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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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December 31, 2016
Children, it is the last hour; 1_Jn_2:18-21
. . . to those who did accept him (Jesus) he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, . . . From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, Jn_1:1-18
So . . .
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name;
announce his salvation, day after day.
. . . Our New Year’s resolution . . .
to fall in love with the Lord,
over and over and over
Happy New Year Beloved!
December 30, 2016
(Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life; he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother. My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him; revile him not all the days of his life; kindness to a father will not be forgotten, firmly planted against the debt of your sins – a house raised in justice to you. Sir_3:2-6,12-14
May God our Father bless all His children!
We give thanks for You!
December 29, 2016
(St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr)
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Lk_2:22-35
A sign that reveals the thoughts of the heart. LOVE!
If love truly is within our hearts, beloved, then it would hurt to see anyone else hurt. It would pain us to see or hear of the untimely or unnecessary deaths of ANYONE, even our enemy. It would devastate us to see unborn infants brutally killed in the womb, just for the sake of convenience. It would hurt to see how revenge and anger and hatred are promoted in our media, our movies and our music.
Mary had that heart of love. And that heart was pierced when she saw her own Jewish leaders so strongly opposing her son. That heart was pierced when she saw her own son brutally tortured and killed. And that heart taught us what it truly means to love.
Today, let’s reflect on our own heart condition. Is it so filled with love that it hurts to turn on the news? Or is the love in our heart strengthening us, because we know that there is HOPE! And that hope rests totally in our sharing in the love of Jesus – our becoming ONE with Him. That’s the love that He died to teach us about!
December 28, 2016
(Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs)
When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’
When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, Mt_2:13-18
Reaction or Response? . . .
Herod was a rash, reactive and cruel Roman leader. His sole motivation in life was self-preservation. Thus, when anything occurred that seemed to threaten that motive, Herod was quick to react and eliminate any possibility of opposition to his own ‘good will.’
Herod was also somewhat familiar with the Jewish prophesies. He heard of the Redeemer, the Savior, the Messiah – that the Jewish people were so anxiously awaiting. And, as a matter of fact, he already had many, self-proclaimed messiahs killed.
But this one was a little different. Never before had anyone received such acclamation of notoriety, by such highly esteemed dignitaries as the Magi. So before they ever left his company, Herod sought his own redemption, by commanding the Magi to reveal the exact location of this new Messiah, so that he could secretly have him killed. But when the Magi failed to return, it was time for Herod to react again, as usual.
And knowing that his threat was a child, knowing that it was a boy, and knowing that he was born in or near Bethlehem, Herod reacted with his customary violence by having all of the male children of Bethlehem slaughtered.
Today we celebrate the martyrdom of these innocent children. Children who died, not even knowing why they were killed. And yet in their deaths, our true Messiah, Jesus, escaped from Herod’s grasp, with the help of an attentive and responsive father, Joseph.
Which, of course, leads us to a very important aspect of the whole story.
It leads us to that same question of – what motivates our own actions? Are we attentive to others, to the activities and forces of nature all around us? Are we attentive to God’s hand – leading, guiding and protecting us through other people – who may just be angels in disguise? Do we listen and respond as Joseph did, with the forethought of asking – Who else, beside ourselves, might our actions impact? Or do we just impulsively react to situations, like Herod?
When Jesus grew up, with the wisdom taught by His mother, and the compassion inbred by His Heavenly Father, he taught own His disciples and us how very important it is to respond, rather than just react to life around us. When our response emanates from love instead of greed, not only will we be saved throughout our earthly lives, but we will find that Eternal Salvation that Jesus came to offer us, as well. And when we reach that heavenly destination, we’ll find ourselves in the same company as the saints and the angels, as the aborted children and martyred Christians. And we will be together with these Holy Innocents who died, like Jesus, that we may have life!
December 27, 2016
(St. John, Apostle and Evangelist)
St. John wrote, “. . . what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing this so that our joy may be complete.” 1_Jn_1:1-4
Therefore, finding the love of God, believing in His Son Jesus Christ, and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and guide our lives – is wonderful! But even more wonderful, is “completing our joy” by sharing that love with others. Even more wonderful, is bringing others to knowing Jesus, to becoming a part of this fellowship, which not only includes the Holy Trinity, the apostles and saints, and all the angels, but it includes our brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends right here in the present. We can learn all the book stuff there is to know about our God, the history of the Church and the liturgy, but we can only complete our joy by sharing it! “Go therefore,” Jesus said, “and make disciples of all nations!” It’s our calling. It’s our JOY!
December 26, 2016
(St. Stephen, First Martyr)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Mt_10:17-22
The LORD will be speaking through you!
They may utter all kinds of lies against you, falsely, because of me (Jesus). They may throw stones at you, shoot bullets through you, torture you and exile you from your homes. But fear not, Jesus is with you! And your reward will be great in the Kingdom of God! So fear not, beloved. Nothing can harm our being with God, our being with Jesus forever! Praise the incarnate Child. Praise the crucified one. Praise the resurrected and ascended Lord of all. Praise the Name of Jesus our redeemer!
December 25, 2016
(The Nativity of the Lord)
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, “Your God is King!” Is_52:7-10
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
A very blessed Christmas to all,
and to all a very blessed new year,
all in the Love of Jesus!
December 24, 2016
O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power! Alleluia verse (missed from last Sunday)
The LORD said to king David, “I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his Kingdom firm. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your Kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.” 2_Sm_7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16
And some 3000 years later the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom that Jesus initiated still endures. Blessed be the Lord our God! And Blessed be His Kingdom now and forever!
Christmas blessings to YOU, beloved!
His love endures for you and for all!
December 23, 2016
O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death. Alleluia verse
Thus says the Lord GOD: Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; And suddenly there will come to the temple the LORD whom you seek, And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Ml_3:1-4,23-24
In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace – Amen Office of Morning Prayer, conclusion of the Canticle of Zechariah or Benedictus (Luke 1:57-79)
Come O Radiant Dawn, as we await Your blessing, Lord Jesus. For, it’s not in the tree, though the tree is pretty. It’s not in the presents, though the gift giving is wonderful. It’s not in the music, though the sounds are soothing to our souls. It’s in the love. The love of family. The love of friends. The love of YOU Lord, in all you have given for us. No greater love is possible! Come into our hearts this Christmas, Jesus, as we love and worship and adore You!
December 22, 2016
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
King of ALL nations!
Come and save us from ourselves!
For we are poor in spirit.
And You are rich in Love!
God created mankind in his image;
in the image of God he created them;
COME, Lord Jesus!
December 21, 2016
O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!
Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!
“O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you, let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.” Sg 2:8-14
How I long to see your face, Jesus, my beloved. You are sweeter than honey. You are safer than Law. You are love itself, living in my heart. Come, O come!
December 20, 2016
O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!
What is the darkness of our prison, beloved?
Is it illness or oppression? Is it the absence of a job or a loved one? Is it just the absence of love? As we await the coming of our Savior, both in the commemoration of His birth and His welcome into our hearts, let us open our eyes and ears to see and to hear His love all around us. It’s in those moments of painlessness. It’s in the poverty, yet the wealth of knowing that Jesus was poor as well. It’s in the life He gave for us: the light of His resurrection, the light of His ascension, the light of our Church. Hold tight to those beacons of hope, beloved, and know that we WILL be set free. It is His promise!
O Beacon of Hope, brighten our path,
that we may find our way to YOU!
December 19, 2016
O Root of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!
But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide fairly for the land’s afflicted. Is_11: 1-4
God . . . Abraham – Isaac – Jacob (Israel) – Judah (“the root of Jesse’s stem“) . . . . . Jesse – David . . . (downfall of Israel and Judah “the stump of Jesse“) . . . Jesus (“the Stem, the Shoot“) – our Savior, endowed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, who taught us, and healed us, and demonstrated His might and His power! It is this Jesus who blankets us in God’s love, who forgives our transgressions, who brings to us that same Holy Spirit with God’s love and power.
Come Lord Jesus! Fill us now and always!
December 18, 2016
(4th Sunday of Advent, A)
. . . the angel of the Lord appeared to him (Joseph) in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Mt_1:18-24
Ever have a dream, beloved, that was almost too fantastic to believe? Ever wonder about the possibility of its reality? Ever follow through on it and continue to see hints of it’s fruition, but still wondered if you’d ever see it’s conclusion before you died?
Well, there IS a dream that we should all be having! It’s a heavenly dream! And not one of us will ever see it’s fruition – in this life, at least. But if we’re patient. If we can hang out and persist with following the rules, with doing the oddest rituals (like the Eucharist) and we continue believing that there is TRUTH to this dream, at least I believe, and I hope you do too, we WILL see what the angel has promised. Hang in there beloved, and keep on believing – just as Joseph and Mary did! This WILL end! And it WILL be Better!
December 17, 2016
O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!
Be safe, O children of God. Allow the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to guide your comings and goings, especially in the midst of the dangers of terror, war or like here, nasty weather.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!
December 16, 2016
Jesus said to the Jews: “You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved. John was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.” Jn_5:33-36
If you ever got blamed for doing something you didn’t do;
Or, if you ever got blamed for having some kind of personality you didn’t have, your first response might be total shock or surprise.
And you might think, “How could those people, who I thought knew me, all of a sudden, suspect me of doing or being something so totally out of my character?”
It’s funny, because it happens all the time.
And it’s not funny, because there are people in this world who DO nasty things that we’d never suspect either.
So we can become very skeptical and untrusting of everyone.
And when we come to the point in life, where we are hesitant to trust anyone, we also come to the point where we are hesitant to trust in the Lord as well.
Jesus was dealing with just those kinds of attitudes.
And we see in the Gospels, places, like today, where Jesus actually Testifies to His Sonship with God the Father.
We see places where Jesus testifies that both John the Baptist and He have been sent by God for the salvation of all mankind, just as the Prophets of old had promised.
And yet, the hearts of the many of the Jews, and the hearts of many of the Gentiles, as well, were so hardened by false Messiahs, by liars and cheats, by bad governments and even bad religious leaders, that not even the miraculous deeds done by Jesus would convince them otherwise.
But, thanks be to God, that we would not be here
– if ALL of those people had been that hardened!
Thanks be to God, that with all of the nasty stuff we see going on in our world today, we still have HOPE in the Everlasting Promise that Jesus proclaimed.
And we call that hope – the Good News, because:
– no matter who ignores us,
– no matter who fires us,
– no matter who forgets our birthday,
– or doesn’t come to visit at Christmas,
– or doesn’t understand our conviction to Jesus,
No Matter What,
God loves us – beyond it all !
And even when we ourselves mess up, which may be more often that we’d like to admit, God still loves us and gives us another chance to make amends.
As we come to our final week of Advent, Jesus reminds us of that Hope.
And we praise God for the Incarnation.
And we praise God for His teaching.
And we praise God for the suffering
that Jesus endured for us.
And we praise God for His Gift of the Holy Spirit.
And we praise God for His Good News of Love . . .
as we offer IT back to the starving world all around us,
this Christmas and always!
December 15, 2016
Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the LORD, who has mercy on you. Is_54:1-10
What more hope-filled message could we receive. God’s love is unbreakable and His mercy infinite!
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
he will prepare your way before you. Lk_7:24-30
Jesus tells us that this messenger, described by the Prophet Isaiah, is John the Baptist. John prepares our hearts through the cleansing of baptism. Through our repentance in the Sacrament of Reconciliation we become open to receive the Lord. Jesus fills us with His Holy Spirit and we are ready for to enter the presence of God. Open your heart, beloved, this Christmas and allow the presence of God to flow into you.
December 14, 2016
(St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
I am the LORD, there is no other;
I form the light, and create the darkness,
I make well-being and create woe;
I, the LORD, do all these things.
Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above,
like gentle rain let the skies drop it down.
Let the earth open and salvation bud forth;
let justice also spring up!
I, the LORD, have created this. . . .
Turn to me and be safe,
all you ends of the earth,
for I am God; there is no other!
He is the Great ‘I Am,’ from which nothing else ‘IS’ unless He wills it: You and me and everything else we can see or imagine. And it’s all good – unless we contaminate it. Seek the Lord, beloved, ALL and only what is His. And all and only what is His will be yours as well. Blessed be the Lord our God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
December 13, 2016
(St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr)
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him. Ps 34
Trust in the Lord, beloved. Be redeemed. Be saved!
December 12, 2016
(Our Lady of Guadalupe)
Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. . . . Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Lk_1:39-47
In whatever way you worship the Lord Jesus, in whatever way you most enjoy reverencing our Blessed Mother Mary, just allow your spirit to rejoice. For their love for us goes beyond anything we can possibly understand. And our love for them should be the very best we can possibly offer!
December 11, 2016
(3rd Sunday Advent, A, Gaudete Sunday)
The Prophet Isaiah said, “Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.” Is_35:1-6a,10
No, neither death, nor hatred, not revenge, nor anger, not addiction, nor apathy will save us. Only our love for God and one another can do that. Jesus came to absolve our errors, if we trust in Him and we turn away from all those things that are not Love! Then we will be vindicated. We will be compensated and we will be saved. Blessed be the Lord our God!
Link to today’s homily . . .
December 10, 2016
How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Sir_48:1-4,9-11
Jesus answered His disciples, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist. Mt_17:9a,10-13
Jesus often equated the Prophet Elijah with John the Baptist. John was the “messenger.” John prepared the way for the Messiah. John’s baptism cleaned the hearts of sinners so that they would be open to receive the Lord. John was the last and the greatest of the Prophets.
Sirach concludes this passage with the words, “Blessed is he who shall have seen you (Elijah/John) and who falls asleep in your friendship.” Sir 48:11
Fall asleep, beloved, in your love for the Prophets who prepare us for the coming of the Lord. Fall asleep in love with Jesus, and you will be blessed indeed!
December 9, 2016
(St. Juan Diego)
Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go. If you would hearken to my commandments, your prosperity would be like a river, and your vindication like the waves of the sea; Is_48:17-19
If you’re a parent, beloved, you know well what the Prophet Isaiah was transmitting about God – our Creator and heavenly parent. EVERYTHING that God wants for us is for our own good, just as everything a parent wants for their child is for that child’s good. For the parent knows more. The parent has experienced more and has already been through the ups and the downs, the pits and the mountaintops, to share with us only the very best of how to survive and thrive in this life. If we listen to the directions of our God, the directions of Jesus, there is no question that it will be for our good. All we have to do is trust and follow!
December 8, 2016
(Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
The angel said to Mary, “. . . for nothing will be impossible for God.” Lk_1:26-38
NOTHING! Not the sinless conception and birth of the Blessed Virgin, who would be the Mother of God. Not the pregnancy of Elizabeth in her old age. Not the Divine intervention of the Holy Spirit in the conception of Jesus. Not Jesus’ miraculous healings, the raising of the dead, or His control of nature. Nothing will be impossible for God. Remember that beloved, when it seems you’re being asked the impossible. With God on your side, NOTHING will be impossible, even eternal life in His Kingdom.
Something we can count on!
December 7, 2016
(St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. Is_40:25-31
Hope and Strength in the Lord!
Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Mt_11:28-30
Today’s Scriptures are some of my favorites because they bring us so much Hope. When we’re struggling with how to deal with illness; when we’re struggling with how to deal with people, or rules, or boredom or just life in general; that’s when we need to remember that we don’t have to struggle alone.
We have a God who cares.
We have a God who will give us the strength we need to endure those challenges, and even “soar with eagles wings” in overcoming them.
But we can’t do it alone.
And that’s why we yoke ourselves to Jesus. Instead of letting the world and all it’s cold, uncaring messages of doom and gloom burden us into total depression, we instead, allow the Words of Jesus, both in the Scriptures, and through our good Christian companions (our Church) to lighten that load with HOPE.
Jesus shows us the way of eliminating fear.
Jesus shows us the way of acting with righteousness and integrity.
Jesus shows us the way to internal peace, regardless of what’s going on around us.
And Jesus leads us with LOVE.
When we attach ourselves to the yoke of the Love of Jesus, all of Life will become – not only bearable, but filled with His Joy!
December 6, 2016
(St. Nicholas, Bishop)
A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! . . . Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together; Is_40:1-11
Ever feel like you’re living in a “wasteland” beloved? Sometimes that’s exactly what our lives might feel like when we’ve fallen away or forgotten to keep God, to keep Jesus close. The Prophet tells us today to prepare the way. Just as John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of Jesus in the land of the Jordan River, so we too should be preparing a way in our hearts (as Advent reminds us) for the coming of our Savior. Jesus will be there to brighten up the dark spots and to defend us in those times we feel persecuted. And in the process, our wasteland will be turned into a beautiful garden of nourishment and joy. All we need do is follow His path!
December 5, 2016
The Prophet Isaiah wrote, A highway will be there, called the holy way; No one unclean may pass over it, nor fools go astray on it. No lion will be there, nor beast of prey go up to be met upon it. It is for those with a journey to make, and on it the redeemed will walk. Is_35:1-10
What kind of road are we traveling, beloved? Is it a road filled with pits, or ice, or spite, or anger? Or are we riding the highway to heaven or battling the tarmac from hell. It’s all under our own control. With the right attitude we can fly over those pits. We can ignore the spite and anger of others, if we keep those same attitudes out of ourselves. And we can tread the slickest ice when we have Jesus as our traction control.
We do have a journey to make. All we have to do is keep our eye on our heavenly destination and a little bit of heaven just might be with us as we travel!
December 4, 2016
(2nd Sunday Advent, A)
John the Baptist said, “Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Mt_3:1-12
We must be sure that we are always bearing good fruit!
On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Is_11:1-10
On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious. ibid
Out of death, new life can spring up. For us that new life is named Jesus: a sprout from the stump. A sprout that the Gentiles sought! Now it’s our turn, beloved. As John the Baptist preaches, turn away from sin and sprout anew. Jesus is here to help us. Count on Him and those gifts of the Holy Spirit that we also received in our Baptism and Confirmation!
And His dwelling in us WILL be glorious!
December 3, 2016
(St. Francis Xavier, Priest)
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” Mt_9:35-10:1,5-8
What is it that we’ve received without cost, beloved? Is it our talents, is it our life, is it our freedom of choice. Funny, seems everything comes at a cost. But just look at all God has given us at no cost. Are we using those gifts for selfish gain, or are we using them as our Gifts (from God) to others. Jesus wants us to give without counting the cost, because the Kingdom of heaven is freely available for everyone!
December 2, 2016
The Prophet Isaiah encouraged, “On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,” Is_29:17-24
Between all the warnings and calls to come back to the Lord, while the people of Israel and Judah were slowly being overtaken by foreign nations, Isaiah will insert a picture of hope. Today and throughout this season of Advent, we will constantly be reminded of our Hope in God – when we stay faithful to Him. Advent is a time of conversion and a time of refreshment. “Turn away from sin” John the Baptist retorts. And we will find the Joy that the Lord is consistently offering us. Stay in the Word of Jesus and we will learn to hear with ‘true’ ears and see with ‘true’ sight.
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” Mt_9:27-31
So it’s not just asking and waiting for some unbelievable miracle to happen to us. We have to BELIEVE that whatever we truly need in life will, unquestionably come. And then, we ask Jesus.
And, of course, we never forget to give thanks! Not just for those things we’ve received, but for every breath we take, for every morsel we have to eat, for every dry and warm night that we have shelter. Because there are many, many people in our world today that do not even have those survival basics. Praise God, believe, give thanks and then offer that hope to others – who may just be praying, and believing, and waiting for us!
December 1, 2016
Jesus said, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.” Mt_7:21,24-27
Almost reminds us of the story of The Three Little Pigs. The house of straw, the house of sticks and the house of bricks. “He huffed and he puffed . . . “
But instead of the house itself, Jesus is speaking about the foundation of that house. What are our lives, our souls, our every thought and action based upon? If our answer is our own abilities, then one day those floods and winds of our inabilities will blow us away, for we will have nothing left to stand on. But if our foundation is the Lord, we will be set solidly on rock, and not even death will be able to rattle us. For Jesus conquered even death, death on a cross! And so can we, when He is our foundation!
Happy December, beloved!
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