Daily Mass Quotes – February 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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02-28-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

St. James said, “above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath, but let your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” mean “No,” that you may not incur condemnation.“  Jas 5:9-12

Jesus said, “from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.  For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  So they are no longer two but one flesh.’  Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.  He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.’”  Mk 10:1-12

1 + 1 = 2  Yet with God in the picture 1 + 1 = 1
NO broken Vows!

02-27-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.“  Mk 9:41-50

Strong words.  But very meaningful.  Jesus truly meant that we are to build people up and not tear them down.  The little ones are not just physical children, but children in the faith who do not yet know God.  They are the innocent ones who will learn whatever we teach them.  We are to be very careful not to teach them the ways of evil for the consequences not only affect them, but us even more severely.

Jesus said, “Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.” Ibid

Always  preserve our own innocence!  Trust in the Lord and He will keep our lives always full of delectable flavor!

02-26-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

In response to people who plan every moment of their lives and expect every plan to succeed by their own doing, St. James said, “..you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.  You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.  Instead you should say, ‘If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.“  Jas 4:13-17

The Chapter of James that we read today is entitled: “Warning against Presumption.“  Presumption, in this instance, can be taken to mean arrogance.  Yet it can also mean taking something to be true that is not really proven to be true – eg. what’s going to happen in the future – and then making other decisions based on that potential untruth.  Presumption might also be, placing our own thoughts or prejudices upon others based upon their looks or actions.

In today’s Gospel, the disciples presumed an evil or errant motive on a man who was exorcising demons in the Name of Jesus, because he didn’t follow their group.

Jesus answered them, “There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.
Mk 9:38-40

So the moral of today’s readings is to be very careful of presumption.  Often, as in the case of the disciples, our presumptions may be based on good motives.  The disciples thought they were protecting Jesus.  And they, probably internally, were also being a little self-protective and maybe even a little jealous of the man, thinking, “Who was he to horn in on our glory, not even being a disciple himself?”

The reason we don’t presume is to keep ourselves out of trouble.  We don’t presume because we can potentially set up bad relationships with others – who may otherwise turn out to be our best of allies.  And we don’t presume, because we know that God is in control, and only GOOD can come from God.  We just have to keep our focus on seeking the Good in all circumstances – even when we may presume them to be bad.

God Bless you always, beloved!

02-25-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

St. James said, “Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.“  Jas 4:1-10

Humility means allowing someone else to be greater than myself.  And that someone else is God.

Jesus took a child and placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.”  Mk 9:30-37

When we realize that we have been placed on this earth to build up one another, and not ourselves, then we will begin to get a glimpse of the world as God created it.  Then we will begin to receive God into our hearts, our lives and our whole being!

02-24-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

A man whose son had epileptic fits sought the help of Jesus and asked,if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”  Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.”  Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”  Mk 9:14-29

IF only! 

Do we have any “if only’s” in our lives, beloved?

So where, then is our faith?

Is it still in the “if” stage?
Or is it firmly rooted in total belief, total commitment to Jesus?  He WILL answer our prayers, asked in true FAITH, according to the loving will of His Father.  Without an “if,” ask the Lord to “Help our unbelief!”

02-23-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Seventh Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.  When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well.  If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand over your cloak as well.  Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go for two miles.  Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.“  Mt 5:38-48

Everything Jesus taught and modeled was based on love, and especially on the immense love that God has for all life.  Therefore if anything we do is focused on revenge,  or hatred, or jealousy, or killing, or abusing, or self-centeredness, or unfairness, or evil in general – it is NOT where Jesus wants us to go.

Can we love to the extreme of even loving our enemies – as people?  Maybe not their actions, but people owned and loved by God, who are just making bad decisions.  Jesus advises us to love them anyway, and who knows, just maybe, they’ll change!  But we will not allow them to change us, to bring us to a level of hatred that they may have.
LOVE!

02-22-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle)
Jesus asked His disciples who they thought he was.  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.  Mt 16:13-19

The Church of Jesus Christ built upon the rock of St. Peter.  And 2000 years later it still stands.  Ups and downs, goods and bads, highs and lows – it still stands and always will.
Come, beloved, come!

02-21-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
St. James said, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters,
if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
Can that faith save him?
“  Jas 2:14-24, 26

Heavy quote brothers and sisters!
It’s been a bone of contention in Jesus’ Church since the 1500′s when Martin Luther couldn’t stand the mess that Church was in, so badly, that he upped and left!  It was called the Reformation and it spawned the outcropping of host of new “churches,” all designing their own belief systems, with Jesus mixed in there somewhere.  All coming from a faith that was already 1500 or more years old.

Some of those who protested (and probably rightly so) against a system in which the mercy of God was bought and paid for by money or work (indulgences), proposed that all that was needed to “get to heaven” was belief (faith) in Jesus (Sola fide).  While the extremists in that belief system felt that they could then go on living sinful lives – on purpose, because they were “saved,” saved once and forever, with never a possibility of being “lost” again.  (And please note, I said extremists, some of whom are still in existence today.)

The other camp – going all the way back to this Letter of James in the early 60s’s, reiterated that our faith can only be “true faith” if it is substantiated by its works.  It didn’t mean you had to work your way to heaven.  What it meant was that, if you truly believed in Jesus, your works would be an outpouring of that love, of that belief, of that FAITH in Jesus, based on all that He taught.  It meant that keeping that Faith and not falling away was the work of a lifetime.  And that work was strengthened by Jesus in our prayer and community life.  James went on to give Old and New Testament examples of that kind of faith; from Abraham to Rahab to people in his own time, helping the poor.

Then Jesus himself, in today’s Gospel says, Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”  Mk 8:34-9:1  That’s some pretty good work, brothers and sisters!  For you see, whenever we deny ourselves, whenever we take up that cross without complaint and follow after Jesus – it is work!

And Jesus continued, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it.” (ibid)  So “salvation” means ‘losing one’s life.’ In other words, not living purely for oneself, but giving your life away for others – and that’s work too!  Jesus died for our salvation, but He never said, now you can relax.  What he did say was “Come. Follow me!”   And everything that Jesus stood for was community based.  He was THE example of proven Faith in God, His Father, and God’s Children, all of us.

I, and I’m sure Jesus, would love nothing more than to see our separated brothers and sisters finally get over a silly 500-year old “protest” and become again, His ONE Church!
If only they knew that we (Catholics) do love them as much as He does!

The Peace and Love of Christ be with you today, beloved!

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For more info, here’s a link to:

JOINT DECLARATION
ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION
by the Lutheran World Federation
and the Catholic Church

02-20-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

St. James said, “My brothers and sisters, show no partiality…”  “Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom that he promised to those who love him?“  Jas 2:1-9

Survival in poverty demands humility in life.  Survival in wealth demands pride and sometimes cutthroat judgment of others.  Yet not all the poor are sinless and rich in faith.  And not all the wealthy are arrogant and greedy.  The point is, not to judge either, but to be equally kind and compassionate.  The rich can use our prayers, while we poor can use theirs!

02-19-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

St. James said, “everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger
Jas 1:19-27

Just great advice!  Imagine a world like that!

Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.  Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on the man and asked,  “Do you see anything?”  Looking up the man replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.” Then he laid hands on the man’s eyes a second time and he saw clearly;  Mk 8:22-26

And they always ask why it didn’t work the first time.  Maybe the man wasn’t quite ready yet.  Maybe he had spittle clouding up his vision.  Maybe he needed a kick-start before being able to finally see clearly.  Sometimes, beloved, we need a little kick-start too.  Maybe we didn’t quite hear as quickly as we should have.  Maybe we spoke too quickly.  Maybe we got angry when it really wasn’t justified – we didn’t see the whole picture clearly yet.

It all gets down to just having a little patience and understanding of the circumstances of others, besides our own.  Maybe it’s time to wipe off the spittle and start seeing a little clearer!

Can’t you just hear that guy rushing home and singing:
I can see clearly now the rain is gone . . .

02-18-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said to His disciples, “Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?“  Mk 8:14-21

Maybe it happens to all of us at times.  Sometimes the Scriptures just don’t make any sense.  I’m pretty sure I understand the main gist of the readings, but the words, uggggh.  Maybe it has just been translated too many times.  Today is one of those days.  The first reading from the Epistle of James, seems to make absolutely no literary sense.  And Jesus’ discussion with the disciples sounds like people speaking to each other in different languages.

Today the disciples and Jesus are out in a boat and they forgot to bring the bread.  While they’re discussing that, Jesus uses the bakery terminology to stress the need for caution around the Pharisees and Herod.  But the disciples can’t figure out what this has to do with their food supply.  Jesus comes back with the fact that FOOD is really not the issue.  He’s pleading with them to STOP stressing out on food when they knew He has the ability to feed thousands with next to nothing and still have left overs.  Must have seemed to Jesus like trying to explain the theory of relativity to a bunch of infants!

Ever get those days, beloved, when you just wished you never opened your mouth?

St. James said, “desire conceives and brings forth sin, and when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death.“  Jas 1:12-18

Wow, we’ve got a whole lifetime there, from desire to conception, then birth to maturity, then sin to death – but in an awfully awkward order!  So where’s the peanut butter and jelly???
hmmmm . . .

God bless the literary geniuses!

02-17-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus answered the Pharisees demand for a sign to prove His Lordship, saying, “Why does this generation seek a sign?  Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.“  Mk 8:11-13

St. James spoke of the Wisdom available from God, just for the asking, and then continued:  “But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord,“  Jas 1:1-11

Faith involves Action without knowledge.  If an action requires preliminary proof, it is not faith.  The Pharisees did not lack faith, they just didn’t want to know the truth.  They had an ulterior motive that was to eliminate any threat to their position.  And faith in God, belief in Jesus was that threat.

If we, brothers and sisters in Christ, truly believe that God will give us the wisdom we need in ANY situation, just ask and it will be given.  Ever come up with an answer to an unsolvable problem, and then wonder where that answer came from?  That’s the Wisdom of God.  That’s the Holy Spirit working within us.

And THAT’s pretty awesome!

May God bless you with a wonderful week, beloved!

02-16-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Sixth Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.  I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.  Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.”  Mt 5:17-37

Funny, just yesterday (Friday) I had a young couple come to visit.  They were Jehovah’s Witnesses.  We don’t get very many visitors, living out here in the “country.”  So it was a welcome event to have a couple of sweet, smiling faces come to say Hi.  Yet, their presentation was a bit skewed.  They asked me if I thought the world would ever come to an end.  And I answered, “Yeah, I’m sure that someday it will – all material things will eventually come to an end.”

And then they proceeded to prove me wrong by quoting Jesus’ Beatitude that says “the meek shall inherit the land” and a Psalm that says that they shall live in the land “forever” – thus the earth will never pass away.  Hmmm, “nice way to make new friends,” I thought.  Problem is, if you’re going to take every little phrase from the Bible literally – you can become very confused and very wrong about a lot of things!

And then ironically, (and in the back of my mind I was thinking exactly of this quote of Jesus’, yesterday) Jesus says – “until heaven and earth pass away.”  Well I didn’t want to start an argument, so we left it at that, and departed peacefully, and with God’s blessing.

The bottom line is – does it really matter when or if the world ends!  We’re all going to physically die someday anyway.  The bottom line is – we’re all going to live eternally as well.  And we believe that this physical life is our preparation (one might say, our test) as to how that eternal life continues.  Do we want it to continue with God or not.  We have the choice in this life to make that decision. And God gave us that “free will.”

Jesus says – it’s very important to follow the rules of morality, to follow the laws of God, down to the last letter – IF we want our eternal lives to be with Him.  Because separation from Him is very COLD and very HARD.  And we learn about cold and hard all too much in this physical life.

There are many denominations and faiths that say they believe in and follow Jesus.  They all have some little piece of the big picture – and that’s wonderful!  I don’t think that Jesus would have wanted 600 little churches that all believed something a little different from one another.  When we can come to realize this, and then go all the way back to the first disciples, the Apostles, and the very beginning of Jesus’ Church, then we’ll come to find that we really are ALL One Body of Christ.  And we really should come together and start acting it.  The question is, do we want just a little piece – or do we want it ALL?

May our Loving God bless you always, beloved!

02-15-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus summoned the disciples and said,
My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
because they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat.“  Mk 8:1-10

A spiritual feeding can last a long, long time, but we do need a physical feeding once in a while too.  Us ‘Churchies’ would say, yes we do get that in the Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist.  And that is absolutely true!  And then, what we find is that the rest is multiplied many, many times over as well.  We become FILLED with the banquet of God’s loving care.  A never emptying basket of scrumptious goodness.  Come, beloved, to the Table, and feast on His blessings!

st joseph's table

02-14-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop)
The people brought to him (Jesus) a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”)  and immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed,  Mk 7:31-37

Ephphatha – pronounced eff-eh-tha, that “Be Opened” to God proclamation from this encounter of the deaf man with Jesus has been incorporated into our baptismal rite today.  It’s a good reminder to always be opened to listening to and following the will of our Lord.  And that will is that everything we think and do emanates out of our Love for God and one for another.

Beautiful words, beloved.
Be Opened!

And happy St. Valentine’s day too!
I LOVE YOU!

02-13-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

A foreigner asked Jesus for the healing of her daughter and Jesus replied, Let the children be fed first.  For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”  She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”  Mk 7:24-30

Even us dogs!
Always recognize our humility in the presence of the Lord and He will recognize us.

doggieEven us dogs!

02-12-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

One of my favorite quotes . . .
When the queen of Sheba witnessed Solomon’s great wisdom, the palace he had built, the food at his table, the seating of his ministers, the attendance and garb of his waiters, his banquet service, and the burnt offerings he offered in the temple of the LORD,
she was breathless.“  1 Kgs 10:1-10

What is it, beloved, that takes our breath away?
Is it the beauty of the sunshine on the pure clean snow?
Is it the rise of a brilliant full moon on a clear evening?
Is it the smile on the face of a newborn with a gentle touch?
Is it wisdom and wealth, beauty and power?
Is it Love?

Jesus said, “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”  Mk 7:14-23

And it’s wisdom and love that come out from within that do not defile.  They edify, they glorify, they encourage and they build up.

It’s enough to take your breath away!

You see, it wasn’t the wealth that took the Queen’s breath away, it was the Love pouring out from within Solomon and everyone there, as she said “Blessed are your men, blessed these servants of yours, who stand before you always and listen to your wisdom.
Blessed be the LORD, your God,” 1 Kgs 10:1-10

Our ULTIMATE goal, beloved, that one day someone might look at us too and say – “Blessed be the LORD, your God!” because His light, His LOVE shines so brightly from us, that HE is all they can see!

Breathless

02-11-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes)
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Ps 84

The loveliness of the Lord is not necessarily best found in nature, although worldly nature – the stars, the sun and moon, the endless variety of plants and wildlife, the breathtaking landscapes and the awe-striking forces of nature can be quite lovely.

The loveliness of the Lord is not necessarily best found the works of man – the towering buildings, the graceful bridges, the deep mines, the endless means of transportation though they too can be quite awe inspiring.

The loveliness of the Lord can be best found, though, in His dwelling place – that’s you and me, beloved.  He can be found in the poor man and the rich woman, the Black man, the little child, the Caucasian and the Indian, the Asiatic and the Eskimo, the genius and the simple minded, the crippled and the athlete.

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord!!
And how we yearn for you!

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Another link to video on Lourdes, France today . . .

Link to movie  – (Bernadette Soubirou) . . .

Link to “Body and Spirit – On Chemistry, Christ, Mary and Us”

02-10-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. Scholastica, Virgin)
Jesus traveled from town to town and wherever he went the people “begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.
Mk 6:53-56

In today’s first reading we heard of Solomon’s dedication of the newly built Temple.  The ark holding the tablets of the ten commandments of Moses was placed in the Temple and it became the dwelling place for God on earth.  A thousand years later the curtains separating that Holy Ark from the people in the Temple rebuilt after their Babylonian exile, were torn in two as Jesus made us the new dwelling place of God’s Spirit.  That healing power of Jesus became available for us through the Holy Spirit.  All we need do is touch one another in Word and in Love and the healing hand of Jesus will be with us always.

Temple Cutout

02-09-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Fifth Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus said, “your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.“  Mt 5:13-16

Just makes you think, “Did I ever do or say anything that did not or would not glorify God?”  Are my words uplifting?  Or are they simply conforming with all the complaints of everyone else?  Do I stand up for what is right and just and fair?  Am I prejudiced against race or politics or the opposite sex?

Jesus says, we are supposed to be the light.  The light shines, while the sin casts a shadow of darkness wherever it lurks.

Be the Light always, beloved,
for you are Beautiful Children of God
and brothers and sisters of Jesus,
and SHINE!

02-08-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said to his disciples: Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”  People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat.  Mk 6:30-34

A safe haven.  A break from the tension and stress.  A time to pray.  A time to think.  A time to eat.  We all need it.  For Jesus and His disciples, just about all they could get (in this incident) was the time in the boat between leaving the shore and landing, because the people followed them on land and met them again before they ever reached that “deserted place.”

Ever need that moment of rest, beloved, so bad that you feel like you’re going to scream?  It happens to us all – even Jesus!  And yet, He is there with you always.  Find the tiny moments.  Give thanks for His presence.  Ask for His strength to be in you.  And you WILL find it – that deserted place where only you and He can be!

02-07-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

In the early days of Jesus’ ministry King Herod gave a party for his royalty, and in the process, his daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests.  The king said to the girl, “Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”
Having consulted with her mother, the girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request, “I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.  Mk 6:14-29

Moral of the story, be careful what you offer, as well as what you ask for.  Herod kinda liked John the Baptist, but his wife, the sister-in-law he stole from his own brother, wasn’t real keen on John since John emphasized the sinfulness of their relationship.  Sure didn’t seem to be a very good relationship.  Unfortunately, the daughter was being used by the wicked stepmother to enact the woman’s vengeance.  Herod, on the other hand, was just out to impress his dinner guests with his generosity, which backfired on him, all at the cost of John’s life.

Interesting how sin leads to more sin and more and more until there is nothing left but death.  John was trying to turn the tide and save lives by getting people to repent.  But sometimes it’s just too late.  People can get so entangled in their sin that they never seem to be able to disengage from it.  Herod had a lot of blood on his hands.  Blood that no water washing could ever remove.  And what do we do with those people?  We always stay at arms length away from their clutches, and we pray for their salvation.  For we know that our God is a Forgiving God and for everyone, even us, there is always hope.

02-06-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs)
On his death bed, David spoke to his son Solomon of the Lord’s promise to him, which was:If your sons so conduct themselves that they remain faithful to me with their whole heart and with their whole soul, you shall always have someone of your line on the throne of Israel.  1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12

It didn’t take long, just the next generation, that the sons of Solomon couldn’t agree with one another and split the united tribes of Israel into two kingdoms.  The Northern Kingdom went off to worship foreign gods, while the Southern Kingdom of Judah maintained the Temple which Solomon had built, in Honor of the Lord.  And many of those Judean Kings lost their faith as well.

King_David_death_bed_Solomon_01Funny, it seems faithfulness is always at odds with our own self centeredness.  And our self centeredness is not always driven by our own greed, but often just self preservation, pride or insecurity (The attitude that “If we don’t protect ourselves, we’ll get walked all over in life.)  That’s a real struggle!

But praise be to God!  We have example after example of people like St. Paul Miki or St. Agatha who kept that faith even to a painful death – the same death that Jesus endured for us.  Hang in there Beloved!  God is here for us, to give us strength, even when “they” walk all over us!  Be strong and know that YOURS is the Kingdom of Heaven forever!

02-05-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr)
Jesus came back home and taught in His “native place.”  His neighbors were astounded by His teaching, wisdom and deeds.  And yet they replied:  “Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?  And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.  He was amazed at their lack of faith.  Mk 6:1-6

They were equally amazed at each other.  It’s the Bible’s way of saying, Jesus couldn’t believe how stupid they were.  They just witnessed His speech.  They attested to seeing His mighty deeds and yet, out of jealousy they “took offense at Him.”  Sounds like our world today.  And we won’t go into that.  It either makes you cry or laugh out loud!
Amazing!

02-04-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

King David’s army achieved their goal by ridding the kingdom of the enemy leader, who also happened to be – David’s son.  When David heard of the death of his son, he wept:  “My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom!  If only I had died instead of you, Absalom, my son, my son!”  2 Sm 18:9 -19:3

Funny, when you become a father, you come to understand the meaning of unconditional love.  And then you might have a tiny glimpse of the enormous unconditional love God has for Jesus and Jesus has for us, beloved!

A thousand years later a high ranking Temple official named Jairus sought out Jesus for another example of that unconditional love of a father;  Seeing him (Jesus), he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.”  Mk 5:21-43  Keeping in mind that the Synagogue leaders, the Pharisees, Scribes and Sadducees were pretty much all against Jesus.  But love always trumps attitudes, even when it might cost one’s job!

02-03-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr)
As David went up the Mount of Olives, he wept without ceasing.  His head was covered, and he was walking barefoot. All those who were with him also had their heads covered and were weeping as they went.  2 Sm 15:13 to 16:13

Two stories today.  David fleeing the wrath of his son Absalom and being taunted by an old relative of Saul’s, while praying for the Lord’s mercy.  And in our Gospel today we hear of a demon possessed man pleading for mercy from Jesus for his affliction (Mk 5:1-20).

Our God is a merciful God when we seek His forgiveness for our wrongdoings.  It’s interesting though, to read of David’s weeping on the Mount of Olives, the same place where 1000 years later the Lord Jesus Himself weeps for God’s mercy as he is about to be tortured and killed for the sins of all of us!  Thank you Jesus, and David, and God, and forgive us our trespasses, please!

02-02-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(The Feast of The Presentation of the Lord)
The old man Simeon said this prayer to God in the Temple as he held the child Jesus.  Today we call it the Canticle of Simeon:
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 the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”  Lk 2:22-40

The Purification of Mary, The Presentation of the Lord, The Feast of the Meeting (with Simeon and Anna), Candlemass Day.

A lot of events.  A big day in the lives of this Holy Family.  Joy and Sorrow.  Fulfilled obligations and reverent devotion.  The Promise fulfilled.  HOPE for the world!

Homily for today: “Big Words – THE Word

02-01-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,
“Quiet! Be still!”
Mk 4:35-41

Shussssh!

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

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