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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 thewind. Afterthe 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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October 31, 2017
Brothers and sisters: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. . . . For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance. Rom_8:18-25
As we enter this week, with the upcoming celebrations of All Saints and All Souls, we reflect on our mortality and immortality in Christ. For in Christ Jesus, we will not die but have life eternal.
This is our hope and this is God’s promise, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So what then is this suffering we must endure until our reunion with Jesus? It is nothing compared to the Glory we are to receive. So, bear with patient endurance, beloved, all the sufferings of the now. And when we are glorified, we will understand the frivolity of it all.
And we will be at peace forever!
No tricks and all Treat!
October 30, 2017
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. Rom_8:12-17
Nice statement, beloved! But there’s a lot to chew on there. What’s your focus? Is it the Spirit? Is it being “children of God?” Is it the heir and glory part? Or is it the suffering?
If we’re focused on the suffering, or the inheritance, or even the glory, again, we’re missing the point. The point is that we are God’s children and the Holy Spirit is dwelling, living, within us. It’s from that Spirit that we have the strength to endure any suffering! So we don’t have to worry about the suffering.
And the inheritance and glory, they come along for the ride. If our goal is the inheritance and glory then we just may miss the children part. We are all children of God, which means we have many, many brothers and sisters here in this world. And we need to treat them as such, love them, care for them, suffer for them, just as we do for our Father and our brother, Jesus! It all works for the GOOD! And that good is eternal life!
October 29, 2017
(30th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
A scholar of the law (a Jewish Lawyer) tested Jesus asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” Mt_22:34-40
If a pro-bowler were to ask me what the most important thing about bowling is, I might be intimidated with giving him an answer. But I’d give it my best shot, knowing that it would probably be wrong from his viewpoint.
If a medical doctor or professional nutritionist asked me what the best food is to keep my body in the best possible condition it could possibly be in, I’d give him a wild guess because I am by no means an expert in nutrition or medicine.
So when a Jewish lawyer asked Jesus, a common, “non-degreed” peasant, carpenter, about the most intricate detail of the Jewish law, he might have expected some wild and crazy answer. Instead, Jesus gave him the irrefutable, absolute best answer possible, and then even trumped that with a caveat and a legal summary.
If we, beloved, can truly come to an understanding of this statement – ‘Love God and love neighbor, with everything we’ve got,’ then we will have come to the truest understanding of life! Want eternity? Love! Want happiness? Love! Want eternal joy, peace, communion, God? Love!
As the Beatles would profess in song,
“Love is all we need!”
October 28, 2017
(Ss. Simon and Jude, Apostles)
Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Eph_2:19-22
October 27, 2017
Brothers and sisters: I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want. Rom_7:18-25a
When evil strikes at us, beloved, where do we stand relative to what St. Paul is saying here? Does the good in us make us act rationally? Or are we quick to strike back, quick to be as evil or bad or worse than whatever (or whoever) it was that upset us?
This battle of spirit with flesh is not an easy battle. It takes constant training, constant contact with the Holy Spirit, constant prayer to Jesus to strengthen us not to act the way our flesh desires, but to act instead, with integrity of heart and in compliance with all that Jesus has taught us. In short, it means we must practice and practice and practice LOVE! Love until love just oozes out from us, even when we’re attacked! God loves us, beloved, even though sometimes we are pretty far from deserving that love. We should try to at least try to love as well!
October 26, 2017
St. Paul wrote, now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom_6:19-23
I think I know my house layout pretty well. But if I walk around with my eyes closed and stub my toe on a chair leg or a wall, the “wages” of my stupidness is pain. And yet, I can walk all over the house with my eyes open and never stub my toe. But do I give thanks to God for His gift of my eyesight?
Funny, how quick we are to curse God when things don’t go our way, even though we’re walking in a “valley of the shadow of sin and death.” But how often do we give Him thanks for all that goes right in our life? How often do we find ourselves walking in the brightness of the Light of Christ and never acknowledge it! We really are incredibly blessed, beloved, incredibly loved, incredibly Holy (even though we fall from time to time)!
So we thank you Father for sending your Son to remind us of that LOVE, that holiness, especially at the cost of His life!
October 25, 2017
Jesus said, “You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” Lk_12:39-48
Well gee! Here I thought only the Pope and Bishops and Priests had to be prepared. They’re the ones who took all those courses in Theology and Philosophy and Eschatology. What do I know about being prepared.
Funny, isn’t it the same with driving? Why, we didn’t take formal classes in driving (well, maybe some of us did). For me it was our dad or sister or cousin who taught us how to hold the wheel and push on the gas pedal. But you know what? There really was – just a little more to it – than that. We had to read the signs, the warnings and the limits. And if we weren’t prepared to face a cop for driving over that limit, we just might find ourselves in jail or worse, owing our whole month’s meager salary for not being prepared when that man in blue hid behind the corner.
You see, beloved, God has given us all the warnings and limits necessary for LIFE, as well. When we don’t lie or cheat; when we don’t curse or kill; when we give generously and seek humbly only what we really need; then, when we find ourselves face-to-face with God, maybe in the next moment, or maybe years from now, there will be no penalty, no loss, no purgation. Only a smile and appraisal, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
You see, God wants us to be safe. And the best way to accomplish that is to live a guilt-free life. And when it’s a struggle not to push too hard on that ‘human-nature’ pedal, it might be a good time to remember and believe that God will help protect us from all those natural evils of our humanity, just for the asking. Just remember He’s always there and pray for His guidance!
October 24, 2017
Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” Lk_12:35-38
We hear a lot of “master” “servant” talk from Jesus. And maybe we’re not as familiar with those roles in our 21st century as the people were back in the time of Jesus. Although, unfortunately a lot of illicit slavery still occurs in our world today.
But if you are wealthy enough to have paid help serve you or your home, you understand how important a good relationship with these people is. And it’s actually the same way in our working world. Though we’re not considered servants and masters or slaves and owners, we really are in those same relationships as well. Our boss may not beat us, but we could be reprimanded, have our pay withheld, or even be fired for “insubordination” if we don’t follow his demands to the letter!
Jesus tells us today that we need to have the same healthy respect for our God. He may seem to be far away at times, but we know that He’s right here watching over us and after us. And we’ll find Him a lot happier to see us if we follow His rules and directions too.
Funny, but maybe it is US who have gone away. And maybe it is time for us to return back to God again! Blessed are we, whom He finds vigilant when we are reunited again!
October 23, 2107
(St. John of Capistrano, Priest)
Jesus said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Lk_12:13-21
In a life of poverty, it may have seemed that all there was to live for was that inheritance. Maybe the parents saved their whole lives for a relaxing retirement. Maybe they saved in order to pass on some relief on to their kids. Maybe all of that was the last thing on their minds before giving up the ghost. But, boy were those kids counting on that inheritance relief. No job. Food was sparse. Starving kids of their own. It was all there was to look forward to.
And yet Jesus tells them “no.” There’s more to life than just feeding our mouths, playing our video games and watching TV. Jesus tells us to beware of becoming too possessive. Because possessiveness leads to greed and jealousy and resentfulness of others. And it’s really the ‘others’ who are most important to our own lives. It doesn’t mean we need to starve to death, nor have some fun with the life we know. But we just need to keep the physical side of life in perspective with the spiritual, eternal life that we’re promised. That’s the BIG goal! And it’s well worth any suffering we may have to endure to reach it!
October 22, 2017
(29th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
Jesus responded to His challenge, “Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Mt_22:15-21
Sometimes, beloved, we just have to get our priorities straight! What really does belong to me and what belongs to God? Well, when we think about it – WE ourselves belong to God! So that means that all we own (or think we own) really belongs to Him as well.
But, you know what? God really has no need for coins, or cars, or cell phones, or houses. All of that really belongs to the world. And if the hurricanes, or tornadoes, or floods, or droughts, or spiders, or robbers, or sink holes decide that it’s their turn to take over ownership of those things, well who are we to argue! God will give us the resources to start all over again!!! And maybe we’ll even grow from the experience! Praise God. (Though we do pray that it never happens to us. And we pray for the strength of those who have had to endure such tragedies).
And we always remember – that we are His! So we must be very careful with what we do with someone else’s property (God’s), whether it’s ourselves or others! And we always remember that He IS the absolute best caregiver there could be! We are His! And He is ours!
October 21, 2017
Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.” . . .
So, “when they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.” Lk_12:8-12
We have an Advocate, beloved, and His Name is Jesus. Jesus will defend us. The Holy Spirit will support us with Words we never imagined we knew. And God the Father will Love us, as He always has! All we need do is believe!
If you’ve ever been in the position of helplessness, beloved, and heard Words coming from your own mouth that made you wonder where all that knowledge ever came from (and we’re not talking about curses, because we Know where they come from), then you’ve been “slain” by the Holy Spirit. You’ve experienced ‘speaking in tongues’ (even if it’s your own language). And you’ll never be the same again.
All we have to do, beloved, is let go and let God take over. And you just might be AMAZED as what He’ll do through you!
October 20, 2017
(St. Paul of the Cross, Priest)
St. Paul wrote, “Brothers and sisters: What can we say that Abraham found, our ancestor according to the flesh? Indeed, if Abraham was justified on the basis of his works, he has reason to boast; but this was not so in the sight of God.” Rom_4:1-8
Jesus said, I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” Lk_12:1-7
In the days of Jesus, the Jewish leaders insisted that the Jews follow the Law of Moses to the letter. If they didn’t, they were excluded from worship. They were excluded from communion with their brothers and sisters. And sometimes they were even isolated from their whole community.
And yet, those leaders themselves were not perfectly sinless. So we often hear Jesus, in the Gospels, call them hypocrites. You see, their whole premise was that their righteousness resulted from their actions, from following that Law.
As the Church grew, 15-centuries after the resurrection of Jesus, our own leaders had become more and more like those Pharisees, requiring indulgences of physical suffering or monetary payment in order to gain God’s salvation.
It was enough to create a schism in which the priest, Martin Luther, rebelled by protesting the Church’s theological concepts of justification and salvation. Luther professed that we are not saved by our good works, but solely by our faith in God. And he would take a Scripture, like our first reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans to justify his thesis.
All of it prompted the Church’s long-overdue re-evaluation and reformation, through the Council of Trent. But unfortunately, that long-overdue reformation also initiated a split by Luther, that today has resulted in the splintering of the Christian Church in a thousand different directions.
And keeping us united in Faith and Community was the whole purpose of the Church. As a matter of fact, it was St. Paul himself who wrote these words in his Letter to the Ephesians. He said . . .
I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all. Eph 4:1-6
Seemed Martin Luther missed that point.
You see, Jesus taught us that first and foremost, God Loves us. He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to make sure we understood it.
And then, Jesus gave us directions on how to keep ourselves safe from eternal damnation. He taught us the Way to salvation. And the shortest possible description of those directions is – to Love.
Love IS God’s justification.
And Love is the driving force of every action, every work we do.
IF our Work of Love is done in order for us to get to heaven, then we’ve missed the point.
But if our Love results in heavenly Works for others, then our souls are truly filled with the Holy Spirit, and our reward will BE heaven.
And if our Fear is our not getting into heaven, then we’ve missed the point.
But if our Fear is being robbed of our Love for others – because of jealousy, or hatred, or anger, or greed, then that fear itself is born of God’s Love, and that Love will surely get us into heaven.
You see, beloved, we are Loved more than we can ever, possibly imagine. And now our Work is to always remember that fact, and then LIVE it!
Like the billionaire with one day left to give away her fortune, we are called to give away God’s Love with every breath we take and with every face we meet.
October 19, 2017
(Ss John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs)
St. Paul said, “For there is no distinction; all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.” Rom_3:21-30
Well, there we go! It’s the old, “Every time we point a finger we have three others pointing back at us!” Now there’s equality!
And so, Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication. If you, O LORD, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand? But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered. Ps 130
There is HOPE in God, beloved! For by His very being we are forgiven. And we are saved in Christ Jesus!
October 18, 2017
(St. Luke, Evangelist)
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth. Ps 145
And what is that truth?
St. John shows Jesus at the last supper leaving a road map for all His disciples. This is the way and this is the truth . . .
Jesus said to His disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
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. Where [I] am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jn 14:1-6
Seek Jesus, beloved. Call upon Him in the Truth – that He is the “Way” to the Father. He is always near and through Him we have LIFE!
October 17, 2017
(St. Ignatius of Loyola, Bishop and Martyr)
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge. Ps 19
All we need to do, beloved, is to look around us. The beauty of the moon and stars. The majesty of the birds and their music, the wild and tame animals, as well. The glory of God within our neighbor, our friends and even our challenging children. The cleansing of our natural disasters (though we may not feel that way if it’s we who’ve been cleansed). The reclamation, the revitalization, the baptism, if you will, of all that was into all that can be! Day unto day pours out God’s Word. And that Word is JESUS! Have faith beloved, and all will be well, as we pray for one another!
October 16, 2017
(St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin)
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom_1:1-7
About the warmest, truest greeting possible!
October 15, 2017
(28th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face; Is_25:6-10a
. . . IF that is what we are looking for!
St. Paul said, “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” Phil_4:12-14,19-20
. . . But it’s up to us to try!
Jesus said, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” Mt_22:1-10
. . . So, will you be chosen, beloved? Are you wearing the garment of righteousness required for entrance? Do we really want the Kingdom of God? Or are we just playing games with God. The rules are defined. The demands are clear: LOVE!
October 14, 2017
(St. Callistus I, Pope and Martyr)
While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” Lk_11:27-28
Jesus shows humility at a compliment and advice to take the glory from the person and place it on God. We are called, beloved, to be obedient to God and not to place anyone or anything above our love and worship of God. Go and do likewise!
October 13, 2017
Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Lk_11:15-26
Wow! If that’s not basic ‘Common Sense 101!’
But you know what, beloved, there are a lot of people who never took that class! We see it in how our corporations are run. We see it in how our governments are run. And we see it on our very streets and in our neighborhoods. You see, there is strength in unity, in agreement, in compassion. And all we have to do, is look to the world’s media to see that there seems not to be very much of any of that around. But keep in mind that that is just the media’s version of our world. Maybe that is exactly what the media wants us to believe!
Maybe it’s time to open our eyes to see another viewpoint. To see all the time and money and prayer that are being spent for those who are in need, after disasters of weather, or accident, or terror driven tragedy, or disease and illness. We really ARE an enormously compassionate and united people. We are God’s people! And we remain so because we are not against the Love of Jesus. We are for Him and everything He stands for.
Stay rooted in Jesus, beloved! Be very skeptical of what you hear and see in the media. Do not be deceived, for their goal is to scatter and not gather. And scattering brings weakness It’s the gathering that makes us strong. And in that strength we are HUMAN! We are God’s humanity!
Jesus came to gather by sharing with us, His divinity!
In Him, we are ONE!
October 12, 2017
(Our Lady of the Pillar)
Through the Prophet Malachi, the LORD of hosts says, “for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.” Mal_3:13-20b
Justice will be!
Jesus said, “If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” Lk_11:5-13
So, always remember the precedence, beloved: God FIRST, then others, then ourselves. And when that precedence is maintained, whatever we ask the Father in Jesus’ name, He will provide, if it be His will! Trust in Him!
October 11, 2017
(St. Pope John XXIII)
Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry that God did not carry out the evil he threatened against Nineveh. He prayed, “I beseech you, LORD, is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? This is why I fled at first to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger, rich in clemency, loath to punish. And now, LORD, please take my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.” Jon_4:1-11
Did you ever know those people, beloved, whom you just cannot satisfy? I know there are days that I fit that category quite well myself! Those days when everything was all planned out and then that Voice came! And we reply, just like Jonah, “But, look I had PLANS!” “No, You’re not REALLY going to wipe out that nasty nation, because I know of your mercy! And I’m not going to be the hypocrite who warns them about something that doesn’t even happen.” Jonah was mad! Jonah was mad enough and embarrassed enough to give up on everything, even life!
He couldn’t even relax in peace after it was all over. You see, in the first place, Jonah needed a job – so God gave him one. Then when he realized that he couldn’t hide from the job that God gave him, he grudgingly did it, and then waited for pay-day! You see pay-day for Jonah was to see that God’s fire come down from heaven, just as it did upon Sodom and Gomorrah. But there was a difference this time. Instead of remaining in their stubborn sinfulness, like the Sodomites, the Ninevites repented. They realized that their sins against God were truly serious enough to warrant a change. And they just happened to have a really good leader, at the right time, who would make the decision that their salvation was more important than their selfishness.
So what is it that’s driving our lives, beloved? Are our plans number one, or are we flexible enough to accept and answer God’s calling at a moment’s notice? Is nothing ever good enough for us, or can we see the goodness in everything, especially in God’s love and mercy for us! It all brings us back to Martha’s anxiety and Paul’s declaration that – in God, in Jesus there is NO anxiety! Rest in Him, beloved and His peace will rest in you!
Well that will be the end of the Maui pictures in Whispers. I have enough to continue for the next couple years at one a day, but we need to get back to the Lord alone! I will soon add a page under the Pictures Header of ColorMe4Life to include some of the best photos from Maui . . . Till then, blessings and peace in Christ!
October 10, 2017
Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” Lk_10:38-42
Sometimes, when you’re spending a short, solitary week in paradise, you just have to let go of all those daily tasks, daily requirements that we tend to place upon ourselves. No, it doesn’t mean that we forget our Lord. As a matter of fact maybe we remember Him even more than usual. And there is the thanksgiving in prayer that we heard from St. Paul a couple days ago.
Mary had chosen to savor the moment with her Lord, because they don’t come around all that often and you never know when those moments may just disappear. Mary was accepting the gift of Jesus, while Martha was giving her gift TO Him. And sometimes the giving is a lot harder than the receiving. But when we can sit back and savor the moment, even for just a moment, it makes all the giving a lot easier, even when no one else offers a hand.
October 9, 2017
The Lord said to Jonah, “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it; their wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD. Jon_1:1–2:1-2,11
Even though the Lord may not force us to do His bidding, or be good people (for our own sake), our lives can become pretty uncomfortable when we try to avoid Him. Jonah was the classic example of what can happen when we try to run and hide from God. There is NO hiding from God! He sees all and knows all! So, if we’re prompted by some unforeseen, internal Voice to help that stranger, to hold that door, to say something nice, or even to hold our tongue when bitterness is ready to explode from our mouths, we probably better ‘just do it.’ Or who knows, we just might be gobbled up by a big fish!!
October 8, 2017
(27th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
Brothers and sisters: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-9
You know what, beloved, sometimes we really don’t need whatever it is we think we need so much. Sometimes when we ask God (with thanksgiving for all we DO have) what we get instead is Peace! And maybe that’s all we needed from the start! The Peace of Jesus Christ be with you always, as you seek out our greatest need of all, Him!
October 7, 2017
(Our Lady of the Rosary)
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” . . . Jesus said, “. . do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Lk_10:17-24
What a blessed reason for rejoicing!
October 6, 2017
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past; may your compassion quickly come to us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God our savior, because of the glory of your name; Deliver us and pardon our sins for your name’s sake. Ps 79
You know, beloved, sometimes our own sins just weigh us down so much that we just want to give up. But we also know that we have a God who is so incredibly merciful that we will be given chance after chance to change! And we have an advocate in Jesus to help us accomplish that change. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s strength, and you will be saved!
And then we can all live the Joy, He wants us to have!
October 5, 2017
Jesus sent disciples ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. . . . Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Lk_10:1-12
Always loved this quote. Whenever we give peace to others, Jesus tells us it can have two effects. And both are dependent upon how the person we give it to decides to respond. It they accept it, it will have the power to heal them. If not, they will remain in their state of ‘un-peace.’ But notice that either way we receive the blessing of offering it, whether they accept it or not. And if not, we receive our own peace (Christ’s peace) back in return.
Peace and blessings to you, beloved.
And my prayers that you will gladly accept it!
Our Kaanapali sunset here on the western side of Maui,
with the island of Lanai in background.
October 4, 2017
(St. Francis of Assisi)
Jesus said, “Follow me.” . . . . And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” Jesus answered him, “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
If a driver was to concentrate on what was behind him, he would certainly crash into what is ahead. If the swimmer or runner were to constantly worry about who’s behind her, she would certainly not win the race. And if the surfer were to concern himself about the wave crashing in behind him, he’s also never make it to the end of that wave. Well, if we are to follow Jesus we need to concentrate on the prize and not the past. Live the moment and make the best of every one that we’re offered, just as St. Francis and Jesus did.
October 3, 2017
Thus says the LORD of hosts: There shall yet come peoples, the inhabitants of many cities; and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another, and say, “Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD”; and, “I too will go to seek the LORD.” Zec_8:20-23
A common desire for the Love of the Lord. Who is this God who loves us, even when we’ve sinned so horribly against Him and against our brothers and sisters? He IS the Lord! He IS our God. And all the more reason why we should love one another as much!
Here in Hawaii people often greet one another with the word Aloha. I always assumed it just meant our typical American, vanilla, hello. But if you looked it up you’d come to find the definition: Aloha (pronounced [əˈlo.hə]) is the Hawaiian word for love, affection, peace, compassion and mercy, that is commonly used as a simple greeting (Wikipedia). And now I think of that Love of God every time I hear Aloha. Wouldn’t it be nice if we greeted one another with “LOVE.” It’s so much sweeter than just hello!
October 2, 2017
Jesus said, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.” Mt_18:1-5,10
Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide.
October 01, 2017
(26th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Brothers and sisters: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others. Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus, Phil_2:1-11
The secret to happiness!
Happy October, beloved!
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