the foot washing
in with our discussion of humility and what being humble really means.
You see, it is the children who are humbled by allowing their teacher
to wash their feet. And if they can allow that humility,
what I find is that they get so excited about it, that they
want to wash my feet and each others feet too!
It’s pretty moving!
And that’s exactly what Jesus wanted it to be!


(Wednesday of Holy Week)
One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me
if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from
that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. Mt 26:14-25

judas - song by Antje DuvekotOnly God knows the desires of our hearts.
Are we smiley on the outside, beloved,
only to be truly dark on the inside,
be that from jealousy, hunger,
hurt, anger, loneliness?

Let it go, beloved.

Convince this heart that sometimes,
“So be it.”
“You can’t push a rope.”
But don’t hate the rope because of it.

Can we make some other use of that rope, Lord?
Can God use that rope for something good?
Please take my rope Lord.
I’ll carry this cross wherever you choose.
Just bring me the little whispers to know that it IS Your will
and not my own ineptitude or laziness.
For nothing would hurt me more than to ever feel
that I acted as Judas did to you!
They can have their coins, their human love, their world.
All I need is YOU!

(Tuesday of Holy Week)
Peter said to Jesus, “Master, why can I not follow you now?
I will lay down my life for you.”
Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me?
Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow
before you deny me three times.” Jn 13:21-33, 36-38

Peters Denial - Gerrit van Honthorst 1623How zealous we can be, and yet how weak.
Can we make it through just one day without
denying the Lord as few as three times?
Judas left and sold him out for just a few coins.
Everyone else ran.
What are we truly willing to endure, beloved
to FOLLOW after Him?

(Monday of Holy Week)
While reclining with Lazarus (whom Jesus raised from death),
with his disciples and other guests, as Martha served dinner,
Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with costly perfume.
Judas argued with Jesus, calling it the waste of a valuable monetary
resource that could have been used to feed the poor.
Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
Jn 12:1-11

mary anointing Jesus aMary anointing, Judas arguing, Martha serving, Lazarus observing, Priests plotting,
Curious onlookers seeking and Jesus, not breaking a bent reed,
but instead, opening eyes and hearts to the bigger picture.
Are WE open to the bigger picture, beloved?
It’s in our hearts!

(Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion)
The crowds proclaimed,
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.” Some of the Pharisees
in the crowd said to him,
“Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He said in reply,
“I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!”
Lk 19:28-40

. . . at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 2:6-11

In our town, if you drive around Columbia, you’ll find a whole lot
more car decals and stickers proclaiming MU Tigers,
than you will Jesus Christ!
And yet, the MU Tigers won’t get you to heaven,
won’t forgive your sins, won’t even heal your illnesses,
and most likely – they don’t know you from “Adam”, even if you spend
your $1000 per seat, per game, to watch them ‘sometimes’ win.
. . . Nothing against the MU Tigers . . .
But, as for me and my house,
“We will serve, and PROCLAIM, the Lord!”
on our cars, on our walls, and

* * * JESUS CHRIST * * *

How about you?

(Link to today’s homily – “IT)

The LORD said to the prophet Ezekiel,
My dwelling shall be with them; I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.” Ez 37:21-28

The dwelling place of God: no longer on stone,
no longer in a tabernacle or in a temple,
but in their hearts!

And not in their hearts alone, beloved.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
His dwelling place is in
our hearts too!

Blessed be – each and every one of us!!!

Jesus said, “. . ‘I am the Son of God’
If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me,
believe the works, so that you may realize and understand
that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Jn 10:31-42

Curing the sick – on the spot, bringing sight to the blind,
raising the dead, expelling demons, feeding a multitude – from nothing,
The WORKS of God – done through Jesus, the Son!

If that didn’t prove it, not much else could get through a rock hard mind.
But Jesus was never looking for self-glory.
He always pointed the way to the Father.
And neither should we be seeking self-glory, beloved.
But always pointing the way to Jesus.
Whether we’re comforting, preaching or even healing.
It’s always Jesus who get’s the GLORY.
It’s always God to whom thanks
should be given!

The prophet Jeremiah said, “Sing to the LORD,
praise the LORD, For he has rescued the life of the poor
from the power of the wicked!” Jer 20:10-13

‘May I be poor in Spirit, Lord, that I may be rich in you!’

Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
before Abraham came to be, I AM.” Jn 8:51-59

Moses asked God at the burning bush, “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: This is what you will tell the Israelites:
I AM has sent me to you. Ex 3:13-14

The LORD said to Abram:
“I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Gn 12:2

Jesus IS.
Word, Life, Love, Savior, Redeemer, God!

Jesus said, “everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.
A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains.
So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free.” Jn 8:31-42

Freedom comes from being guilt-free of sin.
And we can only be guilt-free of sin through the Son, through Jesus.
True FREEDOM is available through BELIEF.
The door has been opened through a sacrifice.
The Way has been shown through a man.
A man who is also our Lord and God – Jesus.
And He invites all of us, beloved.

(Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
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, because he will
save his people from their sins.’
” Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a

Prayer to St. Joseph
Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great,
so strong, so prompt before the throne of God.

Francisco Rizi dream of St Joseph 1665I place in you all my interests and desires.
Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son
all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to
the most loving of Fathers.

Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating
you, and Jesus asleep in your arms;
I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart.
Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me
and ask him to return the Kiss when
I draw my dying breath.

St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls –
Pray for me.

Pray for my beloved here, dear St. Joseph, and all of us
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil;
for you are at my side.” Ps 23

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.” Jn 8:12-20

The Light of LIFE,
He’s always there – if we allow him.

(Fifth Sunday of Lent C)
St. Patrick
St. Paul said, “. . forgetting what lies behind but straining forward
to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal,
the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.” Phil 3:8-14

The ULTIMATE Prize, beloved,
for you and for me. . .
IS Christ Jesus,

. . a division occurred in the crowd because of him.Jn 7:40-53
The crowd was skeptical.
The guards who were sent to arrest Jesus were converted:
they said, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.
Nicodemus protested the injustice of the Pharisees’ premature judgment.
The Pharisees were furious at everyone, throwing
around belittling accusations as their best defense.
and in the end, “each went to his own house.

Belief in Jesus may just bring division among those who
refuse to believe. Yet Jesus’ whole stance was
love, mercy, forgiveness and unity!
You see, this was and still is – “spiritual warfare.”
Wherever we see division, the spirit of evil prevails.
For that is Satan’s primary offense –
separation, division, independence, and then despair.
If we find any of those terms in our lives,
it’s time, beloved, to come back to Jesus.
Pray that your heart may be opened
to welcome Him back,
and instead of evil,
LOVE will prevail!

Having returned to Jerusalem, Jesus was confronted by the skeptics.
They insisted that they knew Jesus and that their “Messiah”
would never be someone who’s known…
So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said,
“You know me and also know where I am from.
Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me,
whom you do not know, is true. I know him, because I am
from him, and he sent me.”
Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

So many of us seem to think we ‘know it all’.
And those who are like that never allow the words of anyone else
to ever enter into the conversation. And actually it’s never a conversation
anyway, rather, it’s a monologue. A conversation involves two or more people
speaking and listening to one another.

Who is it, beloved, whom we “think” we know?
Do we really know them?
Does anyone really know you?
And how can I know you, beloved, if you never make a comment?
And how can you know me, unless you truly LISTEN
to the Whispers. . .

They are sparks that come from a heart,
in LOVE!

Today I’d like to share with you one of those sparks that touched my heart
a couple days ago. On Wednesdays I teach Religious Ed. to our fifth grade
public school kids. How often we speak about how this new generation
is falling away from their religion. Yet, I find that not to be a totally
true statement. And Wednesday proved the case, at least in one instance.
Now keep in mind that these kids are 10 to 11 years old.
I had spoken to the kids this night about our Mass reading from 03-13;
in particular the Light Bulb allegory that I mentioned on the 13th here in Whispers.
I mentioned how we are the ‘Light of the world’ when we’re connected to Jesus.
One of our children, Kathryn, felt compelled to tell us about her
“closest moment to Christ.” You could tell she was partly a little embarrassed
to tell it in front of the other kids, and yet – she was just BEAMING with
that very LIGHT of Christ, in her description of the event.
It happened while we still had quite a bit of snow on the ground from some recent
storms, that Kathryn was out playing, when she noticed her elderly
neighbor fall on the ice and not get back up.
You know those panicky thoughts that run through your mind
when an emergency happens. It’s always so easy
to turn your head and run, or just ignore them. But not Kathryn!
She was truly concerned for this man, and she had such a strong
spark of Christ’s love within her that she just could not let this go.
So she ran over to try to help, but found that the man was much too big
for her to actually lift back up. She knew her limitations, and
she knew the urgency of the need. So she ran to that neighbor’s house
and informed his wife, who then got the proper help to assist the man.
You know, Kathryn just may have saved that man’s life!!!
Now in my book, I would call that, not only heroic,
but truly a Christ-centered response.
And Kathryn knew that it was Jesus within her that propelled that response.
Kathryn was unquestionably my Saint for the day,
as well as being quite an inspiration for the other kids too.
Amazing what that LIGHT can do,
if we just allow it!

The LORD said to Moses,
“I see how stiff-necked this people is.” Ex 32:7-14

Jesus said to the disgruntled Jews,
“Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father:
the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope.
For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me,” Jn 5:31-47

On multiple occasions, Moses pleaded with the LORD not to destroy
this “stiff-necked” nation of people. And the Lord relented.
And Jesus pleaded with them later, to loosen up, to look at the big picture.
It was all neatly and clearly portrayed in the Old Testament writings.
Jesus IS who He says He is, and His works prove it!
He IS the Son of God!

We BELIEVE, beloved.
Unfortunately, some necks would rather break than bend.
But we’ll keep on loving them anyway!

Today we welcome Pope Francis,
as our 266th Pope.
May our Loving God bless him and our Church in the days and years to come!

More Connections . . .
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

A modern-day allegory for Jesus’ discourse today might go something like this . . .
Think about a light bulb. That light bulb could represent each and every one of us.
It’s purpose is to bring light into the world. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a Wednesday
or Sunday. Every day, the world could use a little more light.

Now, that light bulb will not work unless it’s screwed into a Lamp Socket. And that Lamp Socket will not work unless it’s turned ON and plugged into an Electrical Outlet. Just for fun, we might think of the Lamp Socket as Jesus and the Electrical Outlet as God the Father. Jesus told us that He is always ‘plugged into’ God the Father. And you see, the Holy Spirit is always flowing from the Father, through the Son, and is just waiting for us, the light bulbs, to be attached. Jesus told us that when we are attached and connected then, “We are the Light of the World.”

Yet, we also know, that this world, as we know it, will one day come to an end. And on that day “the Grand Housekeeper” will come for one last inspection, one final judgment of all the light bulbs. Those whose lights ‘shine in the darkness’ will be sent to ‘light bulb heaven’ to shine forever. But those whose lights are dimly lit or not lit at all, will be tested one final time, to see if they are truly connected to Jesus or not. Maybe a fleck of the dirt of sin is impeding their connection. And without that sin, those bulbs might shine just as brightly as their heavenly brothers and sisters. But on the other hand, if those bulbs were never connected, because they refused to believe. Or if they are totally burned out because they allowed all the darkness of the world to fill their insides with heavy, black goop, instead of allowing the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit to destroy the darkness around them; then, those useless bulbs will be forever condemned to darkness.

As we continue on our Lenten Journey, not only on Sunday, but every day, we remember the Source of our Light – the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And as Catholic Christians, we shine these lights for the whole world to see that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior for everyone!

In a vision, the prophet Ezekiel saw a trickle of water emerge from the
throne of the Holy Temple and grow into a deep river.
The LORD said to Ezekiel,
Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature
that can multiply shall live,” Ez 47:1-9, 12

It was “Living Water.”

Jesus said to the Samaritan woman,
whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;
the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water
welling up to eternal life.” Jn 4:14

His Word – the Living Water. . .

After Jesus’ crucifixion and death on the cross,
one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately blood and water flowed out.” Jn 19:34

The “Tree” of Life – the cross.
For we were – “Baptized by water into His death.”
And we are – “Nourished by His Body and Blood.”

Then the angel showed me the river of life-giving water,
sparkling like crystal,
flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb,
down the middle of its street.
On either side of the river grew the tree of life
that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month;
the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.” Rev 22:1-2

Sick, beloved?
Immerse yourself in the “living water
from the pierced side of Jesus,
His Word.
Be healed by his “leaves“,
those who, like yourself and all of His beloved,
can bring that Word to others.
by the “fruit” of the “tree of Life“,

Jesus said to the royal official,
“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”
The royal official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.”
The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. Jn 4:43-54

How deeply, beloved, do we believe what Jesus says to us?
And what is it that Jesus says to us, anyway?
Well, if we’re not listening to the very smallest ‘Whispers’,
then maybe it’s time to dust off and open up ‘The BOOK’
Within the Gospels, Jesus is not only speaking
with His Disciples, the Pharisees and the common folk,
He’s speaking to us too, Beloved!
We just may be one of those Pharisees today,
or maybe even be like the royal official.We DO believe.
And if we do, than maybe we know or will begin to see
all the incredible miracles in our lives
that happen every day.
Maybe not a remarkable life saving miracle,
but then again, just maybe!
And if so, then maybe even –
it’s our very own life that’s saved!

(Fourth Sunday of Lent C)
The “other” son said,
Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders;
yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends.
But when your son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes,
for him you slaughter the fattened calf.” Lk 15:1-3, 11-32

It’s only fair. It’s justice.
So why do the evil ones get all the prizes in life?
I have every right to be upset! . . .
– Or do i?
Do i really have any rights?
God created me, just as He did everyone else.
I have the right to breathe – or do i?
I have the right to eat – or do i?
I have the right to work – or do i?
But i DO have the right to SERVE the Lord in every little thing i do.
No matter how insignificant it may seem to me or to the world.
I serve the Lord with every breath, with every bite, with every lift of the finger!
And that takes no one else’s approval or acknowledgment or justice.
And in doing so, I DO have the APPROVAL of the Lord.
REGARDLESS of whatever the “world’s” justice is.
Let them have their stinking fat calf.
I’ve got the LORD.
And His LOVE is unconditional.
And His LOVE is eternal!
And no matter what,
I am and always will be – His “beloved.”
Praise the LORD for Jesus!
Praise God,
and Love anyway
and Love –

O God, be merciful to me a sinner.
Lk 18:9-14

O God be merciful.
There are so so many beautiful people out there,
who are so much more deserving of the honor
of your graces, that abound in our lives.
But me, who am I?
Bless them Lord, always!
They are the Saints!

We shall say no more, ‘Our god,’
to the work of our hands; for in you
the orphan finds compassion.” Hos 14:2-10

“No more” will our hot car, our winning (or not) football team,
our wallet’s fill, our favorite vacation spot, or even
our terrific accomplishments, be “our god.”

Jesus said,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

. . . And in Him the orphan will find compassion.
“And who is the orphan?” you ask.

OrphanThe orphan is the 59-year old guy who lost his professional job 5 years ago and finds himself in debt and alone. The orphan is the widow or divorcee without a companion or even a friend to talk with.
The orphan is the kid who likes to study and think,
yet is called a nerd by everyone else at school.
The orphan is the religious man or woman who is considered too holy for anyone to truly become friends with, and yet is dying of loneliness themselves,
save for their invisible God!

Yes, there is compassion in our God, and it is
our God alone whom we worship, so help us please,
Lord our God, to find compassion in humanity too!
Or help us to BE that compassion for others,
that we may see in them,

Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Lk 11:14-23

Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
Do not harden your hearts…” Ps 95:7-8

“And where is His voice?” you ask.

tears-and-all“At home whenever eyes fill up with tears,
at work when tensions rise, on playgrounds,
in the slums, the courts, the hospitals, the jails,
wherever suffering exists, my voice is there.”
“And there I look for you, my heavy laden one,
to wipe away my blood and tears.” *

Sometimes, in the tiniest ‘whispers to the wind,’
He’s calling us, beloved.
Listen and “gather”.

*(paraphrased from “Everyone’s Way of the Cross”, Clarence Enzler, Ave Maria Press, 1986)

Moses said, “take care and be earnestly on your guard
not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen,
nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live,
but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.” Dt 4:1, 5-9

And Jesus said, “whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” Mt 5:17-19

And there we have it – the what and the why!
Sometimes don’t you wonder who’s teaching whom today!

We’re so frightened about just looking at each other
without getting accused of one thing or another, that we just don’t.
We text and email and send signs.
But dare talk or look or shake a hand or hug!!
It’s a sorry world.
Because it seems to have forgotten,
or because it was never taught,
the basic rules that were set thousands of years ago.
Maybe it’s time to get back to the basics:

The Big 10

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I
forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered,
“I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. Mt 18:21-35

That old forgiveness thing again. . .
You know, it’s easy to forgive that guy that cuts me off,
so long as he just keeps on going and keeps out of my face.
But what about when he cuts me off and then goes 20mph in a 45 zone?
What if he actually hits me?
What if I or my loved ones get hurt?
Hmmm, then it gets a little harder, doesn’t it?
Jesus didn’t describe the circumstances of forgiveness quite like that, did he?
But He DID mean – any circumstances.
We don’t have to go marrying the guy. But we do have to get rid of
that hatred inside. And the only way we can truly do that,
is by sincerely forgiving. Let it GO! Give it to God.
Be at peace, beloved. That’s what God wants!
– Not always easy.
But it IS the best and only answer, especially when
nothing can be done to ease the pain.
Even if the guy is hung, that guilt, that hatred will
still and always be strangling our own hearts.
Let it Go. And let God heal!

You are forgiven, beloved.
Because Jesus and I will love you always!

Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times
at the word of the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh
of a little child, and he was clean. 2 Kgs 5:1-15

Jesus said, “Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them
was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” Lk 4:24-30

Sometimes it takes looking in from the outside that allows us to
realize the greatness within, the greatness of God among us.

Athirst is my soul for God, the living God.
When shall I go and behold the face of God? Ps 42

. . . When I take a peek from the outside looking in.

(Third Sunday of Lent C)
Moses said to God, “But when I go to the Israelites
and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’
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 Israelites:
I AM sent me to you.”

God IS all in all.

Seek Him, Know Him, Love Him, in ALL.
Then die to self and BE in Him.

(Link to today’s homily – “Standing Secure“)

In realizing the error of his ways, the reformed prodigal son said,
“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you;
I no longer deserve to be called your son.”
But his father ordered his servants,
“Quickly, bring the finest robe and put it on him;
. . . let us celebrate with a feast,
because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again;
he was lost, and has been found.” Lk 15:1-3, 11-32

What’s it take to get us to reform, beloved?
Do we recognize the error in our own ways?
It’s so easy to advise, correct and rebuff others, but what about us.
Maybe that quick decision hurt someone else.
Maybe I should have stopped to help instead of shying away.
Just what if – it was me instead.

Lent is that time for internal scrutiny.
How can I be better?
What (or who) do I take for granted that is truly a gift in my life.
What am I really not worthy of, and yet
my loving Father is always there to
forgive, forget and love me anyway!

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes

So be very careful what you reject, beloved.
It or they just may be the “cornerstone.”

And just as an aside, 99% of what the media rejects IS the cornerstone.
And 99% of what it touts is pure dross!

. . . . . . .

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


in monthly subcategories of – “Whispers
entitled “Daily Mass Quotes” (DMQs)


Link to Previous Month’s DMQs
Link to Following Month’s DMQs

Link back to Whispers to the Wind

Link to Saint of the Day
(also in Time page, under Liturgical Seasons section)

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