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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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May 31, 2016
(Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and 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. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Lk_1:39-56
So we hear today, that the very first person to recognize and rejoice in the Lord, was John the Baptist, before either he or Jesus were even born. It was a heavenly communication, a heavenly communion! And in response, both Elizabeth and Mary rejoice in their God, their Creator, and soon to be their redeemer as well. Mary, as the co-redemptrix, because of her willingness to surrender all to the will of her God, assisted with the Holy Spirit in the incarnation of our Lord. God is with us! And His name is JESUS! All praise and glory be to God!
What immeasurable Love!
May 30, 2016
(St. Joan of Arc)
Beloved: May grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. . . . make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love. 2_Pt_1:2-7
Trust, learn, practice, love . . . and peace will be ours!
May 29, 2016
(Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ)
Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that 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.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. 1_Cor_11:23-26
This is the LIFE of Jesus, body, blood, soul and divinity. We take Him within ourselves. We become one through Him. And we live His life in our world. We are a Eucharistic people, giving thanks for all He has given us! Blessed be God!
May 28, 2016
(St. Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes, OFS)
Beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand by the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. On those who waver, have mercy; save others by snatching them out of the fire; on others have mercy with fear, abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh. Jude_17:20b-25
So, when asked, “What am I to do to gain eternal life?” here are some activities. Pray, learn, love, wait, save others, show mercy and avoid all evil. If we can do this beloved, we’re well on our way! And never forget to seek the Holy Spirit in our love of Christ.
May 27, 2016
Beloved: The end of all things is at hand. Therefore be serious and sober-minded so that you will be able to pray. Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1_Pt_4:7-13
PRAY and LOVE!
Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.” Mk_11:11-26
Pray and Ask and Forgive!
We all need forgiveness. We all need love. We all need Jesus.
May 26, 2016
(St. Philip Neri, Priest)
Beloved: Like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk so that through it you may grow into salvation, for you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1_Pt_2:2-5, 9-12
And what more absolutely, perfectly fitting tribute to the “newborn” could there be! Funny, as I was watching our children, as new parents themselves, nurturing our newest granddaughter and talking about her care and training in this new life of hers, I couldn’t help but think about how our new lives will be once we leave this fleshly existence of ours. Will we have our own parents back again to care and nurture us into how we are to live our own new existence: life without pain and suffering, life without hunger and fear, life not burdened with gravity and time. Can you just imagine, beloved? Oh the joy!
May 23 to May 25, 2016
Well for the first time since I’ve begun this webpage, I actually missed a few days’ reflections. Sorry. But the only excuse I can give is our long distance visit to see our newest granddaughter, Eliana. May our loving God bless her and her parents with lives of love and growth together for a very very long time! Joe
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Mt_19:14
May 22, 2016
(Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity)
St. Paul wrote, “since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God.
. . . and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Rom_5:1-5
Father, Son and Holy Spirit – our life and our hope!
May 21, 2016
O LORD, to you I call; hasten to me;
hearken to my voice when I call upon you.
Let my prayer come like incense before you;
the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice.
O LORD, set a watch before my mouth,
a guard at the door of my lips.
For toward you, O God, my LORD, my eyes are turned;
in you I take refuge; strip me not of life. Ps 141
The prayers of the faithful.
Keep guard over my soul O Lord.
And in You will my soul find rest!
May 20, 2016
(St. Bernardine of Siena)
St. James wrote, “above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath, but let your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” mean “No,” that you may not incur condemnation.” Jas_5:9-12
Today we hear about the patience, perseverance, commitment and mercy of the Lord.
God is patient with us. Even though we seem to have such a hard time turning away from our sinfulness, God is still patient and compassionate with us.
God is persevering, especially when we seem to always miss His signs; when we tend to ignore His call to do something that we are not particularly fond of doing; when we keep on falling into that same pit of addiction or habit, God still perseveres in helping us to overcome it.
God is committed. God’s “yes” will never, ever change into a “no,” and He’s proven that through the very blood of His Son. God’s commitment of love is unchanging and everlasting.
And God has shown us His mercy when we obstinately act in opposition to Him. Even when we have gone as far as adulterating our love for God with a love for objects, or gadgets, or activities, or philosophies, God’s love is merciful.
Jesus has given us the perfect example of how we could and should be just like His Father: patient, persevering, committed and merciful with one another, and especially with our spouses.
And of course, to help us to live the community that God created us to be, on these diverse journeys of ours, He sent us the Holy Spirit. All we need do, is remember that He’s there, and pray for His guidance. And in the process, we just might
be astounded, with where He will lead us!
May 19, 2016
Jesus said, “. . . if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” Mk_9:41-50
The value of Heaven and the agony of hell is obvious and we should do all in our power to gain the former and avoid the latter. Eternity is a long long time and we truly want nothing to do with that fire. So stay pure, as Jesus is pure, and He will see you through ALL temptations. Thank you Lord for your love. We offer you our best . . .
May 18, 2016
Beloved: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town, spend a year there doing business, and make a profit” – you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears. Instead you should say, “If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.” Jas_4:13-17
Isn’t that the truth! Point not being that we shouldn’t make plans. Point is that we need to always remember who the Captain is. It’s definitely not us! Place your trust in God and God will see that you are provided for! And if we feel like we just don’t know how. Start speaking with Jesus! That’s why He came. That’s why He sent the Holy Spirit. Trust!
May 17, 2016
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” Mk_9:30-37
As parents, we get just a glimpse of how God feels about us. There are disappointments, setbacks, failures, but through it all, God still loves us, just as we love our own children. We ARE God’s children. God wants us to love everyone as though they are our children too. Yes, they may disappoint us. They may shun us and even hate us – but they ARE God’s children too. And so they are our brothers and sisters as well. Jesus tells us to receive them in love anyway and the God who loves will be with us always!
May 16, 2016
In describing the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, James wrote, “the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.” Jas_3:13-18
Cultivate peace and peace is what you will receive. Cultivate love and love is what you will reap. Cultivate righteousness and beyond all the opposition of the world, God will recognize your righteousness and reward you with all the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, humility (gentleness) and self control! Gal_5:22-23
May 15, 2016
. . suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit . . Acts_2:1-11
Jesus said to His disciples, “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_20:19-23
And thus we have our Sacraments of baptism in the Holy Spirit and Reconciliation. In the Holy Spirit we are free from the wiles of the world. We receive His Gifts, among which is wisdom. Be wise then, beloved. Love one another and always consult His counsel. The Holy Spirit will lead us in the way of righteousness and all goodness!
May 14, 2016
(St. Matthias, Apostle)
The Apostles prayed, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.” Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles. Acts_1:15-17,20-26
And thus, the “12” were complete again.
Jesus said, “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.” Jn_15:9-17
The JOY of LOVE!
May 13, 2016
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our transgressions from us. Ps 103
My soul cries out to you, my God, “why have you abandoned me?” And then I recall the bed I have to sleep on. I recall the food I have to eat, the car I have to drive, the home I have to live in and I remember Your great kindness. Who am I to cry, when I remember your presence with every breath I take. So far above all this – You ARE! And then I cry again . . .
I just want to come home.
May 12, 2016
Jesus prayed to His Father saying, “I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.” Jn_17:20-26
It’s ALL centered on Love! God’s love for Jesus, Jesus’ love for us, and our love for Him. The tricky part then, is loving one another. Loving the one who could care less about you. Loving the one who repulses you. Loving the one who despises you to the extent of hurting. God loves them all, and so we are called to do the same. Tough stuff, beloved. But I always remember that quote from someone that says, “We don’t have to like them, just love them.” And maybe it just easier to say – “Just don’t hate them.” Love – a big concept for such a little word! But that’s what will get us to heaven, now and forever!
May 11, 2016
Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. . . .
Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.” Jn_17:11b-19
As Jesus continues His prayer to His Father today, it begins to get a little heavy. But there are certain very interesting Trinitarian facts that are obvious in Jesus’ prayer. First He says that His Name, Jesus, is His Father’s Name, that was given to Him. They are ONE. And then His prayer asks His Father to keep His disciples (safe) in that same Name – so that He and the disciples, and the Father, through the Holy Spirit will ALL be ONE. Yes, that Name of Jesus unites us all – as ONE!
Next, Jesus asks His Father to consecrate His disciples in Truth. That means to make them sacred or holy, dedicated to God! And He explains that Truth to mean the “Word” of God (the Father) that Jesus spent three years teaching His disciples, and that we find in the Sacred Scriptures recorded by the Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).
Finally, Jesus, as God, consecrates Himself, so that in His Trinitarian ONENESS with His disciples, they may be consecrated as well.
This all brings to us, incredible, actually indescribable HOPE. Through our love for Jesus and our consecration in the Truth (that we learn through the Scriptures) we become ONE with the apostles, with Jesus, with the Father, and with one another through the uniting power and love of the Holy Spirit.
And IN that Oneness, we are saved! We are gifted with Eternal Life from God. OK, maybe that IS a little heavy for us now. But just hang in there beloved. Keep praying, keep reading that Truth and one day it will all make perfect sense. It TRULY is worth it!
May 10, 2016
In Jesus’ prayer to His Father before His passion, He said, “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.” Jn_17:1-11a
He was aware of the hardships His disciples and we would face in proclaiming His Gospel. And He prayed for their strength. He prayed for our courage. And He prayed for the Glory of Himself within us. Jesus is there, beloved. Keep the faith. The Holy Spirit will strengthen us against all opposition. And we will be His for eternity. Believe!
May 9, 2016
Jesus said to His disciples, “In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world.” Jn_16:29-33
What are your troubles, beloved? Have you given them over to Jesus to take care of? He will, you know! Take courage. He will give you strength, peace and then, Joy!
Happy Mother’s Day to all those Mothers, in connection with, and our love for Mary – the Mother of Jesus! God Bless!
May 8, 2016
(Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” Lk_24:46-53
From the very least to the greatest – repentance for the forgiveness of sins. That’s me and you, beloved, that’s street urchins and presidents – ALL sins. Please forgive us father. Help us heal. Bring us back home! In Jesus’ Name, we pray!
May 7, 2016
Jesus said to His disciples, “For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” Jn_16:23b-28
No greater love has one than this, to lay down one’s life for his friend (paraphrase Jn 15:13). God’s love is so immeasurable that He was willing to lay down His only Son’s life for us. And Jesus did just that! Not to save us, because it’s up to us to do that. Not to redeem us, because it’s up to us to do that. But to offer us the chance to be able to be saved and redeemed – by our believing in Him. God loves us so much, that He wants us to have every chance possible to be saved and redeemed. He wants us to be with and like Him. The “with” will be yet to seen, but the “like” is up to us. Follow Jesus in every way we possibly can. And that “with” will be a certainty! Love!
May 6, 2016
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” Jn 16:20-23
We find three pretty hope-filled quotes in today’s readings;
The first is Jesus telling us that ‘whatever we ask the Father in
His name, the Father will give us.‘ Our God really is quite generous!
The second is the Lord comforting Paul with the words, “Do not be afraid.” There really are lots of things that can bring us fear in this world: the fear of losing our job, the fear of getting hurt or very sick, the fear of death. But in all those fears – God constantly reminds us not to be afraid – because He is with us always, and we will have eternal life, no matter what happens to us here on earth.
The third hope-filled quote is Jesus telling his disciples and us how grief can be turned into Joy that can never be taken away. If we were asked to list three of the happiest moments in our lives, would our answer be something that immediately comes to mind? Or would we have to think about it for a while. Maybe it was our first job or child. Maybe it was winning a prize or a lottery. Maybe it was getting that first new car or house.
You see, just as there are many things we can fear, there are even more things that can make us happy. But the funny thing about happiness is that it always seems to go away. New gets old. First becomes just one of many. And prizes fade or get spent.
And yet, on the other hand, if we were asked when the most joyful moments in our lives were, would they be different from the happiest times? Or is there, just something different about joy, compared to happiness?
For myself, I find joy when a 5th grader discovers some profound insight about God, all by themselves. That’s the Holy Spirit at work – both in them and in me!
I find joy when I can laugh at something incredibly serious, but so absurdly funny, that it makes absolutely no sense. (like this presidential election).
I find joy in knowing that I don’t have to be afraid of anything, even death.
I find joy in knowing that whatever I ask the Father in Jesus’ name, He will give me. And then I realize that I have to be very careful with what I ask for.
I find joy in just being here with like-minded people who believe in Jesus (even though they never, ever say anything back) : )
You see, joy really is much bigger and more permanent than happiness. And often the things that bring us Joy, only God, only Jesus and the Holy Spirit can give to us. Today, let’s try to see where we can find joy somewhere in our life, and then save that memory forever.
May 5, 2016
Jesus said to his disciples: “A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.” Jn_16:16-20
Riddles! Jesus was trying, in 100 different ways, to get through to His disciples that something quite incredible was about to happen. He told them, time and again, that He would be killed. But He also told them that He would rise from death. They just didn’t understand. And yet, He expected that too. So He told them that after He returned, they would begin to understand. And after He had gone back to the Father, the Holy Spirit would help them to understand it all.
And it all happened just as Jesus said it would. Have you been inflamed by the Holy Spirit beloved? If you’d been baptized and confirmed, He’s there within you. All you need do is recognize Him and let Him speak. Quiet down, just for a little while and all the answers will come flowing out. THAT’s the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you, beloved. Let His peace fill you. And you’ll find the Joy that follows!
May 4, 2016
Jesus said, “I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always.” Jn_14:16
We are never alone, beloved! Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to be with us always. So never fear, neither the darkness or the unknown, neither poverty nor solitude. For He is always with us. Praise be to God!
May 3, 2016
(Sts. Philip and James, Apostles)
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Jn_14:6-14
Ever hear yourself speaking, beloved, and the words and the voice you hear sound just like your mother or father, who may be long gone by now. It’s amazing how, knowingly or unknowingly, we carry those same genes that prove where we came from.
Jesus and His Father were not just from the same gene pool, though, they were/are ONE and the same. The apostles just couldn’t grasp that fact. It’s even hard for us to grasp. And that’s where faith comes in. If we have faith, we believe in some of those mysteries that are so far beyond our understanding that there just is no proof. But one day it will all be as clear as day to us! Keep the faith, beloved, and know, that Jesus IS the way, the truth and the life for us all!
May 2, 2016
(St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.” Jn_15:26-16:4a
Preparing our way for Pentecost. Listen for His Word, beloved. The Holy Spirit speaks to all of us. Jesus is Lord!
May 1, 2016
(Sixth Sunday of Easter, C)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” Jn_14:23-29
What an incredible Gift! God will make His dwelling within us! And all we have to do is love Him and keep his Word! Come Holy Spirit! Come live with us!
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