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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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August 31, 2015
For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. 1_Thes_4:13-18
Will we be listening, beloved?
Will we be ready?
August 30, 2105
(22nd Sunday Ordinary Time B)
St. James said, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” Jas_1:17-18,_21b-22,_27
More than just reading and hearing the Word, purity means being doers of that same Word. Helping the needy and keeping oneself from allowing their heart to turn into what the “world” says is OK. That’s work! That’s purity!
But, we may ask, what’s wrong with the world, that I need to be so careful about?
Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile. “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.” Mk_7:1-8,_14-15,_21-23
Well! We wouldn’t happen to see any of that stuff out there in “the world,” now, would we? And if we think the answer to that is “no”, then all we have to do is to turn on our TV for a few minutes. We just might find every one of those “evils”!
THAT is what the world is teaching us. That is what the world is teaching our children. And if it’s not the TV, well, just open a magazine, turn on the internet, or our smartphones or even that old fashioned thing we call the radio.
Want to be pure, beloved? Maybe we need to turn it all OFF for a bit. Take a deep breath and find some GOOD out there instead of all the junk the media and the world want to convert us into. The problem is not religion. The problem is, which religion are we following? If God is not in it, then don’t be surprised to find out, that it really is “the world,” instead, that we worship – a religion in itself!
But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Js 24:15
August 29, 2015
(The Passion of St. John the Baptist)
King Herod was so impressed with his step-daughter’s performance that he promised her: “I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the Baptist.” 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 6:17-29
You know what, brothers and sisters in Christ, sometimes the things we’re told to do, sometimes the things we see others do, and sometimes the things our bodies entice us to do – are not always RIGHT! Sometimes we have to say a little prayer for guidance and then LISTEN for the Right answer. The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us. But it’s still up to us to make the Right decision! Pray, beloved that we never have to make a decision such as the young girl in this story had to make. Bless us LORD, with wisdom!
August 28, 2015
(St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Continuing on yesterday’s theme of attaining the Kingdom of God, Jesus told a parable about bridesmaids who were prepared for the King’s coming and some who were not. The unprepared maids who missed their King’s entrance said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ And Jesus concluded, “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” Mt 25:1-13
Stay awake, be prepared. For the Lord IS coming. Are we lost in our material lives? Or are we preparing ourselves spiritually for His coming, through our LOVE?
August 27, 2015
Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” Mt 24:42-51
Awake to the beauty of humanity.
Awake to the beauty of nature.
Awake to the life of Love!
Awake to LIFE!
And then . . . Live!
August 26, 2015
Whoever keeps the word of Christ, the love of God is truly perfected in him. 1_Jn 2:5
August 25, 2015
The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. Heb 4:12
There is a heart condition, beloved, for which there is no cure. The symptoms are tears for true love, pain in the chest whenever evil, hatred or ignorance of compassion are shown by others, and exuberant joy when goodness is observed. The condition is called, LOVE. And the greatest cause of this condition can be found by reading the Word of God, by spending time with Jesus and by exercising a heart of compassion.
August 24, 2015
(St. Bartholomew, Apostle)
Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” Jn 1:45-51
And we can only see by LOOKING!
Looking with our eyes and looking with our hearts!
August 23, 2015
(Twenty-first Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Live in love, as Christ loved us. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, Eph 5:21-32
Husbands, we are called to sanctify our wives. That means, make them as holy as they can possibly be, by loving them. Yes, we’re fighting a world that wants that never to happen. But in Christ we are given the strength, the wisdom to do this. Not separating us, not demeaning them, but sanctifying them. Jesus said, “therefore, be holy, as I am holy.” We are to sanctify one another in love and humility, glorifying our spouses!
August 22, 2015
(The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Jesus said, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Mt 23:1-12
One of those ‘no comment necessary’ quotes.
Think about it. Swallow it. Digest it.
And keep it always close to your heart.
And when it gets difficult, Jesus will help!
August 21, 2015
(St. Pius X, Pope)
Naomi said, “See now! Your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her god. Go back after your sister-in-law!” But Ruth said, “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you! For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” Ru_1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mt_22:34-40
If we were offered a choice between living in a mansion with a beautiful view of the ocean and perfect weather, or living in a small mud hut, aside a bug infested swamp, which would we choose? Well, we’d probably say – the mansion. But then, the more skeptical ones of us might inquire: “Sure that sounds good, but, what’s the cost?”
Jesus had just finished telling the people and the Pharisees about different aspects of the Kingdom of God, our heavenly mansion, and how it may be attained . . .
– On Monday, He said that it’s not only about keeping the Commandments, but it’s about giving of one’s self.
– On Tuesday He added that it’s not about being rich in the worldly sense, but it’s about giving up all of one’s worldly wealth in order to gain that heavenly treasure.
– On Wednesday we heard that it’s not about being first, or best, or working the hardest, but instead it’s about patiently waiting our turn, even at the cost of being last.
– On Thursday, Jesus said that it’s not about our timing, or our will, or even thinking that we are His most special children. But it IS about being ready, whenever and however the Lord invites us. And then answering His call when it comes.
Then today, after all of that, having left the Sadducees speechless, and totally baffling the Pharisees, a Scholar of the Law took one last stab at trying to stump ‘The Teacher.’ He asked, “If it’s not about – just keeping the commandments, and it’s not about being wealthy, or working hard, or even prioritizing our work over other Callings, then what IS – THE most important thing to God?”
And Jesus answered – it is LOVE . . . He said, Love comes over the Law, and Love comes over our Wealth, and Love even comes over our Comfort,
If we can Love, just as Ruth loved her mother-in-law, Naomi . . . If we can be willing to give up the comfort of returning to the ‘Known,’ and risk the Unknown bugs of a swamp, in order to offer our Love to God and to our neighbor, then, Jesus says, that Mud Hut that we’ve chosen, just may be, the next step on the road to our Heavenly Kingdom.
Ruth exchanged a life of familiarity for a venture into the unknown, for a venture into a Kingdom. And little did she know, that by her love, and by her obedience, not only would she find a new home and a new life, but she would eventually wind up being the very descendant of the great and mighty King David . . . She would wind up being the very descendant of the world’s Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.
We too, at the cost of Love, are invited to a Kingdom . . .
The question is, how willing are we to suffer a little, in order to gain Eternity?
It’s ours for the choosing!
August 20, 2015
(St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church)
When Jephthah saw his daughter, he rent his garments and said, “Alas, daughter, you have struck me down and brought calamity upon me. For I have made a vow to the LORD and I cannot retract.” Jgs 11:29-39a
Moral of the story, beloved is: beware the things you vow and the wishes you make. For they may just come true, and you will still have to keep your end of the bargain. Did you ever say, “I would give my ______ – _____ to get that _____.” Are you really sure you would be willing to give that? Jephthah vowed to offer the Lord the first person he saw when he returned home – if he won a battle. He did, and that person just happened to be his only child, his daughter! And keep that vow he did! He had to, because it was made to God! But the most astonishing part of the story, was that the daughter understood all this, and was willing to be sacrificed to the Lord – out of her LOVE!
Jesus tells another story, a parable, about a king who invited his special friends and dearest associates to a feast. But they all had excuses as to why they couldn’t come. And finally after inviting everyone, there were still those who blatantly refused to honor the king for all he had done for them. (They refused to “wear the wedding garments” that were offered for their use.) Jesus concluded, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” Mt_22:1-14
If we are living in God’s Kingdom, beloved, (which we are) and we recognize that it IS His feast that we are enjoying in this life (all that we have, this beautiful world we have to live in, and even our very lives) then it is our duty, our responsibility to respect Him by keeping our vows to Love Him and one another, always. We made that vow, or our parents made it for us, at our baptisms. We have been invited. We have been chosen!
August 19, 2015
(St. John Eudes, Priest)
“Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Mt_20:1-16
Jesus, in describing the Kingdom of Heaven, told a parable about a bunch of unemployed men waiting to be hired out, for a day at a time. As you can imagine, some were all dressed up in their work clothes, standing at the edge of the curb, anxiously awaiting the best seat on the next bus that rolled into the bus stop. Behind them were the less aggressive ones and then, of course, there were the hopeless ones, the lazy ones, and those who just physically couldn’t stand that long. One by one they were chosen for work. And by the end of the day there were only a few left. The lazy ones took off for the local pub. The hopeless ones went back home to bed. And the unnoticed ones who patiently waited and waited, were finally chosen.
In the meantime, those ‘go-getters’ were working their tails off so they could get higher and better and richer and more famous than any of those ‘low-lives.’ And sometimes the only way they could get there, was to make sure they did the best they could to diminish everyone else. So of course when pay time came, there was the comparison, the greed, the anger, the thought of the injustice of it all, because those “low-lives” got the same reward as they did!
Jesus’ point was that our God is a generous and merciful God.
It doesn’t say that hard work is a bad thing. But it also doesn’t blame those who, for no cause of their own, have a hard time fitting into the “world’s” standards of appearance or behavior – even though they may be just as hard a worker!
And the secondary point is that our judgment and criticism of others has absolutely no place in God’s Kingdom. As a matter of fact, it’s highly likely that on the next day, those complaining ‘go-getters’ might just have been the last to be chosen, if they hung around at all. And you could probably bet that they would be the first to take off for the pub, instead of patiently waiting, like the rest.
So where are we beloved?
With patient waiting, even though we may be last, Jesus tells us, we will be FIRST!
So hang in there and God bless us all!
August 18, 2015
Jesus said, “everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.” Mt_19:23-30
There are people who will give up all they have for another fix of an addiction; be it alcohol or drugs, gambling or sports, power or fame . . . And in the end, what good does it do them? They’ll die of abuse, suffer in poverty or loss, or wind up being an unknown slave of others. If we tie our futures, our efforts and our sacrifices to worldly treasures, beloved, it will all be blown away like the wind in time.
But if we tie those sacrifices to the Lord, even though we may not experience worldly wonders, we WILL be rewarded many times over, as Jesus tells us, in the Kingdom to come. If we can keep our focus on the longer term – on Eternity, it will make the suffering of the ‘now’ all the lighter. And sometimes, we may even see the reward for our effort, for our love, for our sacrifice in tiny but overwhelmingly beautiful reflections that come from the faces of other people in this life! That’s Jesus shining back to us! With the blink of an eye, the smile of a child, the breathtaking sunset, the unspoken thank you, for the sake of the Name, it’s ALL worth it!
August 17, 2015
(St. Joan of the Cross)
A young man approached Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus told him to keep the Commandments. The young man said that he does, but was looking for more. So Jesus answered, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mt 19:16-22
Just makes us think, beloved, what are we looking for in salvation? Are we just looking for the minimum, or are we truly looking for the “treasure” of heaven? Can we turn from focusing on ourselves and how good we look to God and to other people, to focusing on others and what we can DO for them.
It’s interesting to experience the treasure we receive from the least little things we offer to our brothers and sisters in need. Maybe it’s as simple as a smile or as tough as offering a consoling shoulder for them to cry on. Maybe it’s as simple as offering some cash to help feed them, to as difficult as actually helping them to build or rebuild their homes or their lives. Yes, keeping the Commandments is important to God to show our love for Him, but sharing His love with others is truly His treasure, and ours!
August 16, 2015
(Twentieth Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Wisdom has built her house, . . . “Let whoever is simple turn in here; To the one who lacks understanding, she says, Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding.” Prv_9:1-6
We begin therefore, beloved, by becoming “simple.” We begin by letting go of thinking that we know it all. We begin by letting go of being better than, richer, wiser or holier than everyone else. We begin by being simple. And then we open our hearts to the Lord’s wisdom. She will teach and encourage and help us to truly know LOVE. A love that comes from the very heart of Jesus. And Jesus invites us to feast with Him, to feast ON Him!
Jesus said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.” Jn 6:51-58
So COME, beloved, in the simplicity of hunger, and feast on the living Word of God, given to us in Christ Jesus. And you WILL be filled!
August 15, 2015
(The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Lk 1:39-56
The “infant” in her womb! Not the “tissue.” Not the non-person. Not even the fetus. The INFANT! And even before the birth of Jesus, Mary was called the “mother” of my Lord. And even beyond the fact that neither John the Baptist nor Jesus were born yet, they both communicated through kicks and leaping within the wombs of their mothers.
Blessed be all mothers who allow God’s will, in having their children when circumstances in their lives may not make it the best time. Let us pray for those who instead, choose murder over life. Please, Holy Spirit, bring change in their hearts!
Blessed be Mary, on this the Solemnity of her most Holy Assumption!
August 14, 2015
(St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr)
The LORD spoke to Joshua saying, “I gave you a land that you had not tilled and cities that you had not built, to dwell in; you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.” Jos 24:1-13
We always have to remember beloved, where our riches have come from. Yes we work and get paid to help us along the path of survival. But we would not have those jobs were it not for the Lord. We would not have the food to eat, were it not for the Lord. We would not have the air to breath, were it not for the Lord. And we’re doing a pretty poor job of respecting that air and that food and those jobs we’ve been blessed with. If we don’t start standing up for the wealth the Lord has entrusted into our hands, we just may not be standing up at all any more.
Praise the Lord in all we have, in all we do, and the Lord will continue to bless us with His love, brothers and sisters in Christ. And start taking a stand for LIFE! It’s not ours to take away from anyone. And it’s not even ours to give. If life has been created, it has been given to us solely for the Lord. Consecrate our children, beloved, born or yet to be born into this world – for they belong to God!
August 13, 2015
(Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus)
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” Mt 18:21–19:1
One of the prime things that makes love, LOVE, is being able to forgive. Not forcibly forgiving because it’s something we are told to do or feel guilty to do. But something we do because we know, in the heart of our souls, that somewhere deep inside that other person is another person just like me, another person just like Jesus. Love is being able to discern the action from the person, being able to separate humanity from divinity.
Pray, beloved, that Jesus will help us to learn how to Love, just as He loves all of us, warts and all!
August 12, 2015
(St. Jane Frances de Chantal)
Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.” Mt 18:15-20
Jesus told us to “Love our neighbor.” But you know what, sometimes we might ask ourselves, “Just who is our neighbor?” And “What, exactly, does love mean?”
God broke it down for Moses and the Israelites, and for us – to help clarify exactly who we are supposed to love and how we are to show that love.
He said: We are to love God.
And we show that love:
– by not worshiping other gods,
– by respecting God’s holy Name, and
– by dedicating our Sundays to God.
And then, we are also supposed to love our neighbor,
who in essence, is everyone. And we do that:
– by respecting our parents,
– by not killing or committing adultery,
– by not stealing or lying,
– by not coveting people and
– by not being jealous or envious
of other people’s stuff.
It’s funny, because even after all of those Commandments, we still needed more details. I think we were just looking for excuses. We were just looking for loopholes . . Because, in the book of Leviticus, Moses and God go on to describe some 600 additional laws and rules to help the people understand what Love really means.
Sometimes it’s so easy for us to look for the loopholes in order to justify, in order to rationalize our sins . . . the sins we commit against God, and the sins that offend other people.
And why do we do this?
Well, we mostly do it, so that we can put ourselves in the place of God.
WE – have to have the power.
WE – have to know it all.
WE – have to prove ourselves better than others, and better than God.
It’s exactly what happened to Adam and Eve in the Garden.
It’s what Satan craves for us to do. It’s what he manipulates, and entices and deceives us with . . . Because he knows that without God we truly have NO defense against him.
You see, even mighty Moses, fell into the trap. For when God had asked Moses to bring forth water from a rock in order to show the Israelites that God was still present in their midst, Moses forgot to give that Credit to God, and instead, took it for himself. But what Moses forgot, that was even worse, was that God was present all along. And God didn’t look very lightly on the error that Moses had made.
So just as Adam and Eve had to suffer the consequences of their sin, by the loss of ‘The Paradise’ they already had, Moses would also have to suffer the consequence of his sin, by never reaching the ‘Paradise’ that God had promised, after enduring 40-years of suffering in the desert.
It just reminds us of the importance of always staying faithful to God, being steadfast in our faith. Unfortunately it’s not always that easy, especially when that horsefly, Satan, constantly hovers around our heads.
And that’s exactly why Jesus said, “wherever two or more are gathered in my name, there am I.”
You see, brothers and sisters, we need Jesus to strengthen us.
And we need one another, just as much, to assure His presence.
Moses had millions of Israelites gathered together because of God.
And yet, isolated, Moses still forgot.
Today we have billions of Catholics gathered around the world, united in the Name of Jesus. And yet, how many of us still forget that God is right here with us – because we’ve allowed ourselves to become isolated from one another?
Together, and with Jesus, we will make just decisions.
Together we will correct and strengthen each other.
And Together we will form that Eternal Union with God our Father, that will never be broken.
THAT’s the promise of Jesus!
And that’s the promise of LOVE!
August 11, 2015
(St. Claire of Assisi, Virgin)
Moses spoke to Joshua saying, “Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.” Dt_31:1-8
And in whom does the LORD show Himself to us?
The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” Mt_18:1-5,_10,_12-14
It’s interesting to listen to the little story of St. Claire that Fr. James gives us in the Apostleship of Prayer link above. It was a child who encouraged St. Claire that her prayer to God would be answered. And it was answered, just as she prayed! Though it may sometimes be hard, beloved, we must never ignore the words of a child. For you never know when they just might be the words of God to us!
And then as LIFE-believing Christians, beloved, what does that say about all those people lost in professing that anyone has the “right” to take the life of a child before he or she is even born? How many lives might those children have saved if they were allowed the LIFE that God had given to them?
Pray for the children. Pray for the mothers.
And take a stand always, for LIFE!
August 10, 2015
(St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” Jn_12:24-26
. . . Another perspective on the life we live in the flesh. It tells us that there is more to come. There is better to come. Death is not something to be feared, hated and avoided. Actually we can’t avoid it. But however it comes to us, if we can twist our minds into being able to welcome it, instead of fearing it, we might even be able to endure the ultimate challenge of getting through it – as Jesus did, and as St. Lawrence did, on a cross or a gridiron.
Praise be to God who gives us that strength!
St. Paul tells us, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2_Cor_9:6-10
On a side note, it was interesting to find St. Lawrence’s involvement in the whole mystery of the Holy Grail . . .
Wikipedia quotes: “In ‘Saint Laurence and the Holy Grail,’ Janice Bennett claims to trace the chalice’s history, carried on Saint Peter‘s journey to Rome, entrusted by Pope Sixtus II to Saint Lawrence in the third century, sent to Huesca in Spain when the Hispanic saint was martyred on a gridiron during the Valerian persecution in Rome in AD 258, sent to the Pyrenees for safekeeping, where it passed from monastery to monastery, in accordance with all the claims to former possession of the Chalice, and venerated by the monks of the Monastery of San Juan de la Peña. Emerging there into the light of history, the monastery’s agate cup was acquired by King Martin I of Aragon in 1399 who kept it at Zaragoza. After his death, King Alfonso V of Aragón brought it to Valencia, where it has remained.”
. . . the wonderful and amazing history of the Lord. But always remember, beloved, it’s not the objects that are to be worshiped, but our Lord Jesus, our God alone! All the rest are just fun reminders of Him for this life in the flesh, until we see Him in Paradise!
August 9, 2015
(Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary Time, B)
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_6:41-51
LIFE! Jesus came to live, to offer life and to give life for eternity to those who believe in Him. Why do we have such a hard time, beloved, with this thing we call life? We greedily cling to our own life and are free and happy to destroy any other life around us. Why can we not understand that ALL life is a gift from God, and that we have no right whatsoever to take that life from anyone else – even those who forget how to behave responsibly.
Think about it. If we were to smile at another person, what are the odds that they might smile back at us? Of course, if we’re living in NYC or Baghdad those odds might be a little lower than here in mid-Missouri. But still, the offering of love and peace most likely will bring more love and peace back to us (not guaranteed, but most likely). That’s the sharing of life. But if we selfishly frown and growl and hate and kill – you know what, that’s probably what we’ll get back as well.
Jesus is offering us Life. And that life comes through Him, through Love! Jesus IS the bread of life. He is the epitome of LOVE! And He’s asking us to COME to Him and to SHARE Him with everyone we meet. And then, we will TRULY Live!
August 8, 2015
(St. Dominic, Priest)
Moses said to the people: “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. Drill them into your children. Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest. Bind them at your wrist as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.” Dt 6:4-13
With ALL your being – Love the Lord your God!
I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
My God, my rock of refuge, my shield,
the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim!
August 7, 2015
Jesus said, “the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay each according to his conduct.” “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Mt_16:24-28
What are we willing to lose, brothers and sisters, for the sake of Christ? What will we be repaid – for the good or the bad we did in this life. Will we be embarrassed or proud to present ourselves before the Glory of God when our time finally comes? And it WILL come, whether in the next day or in the far distant future. Will we be ready with our testimony before God? Pray that we will. Work like the next breath may be our last. And know then, that we tried our very best all the way up to that last breath. That’s our consolation. That’s our hope. And that’s all to the Glory of God, through our Lord,
Jesus Christ. Amen!
August 6, 2015
(Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord)
As Peter, James and John sat atop that mountain and watched Jesus along with Elijah and Moses conversing, a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Mk_9:2-10
The vision, the voice, the command, the Glory: There was no doubt that this was truly occurring, and not a dream. Jesus revealed His true Divine nature to the Apostles, and God, the Father validated what they had seen and gradually believed by Word – that Jesus IS the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior of the world. The Apostles hadn’t a clue as to what they had witnessed. And yet, it would all slowly make sense in the weeks and years to come.
Ever witnessed a miraculous event in your lives, beloved? Maybe we didn’t recognize it at the time, but as time goes on, all of a sudden it will come back and we will truly see it for what it was – the intervention of God in our lives. He truly does Live. And if we look we’ll see His miracles all around us every day. Look, see, listen and LOVE!
With a special Happy Birthday prayer and blessing to the Love of my life, Mary Ann! May our God bless you richly now and always – In Jesus’ Name!
August 5, 2015
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron: “How long will this wicked assembly grumble against me? I have heard the grumblings of the children of Israel against me. Nm_13:1-2,_25–14:1,_26a-29a,_34-35
Funny, seemed like they were always grumbling about something. Think it was just that they would not let go of that control aspect of their lives and trust in God. They took all the offerings of God, from being saved, to being fed, to receiving water in the middle of the desert. But when it came to faith in that same God – they failed miserably.
Then move ahead about 1400 years and Jesus is approached by a non-Jewish woman for healing. He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Mt 15: 21-28
Not that there weren’t (many) Jews who appreciated, loved and even believed in Jesus at the time, but we often hear of the Pharisees and Scribes who gave Jesus so much trouble – just like their ancestors did in the time of Moses. And even though the non-Jews were considered the low-lives, the outcasts, the non-believers, the “dogs,” they often had even greater faith in Jesus than the Jews did. Here was a prime example of a woman who was willing to accept her title of dog, yet still respect and worship Jesus. And, not only did Jesus recognize her faith, He honored it by offering the healing she sought for her daughter. That’s us beloved! Jesus came for all, even us! All we need do is have a little faith and ask!
August 4, 2015
(St. John Vianney, Priest)
Jesus came to the disciples, walking on the surface of the water and said, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Mt_14:22-36
Do we hear Him, beloved, when he calls to us, “Come.” Maybe it’s something that might seem impossible for us to do or accomplish. But Jesus says, “Come” anyway. Then once we get started, ever wonder what keeps us going. When the negatives creep in, when the doubters chime in, when the wind kicks up and we can barely hear a thing, then comes the Whisper – “Hang in there, beloved!” Jesus will stretch out His hand and save us.
August 3, 2015
Under the intense pressure of an enormous, grumbling crowd, Moses cried out to the LORD, “I cannot carry all this people by myself, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way you will deal with me, then please do me the favor of killing me at once, so that I need no longer face this distress.” Nm_11:4b-15
How long, Lord, do we carry this burden? Jesus you are our hope. Give us the strength we need to face a world gone mad. It’s just getting too heavy for us! We pray for them. Please answer our prayer!
August 2, 2015
(Eighteenth Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jn 6:24-35
– – – The Words of Eternal Life! – – –
August 1, 2015
(Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Alleluia Verse, Mt 5:10
As the persecution of Christians throughout the world continues to spread, even in our own country, let us be blessed as Jesus says. And may God save the rest of the world, which can only be done according to His will.
Lord Jesus, please pray for us!
Happy August, beloved!
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