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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!!
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April 30, 2015
(St. Pius V, Pope)
When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.” Jn_13:16-20
Jesus, sent by God His Father – to teach and send disciples – to teach us about Him and about God the Father. And yet, Jesus the Son of God, stooped to wash His disciples feet – and so His disciples do the same – and so should we. Then, if we believe what the apostles taught us, if we believe what Jesus taught them, then we are to love one another just as Jesus did – by serving one another. And not only serving those above us – our bosses, our parents, our elders – but we are to serve the poor and the needy as well. We stoop beneath them to lift them up to the saving Grace of Jesus – because He did just that for us! How very blessed we are, beloved! How very blessed!
April 29, 2015
(St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.” Jn_12:44-50
Jesus IS the LIGHT. Live by Him. See by Him. Love by Him. And He will guide you, beloved, to the greatest JOY of all, His Kingdom forever!
April 28, 2015
(St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr)
Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the Church and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians. Acts 11:19-26
Peter and the Apostles sent Saul/Paul back home to Tarsus, possibly because he was a little too strong in his evangelization and was threatened with death in Jerusalem. So when the Apostles found Antioch to be ripe for change and accepting of the Gospel, they sent for Paul to come and help evangelize the people there. They met with such great success, that they earned the name “Christian” and we might say, “Christianity” was born. If somebody unfamiliar with Christianity were to meet us, beloved, would they discover Christ through us, enough to call us Christian? All we need do is let them know how very much they are loved by this man we called Jesus (our Lord) and by us, that they are never alone, and that eternal peace can be theirs as well!
April 27, 2015
Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. . . . I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved,” Jn 10:1-10
So, whatever you do, beloved, do it in the Name of Jesus. He will guide you to all righteousness and protect you from harm. And we WILL be saved!
April 26, 2015
(Fourth Sunday of Easter, B)
Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1_Jn_3:1-2
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
April 25, 2015
(St. Mark, Evangelist)
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mk 16:15-20
Enough reason to believe, beloved? Jesus saves! Believe and be saved. It’s a whole lot better than the other option!
April 24, 2015
On his journey, as he (Saul) was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” Acts 9:1-20
The Conversion of Paul! You know, beloved, sometimes God doesn’t come to us in a whisper, but in a blinding, flashing, thunderbolt of light. When He wants our attention – He WILL get it, one way or another! Maybe if we’re searching, longing for God, and wondering where He is in all this mess we call “life,” just maybe we are exactly where we are supposed to be. Maybe it’s time to step back and relax just a bit and enjoy the ride. That doesn’t mean giving up on our search. But keep on loving, keep on preaching, keep on working in the Lord’s vineyard (even if it’s for free). And our God of Love and Compassion will see us through, by His awesome Grace. Just keep on praying for those who have to put up with us!
April 23, 2015
Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world.” Jn_6:44-51
If we open up the newspaper or turn on the news, we are constantly bombarded with death. If we watch movies or TV shows, again, it’s death. Why do we concentrate so heavily on death and then fear it so much?
Jesus devoted his time ministering about “LIFE.” It is such a beautiful and wondrous thing, this thing we call life. From the beauty of birth to the joys of childhood. From the challenges of adulthood to the peace of old age. And then knowing that there is another part of this thing we call life that will last for eternity! All we need do is believe in Jesus, beloved. Instead of feeding on death, day in and day out, let Jesus feed us with His Body and His Blood.
He is TRULY LIFE-Giving!
April 22, 2015
Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jn 6:35-40
If you ever tried to convince people to buy-in to something that could really do them a lot of good, like saving money or improving their health, if you’re anything like me, you’ve found that it’s a very difficult thing to accomplish. And it doesn’t matter how many statistics you use to prove your point. People just don’t like to be sold – anything!
Yet, on the other hand, if it’s only available occasionally, or if there is only a very limited supply, they’ll break down the doors to get it. Remember the “Cabbage Patch Kids.” They were the ugliest dolls we ever saw. But we couldn’t find them in any of the stores. And we were willing to pay anything, just days before Christmas, in order to make our kids happy, to fulfill their dreams. It was that old principle of “supply and demand.”
You see, Jesus HAD all the answers. He healed the sick, He forgave the sinners, and He even raised the dead to life. Yet, none of those amazing miracles were enough to convince even the wisest people of his time, the religious leaders, to Believe in Him. And even after He proved His point by going back to the very Scriptures that those leaders were experts at, they still didn’t believe.
So just as God, the Father, allowed Adam and Eve the Choice between Life and Death, Jesus offers ALL of us, the Choice between Eternal Life with God, the ultimate Good, the greatest Joy, and Eternal Isolation; or what the world today, so pridefully calls “Independence,” which in reality, horribly means Loneliness and Separation from God – forever.
Jesus tells us, that all it takes to make that Choice is to Believe in Him.
You see, we really don’t have the ability to save people, any more than we have the ability to sell them Healthy food or give them a Winning lottery ticket. But we do, like St. Stephen and St. Philip, have the ability to show them the JOY that Believing in Jesus, brings into OUR lives. And from that witness, they themselves, by the Grace of God, then have their own Choice to follow and join in that Eternal Joy, or not! As for us, Thanks be to God, WE BELIEVE!
April 21, 2015
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”; and when he said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7:51—8:1a
THIS is what it is to be Christian! Even as they were stoning him to death, Stephen, the first Christian martyr, like Jesus, begged God’s mercy for his murderers. That’s love! Ever watch one of those movies beloved, with the mean old, macho thug with an Uzi in one hand and a cross around his neck? That’s hypocrisy! If there is anything that Jesus is NOT about, it is killing others, let alone ruthlessly or vindictively. If we are to be true, believing, Christians, beloved, we need to LIVE His life, as well as exhibit our belief through signs. It is a life of LOVE!
Jesus said to them (the unbelieving crowd), “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jn _6:30-35
Beyond all human passions: appreciation, wealth, revenge, sex, or even food, Jesus satisfies, nourishes and fulfills our deepest needs. Believe!
April 20, 2015
The people asked Jesus, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.” Jn 6:22-29
So we might say, “Sure I believe. That’s not hard!” But what does that really mean? WHAT do you believe? HOW do you believe? What is it about this Jesus that you believe in?
Do we believe in Jesus enough to speak about Him to other people? Do we believe in Jesus enough to die for Him as He did for us? Do we believe in Jesus to DO something and not just say it? Which then just brings us back to the original question the people asked Jesus. WHAT can we do?
Well, beloved, we can begin just by loving everyone we encounter in our day. Can we love the @#$% who’s tailing us as we try to drive the speed limit, because the last time we didn’t, WE were the ones who got the speeding ticket? Can we love the &*%^ who cut us off in line at the grocery store, when we’re the ones in a hurry? Can we love that beggar at the Post Office, or just go to a different place to send our package?
Maybe this is a place to start DOING. Just work on our attitudes. Then from there maybe it’ll be giving that beggar a dime or a quarter, or a hug! Maybe it’ll be pulling over to the side of the road to let that impatient bugger get his own ticket, because we love them too! Maybe it’ll be just not letting all those @#$%^s get us upset, because they could care less for us – even though we still love them anyway!
Would Jesus do any less!!! Then we can say that our actions match our faith. We LOVE them just as we love Jesus – despite His perfection and our – oh so imperfect humanity! Cause, He still loves us anyway!
April 19, 2015
(Third Sunday of Easter, B)
Peter said, The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, . . . Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Glorified! For us to see. For us to know.
April 18, 2015
While His disciples were out from shore, several miles into the Lake, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid. But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.” Jn 6:16-21
John’s version of the disciples encounter with Jesus walking on water differs a little from the Synoptic version in that there is no part about Peter walking on water and there is no calming of the sea. As Jesus approaches the boat, He never enters the boat, rather, the boat is immediately brought to shore. Do not be afraid, Jesus says, beloved. For He will take us to our destinations in the blink of an eye!
April 17, 2015
A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time, and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel, be careful what you are about to do to these men. …” Acts 5:34-42
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” Jn 6:1-15
In both of today’s readings we can see two important calming forces in the face of crisis situations: the Pharisee Gamaliel and Jesus. And it’s interesting to note, that this was the same Gamaliel who was the Rabbinical Master of Saul, the zealous anti-Christian, who would later become Paul, the staunch Christian Apostle. And if we didn’t know any better, we might think that Gamaliel was actually defending the Apostles in support of Jesus.
Which may have actually been the case. But in doing so, he was walking a very thin line – between a mob of angry Sanhedrin, of which he was a member, and getting himself excommunicated. So, very diplomatically, Gamaliel calmly presented a rational case, with real-life examples, which acted like a soothing balm on a fiery bee sting. And the Sanhedrin relented.
You see, two things can happen when we step back, out of a crisis situation, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts and our actions, instead of our emotions. First, the logical, the rational and the morally-acceptable solutions become more obvious. And often lives are saved in the process.
And Second, we might even open ourselves up to taking part in a miracle. In our Gospel, the disciples were challenged with the crisis of feeding thousands of people. Their immediate observation was that there was NO food. But in stepping back, and returning
the problem to Jesus, the very Author of Life, the disciples discovered that miracles ARE possible. And without fanfare, and without panic, Jesus calmly sat down, gave thanks –
in credit to God, and fed the masses. Problem solved, crisis averted. And as Jesus foresaw the next storm brewing on the horizon, He calmly withdrew to safety, again.
In the many crisis situations we face today, it’s always good to step back and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work, before that first emotional response causes us to regret an action that can haunt us for the rest of our lives, as it did for Judas and as it did for Pilate. And when our well thought out solutions – fail to work, we’ll step back again, and again,
and keep on trying, because we KNOW that one way or another, God WILL see us through, to the Glory of His Name and in the Love of Jesus.
April 16, 2015
Peter and the Apostles answered the interrogating Sanhedrin, “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:27-33
There are times when we just have to stand up for what is right, even at the risk of punishment and death. God is always the most right. And the Holy Spirit instilled in these men the strength to stand up for what they believed in. Jesus is the Lord, our Savior and the Son of God. He came to show us the way to eternal life. And if we believe Him we will have just that. People have the choice to believe that FACT or not. If they do, they will have eternal life as well. We must obey God rather than men. And God will see us through whatever the world throws at us. Whatever!
April 15, 2015
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him. Jn 3:16-21
Before the “Great Flood” there was only one ark. Before the end of slavery for the Israelites in Egypt there was only one Moses. Before the end of sin and death there IS only one Savior. And His Name is Jesus. That the world might be saved – BELIEVE!
April 14, 2015
Jesus said, “just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” Jn 3:7b-15
Jesus, lifted up on the cross; lifted up in the consecration of the Holy Eucharist; lifted up in our hearts above all else that may fill those hearts instead. When we do this, eternal life will be ours, beloved. Jesus is above, ALL!
April 13, 2015
Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit.” Jn 3:1-8
Born of the Spirit! Brothers and sisters in Christ, if we were baptized with water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we were born of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit lives within us. We have the key for the Kingdom of God. But that key will be useless unless we make us of it. Live the Spirit. Love one another and praise God for His goodness, for Jesus helping us to see!
April 12, 2015
(Second Sunday Easter B, Divine Mercy Sunday)
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” Jn_20:19-31
Everything we’ve done in error or should have done and didn’t, is forgiven. All our fears are washed away. Jesus is with us, now and forever. Peace!
Imagine life without fear or guilt or loneliness or anger. LIFE. This is the kingdom of God. All we need do is believe! Jesus is the Christ, the Savior, our Lord and our God.
Come, beloved. Find Life.
April 10, 2015
Peter, the one who days earlier cowered at a simple question of identity, now boldly proclaimed, in chains, to the Jewish religious leaders, “Leaders of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed. He is the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” Acts 4:1-12
The Holy Spirit really does make us pretty bold! When we know that Jesus is on our side, not persecution, not humiliation, not poverty, not even death can stop us from boldly proclaiming Jesus to the whole world around us. Jesus said, “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Mt 28:19 That’s a command, not just a wish. We ARE called!
April 9, 2015
After His resurrection from death, Jesus appeared to His disciples and said, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” Lk 24:35-48
He “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” Do the Scriptures never seem to make any sense to you, beloved? Maybe you have not yet allowed the Lord to “open your mind.” If you do, all of a sudden you’ll find that something clicks. All of a sudden, it will all make sense, and you’ll wonder why the whole world doesn’t understand these incredible Words. Well, they just haven’t allowed the Lord to open their minds yet. Sometimes a closed mind is just like a prison cell. We’re locked in the enslavement of our job, or not enough money, or sexual frustrations, or other people’s depressing attitudes, when all it takes is an open heart and mind to the Lord for the solution to come. Sometimes all it takes is a little letting go of that “self” to discover a freedom we’ve never imagined possible. Jesus invites everyone to “Come!” and live.
April 8, 2015
Peter said, (to the crippled man, begging for alms) “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.” Acts 3:1-10
Sometimes, beloved, we get much more than we ever asked for, though we may be blind to whom we’re asking. Jesus comes to us in many different ways!
As two of Jesus’ disciples were leaving Jerusalem after His crucifixion: it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. Lk 24:13-35
Like the crippled man, the disciples failed to recognize Jesus, even as he walked and talked with them. We may be blinded by concentrating on our own needs rather than those of others. We may be blinded by thinking that we know it all and have all the answers. We may be blinded by our prejudices or preconceptions of how things are supposed to be. But our God is beyond the rules of nature and human thought. Jesus said, “All things are possible with God” Mt 19:26.
As we enter the Easter Season, beloved, let’s stretch our thoughts. Let’s stretch our beliefs to see Jesus everywhere we go and in every person we meet. You never know when a miracle just might happen before our very eyes!
April 7, 2015
Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Jn_20:11-18
Jesus tells us not to cling to the worldly. For one day we will all be together again, forever, in His heavenly kingdom with God our Father. As we await our ascension, beloved, we are to make the best of our time here and now, loving one another and helping our brothers and sisters in this world to find the peace that Jesus offers to everyone.
April 6, 2015
“God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses. Exalted at the right hand of God, he poured forth the promise of the Holy Spirit that he received from the Father, as you both see and hear.” Acts 2:14, 22-33
No conjecture, no mystery, no hearsay – FACT!
Jesus rose from death and his promise is Fact.
See and Hear and Know!
April 5, 2015
(Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of the Lord)
”If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Col 3:1-4
Be always steadfast, beloved, striving for heaven and not for earth. And our Lord who rose from death will find us ready when He comes to bring us all back home.
April 4, 2015
– – – – – – – –
Darkness. In the tomb. Blackness. Night.
Sometimes, beloved, we enter the darkness of nothing.
A time between everything else.
A time to reflect on the good and the bad.
Looking for the light.
Longing for the light.
A time to never, ever forget . . .
Hang on, beloved.
He is here.
And we will be reunited soon!
April 3, 2015
(Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion)
Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. Is 52:13—53:12
If we ever get in that “pitty party” mood, beloved, feeling sorry for ourselves, lonely, dejected, rejected, picked on, then it’s time, once again, to pick up this verse and read and reread it until it sinks deep within our souls. “By His stripes, we were healed!”
Our sins, our selfishness, our affliction HE took on in order to heal us. We ARE healed, beloved. Look outside ourselves and know that Jesus loves us, despite whatever it may be that is getting us down – even ourselves!
April 2, 2015
(Holy Thursday, B)
St. Paul wrote, “the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’” 1_Cor_11:23-26
Jesus instituted this Blessed Sacrament in order that we might always remember His code of ethics, signed and sealed with His Body and Blood. “Love one another.” Through the Holy Eucharist, we become ONE with Jesus and one another, beloved. And being one, we want nothing more than to BE who Jesus was and DO what Jesus did. And so we ARE and so we CAN.
April 1, 2015
The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. Is_50:4-9a
When we “know” God, beloved, we KNOW that He is always there standing beside us as our help and our strength. Rely on Him. Know that He is there. And you will NEVER be put to shame!
A very happy and blessed April to you!
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