Daily Mass Quotes – September 2017

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Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

Bubbles2Then 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?

silenceOr were you just hiding in a cave, waiting on the Lord to Whisper in your ear – a Word – LIFE! Life, it’s in You! And YOU are beautiful in the Eyes of God, no matter what the world may say or think.

You are Loved!!

Every day the Lord whispers in our ears – Words of HOPE, Words of LOVE, and maybe not even words – just His JOY in our hearts.

Let’s follow the Scriptures of our daily Mass and see if we can catch those Words – simple but beautiful – Whispers to the Wind . . .

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09-30-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 30, 2017
(St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!  See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.  Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day, and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.  Zec_2:5-9,14-15a

Our Lord does dwell among us.
And His name is Jesus!

09-29-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 29, 2017
(Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels)
War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.   Rv_12:7-12ab

No temptation, no evil, no devil nor anything else that is his – that’s our heaven!  That’s what we have to look forward to.  Thank you St. Michael and companions.  Thank you Jesus.  Thank you Father!  Blessed be God forever!

09-28-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 28, 2017
Sing to the LORD a new song  Ps 149

What’s the song in your heart, beloved?  Is it a good song?  Is it a praising song?  Is it a joyful song that lifts you up?  Or is it the blues?  Maybe it’s time for a NEW song!  God loves us so incredibly much that He gave us His only Son!  Now that’s a song to keep forever!

09-27-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 27, 2017
(St. Vincent de Paul, Priest)
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. . . .
Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.  Lk_9:1-6

So what kind of demons can we expel, beloved?  And what kind of diseases can we cure?  Well, you know what, sometimes just some kind words, words of encouragement, words of hope can make a world of difference in the healing of those who are down. And they can even expel demons who want nothing less than to bring us despair and separation and hopelessness.  Jesus IS our hope.  When we can let the world know the hope that Jesus promises to EVERYONE, we’ll find a world that is much more livable, much more joyful!  And we certainly can use a little joy in our world today!  We ARE Jesus’ people of hope and joy!  Let’s go do some healing!!!  Let’s go spread some LOVE!

09-26-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 26, 2017
(Ss. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs)
Jesus was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you.”  He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”  Lk_8:19-21

It’s so easy for us to take a couple of sentences out of the Bible and make all kinds of inferences from them.  Did Jesus have brothers and sisters?  Was He blatantly rude to his mother?  Or was He just making the point of the primacy of God over all others, even parents?

The Protestants take the brothers and sisters concept literally, while we believe that the translation is important, as there were no words for cousins or step-siblings in the ancient Aramaic/Hebrew.  We also believe that Mary was kept virginally pure her entire life. So Jesus never really had any other direct siblings from His mother.

In the end, we are all His brothers and sisters, beloved.
And Mary is our Spiritual Mother as well!

09-25-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 25, 2017
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

We just can’t hide the evil nor the good within us, brothers and sisters.  It will be seen as clear as day!  So the message today is, to be as good as we possibly can.  And let that light shine on the world around us.  And, you know what, beloved?  That light will reflect right back to us, making our own light shine all the brighter.  That’s the light of Jesus within!

09-24-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 24, 2017
(25th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts. 

If our God was not so far beyond us, beloved, could He even be our God?  For He has created us and everything we see and know.  He is our strength, our mercy, our love, our wisdom, our all!  And having had Jesus in the form of human flesh, we now have the absolute best example to follow.  Jesus has shown us, not only the true possibility of being so far beyond mortal fleshly behavior that we can actually be “like” God ourselves, but He also showed us, through His resurrection, our Hope for all eternity, which follows this short mortal existence.

We have something to strive for, beloved.
And we have reason to follow and obey!

09-23-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 23, 2017
(Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest)
Jesus said, “Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. . . .

As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard (the Word), but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life,”  Lk_8:4-15

Ever feel like you’re struggling to get your head above the thorns, beloved?  And with every move there’s another prick!  Ouch!  Just can seem to get ahead, because each prick brings you back down again, until you almost feel like giving up.  Well one way to keep ahead is to always remember what’s driving you back up, the sun (the Son), Jesus.  When we keep our focus on the Son, He will keep our mind off the pricks.  He will strengthen us against their evil.  And we WILL succeed against every trick that nasty devil throws to thwart us.  Jesus is our strength!  Rely on Him!  And He will shine in our lives!

09-22-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 22, 2017
“the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.  Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.  Lay hold of eternal life,” 1_Tm_6:2c-12

It didn’t say that we shouldn’t have any money.  Just not to LOVE it.  Not to let it control us!  Yes, we need it to eat and have some enjoyment in life.  But if it controls us, we’ve lost what should be our overriding love – of God.  God always comes first.  Then He will take care of all of our needs, even the money!

Blessed be God forever!
And our Lord, Jesus Christ.

09-21-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 21, 2017
(St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist)
As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.  He said to him, “Follow me.”  And he got up and followed him. Mt_9:9-13

OK, I’ve had enough of this.  Enough of people poking fun of me.  Enough of no friends.  Enough of being hated because I’m working for the enemy.  Enough of it’s never enough for them either.  It’s just not worth it any more.  So maybe it’s just time to leave!  Pick up what’s left and follow the Master.  Maybe this Guy will finally be the answer.

Beloved, just do it!  Jesus IS the answer to all that lack of love.  All that emptiness.  All that loneliness.  Come!  Follow the Master and LIVE!

Good day to be RE – Born!

09-20-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 20, 2017
(Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gon (Priest) and Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions, Korean Martyrs)
Jesus said, in the company of the unbelievers, “To what shall I compare the people of this generation?  What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’”  Lk_7:31-35

If you ever tried to console a toddler who was overly-tired, you know exactly what Jesus was talking about today.  We might try to suggest that they take a nap, only to receive an obnoxiously screaming “NO.”  And when we offer to play with them instead, we get the same response.  And we know that, at that point, it could be ice cream, or toys, or even Disney World, and nothing would make a difference.

Jesus explained the attitude of the Pharisees, just like these children.  They were not happy dancing nor mourning.  But they surely had a complaint, when either option was offered.

Funny, it sounds just like our liberal world today.  With no foundation to ground them, they’re groping inside for purpose. And that purpose flutters around like the wind, with the only constancy being their interminable complaining!   And the non-sense of their words and actions precisely mimics that of the overly-tired child: insatiable, obnoxious and deaf.

You see, John the Baptist came to prepare them for their long-awaited “nap.”  And those who accepted him, found peace through the waters of repentance and reconciliation. They were ready for the refreshing Words of their God and Savior, Jesus.

And they understood the Truth and the Wisdom of His Words.  Because those Words were grounded in Love and Compassion, in Justice and in Hope!  And those words were validated or vindicated in the actions of Jesus and His disciples; where listening and healing, going the extra mile and humbly giving without complaining – were the hallmarks of their faith.

Fr. Andrew Kim and Paul Chung were a couple of our more modern-day visionaries.  With open hearts and minds they accepted and promoted an advancement – from the Class-based society of Confucianism – to the Love-based, human equality and dignity offered by Catholicism, offered by Jesus.

And just like the “NO” of an overly-tired child, and the “NO” of a stubborn Pharisee, the Korean leaders refused to relinquish their oppressive power, and proceeded to massacre thousands upon thousands of Christians throughout the 19th century in Korea.

Fr. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, the first Korean priest, and the men and women who followed in the footsteps of Jesus, offered their lives for their faith.  These are our Saintly models for true Christianity.  Where love and not vengeance prevails.  And where our hope is not in worldly power, but in a Kingdom of Peace and Wisdom and Truth.

Jesus will lead us there!

09-19-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 19, 2017
Jesus crossed paths with a funeral procession for the only son of a poor widow:  he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he 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

Dead man speaking!  Not something you run across very often.  But when you’re in the presence of God, when Jesus resides in your heart, you never know what miracles might happen, when you believe!   A person you haven’t seen in decades all of a sudden shows up (dead man speaking), and great, old relationships are restored.  An ill child miraculously gets well, at the total incredulity of her physicians.  A very needed rain shower waters your new bushes and saves you from having to artificially water them again.  Dead men speaking.  They’re all around us . . . When we BELIEVE!

09-18-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 18, 2017
. . . the centurion sent friends to tell him (Jesus), “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.  Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed.”  Lk_7:1-10

With a word, the centurion could have sent armies.  With a word, he did send messengers to ask for Jesus’ help.  He had faith enough to believe that with a word, Jesus could also command the healing of his servant.  And with a word it was done!  Do we need His help today, beloved?  With a word, ask His guidance, His healing, His love, and in faith believe it will be done.

So it was said, so it shall be done!

09-17-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 17, 2017
(24th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?  As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.  Mt_18:21-35

It’s not forgiveness because we’re supposed to.  It’s not forgiveness because we want to be forgiven.  It’s forgiveness because deep within our hearts we know that LOVE conquers all.  Wouldn’t we rather have a friend than an enemy?  Wouldn’t we rather be totally relieved of anger and hatred.  Forgiveness comes from the Love we have pouring out from our hearts.  How many times?  An unnumbered amount!  Beyond all imagining, we forgive because it’s just what someone who is filled with Christ’s love does.  It’s as natural as breathing!

09-16-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 16, 2017
(Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs)
Jesus said to his disciples: “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.  For every tree is known by its own fruit.   Lk_6:43-49

And yet, we have to be very careful in how we interpret this saying.  It doesn’t mean that a person cannot be changed!  It just means that the fruit resembles its’ tree.  It doesn’t mean a good child can not come from bad parents or a bad child from good parents.  It means the actions done by any person represent what’s in his/her heart alone.  A heart CAN be changed, beloved!  A good heart can become rotten by the environment it’s immersed in.  Just as a bad heart can become good with just one touch of a good influence.  WE can be that good influence for others, beloved.  We are called to be that influence, following the example of our Lord.

St. Paul said, “This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  Of these I am the foremost.”  1_Tm_1:15-17

If Jesus can change St. Paul from a zealous arch-enemy into a super evangelist, just imagine what we can do with His help.  He’s there for us and for everyone, if we just reach out!

09-15-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 15, 2017
(Our Lady of Sorrows)
Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.  –  Simeon to Mary,  Lk_2:33-35

Today, I thought I’d give you a really brief history and background on the memorial that we’re celebrating today.  Our Lady of Sorrows was instituted into the Church calendar by Pope Pius the 7th, in 1817; although the history of our devotion to the sorrows experienced by the Blessed Virgin Mary date all the way back to the 12th Century.

The title, Our Lady of Sorrows, was given to our Blessed Mother because it focuses on the intense suffering and grief that she endured, through the passion and death of her Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ.  That suffering, however, was not just limited to the passion and death of Jesus; but it was also described as the Seven Dolors, or Sorrows of Mary.

The two primary Bible references derive, first, back to the words of Simeon, that we heard in Luke’s Gospel today, where Mary’s heart would be pierced for the sufferings that her Son would have to endure; and second, to the words of Jesus from the Cross in John’s Gospel, where He designated the Apostle John as Mary’s new son and caregiver, confirming Mary’s presence at the crucifixion. Jn_19:25-27

Throughout the ages many famous artists have depicted Mary’s Sorrow with a sword or seven swords piercing her heart, in reference to Simeon’s prophesy.  Those Seven Sorrows include:

  1. Simeon’s Prophesy (of the sword piercing Mary’s heart.) (Luke 2:34–35)
  2. The Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt and Herod’s massacre of the children of Bethlehem (Matthew 2:13)
  3. Mary and Joseph’s 3-day loss of the Child Jesus in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:43–45)
  4. The Meeting of Mary and Jesus as he carried His cross to Calvary (4th Station of the Cross, Tradition)
  5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.
    (John 19:25)
  6. The Piercing of the side of Jesus and the Removal of His body from the Cross. (Matthew 27:57–59)
  7. And the Burial or entombment of Jesus.
    (John 19:40–42)

These Seven Sorrows are often prayed-over in a devotion similar to the rosary, but they’re not the same as the rosary’s Sorrowful Mysteries.

There is also – an optional Sequence to the Mass which is based on a 12th century hymn called the Stabat Mater Dolorosa, or Sorrowful Mother Standing, which was believed to have been written by a Franciscan mystic named, Jacopone da Todi.

Lots of history.

Beautiful devotion.

All in remembrance of the cost that was paid in pain, for our salvation.

And only because our awesome God and Creator loves us so incredibly much!

It’s both our JOY and our Sorrow too, because so much of our world just does not understand!

09-14-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 14, 2017
(Exaltation of the Cross)
In reference to the first sin: Then the LORD God said to the snake: Because you have done this, cursed are you among all the animals, tame or wild; On your belly you shall crawl, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.  Gn 3:14

Thus, the snake or serpent inherited the symbolism of all that is bad and sinful in this world.

Thousands of years later, in the desert of their exodus from Egyptian slavery, the Israelites continued in their sin.  In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died.  Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.  Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.”  So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses, “Make a saraph and mount it on a pole, and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live.” Nm_21:4b-9

Has that serpent bitten or tormented us too, beloved?  Are we hounded and riddled with feelings and actions that we just know we shouldn’t be having or doing?  That’s that old serpent again acting his part.  But there is hope.  God always provides an escape route, a protection, a healing . . .

Jesus said, “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

We no longer need to fear the condemnation of eternal damnation because of our sins, because we have a Savior, a Redeemer in Jesus.  That serpent was nailed to a cross and our God was revealed to us in the Resurrection.  Jesus IS our eternal life.  Look to Him, beloved, and live!

09-13-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 13, 2017
(St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Brothers and sisters:  If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. Col_3:1-11

I’m not sure how many of us realize that in our Baptism we died to this wretched mortal life to live in immortality with and in Christ.  As St. Paul say, “Our life is hidden with Christ in God.”  That means that we no longer have to worry about mortal death.  Death will just be a passing through into the remainder of eternity.  And the now is simply preparation for something much, much better to come.  So cheer up, beloved!  We are within His Glory!  Dead to sin and alive in Christ forever!

09-12-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 12, 2017
St. Paul wrote, brothers and sisters:  As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.  See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to the tradition of men, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ.  For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily, and you share in this fullness in him,   Col_2:6-15

We share in that FULLNESS, beloved!  Nothing else can compare!

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:  Lk_6:12-19

And following in the footsteps of Jesus, we can see how important prayer is in EVERY decision we make, especially the important ones.  We need to get in touch with the Father, just as Jesus did, to help us make the right decisions. Because without Him all that’s left is that ’empty, seductive philosophy of the world.’  And that can lead us to nothing better than disaster. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are here to help.  Rely on them!

09-11-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 11, 2017
St. Paul wrote: For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for you and for those . . .  Col_1:24–2:3

. . . in Florida and Cuba and the Bahamas and the Islands hit by the recent hurricanes; for Houston and the flooded people there, for the people in the Northwest – Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana, fighting fires burning their homelands; and for our land.  Please pray beloved, for our country and our world, on this day of infamy (9-11) that turned us all so topsy turvy.

God WILL see us through!

09-10-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 10, 2017
(23rd Sunday, Ordinary Time, A)
Thus says the LORD: (to the Prophet Ezekiel) You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.  If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ” and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way, the wicked shall die for his guilt,
but I will hold you responsible for his death.  Ez 33:7-9

Now those are some pretty scary instructions!  WE are responsible for – NOT converting them, but informing them of their errors.  I don’t know about you, beloved, but telling someone they shouldn’t be doing or thinking something, is not something I’m real fond of.  But, you know what?  If we really love them, we WILL!  Only BECAUSE we love them.  In the end, it’s always their choice, but God says to Ezekiel later on that IF he did tell them, he would no longer be held responsible for their demise.  Though we keep on praying for their souls.

Link to today’s homily . . .
Our Father’s Priests

Sorry for delay in getting today’s reflection in.  I’ve been overwrought with concern and prayer over the devastation occurring in Florida today, as my sister and her family are still there in the midst of hurricane Irma.  Please pray for them and all who are living there . . .

09-09-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 9, 2017
(St. Peter Claver, Priest)
You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds; God has now reconciled you in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death, to present you holy, without blemish, and irreproachable before him, provided that you persevere in the faith, Col_1:21-23

“provided that you persevere”

Never, never give up, beloved.  We have made it up so many steps to get to where we now are.  Persevere!  Life is so very short, and it will not be long before we make it to our Goal!  Our heavenly Goal.  Persevere.  Jesus promises it will all be worth it!  Would He have died for us if it were not so!  Believe!  And persevere, in Love!

09-08-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 8, 2017
(Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means “God is with us.”  Mt_1:1-16,18-23

God is with us!!!!

09-07-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 7, 2017
Simon Peter fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”  For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him . . .
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

An unexpected catch of fish.  A miraculous healing.  A wisdom and authority beyond that of the leaders.  What is it that drives us to leave everything and follow him, beloved?  He is there always, waiting for us to make that choice.  There’s nothing or no one better!


09-06-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 6, 2017
Jesus stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.  She got up immediately and waited on them.   Lk_4:38-44

Maybe that’s why we suffer so much today, beloved.  We just don’t rebuke enough.  Everything has to be “feel good.”  And if it’s not, we’ll either get sued, shot, ignored or slandered.  Maybe that’s why we’ve lost respect, not only in our own families, but as a nation.  We’ve lost control because nobody is in charge.  And when someone tries to take charge, well, we’ll eat him up and spit him out because that doesn’t feel good either.  Jesus rebuked the fever, rebuked the demons, rebuked even his disciples when they allowed Satan to take over their thoughts.  Be gone, nasty rebels!  And the rest of us, let’s allow God back in control where He belongs!  He’s just waiting for us!

09-05-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 5, 2017
Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you.  For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. . . .

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day.

For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him.  1_Thes_5:1-6,9-11

We are not in the darkness, beloved!  We are OF the Light!  Jesus is our light and our hope.  Stay always close to him and you will never be lost in the dark.  He will guide and care for and love you always.  And those of us ‘in’ Him will be with you as well!  You ARE loved!  And that love can never be lost!
And there is our Hope!

09-04-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 4, 2017
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep (died), so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  1_Thes_4:13-18

THERE is our Hope, beloved!  Both in this life and the next.
We WILL be with Him forever!

09-03-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 3, 2017
(22nd Sunday Ordinary Time A)
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
O God, you are my God whom I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.  Ps 63

St. Paul said, “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” Rom_12:1-2

So steal away, beloved.
Steal away into the perfect will of God . . . Love!

09-02-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 2, 2017
Brothers and sisters: On the subject of fraternal charity you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.   1_Thes_4:9-11

God’s Love, comes from the heart, beloved.  It’s not a selfish love, but a charitable love.  It’s God’s love!  When we allow the Spirit of God to dwell in our hearts and minds, we need no one to teach us; because right and wrong, good and bad, prudence and greed are all obvious to us.

Sometimes the world can just make us sick with how it seems to behave.  Yet, on the other hand, when help is needed, as in dire situations like Houston, or New Orleans, or Haiti, or 9-11, all the goodness of mankind, all the goodness of God just comes showering out in charity.  And the media and the rest of the world are AMAZED and shocked that something so beautiful can happen (it’s not their ‘way’).  But for us, beloved, it is just God’s natural love showing itself.  And we’re not surprised, because that is exactly what we are called to do: LOVE!  Unconditionally – love.  And in that love we do not go about blowing our trumpets to get the world’s attention.  Rather, we simply praise God that we are able to help others as we all, naturally should!  And Jesus is our perfect model of charitable love!

09-01-17 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

September 1, 2017
God did not call us to impurity but to holiness.  Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.  1_Thes_4:1-8

Jesus told a parable about 5-wise and 5-foolish virgins awaiting the coming of the bridegroom:
“. . . the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.  Then the door was locked.  Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’  But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’”

Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”   Mt_25:1-13

Jesus often uses the symbolism of marriage, of weddings, when He talks about His relationship with us, His Church.

Of course, just like marriages today, marriage in the time of Jesus almost always involved a party and a feast.  And as Christians, we’re very familiar with how the symbolism of the Wedding Party is used for our next phase of life, for that “Heavenly Banquet at the wedding feast of the Lamb.”  Rev_19:9

And yet, the point that Jesus was trying to make in the Parable of the Ten Virgins, wasn’t strictly about the Party.  And it wasn’t about the invitation either, because we’re all invited.  It was about being ready when the door, the gate to that Heavenly Banquet is opened.

You see, there’s a reason and a warning for being ready.

The reason is that God wants every single one of us to join in His party!

The warning is that the gate, the door of entry to God’s Kingdom, will NOT be opened forever.

And on top of that, we also have no idea when it will be opened.

And IF we miss that window of opening, IF we’re NOT ready, like the five foolish virgins in today’s parable, then it just may be too late for us to ever get in.  And we’ll find ourselves either shivering in the cold loneliness of life without God, or burning on the coals of Satan’s furnace, as we hear our almost bridegroom tell us that He doesn’t even know us!

St. Paul gives the young Church of the Thessalonians and us, the same warning.  He tells us that we were all created for holiness.

And if we refuse to follow that path, the path that God cleared and Jesus pointed us to, then the path we choose instead, will lead to a lot more suffering because of the consequences of our wrong choices.

If we choose sin, the consequences of sin will be knocking at our door.

If we choose death, the consequences of death will be constantly haunting us.

But if we choose righteousness; if we choose holiness, and obedience to God, oh, we’ll still suffer the ills of humanity, but our hope in God will comfort, heal, reduce and maybe even eliminate those sufferings.

So stay awake, Jesus tells us,
forwe know neither the day nor the hour!

But we DO know that God is brewing up
– quite a shindig,
just for us!


Happy September, beloved!
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