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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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June 30, 2018
When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. . . . And Jesus said to the centurion, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour his servant was healed. Mt_8:5-17
A very familiar chant for all Catholics, “Lord, I am not worthy . . .“
Context: the Centurion recognized his place among the Jews, as an untouchable Gentile. And he knew that Jews were not even allowed to enter the dwelling places of Gentiles, lest it would make them unclean. And yet, the centurion believed that Jesus had the power to heal his servant. Of course, as any parent would know, we would do ANYTHING for the well-being of our children. This was the mindset of the centurion. IF there was ever any possibility of saving his servant, Jesus had the very best of odds!
All of that is the perfect analogy for our own lives, beloved. Not only are we Gentiles like the centurion, but we are truly not worthy of Jesus, beneath all of our sins. Yet, when we have the Faith to believe in Jesus, as St. Paul says, all things are possible.
Which leaves us with that ever-present question, How strong IS our faith, beloved? Jesus will open doors when knocked upon – when we believe! Jesus will respond to requests – when we believe. And Jesus will love us no matter what our mindset is, belief or not, NO MATTER WHAT! So why not make the best of His offer, beloved!
with all your heart,
. . . and it shall be done for you!
June 29, 2018
(Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles)
Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” Mt_16:13-19
And who do YOU say that Jesus is, beloved? Is He an untouchable, invisible, all-powerful God? Is He a boss? Is He a friend? Is He a best friend!!! Search you heart beloved, and discover the true Jesus! The One who died for YOU! He is seeking to be your very best of friends and companions – AND to be your God as well!
June 28, 2018
(Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” Mt_7:21-29
When we come to those pearly gates, beloved, will Jesus truly “know” us? Do we know Him enough to say, “Look, here is the life I gave for you, not just in word, but in deed as well!” It really does go beyond thinking that going to Mass will save us, when we spend the rest of the week worshiping money or sports or ourselves. Jesus wants us to know Him through our interactions with others, even with those who challenge us. Are we relying on Him always? Are we offering those sufferings to His glory? Are we loving even when love hurts? This is the will of my Father. And THIS will open that narrow gate to His Kingdom, now and forever!
The peace and love of Christ be with you always!
And a big “Happy Birthday” to my beloved grandson, Isaac!
Twelve, and many, many more to come!
We are So proud of you!
June 27, 2018
(St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
King Josiah had all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem summoned together before him. The king went up to the temple of the LORD with all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: priests, prophets, and all the people, small and great. He had the entire contents of the book of the covenant that had been found in the temple of the LORD, read out to them. Standing by the column, the king made a covenant before the LORD that they would follow him and observe his ordinances, statutes and decrees with their whole hearts and souls, 2_Kgs_22:8-23:3
Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them.” Mt_7:15-20
Beginning with the grandson of King David, the roster of the kings of Judah and Israel read like a ping-pong match of good and bad kings. The good kings, being those who led the people back to the Lord their God and followed His commands. And the bad kings were those who worshiped false gods of wood and stone, and often led their people through oppressive power.
Of course, many of those bad kings were not perceived, at the time, as being bad, because they promised prosperity, loose living and relief from suffering – as long as their subjects were devoted to them and to their gods. In essence, the people were being led, like sheep to the slaughter. And they never even knew it.
And when evil is repeated – year after year, king after king, the people eventually, totally forget what it is like – to live under the protection of their TRUE God.
Their Covenant promise with God had gotten so far out of sight, that they didn’t realize how far they had wandered. And those who tried to remind them, the Prophets, found themselves silenced by imprisonment or even executed because of their words.
But every once in a while, a GOOD king would surface. And today we hear of one, by the name of Josiah.
Josiah began his reign of Judah at the age of 8, and reunited the Judean people with their God – through the Covenant that God had made with Moses.
Of course, just like today, any good that a leader tries to impose or promote – will always be opposed by an equal or greater force of evil. And the greater the good, the bigger the battle . . . From the protection of our borders, the right to life of the unborn, prayer in the White House, and a stance for the environment, the economy and global peace, the enemy will turn every Good into an evil from their prospective, so that their own evil will prevail.
And we must be very, very careful
as to what we believe.
Jesus tells us today to beware of false prophets. He tells us that we can tell who they are by their fruits.
– The fruit of evil is hatred and death.
– The fruit of ignorance are lies and nonsense.
– The fruit of untruth is sensationalism and hysteria.
But the fruit of God’s Truth are love and peace.
The fruit of compassion is a Kingdom of loving sisters and brothers of Jesus!
And the fruit of obedience is the reward of eternal life.
Jesus said to His disciples and to us, “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be as shrewd as serpents and as simple as doves.” Mt_10:16 And in doing so, beloved, we will always be safe in the loving arms of our Father.
And that’s a GOOD thing!
June 26, 2018
Jesus said to His disciples, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.” Mt_7:6,12-14
Notice, Jesus didn’t say, Do to others whatever evil they did to you. He didn’t say, What’s good for the gander is good for the goose. He didn’t say, Revenge is sweet.
What He DID say, is GIVE whatever you would hope to get. And expect that, in reality, you may not really get it. But then, instead of having given the evil that we would never want upon ourselves, we would have given the very best of what God would expect us to give.
While the world (and especially many liberal radicals in our own country – and those lost in following them) are yelling and screaming their venom of hatred and spreading lies to create hatred, WE are offering LOVE. We are offering TRUTH and REASON. We are loving and praying for their lost souls, even while, as Jesus warns His disciples, we are not giving . . . “what is holy to dogs, or throw(ing) your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces” ibid. We are not stupid. But we are loving, just as Jesus taught us! (A broad brush with sharp edges.)
And yet, we fully understand that what we are trying to BE is NOT easy! It is a “narrow gate” that we’re striving to enter! But we have Jesus as our guide, the Holy Spirit as our strength and one another as our support system. Be strong beloved and never let go of Jesus! He will never let go of YOU!
June 25, 2018
Jesus said, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.” Mt_7:1-5
In one way or another, beloved, we all have splinters in our eyes. They may be toothpicks or they may be two-by-fours. But the point is that we should not be judging anyone harshly, and especially for those things they may not even realize.
Yes, we may lovingly correct – when the time is right and in a way that doesn’t harm their integrity. The key is “lovingly!” And sometimes we just have to deal with our own perfectionism, knowing that in our very next breath we just may make the same mistake they did, the same mistake we’re blaming them for!
Thanks be to the Holy Spirit for giving us His PATIENCE, and understanding, in LOVE!
June 24, 2018
(Nativity of St. John the Baptist)
Hear me, O coastlands, listen, O distant peoples. The LORD called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. . . . You are my servant, he said to me, . . . and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD, and my God is now my strength! . . . To me He said, “I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Is_49:1-6
Out from the darkness of storm and sea,
the lighthouse is there to comfort and lead me.
If I trust in Him both now and here,
He will assuredly replace my fear,
with a strength that only in Him could I bear.
He is my light and my salvation.
He is the sweetness of all Creation.
Within my heart will He place His light,
that I may make His world ever bright.
So come to Jesus my brethren dear,
that you may join in His LOVE,
(and His JOY, and His Hope)
OH so near!
June 23, 2018
Jesus said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. . . . But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.” Mt_6:24-34
How can we possibly forsake the One who loves us THAT incredibly much?
Jesus IS our life!!!
June 22, 2018
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. Mt_6:19-23
Well, maybe we’re not looking for treasures, but just a break from our suffering. Maybe we just don’t have the resources to store up anything, but are just trying to live life day-to-day. Maybe our hearts are simply seeking survival in a world that’s turned colder than ice. Where we are afraid that even a look may be construed as something it was never meant to be, let along be cared about by others.
Take heart beloved! There still are good people out there. People who understand the moral compass and follow it. People who can discern the difference between truth and deceit. People who love as Jesus loved. If we are those people, then take heart, for we actually ARE the treasure so many others are seeking. And we couldn’t be so, without our 100% trust in Jesus! Now it’s time to shine those lights and change the world!
June 21, 2018
(St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious)
Like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose words were as a flaming furnace. . . .
You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses. You were destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, to turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob. Blessed is he who shall have seen you, and who falls asleep in your friendship. Sir_48:1-14
Ahhh, to fall in love with the prophets! In the midst of their cruel and deranged generations, the prophets overcame, the prophets taught, and the prophets gave the example, time after time, of the life and the love of God. Jesus often referred to the prophet’s words in His teachings. And Elijah greeted Jesus in his transfiguration (Mt_17:3). Jesus even referred to John the Baptist as Elijah (Mt_11:13-14), as the messenger, the one who would prepare the way for the Lord (Is_40:3).
When we actually think about it – we might ask, How many testimonies does the world need to finally believe? Jesus IS the Christ, the Savior, the Son of God. And the prophets are there to point our way. Even God, the Father, Himself tells us to “Listen” (Mt_17:5)!
And in our belief, we follow His command, “to Love” (Jn_15:12).
And in our listening, gee, we never know when Elijah, when God the Holy Spirit will be chatting with us through a friend or even a stranger. Listen and Love!
God is there with you always, beloved; lifting and encouraging, strengthening and inspiring YOU to BE Elijah too!
June 20, 2018
Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.” Mt_6:1-6,16-18
If we’re not doing it out of our love for others, if we’re not doing it out of obligation to a boss or a superior, we should be doing it out of our love for God and not for our own self-aggrandizement. That’s righteousness! And the same can be said for humility. We don’t humble ourselves so that people can say “Oh isn’t he humble.” Then we’re really not humble at all, we’re actually conceited!
Righteousness and humility are FOR God alone. Yes, in the end it kinda makes us feel good too. But that shouldn’t be our sole reason either. It is God’s will for us! It builds His kingdom, both here and now and for eternity. And THAT should be our primary Goal in life! That’s our baptismal promise!
All for the Glory of God!
June 19, 2018
Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said,
‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. Mt_5:43-48
Happy Anniversary Honey!
42, though not counting!
Always and forever.
June 18, 2018
King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel wrote letters in Ahab’s name and, having sealed them with his seal, sent them to the elders and to the nobles who lived in the same city with Naboth. This is what she wrote in the letters: “Proclaim a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people. Next, get two scoundrels to face him and accuse him of having cursed God and king. Then take him out and stone him to death.” 1_Kgs_21:1-16
Now THAT’s a nasty lady, who had more power than she deserved! And, in this case, all because Naboth wouldn’t give to Ahab his ancestral home . . .
It’s just a good reminder, beloved, to NEVER COMPLAIN, especially to people who have the power to destroy your reputation, the power to take advantage of, or kill others, or even YOU! Sometimes, or maybe always, it’s better to ‘zip the lip than to let ‘er rip.’ Our words should always reflect the goodness of others and not their deficiencies. And when it’s too hard to bear – pray to God and remember what Jesus gave – for our salvation!
Jesus said, “offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.” Mt_5:38-42
For Naboth, he would have been a whole lot better off, losing his garden than his life, and in the end, his garden as well.
June 17, 2018
(11th Sunday Ordinary Time, B)
Brothers and sisters: We are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. 2_Cor_5:6-10
Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” Mk_4:26-34
Well, since the time of Jesus, we’ve learned a lot more about how plants grow, about what makes them grow better and how to nourish and protect them from disease and predators. But their actual germination and growth may still be a bit of a mystery to some. And some things we just have to place in the hands of faith, in the hands of God. Sometimes as hard as we try, all our efforts lead to disaster. And sometimes, with the least bit of our effort, everything works better than we could have even imagined. FAITH! The trick is, to remember that everything is in God’s hands. We just need to learn the best way to work with Him and the best way to deal with the uncontrollable.
And place even that in His Hands!
June 15, 2018
But the word of the LORD came 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_Kgs_19:9a,11-16
Jesus said, “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.” Mt_5:27-32
If there’s one thing that’s certain about Jesus’ teaching, it’s that there are no loopholes. No – “Yeah buts.” No – “But, what ifs.” A vow is a vow. A sin is a sin. And hell is unquestionably hell, especially if we cause others to sin.
Yes! We’ve learned that God is merciful. But, the question is: What have we done to show God that we deserve His mercy? Have we cut off our hands to prove that we’ll never commit those sins again? Have we gouged out our eyes?
In today’s world the priest will tell us that between our concupiscence and Satan’s constant temptation, we can be forgiven our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as many times as are necessary. But is that really obedience to this directive of Jesus? Do we really NOT want to do those sins any more?
Is hell – a strong enough driving force to change our hearts, to change our desires?
It’s really something to think about!
It’s really something to pray about!
Because, we know that God is NOT going to beat us up for those sins, here and now. We do a pretty good job of that all by ourselves. Between the natural consequences of our wrong doing, the guilt we live in when we make those mistakes, and a legal system that is just as happy punishing the unproven innocent, as it is the obviously guilty; we might think that all of that should be enough to keep us on the straight and narrow.
And yet, we don’t call the ‘path of righteousness’ narrow because it would be easy, and neither did Jesus.
Which brings us back to Elijah.
You see, Elijah had just about enough of the nasty world that he was living in. He devoted his life to following that narrow path, and it seemed to be leading nowhere. So in fear of his life, Elijah hid in a cave, praying for death.
But instead of death, the Lord gave Elijah one last directive – to restructure the kingdom and to appoint a successor for himself. And the message didn’t come by any of the typical or expected means. It came in a whisper.
It was the whisper of guilt, the whisper of prayer, the whisper of redemption. And it IS the whisper of awakening for us, brothers and sisters.
Are we hiding in a cave?
Are we trapped in an endless cycle of reconciliation and repetition of our sins?
Jesus tells us to just – “Cut it out!”
Listen for the directive that the Holy Spirit is constantly whispering in the deepest core of our souls.
Follow the narrow path.
And discover the incredible Freedom of Righteousness that makes us Fearless in the sight of treachery, Hope-filled in a hopeless world and LOVED beyond our wildest imaginations.
It certainly IS a much better prospect than Gehenna.
And Jesus will give us all the strength we’ll ever need.
June 14, 2018
Jesus said, “if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Mt_5:20-26
It’s a very fine line, this line of righteousness. Jesus tells us that we’re not to be angry at anyone! Not the driver who cut us off, not the cashier who seemed unmoved by our urgency to get somewhere else, and not even our employees or kids who seem to have totally lost their sense of hearing. We are NOT to be impatient, or angry, or vindictive. And knowing that our rewards for those actions are the eternal fires of hell, we have all the more reason for dousing the fires in our own hearts. When we can replace them with streams of life-giving LOVE (that we can only have through the Holy Spirit), then not only will those fires of hell be erased from our future, but even our present will be filled with peace. The peace that only LOVE can bring!
June 13, 2018
(St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Elijah prayed, “Answer me, LORD! Answer me, that this people may know that you, LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to their senses.” The LORD’s fire came down and consumed the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust, and it lapped up the water in the trench. Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said, “The LORD is God! The LORD is God!” 1_Kgs_18:20-39
Jesus said, “whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” Mt_5:17-19
You know, blue is one of my favorite colors. We see it in the sky on cloudy days. We see it in wedding dresses. We see it on doves and carnations, on the stars of our flag, and on the cloth of our altar. It is such a refreshing color, so clean and so pure.
Well, OK, by now I’m sure that some of you might be wondering if I’m is either color blind or have just totally lost it! But, if I can convince enough people, that this color (white) IS blue; or make it a law, that from now on, this color must be called “blue,” then, generations from now, this color truly WILL be called “blue.”
And yet, all the while, somewhere among the masses, there will still be small groups of people, who have learned, and believe, the TRUTH about Blue, even though the majority of everyone else is LOST.
Today’s Scriptures speak to us about the Lost and the Found. You see, beyond the wandering sheep who think that the grass might be greener on the other side of the pasture, sometimes, being Lost is a Place, or a State of Mind, or a Belief System – that someone else has led us TO, or FORCED us to go to.
The Israelites, for example, in the time of Elijah the Prophet, were brainwashed by some evil rulers to believe that their God: the Lord who Created them, who Loved them, and who Saved them, also abandoned them. And they were convinced or forced to believe that a FALSE god, by the name of Baal, was really their god.
You know, sometimes we can be so LOST and not even know it.
And sometimes it takes a fire from heaven to open our eyes; that ‘ah hah’ moment, or maybe just an ‘oops’ moment.
Oops, I forgot to thank God before eating.
Oops, I forgot to ask the Lord’s help before tackling that tough problem.
Oops, I forgot to hold my temper before I said something I shouldn’t have.
You see, being Lost can come in all kinds of different forms.
Jesus found that many of the people of His time were quite Lost too. Misguided by power-hungry religious leaders, they really didn’t know which Way was right and which was simply forced upon them without their even knowing it.
So Jesus gently reset their compass, pointing the Way back to His Father. Lighting up the right path for them to follow.
“No, God’s commandments had not been changed.”
“Yes, there were still consequences for disobedience.”
And “Hoorah for those who found their Way, and taught that Way to their Lost neighbors.”
You see, white, is really NOT “blue,” although BOTH are equally beautiful.
St. Anthony was a perfect example of one of those guiding lights for the lost. As a Franciscan Friar, in the same time period as St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony was revered as a preacher and teacher of God’s Truth. As a matter of fact, St. Francis used St. Anthony to teach Theology to his Friars.
You see, St. Anthony’s intense Love for God and Trust in Jesus helped recover so many lost souls, that he was declared a Doctor of the Church and became the patron saint of the lost. And the cool part, is that there is nothing but ourselves, holding us back from being the same; when we keep our blues and our whites, our loves and our likes all in their proper perspective!
Litany of the Lost – to St. Anthony of Padua
Lord, have mercy. – LORD, HAVE MERCY.
Christ, have mercy. – CHRIST, HAVE MERCY.
Lord, have mercy. – LORD, HAVE MERCY.
For those of us who have lost our health,
– ST ANTHONY, PRAY FOR US. (Repeat after each line.)
For those of us who have lost our peace of mind,
For those of us who have lost our housing,
For those of us who have lost our financial security,
For those of us who have lost a loved one,
For those of us who have lost our dreams,
For those of us who have lost our talents,
For those of us who have lost our initial zeal,
For those of us who have lost our sobriety,
For those of us who have lost their faith,
For those of us who have lost our self-respect,
For those of us who have lost our perspective,
For those of us who have lost our innocence,
For those of us who have lost our independence,
For those of us who have lost peace within our families,
For those of us who have lost civil peace,
For those of us who have lost our trust in others,
For those of us who have lost our virtue,
For those of us who have lost our home,
For those of us who have lost our job,
For those of us who have lost (please add your own particular loss), – ST ANTHONY, PRAY FOR US.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world,
– HAVE MERCY ON US.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world,
– HAVE MERCY ON US.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world,
– HAVE MERCY ON US.
Let us pray: All loving God, You have given us in St Anthony the patron of the lost, as an intercessor of those who are in need of Your mercy. Listen to his voice as he calls out to You on our behalf, and grant those things which will help us grow in Your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
June 11, 2018
(St. Barnabas, Apostle)
When Barnabas arrived in Antioch 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. Acts_11:21b-26;12:1-3
ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER!
ALWAYS REMAIN FAITHFUL TO THE LORD!
REMEMBER THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALWAYS WITH YOU!
And you will lead others to Christ, just as He wanted.
June 10, 2018
(Tenth Sunday Ordinary Time B)
For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal. 2_Cor_4:13-5:1
Eternal life through this momentary affliction – an Eternal Weight of Glory! The strength of endurance that will lead us through and Jesus’ promise of salvation always in our sight!
June 9, 2018
(Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Beloved: I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. 2_Tm_4:1-8
And OH what a sad day that will be, beloved! OH what a sad day IT IS! Keep on keeping on! God will bless us all with patience, tolerance, endurance and His love, just as He did with Mary!
June 8, 2018
(Most Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. Jn_19:31-37
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
V. Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.
V. God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mother’s womb, [etc: R. Have mercy on us.]
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty.
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven.
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity.
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues.Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise.
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts.
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead.
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills.
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy.
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who call upon You.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our offenses.
Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches.
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our iniquities.
Heart of Jesus, obedient even unto death.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in You.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in You.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints.
V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. spare us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. graciously hear us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. have mercy on us.
V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart,
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.
Let us pray.
Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. Amen.
June 7, 2018
This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us. If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself. Remind people of these things and charge them before God to stop disputing about words. 2_Tm_2:8-15
OH, aren’t we so very good at that, beloved: disputing about words. Is it history or is it myth? Is it in the Bible or Traditional doctrine? Latin Mass or English? Am I Catholic or Protestant? We are all God’s children, beloved! And I really don’t thing God cares what we call ourselves, as long as it reflects His love for us and our love for one another! PEACE be with you always, beloved – in Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
June 6, 2018
(St. Norbert, Bishop)
God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord 2_Tm_1:1-3,6-12
Power, love and self-control! Are you embarrassed, beloved, to pray at dinner in a restaurant? Are you embarrassed to let your work friends know that you go to Church every week? Are you embarrassed to let others know what God has done in your life. Maybe it’s not earth-shaking, but even if its something as simple as lifting your spirits when everything seems to be going wrong – THAT’s worth shouting about! Because when others hear about the awesome love of our God. When they see YOU not embarrassed, it just might spark a renewal or a new-born faith in them! And that’s exactly what God is looking for. Let the Spirit work in you, and you’ll be amazed at where your life will go! And never forget to thank Jesus for bringing His Spirit to all of us!
June 5, 2018
(St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr)
Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech. They asked, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?” Jesus replied, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” They were utterly amazed at him. Mk_12:13-17
Whose law takes precedence, the law of our secular world, or the law of God? Of course, the law of God always takes precedence, but it includes honesty in our secular world. If the land in which we live requires the payment of a tax. It is our obligation to pay it, if we want to keep our residence in that land. Likewise, our bodies have been consecrated to God in our baptisms. Thus we have an obligation to use them for His greater glory: following His laws and commandments to Love Him and our neighbor. You see, beloved, it’s as simple as the face on a coin, and the faces of one another – formed in the image of God!
June 4, 2018
Beloved: May grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. . . . make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love. 2_Pt_1:2-7
LOVE! It’s not always easy! But boy, is it worth it! Peter today gives us a road map. And through it, God will reward us with His peace. A peace that can only be attained through LOVE!
June 3, 2018
(Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ)
Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words of his.” Ex_24:3-8
An old covenant of redemption from slavery in Egypt to a new life with God in a “promised land” and many descendants.
Brothers and sisters: When Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, . . . he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves
but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. Heb_9:11-15
A new covenant of redemption from sin with a promise of eternal life with Jesus and the support of the Holy Spirit now and always!
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, . . . Jesus instructed His disciples to prepare for the Passover. . . . While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.” Mk_14:12-16,22-26
The institution of the Sacrament of the Most Holy Body and Blood of our Lord. The New Covenant. And we, beloved, have been SO blessed by God to be able to partake in Jesus in this Eucharistic way EVERY DAY! Blessed be God. And blessed be this Sacred Body of Christ, our Church!
June 2, 2018
(Ss. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs)
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. . . .
Thus will I bless you while I live;
lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.
R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. Ps 63
Nothing can quench a soul thirsting for the Lord, except Jesus.
Let Him fill you will all the refreshment you will ever need and want! For He IS our God! Jesus!
June 1, 2018
(St. Justin, Martyr)
St. Peter said, “Beloved: The end of all things is at hand. Therefore be serious and sober-minded so that you will be able to pray.” 1_Pt 4:7-13
Early in the morning, as they were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered to its roots. Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” Jesus said to them in reply, “Have faith in God. Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.” Mk_11:11-26
It might seem odd how the story of the fruitless fig tree sandwiches the story of Jesus cleansing the temple. And we might even wonder why Jesus would curse a tree for not bearing fruit when it wasn’t even the season for producing figs. You know, those are some pretty good questions. Yet when we look at the bigger picture, somehow it all seems to make more sense.
From our Gospel passage today, we heard how Jesus entered the Temple area the evening before, and got a good feel for everything that was going on there. You might say it was kind of a reconnoitering.
If you ever got a bad feeling based on something someone said or did: a hockey player being allowed to fight in the middle of a game, the media blatantly lying, a child playing a violent video game, then you have an inkling of the feeling that Jesus must have had on entering His Father’s house that evening.
You can just picture His restless night, contemplating what He would do the next day. What He would do to teach; what He would do to change some nasty habits, that were just not right.
And the lesson began with His disciples, and with a very unsuspecting fig tree. You see, as the fig tree, throughout the Old Testament, represented Israel, Jesus was showing His disciples that just because Israel looked pretty, all leafed out, it was as unproductive as the fruitless fig tree. And Jesus was saying that there is NO acceptable season for a lack of productivity toward God on the part of His chosen people. They really should have known better!
And just like the cursed fig tree, they would be judged, they would be cursed for their wrong-doing. Thus we have Jesus, rebuking the money-changers in a very animated display of making a point.
- No! Unsportsmanlike conduct should not be tolerated.
- No! The media should be held accountable for truth in their reporting.
- No! Children, as well as adults, should not be immersed in viewing violence, illicit relationships and drug abuse, because it only leads to more of the same – in real life – as we are all well aware.
And to bring it all to a climax, Jesus tells His disciples that with TRUE Faith in God, mountains CAN be moved and societies CAN be changed, and sins CAN be forgiven. And that’s something we should all seek from the very core of our hearts, because Judgment WILL be coming!
So how, then, do we prepare ourselves for that Judgment?
St. Peter gives us both the ‘Cliff Notes’ answer, when he says, “Let your LOVE for one another be intense,” and the ‘Judgment for Dummies’ answer, that goes something like this:
Pray for strength. Be hospitable. Stay in God’s Word. Serve others. Pray – in thanksgiving. Glorify God in everything. Forgive others. Pray – in supplication for our needs. Have Faith in God. And don’t do these things – just out of self-preservation, in order to be saved at the Final Judgment. Do them out of Love, just as Jesus gave to us the ultimate example of what love really means.
And when we’re all done understanding all of that, we REJOICE! Because rejoicing not only makes us feel better, but it brings joy to others as well. Rejoicing causes others to love as Jesus loves. And rejoicing even lengthens our lives.
You know, brothers and sisters, IF nothing else, God wants us
to be thankful and joyful.
And that’s – ONE fruitful fig tree!
Happy June, beloved!
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