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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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January 31, 2015
(St. John Bosco, Priest)
In the midst of a great storm in a tiny boat, Jesus “rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, ‘Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?’” Mk 4:35-41
The Bible’s writer of the Letter to the Hebrews wrote: Brothers and sisters: Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1-2, 8-19
Ever step out on that limb of Faith, beloved? Only to find the perfect answer to a question or maybe something even better!
Faith is believing so absolutely that you’re willing to put your very life on the line for that belief.
Do YOU have Faith in Jesus?
Thanks for joining us, beloved, for another awesome month.
See you in February!
(P.S. Happy Birthday, to my wonderful daughter, Christie!
We love you always!)
January 30, 2015
“Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering. At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated. You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. . . .
We are not among those who draw back and perish,
but among those who have faith and will possess life.”
As we quickly approach the end of the first month of this (rapidly not being “New” any more) Year, maybe there was a little suffering in there as well. Like us, maybe it was the flu or a cold. Maybe it was dreadful weather or the loss of a loved one. And if you live in a country like Nigeria and many others across the globe – your life, very likely may have been just as the writer of Hebrews describes today: persecution and suffering because of your faith!
But know this, beloved, we have you constantly in our prayers. You are our hope and our inspiration, and our hearts go out to you all. Stay strong, dear ones, “do not throw away your confidence” but know that God promises a reward greater than all the suffering you have had to endure. And one day when we come to those pearly gates too, we only ask that you please pray for our souls as well!
May God bless you and keep you always in His CARE!
January 29, 2015
Jesus said, “For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light. . . . The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,” Mk 4:21-25
Can we even fathom the impact of a statement such as that, beloved? Every thought, every ignored beggar, every cursed inept driver, every judgment, every act of revenge.
OH the measures that will come back to us!
Maybe it’s time to begin an outpouring of a new measure. Maybe it’s time to start forgiving. Maybe it’s time to start praying for whatever it is in their lives that might be making them inept (’cause, how many times are we inept ourselves?). Maybe it’s time to pull that lamp from beneath the bushel basket and let it shine from OURSELVES. And instead of being mirrors of what’s wrong with the world, being headlamps to dispel the darkness. Jesus can do that for us, if we just let Him.
January 28, 2015
(St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus told his disciples a parable about a farmer sowing seed in a field, and how some seed fell on the hard path and was eaten by birds, some fell on rocky ground and never rooted well enough to grow, some fell among thorn bushes and were choked out, while some fell on fertile soil and grew abundantly. It was a parable about how some people may be open to the Word of God in their lives and others not. He concluded: “those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” Mk 4:1-20
Jesus spoke to his disciples, and to us today about three challenges we can face on our journey to being good disciples of His.
The first challenge is missing opportunities to share His love. This can happen because we either ignore them, or allow Satan to steal them away, through our stubbornness, or our selfishness. When we do simple things like comforting a friend who may be having a tough day, or being extra patient and friendly to that new kid at the checkout counter in the store, who may be a little slow, when we’re in a hurry. That’s overcoming the first challenge!
The second challenge is not staying rooted in our faith. There’s an old saying that goes: “If you don’t stand for something, when the storm comes by, you won’t have – a leg to stand on.” And it’s the same with our faith. How can we defend our Lord, if we don’t know very much about Him? And so we read the Scriptures and our Catechism. We watch good faith shows, like EWTN. And we come to Mass and Communion Services, as often as we can, so that we can learn how to answer the questions of unbelievers.
And the third and probably hardest challenge, is allowing the secular media and the world to choke out our faith. What is it, beloved, that can have us so worried and anxious about life, that we forget the very solution to those problems, our Lord? Is it our health? He is our comfort! Is it our wealth? He is the Source of ALL that exists! Is it our relationships? His is the MOST important! For, from a healthy relationship with Jesus all the others will fall into place. Is it our sinfulness? Jesus forgives us with no strings attached! Or is it even death itself? All the more reason to REJOICE with every breath we take; although we know that death is just the beginning of a Life more Glorious than anything we’ve ever known!
Jesus said that if we can open ourselves up to recognize and act
on every opportunity to be His Disciple, in love with others;
And if we can keep ourselves rooted and always growing in
our knowledge and love of Him;
And if we can protect ourselves from the spears and arrows of
the world’s anxieties;
We WILL absolutely BE His Most Valuable Disciples, because together, with Jesus, we CAN change the world, 30, and 60, and 100-fold over!
January 27, 2015
“. . . when he (Jesus) came into the world, he said:
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, As is written of me in the scroll,
Behold, I come to do your will, O God.
By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb 10:1-10
Yes, beloved, our good works DO help to make us holier. But they do not take away our sins. We cannot buy the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus offers that gift to us when we recognize Him! And in recognizing Him we want nothing more than to continue in life following the will of God.
Jesus said, “For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
And that’s the closeness we want to have with Jesus!
January 26, 2015
(Ss. Timothy and Titus, Bishops)
Jesus said, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” Mk 3:22-30
Division destroys! And that is Satan’s hallmark. Wherever we see division, we can be sure Satan was there, because division causes downfall. And downfall has the potential of separating us from God. And that is his goal. But there IS hope, because we have one another to remind each other of the great love God has for us, even if we fall.
Jesus took the broken and put them back together. And when we work for Him, He can work through us to help others as well. Are you broken, beloved? Or do you know someone close who is? Offer them the Love of Jesus. Lift them up to know that they ARE loved, even in their brokenness, and He will help them get their lives back together again. Jesus is our hope! And in that hope, all division, downfall, distress and despair are destroyed and God is our center!
You ARE Loved, beloved!
And Jesus is our hope!
January 25, 2015
(Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, B)
Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
. . . The Gospel that says that we really are loved by God. As a matter of fact, we are loved so much that He wants nothing but the very best for us, and sometimes it might even hurt a bit to get there.
Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed.” When the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.
Jon 3:1-5, 10
Yes, they repented. They had a healthy fear of the Lord and it was strong enough to turn them away from their sinfulness. And God’s purpose was accomplished! Thus He no longer had reason to punish them, for they believed Jonah and changed!
You see, beloved, God really does love us so very much, because we are His Children!
So, “Be still and know (always) that (He) is God!” Ps 46:1
January 24, 2015
(St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
For if the blood of goats and bulls and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes can sanctify those who are defiled so that their flesh is cleansed, how much more will the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.
Heb 9:2-3, 11-14
Funny, when we think of our consciences, we generally think of warnings to stay away from evil and take a better path. That evil may lead us to revenge or hatred, and eventually to guilt or punishment. And we surely know how evil tempts us with immediate gratification, and how, in the long run, we are the ones who always end up suffering from those wrong choices.
But today’s Scripture talks about a different kind of “cleansing.” A cleansing of our consciences. A cleansing not from temptations to evil, but from “dead works.” These may be the things we’ve done in the past that we are certainly sorry for, and may have even Sacramentally confessed, but we’re still beating ourselves up, over, and over, and over again for.
Well, it’s time to let go, beloved. Jesus washes us clean in His Blood. And that’s a whole lot cleaner than any soap, or lye, or even bleach can make us. We become PURE by His Blood. So now, let’s recognize that purity and move on to true worship, to LIVE worship. No longer are we dead and slaves to those sins, but now we’re free to FLY! Fly in the LOVE of Jesus and one another!
January 23, 2015
The LORD’s new covenant: “I will put my laws in their minds and I will write them upon their hearts. I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach, each one his fellow citizen and kin, saying, “Know the Lord,” for all shall know me, from least to greatest. For I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sins no more.” Heb 8:6-13
ALL will know the LORD. And all will have the choice to believe in Him or not. As for me and my house – we choose the LORD, we choose LIFE, and we choose Love. And for those who do not, we pray for them in LOVE. Jesus does forgive, and will give LIFE to all who choose it!
January 22, 2015
(Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children)
. . . whenever unclean spirits saw him (Jesus) they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.” Mk 3:7-12
At just the sight of Jesus, the evil ones cowered and pronounced His Glory. The evil ones know, beloved. We don’t have to tell them. But we do have to constantly remind ourselves who the Son of God is, and what He’s done for us. And now, it’s our turn to pronounce His Glory. Jesus YOU ARE the Son of God! Have mercy on us all and help us to be more like You in every way!
January 21, 2015
(St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr)
Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High, . . .
His name first means righteous king, and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace. Without father, mother, or ancestry, without beginning of days or end of life, thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
Heb 7:1-3, 15-17
The Psalmist writes: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
The Servant of servants, the Lord our God, Forever!
January 20, 2015
Jesus said, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” Mk 2:23-28
“If I do everything right, then how could anything he does be right, when everything he does is different than what I do? It was a threat to their security. It was a threat to their pomposity!” It was a challenge to their “authority.” And who were they to say who was doing it right in the first place? What was the whole point of doing it at all?
By the Word of God – the sabbath was made. It was supposed to be a day of rest. But “rest” in the hands of ‘those in authority’ went from the purpose of keeping God in the forefront of their thoughts, to a Nazi-like control of every finger lifted and every thought contemplated. And in the process, God was totally forgotten. Jesus came to remind them of the whole purpose of the sabbath – and it had to do with HIM (the Word, God), and not them (the Pharisees)!
And the bottom line? The bottom line is for us not to make those comparisons either. If it takes, giving up everything but breathing, for one person to find God. That doesn’t mean that someone else couldn’t equally find God while he’s eating or fixing something that could not be fixed at any other time. If he keeps God foremost in his thoughts and actions – that could be God’s rest for him as well! And we should be doing this (keeping God foremost in our thoughts) all week long anyway!
There’s more than one way to get something right, beloved. If we can be open minded enough to accept other people’s ‘right,’ as well as our own, as long as human dignity doesn’t suffer in the process, we’ll find that life can be a whole lot more peaceful than if we are constantly comparing ‘us’ to ‘them’.
January 19, 2015
People came to Jesus and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.” Mk 2:18-22
The bridegroom, Jesus, had been taken away, and fasting they did. They were in shock over what happened to their Master. But then something new happened – He returned in the flesh. Fasting was over for a short while before He left again. But this time he promised “another Helper,” the Holy Spirit. And from thence forward we all have had that Helper with us! And so we still fast again. Though Jesus is distant in His physical presence, He is with us in Spirit and one day we will return to be with him in body and spirit forever! And so we pray and fast until this day is complete!
January 18, 2015
(Second Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God. Ps 40
Are we waiting, waiting on the Lord, beloved? Are we wondering where He is? Why is He taking so long? Why isn’t He hearing me? Where is the answer?
He IS hearing us, Sweetness, and one day soon, there will be a NEW SONG in our hearts. A new song in our mouths. A song of LOVE. And we will sing – Here I am, Lord, I’ve come to do YOUR will. Despite all the rest, Your will is my heart’s desire.
So “Hold me Jesus!“
January 17, 2015
(St. Anthony of the Desert)
The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. Heb 4:12-16
Want the answer to any question that may come up in life, beloved? Come to the Word. It strengthens, it protects, it heals and it comforts. Sharper than any sword and softer than the finest wool. Jesus IS the Word. Love!
January 16, 2015
They were so excited that Jesus was in their town, that no crowd, and no house, and no logistics could keep them from bringing their loved one to receive His healing. (And so, they climbed over the people, broke through the roof of the house, and lowered him on ropes.) When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him,“Child, your sins are forgiven.”
What keeps us from having that kind of faith, beloved? What trivial road blocks do we use as excuses? I’m not strong enough. I’m not wise enough. I’m not brave enough! You see, beloved, if we’ve been baptized and confirmed in the faith, we have all we could possibly need with the Holy Spirit at our sides. We ARE His Temple and HE IS GOD, so He can conquer all obstacles. All we need do is have a little faith and just ASK!
And we might just be “astounded” at what we find!
January 15, 2015
“Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart, so as to forsake the living God. Encourage yourselves daily while it is still “today,” so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin. We have become partners of Christ if only we hold the beginning of the reality firm until the end.” Heb 3:7-14
IF ONLY WE HOLD THE BEGINNING OF THE REALITY FIRM UNTIL THE END!
Funny how doing that is a lot easier said than done! There is so much in life that can get us down. And every time that happens, who is it that usually gets the blame! And then there are those who try to convince us that we’re smarter than believing in all that “God” stuff. You see it’s all a ruse. It’s all the devil’s handiwork to get us to NOT hold the REALITY firm until the end. And everyone he gets to turn away from God is just another notch in his pistol of deception. There IS beauty in the world and we can only SEE it if we Believe! Hold firm, beloved! The best is yet to come!
Just read a commentary by C.S. Lewis on atheism that went like this:
January 14, 2015
“When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him (Jesus) all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.” Mk 1:29-39
To the non-Biblically literate this passage might seem awful strange. Apparently, Jesus was already quite well known for His powers of healing. But He not only healed their physical ailments, He healed them spiritually as well. And on top of that, the Gospel writer tells us that the demons He dispelled from the people seemed to know Jesus even better than His own disciples did.
I don’t think I’d want to be well known by demons, at least in the negative sense. But they didn’t know Jesus as a friend, rather as their enemy. Funny, how sometimes we know our enemies better than even our closest friends. Out of fear, those demons begged Jesus to leave them alone. And all Jesus asked of them was to leave their victims alone. And they did! If we ever get to feeling like our lives are controlled by demons, beloved, then send a little prayer Jesus’ way and you’ll actually get to see a healing within yourself. Jesus loves us beyond whatever any demon could get us to do.
Trust in Jesus!
See also Whispers on 02-01-15
and Homily: “Hearing God’s Voice”
January 12, 2015
Brothers and sisters: In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe, ‘who is the refulgence of his glory, the very imprint of his being, and who sustains all things by his mighty word.’ Heb 1:1-6
God speaks to us through Jesus “his mighty word.” So, want to hear the voice of God, beloved? Just immerse yourself in His Word. Jesus will guide us, lead us and protect us.
Read and Believe!
January 11, 2015
(The Baptism of the Lord, B)
It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Mk 1:7-11
Mark 1:11 on 1-11-15 . . . And we are pleased as well.
No greater Gift. No greater love. JESUS!
Happy Baptism of the Lord, beloved. And may our Father be pleased with us as well.
For we too are His beloved Children!
January 10, 2015
The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen. Mt 4:16
Could there possibly be Light in a land overshadowed by darkness and death, beloved? If we look around our own world today, it seems we are surely living in that land. But praise be to God, there is Hope. Jesus is that hope. And when we know Jesus, we will have that hope too. He is the LIGHT, shining in a world of darkness. Peace, beloved, and Christ’s love to you!
January 9, 2015
Beloved: Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies, and the Spirit is truth. So there are three who testify, the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord. 1 Jn 5:5-13
OH, don’t you just LOVE John’s first letter! There is absolutely no question about life and faith and salvation. And it’s all perfectly logical – to John! And what about us, beloved? Do we feel that certain, that absolute about our faith?
John proves his point through this three-fold testimony. The water of Jesus’ baptism we will hear about on Sunday – where John describes the descent of the Holy Spirit like a dove, as Jesus arose from the baptismal water of the Jordan River. We can also consider the water that flowed from the pierced side of Jesus on the cross. The water that consists of 55-65% of our body weight. The water that we cannot survive without. It’s life!
And then there is the Blood. The blood of Jesus poured out for us. The innocent blood of the Lamb of God sacrificed in atonement for our sins. It is testimony of the great love God has for us, despite our sinfulness.
And then there is the Holy Spirit him or herself. Poured out upon the disciples at Pentecost, we receive the Holy Spirit’s lifelong presence with us in our Baptism, strengthened in our Confirmation, and then He’s there every time we call upon Him.
God’s love is so complete, so immeasurable and so unconditional, all we need do is recognize that absolute and certain fact, and OH how wonderful this life can be (despite the difficult times)!!!
January 8, 2015
If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 Jn 4:19–5:4
January 7, 2015
(St. Angela of Foligno)
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. 1 Jn 4:11-18
We live in a world filled with, and often based on – physical emotions and experiences. And sometimes it’s difficult to sense the Spiritual and Supernatural side of life.
Yesterday, in Mark’s Gospel, we heard the story of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves, where Jesus fed a crowd of thousands of people from just a few scraps of bread.
And today’s miracles, by Jesus, immediately followed.
He left His disciples to fend for themselves, for just a little while, so that He could refresh himself in prayer. It sounds, just like our own experiences with our children, or our grandchildren; You just can’t leave them alone for a minute, without them getting into some kind of trouble. Not that they’re bad. But it just seems, they need our constant attention.
You see, the supernatural, ‘Multiplication of the loaves of bread,’ the ‘Walking on water,’ and the ‘Calming of the storm’ were just beyond what the disciples could even imagine possible.
When we live in a physical world where everything is “Gimme, gimme more,” and “If you hurt me, I’ll hurt you back,” it can be hard to understand the words – “I’ll give you everything you want just because I love you,” and “just because you hurt me, I’ll still forgive you.“
But this IS the Love that John is speaking about.
The Love that IS God, and the LOVE that WE too, can BE.
You see, the storm, wasn’t really the issue in today’s story. The issue was that Jesus loved His disciples SO incredibly much that He would let absolutely NOTHING hurt them: not hunger, not loneliness, not physical ailments, not even death. And Jesus would walk on water to show them that love.
It is a love that is so great, that even fear is annihilated by it.
Who would we ‘walk on water’ to show our love to, beloved?
Jesus said – It should be EVERYONE!
January 6, 2015
(Blessed Andre Bessette)
St. John wrote, “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 Jn 4:7-10
It’s simply WHAT it’s ALL about . . .
January 5, 2015
(St. John Neumann)
St. John wrote: “Beloved: We receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And his commandment is this: we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us. Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit whom he gave us.” 1 Jn 3:22–4:6
That Spirit will give you the strength to overcome all opposition to the Good that God wants you to feel. Allow Him to have control of you, beloved, and all will be at peace, and love will shower you in His warmth, comfort and care!
January 4, 2015
After the magi had entertained the follies of Herod they returned to their quest to find the newborn King of the Jews, and: “the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star,” Mt 2:1-12
You see, the magi really didn’t need the advice of a foolish king, for they were searching for the TRUE King. And God would see to it that they would find him no matter what the fool advised or requested. Sometimes, beloved, we just have to follow that star and whatever the rest of the world thinks or advises is hogwash compared to where God is leading us!
Link to today’s Homily –
“A Chocolate Chip Epiphany“
January 3, 2015
St. John wrote, “See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.” 1 Jn 2:29–3:6
We may not be the child of a movie star. And we may not be the child of a football hero. And we may not even be the child of a middle class factory worker. But we are the Children of God. Better than all those other options, none of which are necessarily bad, we are the children of the very BEST. If God is our Father than there is a seed of Him within us. And there is nothing within us that will ever cause us to lose His Love for us. We may forget Him. But He will never ever forget us. So be glad, beloved. We may have been lucky enough to have awesome parents. But even if we’re not – we still have THE very BEST parent in God!
January 2, 2015
(St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church)
St. John wrote, “Anyone who denies the Son does not have the Father, but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well. Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life. I write you these things about those who would deceive you.” 1 Jn 2:22-28
Thirteen years ago, in September, a major world event occurred in New York City, Washington, D.C. and in a field in Central Pennsylvania. It was dubbed “911” for the date of its occurrence, and it will always be remembered by that name.
But thirteen years is a long time.
And we have a whole new generation of kids who were either way too young to remember it, or were not even born yet; when, for the rest of us, it seems like it was just yesterday. So, all that those kids will know of 911, is what they’ve read about it, or have had to memorize for some history test. And in the process the actual story will eventually go from our real-life experience of it, to whatever the historians deem important enough to record. And that can include all kinds of biases to the actual facts.
And then, we can say the same thing for WWII, the first space launch, Korea and Vietnam, the ‘Bay of Pigs’, Kent State, hippies, Desert Storm, the assassinations of Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the first humans to land on the moon, the Challenger accident, the collapse of the Berlin Wall and communism in Russia, and on and on.
You see, we’ve lived through all of those events. But to those who haven’t, they have to take it on Faith, on belief of others accounts, that it really happened.
And it was, and IS, the same with everything that happened with Jesus. Was he an actual person? How could those miracles have really happened? From His miraculous birth, to His resurrection, what part of it was actually real?
John the Apostle and Evangelist lived the Story. And as John began to age, he started to witness the Story getting mangled by people who either didn’t know the actual events, or twisted the facts on purpose, in order to serve their own agenda.
And it really confused those who were new to the faith.
And that’s why we see the Letters of John, and Paul, and Peter condemning those false, or biased interpretations of the history of Jesus, that they, themselves witnessed and lived.
You see, it really does take faith and motivation to believe in Jesus. We memorize the accounts of history in order to get a good grade in the class. And the reason we want a good grade is so that we can advance in our careers and be able to choose a good college and eventually get a good job.
So the trick then is to move those shorter term, physical, worldly goals to longer term, spiritual, and heavenly goals. Goals that will benefit us, for Eternity.
And so we Believe.
And as time progresses, the archaeologists and historians are finally, proving that all of the events in the Bible, that were just known by their written record, actually DID occur.
Jesus Christ IS God.
And John the Baptist attested to that reality. And many of the people of his time didn’t believe, even what was obvious to their own eyes. They say, you can’t push a rope, But one thing is for sure. We CAN allow Jesus to pull us along to Heaven with Him –
IF we just believe He will!
January 01, 2015
(The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God)
“The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and
give you peace!” Nm 6:22-27
What more beautiful words can be said on this first day of the New Year, beloved!
This is the day we celebrate our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Born without sin, lived in full compliance with the Will of God and rewarded with being the Mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Mary is the perfect model for all mothers and the intercessor of our prayers to her Son.
Today is also the Church’s day dedicated to World Peace. Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, let us pray today and always for the end of terrorism and violence in our world.
2015 is also the year dedicated by our Pope to those who have made vows to consecrated life; to the brothers and sisters who are called monks, friars, nuns and all those who dedicate their lives to God. We pray for their strength of perseverance, because it is WE who are in their prayers. And it is they who remind us of God’s great love for us, through the passion of His Son, Jesus.
Today, my prayer is for YOU, beloved. I pray that your year is productive, safe and always holy in the eyes of the Lord. May our loving God bless you with kindness, patience, peace and love this year and always. And may you be that bright, shining star that illumines our world with the JOY of our Lord!
Happy January, beloved!
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