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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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November 30, 2015
(St. Andrew, Apostle)
St. Paul said, “Brothers and sisters: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.” Rom_10:9-18
The apostles, though it took a little convincing (like the resurrection), believed in their hearts and then spread that “Good News” of Jesus out to the whole world.
Paul continued, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” ibid
And spread that news, the apostles did – to the very “ends of the earth.”
We too, beloved, can have those beautiful feet! All we need do is spread a little of God’s love. Let people know that they are loved, not only by us, but more importantly, by God! As a matter of fact, they are loved SO very much that God offered up His ONLY begotten Son so that they may live . . . forever! So that WE might live forever with them and with Him in paradise!
And is it worth it? Nothing in all existence is worth more!
November 28, 2015
Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” Lk_21:34-36
A warning. A promise. Hope.
Heed, beloved! For Jesus knows. Stay vigilant!
And we’ll be united forever!
(Fits in nicely with a great movie we just watched called “Tomorrowland.”
“Never give up.” And “Always be sure to feed the right wolf!”)
November 27, 2015
As we approach the end of the Church’s liturgical year, the readings remind us of the second coming of Jesus at the end of earthly time. Daniel said, “As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.” Dn_7:2-14
So fear not, beloved. We will never lose Jesus, nor His Kingdom. Pray that He will help preserve us and our souls, so that when the end does come, we will be ready to enter that Kingdom that He promised all who LOVE Him.
November 26, 2015
(Thanksgiving Day, U.S.A.)
Jesus said, “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” Lk_21:20-28
I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, . . . as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1_Cor_1:3-9
What awesome HOPE, beloved! What a blessed day to give Thanks to our incredible God and our Lord – Jesus! What a wonderful day to Praise Him!
November 25, 2015
Jesus said, “Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. . . . You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” Lk_21:12-19
Remember, Jesus said earlier, “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” Mt 5:11-12
Jesus will give us Wisdom. Jesus will give us strength. Jesus will help us to persevere – IF we let Him. Be blessed then, beloved. Believe in Jesus and live!
November 24, 2015
(Saint Andrew Dũng-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs)
Jesus said, “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Lk_21:5-11
If we constantly focus on “the end,” you know what, the end will come. And then what can we say about our lives? “I told you so.” “I knew that was going to happen.” . . . And if we didn’t focus on ‘the end’ all our lives, you know what, the end will come just as well! But this time we might be able to tell all kinds of wonderful stories about our lives – and not just a long frustrating waiting game. The end will come, so why worry about it!!!
November 23, 2015
Daniel said to the steward whom the chief chamberlain had put in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days. Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then see how we look in comparison with the other young men who eat from the royal table, and treat your servants according to what you see.” He acceded to this request, and tested them for ten days; after ten days they looked healthier and better fed than any of the young men who ate from the royal table. Dn_1:1-6,8-20
A testament to the healthiness of a vegetarian diet. Or the unhealthiness of an over fatty or over sweet diet. Good for the brain, good for the heart, good for the body! Though I am not a vegetarian myself, I probably could be! Something to think about.
November 22, 2015
(The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe)
Jesus said, “For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Jn_18:33b-37
His voice, telling us to forgive. His voice telling us to love. His voice telling us everything we need to know and do in order to live in His Kingdom now and forever. That’s the Truth, beloved. Listen!
November 21, 2015
(Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Jesus said to the Sadducees who didn’t believe in resurrection, “That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘Lord’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Lk_20:27-40
Jesus gave examples, time and again, that resurrection was a reality, a truth. And the ultimate example was one He proved Himself. In rising from death, Jesus showed His disciples, and all of us, that we DO have the hope of resurrection in our own lives. Death is NOT the end, but just the beginning of a new life, an eternal life with God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. So fear not, beloved. You are a “Child of God.” And He will watch and guide and love you forever!
November 20, 2015
Judas and his brothers said, “Now that our enemies have been crushed,
let us go up to purify the sanctuary and re-dedicate it.” 1_Mc_4:36-37,52-59
Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” Lk_19:45-48
The Temple area was the place where the Jewish people went to be reconciled with God, to worship God, and to remember the great acts of salvation that God had performed through the prophets and through Moses.
It was a most sacred and holy place. But it was also a controversial place. Being of such great value to the Jews, the Temple was often the target of attacks against the Israelites. In the second century BC, the Greek Seleucids desecrated the altar of the Holy Temple by setting up an idol upon it, for worship. Many of the Jews were not strong enough in their faith to stand up against their persecutors and instead they fell to worshiping false gods.
And yet there was always resistance of some sort by the faithful. In our readings today we see two examples of that resistance. In 164 BC, Judas Maccabeus recovered the Temple from the atrocious Greek rule of Antiochus and he restored it as a place of worship for the Jews. The celebration is still honored by Jews today as the feast of Hanukkah.
Years later, it was the Jews themselves who desecrated the Temple by commercializing the offerings that were used for reconciliation. In essence, the people were buying off their sins. And the sellers were taking full advantage of their religious requirement to buy. It truly was, as Jesus accused, “a den of thieves.” And so, again, we see a cleansing of the Temple. But this time the physical Temple became a sign of the true Temple, the new Temple of the Body of Christ.
As that Body of Christ, it’s all a very good reminder that sometimes we, ourselves could use a good spiritual cleansing. And so we might ask ourselves, “What is it that might be adulterating, our holiness?” “What idol might be set up in our own hearts that is stealing us away from our worship of the true God?” “How can we be – that re-consecrated Temple that Jesus wants us to be?”
As we come to this Eucharistic altar today, we leave behind everything that might be blocking us from His Love. And we celebrate the wonders of God’s great Mercy and Grace in our lives.
November 19, 2015
As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” Lk_19:41-44
Jesus foresaw the coming disaster, imminent in the signs all around them. All it took was a little vision, a little common sense. We can see the signs in today’s world as well, beloved, especially in America, where many sit in the comfort of their wealth and ignore them. But the signs are obvious. From the weakness of our country’s leadership to the attitudes of its people – molded by the media. When the enemy can so easily get us arguing against one another over the silliest things. When morality and faith have gone out the window, and killing, revenge, divorce, indecision, and an absence of integrity are rampant, then we will be easy prey for them.
So stay close to the Lord, beloved. Love one another. Mercifully forgive. And above all, pray for all of God’s children – for the safety of those who know Him and for the conversion of those who don’t. And always rest in the peace that only Christ can offer!
November 18, 2015
(St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Religious)
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. But I, in justice, shall behold your face; on waking, I shall be content in your presence. Ps_17
And yet, being content does not come without the obedience, the faith and the action to follow and do God’s will. The Lord said, “I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, . . .” Jn_15:16
Jesus told the parable of a nobleman who left charge of his estate to his servants, as he went off on a journey. They were expected to use their gifts, their talents, to build and not tear down. And sitting in the seat of safety was no better than tearing down. (Gee, wonder if we can say the same to those in charge of our retirement funds.) Anyway, Jesus is saying the same to us. It’s not time to sit down and huddle in the safety zone. It’s time to let the world know that true safety can only be found in Jesus. And it’s not a ‘now’ safety, but an eternal kingdom that we will inherit. Yes, inherit, after our King returns and judges our progress.
Come, beloved, and let’s change the world. Jesus WILL come. Will they be ready? Let’s make sure they are!
November 16, 2015
(St. Gertrude the Great)
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life. Jn_8:12
In this life of ours, there is both light and darkness. Darkness can surround us and engulf us in its evil. But Jesus is the LIGHT. When we keep close to Jesus, the darkness has no power over us and we will live the light of Life!
November 15, 2015
(33rd Sunday Ordinary Time B)
In those days, I Daniel, heard this word of the Lord: . . . “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. “But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.” Dn_12:1-3
A message of hope, or a message of doom? Depends on where you stand. Yes, we’ve all made mistakes, but that doesn’t gain us “everlasting horror,” beloved, unless it really wasn’t a mistake at all, but a blatant offense against God with no remorse. Wisdom helps us to recognize our errors in judgment and repent. And it’s the wise who shall “shine like the stars forever.” Listen to her (wisdom’s) voice, beloved, and live! And may our loving God bless you in Wisdom’s light forever!
November 14, 2015
When peaceful stillness compassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent, Your all-powerful word, from heaven’s royal throne bounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land, bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree. Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9
Just one to ponder . . .
November 13, 2015
(Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin)
Jesus said, “So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.” Lk_17:26-37
Same old question, beloved! What are we willing to lose to GAIN Life? Is it house, or photo albums, or motorcycle, favorite stuffed toy? Is it computer, or files, or cash, or precious notes? Is it even closest family? What are we willing to lose? I think we can deal with pretty much everything, but when it comes to closest family members – that would be the toughest. I know that I would be willing to give up physical life to save a loved one. And I surely would hope that God will take that in consideration when Jesus comes to gather us all for eternal life with Him! That would be my deepest prayer: that we ALL will go together!
A special happy birthday blessing for my son-in-law, Joe!
November 12, 2015
(Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr)
Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus said in reply, “The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.” Lk_17:20-25
If the Kingdom of God is not a place, but a state of being, beloved, then are we truly living it? What would it take for my life to be “in the Kingdom of God?” Jesus has deemed it so. Now it’s our choice. Are we living a life of disappointment and dissatisfaction with everything around us? Or are we living the Kingdom here and now? If we are, then everything and everyone around us will see it. And they will either reject us and that Kingdom, or will join in with us.
So rather than joining their misery, beloved, let’s let that Kingdom shine from us to CHANGE the world! “. . . and the world will be a better place – for you, and for me . . . “
November 11, 2015
(St. Martin de Tours, Bishop)
Jesus healed ten lepers and sent them off to show themselves to the priests . . .
As they (the leprous men) were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. Lk_17:11-19
Oh, how so immersed in the Grace of God we are, beloved. The trick is to find it, appreciate it and give thanks! How many times in our lives are we given gifts that we don’t even recognize? Our goal is to find them, appreciate them and then give thanks! For our God is an ever merciful and loving God!
November 10, 2015
(St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church)
“the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace.” Wis_2:23–3:9
The Souls of the just! We have no fear of death, beloved. For our very lives are in the hands of God. No harm can touch us. These are good thoughts, both for our loved ones who have passed from this world to the next, and for ourselves. For death is not an end but a transition from one existence to a better one. A life eternal with God! And what better life could there possibly be!
November 9, 2015
(Dedication of the Lateran Basilica)
St. Paul said, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.” 1_Cor 3:9c-11,_16-17
What a beautiful thought, beloved. What a beautiful Truth. You ARE God’s temple! Ponder that in how we treat ourselves. Ponder that in how we treat others. What a beautiful building this “Body of Christ” is. That’s us!
November 8, 2015
(32nd Sunday Ordinary Time B)
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” Mk_12:38-44
Whether it was out of her dedication and love, or purely out of obedience to the law, this poor woman offered her all. Jesus is asking the same of us. Whether out of simple obedience, or out of our love for Jesus and God and all He stands for, we are to give our all for Him. And in the end, the reward will be ours as well as His!
November 7, 2015
Jesus said, “No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Lk_16:9-15
If we’re looking for the reward of Eternal Life with God, beloved, then God must be our master. If we’re racing to find a “golden goose” before our earthly life ends, only to loose it in death, than serve money. But, “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
November 6, 2015
Jesus said, “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than the children of light.” Lk_16:1-8
Ok, Children of the Light, how prudent ARE you in dealing with matters of the world? Are you willing to get dishonest to get your due? Are you willing to curse and drink like the best of them, in order to be ‘one of them’? Are you willing to lie and cheat and steal, and even murder if that’s what’s necessary to get YOU on top of the heap? Well, that’s the prudence of the world. And if the world is that important to you – then there is your bed – lie in it!
But if it’s more important to you that you obey His commands. If it’s more important that you appear worthy in His eyes than those of the world, then stay always as Children of the Light. And shine His light that the world may know – that YOU are NOT one of them.
November 5, 2015
Jesus said, “. . . there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” Lk_15:1-10
Depending on our mood, it seems that we love to help the underdog. Be it a child with a deadly disease, a parent who lost their job, a race being persecuted by another, we are a people of kindness. But be it, in the least, that the underdog can fend for himself in any way, and we’re the first to persecute him even more. It might be called fickle or even injustice!
But our God is not fickle nor unjust. He seeks out the sinners who willingly repent their wrongdoings and come back to Him. Jesus was constantly helping the poor, the sick, the underdog, with no holds barred, if they were willing to believe, if they were willing to repent. So the attitude that we’ll never get to heaven because we are not, nor ever will be perfect enough, is not founded. because our God is a loving God who will always rejoice when we come back to Him. So never give up, beloved. Come back to God!
November 4, 2015
(St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop)
“Brothers and sisters: Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;” Rom_13:8-10
Wise advise from St. Paul. Who do we owe anything to, beloved? Maybe a return call, maybe a borrowed hammer, maybe a visit or a gift. But who do we owe love to? Our parents? Our spouse? Maybe even ourselves. Let’s start the month of November paying back all those old debts. And we’ll start with the LOVE!
November 3, 2015
(St. Martin de Porres)
Brothers and sisters: We, though many, are one Body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Rom_12:5-16ab
Just as an automobile will not work very well for it’s purpose of transporting people, without an engine, or without wheels, or without a steering wheel, so neither can the Body of Christ work very well without all of us. We each have different God-given talents (gifts) which help others. And together, in Christ, we can work wonders! Apart from Him we can do nothing. God bless you, beloved. Always remain in Him and with one another.
November 2, 2015
(The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed – All Souls Day)
The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace. Wis 3:1-9
What blessed, blessed hope we have, beloved!
Thank you Jesus, for giving that to us!
November 1, 2015
(Solemnity of All Saints)
St. John said, “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. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.” 1_Jn_3:1-3
Jesus said, “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.” Mt_5:1-12a
The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls the Beatitudes, “the paradoxical promises that sustain Hope in the midst of tribulations.“ CCC 1717
Feeling a little depressed, beloved? Maybe it’s time to dig back into the Beatitudes. And then start to count our blessings instead of our tribulations. We ARE very very blessed!
Link to homily for Nov 1 . . .
Happy November, beloved!
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