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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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October 31, 2014
St. Paul said to the Church members in Philippi, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil 1:1-11
WE are all “a work in progress,” beloved! And that work is GOOD! Jesus will continue to work in us, as long as we allow Him. St. Paul reminds us to stay faithful to the Lord. Don’t let anxieties separate us. Don’t let anger or sadness or loneliness or depression get the best of us. We have Jesus always and everywhere. Have Faith! He will see us through it all! Until the day when all of those ills are gone forever!
Be in peace, beloved, and love with all your being!
Thanks for being here with us through October.
See you in November!
October 30, 2014
St. Paul said, “put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the Gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph 6:10-20
The perfect Halloween outfit!
Truth, Righteousness, Readiness, Faith, Salvation, the Holy Spirit and the Word! Then bring it on, you tricksters!
We are clothed in the Full Armor of God!
October 29, 2014
Someone asked Jesus, “‘Lord, will only a few people be saved?’ He answered them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.’” Lk 13:22-30
The scary questions!
Will I be one of the few let in, or one of the many who crash into that “NO TRESPASSING” sign on the way to Heaven? (see 10-26-14 Whispers) I would tend to think that if it’s going to be that difficult to get God’s approval, to get God’s love, after all this ‘crap’ we have to go through here, then, the hell with even trying! And maybe that’s exactly where I will end up anyway. But I don’t really believe that.
I believe that Jesus was speaking with a ‘particular‘ audience, at a particular time, that had nothing, and maybe a lot to do with our world today. I hear Jesus’ name mentioned in the cinema often (Is it said with the truth and reverence that will get them into heaven?).
I see people wearing cross necklaces with tattoos of sculls and crossbones on their bare shoulders (hmmm?). But I’m not going to be their judge (maybe they had a change of heart somewhere along the way).
The teacher in the classroom often yells at all the kids for being unruly. And how does that make Johnny and Suzy feel, who are doing their best to be good! They hear the complaint and they hear the wrath as well! Is life fair? Well, maybe not. But if we do our best to stay on that narrow path, even though we may fall off once in a while, I really don’t believe that our loving God will turn us away. (see 10-17-14 Whispers) Maybe I’m wrong – but the answer is on the other side of a wall that I can’t quite see over yet. I simply have to trust in what Jesus said, and put those scary questions out of sight.
Unfortunately, I keep getting people posing those scary questions to me – like I’m some authority on answering scary questions! Why, just today, I was confronted with this question: “If we were created in God’s image and likeness, we should have some internal propensity, some nature within us that truly does, ‘love Him with all our heart and all our soul and ALL our being!’ So why is that SO hard to do???” This is from a person who gets up pre-5:00am every morning to come to Mass. This is one of THE ‘most-holy’ people I know.
And we talked about the struggles the Saints had as well – St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Augustine and even St. Paul. And as I pondered that question all day, the closest I can come to an answer is that maybe we’ve just got it all wrong. Maybe we’re looking for this make-believe definition of love that our world has defined, instead of what LOVE truly is. You know, the one that says – if you’re pretty enough for me to lust after – I love you; if you show the least bit of affection for me (since no one else does) – I love you; if I say I love you and you love me back – then you’ll always have my love; if we both have something in common, like our hobbies, or our odd food likes, or even our dislikes (we both hate men or we both hate women) then, that must mean we are ‘in love’ with each other (arrrrgh!).
When we get old enough to put some experiential perspective on all those ‘loves,’ we find that they all come up empty. And I’m absolutely certain that ‘the Love of God – with all our heart and all our soul and all our being’ is NOT any one of those.
And I don’t know if I can describe it either. Maybe it’s the arguments we have with God when things just don’t go right. Maybe it’s the tears that come whenever we see someone hurt, because we actually live their hurt in our hearts. Maybe it’s the disgust we feel when we realize how wrong the world is about most everything, and there’s not a thing we can do about it. And maybe it’s even the grief we feel when we think that God has abandoned us.
We seem to talk a lot about LOVE!
So what does it mean to YOU, beloved?
October 28, 2014
(Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles)
St. Paul said, “Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.” Eph 2:19-22
Of course, Paul is speaking of the Gentile, Ephesians being accepted into this “household of God,” the Jews.
You see, Jesus opened the gates to His kingdom to EVERYONE who believes in Him. That’s you and me, beloved! And that “household,” and that “kingdom” are not some mysterious, neverland fantasies. Through His love for us and through our love for one another, we can BE in that kingdom right now! All we need to do is open our hearts. “Breathe in, ‘I will it Lord’” And He will see to it that you will be living a whole new life.
A life of LOVE!
October 27, 2014
St. Paul said, “Brothers and sisters: be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us . . .” Eph 4:32-5:8
Live in love as Christ loved us!
No other words can describe the call of the Christian any better.
October 26, 2014
(Thirtieth Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Thus says the LORD: “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves. . . ” Ex 22:20-26
Oh, weren’t we all!
Frustrated when they build thousand-home developments in your once, country setting! And then, there’s all the associated trash, and crime, and crazy drivers, and more stop signs, and traffic lights and arrrrgh!!! Oh, yeah, guess at one time, even if it was 25 years ago, I was that newcomer to someone else who lived here before me. And before him there was probably someone else, and on and on back to God’s pristine world!
So who is ANY ONE of us to complain about aliens! God created us to live together and to share and to love one another. And when we got out of control, He sent Jesus to teach us just how to do that. Oh, our sad sad world!
It surely is time to come back to Jesus, beloved.
We’re all aliens.
And I, for one, just can’t wait to get back Home!
See ya there, some day, beloved,
where we’ll never again have to see one of these:
October 25, 2014
Jesus told the people a parable, “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.’” Lk 13:1-9
Don’t you just love this gardener, beloved! Seems Jesus says it a thousand time over in as many different ways. We DO have responsibilities. And if we do them and mess up, God will forgive us, with the support of Jesus. But if we don’t do them, we’re as good as dead – EXCEPT, Jesus, our gardener will always give us a second chance. He’ll feed us and nurture us and cultivate us. And if none of that helps – OH well, guess we’ve chosen our own grave. Jesus doesn’t want to see any one of us “cut down.” But the choice is still, always ours! So let’s choose life, beloved – with every choice we make!
October 24, 2014
Jesus reminded the Church in Ephesus of their call and its ‘Oneness’. “the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Eph 4:1-6
∞ ONE ∞
Though separated for a time, we in our faith, strive to obtain this ‘oneness’ with one another and with God. For in our eternal reunion we will ALL be One and there will no longer be any separation. What blessed hope, beloved! What promise of salvation!
October 23, 2014
Jesus said, “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” Lk 12:49-53
You see, beloved, God gave humanity, His creation, the GIFT of free will. And what humanity does with that gift is purely up to him or her. I used to ask the kids, “If a piece of bread fits in the slot of a VCR, (sorry people, it’s an old example) does that make it right to put it in there?” No! It will just destroy the machine and waste the bread! Well, the same goes with sex and murder and marriage and abortion and war and on and on . . . We DO have the choice!
Jesus IS the Truth! We have the choice to believe that or not, just as those who chose to take His life did. But Jesus proved His Truth in His resurrection. And that’s the contradiction that separates so many people. Can they not see beyond their own nose? In the end, the best we can do is pass on the Gospel message. In the end, just like everything else, it’s their choice. And if it’s someone we truly love, we pray and pray and pray for their conversion, for their sight, for them to finally see the Truth, the purpose, the eternity of it all. For some of us it’s painfully obvious. And that pain comes in seeing what they refuse to see – the pain is for them.
In His Love, always!
October 22, 2014
(St. Pope John Paul II, Pope)
Continuing with yesterday’s theme of being prepared, being vigilant for the Lord’s coming, Jesus speaks today about the responsibility that goes along with the Gift of Knowing. He said, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” Lk 12:39-48
A child playing with a toy helicopter may or may not know that if he’s too rough with it, it will break and he will no longer be able to play with it. An adult playing with an expensive R.C. heli realizes that if he crashes it too many times, it too, may break and the replacement parts are also quite expensive. But a pilot flying a real helicopter knows that not only is it expensive to fix if it breaks, but that his and his passenger’s very lives are at stake if it crashes. And if that analogy is stretched just a tiny bit further, we can see the enormous responsibility of an airline pilot who has the lives of hundreds in his hands.
God has given us the Gift of Knowing Him, beloved. That gift is not to be taken lightly. We are “called” to share it. And we can do that in many different ways. Some are called to preach, some are called to write blogs and some may be called to be helping hands to the poor and needy. But however we do it, and to whatever level we are called – we need to know that there are many lives at stake here as well. Lives of those who do not know. These are the ones we could and should be bringing along to Jesus, to the salvation He bought for all of us.
Could the man who was walking along in the forest be called guilty for falling into a trap. No, but he’ll still be called dead. But the man who was walking along with him and didn’t warn him of the trap that he knew about, will not only be guilty, but he will be dead as well.
So, do, come to Jesus, beloved! And share His companionship, His Love with everyone you meet!
October 21, 2014
Jesus said, “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” Lk 12:35-38
Ever miss a plane or train beloved? It can be frustrating. Especially when there might be a long wait before the next one leaves, and our timing was already tight for another connection or an urgent meeting. Maybe the reason we were delayed was because of an extra long security check, or we forgot our ticket, or we just slept in 10-minutes longer than we should have. We weren’t quite as vigilant as we should have been.
Jesus is telling His disciples to be vigilant in their faith as well. He will come back for us one day, beloved. And there will not be a third coming, a second chance, if we miss that visit. So stay in prayer, stay away from sin, and love, love, love. And we will surely find Him, as we stand there awaiting at His door!
October 20, 2014
Jesus told the story of a man who reached the pinnacle of worldly success and then sat down and said to himself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.” Lk 12:13-21
What is it that really matters in life, beloved? Is it wealth, or power, or beauty? Is it security, or health, or savings? Jesus says it’s none of those, if they’re only done for our own personal benefit. What really matters is what we do with these lives for others. And that can be as simple as being a good employer. Being a friend to someone in need. Supporting a worthy cause. Or offering a helping hand. The reward for these kinds of acts of compassion is not only the internal feeling of good will, but they will even reflect themselves in our worldly success as well.
That’s being Jesus to others.
And that’s what matters to God!
October 19, 2014
(29th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus’ opponents tried to entrap Him by presenting a scenario that entangled “Church” and “State.” Jesus represented “Church,” as should have His opponents. And the Roman occupiers represented “State.” Those Roman occupiers, just like our governments, financed their endeavors with the taxes imposed upon the people. Those taxes may have been easily affordable by some and quite a burden for others. For many of the people in the occupied territory where and when Jesus was present, the tax was a burden. And yet it was required.
So in response to their inquiry, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Jesus answered, “repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Mt 22:15-21
For you see, beloved, Caesar’s picture was all over the money, while God’s whole being is all over, in and through, us.
So what belongs to God?
ALL of us! From the very breath we take in to the next, from the moment we awake to the moment we awake – it’s all God’s. We praise Him for the work we have, for the food we eat, for the relationships we enjoy and for the challenges that make us grow. And we offer Him thanks, from the rising of the sun to its setting. And we pray that He watches over us too, even while we sleep.
That’s what belongs to God!
October 18, 2014
(St. Luke, Evangelist)
Jesus said to the 72 disciples, as He sent them off on mission, “Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” . . . “Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’” Lk 10:1-9
The message is simple. The people are hungry for what the message has to offer. And yet, there are those who are threatened by it. Those who oppose it because of their own greed and self righteousness. Jesus said that the world will hate you because of me. So it is. So it will always be. But there will always be the hungry ones too, beloved. It is to them that we are to go. To welcome, to cure and to offer this incredibly awesome Kingdom that God puts forth to Everyone – in LOVE. Come, beloved and feast in His Love!
October 17, 2014
(St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr)
At that time: so many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, . . . Lk 12:1-7
What could possibly cause so many people to crowd together that they would be trampling one another underfoot? Today we hear of human stampedes at soccer games or when running away in fear of a natural disaster or a wild murderer. But what about people in need? People rushing for that oasis after ages of living in a barren desert. People rushing to be the first to get that coveted Cabbage Patch Kid. Or people starving for some positive affirmation, some hope in a land of hopelessness!
That’s what Jesus had and has to offer every one of us. Hope! And we all should be rushing to be at His side, to hear what He has to say to us!
Unfortunately apathy, disbelief, skepticism and other – false gods, have taken His place. And in the end it’s still the desert for those who have taken the wrong path.
But praise be to God, we ALL have second chances. Jesus is waiting to refresh us. And in that refreshment there is peace, there is hope, and there is LIFE. Come, beloved and live!
A Homiletic view for today’s Scriptures:
It’s hard to envision the image of a stampede to see Jesus. Today we hear of stampedes at
European soccer games. We hear of stampedes in third world countries, rushing away from disasters. We might even think, in our own country, of the rush of people to get out of Church on Sundays . . . Although that’s pretty far from a stampede, it just seems that many of our parishioners often have their minds set on activities other than fellowship after Mass. Which makes us wonder why they came in the first place. And yet the Beauty of it all, is that they DID come!
You see, Jesus was probably wondering the same thing about those masses of people who came to see Him. And he told them that God knows the true reasons why they came. . . Some like the Pharisees came to trap him. Some just came out of curiosity. Some came to see a freak show or to get a magical healing.
And then there were those
who truly believed that Jesus was
“the Promised Messiah” of God.
Jesus said that every single one of them is Loved and is Valuable to God. But God will not force them to love Him or Jesus in return. The Choice was purely up to each one of them, and of us.
It’s a beautiful picture, this Love of God, this Kingdom of His Love. Then, if we were to take that whole image and stretch it a little farther, a little later in time . . . Can’t we just picture those masses crowding down that ten-lane highway, stampeding, if you will, to break down the Gates of Heaven at the end of time. When in reality it was not the Gates
to Heaven they were storming, but the doorway to Hell. Because off that last exit, there was a little Sign on a Cross that read, “King of the Jews,” that they all missed.
And down its long and narrow, winding, road, we who noticed it, came to find a small, stone, gate-less entry, with another sign, on which was written the simple words,
“Welcome, my beloved.”
“For now you are entering Paradise,
the Kingdom of God’s love.
The ‘Way’ that has been a brother to you
throughout your entire lives.”
And to you God says,
October 16, 2014
(St. Margaret Mary Alacoque)
St. Paul said, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,” Eph 1:1-10
St. Paul had a beautiful way of greeting his friends in Christ. He understood the blessings that were given to those who believed. And he had no qualms with blessing everyone he met with those same words. Beloved, this is exactly what Jesus did in his short lifetime with us. He blessed, He healed, He comforted. And now we too, have the Spirit of Christ within us to do the same for others.
Be blessed, beloved, and then go out to the world and bless every possible person we can – with the love of Christ that has been given to us all.
October 15, 2014
(Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
St. Paul said, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Gal 5:18-25
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
May God bless you always, beloved;
through His Spirit working in you!
October 14, 2014
Jesus said to the Pharisee, “Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.” Lk 11:37-41
Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrisy. The Pharisees seemed to lord over everyone, their holiness. And yet, in many ways, according to Jesus, they were pretty far from truly being holy. On the outside they were like whitewashed tombs – clean and shiny, but on the inside they were filled with dead men’s bones (Mt 23:27).
It’s all just a reminder to us to frequently take account of how our insides are. Are we as loving of everyone as we wish everyone else to be of us? You see, we never know when, in the moment of our deepest despair, that stranger just might be an angel in disguise, sent by Jesus to cheer us up!
Why, for me, it was just yesterday!
October 13, 2014
St. Paul said, “For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1
One of our parishioners recently asked me why at the beginning of the Creation of the earth and all the people therein, many angels chose to leave heaven behind to be with Satan instead. It doesn’t make any sense that they would leave perfection to be with and in something so inferior.
You see, God gave us all the free will to make our own choices, angels as well as people. We might ask the same question about Adam and Eve’s choice to distrust God and risk the loss of Eden. Temptation by “the deceiver” is his greatest weapon. Find a crack in our armor to bring in the temptations of “it’s better,” “it’s mine,” “it’s for wealth, or fame, or power,” and we tend to jump on it; not realizing that we’re actually leaving THE BEST behind. No, the world often doesn’t make any sense to those who have left it based on their FAITH to believe the TRUTH. God IS the Best! And when we can come to that realization, we will never want to submit ourselves to the slavery that Jesus freed us from again (the slavery to sin, that the evil one wants so much for us to fall into). We are ALREADY Free, beloved!
Praise be God and our Lord Jesus Christ
for that freedom!
October 12, 2014
(28th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
St. Paul said, “I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” Phil 4:12-14, 19-20
If we could envision all the events in life that could possibly happen to us (no matter how unlikely), it would help us to respond a little better, or a little quicker, IF that event ever, actually did happen. But unfortunately we cannot imagine EVERYTHING. And when those losses or hurts or disappointments DO happen – it always seems a bit different, a little harder.
That’s why we learn to rely on God as well. Imaginative preparation does help, but in reality, we do need a little bit more. We need to become so well befriended with Jesus, with God, that our first and natural response to any unforeseen circumstance is to call upon Him. He will give us the strength, the courage, or the words (to think or to say) that will help us to survive. And then we can make it our mantra as well: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” And believe it – in FAITH!
October 10, 2014
Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Lk 11:15-26
With or not, no grey, no mediocre believers.
October 8, 2014
St. Paul said to the Apostles, “If you, though a Jew, are living like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?” Gal 2:1-2, 7-14
Paul noticed a little hypocrisy in the apostles words compared to their actions. It’s the old, ‘we go to church praising God on Sunday morn, then curse the daylights out of everyone else wanting out of the parking lot at the same time‘ – five minutes later. What happened to the LOVE we were all JUST professing? It’s the same thing Jesus was constantly rebuking the Pharisees and Scribes about.
So what about us, beloved? Boy oh boy, nobody’s perfect! But let’s at least try not to let it be blatantly obvious. If we are truly convinced in this Faith, if we truly observe the precepts as we should, if the love is truly in our hearts, then those moments of forgetfulness, those oopses should become less and less. We should be growing in holiness. And you know what, beloved, that’s not something to be ashamed of! It really doesn’t matter what the rest of the world thinks. As long as we’re not just putting on a hypocritic show.
In teaching His disciples how to pray, (in Luke’s Gospel) Jesus said, “forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,” Lk 11:1-4. Note, He didn’t say “… as we forgive …” as Matthew records it (Mt. 6: 12), leaving the option open, that if we didn’t forgive, we shouldn’t be forgiven either. No, Luke’s ‘Lord’s Prayer’ says, straight out – “FOR we ourselves forgive”! WE DO the action first, then we pray that God will reciprocate. And that’s something we don’t even need to pray for, because we KNOW that our God is a loving and merciful God.
October 7, 2014
(Our Lady of the Rosary)
Martha said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” Lk 10:38-42
The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.” Eccl 3:7
Jesus knew that He would not be around forever. So for Him the most important thing for anyone was to listen to His wisdom and learn. Martha was concerned with feeding the family and her visitors, but that was a lot of work for one person. She needed Mary’s help. So both women were right in what they were doing. If Martha didn’t do the cooking – no one would have anything to eat. And if Mary didn’t listen to the Lord – it was very possible she might miss something that could be life-changing for both herself and for Martha.
There is a time for everything. We just need to make the best of the time we have and try not to get too anxious if it doesn’t satisfy everyone else in the world’s demands.
Be at Peace, beloved.
Always be at peace!
October 6, 2014
A scholar of the Law asked Jesus,
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” Lk 10:25-37
Of course, the scholar knew the answer. Was he testing Jesus? Or was he looking for another loophole to find his way to heaven without meeting all the requirements? Loving God was a given – but to what extent did he have to love his neighbor?
So he asked Jesus again – and who is my neighbor? And Jesus answered, beyond the law, and beyond even your own common sense – your neighbor is ANYONE who needs help that you could offer. Regardless of race, religion, or creed. Even beyond the law’s requirements (which the scholars and religious leaders strictly upheld) – if someone needs your help – you show mercy and offer it – BECAUSE – that is what God does for you.
That’s neighbor – and that’s Love!
October 4, 2014
(St. Francis of Assisi)
My favorite part of that whole, long and difficult story of Job:
“the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his earlier ones. For he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.
And he had seven sons and three daughters, of whom he called the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Kerenhappuch. In all the land no other women were as beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers.
After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; and he saw his children, his grandchildren, and even his great-grandchildren. Then Job died, old and full of years.” Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17
A second life, for Job!
Even more magnificent than the first.
Sometimes, beloved, it’s through our suffering that we are united with our Savior. It’s through our suffering that we can truly gain life. Just like life itself, it’s what we make of every moment that makes it either miserable or bearable or wonderful.
Join me, beloved, along with Jesus and St. Francis and all the martyrs and all the persecuted in our world today, in offering to Jesus all of our pain – all to the Glory of God our Father, in love.
In love for one another,
in love for LIFE!
. . . fast forward some 800 years . . .
October 2, 2014
Job said, “But as for me, I know that my Vindicator lives, and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust; whom I myself shall see: my own eyes, not another’s, shall behold him, and from my flesh I shall see God;” Jb 19:21-27
God knows our thoughts, actions, humility and sacrifices. Pray, beloved for His strength. Be steadfast in your love and faithfulness. And one day we shall all be vindicated as well.
October 1, 2014
(Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to an interested inquirer, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” Lk 9:57-62
Sounded a little harsh, coming from Jesus. But full of truth. You see, the man’s father wasn’t even dead yet! And it was all just another excuse!
How many times do we hear that, beloved? Sure I’ll go to church, one of these days. Sure I’ll pray in the morning. Sure I’ll start reading the Bible. Sure I’ll . . . . . someday! So what is it that is so extremely important that is worth more than eternal life? That is worth more than LIVING now? Because more than likely, those without faith are already dead. So Jesus says, come, NOW, and live, and tell the world that they can too!
Happy and Blessed October, beloved!
Happy October, beloved!
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