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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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August 31, 2019
Jesus told a parable about appropriate use of our God-given talents. If they are used for selfish gain, they will diminish. And if they are squandered or hidden out of fear, they will be taken away. But, if they are used for the good of helping others, they will grow. And God’s response to us will be something like this: ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Mt 25:14-30
Unfortunately, this is not how life in our society always works, today. There is suspicion, competition, selection, judgment, ingratitude, jealousies, hatreds and greed that all give us cause to not even want to try. Because when we do, it’s often just more rejection. And finding a good place to share those talents may feel like finding a needle in a haystack. Just don’t give up, beloved, for God sees all and knows all. And every ounce of effort will someday lead to a pound of JOY in our eternal life with Jesus.
A very blessed and happy end of August, beloved.
And a heartfelt THANK YOU for all YOU do for the world around you! God KNOWS!
August 30, 2019
In a similar version of Luke’s Gospel reading that we just heard last Sunday, Jesus told a parable about the Kingdom of God and our timing and preparation. “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
And – DON’T be late!
August 29, 2019
(The Passion of St. John the Baptist)
The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request, “I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” Mk_6:17-29
In whom, beloved, do we (think we) trust?
August 28, 2019
(St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
Where can I go from your spirit? From your presence where can I flee? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I sink to the nether world, you are present there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall guide me, and your right hand hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light.” For you darkness itself is not dark, and night shines as the day. Ps 139
Both the Psalmist and St. Augustine found themselves lost and searching for something more. The Psalmist searching for escape from the protecting and disciplining hand of God, recognized that there is no escape, because God is everywhere and in everything.
St. Augustine on the other hand found his escape from the meaninglessness of life in the wonders of God and in his union with the Holy Spirit within. And he learned that it really is – never too late to find God’s love! In his Confessions, Augustine wrote:
“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all.
You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”
The Confessions of St. Augustine
August 27, 2019
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me; you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar. Ps 139
Hmmmm, sounds like the internet; following our every key stroke and especially our research on purchases! Major difference being, the web is trying to gouge us, whereas God is trying to save us! Biblical case in point, Jesus was constantly at odds with the Jewish religious leaders, who were treading down the wrong path . . .
Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.” Mt_23:23-26
Just makes us wonder, beloved, what part of the inside of us can use a little cleansing? If we’re willing to let it go, the Holy Spirit will surely help us out with His ‘holy scrub brush.’ It may be a little painful at first, but in the end, a blessing is always much more appealing than a “woe.”
August 26, 2019
We give thanks to God always for all of you, (Beloved) remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father . . . 1_Thes_1:1-5,8b-10
A M E N !
August 25, 2019
(21st Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
All discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it. So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed. Heb_12:5-7,11-13
Today they would say, “Buck up!”
Whether that discipline is self inflicted, age inflicted, health inflicted, recognizing some evil within us, or just done to improve ourselves in some way or another, remember this quote and know that it’s all for the better!
August 24, 2019
(St. Bartholomew (Nathanael), Apostle)
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Jn_1:45-51
Always loved this set of verses. Makes us wonder, just what was it about Nathanael under the fig tree that prompted him to believe in Jesus’ divinity? Well, Jewish thinking of the time was that the fig tree was a symbol of Israel. And being “under the fig tree” is a Jewish concept for the Messianic Age. So when Philip came and told his brother Nathanael that they found the Messiah, by Jesus mentioning being under the fig tree, it was his confirmation of exactly what Philip had said. And it was the fulfillment of all that Nathanael was praying for.
August 23, 2019
(St. Rose of Lima, Virgin)
After the death of her husband, Ruth said to her mother-in-law, Naomi, “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you! For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” Ru_1:1,3-6,14b-16,22
In answer to a legal scholar’s interrogation, Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mt_22:34-40
It’s all about unconditional love!
August 22, 2019
(Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Jesus said, “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.” Mt_22:1-14
. . . No holds barred for all who worthily come!
August 21, 2019
(St. Pius X, Pope)
Jesus told a parable, referring to the Kingdom of God, about a landowner who hired workers throughout a day. When it came to payment time the ones who worked all day were upset that their partners, who only worked an hour, got equal payment. Jesus concluded the story having the landowner say; “Are you envious because I am generous?” Mt_20:1-16
Moral of the story being – we need to mind our own business and just do the very best job we can, no matter how long it is. There are people in life who have all different kinds of reasons for not being the same as others or ourselves. It’s not our place to judge, because we’ll never know the whole of their stories. Only God does that. And if there are those who enter His Kingdom at the moment of their death, after living in sin all their lives, after we devoted decades to being righteous, it’s still not our place to judge. It could just as well have been us! Thank God for the strength to have endured and the peace to have not allowed jealousy or judgment to have taken away that peace! And thank God for his generosity!
August 20, 2019
(St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. . . . And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.” Mt_19:23-30
So don’t fret about having, beloved. Because if we didn’t have, we couldn’t give it away, we couldn’t give it up. The trick is not to hoard it, not to worship it, not to hold it in any other regard except that it all belongs to God. And God wants us to have, equally, to have fairly. Be a generous giver, not for the sake of getting 100 times more, but for the sake of pleasing God and maybe being counted worthy enough to enter his kingdom in eternal life!
August 19, 2019
(St. John Eudes, Priest)
A young man approached Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” . . . Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mt_19:16-22
There were two young men. The one in this Gospel story refused to follow Jesus because he was just too attached to all of his possessions. (Actually they are called possessions, because THEY possessed him, and not the other way around!)
The second young man was named Francis. And Francis roamed the earth 12-centuries after Jesus told this story. But Francis, as opposed to the young man of the story, truly took the story to heart. He eliminated everything in his worldly life, giving it to the poor, and then devoted his life to Jesus in building the Church, building churches, and healing the sick. Eight hundred years later (today) people who have taken to heart the life and workings of Francis of Assisi, whose life was modeled after Jesus, call themselves Franciscans. And Franciscans exist in most every denomination of Christianity and among varying orders and charisms, even in the Catholic Church. They include priests, men and women, secular and religious.
If we, beloved, can just work on giving one thing away every day in our lives, whether it’s a material object or a physical or mental activity – to the poor, in the Name of Jesus, we will be working towards that perfect life Jesus told of in the story of the rich young man! And then, come and join us Franciscans, who are working towards the same perfect goal!
Pax et Bonem
Peace and all Good
August 18, 2019
(20th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
And so they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Prince Malchiah, which was in the quarters of the guard, letting him down with ropes. There was no water in the cistern, only mud, and Jeremiah sank into the mud. Jer_38:4-6,8-10
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood. Heb_12:1-4
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” Lk_12:49-53
As we crawl across the soft carpets of life and faith, we find that every once in a while, we have to cross a field of sandpaper. And if we are – a knee, or a knuckle, or a toe, or a believer; the one thing we know about crawling across sandpaper, is that it hurts!
Between Jeremiah being thrown into a cistern, Paul talking about resisting sin to the point of shedding blood, and Jesus’ talk about the cost of discipleship being division within families, today’s Scriptures could surely be described as that ‘field of sandpaper,’ because it’s not the soft, cushy talk, we like to hear, about peace, and lambs, and pearly gates, and nets full of fish.
Instead, Jesus, today uses the metaphor of Fire, Fire, which could actually be – even more painful than sandpaper.
It just makes us wonder, as the disciples probably did: “Isn’t this all a little Contradictory?” On the one hand, we’re hearing about peace and love, and on the other hand there’s fire and division.
And you know what?
If we go all the way back to a very young Jesus. A Jesus whose mother presented Him at the Temple in Jerusalem for consecration as a ‘first-born Son,’ we might remember Mary’s encounter with a holy man by the name of Simeon. And this Simeon, with the baby Jesus in his arms, left Mary with a prophesy.
He said: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted, so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Lk 2:34
You see, Jesus is the carpet
AND the sandpaper.
He’s the soft woolen blanket
AND the blinding, revealing light.
He is the Fire and the Water,
who burns away our sins
and cleanses us from the soot . . .
IF, WE let Him!
And THERE’s the rub!
It’s up to us – to let Him!
In the days of Jeremiah the Prophet, many of the people were so comfortable, living in their sin, and separated from God, that they couldn’t even bear to listen to Jeremiah’s prompts to change, even though that change was for their own good.
Can’t you just hear their grumbling . . .
“Who is HE to tell ME what to do! It’s MY life! It’s MY gas pedal! It’s MY pregnancy! It’s MY gun! And I really don’t like sandpaper or fire anyway; so I’ll throw him in a pit, or hang Him on a cross, and be done with it.”
You see, beloved, with the persistence of St. Paul’s long distance runner, Jeremiah would not give up on his countrymen, nor on his mission to save them, because his Love for both them, and for God – was so deep. His heart was on fire with that love, just like Jesus!
And he would endure the taunting and the name-calling, the persecution and the suffering, the family dissensions and even death, rather than giving up on that Love, that call to righteousness, that contradiction of carpet and sandpaper, of fire and water.
In our Baptisms, we have both the symbols of Water and Fire to remind us of those Contradictions in Life.
Water, that brings Life to our bodies and Death to our sins.
– Water, that can, just as well, bring Death to our bodies but Joy to our souls – in all of it’s (water’s) natural beauty.
– Water, that has the Power to cut through steel and the Gentleness to wash a baby.
And then there’s Fire. Fire a contradiction, in itself, to Water.
– Fire that destroys and Fire that enlightens.
– Fire that warms and Fire that burns.
– Fire that purifies and Fire that invigorates
Jesus said that He “came to set the earth on fire.”
And there again is that Contradiction. THERE’s the Fire that purifies us from our sins, like Gold in a furnace. And there’s the Fire that invigorates us with His Love in our hearts:
– just like the love of Jeremiah,
– just like the fire of Mary and the Apostles at Pentecost,
– just like the love of that “cloud of witnesses,” of our martyred saints,
– and just like us, beloved, every time WE CHOOSE:
Love over revenge, Love over hatred, and Love over prejudice.
By our baptisms and by this Baptism of Jesus, we know, that:
Love is patient, and Love is kind.
Love is giving, and Love is forgiving.
Love is carpet and Love is sandpaper.
Love is fire, and Love is water.
And Love, brothers and sisters,
Love IS Jesus!
And so we pray: Come Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of your faithful. Enkindle in us the Fire of your Love. Send forth your Spirit, and we shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
August 17, 2019
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Mt_19:13-15
When many of us grew up, the words we would often hear were, “Children should seen, and not heard.” I guess it was probably a step above not even being seen. But as time progressed, and children’s rights grew, we came to understand that not only should children be heard but they should be seriously listened to. To some extent, today, we may have gone too far the other way, where we see some very disrespectful children, spoiled children and hurtful children because discipline has disappeared and because parents and teachers fear rebuttal for discipline, even though it’s sorely needed.
Somewhere there’s a middle ground. Jesus saw the abuse and disrespect of children by adults in His time, while all they wanted and needed was a little caring and teaching. Today we might say the same about parents and adults. By the time we’re done, hopefully someone will attain that Kingdom.
Just keep the faith, beloved, with patience and love of all!
August 16, 2019
(St. Stephen of Hungary)
Joshua addressed all the people: “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: . . . “I gave you a land that you had not tilled and cities that you had not built, to dwell in; you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.” Jos_24:1-13
Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?” He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.” Mt_19:3-12
If there’s one thing we can surely attest about God’s love-relationship with us, it’s that – it is unrelenting. And yet, it is never oppressive. We never hear God say, “If you even look at another god, I won’t love you any more.” But we DO hear Him say that if we choose to leave Him, the consequences of that choice could be, and will be, devastating to us.
It would be like choosing to give up on a working car in the middle of a desert because we can’t find a radio station we like. It would leave us with a long and deadly walk to nowhere… And yet, like God, that working car will still, and always, be there, waiting to save us, radio or not.
As Joshua, Moses’ protege, was preparing for the conclusion of his own life, he reminded the Israelites of all the miraculous wonders that God had performed to keep them safe, and to bring them out of the desert and into a land flowing with milk and honey, all because of His great love for them, and despite the weakness of their own love for Him.
You see, many of those Israelites were just children, or may have not even been born when God led their parents and grandparents out of Egyptian slavery. But now, as Joshua was about to leave them and return to God, and he wanted them to know that the choice of survival was in THEIR hands. And he was giving them all the reasons to make the right choice.
You see God always gives us the choice to Love or not. Maybe we can learn to deal with Country instead of Rock for a little while. Maybe we can learn to deal with a toothpaste tube squeezed from the wrong side, or a toilet paper roll unrolled from the top instead of the bottom. Maybe there’s more to reciprocal love than only what WE receive.
You see, beloved, Jesus is telling us today, that if we can’t learn to love one another in a marriage covenant, how can we ever learn to love our eternal God over all those temporal gods – like cars and houses and pets and bank accounts? And these are just some of the small-g gods that can tear us away from the peace and the true Love that God, that Jesus, offers us for eternity.
At the conclusion of Joshua’s pleading discourse to the Israelites, just like God would, and just as Jesus did with His disciples, Joshua gives them a choice by telling them: “If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your fathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling.
As for me and my household,
we will serve the LORD.”
August 15, 2019
(Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. . . .” Lk_1:39-56
August 14, 2019
(St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr)
Jesus said, “Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Mt_18:15-20
There’s an old maxim that states that: “There is strength in unity.” And there’s another that says that: “Truth always seeks a companion.” Jesus gives us two examples of these maxims today.
And then He sums them up with the VERY BEST example of strength and Truth that life has to offer. He says, “Where two or more are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
When we live in community with Jesus and with one another, just like we are right now, there is no greater Truth and no greater strength possible. We ARE One with God!
And yet, what we often see in our world is just the opposite. In our books and movies, we see our Lord’s Name slandered as a curse, when things go wrong. Ironically, it is precisely Jesus Christ who could have brought strength and solutions to their problems. And the heroes of those stories are usually the independent, do-it-yourself types. They have no need for God and no need for Community.
And yet, even the famous Moses, of Biblical stardom, was not that kind of hero. Moses counted on God for his strength and his Truth. And within his retinue of Leadership, he had Aaron and Miriam and Joshua as his primary helpers. He had the heads of the 12-Tribes, and he had councilors and judges for help.
If we look very closely throughout that Exodus Story, we see that whenever Moses and His Leaders worked together and in UNION with God, things went well. But whenever God’s strength and Truth were doubted, things would rapidly fall apart.
And so it was, that even as eyewitnesses to the parting of the Red Sea, even with the manna and quail covering the desert for food, and even with water pouring forth from a rock, those Israelites still forgot the God who saved them when it came to stepping over that threshold into the Promised Land. And in their doubt, they lost it all.
Instead of streams and rivers, fruits and vegies, homes and livestock, Israel was destined for 40-years of wandering in a dry, dusty desert, living with scorpions and snakes in tents. And, in a slip of the tongue by Moses; In forgetting to give credit to God for quenching their thirst, Moses himself, with a teasing glance of that Promised Land, never got to set foot there himself, as the baton was passed on to Joshua.
You see, beloved, wherever two or more are separated by disagreement and discord; wherever a gathering is NOT held in the Lord’s Name; there, He will be absent, and there, the greatest accomplishment possible is that of human origin and NOT of God’s unlimited strength and Truth.
Today, we’re reminded, once again, of God’s immeasurable Love for us; and how it is up to us to accept it. And we do just that in our Communion with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, AND in communion with the Truth and strength we receive in community with one another and with God.
Jesus Christ IS our Salvation, both NOW and for Life eternal.
August 13, 2019
The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” Mt_18:1-5,10,12-14
Unless you TURN . . .
Unless we turn away from our sin. Unless we turn away from our infatuation with self. Unless we turn away from our precious independence, we will simply just be us. Unless we can turn towards the humility, the dependence, the selflessness of a little child, beloved, we’ll never get much of anywhere in this life or the next.
Jesus wants us to turn to Him, to rely on Him, to depend on Him. It really takes some effort to let go of our pride, beloved, our self-centeredness. But when we do, when we can allow ourselves to turn back into children, we just might be AMAZED at what we will find ourselves accomplishing in the arms of our most blessed Lord!
August 12, 2019
(St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious)
In response to the tax collector’s interrogation of Peter about collecting taxes from Jesus, Jesus said, “But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you.” Mt_17:22-27
Today’s Scriptures speak to us about transactions. We find that in life, there are many different types of transactions.
Some transactions are required out of necessity. For example, we exchange our work for money, so that we can exchange our money for the food that we need to survive.
Some transactions are made out of pleasure. In these, we exchange our money out of our desire: for a nicer car or house, for entertainment, for hobbies, or even for our human vices. These transactions are not necessary, but they certainly can bring us worldly pleasure. And that’s not a bad thing. But, we just have to keep these indulgences in perspective. We have to keep them in check, so that they don’t eat up all of the resources we need for making some of those more important transactions.
And among those ‘more important transactions,’ are those that are made out of love. A transaction that’s made out of love is one in which there actually is NO exchange. We give our money, or our time, or our effort with absolutely no expectation of repayment: no tax break, no thank you, just pure giving, out of love. These are the transactions in life that offer us the greatest return on our investment.
Then there are those transactions that are made out of obligation. In these, we exchange our hard earned money for something much less tangible. We might call these taxes. We pay taxes to provide education for our kids; to provide us with a security system of police and jails and lawyers; and many other public services like roads and trash collection and libraries. Now, maybe we don’t have kids, or cars or trash, but we still have to pay those taxes, just because we live here. It’s simply a part of our obligation.
Jesus made the point today, that even though He did not have to pay the tax, He did anyway. And, not only did He pay for Himself, but He even paid for Peter as well. And the money that Jesus used for that “Good-Will Offering,” that “Love Transaction,” was actually provided by God, even though we might have thought that the example Jesus gave seemed a little “fishy.”
You see, when our works, our transactions, are made out of God’s Love, then God Himself will always provide for our needs. And so it is, that when we recognize how enormously much God has provided for us: our jobs, our health, our food, our beautiful planet, our loved ones, and so much more, then how can we NOT want to repay God through our Obedience, our Prayer, our Respect, and our Love for others!
In the end, it really IS the very least we can do in our transactions with God. And even though they’re NOT necessary, our Love transactions can bring nothing less – than more Love back to us, more Love back into the whole world!
And that’s what Life is really, all about, beloved!
August 11, 2019
(Nineteenth Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
All these died in faith. They did not receive what had been promised but saw it and greeted it from afar and acknowledged themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth, for those who speak thus show that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land from which they had come, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better homeland, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Heb_11:1-2,8-19
All who believe are welcome into God’s heavenly home, our home! This is our hope and our life, knowing that this existence is simply a transition to a better place where God will be ALL!
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Lk_12:32-48
KNOW your Treasure, beloved!
August 10, 2019
(St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr)
Brothers and sisters: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2_Cor_9:6-10
Lookin’ for love – GIVE!
And to start with we can give our very lives to God.
August 8, 2019
(St. Dominic, Priest)
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” Mt_16:13-23
Oh how often we think as human beings, beloved! We make comparisons, judgments of others, bemoan our challenges and dislikes and are slow in our faith in Jesus. Peter didn’t want to see an end to such a good thing as having Jesus with them. But he couldn’t imagine the immensity of good that would come from the Resurrection of Jesus. He couldn’t see the heavenly side, the bigger picture. He didn’t understand the meaning of Jesus being raised on the third day, as He plainly professed to them.
Sometimes, we just have to reflect before we act. Sometimes we just have to pray a little more before we do. And sometimes we just have to let go of our thinking that we have control (over anything)! Get behind me Satan!
And let Jesus BE our lives.
August 7, 2019
(Pope St. Sixtus and Deacons, Martyrs)
. . A Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” After her continuous pleading, Jesus said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” Mt_15:21-28
Sometimes beloved, it takes a little persistence for us to see our prayers through. Sometimes it’s not our will but God’s will. And we have to learn to accept that. But, at other times we just need to be a little patient, a little enduring and very persistent in what we would like to see done for the building of God’s kingdom. And that is always His will!
August 6, 2019
(Transfiguration of the Lord)
As the visions during the night continued, I saw: One like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, Dn_7:9-10,13-14
While Peter was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” Lk_9:28b-36
This IS Jesus our Lord and God.
Look! Listen! And Learn!
A very happy and joyful birthday blessing
to my MOST beloved wife, Mary Ann!
Love you always, Honey!!!
August 5, 2019
(Dedication of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore)
Jesus: Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, Mt_14:13-21
When we’re hungry, beloved, do we look to the Lord to help us find food? When we’re in need of transportation or jobs or friendships, do we look to the Lord of all life to supply our needs? Jesus is always here to help us in our greatest of needs. All we need do is ask!
August 4, 2019
(18th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus said, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Lk_12:13-21
Your trophies, your patents, all those letters after your name, your newly awarded position at work that took years to finally attain, your boats and cars and prized hobbies, your stocks and savings and house and perfectly manicured lawn, none of these can you take with you after this phase of life is over. But your prayers and your donations, your volunteer work for others, your giving and thanksgiving and that smile you put on when you just didn’t feel like it, all of these are what make for eternal life with God. These are the savings account you CAN take with you. And God is counting on YOU to build it to the skies. Let’s start building, beloved. And we’ll see you on the other side, with Jesus!
August 3, 2019
May God have pity on us and bless us; may he let his face shine upon us. So may your way be known upon earth; among all nations, your salvation. Ps 67
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Mt_5:10 Alleluia Verse
In the love of Jesus, beloved, God will take care of us!
August 2, 2019
Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. Mt_13:54-58
There’s an old expression that says, “familiarity breeds contempt.” And yet, before we ever reach the point of contempt, after we’re struck with astonishment and wonder, we find, that pride and jealousy often set in.
And as we’re engulfed with boredom and loss of faith, we find ourselves either numb and hopeless, or else filled with anger and contempt. We see all of these stages of familiarity in Jesus’ interaction with His friends and neighbors today.
And, if we dig a little deeper, we can even see this phenomenon throughout the history of the Jewish nation. We saw Joseph’s brothers reach the same point of contempt when Joseph expressed his gift of prophesy. And we also saw how the Israelites were quick to abandon Moses and God, even after their miraculous escape from Egypt.
So, as a potential remedy, God set up reminders for the Israelites in the form of annual celebrations and festivals. Passover was their yearly reminder of God’s salvation from Egyptian slavery and death. Pentecost, or Shavuot, represented their first harvest in the Promised Land, and how God kept them constantly nourished. The Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur would remind the Israelites of those Ten Commandments, of their need for repentance, and of God’s great mercy. And the Feast of Booths, or Succot, was a reminder of their 40-year sojourn in the desert, living in tents, and protected by God.
But it’s funny, because even with all of those yearly reminders, eventually they became so familiar to the Jews, that the reality of God’s saving miracles passed from amazement and wonder – to pride and jealousy, to boredom and lack of understanding, and even to contempt. Foreign, pagan practices became their “new and exciting” vices, their gods.
And in their weakness from lack of faith in God, they became vulnerable to the armies of other nations and dispersed from the bond of unity that God had formed with them. It truly was a sad case of familiarity leading to contempt, leading to death.
And then there’s us. After 2000-years since our own awe and wonder over the Paschal Mystery of Jesus, our Church has certainly been through the ringer of familiarity. From splintering schisms, to misguided power, to mass exodus, to corruption and boredom and loss of faith, we find ourselves in the midst of the same contempt that Jesus faced.
And yet, for us, the faithful remnant, we are renewed in our yearly Liturgical feasts. We are invigorated in our holy Sacraments. We are strengthened in our Faith in Jesus. We are united in our Baptisms. And we are enlivened in our very
real and eternal union with God, through the Blessed Sacrament, in our Holy Mass, and with the Holy Spirit dwelling within our hearts.
You see, we are the enigma.
We are the paradox that familiarity doesn’t have to lead to contempt, but it can result in Faith and Love instead!
August 1, 2019
(St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Ps 84
How hungry are we, beloved? Do our hearts and our souls yearn for the Lord? He is there just waiting for us. We should hunger for the Lord more than anything else in life. For He IS our life, our hope and our eternal salvation! AMEN
Happy August, beloved!
God’s blessings always!
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