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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, 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?
You are Loved!!
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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December 31, 2014
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.”
In the end was the turn of the page of a calendar.
In the end was the dusting off of the old and shining in the new.
In the end the darkness of the tunnel is behind us and the brightness of new life ahead.
What more appropriate Scripture reading for the last day of the year of our Lord 2014:
IN THE BEGINNING – was the Word!
Let the light of Jesus shine on your new year, beloved.
And may all your days be merry and bright!
God’s blessings and love !!!
December 30, 2014
(Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas)
St. John wrote, “Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.” 1 Jn 2:12-17
If you are a true Christian, beloved, there is no need for further explanation of this quote. It’s obvious. It’s what we know and live.
But if the Holy Spirit has not yet struck us with that truth, it might be a little difficult to understand what is meant by “the world” vs “of God.” John gets pretty extreme in explaining the great gap between worldly life and heavenly life. Jesus said, we can be already experiencing His Kingdom in this life (though not to it’s completion). But as we live IN the world, we are not called to allow it to “own us.” God is our owner! And everything else in the world is there as a tool to help us grow closer to God. If those things become an idol to us, if those things cause us to grow farther away from God, then we become “of the world” that John so condemns. It doesn’t mean that the world is bad, per se, but it just needs to always be kept in the right perspective. God first, then relationships with our “neighbor,” then the rest of the world. All centered around LOVE!
December 29, 2014
(Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas)
St. John said, “Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him.” 1 Jn 2:3-11
And His commandments are to love God and to love one another (our neighbor). John goes on to say that whoever has any hatred in their heart for their neighbor is living in darkness and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded their sight.
Funny, there’s an old Manfred Mann song from the mid 70’s called “Blinded by the Light” (written by Bruce Springsteen). It’s one of my old favorites!
It brings me immediately back to the blizzard of ’76 in Buffalo, New York, where I was doing graduate work that year. There was so much snow, that we were literally blinded by its brightness. But John is talking about a different kind of blindness. John is talking about being blinded by the dark.
Sometimes, beloved, the hatred within us can be so blinding that we can’t even see the good when it stares us in the face. So maybe that’s a good time to “chill out.” Remember the cold and the snow and the blizzards that can be so life-threatening, and allow them to freeze out of us all the darkness of hatred. Open the windows of our lives to the LIGHT.
Jesus IS that light. And when we live as He modeled for us to live, we will be living in the light, His light, the light of peace, and hope, and love for all.
December 28, 2014
(The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)
The LORD’s servant Simeon, filled with the Holy Spirit, took the Child Jesus into his arms and proclaimed, “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”
No greater blessing could the Son of God receive, than from a man who had faithfully completed his life in hopeful expectation of seeing the birth of the Savior. He was Spirit filled and a true Child of God himself. Ever have someone bless you, beloved? Every time we give God’s blessing upon another person, that person grows in Love of him-or-herself and of God and of their neighbors.
God’s mercy is upon all of us, and those who are blessed are especially holy.
May God bless you, beloved, and keep you always in His loving care! And may you be a blessing to everyone you meet today!
December 27, 2014
(St. John, Apostle and Evangelist)
St. John wrote, “We are writing this so that our joy may be complete.” 1 Jn 1:1-4
What would it take, beloved, to be able to truthfully say, “my joy is complete?” Would it be your favorite ice cream? Would it be listening to your most cherished music? Or would it be, like John, seeing other people moved to light and truth and love by the Word of Jesus? Jesus’ Word is supposed to move us. It’s supposed to get us thinking about right and wrong, about love and hope. Have you been moved lately, beloved. Maybe it’s time to dig into that Word again.
December 26, 2014
(St. Stephen, First Martyr)
Jesus said, “You will be hated by all because of my name,
but whoever endures to the end will be saved.” Mt 10:17-22
St. Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together. They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59
Ever get a funny look, beloved, a sneer or a grimace when it was learned that you are a Christian. It can be quite a disconcerting feeling. And then what is your response. Do we shy away or deny it, as Peter did? Or do we stand up for our Lord, Jesus, and even be willing to die for him, as Stephen did? Want a one-way ticket to Heaven? No question about it! Follow Stephen. Follow Jesus and endure to the very end!
December 25, 2014
(The Nativity of the Lord, Christmas)
“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Lk 2:15-20
Could you imagine, beloved, keeping that much locked up in your heart, and not running around shouting it out to the world?!! Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Reuters, API, Network News, Google, it could be known by all in just an instant!!
An Angel came and spoke to her. An Angel spoke with Joseph her spouse. And then Angels, in mass, came and spoke with these shepherds out in a field. And there He was, born in a dirty old stable, in the middle of a cold winter night. What a strange entry for such a noble child, into our world. And He wasn’t spouting out calculus or quantum physics. He was just a little infant, like all the other little infants. But this One WAS special, and in the years to come, the world would see just why.
A very blessed and merry Christmas to you, beloved.
May your days be filled with His light and love – Jesus!
December 24, 2014
When King David was settled in his palace, and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” 2 Sm 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16
Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David.” Lk 1:67-79
We often hear people tell us not to put God in a box.
And it’s something we tend to do without even thinking about it, depending on how far away we are from Him.
The ‘once-a-year’ church-goers place God in that building that we call church; along with all those “churchy” people. But inside they may feel that it has nothing to do with their “real lives.”
The spiritual person places God in a box of the solitude of their prayer, feeling it is the only place they could ever find Him.
The communal person places God in a box of their relationships with other people, which can be risky when those relationships – just don’t work out.
And the open-minded Christian sees the diversity of a Father, and a Son and a Holy Spirit in many different aspects of their lives, where there is NO box.
In the Scriptures, we could say that King David was a pretty Holy person. He saw God in the Ark of the Tabernacle that the Israelites constructed in their Exodus from Egypt. It was actually a very Holy object because it was THE Box that held the Tablets of the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from the Holy Mountain. And King David felt that, it was there, in that box, that God Resided. And because of that belief, David felt guilty that he was living in luxury, while God, in His Ark, was living under a tent. So David proposed building a magnificent Temple for God.
When you think about it, the whole concept was a little narrow-minded . . .
Because remember, it was God who created mankind. It was God who created the wood, and the soil, and the water that would be used to build that Temple. And it was God who created the Universe and this Earth on which that Temple would stand.
So how could we even imagine putting God in a box, or a Temple, or a Church building, or anywhere else, for that matter!
It was a totally ludicrous idea.
And God made sure that David clearly understood that it was not he who would be building houses, but God Himself. And the house that God would build, for all of us, would stand upon the Foundation of His very Self. That Foundation IS the Incarnate God, Jesus Christ, whose birthday we celebrate tomorrow. Jesus IS the Rock Foundation upon which the Church, not a building, but the People of God, stands.
So instead of looking for a box in which we can force our God to reside; a box that doesn’t intrude on our daily lives; a box that doesn’t limit us to “being good” all the time (even though it’s for our own good), Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, shows us exactly what we could and should be doing with God.
Like Zechariah, we should be
CONSTANTLY giving Him
We give Him thanks – for life itself.
We give Him thanks – for coming to live among us – as the incarnate Christ.
We give Him thanks for Blessing us with a place to live, with food to eat, with friends to share our lives with, and for every breath we take.
And we give Him thanks because there
is NO box big enough, or great enough,
or rich enough, or famous enough
to ever limit – our Awesome God!
December 23, 2014
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. They asked what the child’s name would be and both Elizabeth and (the still mute) Zechariah answered “John.” And the Scripture says, “all were amazed.” When Zechariah immediately began to speak the Scriptures say, “Then fear came upon all their neighbors,” Lk 1:57-66
That’s a lot of emotions in a very short period of time. I think the people were just, really confused. With Zechariah seeing an angel of God, then going mute, then “old” Elizabeth having a child, and both of them agreeing on a name that seemed to be pulled out of thin air, and finally Zechariah talking again. It was just too much for them to grasp. Joy, and then amazement, followed by fear.
It was just more than they could grasp.
How well can we grasp that EVENT that happened in the months to follow? The EVENT that we will celebrate in just two days, Christmas. You see, it’s not about a love song. It’s not about a fat guy in a red suit. It’s not about twinkling stars, snowmen, bells, trees, lights, stores or gifts.
It’s about OUR God becoming a human person to show us the way to heaven.
It’s about the intense and immeasurable value of ALL life, even infant children, even those yet to be born. It’s about a God who cares so much about us that He would stoop as low as to become an “ant,” and then allow the other ants to kill him, when with a blink of His eye He could have had us all evaporated!
So, yes, it IS about a love song. But not a song about two ants with chemical attractions toward each other. It’s about the love that the very Creator of those ants has for them that’s beyond anything we can possibly EVER grasp.
The Joy, the amazement, the fear!
It’s ours as well, beloved!
So sit back and revel in it . . .
for ours IS an AWESOME God!
December 22, 2014
Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Lk 1:46-56
Hannah, the mother of Samuel (the Prophet) said to Eli the priest, “I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.” 1 Sm 1:24-28
The magnificent greatness of the Lord. Mary didn’t ask for it, but the LORD blessed her as the mother of Jesus. And Mary exulted her God in a song we call the Magnificat. Hannah, on the other hand, unable to have children, prayed with all her heart that God would bless her with a child; and the LORD did just that. When we stay faithful to the LORD, He will see us through and then even go the “extra mile” with us. Praise Him. Praise Jesus. Praise Mary. And then remember, how very, very blessed we already are!
December 21, 2014
(4th Sunday Advent, B)
The LORD said to David the king, “I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.” 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
The Angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Lk 1:26-38
David, heir, Son, Jesus, FOREVER.
Now that’s a kingdom we can all thrive in.
And Jesus came to show us the way. As we near His Birthday, beloved, let Him dwell in our hearts and minds. Let Him use our hands and our bodies. And then, remember our destiny! The Kingdom of God – FOREVER!
December 20, 2014
The Angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Lk 1:26-38
Usually in the Bible when an angel appears to anyone, there is great fear. Can you just imagine AN ANGEL appearing to you?!! It’s not something we experience every day. And it is, by no means, natural. It’s actually SUPER-natural. And we don’t see supernatural things very often any more. And if we did, we would certainly keep it to ourselves, unless we like straight jackets and unfurnished rooms.
So it was pretty interesting that Mary casually responded, just like Zechariah did in yesterday’s reading, with a question. “Yeah, just how is that going to happen?” “I’m too old.” Or, “How can I get pregnant if I’m not even married?”
The Angel kindly reminded both Mary and Zechariah that this is NOT Natural. This is God they’re dealing with. And our simple thoughts and wisdom are child’s play when we’re dealing with God.
So, as we mentioned yesterday, beloved, IF we can let go of all those preconceptions of naturalness and “Let God” have the reins, just like Mary, we might be surprised when the power of the MOST HIGH, the Holy Spirit overshadows us!
It promises to be quite a trip!
And praise God that Mary was willing to take it!
December 19, 2014
To the future mother of Samson, An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Though you are barren and have had no children, yet you will conceive and bear a son. . . . the boy shall be consecrated to God from the womb,” Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a
God Consecrates His Holy ones,
out of their Emptiness.
The Bible is filled with story after story of women who seemed to be unable to bear children. Remember there was Sarah, Abraham’s wife, who finally had her first, and only, child at the age of 90. Then there was Jacob’s wife, Rachel, who eventually bore Joseph, after Jacob had ten other children through another wife and two concubines. The prophet Samuel was borne by Hannah, who was also considered barren. Then today we heard the stories of the conceptions of Samson and John the Baptist, both from mothers who were supposedly sterile. And just like Abraham and Sarah, Zechariah and Elizabeth were pretty old when they conceived John.
So what is it that God is trying to tell us through all of these exceptional, or maybe even miraculous, examples?
Is it that we have got to have some kind of great faith? Did all of those couples just KNOW that God would eventually give them children? I don’t think so. As a matter of fact, Sarah even laughed when God’s messenger told her that she would get pregnant at 90. And that was after she had given up trying, and asked Abraham to have a child through a different mother. So it doesn’t seem like Faith was the decisive factor.
Was it that all these people were perfectly Holy and Sinless? Well, many of them actually were pretty holy. But none of them were sinless, by any means!
So what was it, that all of these stories had in common?
Well, besides the fact that all of those women were barren; that a big part of their lives was empty, and that they were praying for its fulfillment; each of them was also being persecuted because of their barrenness. They were considered outcasts because their sterility was thought of as God’s punishment for their sinfulness. Sarah was chastised by Hagar her servant. Rachel by her sister Leah. Hannah by her husband’s other wife, Peninnah. And both Elizabeth and Samson’s mother were shunned by their communities.
So, is it that if we want fulfillment in life, we have to be persecuted? I don’t think that’s the answer either.
But, IF we can empty ourselves of ALL the other things that SO fill our minds and our hearts with worry and concern; if we can let go of everything – but God, but Jesus and His great Love for us; then we just might find ourselves shunned by the secular world because of our strong faithfulness, because we’re SO “religious.”
But, in our emptiness, God WILL refill us with His Joy, and Peace, and Hope; just as those women’s children, fulfilled their greatest desires.
And those “children” of OUR emptiness: our Peace, and our Joy, and our Hope, will be THE most Holy possessions we could possibly ever have . . .
. . . because they will be Consecrated by God.
December 18, 2014
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means “God is with us.” Mt 1:18-25
Saved from our sins. God with us. What beautiful words, beloved! God cares so much for His creation that He would come to be with us and save us – as proof in the coming of His ‘only begotten Son,’ Jesus. Ever feel down or lonely, beloved. Just remember God is with us, always. Then, cheer up. For you are loved beyond comprehension.
December 17, 2014
“Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more.” Ps 72
So, beloved, in a world filled with tragedy, injustice and war, we might just ask, where is the justice and the peace? Maybe “His days” have passed or never came? Maybe His justice and peace are really not what we think they are. Maybe they are “out” of this world and in another.
We can find His peace within. And His justice always works in HIS time, and not ours. It is not our place to precede him in enacting justice. Most often, that then leads to our own injustice. With patient endurance we are to find that peace within ourselves and know that in time, justice will be upheld. That’s the peace and justice of Jesus.
December 16, 2014
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him. Ps 34
Trust in the LORD, beloved!
He is our hope and our refuge.
December 15, 2014
The psalmist pleaded, “Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior . . .” Ps 25
The Lord shows us right from wrong. He places the answers to our deepest questions within our very souls. His ways are known to us, if we but ask. Teach me your ways, O Lord. Help me to find You within my very self. And let your wisdom guide, and direct, and lead me back Home to You!
December 14, 2014
(3rd Sunday Advent, B; Gaudete Sunday)
The prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul; for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation . . . ” Is 61:1-2A, 10-11
St. Paul exhorted, “Brothers and sisters: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thes 5:16-24
And John the Baptist said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,” Jn 1:6-8, 19-28
REJOICE, then, beloved, for Jesus is our reason for JOY. He is our salvation. He is our thanksgiving. He is our prayer. And He is our voice!
December 13, 2014
(St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr)
. . the disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. . . . Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Sirach wrote of the prophet Elijah: “You were destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, to turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob. Blessed is he who shall have seen you and who falls asleep in your friendship.” Sir 48:1-4, 9-11
John was the restorer. He prepared the way of the Lord through his “Baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” By recognizing their sinfulness and pleading for God’s forgiveness and mercy, the people in the time of John the Baptist broke their wrath and turned to one another in Love.
And it’s the same for us, beloved. In order to turn to the love of Jesus and to truly love one another, we need first to break the wrath that drags us down. Our disagreements with our neighbor and our hatred against our persecutors must first be quenched. We CAN live in diversity. We don’t HAVE to agree with everything others think. But we DO have to put those disagreements aside and love anyway. That’s the one gift Jesus left with us – our ability to Love anyway! Because that’s what He does with us!!!
December 12, 2014
(Our Lady of Guadalupe)
Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” . . .
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Lk 1:39-47
Our Blessed Mother has been here all along to lead and guide us to Her beloved Son, Jesus. She shows herself in many different ways and just as Adam and Eve did, we have the choice to believe, to trust in God or not. God wants nothing more than for us to be at peace in Him. And He proved that through the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Son and the Holy Spirit being with us all. Choose Life always, beloved. God IS life. And God is LOVE. And Mary Our Mother wants us to know that above all!
December 11, 2014
The LORD spoke through the prophet Isaiah saying: “I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’” Is 41:13-20
The psalmist said: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.” Ps 23
When we can truly understand the significance, the power of our God, then we will begin to grasp the silliness of fear. Yes, there may be pain, there may be embarrassment, there may even be death, but it all leads to something much, much greater. God is greater than it all! And we are safe, beloved, in the hands of God. And being there, we’ll find that there really is no reason to fear. The martyrs even rejoiced in their pain.
Cling on to God with all your might, beloved, and KNOW,
December 10, 2014
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. Is 40:25-31
Never give up. Hope in the Lord. And He will give you the strength you need,
to endure, to survive, to flourish!
Jesus said, “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.”
December 9, 2014
A voice says, “Cry out!” I answer, “What shall I cry out?”
“All flesh is grass, and all their glory like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower wilts, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it. So then, the people is the grass. Though the grass withers and the flower wilts, the word of our God stands forever.” Is 40:1-11
Well, that certainly puts some finality on these “tents” we call us. These tents we so worship. But there is that hint of eternity mixed in this quote too. The WORD of God. Want to touch eternity, beloved? Open up the word, the Sacred Scriptures, the Bible. Maybe it’s been a while. Maybe we read it every day. But just imagine now, that we are touching a little bit of forever with every word we read. And that eternity is sinking so deeply into our thoughts and our hearts, into our very souls, that eventually we become it. We become one with God in eternal life – and then there’s not a whole lot else of “us” that really matters. All the rest can fade away like the grass!
December 8, 2014
(Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.” Lk 1:26-38
This is Mary’s fiat – her total submission to the will of God in her life.
And with that submission we have a Messiah, a savior. Praise God for giving us Mary.
Of course the Immaculate Conception is not the conception of Jesus, but the conception of Mary, sinless and pure. Today we celebrate that conception.
Link to a reference on The Birth of Mary
December 7, 2014
(2nd Sunday of Advent, B and Pearl Harbor Day)
The prophet Isaiah said, “A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!” Is 40:1-5, 9-11
Sometimes it’s a whisper, beloved, sometimes it’s a shout, and sometimes it’s a cry. Yes, sometimes God even cries for us. Come back, make way, return and repent. Your love awaits you!
St. Peter said, “Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day.” 2 Pt 3:8-14
Have you experienced the Lord’s time, beloved? When a sleepless night might seem like a thousand years, and a three hour flight go by in the blink of an eye. So do not worry about the future. And do not fret over the past. Just concentrate on pleasing God with every waking moment we have. And that “pleasing” is accomplished through our communion with others. Be they strangers or our very closest loved ones.
God will take care of the “TIME.”
(Link to today’s homily – Journeys)
December 6, 2014
(St. Nicholas, Bishop)
Jesus instructed His disciples to go out and proclaim the Good News of God’s Kingdom. He said, “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
Mt 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8
What is it that we DO, beloved, without cost. Do we expect payment for everything we do for others. When someone asks us a favor, are we asking back, “What’s in it for me?” Or do we “Just do it!” out of the purity of our love and kindness?
Funny, when our lives become 100% non-paid, year after year after year, and yes, we truly do appreciate whoever it is that’s supporting us with food and clothing and the shelter we live in; but after enough years go by, we really begin to get frayed from everyone asking us to do all those things they don’t want to do any more themselves. Of asking us to do those things that we, ourselves, wouldn’t want our dog to have to do. It really wears on us. Of course, to the world, if we don’t have one of those grunt jobs, like THEY do, we must just be another worthless piece of !#$@%, who has all that time on their hands. So they think they’re being kind to us by giving us another “task” to not get paid for.
But, we keep on, force a smile on our faces, and think, this must be our penance, this is our palanca for making the world a better place. And try as we might to find another job – there have been so many failures at that too, that we can’t even take that rejection any more, either. Hmmmm, sounds like a basket case.
But wait a minute. Jesus said, without cost we have received – well maybe that’s not quite accurate either. Not that I’m calling Jesus a liar. Just that, just like Him, we are paying a price. It’s the price of keeping sanity. It’s the price of enduring the feeling of being: unnecessary, unwanted, unloved, un-personed. But then again, guess, none of that really matters – if we KNOW that God, that Jesus, loves us despite all that ugliness. So, leave us alone world! We’ll keep on doing our washing, and cleaning, and fixing and inventing and reading and writing and speaking out in His NAME. And we’ll let the chips fall as they may when HE finally does come back to separate us like sheep and goats, to judge us and to condemn us or HUG us. Despite it all, we keep on loving, and loving, and loving. And ONE DAY, there will be recompense! Jesus promises us that!
May our loving God bless you, beloved, this . . .
~ ADVENT! ~
December 5, 2014
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?
One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, that I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD and contemplate his temple.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. Ps 27
No comment really necessary for today’s quote.
This is one of my favorites – this is awesome!
Our God is AWESOME!
December 4, 2014
(St. John Damascene)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”
Mt 7:21, 24-27
And how do we know that that will is?
Jesus said, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” ibid
We listen, we read the Gospels, and we let them lead our lives.
December 3, 2014
(St. Francis Xavier, Priest)
Speaking of the Lord, the prophet Isaiah said, “On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, The web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever.” Is 25:6-10a
Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. Mt 15:29-37
On that mountain – where Abraham near-sacrificed his son Isaac, where Jesus taught the crowds his ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ where many were healed and cured, and where He took His last breath to free us from slavery to sin and death, WE, beloved, are saved. We can come to that mountain any time we breathe the Name of Jesus. He is waiting for us to come to His “banquet.” Rise up, O blessed one, and BREATHE!
December 2, 2014
The prophet Isaiah said, “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a Spirit of counsel and of strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.” Is 11:1-10
Today we call these the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Isaiah was prophesying the characteristics of the Spirit that would inhabit the Lord, Jesus; the “shoot that would sprout from the stump of Jesse.” (Remember Jesse was the father of David who would become the world renowned King of Israel, around 1000 BC.)
These are the Gifts that only we can personally accept from the Lord. No one can do it for us. And when we do accept these Gifts of the Holy Spirit we find that, not only does life become much more bearable, but through that Spirit living within us, we can do marvelous things for the Lord that would be impossible otherwise. We become the living hands and heart of Jesus in the present. What an awesome Gift! What an awesome God! And Jesus says, “Come!”
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, 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.“
December 1, 2014
The prophet Isaiah said, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” Is 2:1-5
Is that a dream or what! Imagine, no war. Imagine people taking care of each other, feeding each other, working for each other without concern about politics or pay or pride! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Have faith, beloved. It WILL be so!
A very happy and blessed December prayer for you, beloved.
In Christ’s peace always . . .
Happy December, beloved!
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