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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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April 30, 2019
The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, Acts_4:32-37
Imagine, beloved, owning nothing and yet having absolutely no needs. This was the world of the early church. The beautiful equality, generosity, and selflessness of it all. It is all so contrary to our materialistic, capitalistic society. Maybe we don’t have to become totally dispossessed of our cars and homes and toys, but if we can slowly minimize the extras. If we can learn to share our excesses. If we can keep Christ in our hearts above the possession that those material things hold over us, then maybe we CAN become that Church that Jesus was asking us to become. A Church of love and caring and generosity!
April 29, 2019
(St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit.” Jn_3:1-8
We, beloved, are born of the flesh. And yet, in our Baptism, through Jesus, we are reborn of the water and the Spirit! Without that rebirth, we can never enter that Kingdom of God. And with rebirth, we are united with Jesus both in body and Spirit.
Jesus is inviting Nicodemus to join with him and be saved. Nicodemus has strong feelings towards Jesus, but has just not committed. And yet, as the story evolves, we see Nicodemus time after time defending the Truth of Jesus, opposing the injustice of the Pharisees and even assisting in Jesus’ burial (Jn_19:39). Sometimes, beloved, we may not be standing on the street corners shouting repentance, but in our own way we can defend Jesus, we can defend the Truth of God’s love, just like Nicodemus. That’s how the Spirit of our Baptism strengthens us. Have faith. Let go of some of the “flesh” parts of our natures and let the Spirit of God take over. You just might be amazed at where He can take you!
April 28, 2019
(2nd Sunday Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, C)
Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Jn_20:19-31
Peace, Commission, John’s Pentecost, God’s divine mercy.
Our call to offer the same peace. Our call to go out and make disciples of everyone in the Name of Jesus’ love. Jesus’ fulfillment of His promise to send the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, the Helper. And our call to forgive others and to never retain the sins of unforgiveness!
Go, therefore, and FOLLOW His Way!
April 27, 2019
The risen Jesus said to his unbelieving disciples: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” Mk_16:9-15
So how do you get a stubborn donkey to start moving? You give him directions! Jesus couldn’t have been more succinct.
Years later, this was one of St. Francis’ favorites. And he took it literally. He preached to the birds and the dogs, to the pigs and the poor, to the wealthy and to the belligerent. Jesus wanted EVERYONE to know about God’s love, and Francis was on fire to tell them. And so should we be, beloved, so should we!
April 26, 2019
The resurrected Jesus said to them (the Apostles while fishing), “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. Jn_21:1-14
I always loved this story about the way Jesus speaks to us, too, beloved. When we’re sitting there downcast, depressed that nothing seems to be going right. After we’ve tried and tried and just can’t seem to accomplish our goal, that’s when we listen to that little voice within that says – try it the other way. Yes, it may seem a long shot. Yes, it may even seem unreasonable or not worth the continued effort. But, you know what, it just might be Jesus giving us the answer we were seeking all along. Give it a shot, beloved. Cast the net on the “other” side! The answer may be even more than we ever imagined possible! Trust in Jesus!
April 25, 2019
(Traditional, St. Mark, Evangelist)
After His resurrection, Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” Lk_24:35-48
St. Luke wrote, For Moses said: ‘A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin; to him you shall listen in all that he may say to you. Everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be cut off from the people.’ Acts_3:11-26
Be opened, beloved: to listen, to believe, to repent and to share.
This is what Jesus asks of all!
April 24, 2019
Peter and John were going up to the temple area for the three o’clock hour of prayer. And a man crippled from birth was carried and placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. But Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.” Acts_3:1-10
. . while he (the risen Jesus) was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” Lk_24:13-35
Today’s Scriptures speak to us about people who are crippled. You see, some people may be physically handicapped from birth. For some of us, well, time and nature are just physically catching up with us. And yet, other people have simply allowed their environment, the world in which they live, to cripple their minds from being able to discern the Truth from what the world wants them to believe.
And, it’s funny, because that Truth is often, just staring them, staring us right in the face.
The man in our first reading, who was crippled from birth, was also blinded from the Truth – that the Apostles, Peter and John, were just as poor, in money, as he was. But, in reality, they were richer than the wealthiest person in all of Jerusalem … They were rich in their Faith in Jesus. And just like Jesus, they were willing to give everything they had to open the mind of that crippled man to the boundless wealth of the love of God. And that Love was all the crippled man would ever need for the rest of his life!
The disciples in the Gospel, on the other hand, were crippled in a different way. Their crippled way of thinking made them just as blind to the Truth as the man who couldn’t walk from birth, even though they were perfectly capable of walking the 7-miles back home.
You see, what happened to those disciples often happens to all of us. We’re sitting or standing there, listening to the Scriptures and the homily, and instead of absorbing what we’re hearing and searching for God’s Truth in those Words, we’re filtering the message to fit what WE want it to mean. . . Or even worse, we totally close off our listening, to wander around, lost in our “worldly” thoughts.
And just like those disciples, who totally missed everything that Jesus had taught them while He was alive and with them, and even what He was telling them on this journey, it still took that “aha-ha moment” – in the breaking of the bread, for them to realize that Jesus was there, ‘burning in their hearts’ – all along.
The question then becomes our Lesson for the day!
What does it take in our lives, brothers and sisters, to make us recognize our own crippledness, our own blindness to Jesus, who is sitting or walking there, right next to us?
You see, every time Jesus nourished the disciples, or the people, or even us, in Word and in Meal, something was Broken.
Jesus broke open the Scriptures.
Jesus broke the bread.
And now, Jesus breaks our spirits of selfishness, of crippledness, of blindness, and of sin. And He did, and does that – by allowing Himself to be broken for us!
How willing are we, beloved, to give our broken love, but God’s perfect Love-in-us, to heal our broken brothers and sisters with a healing that only Jesus can provide? And when we are willing to take that step, we’ll discover that it can truly be a life-changing experience, not only for them, but for us as well.
As the Psalmist tells us, today, “Rejoice O hearts that seek the Lord.” (Ps 105) For Jesus IS risen and dwells among us – in all time and in all situations! And for that we acclaim, “Blessed be the Lord our God!”
April 23, 2019
Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Jn_20:11-18
Stop clinging to the image. Know that He is risen and He is present with us ALL the time, beloved. Speak to Him. Listen to Him. Follow! And LIVE!
April 22, 2019
(Monday of Easter Octave)
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Mt_28:8-15
Happy birthday mom! 45 years since you’ve been gone. Still miss you. Still look forward to the day when we can be together again. Jesus came back and invited His disciples back home to meet with Him. Though we’ve never seen you face to face Jesus, we look forward to seeing you for the first time and forever. So, for now we’ll just rest in the peace of knowing that you’re with us, in our hearts and in our minds, guiding us and leading us back home. We will never forget You!
April 21, 2019
(Easter Sunday, Resurrection of the Lord)
Brothers and sisters: If then 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_3:1-4
NOT WHAT IS OF EARTH!
Maybe not easy beloved. But what Jesus did, himself, was not easy either. And yet, it was done for us! So what are we willing to do for Him? Is giving up a temporary little of “what is of earth” so hard to gain an eternity of what is of Heaven? It certainly is worth it, beloved! A very happy and blessed Easter season to you, in Christ’s love!
April 20, 2019
(Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil)
If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus. Rom_6:3-11
The disciples were not sitting around in anxious expectation. They were in deep mourning, utter depression over what had just happened. Their best friend and master was killed. Three years of their lives just went up in smoke. Just think of all the work that goes into your computer, beloved, being lost in an instant. Oh my gosh. What have I done, what have we done, what have they done? And YET! And yet, Jesus didn’t come to waste our time. Jesus didn’t come to make us feel bad. Jesus came to teach us a lesson. There really IS more to life beyond that black curtain we call death. And His life is the proof! And with that proof, we now have “REASON.” We have reason to be good. We have reason to love others, even those we dislike! We have reason not to fear death but to understand that it is just another transition in these awesome lives God has given us. What are we doing with those lives? Where is our hope in all this hopelessness we call life? Our HOPE is in God. And our reason is JESUS!!!
April 19, 2019
(Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion)
In the days when Christ was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. Heb_4:14-16;5:7-9
April 18, 2019
(Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Thursday)
St. Paul wrote, Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 1_Cor_11:23-26
The Eternal Reminder. Jesus gave his flesh and blood in sacrificial redemption for our sins. Our Eucharist is His sign of a new covenant with God’s children. It is a covenant of Love, a covenant of mercy, a covenant of eternal hope. Trust in the Lord, beloved. And never forget the gift Jesus offered for us!
April 17, 2019
(St. Kateri Tekakwitha)
The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Is_50:4-9a
No, Lord, I’m too worn out. I’m too tired. I’m too weary! How do we rouse the weary, beloved? Or maybe it’s even us! The prophets, like Isaiah, spoke the Word of God and all we seem to hear is how badly they were persecuted. But we less frequently hear of the arousals. Yes, there were arousals! People who had fallen asleep in their pain, in their poverty, in their hopelessness. Jesus had to endure the same persecution as the prophets, but even to the point of death. And in His case we know of many, many arousals, healings and conversions. Jesus IS the Word. And just knowing and living in Him will awaken us, as well, beloved. And in that love of Jesus we will find comfort in our suffering. We will find solace in our loneliness. And we will find the hope that will arouse our endurance in this world and our thriving in the next.
He IS the Resurrection and the Life!
April 16, 2019
Jesus said to His disciples, “You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.” Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.” Peter said to him, “Master, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.” Jn_13:21-33,36-38
The mind is willing but the flesh is weak. So pray, beloved, that the Holy Spirit will give you the strength to endure the temptations and the trials of the Evil one. Love the Lord so, so very much that not even death WILL deter you. For the Lord is beyond death and beyond death is LIFE! Eternal life!
April 15, 2019
Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
Upon whom I have put my Spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
Not crying out, not shouting,
not making his voice heard in the street.
A bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
Until he establishes justice on the earth;
the coastlands will wait for his teaching.
Just makes us wonder. Am I that smoldering wick or that bruised reed, not quenched and not broken but left to see what happens next? Lord, send your Spirit to reignite me, to splint my brokenness so that I can be strong and on fire for you. And help me to see others the same way. Help me to enkindle in them the fire of your love, to heal their wounds and to bind up their brokenness. We are One body in you, Lord. Let your justice shine in our world! The justice of LOVE!
April 14, 2019
(Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion)
The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Is_50:4-7
How well-trained are our tongues, beloved? There are so many people, all around us (sadly even myself at times), who have yet to learn how to bridle that little demon. But it’s not just silencing the nasty little bugger, it’s learning how to make it bring peace, bring joy, bring the Lord to others.
The Lord our God has given us all this wonderful gift of speech so that we can bring His love to others. But it’s up to us to listen for his guidance – when to speak and when to keep silence, when to seek help and when to offer it, but never, never to use it to tear others down. When we feel that urge coming upon us, know, beloved, that it is NOT from God. Then choose: do we allow the Evil one to take over those “little buggers” of ours, or do we listen to the Lord and let the Holy Spirit help us to suppress what should never occur from us, as children of God? Or better yet, turn it into something positive, something encouraging, something complimentary.
Pray, listen and follow – and we will be His Word to the world!
A very blessed Palm Sunday to you,
and a prayerful Holy Week for you and your families!
Blessed be God forever, in Jesus’ Name – we live!
April 13, 2019
(St. Martin I, Pope and Martyr)
Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. Jn_11:45-56
Mary will always lead us to her Son, Jesus. When we’re open to look and to listen and to trust, we will believe also, beloved. So, come to Mary, come to Jesus and believe!
April 12, 2019
In response to the unbelieving Jews, Jesus said, “If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Jn_10:31-42
April 11, 2019
(St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr)
When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him . . . Gn_17:3-9
You know what, beloved, sometimes it takes a little humility, a little reverence and a little prayer to hear God. It’s not always easy to get “ourselves” out-of-the-way. All the screaming. All the tasks yet to be done. All the worry and fear and hope. Maybe it’s time to suck up some dirt, prostrate ourselves and LISTEN. You’ll know His voice, because it is the one that has nothing to do with YOU!
(As an interesting aside, here’s what Google had to say about our date 411 – “If you keep seeing 411, it only means that your angels are trying to communicate something important to you.“)
Well, there you go!
April 10, 2019
After throwing Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the white-hot furnace for refusing to worship his god, Nebuchadnezzar rose in haste and asked his nobles, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” “Assuredly, O king,” they answered. “But,” he replied, “I see four men unfettered and unhurt, walking in the fire, and the fourth looks like a son of God.” Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent his angel to deliver the servants who trusted in him; they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.” Dn_3:14-20,91-92,95
Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jn_8:31-42
When Jesus mentioned this “Truth” to Pilate, just before Pilate surrendered to the lie of those same non-believers, Pilate asked Jesus, rhetorically, “What is Truth?”
You see, sometimes “the Truth” can get so lost the world’s lies that we don’t even know what the truth is any more. And those lies of Satan go all the way back to the days of King Nebuchadnezzar, and actually, all the way back to Eve and the forbidden fruit.
Nebuchadnezzar was so convinced that he and his stone gods were the mightiest beings in existence, that he insisted that everyone else must believe the same thing. And the people had no reference to anything different. . . .
Until along came Daniel and his three friends, contradicting everything that the people believed to be the truth. And in the zeal of these three men to submit even their very lives for the TRUE God, Nebuchadnezzar became an eyewitness to the Truth of God. You might even say he was converted. In the end, it was all just a prefiguring of the Sacrifice that Jesus would offer for the conversion of the world.
It WAS the TRUTH of God’s unfathomable love, God’s relentless mercy, and God’s boundless might in doing everything in His power to save us from the curse of Satan, without ever taking away our free will.
Do we believe in this TRUTH, brothers and sisters?
If there is any doubt, whatsoever, in our minds, God gave us the Bible to convince us, God gave us the Church and the Sacraments to nourish us in our Faith, and the Holy Spirit still gives us new miracles every day to prove that love of God for us, to prove that Truth.
Jesus IS the Way.
And His Truth will set us Free!
April 9, 2019
Jesus said to the Pharisees: “I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “He is not going to kill himself, is he, because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jn_8:21-30
Ever talk to someone, beloved, and feel like you were talking to a wall, or worse, maybe they didn’t understand a word you were saying. This conversation that Jesus was having with the Pharisees sounded just like that. The two of them were on totally different planes. And Jesus knew exactly why they couldn’t understand. They just didn’t believe in Him.
Sometimes we can beat our heads against a wall trying to explain the love, the forgiveness, the salvation of Jesus to a non-believer. Don’t get discouraged, though. They’re just living in a different world, “the world,” while we are trying to live in a Kingdom. Jesus WILL see us through though. And He’ll never abandon us. And sometimes, just sometimes, those non-believers may just catch a word or a phrase from us that Jesus will help work into their souls to help them see, to help them understand. And we may never know the results of our sharing His love.
You see, life is not about the world, beloved. It’s about a somewhere, a something so far beyond this land of “self,” that even our language of love is foreign to those who refuse to believe. Never give up! Our reward is certain! Jesus!
April 8, 2019
Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Jn_8:12-20
Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil;
for you are at my side. Ps 23
Is He there with you, beloved?
We can easily tell by the darkness!
Jesus overcomes it!
Even when it’s all around us.
His light illumines our way!
Trust in Him!
April 7, 2019
(5th Sunday of Lent, C)
The Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” Jn_8:1-11
In His testing by the Pharisees, Jesus was presented with a moral dilemma. The fifth of the Ten Commandments demand us not to kill another person. And yet the Pharisees tell Jesus that Moses himself stated that the penalty for adultery would be death. And they knew that Jesus respected the dignity of ALL life. So, who is the rightful judge and executioner when the sin is proven and the laws are contradictory. The legalistic Pharisees believed that the Mosaic “Amendments” overrode the “constitution.” And to test Jesus they presented this “lose-lose” situation for His own self-condemnation. But Jesus, of course, being God, knew the evil of their hearts and “one-upped” their trap by mirroring it right back to them.
He responded, “Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jn_8:1-11
You know what, beloved, EVERY sin is abominable in God’s sight, from the very smallest to the absolute worst. So WHO IS the judge of anyone else’s imperfections? We’re all sinners in one way or another.
Jesus could not have presented His case any more concisely and pointedly! They say that, with every pointing finger of ours there are three others pointing right back at us. So the next time we feel quick to judge, quick to condemn and quick to punish, maybe we need to look inside first and make sure all of our own ducks are in order! And even then, we’re still not the designated Judge, only God is!
And thanks be to God, He’s a merciful, forgiving, loving God!
April 6, 2019
The guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him? (Jesus)” The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.” So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.” Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” Jn_7:40-53
So who’s the outlier? Is it the one driven by emotion, or the one driven by common sense. Do all the rules go out the window when fanaticism strikes? Is it not the same thing today? Is our world driven by common sense, by life and truth, by the model of Jesus? Or are there a few fanatics driven by greed and ignorance who lead the masses of sheep in our world into the pit of destruction? Which one are we beloved? I don’t believe it’s the latter!
April 5, 2019
(St. Vincent Ferrer, Priest)
Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” Jn_7:1-2,10,25-30
What DO we really know, beloved?
Or what is it that we THINK we know?
We must be very careful with what we profess!
April 4, 2019
(St. Isidore of Seville, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father: the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” Jn_5:31-47
Faith takes a little trust and a lot of letting go!
April 3, 2019
Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. Is_49:8-15
In all of our distress, in all of our loneliness, in all of our hopelessness and even in our sinfulness, know this, beloved, God will never and has never forgotten us! His love is even greater than the love of a mother for her own flesh and blood children.
Jesus tells us, “I am the resurrection and the life,” says the Lord; “whoever believes in me will never die.” Jn_11:25a,26
A love so great that God not only came to live among us (as Jesus), but He suffered and died just for YOU and me (in total obedience to the will of His Father). Believe! And all else in this world will simply be trivia!
April 2, 2019
(St. Francis of Paola, Hermit)
“Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh. Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.” Ez_47:1-9,12
When we are fed by the sustenance of the Lord, the Word and the Eucharist, either daily or at least weekly, we become those trees, whose leaves never fade nor fruit fail. And our fruit, be it our service, or prayer, or simple words to others becomes their food and their medicine. Never allow the world, beloved, to keep you from your spiritual nourishment. It not only sustains you, but it keeps the world ALIVE!
April 1, 2019
Thus says the LORD: Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind. Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create; Is_65:17-21
Oh, if we could only forget all the nastiness of the past and just remember the Good! The Lord does make all things new! With every new day, with every new moment, with every new experience (as we had at Epcot last month), God brings to us new life, through new people, in a new world. We savor those moments, but we don’t dwell in them. We dwell in the Lord: in His mercy, in His compassion and in His Love!
And IN those, we share with others the newness of US!
Rejoice, Beloved in the newness of Jesus
– EVERY day!
Happy April, beloved!
God’s blessings always!
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