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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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September 30, 2016
(St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
As Job’s praises of God slowly turned to grumbling,
The LORD addressed Job out of the storm . . .
‘Just WHO do you think YOU are???’
Who are WE, beloved?
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me; you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence where can I flee?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
Even there your hand shall guide me,
and your right hand hold me fast.
Truly you have formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works. Ps 139
Just who do we think we are beloved??? Well according to our Creator, we are a whole lot MORE that we can ever imagine, in His eyes. BLESSED are we, that we have a Creator, a Father, a Brother, a Spirit so close. They are always right there with us, even when we don’t hear, even when we don’t understand! Ponder that, beloved, and rest assured in HIM!
September 29, 2016
(Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels)
Jesus said to Nathanael, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” Jn_1:47-51
Angels, God’s messengers of love. There to announce the incarnation to Mary, there to guide Tobias out to his future and there to protect us all – Gabriel, Raphael and Michael, how can we live without them!
September 28, 2016
Jesus gave three memorable quotes today, that we’ve probably heard a thousand times. And we might be thinking to ourselves, ‘Yeah, we get it, we have to be single-mindedly devoted to God and to Jesus.’ But have we ever really, actually thought about that?
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
“Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”
“No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Lk_9:57-62
Without being forced by a tornado, or a fire, or some huge economic crisis, would we be willing to give up all of our belongings to follow Jesus, to not look back at the families, the jobs, all the good times we’ve had in life, and then to risk those very lives to proclaim this Message in a world where there are people who would blow themselves up to destroy us because of that proclamation???? Would we TRULY DO that, beyond the willingness to say we would? This is pretty tough stuff!
Yeah, we love God. Yeah, Jesus gave his life for us, through a horrendous passion. Yeah, we wear our crosses and say our rosaries, BUT!!! Are we really SO unfit for God’s Kingdom that He won’t even let us follow Him, unless we go to these extremes? Can we so water down these requirements that we really are not worthy? Do we really know ANYONE who is that worthy (save for the few like St. Mother Teresa or St. Francis)?? Yes, God loves us! But . . . how do we get past this reality of Jesus’ Words? How can we even imagine flying when we don’t even know what flying is???
Help us here Lord! Open our eyes!
September 27, 2016
(St. Vincent de Paul, Priest)
. . . they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village. Lk_9:51-56
1. Not everyone welcomes you; even if you are the Son of God. Even if you can do life saving miracles. And even if you’ve come to save them. And the corollary is that sometimes even the tiniest preconceptions can blind people to the Graces available to them if they just let go and opened their eyes and their hearts for a moment (eg. as Samaritans, they would have nothing to do with Jews, no matter who they were).
2. Sometimes bosses can be pretty tough and unpredictable. Yesterday the disciples thought that a false disciple should be reprimanded and sent away. Yet, Jesus told them that whoever is not against you is really for you. (Hmmm, then why are we going through all of this, when we thought that only “certified” disciples could do these things.) Today, we see that these Samaritans clearly were “against” them. And yet, even this was not good enough for the disciples to vent their heated revenge. Seemed there was nothing they could do right! Maybe Jesus’ point – was not to judge or hate ANYONE, even if they were against you!!! And He proved that through His own passion and death.
3. Sometimes when you can’t do anything right; sometimes when it seems the whole world is against you; that’s the time to turn your back and walk away. They’ll either burn in their own fire or eventually realize what they missed and come running after you (though that’s rarely the case). But either way, you will not burn along with them! Just keep on following The Master, beloved, and He will see you through it all!
September 26, 2016
Job said, “Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I go back again. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!” Jb_1:6-22
What a mantra to memorize and live, beloved. We get upset when someone cuts us off on the road. We get upset when someone steals our personal belongings. We get upset when some disastrous weather hits us and takes away our shelter or destroys our trees or our property. But can we, like Job, praise the Lord even when bad things happen? Can we understand that it’s all His, even this flesh of ours? Naked we came and naked we shall disappear! Blessed be the Name of the Lord!
September 25, 2016
(26th Sunday Ordinary Time C)
Jesus told a parable about a heartless, rich man and a desperate poor man who both died. The rich man went to the place of eternal suffering while the poor to the place of eternal bliss with his forefather Abraham. The rich man begged pity…
Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’ Lk_16:19-31
The “Great Chasm.” I think there is probably nothing that pains God more than to see His beloved children on the other side of that chasm. We are given all the opportunities possible in this life to end up on the ‘right’ side. And in the end, it’s our own choice. Believe in Jesus, beloved, and have faith!
September 24, 2016
Rejoice, O young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart, the vision of your eyes; Yet understand that as regards all this God will bring you to judgment. Ward off grief from your heart and put away trouble from your presence, though the dawn of youth is fleeting. Eccl_11:9—12:8
Rejoice and be glad. Yet, be humble and righteous. They are not opposites, but together they will bring you joy. For, at the final judgment, there will be no remorse and no guilt,
September 23, 2016
(Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest)
There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every thing under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.
Love and Patience!
September 22, 2016
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days. Ps 90
In every age, O Lord, you ARE our refuge, our light, our Wisdom of heart. Teach us and fill us with YOU!
September 21, 2016
(Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist)
St. Paul said, “grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Eph_4:1-7,11-13
. . . The GRACE of God’s love!
Jesus said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” Mt_9:9-13
. . . That kind of GRACE! Not needed for those who are well, those who understand God’s love for them, but for those who don’t. God’s grace is for all. And Jesus came to let us know, to heal us with that love. Now it’s our call to do likewise.
September 19, 2016
Jesus said to the crowd: “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.” Lk_8:16-18
I always loved this common sense image.
Why would you put a pop-tart in a CD player?
Why would you kill an unborn baby?
Why would you stick your head in a toilet bowl?
Just doesn’t make any sense..
CD’s go in CD players.
Unborn babies deserve life just like everyone else does. And killing them is outright murder – even worse, because they cannot speak on their own behalf. And the toilet bowl example is half the stuff on TV, the movies and the internet. So if we don’t want to turn into the junk we watch or listen to, then just don’t! There’s plenty of good music and movies and books to choose instead.
And if God has blessed us with a mouth, then we need to use it to smile at others and bring them joy, instead of complaining all the time and creating grief!
Let your LIGHT shine for the whole world to see, beloved!
It’s in each and every one of us.
September 18, 2016
(25th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
St. Paul wrote: “First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth. For there is one God. There is also one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as ransom for all.” 1_Tm 2:1-8
For EVERYONE, even if we don’t like them, PRAY.
God, in his great mercy just may see them change towards Him. For through Him all things are possible. And He wishes ALL to be saved. So we never condemn. We never judge! For as we judge, so shall we be judged. And as we condemn, so shall we be condemned. Just Pray, beloved, both for their and for our own salvation.
May our Loving God bless you always!
September 17, 2016
St. Paul wrote: “Brothers and sisters: Someone may say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?” You fool! What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind.
So also is the resurrection of the dead.
It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.
It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious.
It is sown weak; it is raised powerful.
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one.”
September 16, 2016
(Saints Cornelius, Pope and Cyprian, Bishop – Martyrs)
St. Paul said, “Brothers and sisters: If Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? . . .
For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised, and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all.” 1_Cor_15:12-20
You’ve got to love St. Paul’s logic. He probably would have aced geometry, with all of its theorems and proofs: If A, then B . . .
As we heard a week ago in his Letter to Philemon, Paul was quite adept at the Art of persuasion. Today he obliterates any question as to whether or not the dead are resurrected. He, more or less, asks the Corinthians – If they don’t believe in the Resurrection, then what’s the point of their life?
It would be, like someone not believing in water! You can just picture Paul, cycling around with his “ifs and thens,” from the rain, to the rivers, to the lakes, to the oceans, and then to our own baptisms, and finally to the very substance of our being, our very existence.
If there was no Water,
then we would not even exist.
And so it is with the Resurrection. It cannot – NOT exist! And there’s the answer to Paul’s rhetorical question to the Corinthians. The resurrection of the dead IS our whole point in life. It is our promise and our hope. It’s our glory and our joy.
Jesus devoted His entire ministry to teaching us the Truth of the Resurrection. He taught us what we need to DO, in order to prepare for it (believe in Him and follow His Way). He gave us tiny examples of that ‘new life,’ through His healings and in the raisings of Lazarus and the widow’s son from the dead. And He showed us, through His own Resurrection and Ascension, that the Promise of Eternal Life is for ALL of us.
Now, I suppose that if someone was to totally reject God and live in sin their entire life, that person would really not want to hear anything about final judgment or resurrection, nor anything else beyond the hell that they’re already living, because it could only get worse. And we pray for their souls!
But for the rest of us (on this journey of faith), OH what a joy that Resurrection will be . . . To live in the presence of God forever more, with Jesus and the Holy Spirit always at our sides.
And with all the water
we could ever possibly want!
September 15, 2016
(Our Lady of Sorrows)
O sweet Mother! font of love,
Touch my spirit from above,
Make my heart with yours accord.
Make me feel as you have felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ, my Lord.
Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Savior crucified.
Let me share with you his pain,
Who for all our sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.
Let me mingle tears with you,
Mourning him who mourned for me,
All the days that I may live.
By the cross with you to stay,
There with you to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of you to give.
Virgin of all virgins blest!
Listen to my fond request:
Let me share your grief divine.
Let me to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of yours.
from Stabat Mater Sequence
September 14, 2016
(Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
Jesus said to Nicodemus: “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” Jn_3:13-17
From our very first breath to our last, our lives are filled with signs. Some of those signs are pretty easy to interpret, like the sign of a smile, that usually means a happy person. It’s a sign that immediately brings a reciprocal smile back from anyone who sees it. And it’s a sign that transcends all languages and cultures, and is even understood by the tiniest of infants.
And then there are other signs that could take a lifetime to understand, like the Sign of a Cross that we see and gesture all the time. It’s a sign that could, so easily, be misconstrued, as some people wear that Cross as a good luck charm, expecting it to give them some mystical, magical powers. And others gesture the Sign of the Cross, without even thinking about its meaning, which actually does have the power to transform our hearts and our minds.
Today the Church commemorates the Cross: a sign of brutal torture, suffering and death. And yet, it’s a sign of the loving sacrifice of God for us, a sign of example for us to follow, in our Love for one another.
St. Paul gives us a very concise picture of that Sacrificial Love, as he describes Jesus “emptying himself” in obedience to His Father; which was just the opposite of what the Israelites did after God had saved them from slavery in Egypt. Instead of humbly accepting minor inconveniences in grateful thanksgiving to God, the Israelites grumbled about the food. They grumbled about the desert. And they grumbled about Moses, who led them to that freedom.
And so, God gave those Israelites a sign to remind them of His constant presence among them. It was a sign to look up to. It was a sign, that, to this day, still represents the healing of our medical industry – healing, of course, that’s only possible through God.
Jesus then equates the life-saving healing of Moses’ Nehushtan, or “snake on a pole,” to the salvation of ALL mankind, by His being lifted up on a Cross.
So beyond the Sacrificial Death, beyond the Suffering of Jesus’ passion, in that sign of the Cross we see God’s unfathomable Love. We see the emptying of all of our grumbling and complaint. We see our call to give, even if it hurts. And we see the eternal reward of
our Faith, of our belief in Jesus.
When the world around us, all seems to be falling apart, when we don’t think we can handle the pain of this life any longer, that’s when we look up to the Holy Cross of Jesus.
And we remember that Hope of Eternal Life, and the Healing Love of God
for all of us, His Children.
St. Helena . . .
September 13, 2016
(St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Lk_7:11-17
What better reason to raise a dead man than to give him to his mother! What better reason could there be to come back to life, than to return to your mother! We have a Mother, beloved, awaiting our return to God. What better reason to seek His Kingdom than to see our Mother again. One day, according to His will, that return will happen. But for now, we just keep on keeping on. And we let the world know of our loving God to whom we will one day be reunited! Praise be Jesus!
September 12, 2016
(The Holy Name of Mary)
St. Paul said, “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_11:17-26,33
For 15-years, every year, we’ve recalled the deaths of the innocent people lost on September 11, 2001. We remember the deaths of our loved ones in Iraq, Afghanistan,Vietnam, Korea and the World Wars. And we mourn for their loss. But how many deaths do we remember from 2000-years ago? Maybe ONE. And what impact would that have on our lives, anyway?
Well, every Sunday at Mass we celebrate, celebrate?, this death of Jesus. Yes, we celebrate! Because in His death Jesus brought us LIFE! In His resurrection He brought us hope. This is what we celebrate every Sunday – the Easter Resurrection of the Lord. And before His death, Jesus left us with an eternal remembrance of Him. A picture postcard, if you will, but even better. He left us with a meal that brings His very life right into ours – we call it Eucharist (Thanksgiving).
Every Sunday we hear these words of St. Paul, the words of Jesus as we prepare ourselves for this Great Thanksgiving. And then, beyond just carrying a photo of Jesus in our wallet, we actually carry His life within ourselves. We BECOME Jesus to the world. And that life shows in our words, in our actions and in our interactions with others. Now, that’s something to celebrate!
September 11, 2016
(24th Sunday Ordinary Time C)
A day of remembrance . .
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Ps 51
Root out of us, O Lord, all evil.
Hatred and revenge are not a part of the clean heart we seek.
Give us hearts of mercy and forgiveness.
Yes, we may be surrounded by the evil of a depraved world.
But if we look close enough we will see You.
You, in those who willingly suffer for the sake of others.
You, in those who give even when there is nothing left to give.
You, in everyone!
Cleanse our hearts O Lord and help us
to BE like You!
Help us to remember the LOVE
and not the evil.
September 10, 2016
In today’s Scriptures both Jesus and Paul were chastising their followers for not following with their whole hearts, not acting on their belief, their teaching. Jesus said: “I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built.” Lk_6:43-49
Sometimes it’s hard to find anything today that is well built. We’ve discovered that the same money can be made with cheaper materials and with shoddy workmanship. It’s sad. But in our throw-away society it doesn’t seem to matter anyway – for most people. And I may be old-fashioned, but I sure do like quality! When you buy quality and then take care of it, it CAN last as long as you’d like it to, and even bring you return on investment when you’re wanting something newer.
Jesus IS the absolute BEST of quality that can be lived by. When we follow Him and act on His Words, our lives will take on that quality of the very best God has to offer to the world. Maybe the world won’t like us because of that, but God will certainly see to it that we WILL last, no matter how awfully the world may treat us. And that’s a promise!
September 9, 2016
(St. Peter Claver, Priest)
Jesus said, “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.” Lk_6:39-42
Funny, the clearer we tend to see those splinters in others, the dimmer our own become. Funny how we can never see the splinters in our own eyes, but boy do they hurt. Lord please help us today to remove those splinters in ourselves that we cannot see. Help us to see the sparkle and not the splinters in others! We all have them!
September 8, 2016
(The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Brothers and sisters: We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified. Rom_8:28-30
Happy Birthday Mary – Called, Justified and Glorified!
Thank you Elizabeth and Joachim for being such faithful parents of the Mother of our Lord, Jesus! May we all follow your examples!
September 7, 2016
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:
– “Blessed are you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
– Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
– Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
– Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.
– Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
B L E S S E D ,
through the suffering,
for JOY will come in the morning!!!
September 6, 2016
I chose you from the world, that you may go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord. Jn_15:16 (Alleluia Verse)
Maybe they didn’t choose us for that stick-ball game. Maybe they didn’t choose with for the soccer team. Maybe they didn’t choose us for that favorite college. Maybe not even for the job we so dearly wanted. Maybe our project wasn’t chosen for the award. Maybe we were passed up for that promotion.
BUT, God chose US, beloved, to be the very best example of endurance around, despite the rejection by the rest of the world. We are loved by God, no matter what our degree is, no matter how poorly we play football, no matter how imperfect our project is. God loves us no matter what! And that’s something to rejoice over!
September 5, 2016
(St. Teresa of Calcutta)
Jesus said to them (the Pharisees), “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” Lk_6:6-11
Healing a person with a withered hand is a lot nicer thing to do on any day than conspiring to crucify anyone, even on a Sabbath. Doesn’t take a whole lot of evaluation to see the Good from the Evil in this situation – any more than it does today!
September 3, 2016
(St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church)
St. Paul said, “To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clad and roughly treated, we wander about homeless and we toil, working with our own hands. When ridiculed, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we respond gently.” 1_Cor_4:6b-15
The characteristics of a disciple of Jesus Christ!
Which one of any of these are we willing to endure for the love of God, for the love of Jesus, for the love of our neighbor? This IS our call, beloved.
September 2, 2016
St Paul said, “Brothers and sisters: Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” 1_Cor_4:1-5
Jesus said, “no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’” Lk_5:33-39
In the previous chapter of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul was addressing a concern that he had over the fact that the Corinthians were forming factions based on who their favorite evangelist or teacher was. Some preferred Apollos and some preferred Paul’s methods of teaching.
But Paul tells them today that they are not to judge – anyone. Yes, maybe the teaching style of Apollos appealed to some people more than others. But both teachers brought Jesus to everyone, in different ways.
If we were to close our minds to either teacher, and we can think of this from the point of view of the different Gospels, or of our own different priest’s homilies, maybe we’d be losing out on some aspect of the life of Jesus that could make us wiser in the long run.
Paul tells the Corinthians, and us, today, that we are called to listen and to teach with trust. That means, that before we speak on behalf of Jesus, we should fully understand the Truth of what we are saying, both from the point of view of the Church and in God’s eyes. And we are also called, not to judge other people, so as to break relationships with one another. Instead, we treat each another with kindness and leave the judging to God.
The previous verses in Luke’s Gospel also give us a point of reference that help us correlate today’s Gospel reading with this topic of being non-judgmental.
You see, Jesus had just asked Levi or Matthew the tax collector, to join His disciples. Levi then gave a dinner party for Jesus and the whole community. And of course, the antagonistic, Jewish Pharisees were again there to pick on Jesus. And after judging Jesus for associating with tax collectors and sinners, the Pharisees then turned to judging the prayer and fasting methods of Jesus and His disciples. To which Jesus responded with the parable that we heard today.
And in that parable, Jesus likened the Pharisees to the old wineskins that could not accept anything new, because they were too comfortable with the old ways and too rigid to listen. But for those who did accept, without judgment, a teaching that encourages people to accept everyone, with love and in compassion for their situation, like the tax collectors and sinners did; to those, Jesus is offering a whole new life.
Like new wine in new skins, Jesus is offering a Kingdom of peace, and love, and hope that’s available for us as well.
September 1, 2016
St. Paul said, “Brothers and sisters: Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool, so as to become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God, for it is written: ‘God catches the wise in their own ruses,‘ 1_Cor_3:18-23
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. Lk_5:1-11
So, was it wise to leave everything to follow Jesus? After the fishing miracle, today’s ‘Simon’ would probably have kidnapped Jesus, the golden hen, to make his fortune in fishing. But Jesus knew that these humble fishermen were not quite that devious. And now as they look down at us from heaven and see some of us still worshiping the Lord, I think they would be proud of their worldly unwise, but Spiritually wise decision. God has a plan! And we are a part of it! : )
Happy September, beloved!
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