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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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December 31, 2019
Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of our number; if they had been, they would have remained with us. 1_Jn_2:18-21
If only they knew, how incredibly much
we miss them.
Happy Birthday Carl – still and always our beloved son!
And Happy New Year to all the rest of you!
God’s blessings of peace and health and love!
December 30, 2019
I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven for his name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have conquered the Evil One. 1_Jn_2:12-17
There was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. Lk_2:36-40
Although we know that life is a continuum from birth to death, we also know that there are events in our lives that can rapidly advance us in spiritual and intellectual wisdom from childhood to what we call maturity. Experiences like war and extreme poverty can force us to quickly learn the laws of survival at a very early age. Parents who are willing to discipline and teach their children the virtues of respect and love and thanksgiving, will find those children far advanced in life skills from those with little guidance.
Today, St. John describes three stages of spiritual growth in the Christian.
From the child-like dependence on God of the newly baptized, who have a fresh start, a rebirth, from lives of sin and ignorance, and who have learned the Father’s will for righteousness in their lives;
To the youth who can now apply God’s will with the strength of the Holy Spirit in overcoming temptations toward evil; and especially those physical passions which drive us away from God;
To the spiritually adult or mature parents, who have learned through their own experiences what it’s like to be a Creator, Nurturer and Redeemer of those who have so much more to learn.
The Prophetess Anna was clearly an extreme example of spiritual maturity. Having grown beyond marital and parental experiences, Anna placed her entire life in the hands of God.
In prayer and through visions, Anna knew, without question, that God would redeem those who believe. And she was given the grace to see that redemption in Jesus.
Out of God’s great love for us, brothers and sisters, He became incarnate, a Father and a Brother and an Advocate to teach us how to advance, not only spiritually, but in doing so, how to get the very best out of this physical life, from birth to death, as well.
And in doing so, we become, not only freed from lives of darkness, and sin, and hopelessness, but we are called by Jesus, to be spiritual parents for a world of lost children.
This (our Church family and community) IS our Training Camp and our Replenishment Center (through the Blessed Sacrament). And THAT (out there) is our Real-Life Mission Field, where we pray, and give thanks, and model hope for others – through His (Jesus’) most generous gift of Love!
December 29, 2019
(The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)
God sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons. Whoever honors his father atones for sins, and preserves himself from them. When he prays, he is heard; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children, and, when he prays, is heard. Whoever reveres his father will live a long life; he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother. Sir_3:2-6,12-14
The rules for a good life! If we can start life understanding this, then it will extend to our honor and respect for bosses and teachers, for coworkers and employees, for janitorial staff and children and for the poor and the lost! And as Sirach says, YOU will be blessed by it! We are ALL family, beloved. And you are among God’s favorite!
December 28, 2019
Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. 1_Jn_1:5-2:2
After the birth of Jesus, … When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.’ Mt_2:13-18
For those who live in the Light of Christ, there is something blindingly dark about the actions of the lost. Those lost in self-glorification, lost in worship of false gods, like money and power and fame, lost in following fools and not the righteous. There is something blindingly dark about abortion, about child abuse, about murder in general, about blatant killing and the vengeance that the media and the movies and the video games constantly push upon us.
Herod was lost in the darkness of insecurity. He was paranoid about losing his precious power. So he would stoop to the depths of killing, even infants, to preserve his almighty self-centeredness.
It just makes us ponder, beloved. Are there shadows of darkness that creep into our lives, at times? Are there places where a little of Christ’s light might bring us more freedom, more healing, more hope? As we close out on an old year and prepare for the new – that just might be a place to start anew in our growth towards being that light for others and not their darkness. Jesus is just waiting for us to make that decision. And His light is always ready to help!
December 27, 2019
(St. John, Apostle and Evangelist)
Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life – for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us. 1_Jn_1:1-4
Jesus, the Word of Life. Learn from Him!
December 26, 2019
(St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Mt_10:17-22
Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated with Stephen, but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. Acts_6:8-10;7:54-59
Stephen spoke God’s Truth through the Spirit working within him. And it cost Stephen his life. Sometimes, saving souls costs lives, beloved. But if it is God’s will, the cost is more than worth the sacrifice. God will be the judge and we will be His witnesses!
December 25, 2019
(Nativity of the Lord)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Jn_1:1-18
Hallelujah! Our Lord has come! Out of God’s great love for us, He came to live with us, to teach us, and to show us what true love really is. Come, let us rejoice with Him and one another! Merry Christmas Beloved! May our God who IS love, be in you for all time to come!
December 24, 2019
(Christmas Eve Day – The Nativity of the Lord)
The LORD revealed to King David through the prophet Nathan, “When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his Kingdom firm. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your Kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.’” 2_Sm_7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16
Zechariah proclaimed, “In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Lk_1:67-79
The long-awaited One! Our Savior, Messiah, King and Brother. Jesus, who shines in the darkness, who guides our feet, who leads us along the path that directs us to the Father. Follow Him beloved, and LIVE! For that path is Love! And that destination is eternal!
December 23, 2019
(Seventh of Seven ‘O Antiphons’)
“O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God!”
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” Is_7:14
After the birth of John, their neighbors and relatives wanted to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother insisted he be named John. So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, Mal_3:1-4,23-24
Every Sunday, when we come to Mass, we get to see, and maybe visit with, some of the beautiful children who are part of our Catholic family through their Baptisms. It’s funny, because, one day they’re infants in the arms of their parents, and the next time we see them, they’re walking or running around on their own. Before we blink our eyes, they’re graduating high school and we barely recognize them. And then, in another blink, they’re coddling children of their own.
It just makes us wonder: Do you think the family and neighbors of the cuddly, little baby John could have ever pictured him in a camel’s hair robe and a leather belt, while throngs of people awaited his baptism in the middle of a river?
And yet, nine-months before that rather miraculous birth of John to the aged and barren Elizabeth, the Angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah to prophesy that exact future for his son.
He told Zechariah that John would be “great in the sight of the Lord.” He said that John “would drink neither wine, nor strong drink,” that “he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb,” and that “he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.” Lk_1:5-25
And then Gabriel said that John would “go before the Lord in the Spirit and power of Elijah, and turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous.” Lk_1:5-25
Now, if Zechariah knew anything about the Scriptures, which surely he did, as a Levite Priest, he would have immediately recognized Gabriel’s words from the writings of the Prophet Malachi, some 450-years earlier, which said, “Lo, I will send you – Elijah, the prophet, before ‘the day of the LORD’ comes, the great and terrible day. To turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” Mal_3-4
But, you see, God didn’t want Zechariah spilling those precious beans about Gabriel’s prophesy – before their time was right. And so, Zechariah was made speechless until this very moment – that we heard in today’s Gospel. It truly was another magnificent Sign of God – that not only left the people in awe over Zechariah’s recovery, but in great fear for their own state of unworthiness in the presence of God.
And YET, just as Gabriel consoled Mary’s fear with the words, “Do not be afraid, Mary.” And just as Gabriel consoled Zechariah’s fear with the words, “Do not be afraid Zechariah,” Jesus consoles every one of us with those same words, “Do not be afraid,” for our redemption is at hand.
When we seek Him, beloved, He will be our consolation.
When we know Him, He will be our strength.
And when we Love Him, with all our hearts and souls, we will be together with Him, and with one another, IN His Love, forever.
That’s God’s promise.
And we know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that our God is always faithful to His promises.
December 22, 2019
(4th Sunday of Advent, A)
(Sixth of Seven ‘O Antiphons’)
“O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!”
- “For a child has been born for us, a son given us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Is_9:6
- “He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Is_2:4
- “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Is_64:8
Isaiah said to King Ahaz, “Is it not enough for you to weary people, must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.” Is_7:10-14
Matthew the Evangelist wrote of the events relating to the birth of Jesus: All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”‘ Mt_1:18-24
God IS with us! And we call Him Jesus!
December 21, 2019
(Fifth of Seven ‘O Antiphons’)
“O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.”
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.” Is 9:2
(St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Upon Mary’s visit, Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Lk_1:39-45
It was the first human recognition of Jesus, the savior of the world. It was a JOY-filled recognition, as the fetus in Elizabeth’s womb “leaped for joy” within her, when he, John, heard the voice of Jesus’ mother. Sometimes those joys are hidden within us too, beloved. They well up in our hearts or drip down from our eyes. It’s the presence of the Holy Spirit within us, calling us to recognize, calling us to know that Jesus is still, right there! We may not always shout in exaltation like Elizabeth. But we know! And it shows in our countenance!!!! It IS God’s Love!
December 20, 2019
(Fourth of Seven ‘O Antiphons’)
“O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness!”
“I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open.” Is_22:22 “His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore.” Is_9:7 “…To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” Is_42:7.
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The LORD spoke to Ahaz: Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said: . . . the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel. Is_7:10-14
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. . . . Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” Lk_1:26-38
He IS the Key!
December 19, 2019
(Third of Seven ‘O Antiphons’)
“O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: come to save us without delay!”
“On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.” Isaiah 11:10
Jesse was the father of King David, and the prophet Micah had prophesied that the Messiah would be of the house and lineage of David and be born in David’s city, Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Though you are barren and have had no children, yet you will conceive and bear a son.” Jgs_13:2-7,24-25a
And the child’s name was Samson!
In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. . . . But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years. . . . And the angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah, standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. Lk_1:5-25
And he became known as John the Baptist.
And the stories of the past and the stories of the present and the stories of the future slowly unfolded. For in this great, yet obscure little region of the world, something even more miraculous was about to occur in just 6-days . . .
December 18, 2019
(Second of Seven ‘O Antiphons’)
“O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.”
“For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our ruler, the Lord is our king; he will save us.” Is_33:22
Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; As king he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah shall be saved, Israel shall dwell in security. This is the name they give him: “The LORD our justice.” Jer_23:5-8
He is our Leader, our Savior, our Righteous Judge, our Justice and our life! THIS is our Jesus. And Blessed is he or she who comes in the Name of the Lord!
December 17, 2019
(First of the Seven ‘O Antiphons’)
“O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!”
The Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the “Magnificat” canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative “Come!” embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah. (USCCB – “The “O Antiphons” of Advent”)
Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more. May he rule from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. May his name be blessed forever; as long as the sun his name shall remain. In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed; all the nations shall proclaim his happiness. From Psalm 72
O Lord, You are the Justice and the Wisdom and the Life of all that is living. Bring us peace and strength as we prepare for the remembrance of Your incarnation and Your coming for all time, eternally. May we be blessed in our Love for You and for one another!
December 15, 2019
(3rd Sunday of Advent, A)
Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand. Jas_5:7-10
Come Lord Jesus!
December 14, 2019
(St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Blessed is he who shall have seen you and who falls asleep in your friendship. Sir_48:1-4,9-11
And to see God is to let go of seeing anything else, including our own passions and pains. Sometimes, beloved those pains are there to open our eyes to God’s friendship and not to give us cause to blame Him or abandon Him. God wants all our love. Not just a little piece on Sundays, not just in those times of pain or pleasure, but all the time. John of the Cross, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist and Jesus call us to follow the narrow path, the path without distractions. Doing that is our best road to God’s friendship, our best road to heaven!
December 13, 2019
(St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr)
Jesus said, “John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by her works.” Mt_11:16-19
By our Baptisms, beloved, and through our Confirmation we have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit which help us to discern, through God’s wisdom, the truth of God’s works. Look inside, beloved, and know that God WILL save us from this corrupt and crooked world. Seek His truth and you will be saved, in Christ’s love and mercy. May our loving God bless you always!
December 12, 2019
(Our Lady of Guadalupe)
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Rv_11:19a;12:1-6a,10ab
And her name is MARY!
December 11, 2019
Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Mt_11:28-30
Jesus offers us the gift of peace. He doesn’t tell us that life will always go exactly the way WE want it to go. He doesn’t tell us that we’ll never have troubles, or pains, or difficulties. But He does tell us, that IF we follow His lead, it will be a lot less painful than if we do not.
You see, the way of Christ’s peace is a way of Love. Jesus tells us that IF our lives are filled with anxiety, it’s not that anxieties don’t come to everyone, but with Love in the picture, we can learn to accept them much better than when we allow them to entangle us in fear and hatred and anger. And when we allow that, it then reflects on everyone else we come in contact with and our peace is even farther away.
Do we want peace?
We have to find it within ourselves first.
Do we want love?
We have to first love ourselves.
Are other people frustrating and aggravating, and always seem to rub us the wrong way? Yes, they are. But the only way we’ll ever find that peace of Christ is by loving them anyway!
I always had, and still have, a hard time with people who insist on driving inches from the back end of my car. So, with the Lord’s help, I found a way to get over it. I’ve moved my rear view mirror so that I cannot see anything behind me. I drive the speed limit and when that’s not good enough for the person behind me, they can do whatever they want, but it will not bother me, unless, of course they hit me.
And even then, after a bunch of prayer and a whole lot of love, I can deal with that too.
You see, there are all kinds of ways that we can live in peace. But the best of all is that Love of Jesus. His yoke is easy and His burden is light!
December 10, 2019
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, Carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care. Is_40:1-11
Jesus said to his disciples: “What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” Mt_18:12-14
What awesome Love God has for us, beloved. Yes, we stray. Yes, we forget. But God always seeks us out, regardless of those errors in our ways. Remember Him, especially in our need. And prepare our hearts to ALWAYS remember and worship Him in the meantime!
December 9, 2019
(The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
The Angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.” Lk_1:26-38
This “handmaid of the Lord,” our blessed mother, according to the Church came into the world, at her very conception pure and clean of all stain of sin. She IS the Immaculate Conception, the purest vessel created to hold the very person of God in the man Jesus Christ. Blessed are you Mother Mary and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Be our mother too, and keep us always close to you!
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December 8, 2019
(2nd Sunday Advent, A)
On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. . . .
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair. Is_11:1-10
St. Paul wrote, “Brothers and sisters: Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Rom_15:4-9
John the Baptist said, “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Mt_3:1-12
Little boy was walking down the street on a bright and sunny, winter morning; when suddenly, a mighty snowball hit him smack on the back of his head. Before he could turn around, his assailant was long gone. And yet, the shock, the surprise, the injustice of it all, changed that little boy’s entire life.
Next day, Little Boy was walking down that same street. But this time, he had his hat on. And this time, he walked on the other side of the road. And this time, he watched. For this time, when that assailant jumped out to pummel a little girl with another mighty snowball, the little boy rushed out to intercept it. And, as that assailant bolted away, the little girl, who continued on her journey, was oblivious to her salvation.
This happened day after day, as other, unsuspecting boys and girls, and even adults, were saved by the little boy. In time, the little boy grew stealthier, and the assailant more cunning.
And all the while, off to the side, a keenly observant shopkeeper, was silently witnessing the unfolding of a miracle. Yet inside, he still worried, that one day, that little boy might truly get himself hurt, as: the snowballs turned into mud-balls, and the mud-balls into rocks, and the rocks into arrows, into bullets, into bombs, into insidious abuses of the media and the internet.
And then one day it happened. The little boy was killed. But not before becoming very close friends with the shop-keeper, and sharing his reason for being there.
You see, his very life was a Gift to all humanity. And that Gift would be proclaimed to a world, oblivious to its constant salvation. And the shop-keeper would spread the news of the Little Boy’s mission of love, and peace, and justice. And by signs, and symbols, and stories, and wonders WE would slowly begin to recognize His Gifts, and to share those Gifts, and to become like Him . . . changing the world, one soul at a time.
So the next time it snows, beloved, we might, just remember, that behind those fine flakes of beauty and safety and security, there’s a Little Boy obliterating snowballs, so that WE might be Saved!
Segue – (Now for just a moment let’s switch seasons) . . .
On a cozy couch, in the shade of a sunny veranda, with an impeccable view of the blue Mediterranean, sipping on a piña colada, listening to our favorite tunes, with the fragrant smell of the sea, and the pines, and the flowers, in the soft summer breeze, the only thing better might be swimming in a vat of chocolate –
OR . . . Finding a favorite Verse in today’s set of Scriptures . . . because, they are CHOCK full of favorites!
Justice, and Peace, and Encouragement,
– Gifts of the Holy Spirit,
– Mercy, and Love and Truth,
– Baptism, Glory and Harmony,
– Wild Honey and Heaven,
– Stumps and Sprouts,
– and of course, Repentance;
It’s all there in our readings on this: Second Sunday of Advent.
St. Paul tells us that the whole point of the Scriptures is to Encourage us with Hope and to Teach us Endurance.
And the Prophet Isaiah speaks of God’s Faithfulness to His promises and His uncompromising Love for us. For just as God promised King David, the son of Jesse, an Eternal descendancy of Kingship, even though those descendants fell into ruin like the “Stump” of a dead tree, God would raise a bud of Hope from those barren roots: a Little Boy in a manger and an empty tomb with a Gift!
Not a box under a tree,
but a blessing,
right there, IN you and me.
A blessing of peace and harmony.
The conversion of assailants and victims, without fuss.
Our unprecedented Love of those who disagree with us.
Petting the lion without fear, and
taking the paw of the mighty bear.
You see, we have this tendency of building fortresses of protection around us, all the while, dying of loneliness. And in the meantime, God is telling us to Trust in Him. He has given us the Gift of Eternal Life – in communion with Him and with one another. All we need do, is open the doors of our hearts to receive it, with a little belief and repentance.
This Season of Advent is all about: breaking down fortress walls, opening doors, and recognizing that Gift. The Gift that our “Little Boy,” Jesus, has so freely given to us, on these, His altars of Sacrifice (Cross) and Love (Eucharist).
By our baptisms, we have been saved from that mighty “Snowball” of deceit.
Now, with the help of the Holy Spirit,
it’s OUR turn to save others!
December 7, 2019
(St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
The Prophet Isaiah said, “No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher, while from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears: “This is the way; walk in it,” when you would turn to the right or to the left.” Is_30:19-21,_23-26
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. Mt_9:35–10:1,5a,6-8
Prophesied from of old. Fulfilled in your hearing! Jesus IS our Teacher and healer and life. Listen and Follow!
A very blessed anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day today to all veterans and their families. And may our loving God bless and protect us all!
December 6, 2019
(St. Nicholas, Bishop)
Thus says the Lord GOD: But a very little while, and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard, and the orchard be regarded as a forest! On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. Is_29:17-24
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” Mt_9:27-31
Prophesy fulfilled! How strong is our faith, beloved? Strong enough to receive healing? Strong enough to renew our hope in God, in the eternal life He promises us. When we truly believe, it WILL be done for us, as well. Have Faith!
December 5, 2019
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.”
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.” Mt_7:21,24-27
And God’s will is that we should love Him and one another. He is our rock of salvation!
December 4, 2019
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines. On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces; the reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. Is_25:6-10a
What glorious Hope we hear in the words of the prophet in this Advent Season. It is this Hope that will lift us from the valleys of depression and desolation and loneliness. It is the hope for sustenance, for companionship and for peace. It is a peace that begins in our own hearts, as we place all our trust in Jesus. And it is the hope and faith that all He spoke of will one day be ours – on that “Mountain,” the mountain of Love!
December 3, 2019
(St. Francis Xavier, Priest)
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” Lk_10:21-24
On that day, There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. Is_11:1-10
And all who are open to the Word of the Lord will hear and listen and follow and believe and live forever!
December 2, 2019
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.” Mt_8:5-11
And that’s all of us, beloved, whether we are an Israelite descendant or never have been. All the world who believes in and has faith in Jesus will be there. We can count on it!
December 1, 2019
(First Sunday of Advent)
Jesus said, “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” Mt_24:37-44
Happy Advent, beloved!
Like every day, a time for preparation!
Though a special preparation!
Happy December, beloved!
God’s blessings always!
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