Daily Mass Quotes – April 2016

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Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

Bubbles2 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?

silenceOr were you just hiding in a cave, waiting on the Lord to Whisper in your ear – a Word – LIFE! Life, it’s in You! And YOU are beautiful in the Eyes of God, no matter what the world may say or think.

You are Loved!!

Every day the Lord whispers in our ears – Words of HOPE, Words of LOVE, and maybe not even words – just His JOY in our hearts.

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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04-30-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 30, 2016
Jesus said to his disciples: If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Jn_15:18-21

They can hate me, spit on me, kick me, fire me and never let me be part of their group, BUT I will never stop loving you, Jesus!  You ARE my life.  You are my love.  You are my all.  Please show me You in another companion, that I may have at least a few here to rejoice with.  And if not, it matters not either.  We are ONE.  And I will be with you to the farthest reaches of my mind.  In LOVE!

04-29-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 29, 2016
(St. Catherine of Siena)
Jesus said, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.  This I command you: love one another.” Jn_15:12-17

We can make the same analogy today as we did yesterday – with our own children.  They did not choose us, but WE chose them!  We may not have chosen the timing of their arrival (God did).  We may not have chosen their sex (God did).  We may not have even chosen their good or nasty looks, or personalities, or tempers – BUT we do have “a say” in molding that little person – into someone who will emerge Beautiful – of heart and Beautiful of soul.  And that “say” that we have, comes purely from Jesus, from the way we pass on His Word, His Commandment – TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER to those WE love!  That’s the most immeasurable heritage we can possibly pass on to anyone!

And as for us children!  We are just to know, that we have parents who truly LOVE us.  Whether they be here on earth, in this phase of our lives, or in Heaven!  Our heavenly Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit have proven that love in more ways than we can count.  Praise be to God!

04-28-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 28, 2016
(St. Peter Chanel, Priest)
Jesus said, “Remain in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.”  “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”  Jn_15:9-11

When we tell our children not to play with fire before they know how to handle it, it is for their own good.  They may not know what it’s like not have a home to live in because it was burned down.  They may not be able to imagine the pain of being burned and the long, if ever, recovery from the hurt and scars.  They may not realize the good it does for them by listening to the instructions of their parents.

Just so, we may not have a clue as to the consequences of not living the Commandments of God.  But Jesus tells us that the reward of living those commandments is “Complete JOY!”    And that’s something I think we can truly learn to live with!

04-27-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 27, 2016
I rejoiced because they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the LORD.”   Ps 122

For roughly 2000 years before the coming of Jesus, the Jewish people firmly kept a covenant promise that was made between God and their forefather Abraham.  In that Covenant, God promised that: Abraham would be blessed with many children, that those children would have a place to always call their home, and that through the Jewish people, the world would be blessed, or “saved,” as well.  On their part, the Jewish people, promised – that they would permanently mark their flesh as an eternal sign of remembrance.  That sign was – circumcision.

It was a Blood-Covenant between God and His special people.  And if an 8-day-old, male child, born into the Jewish race, were not circumcised, then according to God’s Word in Genesis 17:14, it says that, “If a male is uncircumcised, that is, if the flesh of his foreskin has not been cut away, such a one will be cut off from his people; for he has broken my (God’s) covenant.”  You see, it was a very serious two-way Covenant.

And, so much so, that there was an account in the Book of Exodus (Ex 4:24-26) where Moses forgot to circumcise his own son, and was about to be killed by God, before his wife, Zipporah, realized their failure to keep God’s covenant, circumcised the boy, and saved the life of Moses.

So with that historical background, we can now understand why the strongly faithful, Jewish Pharisees, who professed to believe in Jesus, would object to the non-Jewish, Gentiles coming into the faith without being circumcised.  They believed in Jesus, but they  just, did not yet understand that Jesus offers to the world a whole NEW Covenant . . .  A covenant that is sealed, not in our blood, the blood of circumcision, but in His, the blood of His very life.

You see, Jesus was actually the fulfillment of the part of Abraham’s Covenant, that said that God would bless the whole world – through the Jewish people.  It is through Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, that we, the Gentiles have been saved.  Our part in God’s New covenant is simply fulfilled by believing in Jesus.

And yet believing in Jesus is not merely a one-time confession of faith.  Our belief in Jesus must go as far as, staying in constant touch with Him.  Jesus tells us that He is the vine and we are the branches.  Without our constant connection to Jesus – through the Sacraments, through the Scriptures, and through our contact with other people, Jesus tells us that we will simply wither and die.

We need constant connection!

Then, to make the non-necessity of circumcision even clearer, Jesus tells us how God’s new Covenant promise of Salvation was not made to gain us a worldly home here in the flesh, but it was made to offer us a heavenly home with God for eternity – forever!  That’s what the Resurrection of Jesus was meant to prove to us.

And that’s the promise of Hope that makes the world of difference  in our lives, and in the lives of all who believe in Jesus!

He IS the True Vine, the Bread of Life, our Redeemer, our Lord, and our Savior!

I rejoiced because they said to me,
“We will go up to the house of the LORD.”   Ps 122

04-26-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 26, 2016
In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won over the crowds.  They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.  But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.   Acts_14:19-28

Don’t you just love this!  They stoned him to (apparent) death, but he got up and went into the city . . .   Isn’t God awesome!  He was not quite done with Paul yet!

Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give it to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”  Jn_14:27-31a

Do not fear, beloved!  God is not quite done with us either!  Take the peace of Christ into your hearts, for nothing ‘they’ can do to us can take that peace away – it belongs to God the Almighty!

04-25-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 25, 2016
(St. Mark, Evangelist)
Be sober and vigilant.  Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.  The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little.  To him be dominion forever.  Amen. 1_Pt_5:5b-14

They say, never let the devil get the least foothold on you, for you will be doomed to his will.  Instead, through prayer and fasting, stay strong in your faith in the Lord.  Jesus will save you.  All you need do is ask!

04-24-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 24, 2016
(Fifth Sunday of Easter, C)
Jesus said to His disciples, My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.  I give you a new commandment: love one another.  As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.  This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.  Jn_13:31-33a,34-35


Beloved, God’s love for us – ALL of us, is not something we should hold so closely in our hearts, that no one will ever know.  God’s love is something we should be shouting from the rooftops.  And how do we shout it?  We shout it out through our own example.  The example Jesus modeled for us.  We love one another.  We love the hopeless.  We love the one who is so immersed in himself that he doesn’t even notice us.  We love the one who never loves us back.  And God will take care of the rest!  Like the worker on the assembly line, we may never see the final product.  But we do our part the absolute best we can, so that final product NEVER fails, because of our part.  That part is the spark of God’s love.  It heals, it cures, it brings life and it LASTS Forever!  Praise Jesus!

04-23-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 23, 2016
(St. George, Martyr)
Jesus said,whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it. Jn_14:7-14

Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Him.  If we want to know God, beloved, we need to become “in” Jesus.  So we read every word we can get our hands on about Him, about His life.  We worship Him in prayer, at Mass and in the Sacraments.  And then we ask!  We ask for protection, we ask for sustenance and we ask for help.  And when we find that it truly has come to us, we thank God.  For we have truly become one with Jesus and He and God the Father and the Holy Spirit has become one with us as well.  Praise God!  And let the world know of His Love!

04-22-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 22, 2016
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You have faith in God; have faith also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.”   Jn_14:1-6

It’s easy to look back, knowing about Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection, and understand a little bit clearer what He was speaking to His disciples about.  Yes, they would be troubled with all that was about to happen.  How strong was their faith, when they all ran away?  And when Jesus made this statement, the disciples didn’t have a clue as to what He was talking about, as Thomas asked, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” ibid.

Yes, it’s easy to look backwards.  And for us, beloved, it brings us hope!  Jesus did come back in the resurrection and brought to His disciples and to all of us who believe, the comfort and presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  But one day, He promised, He will return again.  And on that day, we will return home to the Father’s house.  And we will be one with Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit FOREVER!  And then we will look back and say – Oh my, He told us so, all along!  And we’ll be so glad we believed!

Blessed birthday wishes to my mom, who’s already there!

04-21-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 21, 2016
(St. Anselm, Bishop)

When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.  If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.”   Jn_13:16-20

In God’s eyes, ALL are equally great!  And what we need to DO,  beloved, is treat others with that same respect.  Love the poor, lowly beggar on the street as well as the Armani dressed CEO.   No jealousy, no snubbing noses, just love.  And in return love will come back to us!  Blessed are we if we can truly live that way!

04-20-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 20, 2016
Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.  I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.  Jn_12:44-50

Come into the light, beloved, believe and live – for eternity!

Jesus IS the Light and the Life!

04-19-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 19, 2016
In Antioch, a large number of people was added to the Lord.  Then he (Barnabas) went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch.  For a whole year they met with the Church and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.  Acts_11:19-26

A firestorm had started and it was unstoppable.  Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world – not only for the Jews, but for the Gentiles as well.  (That’s everyone who’s not a Jew.)  And in Antioch where the life of Christ was ablaze, the believers began to call themselves Christians.  Yes, the Romans, the hard-hearted Jews, and even unbelieving Greeks would throw cold water upon them, upon us.  But nothing could stop that fire, burning in our hearts.  Today we have the radical Muslims who call themselves ISIS, again wanting to quench our fire.  But it IS unquenchable.  Even death will not keep us from reaching our God.  For we will be with Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Spirit for ETERNITY!  And that’s His promise!

04-18-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 18, 2016
Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.  I am the gate.  Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.”   Jn_10:1-10

Follow Him!

04-17-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 17, 2016
(Fourth Sunday of Easter, C)
The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.  Acts_13:14,43-52

“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”  “For this reason they stand before God’s throne and worship him day and night in his temple.  The one who sits on the throne will shelter them.  They will not hunger or thirst anymore, nor will the sun or any heat strike them. For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”  Rev_7:9,14b-17

What greater reason for our Joy!!!

The Good Shepherd Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.  No one can take them out of my hand.”   Jn_10:27-30

Good Shepherd Sunday!

NO ONE can take us, beloved, out of His hand!

04-16-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 16, 2016
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”   Jn_6:60-69

‘Nuff said!

04-15-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 15, 2016
Ananias went and entered the house; laying his hands on him, he said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”  Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight.  He got up and was baptized, and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.  He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus, and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.   Acts_9:1-20

How difficult it is for us to trust someone who has betrayed us.

Ananias was asked by God to trust this Saul who was imprisoning anyone who professed belief in Jesus.  That put Ananias at risk of being captured himself by this “Sheriff of Nottingham.”  But of course, obedience is the Way of Christianity.  Besides love.  So Ananias obediently loved Saul, just as Jesus did.  He healed him through the grace of God and, as we saw, a transformation occurred!  Saul becomes Paul, one of the greatest evangelists the Church has ever known.

And yet it’s interesting to see this transformation in light of the stubbornness of “the Jews” in John’s Gospel.  As Jesus preached his “Bread of Life Discourse,” those who we would today call fundamentalists, would not even listen to anything that was new or the least bit different from their regimented ideas of religion and faith.

And yet, as Jesus proved, time and again, everything that He taught and did was almost verbatim from the Books of the Torah and the Prophets that they professed to be the foundation of their faith.  Somewhere mixed in there, there was hypocrisy.  And the hypocrisy was, that although these Jews professed to be religious, their whole lives were centered on their own glorification, under the ruse of it being for God.

Guess it’s just something we have to be very careful about, too.  How willing are we to step out of our safety zones to love an enemy?  How willing are we to listen to something that may threaten our belief system and yet still be for the better good of Humanity?  How willing are we to truly follow in the footsteps of Jesus?  Saints throughout the ages have done just that.  And we are no less saints than they.  Jesus IS the bread of life.  And we feast on Him for Life ETERNAL!

04-14-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 14, 2016
Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world.”   Jn_6:44-51

Jesus gave his flesh that we might live.  All we need do is BELIEVE!

04-13-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 13, 2016
(St. Martin I, Pope and Martyr)
Jesus said, For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.  Jn_6:35-40

So in order to be raised, we have to believe in Jesus.  But raised from what or where, and to what or where?  When we can recognize that we are not residing on the top of the mountain, or the top of the ladder, or on the top of anything, really.  When we realize that we are actually living, as the Psalmist says, in the valley of the shadow of death (Ps 23), then we really have nowhere else to look but to the Son to raise us up.  And raised up from here is truly where we want to be.

Oh, yes, there really is some awesome beauty in this life, both in nature and in people.  But there are also some pretty treacherous pits; pits of unemployment, poverty, enslavement, war, bullying, ignorance and prejudice, just to name a few.  And if we’ve been fortunate enough (actually blessed enough) to have gotten away with not falling into those pits too often in our lives, then we might have a little harder time wanting to be raised.  But for many, many people on our beautiful planet, life has been, just one pit after another, until all of life truly is – a valley of death; death that we’re all going to experience, whether our lives have been glorious or disastrous.

If we believe in Jesus.  And if we have developed a living, loving relationship with Him, both through the Scriptures and through other good Christian people, our lives in this valley can be much less painful and much more beautiful than without Him.  Jesus promises us an eternity of life, even better than the very best mountain top experience we can possibly imagine in this valley.

And that’s a promise, beloved, we can count on.

04-12-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 12, 2016
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_6:30-35

What are we hungering and thirsting for, beloved?  Is it something we really need, or is it something we just want or would like to have?  Funny, when we finally get those things we thought we wanted so bad, in a week or two, we are already getting tired of them and are looking for something else.  Jesus IS everything we could ever want or need.  He fills us with love and nourishment.  And His fulfillment never grows old and never wears out.  Come, beloved, and be filled with the blessed joy of being one with Jesus.  Come to His Church, and receive the Bread of Life!

04-11-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 11, 2016
(St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr)
Jesus said, “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.  For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”  So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the,  one he sent.”   Jn_6:22-29

It all starts with belief.  If you do not believe, maybe you just don’t know, so let’s learn.  If you refuse to believe, maybe you just haven’t fallen far enough yet to need Him.  If everything in your life is unbearable, maybe it’s time to start believing.  Jesus will see us through it all.  All we need to do is start believing.  The rest will follow.  He will see to that!

04-10-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 10, 2016
(Third Sunday of Easter, C)
After the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus . . .
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”  Jn_21:1-19

Not that long before this question, Peter, insisted that his faith in Jesus was unshakable!  Yet Jesus knew . . .

Peter said to him in reply, “Though all may have their faith in you shaken, mine will never be.”  Jesus said to him, “Amen, I say to you, this very night before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.”  Peter said to him, “Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you.” And all the disciples spoke likewise.  Mt_26:33-35

Yet deny, he did, and three times at that.  Maybe in baseball Peter would have been out.  But Jesus wasn’t and isn’t playing baseball.  Jesus is playing LIFE!  And in the game of Life, when we’re playing on Jesus’ side, we WILL win EVERY time!  All we have to do is answer that question Right!  “Do YOU love me?” – more than – Facebook, or internet, or your car, or your hobby, or your sports team, or even your very life!!!!   IF the answer is truly YES, beloved, we’ve already WON,
and it’s forever!

Link to Today’s Homily –
“One of Those Days”

04-09-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 9, 2016
. . . the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.  Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”  Acts_6:1-7

The Community of Christians was growing.  And the Twelve Apostles began to find themselves stretched in not being able to ‘do’ everything themselves.  They realized that if they had to do ‘EVERYTHING,’ some of the important ‘business’ of being Jesus’ Apostles might be lost in the process, like preaching the Gospel of Jesus.  Yet they recognized that service to God’s people was important as well.

So it was at this point that the Apostles began to delegate.  They determined that structure was important to keeping the Church intact and consistent. Thus we begin to see the infant beginnings of the Organized Church.  Apostles would become Bishops.  Peter, their leader, would be considered the prime leader (the Pope).  And these delegated ‘servants,’ who would minister to the poor and the ill, the home-bound and the imprisoned, would become the first Deacons.

In time, there would be other disciples who would offer their lives to assist the Bishops in preaching, governing and leading smaller groups of the faithful (called parishes), and these people would be the Priests.  Bishops, Priests and Deacons, were and are, the three consecrated “Orders” of the Church.

In time, the Church would become a highly structured Organization and be named Catholic, meaning universal.  The challenge then, would and did become, not letting this ‘organization’ go to people’s heads – filled with lofty goals of climbing ladders, wearing ornate garments, living in royalty and ‘lording’ their position and fame over others.  Which was the exact opposite of what Jesus taught.  It was, and is, a long learning process.  We have gone down to the depths of error and have moved back to the basics, over and over again.

When we can keep our focus on Jesus, even in the midst of persecution, as those early disciples discovered, there will be JOY, and that Joy will be contagious!  This is what Jesus taught!  Give, not counting the cost.  Love, never seeking reward.  And Proclaim, even if it hurts.  God WILL see us through it all!  And our reward will be Eternal!

04-08-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 8, 2016
After recalling the Apostles, they (the Sanhedrin) had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them.  So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.  And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.   Acts_5:34-42

The Apostles recalled the Beatitude that Jesus taught while on the “mountain” described by Matthew . . .

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.  Mt_5:10-11

So REJOICE, beloved!

Christians have been persecuted and hated, ever since Jesus’ began His ministry.  The Apostles and Saints throughout the ages have carved a path for us, following in the footsteps of Jesus.  Preaching and living lives of righteousness IS what pleases God.  And Jesus has told us enough times, that God sees, knows and will reward us for that life.  Death has no hold on us.  For we know that we will be with God for eternity, blessed!

04-07-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 7, 2016
(Saint John Baptist de la Salle, Priest)
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him.  Jn_3:31-36

The high priest said to Peter and the apostles, “you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”  But Peter and the Apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men.  The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.  God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.  We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”  When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death. Acts_5:27-33

The Scripture selections of the last few days, from John’s Gospel and the from the Book of Acts, have been giving us the Revelation of Who Jesus IS, both from the Words of Jesus Himself and from the post-resurrection words of the Apostles.

Today John reveals the connection between God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  And then, He points to US as having the free-will choice to believe in Jesus or not.  He tells us that no-one can force that belief on anyone else, but that there are consequences to our choices of belief or disbelief.

And we can clearly see those consequences in Luke’s description of the interaction between Peter and the high priest of the Sanhedrin.  Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, the same Peter who denied even knowing Jesus, now boldly professes the Truth, as an accusation against that same high priest who, not long before, was shouting “Crucify Him” to Pilate.  And today, we have that same high priest – denying any responsibility for having had Jesus killed.  It was a lie, as clear as the scowl on his face.

John said that whoever believes in Jesus has Eternal Life; and that a Spirit of Truth and Boldness dwells within them.  And yet, he also says, that whoever refuses to believe – will dwell in Wrath.  Luke testified that the Sanhedrin were not only infuriated (in wrath) by Peter’s Truth, but they were craving his execution because they believed that their only defense against the Truth – was to kill it.  And we know well, even 2000-years later, that the Truth of God can never be killed!

Just a few days ago, I was in Columbus, Ohio.  And when I got up on Sunday morning, and looked out the window, I saw a dusting of (April) snow all over our car.  You see, I was an eyewitness to that snow.  And unless you just happened to be in Columbus at the same time, you have the choice of believing me, or not.  But either way, it doesn’t really make a whole lot of difference, unless you mention it to someone else and get into an argument over it.

Today John tells us that Jesus IS the eyewitness to God His Father.  And Jesus told us, exactly what God His Father told Him.  And there really is no one else who could have ever been in the same place or time as Jesus was with God (save for the Holy Spirit).

So now, we again have the choice to believe, or not.  But this time it makes a WORLD of difference!

It’s the difference between – a life of Peace and a life of Wrath.

It’s the difference between Bold Truth and Timid Lies.

It’s the difference between Love and Hatred.

And if all of that – is plainly obvious to us in our world today, then we are clearly believers!

The challenge is, Are we willing to put our Minds, and our Words, and our Hands – where our Hearts are?

04-06-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 6, 2016
God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. 

. . . whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.  Jn_3:16-21

When our little son or daughter is about to pick up a piece of burning coal, we might shriek in fear that they will surely hurt themselves.  We’re not shrieking in anger against our child, rather out of love that they don’t get hurt.  Jesus didn’t come to condemn us, but to save us out of His great love for us!  He explained the truth about what can hurt us and what will save us.  If we just listen to Jesus with an open mind, we WILL gain eternal life – in love with God, forever.  What greater sign could God have given us, than to see our resurrected Lord; something impossible and unexplainable in human terms, but unquestionably TRUE for all who believe!

04-05-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 5, 2016
The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.  With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.  There was no needy person among them,  Acts_4:32-37

There is a freedom, beloved, in not being tied down to earthly possessions.  There is an empowerment in giving to others.  With freedom comes empowerment.  With empowerment comes responsibility.  And it is all entwined in Love!  Bear witness  to the love of Jesus given to us through His resurrection.  Bear witness to eternal life!  That’s freedom!

04-04-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 4, 2016
(The Annunciation of the Lord)
Prefigured, through the prophets… The LORD spoke to Ahaz through the prophet Isaiah, saying, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us!’”  Is_7:10-14;8:10

Sung about through the Psalms:  Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.  Ps 40

Carried out through Mary:  Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.”  Lk_1:26-38

And fulfilled in Jesus:  when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; in holocausts 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.’”  Heb_10:4-10

What a magnificent Gift!

04-03-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 3, 2016
(Second Sunday of Easter C)
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”   Jn_20:19-31

Peace, Breath and Spirit.  The components of reconciliation.  The Holy Spirit is the power behind it.  If it’s peace we’re looking for beloved, be reconciled with God.  Be reconciled with one another.  Allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives instead of our weak flesh.  And be at peace with Jesus!

04-02-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 2, 2016
The risen Jesus said to His disciples, “Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”  Mk_16:9-15

This quote was one of St. Francis’ favorites and his motivation to do exactly what it commanded.  He preached to the birds and the wolves, the beggars and the elite.  This Good News, this Gospel, is all about Love.  It’s the story of One who died to save us from ourselves, because of His great love for us.  That’s Jesus.  It’s the story of our reminder that God has never given up on us.  And that’s pretty awesome!

04-01-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

April 1, 2016
Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered his accusers, Jesus is “‘the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.’  There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”   Acts_4:1-12

And yet, our God is a MERCIFUL God.  And he will not condemn anyone who has not been given the wisdom and the knowledge to make the choice of belief in, or rejection of Jesus.  Those who reject Jesus simply condemn themselves.  And we who believe then have an even greater responsibility – to live up to His teachings – LOVE one another!

Happy April, beloved.  May it be a very blessed month for you!

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