Daily Mass Quotes – April 2014

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Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

BubblesThen 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, beloved?

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!!

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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04-30-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. Pius V, Pope)
John said, “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”  Jn 3:16-21

As one of the most quoted verses in Scripture, it takes that finger of fate and places it upon our own hands.  Do we condemn ourselves in our own thoughts and actions?  Those in darkness tend to gravitate toward the dark.  Or do we truly believe in Jesus, so much so, that our thoughts and actions are simply a reflection of Him?  Those living in the Light have no fear of the Light, for it shows their goodness.  Jesus came that we might be saved.  Now it’s up to us to rely upon His strength to do that.
And do that, He unquestionably will!

We praise the Lord for another month (April) and
we ask His blessings on May (Mary’s Month)!

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04-29-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
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Jesus said “just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”   Jn 3:7b-15

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As Referenced from: Nu 21:6-9 –
snake-on-a-poleSeraph serpents bit the people so that many of the Israelites died.  Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray to the LORD to take the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses: Make a seraph and mount it on a pole, and everyone who has been bitten will look at it and recover.  Accordingly Moses made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever the serpent bit someone, the person looked at the bronze serpent and recovered.

Look up to Jesus, beloved; lifted up in crucifixion, lifted in resurrection, lifted in ascension, lifted in our hearts and minds and worship . . . and be healed for eternity!

04-28-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. Peter Chanel, Priest, Martyr)
Jesus said to the Pharisee Nicodemus, “unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man once grown old be born again?  Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?”  Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.  What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit.”   Jn 3:1-8

Have you been “born of the Spirit” beloved?
If we’ve been baptized, we have.
We CAN enter the Kingdom of God.

BaptismSo now, the question is – What have we allowed the Spirit to do within us?  Do we allow Him to correct our thoughts when they are not quite ‘right’?  Have we allowed Him to guide us to do difficult things like being humble, like helping the poor, like smiling at an enemy, like praying for those who do not know how to pray?

Have we allowed the Holy Spirit within us to help us resist the urge to enact revenge and offer peace instead?  Once we are born of the Spirit, the next step is to allow Him to transform our very flesh.  It CAN be done.  It may not seem easy – but it is well worth the effort, both to our body and our soul!

The peace of Christ be with you always, beloved.
And the Love of God be in your Spirit.

04-27-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Second Sunday of Easter, Sunday of Divine Mercy)
St. Peter said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,”  1 Pt 1:3-9

Our inheritance – imperishable, undefiled and unfading!
What hope!
(Where O death is your victory?)  LIFE Conquers!

The disciples who left Jesus’ side when He was in greatest need.  The disciples who refused to acknowledge that they even knew Him.  The disciples who hid!  And now He was back!  Could you imagine their guilt.  How could they ever face Him again.  And yet He said “Peace be with you.”  God’s mercy is unfathomable to our standards!  Jesus said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Jn 20:19-31  Not only were they forgiven, but they were given the GIFT of the Holy Spirit as well.  We call that grace, the unmerited favor of God, even to the undeserving!

“Forgive us our trespasses (Lord), as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
As did You, so will we!

MERCY!

As an aside, Congratulations on Sainthood to both
Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

04-26-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Saturday in the Octave of Easter)
Jesus said to His disciples, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”  Mk 16:9-15

It’s called The Great Commission.  GO!
Jesus didn’t come into the world to be forgotten.  He came to be known.  And the way He would be known could only happen if His followers told what they saw and heard and experienced while Jesus was with them.  Jesus came to tell us the Gospel good news: that our God loves us so very much, that He would do anything to express that love to us – so that, we would love one another as well.

God bless you, beloved!

04-25-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Friday in the Octave of Easter)
(St. Mark, Evangelist)
After Peter and John had spoken about the Lord with the Jews in the Temple area, “many of those who heard the word came to believe and the number of men grew to about five thousand.”  Acts 4:1-12

The early Church was growing, just as Jesus had said it would!  And He said it in many, many different ways: the multiplication of the loaves and fish, the Kingdom parables about a mustard seed and yeast, and even after his resurrection:

As the disciples were failing miserably with their fishing, Jesus said, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?”  They answered him, “No.”  So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish.   Jn 21:1-14

Remember, Jesus said to them on their calling, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Mt 4:19  And they did just that.  And failure was impossible when they relied, trusted and believed in Jesus; when they cast their net on the “right side” and not the wrong side!

When they reached the shore, Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish.  Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.  Jn 21:1-14

The number 153 is thought to represent the number of known fish in the sea (at that time) – or the number of nations in the world.  The net is Jesus’ Church, our Church – unbreakable!

And just as the disciples and the people were fed with the fish and bread in Jesus’ multiplication of the loaves, and here in His resurrection breakfast – so too are we fed with the Eucharistic Body and Blood of Jesus.  Enough for All, enough for Life,  enough for Eternity!

Jesus Last Breakfast

04-24-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Thursday in the Octave of Easter)
Open mind aJesus “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.  And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations
Lk 24:35-48

The prophet Isaiah spoke about the suffering servant:
He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain, like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem.  Yet it was our pain that he bore, our sufferings he endured.”  Is 53

While the prophet Hosea speaks of the third day:  “He will revive us after two days; on the third day he will raise us up, to live in his presence.”  Hos 6:2

John the Baptist spoke of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as did Peter and Paul after the Ascension of Jesus – to all the nations!  Peter addressed the people after a crippled man was healed in the Name of Jesus, saying, “God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment…”  Acts 3:11-26

It was all for a ‘Purpose’.
And that purpose was us, beloved . . .
that WE might be saved!

04-23-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Wednesday in the Octave of Easter)
Jesus disciples said, “Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”  Lk 24:13-35

Have you heard the voice of Jesus lately, beloved?  He’s speaking with you right now.  He’s speaking with you under the noise of the city and the trains and the planes and the screaming babies.  Peace!  Salvation!  Love!  Beauty!  The birds singing!  The sun shining!  Were not our hearts burning within us, beloved?  It’s Jesus warming them.
Listen, He’s here – in the Whispers!

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04-22-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Tuesday in the Octave of Easter)
Jesus said to Mary Magdalene, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”  Jn 20:11-18

Whenever there is a loss in our lives, we mourn.  We mourn for the loss of our loved ones, because we’ll miss them.  We mourn for the loss of a job, even if we hated it, because we’ll miss our friends and our livelihood.  We tend to “become” that thing that we did, and now there is no more doing.  And we wonder what we’ll say when they ask us, “what do YOU do?” And we might even translate it (wrongly) into who we are – and that now we’re nothing.

Jesus turns it all around.  You see, beloved, our loved ones are not really gone.  They will remain with us forever – eternal life!  We can talk to them.  We can hear their voice.  That job loss is not a failure on our part, nor is it an erasure of a person, us!  It’s an opportunity for us to discover something new.  To discover that we are NOT our jobs, we are God’s children – always and forever.  And what we do is a reflection of Him – even if that ‘doing’ is as simple as prayer.

What do you do, beloved?  I am an intercessor for God!  I am an “ambassador for Christ.”  And I will bring all of your needs to the altar of His love.  And He WILL see to it that you are taken care of – in all that you need!

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Dedicated to my mom, Marion, on this the anniversary of her birth 86 years ago,
and her living in eternity with Jesus the past 40 years!  Love you mom!

04-21-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Monday in the Octave of Easter)
After the stone from the tomb of Jesus was mysteriously rolled away and Jesus arose from death, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’”  Mt 28:8-15

Funny, how wherever there is evil, wherever there is sin there is also money.  Those same ‘chief priests and elders’ thought they could do away with Jesus once and for all by paying off Judas to betray Him.  It ended in Judas’ death (once and for all), but Jesus lived.  Now, since ‘plan A’ obviously didn’t work, ‘plan B’ was again to pay off the soldiers who saw it all, to lie in order for them (the priests) to save face.  Money just doesn’t do it!

Today our corporate world and government thinks it can hold us in slavery to miserable bosses, to unscrupulous dealings, to unaffordable gas and food and medical prices – to bring us down into their pit of self-destruction.  BUT, we have something better!  We have Jesus Christ!  And Jesus WILL see us through it all.  Hang in there, beloved.  BELIEVE and it will be.  Trust in the Lord! For not even death can separate us from His love – a love that is not dependent upon money for anything – LIFE ETERNAL!

04-20-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord)
Alleluia, He is Risen!
When Simon Peter arrived (at the tomb of Jesus) after him (John), he 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 also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.  Jn 20:1-9

Peter said, “everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.” Acts 10:34a, 37-43

Resurrection by otakuAn empty tomb for the skeptical, a material remnant for the scientific, a word to the romantic, a body with nail holes and all for the doubter, a promise for the hopeful, mercy for the guilty, NEW LIFE for the believer!  Wherever we are in life, Jesus is there to bring us home!  Come, Live the Easter promise!  And praise His sacrifice and His Love,
for us!

04-19-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil)
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  Gn 1:1-2:2

God said to Abraham, “I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky . . . “  Gn 22:1-18

Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD swept the sea with a strong east wind throughout the night and so turned it into dry land.  Ex 14:15-15:1

The Lord said, “Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, my love shall never leave you  . . .”  Is 54:5-14

Thus says the LORD: all you who are thirsty, come to the water!
You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat; come, without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk! Why spend your money for what is not bread, your wages for what fails to satisfy? Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare.  Is 55:1-11

The LORD said, “I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.”  Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28

Like a deer that longs for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God.  Ps 42

At the tomb of Jesus, the angel said to the women in reply,
“Do not be afraid!”  Mt 28:1-10

Jesus said to the women, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Mt 28:1-10

The Light, the Love, the Healing, the Longing, the Hope, the Courage, Our Salvation –
Jesus

04-18-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Good Friday, The Passion of the Lord)
Yet it was our infirmities that he bore,
our sufferings that he endured,
while we thought of him as stricken,
as one smitten by God and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our offenses,
crushed for our sins;

upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole,
by his stripes we were healed.
Is 52:13-53:12

love 6Thank you Jesus!

04-17-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper)
Jesus said, “You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. 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 was the Passover.  And prior to eating, Jesus did something quite remarkable.  He took the role of the lowest servant and washed his disciples’ feet.  And in their complaints, He told them that unless they did likewise for others, they had no part of Him.  Are we willing, beloved, to stoop down to the lowest place to raise others up?  Maybe it’s not the poor beggar, but the poor rich man who needs some attention as well.  Jesus is calling us to be that light to them all!  The light of hope in a world of hopelessness!
The light of Joy in a world of sorrows.
That’s the LOVE of Jesus!

04-16-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

The prophet Isaiah said, “The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.”   Is 50:4-9a

dog tongueThe good old tongue.  When we allow the tongue to use the words WE give it to speak, it often gets us into trouble, sometimes purposely and sometimes without our even knowing it.

So, like the prophet Isaiah, then, we should allow the Lord to train it!  And we do that by reading and studying the Scriptures.  What did Abraham say, what did Isaiah say, what did Solomon say, and what did Jesus say?!! Jesus Sermon on Mount  Those were the well trained tongues from whom we can find advise.  They listened and they obediently followed God.  As a matter of fact, Jesus gave all the credit for His Words to His Father.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if His Words, spoken through us, could rouse the weary, could soothe the downhearted, could calm the hyper and could bring peace to a world so filled with means of communication, yet so lacking in True communication.

And  so we pray, “Use us Lord.  Let Your Word come forth as the healing balm of Your Love, that it is.  And help us to get us out of the way, that they might find YOU!”

04-15-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Hear me, O islands, listen, O distant peoples.  The LORD called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.  Is 49:1-6

You are loved, beloved, from eternity to eternity – ALWAYS.

04-14-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?  Ps 27

It may be a light of endurance through a life of incomprehensible suffering.  It may be a light of justice in a world of injustice.  It may just be the hope that after this period of testing through which we may really have to search for the joy (and it IS there), true joy will finally be found in the presence of the Lord.  Whatever our earthly,  worldly life may hold for us – God is our light and salvation.  And no suffering and not even death can take that away from us!  Praise be to God and His Son Jesus Christ – our Lord!

04-13-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion)
Behold, your king comes to you, meek and riding on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.  Mt 21:1-11

… 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

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 26:14-27:66

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04-12-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

The LORD spoke through the prophet Ezekiel, “I will make with them a covenant of peace; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will multiply them, and put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling shall be with them; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”   Ez 37:21-28

A covenant of peace.
God’s dwelling among us.
Our God, His people!
Awesome!

04-11-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

The Prophet Jeremiah said, “the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.”  Jer 20:10-13

In the midst of the whole world against him, Jeremiah still professed his faith in the Lord.  What beautiful strength and courage we receive when we believe.  That’s FAITH!

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

Even Jesus needed the strength of the Father in the midst of the hard-hearted.  For not even His works could convince those who refused to believe.

And those who did believe not only got to know the Son of God, but even experience the wonders of the work of the Father, supernatural miracles, healings, resurrections and the Words of Truth that only the Lord could offer.

Come and see, beloved.  It’s quite breathtaking!

04-10-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

the Jews said to him (Jesus), “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.”   Jn 8:51-59

And just as a point of reference, about 1300-years earlier, Moses said to God (in the presence of the unconsumed 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: I am who I am.  Then he added: This is what you will tell the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you. Ex 3:13-14

I AM who am, is the Name ‘Yahweh’ that the Israelites used for God.  That Name was SO holy that it was rarely, if ever, used itself.  And it was exactly that name that Jesus used to refer to Himself.  The Jews pleaded with Jesus to tell them just who He was.  And time after time He did!  They just didn’t want to believe!

What about us, beloved?  When we see or hear something extraordinary, do we believe?  Or do we just pass it off as a dream or an anomaly, or never mention it because we’re worried they might think we’re crazy.  Believe in God!  Believe in Jesus, and you just might be surprised the incredible things you may be witness to.   God bless!

04-09-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

The king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar (605 – 562 BC) had three young Israelites thrown into a white-hot furnace because of their refusal to worship his golden-statue god, instead of the Lord their God.  But to his surprise, the king found that the men were not immediately consumed by the fire, as logic would predict.  So he questioned, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” “Assuredly, O king,” they answered.  “But,” he replied, “I see four men unfettered and unhurt, walking in the fire, and the fourth looks like a son of God.”
So, Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent his angel to deliver the servants who trusted in him; they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”   Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95

ShadrachFaithfulness sometimes demands unwavering commitment, even at the cost of death.  The young Israelites knew that there IS nothing greater than God; not fear of a ruthless king, not embarrassment, not even the pain of a fiery furnace.  And their commitment won for God the conversion of very pride-filled and evil king.

Funny, all the words, the miracles and the Truth straight from the mouth of Jesus himself, could not convert those Pharisees.  They were so hardened in their pride, like the Pharaoh in the time of Moses, that nothing could win them back.

So, Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him,
“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  Jn 8:31-42

It’s our invitation, beloved!  Remaining in His Word means reading the Scriptures, listening closely at Mass and believing every Word that comes from the mouth of God!

He said them for us!

04-08-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me.”  Jn 8:21-30

The Pharisees were responsible for having Jesus lifted up in crucifixion on a cross of death.  Jesus rose from that cross, leaving them wallowing in their sin.  And yet there were those, His mother Mary, the disciples, and others who lifted up Jesus in another way.  Their hearts were united with Him so intimately, that a part of them died on that cross as well.   And when Jesus rose again, so did they.  And their rising then, opened up a path to their hearts that allowed the Holy Spirit to fill all the emptiness they may have had over the loss of human Jesus.  Jesus was with them internally forever.

So how do we lift up the Son of Man, beloved?  Do we raise Him up with every rosary we say?  Do we raise Him up in every Mass we attend?  Are we so intimate with Jesus, that our lives are filled with the Holy Spirit, just as the hearts of the apostles were?  If so, then we are already experiencing a little bit of that Kingdom, Jesus promised!  And if not, look up, beloved.  Jesus is there, waiting just for you!

04-07-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Young Daniel said to the two wicked Elder Judges, “Your fine lie has cost you also your head, for the angel of God waits with a sword to cut you in two so as to make an end of you both.”   Dn 13:1-62

For the judges in their lust over the beautiful young Susanna created their own trap and placed themselves within it.

Similarly, Jesus in response to an accusation of the elders of Jerusalem, condemning a woman for adultery, said, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  Jn 8:1-11

Moral of the stories, beloved, being – BEWARE of judging others.  For we are not immune to errant behavior ourselves.  And then who will end up being judged even more harshly?  The one who judges others!  God wants mercy, not sacrifice!!!  Love not judgment!

04-06-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

A friend of Jesus was deathly ill and his sister summoned Jesus to come and help.  But the young man died before Jesus arrived.  Upon His arrival, Jesus said to her (Martha), “Your brother will rise.”  Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life;  whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord.  I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”  Jn 11:1-45

Martha was truly listening to Jesus, and she came to believe all that He taught.  She believed Jesus to be the Messiah.  And she believed in an “end of time” resurrection.  But she had no clue that the great Kingdom He preached about could possibly exist in the present.  Her brother had died and she would never see him again until she joined him in death.

But Jesus had a different message that needed to be understood.  He was not only the “Life” after death, but he IS the Life during life as well.   And if we can firmly get our heads around the fact that IN JESUS, Life does not end, then death will not be death at all, but just a passageway to the continuation of Life forever!  Thus, everyone who LIVES and BELIEVES will never die. There is no death to those who live eternally IN Jesus.

And how do we live IN Jesus?  We give ourselves entirely over to Him.  We live in and for the LOVE of God – in everyone we meet and in every circumstance we come into.  Pretty complex, yet pretty simple too!

May our Loving God bless you IN Christ always, beloved.  And may you be His Blessing and Life to the world!

LAZARUS

04-05-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

O LORD, my God, in you I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,”  Ps 7

He is my refuge, my safety, my shield, my rock of salvation.
Trust in Jesus, beloved, always!

04-04-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.”  Ps 34

When we place our trust in the Lord, Jesus, He will raise us up just as He did Lazarus, Martha and Mary.  When we unite our passion with that of Jesus, all of the pain will pale in the Light of the glorious beauty of the Kingdom, that we gain with Him –
For Eternity!

Praise the Lord for His sacrifice,
that we may be free!

04-03-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said, John the Baptist “was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.”   Jn 5:31-47

Jesus, in John’s Gospel, has some pretty strong discussions with the non-believing Jews.  The LORD in the time of Moses often called them a “stiff-necked people.”  They were too stiff to bend and too weak to believe.  And Jesus tells them the Truth, point blank – that He is everything the Old Testament Pentateuch spoke of through the words of Moses and the Prophets.  God sent Him and that is proven by the works Jesus does – healing the sick, feeding the hungry from nothing, walking on water and raising the dead.

Funny, today we still have those stiff-necked people around, shoving their sins upon us and arguing disbelief when the works themselves prove the Truth.  Praise the Lord for the Holy Spirit to give us strength and to give us patience that one day they may “see” that Truth too.  Jesus IS Lord!

04-02-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

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

Pretty simple.  Our choice: Belief = Life, disbelief = death.

And above it all, God loves us so much that He’ll give us every opportunity to change from disbelief to belief.

For the LORD says, “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.”   Is 49:8-15

Greater than a mother’s love, God will never, ever forget us beloved.

04-01-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

The Prophet Ezekiel had a vision in which an angel of God had shown him a trickle of water flowing from the LORD’s Temple in Jerusalem.  As Ezekiel followed the water it grew into a wide and deep flowing river. Ezekiel was told that,
Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.  Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.  Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”   Ez 47:1-9, 12

Jesus said, “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

Jesus, the Temple, offers that life-giving water to us.  We are the trees of His Church who are fed by the life-giving stream of Ezekiel to bring healing to the world.  And what is it that the world is in such dire need of that we can offer them?  The very love of God – the love of Jesus, that will bring meaning and purpose to their lives!  Lost, beloved?  Come to the healing and nourishing waters of Jesus’ love – and BE a tree with us!

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

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EARLIER MONTH’S QUOTES can be found
in monthly subcategories of – “Whispers

Link to Previous Month’s Whispers

Link to Next Month’s Whispers

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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