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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, 2017
(Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Elizabeth said to Mary, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Lk_1:39-56
The Lord speaks with us too beloved, in many and varied ways. Maybe He’s speaking to us through the Scriptures. Maybe it’s a spouse or a friend. It might even be a total stranger. He is calling us to trust in Him, just as Mary trusted. And then to move that trust into action! Go the extra step! Hold that door. Refrain that curse or angry response to injustice. Pray for them instead. Smile and offer peace to the Sauls in your life. Who knows they might just be the next Pauls (personalities unchanged, but with a much better goal in life). And praise God for diversity (and His humor)!
May 30, 2017
St. Paul said, “I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.” Acts_20:17-27
Paul was a bit dramatic in his farewell speech to the Ephesians. But his point was clear and his personality obvious. Paul was a driver. Whether it was persecuting the followers of Jesus or preaching His Gospel, Paul put in 110%. And you know what, beloved, it’s good to have a goal, a focus and a desire to make accomplishments, be it for personal gain or for the Lord’s gain.
But we must always be sure of this, nothing is for sure! The question then, is – how are we going to take life when it doesn’t go OUR way? What do we do when evil overwhelms our good? What do we do when we are called to go to that place we dreaded the most? How do we deal with others’ deaths, with suffering, with loss?
Paul’s point behind it all was that, yes, it would be nice to be able to finish, to complete, to accomplish. But if the surprise, the wind that changes our course, keeps us from ever making it, even by death, do we fully believe that Jesus will take care of us, even when we might think that we have failed? I believe He will! And I pray that you do too!
May 29, 2017
Jesus said to His disciples, “. . . you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” Jn_16:29-33
PEACE in Christ
May 28, 2017
(7th Sunday of Easter A)
– since we did the Ascension on Ascension Thursday –
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.
Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. Jn_17:1-11a
So, what is heaven? And what does eternal life mean?
Jesus gives us the answer today.
It’s all about knowing our God:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
And how do we do that?
Well, we can follow Jesus through the Gospels.
And as the apostles did after the Ascension of Jesus . . .
After Jesus had been taken up to heaven the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying . . . and devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, Acts_1:12-14
May 17, 2017
(St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop)
After staying in Antioch some time, Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence through the Galatian country and Phrygia, bringing strength to all the disciples. Acts_18:23-28
The Holy Spirit strengthens us too, beloved, to encourage and strengthen others. Believe and rely upon Him, just as St. Augustine was strengthened by Pope Gregory to evangelize the people of England. He became the “Apostle to the English.”
Funny, sometimes we just forget. But Jesus reminds us . . .
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. Jn_16:23b-28
Don’t forget to ASK!
May 26, 2017
(St. Philip Neri, Priest)
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
What brings us joy, beloved? Is it some special food? Is it a winning game by our favorite team? Is it a smile by a child or a loved one? Do those joys usually last very long?
Jesus is promising a joy that will last forever. Yes, the world around us may cause us grief. It may even make us feel obliterated at times, with the loss of a loved one, with the loss of a job or a friend or even a pet. But Jesus promises that He will be with us always. Grief is OK, occasionally, beloved. But that grief will pass just like all the worldly joys. Cling instead to the true Joy of Christ and it will never pass. Jesus loves us so incredibly much that nothing we can say or do will ever take away that love. We just need to remember that always, and rely on the Holy Spirit to remind us!
May 25, 2017
(Ascension of the Lord – official date)
. . . as they (the disciples) were looking on, he (Jesus) was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” Acts_1:1-11
In Luke’s Gospel 24:4, Luke also notes the appearance of “two men in dazzling garments” at the Resurrection of Jesus. Remember where it said something like ‘by the testimony of two or more witnesses – the Truth be told.’ Those two ‘angels’ at the resurrection asked, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? ” Jesus IS alive!
Jesus then promised the coming of the “Advocate,” the Holy Spirit, after His ascension. Ten days later, on Pentecost, that Truth WAS told. And the two witnesses, the angels, if you will, who appeared at His Ascension, promised the return of Jesus at, what has been called the parousia (Greek for the arrival); the date and time of which is unknown to all but the Father.
OH, aren’t surprises exciting!
Keeps us on our toes. Keeps us honest. Keeps us holy! Maybe, some days (like yesterday) we just felt like shirking off religion. And thanks be to God, it wasn’t yesterday that Jesus returned! But today we’re reminded once again that all of life is FOR Him. When we hold Jesus at the very center of our hearts, there really is no shirking religion, because even when we don’t feel like it, there He is again, reminding us in the very next Word that He IS what Life is all about. And we CAN bear Him, even when we don’t think we can!
Blessed be our God, beloved!
And blessed be YOU!
May 24, 2017
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.” Jn_16:12-15
You cannot bear it now! Ever get to those points in life, beloved, when we’re just tired of hearing all that religion stuff. When we just can’t bear it any longer. Yes, Jesus loves us, but let’s get on with life here! LIFE!
Sometimes the Spirit of Truth WANTS us to fall away from all of that book stuff for a while. To fall away from all the Church decorations, accountability groups, teaching classes, and communion services given to people who fall asleep in the middle (of a 15-minute service). Sometimes the Truth may come in other ways. Speaking to a sister, you haven’t spoken with in a year (just because you were both too busy and too far apart). Going out on a spur of the moment dinner with your wife. Saying something other than a complaint or just happy birthday and God bless you on Facebook. Sometimes the Spirit of Truth just may be somewhere other than Church… Follow Her lead, beloved, and let go and just BE . . . YOU!
Oh and by the way,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY my beloved daughter GINA!
Not just God’s blessings, but a LIFE filled with happiness, joy, peace and rest (once in a while). We Love YOU!
May 23, 2017
The Philippian jailer who securely imprisoned Paul and Silas came to witness their miraculous release and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.” Acts_16:22-34
Sometimes it takes a miracle for people to finally believe in God, to believe in Jesus and to allow their lives to be led by the Holy Spirit. Maybe that happened to us, beloved. Maybe we were called and listened. And maybe we had to hit rock bottom of some crisis in our lives to come to God. Whatever our situation, praise God we’re here. And pray we continue to listen to His calling and the Spirit’s lead.
May 22, 2017
(St. Rita of Cascia)
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. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. Jn_15:26-16:4a
The Holy Spirit and WE will testify – that Jesus is the Son of God and that through Him we will be saved!
May 21, 2017
(6th Sunday of Easter, A)
St. Peter wrote, “Beloved: Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,” 1_Pt 3:15-18
And Jesus gave us that reason: Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth,” Jn_14:15-21
His LOVE and the Holy Spirit’s eternal presence!
What better reason could there be!
Link to Today’s Homily:
“I’ll Be Watching You!”
May 20, 2017
Jesus said to his disciples: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.” Jn_15:18-21
Ever wonder, beloved, why no matter how hard we try, the world just doesn’t love us? We’ve got a million examples!
Paul and his company traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them, Acts_16:1-10
And then sometimes the doors just don’t open when or how WE want them to. You know what, there just may be a reason! Between the world hating us and the Holy Spirit protecting us, ‘Oy Vey’ Lord, show us the way, PLEASE! Keep us always in Your love!
May 19, 2017
Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.” Jn_15:12-17
The Apostles wrote to the new Christians of Gentile origin in Antioch: ‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage.’ Acts_15:22-31
Jesus refers to His disciples as not being slaves: where a slave is someone who, willingly or unwillingly, obeys orders; where there is little or no recompense for obedience; where there is a grave cost for disobedience; and where there is often no clear understanding of the reason for the order.
In the early days of Moses, the Israelites worked as slaves to the Egyptians, enduring hunger, beatings and even death for disobedience. We often relate that slavery to our own slavery to sin.
And we connect the emancipation of the Jews through Moses with our redemptive Baptism in Christ; knowing, of course, that it wasn’t Moses, nor the water, that caused those Freedoms, but God.
Then, as that emancipated Jewish nation developed and organized a system of – do’s and don’ts, all stemming from Moses’ basic Commandments, which were originally designed
for the well-being of everyone, they eventually became so entangled in a massive set of their own laws, that they now, had to depend on lawyers, called Scribes and Pharisees, to interpret it all . . . While, the basics of ‘well-being‘, and Love, and God – all fell by the wayside.
Then, along came Jesus, pointing out that it wasn’t the Laws that were the problem. It was their loss of understanding of the basic point of it all: to love God and to love their neighbor.
Of course, this put all of those lawyers on edge, because having the upper hand on the legal system was their livelihood. They, in essence, were the slave-masters over all of the rest of the lay-Jews. And those Jews became the Slaves, all over again.
Jesus said there is only One critically important Commandment or Law. And that is – to Love one another: where obedience will set you free, while disobedience will again enslave you to all of the pain that a lack of love causes.
Of course, this revelation not only caused the uproar of the Sanhedrin, leading to the crucifixion of Jesus, but it extended well into the Christian era, where many of the Jewish believers in Jesus still had a hard time letting go of that legal system of rituals, like circumcision and kosher foods; letting go enough to allow the Gentiles into the faith without great pain.
Thus, today we heard the results of the First Council of the Church. We saw how, in the Church’s infancy, the Authority of decision-making was given to Peter and the Apostles.
We saw how the Apostles themselves relied upon the Holy Spirit in order to make those critical decisions.
And we saw how the Compromise between the strict adherence to the Law – demanded by the Christian Pharisees, and the Loving respect for both the pagan Gentiles and the Jewish Converts – demanded by God, delighted everyone.
THIS is the kind of Love that Jesus Commanded.
And this is the Love that Frees all of us to truly BE the Children that God created us to be.
May 18, 2017
(St. John I, Pope and Martyr)
Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. . . .
“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.” Jn_15:9-11
May 17, 2017
Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.” Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas with them, it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others should go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbyters about this question. Acts_15:1-6
The Jews were born into their faith. And having grown up observant of all the laws and following all the rituals, they had a hard time allowing “those (filthy) Gentiles” into their new-found faith in Jesus. Besides, Jesus was a Jew Himself! So why should they get away with not being circumcised, with not following all their rules as well? Can we feel their anxiety, beloved? Would we have not felt the same way?
But that is not the “Way” of Jesus. Jesus healed the clean and the unclean. Jesus loved the saint and the sinner. And He made no distinction. All were welcome into His Kingdom, if they believed.
Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” Jn_15:1-8
We need to be very careful, beloved, to keep our own prejudices, our own struggles and past from separating us from that vine which is Jesus and His Church. Accept in Love all who want to, or do – believe in Jesus, regardless of their minor differences from us. We are no more special to God than every one of His Children! And that’s pretty Special!
May 16, 2017
Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” Jn_14:27-31a
So, what do you think that means, beloved, “as the world gives“? The “world” gives in payment for . . . The world gives in order to get. The world gives in order to take. The peace of Jesus is something He has left with us. We did nothing to deserve it. It is a grace – an undeserved favor from God. Jesus gives as pure gift. All we need do is open it.
You see, there is a peace within each and every one of us, beloved! It’s the peace of Jesus. Find it and you will see that there is nothing in the “world” that can compare!
May 15, 2017
Jesus said, “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” Jn_14:21-26
COME HOLY SPIRIT!
May 14, 2017
(5th Sunday of Easter, A; and Mother’s Day)
As the number of disciples continued to grow, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table. Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Acts_6:1-7
Guess I’m partial to this Scripture passage, because it describes the institution of the first Deacons. But it also describes the care the Apostles had for the needy, especially widows, and the importance of continuing to spread the Word of Jesus! And that also brings us to the unquestionable importance of mothers in our lives. Without them (and God) we would just not BE. They birth us, they nurture us, they feed us and they support us with their love throughout our entire lives. Blessed be God for mothers!
St. Peter said of mothers and of ALL of us: “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_2:4-9
Blessed be Jesus!
And thank you mom!
May 13, 2017
(Our Lady of Fatima)
On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Acts_13:44-52
Isn’t it the way of the world? Isn’t it the way of humanity? Isn’t it the way of immature little children: the jealousy, the hatred, the spitefulness? Yes, the Jewish leaders were jealous, because what they sought was the glory and the fame and the crowds to follow them – NOT God!
The whole point of Jesus’ incarnation was to bring people back to God again. If we’re looking for the fame, the glory and the riches all for ourselves, beloved, then we’ve missed the point too. The point is, that everything we do and have and are, IS for the Glory of God. Bring others to Jesus, beloved, and God will see to it that we are taken care of as well, because it is for His glory that we’re even here!
Blessed be God forever!
May 12, 2017
(Ss. Nereus & Achilleus, Martyrs)
Jesus said to his disciples: In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jn_14:1-6
There’s one there just for YOU too, beloved.
Jesus is the Way!
Follow . . .
May 11, 2017
Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.” . . . “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” Jn_13:16-20
In the secular world, this is the way corporations and governments SHOULD work. You do your best so that your boss may look good to his superiors. And he leads and supports you so that you have all the tools and know-how to do your best for him. And when your boss looks good to his superiors, it is not only good for him and you, but it is good for the company in general.
Jesus is showing us that same link in our following His messengers, who have been called to be our leaders in the faith. When we do that, we are not only receiving their support, but we are receiving His and God our Father’s support as well. And with their support, there is nothing we will not be able to accomplish.
Our faith, that entwining link between the Holy Trinity, the apostles and us – is Love!
May 9, 2017
. . the Church in Jerusalem, . . sent Barnabas to go to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. And a large number of people was added to the Lord.
Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the Church and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians. Acts_11:19-26
So this “Christian” community in Antioch was not initiated by the Apostles but by some ‘Cypriots and Cyrenians’ who fled Jerusalem because of the persecution of Stephen. That newly formed community of believers was then strengthened by the teachings of Paul (formerly Saul who assisted in Stephen’s demise) and Barnabas, a friend of Paul’s. All second and third hand evangelization with, most importantly, the overarching direction of the Holy Spirit!
You see, beloved in Christ, we don’t have to be Scripture Scholars or Priests or even Deacons to be able to spread the Good News of God’s love that comes to us through Jesus. All we need to ask for is the Holy Spirit’s lead. And then all we need to DO – is to get out of His way!
May 8, 2017
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.” Jn_10:11-18
One flock, one shepherd: the people of Israel and everyone else. We all, equally, have the opportunity to listen for His voice and then follow. He is calling us, brothers and sisters – all to be ONE!
May 7, 2017
(4th Sunday of Easter, A)
Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.
‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’ When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly.
He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 1_Pt_2:20b-25
Jesus said, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” Jn_10:1-10
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. When we follow Him, through His Words and in the actions He modeled for us, we will be His sheep and we WILL have that Life He promised, in abundance!
Blessed be the Lord.
We love Him and we thank Him for all He has done for us!
May 6, 2017
Having completed his proclamation about eating his body and drinking his blood, Jesus was disappointed in those of his disciples who decided to no longer stay with him.
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” Jn_6:60-69
How much faith do we have beloved: To believe what may seem absurd, to believe what is unseen, to believe just based on one man’s word? Jesus asks us to place our trust in him. Let go of our need for control. Let go of our desire for logic. Let go and trust. And He will see us through it ALL.
May 5, 2017
On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.” Acts_9:1-20
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.” Jn_6:52-59
It’s interesting how many of our Life’s Decisions are based upon our avoidance of pain and our infatuation with people, places, things, or even concepts.
Saul was so infatuated with his Mosaic religion, and maybe even more so, with his own personal advancement in the Jewish priesthood, that he was zealous to imprison and even persecute to the point of death, those who didn’t follow HIS way, like Stephen.
And it was ironic, because that famous Fifth Commandment that God ‘carved in stone’ – for MOSES to share – had everything to do with NOT killing.
It’s funny how when someone is an infatuated zealot, nothing in the world really matters except their own infatuation; especially not: Wisdom, Common Sense, or Truth.
And we can see this in loss of objectivity in today’s liberal media. We can see it in the zombie-like insensitivity of the radical jihadists. And we can see it in our capitalistic-based Corporate World; where Common Sense, Truth and Morality have been thrown out the window with the bloody bath-water of innocent bystanders.
You see, everything was going just perfectly for Saul, until his own personal pain entered the picture. It’s funny, how pain has a way of changing – even the most zealous of infatuations.
Because somewhere in the blind darkness of Saul’s pain, he was Graced with an even greater ability to see than he had – ever had before.
Somewhere in-between the blinding light of Jesus’ presence and the laying on of hands by Ananias, Saul walked the path of Truth and Wisdom, the path of Common Sense and True Love for God, that could only be led by the Light of Christ.
And IN Paul’s new Mission, not even personal pain could deflect him from that path, because now he understood – that this new Goal of Eternal Life was greater than any pain could possibly alter:
Not hunger, nor persecution, not shipwreck, nor deadly snakes, not loneliness, or even death on a cross – could distract Paul from his Goal, the goal of Eternal Salvation with Jesus in Heaven; and the desire to bring as many Souls as he possibly could, along with him.
If we ever find ourselves infatuated, brothers and sisters, with any person or thing in this world, besides our Love for God, there will always be a Pain that will reveal to us – how temporary, how fleeting everything in this life really is, except God.
But if we can Eat, and Drink, and Live the life of Jesus, the life of Love, in this Temporary existence, here and now, despite the pain, we will discover – how truly beautiful, and how ever-present, and how permanent the Love of God IS – all around us.
And we might even be infatuated with how wonderful it will be to live that Love forever! But it’s more than just a hope, it’s a promise!
May 4, 2017
Jesus said to the crowds: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets: ‘They shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Jn_6:44-51
The Father is drawing you, beloved, to listen and to learn. To learn about Jesus. To learn about His love. Listen and learn beloved, believe and come to Jesus, and LIVE!
for example . . .
The Spirit said to Philip, “Go and join up with that chariot.” Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him. . . .
Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage, he proclaimed Jesus to him. As they traveled along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water. What is to prevent my being baptized?” Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water, and he baptized him. When they came out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away . . Acts_8:26-40
This IS truly living the Life of the Holy Spirit! We listen. We obey. We proclaim. We baptize. And then the Holy Spirit will take us to our next assignment, leaving behind ever more believers, to be led by the Holy Spirit themselves! What joy!
May 3, 2017
(Ss. Philip and James, Apostles)
Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” Jn_14:6-14
These “works” of Jesus’ love are described in a parable in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus said: ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Mt 25:34-36
When we truly believe in Jesus and know Him, beloved, the things we ask of Him will not be for our own selfish gain. They will be for the benefit of others in need. And Jesus will answer our requests by giving us all we need in order to help them. What’s beyond our capability will be left to be done according to the will of God. We pray that their souls be embraced by God in their sickness or their health, in their life or their death and that we may always have the sight to recognize their needs and give the Glory to God for their healing, all in the Name of Jesus!
May our Loving God bless YOU, now and forever!
May 2, 2017
(St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”; and when he said this, he fell asleep. Acts_7:51—8:1a
Lord do not hold this sin against them!
What more beautiful prayer could we possibly make! Even in the midst of persecution and murder, just like Jesus we offer our lives to those who would pluck our beards, to those who would bully and tease us, to those who take our jobs, prepare weapons of mass destruction, go wild with killing. Lord do not hold those sins against them, but change their hearts, change their souls, and teach them the meaning of true repentance.
But it’s not our will, but Yours, Lord. For You we offer all of our anger and our hatred. We burn them on the altar of Your love, never again allowing them to steal our hearts away. For our love for You burns even greater than any act of revenge or any self-concept of justice.
We are Yours and we know that You are ours!
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jn_6:30-35
Fill us, Lord, with Your Life!
May 1, 2017
(St. Joseph the Worker)
Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. . . .
All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel. Acts_6:8-15
Sometimes, beloved, our minds may be so set on something that is so irrelevant to life, and yet, our hearts know that there is someone, maybe someone we think is an adversary, truly sent by God right in our midst. But we aren’t listening. We throw that arm up in anger. We curse and we growl, but the message was really meant to help us, not to anger us. Are we listening? Are we looking for that angel, in whatever form God has sent him or her? Stephen may have been a little over zealous, but he was true to God all the way to the end, praying for even his persecutors, just like Jesus. What strength! What faith! What a model!
Give us the strength, Jesus, to be like You, to be like Stephen!
Happy May, beloved!
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