Daily Mass Quotes – March 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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03-31-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 31, 2016
The resurrected Jesus said to His disciples, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”  Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.   Lk_24:35-48

Once the Scriptures are opened for us, then we need to find the means of understanding it.  Jesus is the means.  Jesus will open our minds to understand.  And in our understanding, we will discover LOVE!  And in our love, we will be changed.  No more prejudice, no more hatred, no more selfishness.  When we truly understand the depth of the Love that Jesus poured out for ALL of us, then we will never want anything but that love in our lives.  Love for God, love for Jesus, and love to every living being on this planet!  And all of life will have new meaning for us.  And we will be at peace!

03-30-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 30, 2016
Two of Jesus’ disciples were returning home after the events of the passion and death of Jesus, when Jesus came walking along with them.  Though they did not know it was Jesus, they listened intently as He opened the Scriptures to them about all that had been written about Him by the prophets.  When they finally realized that it was Jesus, they said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”  Lk_24:13-35

Jesus opens the Scriptures to us all the time, beloved.  Sometimes it comes to us through a friend or a stranger.  Sometimes we are inspired to read the Bible ourselves.  And sometimes through a book, or a radio speaker, or even a child, Jesus will show up to us in a word, or a thought, or even a picture.  He IS alive, beloved.  Believe and watch out, because we never know when or where He just may show up in our lives too!

03-29-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 29, 2016
Mary Magdalene was mourning the loss of the body of Jesus.  She was so blinded by her focus on the dead that she didn’t realize that the living Jesus was right there in front of her, and He was speaking with her.  When she finally realized that it was Jesus, Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.”  Jn_20:11-18

Sometimes, beloved, we cling so tightly to the wrong things that the right thing, the answer we were searching for, is right there in front of us and we don’t even recognize it.  We need to slow down, calm down, open our eyes and maybe for the first time ever, SEE!  Jesus is right there waiting for us, to provide our answers, to calm our fears, to feed us in our hunger.  Today let’s open the door of our heart and welcome Him in!

03-28-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 28, 2016
On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed: . . .
“God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses.  Exalted at the right hand of God, he poured forth the promise of the Holy Spirit that he received from the Father, as you both see and hear.”   Acts_2:14,22-33

Remember the Evangelist, John’s description of John the Baptist’s baptism of Jesus, beloved.  John (the Baptist) testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him.  I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’  Jn 1:32-32

At Pentecost, it happened.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to baptize all the faithful.  And in that baptism they all became bold enough to loudly proclaim Jesus as the Messiah, the Savior of the world.  Yesterday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus in our Easter Masses, in our hearts!  Now, for the next 50 days we continue that celebration as one, long Easter before the Solemnity of Pentecost.  Always keep that JOY of Jesus alive in your heart, beloved.  For Jesus has filled us with that same Holy Spirit in our own baptisms.  We are ONE with Him forever!

03-27-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 27, 2016
(The Resurrection of the Lord, Easter Day)
Peter said, We are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.  They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.  This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.  To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.   Acts_10:34a,37-43

Alleluia, Alleluia!

03-26-15 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 26, 2016
(Holy Saturday)
Thus says the Lord: I will take you away from among the nations, gather you from all the foreign lands, and bring you back to your own land.
I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you,  taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts.
I will put my spirit within you and make you live by my statutes, careful to observe my decrees.
You shall live in the land I gave your fathers; you shall be my people, and I will be your God.  (Seventh Reading from the Easter Vigil Mass:  Ez_36:16-17a,18-28)

The Eternal Promise!

At daybreak on the first day of the week the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.
They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground.
They said to them,
“Why do you seek the living one among the dead?
He is not here, but he has been raised.  Lk_24:1-12

The Fulfillment!

Now, it’s our turn!
He’s not among the dead.
Seek Him among the Living, and LIVE!

03-25-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 25, 2016
(Good Friday)
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.”  And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.   Jn_18:1—19:42

ALL for us!

03-24-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 24, 2016
(Holy Thursday)
The Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  1_Cor_11:23-26

The institution of the Eucharist.  The New Passover.  The Last Supper.  The New Covenant.  The Love of Christ poured out for us!

Jesus said to His disciples, “I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”  Jn_13:1-15

From washing of their feet to feeding them, along with the multitudes.  From calming their storms to healing their ills.  From praying with them to praying for them.  All the way to dying for them, and us.  Jesus is our model.  And so shall we behave and act and do for others.

A very blessed Holy Thursday to you beloved!

03-23-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 23, 2016
One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?”  They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. Mt_26:14-25

As we prepare ourselves for the sacred three days, the Holy Triduum, leading to the Easter Resurrection of Jesus, we’re reminded today, how easy it is to wander from His path –
– for the sake of the Glory,
– for the sake of the Money,
– for the sake of the Power,
– for the sake of our Independence,
– or even just Forgetting Jesus when we might need Him the most.

All of the disciples, except John, left Jesus and hid, after He was arrested.  Peter denied even knowing Jesus for the sake of his own pride.

And today we hear the story of Judas.  Judas expected the Messiah to be a conquering ruler who would free the Jews from their Roman oppressors.  And when Jesus didn’t meet Judas’ expectations, Judas sold Him out to the Pharisees, who were against Jesus from the very start.

Yet, Jesus didn’t come to free us from just one select group of oppressors.  Jesus came to free us from ALL of them.

Jesus came to free us from sin . . .
– The sins that others lead us to, like lying, and anger, and gossip, and hatred.
– The sins of our own weaknesses, like our uncontrollable passions for overeating, or drinking, or smoking, or laziness, or hopelessness.
– The sins that we don’t even think about, like forgetting to give thanks to God for every meal, for our clothes, for our shelter, and even for every breath we have to take.

Jesus came to save us from them all.  And it not only cost Him His life, but it came at the expense of a very painful death, besides.

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When we can come to truly appreciate the Passion of Christ;

. . . When every time we look at a Crucifix it brings a tear to our eyes, and a pain to our heart;

. . . Then we’re beginning to understand the reason for it all;

You see, it wasn’t just the Romans, or the Pharisees, or the ISIS terrorists, that Jesus was saving us from;

It was the very sin of it all.

And the saving Gift that has been given to us BY Jesus, the reward we are given for all of His suffering – is LIFE . . .

The resurrected Easter LIFE of Jesus is here for us all.

All we need to do is Recognize it!

03-22-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 22, 2016
The LORD called me from birth,
from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.
He made of me a sharp-edged sword
and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
He made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me.
You are my servant, he said to me,   Is_49:1-6

Called!  Important!  Connected!
We are His chosen ones, beloved.
Called to serve!
And Jesus showed us how.
Come, let’s do what we were created for!
Love!

03-21-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 21, 2016
A bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
Until he establishes justice on the earth; Is_42:1-7

Though an army encamp against me, my heart will not fear;
Though war be waged upon me, even then will I trust.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD in the land of the living.  Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.  Ps 27

Justice WILL come, beloved!

We WILL NOT be broken!

TRUST in the Lord!

He will give us ALL the strength we need.

We WILL live in the land of the LIVING,
not the dead!

I       LOVE      YOU!

03-20-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 20, 2016
(Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion)
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Phil_2:6-11

From the Passion of the Lord Scripture readings for today,  Lk_22:14—23:56 :

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Palm Sunday Homilies also in “Homilies

03-19-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 19, 2016
(St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
. . . 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_1:16,18-21,24a

Prayer of Protection:

Gracious St. Joseph, protect me and my family from all evil as you did the Holy Family. Kindly keep us ever united in the love of Christ, ever fervent in imitation of the virtue of our Blessed Lady, your sinless spouse, and always faithful in devotion to you.   Amen.

Prayer for the Intercession of St. Joseph for our Children

O glorious St. Joseph, to you God committed the care of His only begotten Son amid the many dangers of this world.  We come to you and ask you to take under your special protection the children God has given us.  Through holy baptism they became children of God and members of His holy Church.  We consecrate them to you today, that through this consecration they may become your foster children.  Guard them, guide their steps in life, form their hearts after the hearts of Jesus and Mary.

St. Joseph, who felt the tribulation and worry of a parent when the child Jesus was lost, protect our dear children for time and eternity.  May you be their father and counselor.  Let them, like Jesus, grow in age as well as in wisdom and grace before God and men. Preserve them from the corruption of this world, and give us the grace one day to be united with them in heaven forever.

Amen.

St Joseph

03-18-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 18, 2016
(St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to the unbelieving ‘Jews’, If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father. Jn_10:31-42

If you ever had an argument, or I might say, a discussion with a
non-believer, you come to find out that 90% of the time, they are so fixed on making it an argument, that they have no interest whatsoever in listening to what you have to say about the Lord.

A few verses before today’s Gospel reading, Jesus said to the unbelieving Jews:  The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.

Today’s Scripture readings clearly covered both personalities.  The unbelieving Jews would argue Jesus into the ground and still never change their view, even having witnessed, first hand, all of His miracles.

The believers, on the other hand, on the other side of the Jordan,  came to believe because their hearts and their minds were open, in FAITH.  They truly were His Sheep, as are we.  And to us, Jesus promises that gift of eternal life; to be one with Him forever; Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity!

In the meantime, we must always remember, that just like Jesus, we should never give up on anyone, because we never know what God might have in store, even for those hardened unbelievers!  It just may be their conversion and an eternity in paradise!

03-17-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 17, 2016
(St. Patrick, Bishop)
Jesus said to the Jews: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.”  Jn_8:51-59

Love one another!

03-16-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 16, 2016
Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  Jn_8:31-42

They proceeded to argue with Jesus about what freedom and slavery really meant.  What are we slaves to, beloved?  Are we slaves to our jobs?  Are we slaves to the almighty dollar?  Are we slaves to sin, feeling guilty about half the things we think and do?  Jesus teaches us what true freedom really is.  It is a state of mind in which there is no guilt, no hatred, no regrets, because everything we think and do is ordered in all the truths that Jesus taught:  Love God and love one another and make everything bloom out of that love.   Jesus will see us through any tough times we encounter and in the process we will just breeze through them.  That’s freedom.  Practice those truths, beloved.  And with time we will find ourselves more and more free!

03-15-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 15, 2016
Jesus said,When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me.”   Jn_8:21-30

Who do WE lift up, beloved?  Is it our favorite sports team?  Is it some Hollywood star?  Is it our own kids or our spouse?  All of those people are probably worthy of being lifted up.  But most importantly is the lifting up of our God!

Jesus asks us to lift Him up because He IS our God.  In the Trinitarian unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, when we lift our God up, He will take us right along with Him.  Want to be lifted up yourself, beloved?  Lift up Jesus, by learning about Him through the Scriptures.  Lift up Jesus by uniting with Him in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.  Lift up Jesus by confiding in His healing mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Lift up Jesus who is present in every person you meet today . . . and in turn YOU will be lifted up as well!  What a blessing!

Happy Ides of March!

Happy St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa

03-14-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 14, 2016
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side  Ps 23

Jesus said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”   Jn_8:12-20

He’s always with us, this God of ours.  Does our day seem dark?  Come to Jesus.  Give Him your cares and worries.  Let Him know what’s on your mind and in your heart.  The answer is there, or will come shortly.  Jesus is the light of the world.  And in Him is LIFE!

03-13-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 13, 2016
(Fifth Sunday of Lent, C)
The LORD said through the Prophet Isaiah, Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new!  Is_43:16-21

St. Paul said to the Church in Philippi,Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.  Phil_3:8-14

Jesus said to the angry crowd, Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  Jn_8:1-11

Hmmmm, there’s something new afoot!  It’s called MERCY!  Maybe before we’re so quick to judge others, we need to look inside our own hearts first.  Maybe instead of dwelling always on the past, we need to start looking ahead to a goal.  Don’t have a goal?  Jesus has one for us!  It’s called eternal life.  Maybe we’ll just find something new there:  Mercy, Love, Life.  Now there’s a goal worth pursuing!

03-12-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 12, 2016
(St. Maximilian, Martyr)
So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him (Jesus)?”  The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”
. . . Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?”  Jn_7:40-53

Conspiracy was in the air.  And so was common sense (in some).  Kind of, makes us wonder (today) where all the common sense has gone?  Are we all headed for that same levels of injustice.  Watch out if you’re an immigrant, a Muslim, a Christian, a fetus, or who knows what’s next.  Nasty business is in the air.  Let us pray, beloved, that the Lord will see us through this mess!

03-11-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 11, 2016
With revilement and torture let us put him to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness and try his patience.

Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him.  Wis_2:1a,12-22

And so they did – to the Christ.  And so God did for Him!
When all the world seems to be doing the same to us, beloved, remember your Lord!  God WILL take care of us!  Never lose faith!

03-10-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 10, 2016
Jesus said to the Jews: “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.  But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. . . . 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_5:31-47

He healed the unhealable.  He raised the dead to life.  He walked on water, multiplied food to feed multitudes, forgave sinners and calmed storms.  Jesus needs no further testimony that He is the Son of God.  Human and Divine, Jesus came to show us how to truly live.  Believe, beloved, and discover something you may have never experienced before – unconditional Love!

03-09-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 9, 2016
Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation,  but has passed from death to life.” . . .

“Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.”   Jn_5:17-30

If you ever enter into the middle of a conversation or an argument, it’s not always easy to get the gist of what it’s all about.  Jesus was obviously trying to make a point today.  But the point is much deeper than what it seems on the surface.

You see, the religious leaders, who John simply calls “the Jews,” were in an outrage because Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath, and that was strictly forbidden by the Jewish law.

Jesus’ response: that he was only following the model of His Father, then, got them even more riled.  So, as He always did, Jesus used the moment of frustration and anger, as a stepping-stone to teach.  And this time it was not only a revelation about who Jesus really was, the Son of God, but it ventured into miracles, the resurrection of the dead, judgment, and the end times.  All of which, most of those religious leaders didn’t believe in either.

If you didn’t believe in pies.  And I told you that I made one.  That would make you pretty angry at me.  But if I then began to explain exactly how I made that pie, you probably wouldn’t hear a word I said, but you would be getting more and more angry at me.

And maybe those ‘Jews’ didn’t hear a word Jesus said, but WE who love pies, now have the recipe for eternal life.  We’ve seen Jesus raise the dead.  And we believe that – in His divinity, He had that power, and even more.

We understand judgment, and the reward of being good and the punishment of evil.  And we believe that one day we too will be raised, and judged, and that our merciful and loving Father will grant us salvation – because that is exactly why He sent us Jesus.

What a blessing it is to be living with such hope.

What a blessing, and not a disaster, will be our life after death.

03-08-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 8, 2016
The Prophet Ezekiel had a vision where an angel showed him water coming from the Temple of the Lord.  It changed from a tiny trickle to a mighty river and flowed into the salt sea which it made fresh.
Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.  Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.   Ez_47:1-9,12

Through Jesus, God provides us with living water.  With Jesus we can become that well of life that will provide food and medicine for others.  How well are we sharing that awesome gift, beloved?  This is our calling!

03-07-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 7, 2016
(Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs)
As Jesus came to Cana in Galilee, a royal official pleaded that Jesus heal his son.  Jesus, reluctant because most people only wanted to see more miracles, granted his request saying, “You may go; your son will live.” (Jn_4:43-54) as he saw the true need in the man’s heart.  The royal official, on seeing his son’s revival, became a believer along with his whole family.

Sometimes, beloved, all it takes is faith!

03-06-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 6, 2016
(Fourth Sunday Lent, C)
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us.  We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.   2_Cor_5:17-21

Reconciliation.  It’s such a beautiful act.  And yet, it truly has to come from the heart.  It’s not just words.  I’m sorry, doesn’t mean very much when it’s not really true.  That’s what repentance is, beloved, being truly sorry in your heart.  When we repent to one another and to God, only then, is real reconciliation possible.  God wants, so much, for us to get along with one another and with Him.  And He’s taken the step to make that possible, through Jesus.  Jesus will help our hearts find both the strength to repent and the desire to be truly reconciled.  St. Paul said it well, “We implore you brothers and sisters, on behalf of Christ, be reconciled!

03-05-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 5, 2016
Jesus said, everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”   Lk_18:9-14

Bottom line is: never think of yourself as better, or higher, or holier, or richer, or poorer, or more favored than anyone else.  We are all equally God’s children.  Any more or less really doesn’t matter in His eyes!  And that’s all that matters in the end!

03-04-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 4, 2016
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”  Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God is Lord alone!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.”   Mk_12:28-34

If Jesus said nothing more than what we heard in today’s Gospel, it’s all we would ever have needed to hear from Him.  In two short sentences He explained what the absolute, most important thing is to God.  And He expressed it in the form of a Commandment, leaving it up to us to decide if God, and Salvation, and Life, and eternal happiness, and peace are something we choose or not.

It truly IS our choice!

And it all stems from Love; our love of God, and our love of neighbor.

So, IF we turn ON our TV or Radio; If we look at the majority of books and magazines in our bookstores;  If we walk into any toy store; why is it that most of what we see, and hear, and read, and the toys our kids and grandkids play with are all about death and revenge, about fighting and cheating, about exploitation of sexes,  racism and hatred?

It just makes us wonder, “Are there really that many people in the world who like all that stuff? 

Are there really that many people who choose just the opposite of the one thing that will make them happy?”

Or have the people who would prefer other books and shows and toys, just given up, because the world is so saturated with this Culture of Death?

You see, we really are, just like the sheep that Jesus always talked about.  And sometimes we will follow just for the sake of easiness or mindlessness.  But if we are not careful, that ‘Leading Wolf’ and his/her little band of disciples will direct us right into his oven.

And then, the big question is – “How do WE direct those sheep away from that path of self-destruction, to follow the true Shepherd, Jesus.

Guess that’s why Jesus said so much more than just the ultimate command.  You see, we have FOUR whole books of directions from Jesus, with a wide variety of examples: in the Gospels;  From cures of sicknesses, to behavior and attitudes at work, it’s all there.

And then, we have Paul’s letters, which give us even more examples of both, coping with the world and leading it.  And if we get even an inkling that we are not that Leader who is going to change the world; then think again.  Because every store we enter  with the smile of Christ; and every visit we have with the kids and grandkids – to teach them the True values in life; and every decision we make not to support that Culture of Death, is one more example that those sheep have to change their path.

And with every change in path that leads people from destruction to salvation – ALL of us come closer to that Kingdom that Jesus spoke so often about; The Kingdom of peace;  The Kingdom of hope; The Kingdom of love;

The Kingdom of God!

03-03-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 3, 2016
(St. Katharine Drexel)
Jesus said, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. . . . Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”  Lk_11:14-23

So what can I do today to bring more unity in the world?  What can I do to teach about Jesus to those who do not know Him?  How can I gather rather than scattering.  Every little NON-act of revenge; every little act of kindness where it wasn’t expected; every smile to someone frustrated or lonely.  These are what is so needed in our world today.  Come, beloved, let’s unite and gather – for the Lord!

03-02-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 2, 2016
Jesus said to his disciples: . . . whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.  But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”  Mt_5:17-19

Independence.  Don’t we all fight with it so very much!  We really don’t like to follow rules.  Especially when they don’t make any sense to us.  The problem is, that we don’t always know the reason for all of those rules.  But maybe somewhere deep in the past, someone discovered that if we do certain things they can come back to hurt us.

God knows us, better than the very best of us.  And when we understand that, it makes it all the easier to just faithfully follow His rules.  Jesus tells us that when we can follow those rules, there will be a reward.  We may not see it now, but when we finally do get to that Kingdom that He promised, we will be called “great.”  And that’s nice!

03-01-16 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 1, 2016
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?  As many as seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. Mt_18:21-35

How many times have we said the Lord’s Prayer, beloved?  Have we ever listened to what we are actually saying?  “Forgive us our trespasses (debts) as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Jesus warns us today, that if we do not forgive others, God will not forgive us either.  In other words, let it go and Live!  Jesus will give us all the strength we need to do this too.

Happy March, beloved!
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