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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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September 30, 2019
(St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus took a child and placed it by his side and said to them (His disciples), “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” Lk_9:46-50
How hard we try, beloved, to be great in someone else’s eyes: to make the grade, to win the race, to get our name in lights! But it’s all, as the writer of Proverbs says, it’s all dust in the wind. We really don’t have to make ourselves Anything! God has already done the work. All we have to do is just be the best us we can. Whether that’s a trash collector or a CEO. God knows our hearts. And when those hearts are purely centered on ourselves, it doesn’t matter how great we think we are. All God wants is for us to care for Him and for ALL his other children, and especially those in most need of His (and our) love!
September 29, 2019
(26th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Though our Lord Jesus Christ was rich, he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. Cf._2_Cor_8:9 Alleluia Verse
When the deceased, rich man (in hell), of Jesus’ parable, pleaded with Abraham to send the poor Lazarus to warn his brothers of the terror of hell, and Abraham replied that he would not, the rich man responded, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’” Lk_16:19-31
September 28, 2019
Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD. Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day, and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you. Zec_2:5-9,14-15a
Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel. See_2_Tm_1:10 Alleluia Verse
And He came among us and we recognized Him not. And He destroyed death and brought life. Can we see Him now?
September 27, 2019
(St. Vincent de Paul, Priest)
Greater will be the future glory of this house than the former, says the LORD of hosts; And in this place I will give you peace, says the LORD of hosts! Hag_2:1-9
As the LORD is predicting the greatness of the ‘resurrected,’ reconstructed Temple after its original destruction and the Israelites 70-years of Babylonian exile, so Jesus is predicting the greatness of His resurrected body after His rejection and assassination by the religious leaders.
Jesus said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.” Lk_9:18-22
And in that resurrection God will give us peace. The peace of His merciful love. The peace and hope of our union with Jesus forever. So it was said, and so it shall be done!
September 26, 2019
(Ss. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs)
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me.” Jn_14:6
. . . while the Father is anxiously awaiting us!
September 25, 2019
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.” Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere. Lk_9:1-6
There’s an old saying that goes: “Like attracts like.” It’s not a hard-and-fast rule, but for the most part, it’s generally true.
If we go about grumbling and complaining all the time, we’ll find that usually what we hear back is grumbling and complaining, because people generally don’t want an argument, and everyone has something they can complain about.
But, IF, on the other hand, we seek out, and find, and talk about all the Good things in our world, then it’s usually goodness that comes back to us.
And when it’s not, we can always find some goodness somewhere else – to overcome the grief that sadness may have brought us. Old Charlie Brown would call it “Good grief!”
As Jesus said, instead of clinging onto the dirt, onto all that negativity, God has given us the ability to shake it off our feet and move on.
Jesus sent His disciples out, today, to share the Good News of God’s love. They would tell the people that despite the tough situation they may have been enduring, there actually is a whole community of people who believe in that Love, who trust in Jesus, and who make up what Jesus called “His Kingdom.”
It’s a kingdom of Love and Healing.
It’s a kingdom of Promise and Hope.
And that, truly is Good News.
And, you know what, beloved? Good News spreads.
Good News has the power to change the world from a place of complaining, and warring, and never being satisfied, to a place of joy, and hope, and satisfaction.
And it doesn’t require a college degree, or magical potions, or heavenly perfection. God loves us regardless of how smart, or pretty, or perfect we are.
Jesus healed the sinner, and the saint. He lifted up the poor, and the wealthy. And His hope still extends to – all of us.
So, if we’re looking for Goodness, brothers and sisters, all we have to do is give a little.
And thanks be to God, we can!
September 24, 2019
(Our Lady of Mercy)
The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him but were unable to join him because of the crowd. Lk_8:19-21
Fame can sometimes be such a dastardly thing – at least to those to whom it really doesn’t matter. Ever want to just shake their hand and say thanks, but you couldn’t even get near to them because of all those “groupies?” Arggggh! Anyway, it’s their loss. At least Jesus used it as a teaching moment. And thanks be to Mary’s “mercy,” because any other Jewish mom would have just bursted in there, grabbed Him by the ear and dragged Him home!
September 23, 2019
(St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest, ‘Padre Pio’)
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. Mt_5:16
Jesus said to the crowd: “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. Lk_8:16-18
And we might be thinking, ‘What light?’ Well, God has given every one of us varying degrees of His light. It might not be our looks, or our singing voices, or our skills with computers, but somewhere within us, we all have a glimmer of His light. It may show in our LOVE, despite our poverty. It may be our joy, despite our inner suffering. It may be our patience or our kindness or even those beauties that are clearly obvious. Whatever they are, Jesus is reminding us today of why God has given them to us. He wants us to BE His light to the world: where your beauty can cheer up a disheartened soul. Where your wisdom can help the helpless out of a hopeless mess. Where your musical talents can change the heart of the downtrodden. SHINE your light, beloved. And God will shine His all the brighter upon you as well!
September 22, 2019
(25th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus gives us a couple of cool quotes today that are worth citing. He said, “I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Lk_16:1-13
What this infers and does not infer is that we should not be the cause of dishonest wealth, but be familiar with it enough (be friends) to recognize it, to know what it is, where it is and how to avoid being part of it. And in doing so, we will not be guilty of being dishonestly wealthy.
He said, “If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? “ ibid
So BE trustworthy!
And in conclusion, He said, “No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.” ibid
Mammon, then, are all those “things” of the world: our cars and homes, and smartphones, our money, our jobs. We are to use these for what they are: to transport us, to shelter us, to bring us information, to feed us and to give us something to keep ourselves busy with (besides prayer), respectively. But we are not to worship them, we are not to “serve” them. We are only here to serve God. And in serving God, all those “things” will be available to assist us in serving Him better. Trust ONLY in God, beloved, and all these things will be given you, as well!
September 21, 2019
(St. Matthew, Apostle)
. . behold, the angel of the Lord* appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. Mt 1:20
As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. Mt_9:9-13
God’s calls are written in our names!
Are written in the stars!
Are written in our hearts!
September 20, 2019
(Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs)
St. Paul wrote, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1_Tm_6:2c-12
Accompanying Jesus were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources. Lk_8:1-3
St. Paul made one little statement to Timothy that is the key to absolutely everything else in Faith and in life. He said, “Lay hold of eternal life.” If we do not hold onto this immortal Truth, beloved, then everything else in life is just a bunch of nothingness.
But if we DO hold onto the belief of eternal life, then we have reason to believe in God, we have reason to follow God’s laws, we have reason to respect the lives of every other person alive, and we have a true handle on morality and immorality. Everything either makes perfect sense or is total nonsense.
In our world of relativism, where the eternal moral compass has been smashed, where the words “do this” and “don’t do that” are politically incorrect, we can see, all the more, our need for order. We can see, all the more, our need for God. We can see the goodness in our differences, and not insist on being the same as everyone else, just because we are not.
Girls will be girls and boys will be boys – because that is how God created us! St. Luke makes precisely this point in today’s little segment of His Gospel.
In the time of Jesus there were observers, there were antagonists, there were disciples, there were apostles, and there were supporters. And save for Jesus’ ‘special-12,’ there were men and women serving in all of those roles.
But Luke makes a special point of recognizing some of the women. Women who didn’t complain about not being in ‘the 12.’ But women who quietly did their own service to the utmost of their abilities.
Today we can look back at scores and hundreds, if not thousands of women who excelled in their service to God and their fellow man (and woman). They are our saintly heroines of eternity. And because we have eternity to look forward to, they are models for us to emulate in our love for Jesus and for one another, as well.
September 19, 2019
(St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr)
There was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he (Jesus) was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. . . . Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Lk_7:36-50
St. Paul said, Beloved: Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. 1_Tm_4:12-16
Isn’t it interesting how our words and actions truly reveal what’s in our hearts. Sometimes those words may be lies, but they’re easily revealed by our body language and our actions. Sometimes there are no words, but our actions speak for themselves. Let our words and actions always be true, beloved, and let us love as the Lord has loved us!
September 18, 2019
Jesus said, “.. wisdom is vindicated by all her children.” Lk_7:31-35
In other words, beloved, by our words AND our actions, we are recognized as either wise or foolish. When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide both our words and our actions, then we will be wise to all to whom it matters! And most importantly, to God!
September 17, 2019
(St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,” and “God has visited his people.” Lk_7:11-17
A cut hurts, a boat floats and a dead man does not sit up and speak! And when the cut feels good or the boat sinks or the dead rise, then the natural world becomes a little uncomfortable, it becomes supernatural. And supernatural may either be something good when it’s God’s doing or something very fearful when it is not. At the hands of Jesus the crowd knows that the rising of the dead man must surely be God driven. And if it’s God driven, then they also know that God has come among them. Something they’ve been waiting for, for a very long time.
If we pray for people’s healing, or for a job for the unemployed, or just for some love to come into someone’s life and those “miracles” actually happen, do we remember our prayer? Do we give thanks to God for answering those prayers? Or do we never realize that it was God all along who actually heard and answered? If we never picture God answering our prayers, if we never imagine them ever being answered, then, what’s the point of praying in the first place. God our Father, through Jesus and with the help of the Holy Spirit have all the power to answer our little prayers. Trust in God and patiently wait. Then never forget to Give God thanks. For He loves us so very much.
September 16, 2019
(Ss. Cornelius, Pope and Cyprian, Bishop and Martyrs)
A centurion sent friends to tell him (Jesus), “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed.” Lk_7:1-10
Jesus was impressed by the humility, the faith and the understanding of this man, who was not even a Jew himself. Sometimes, beloved we just have to trust in Jesus and our Church. And we have to understand that Jesus is God and has the power to heal us at His Word. This is our Faith!
September 15, 2019
(24th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying, “Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with such great power and with so strong a hand? Ex_32:7-11,13-14
St. Paul said, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost.” 1_Tm_1:12-17
Jesus said, “there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.”
Coming to his senses he (the wayward, prodigal son) thought, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger. I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”’ So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.’ Lk_15:1-32
It’s the story of life, isn’t it? Of morals and feelings, of sadness and joy, of pain and relief. And somewhere within that myriad of emotions and opinions, we find – ourselves. Ourselves in the older son, ourselves in the Pharisee, or the lost rebel, or the compassionate father.
And maybe we also, find our God. Pleased or disappointed, we find our God.
Last, Wednesday, in our first Religious Ed class of the year, we spoke about God as the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all time and space. We spoke about how God is the very essence from which we all came to be. And how He is the essence to whom we will return, IF we so choose, within this lifetime of ours.
And I have to give a HUGE amount of credit to those Catechists who preceded me, and to the parents of these children – as Catechists themselves, because, like many of the students of my former 5th Grade classes, these kids are absolutely brilliant! The trick is, keeping them SO.
But what about the rest of us? What about the rest of God’s world? Maybe they’ve given up on the “God-in-the-Sky,” or the “God-on-the-Mountain,” and have resorted to worshiping the gods – in their pockets, instead. Maybe they never understood that their True God has actually been closer than they ever imagined; that their true God has been right there in their own hearts all along.
Maybe they didn’t understand that no matter how far they had wandered, no matter how “foremost of a sinner” they had been, no matter how different they felt from all the rest, no matter how tough their experiences with life and death have been, their God and Father was, and IS, waiting with open arms to welcome them, to welcome us, back home!
And how do we know that? How do we believe that, in the midst of all the darkness that seems to be engulfing us?
Well, for starters, we come here. And we gaaaaze upon that image (that Crucifix) on our wall. It’s the Image of a Father who didn’t just sit at home, waiting. It’s a Father who sent a “Moses” to free us, and to intercede for us. It’s a Father who sent dozens of Prophets to catechize us, to teach us.
It’s a Father who Loves us SO much that, for a time, He set aside His own Divinity to take-on our lowly human form; leaving the 99 behind, sweeping the house in search of us, allowing our infidelity, so as to never force our hand, while at the same time, setting for us, a real-life example of how life can and should be lived. And yet, NEVER, ever closing that invitation for us to return!
In the enormous expanse of Eternal Time, we have a miniscule 90-years, or 40, or 10, or less – to CHOOSE our Eternal Destiny. And no matter how FAR we wander from God’s Truth, Jesus has already atoned for all of our transgressions.
This week, as I was pondering this incredibly, merciful Love of our God, it reminded me of that prayer that we so often say. It reminded me of those words of petition and condition that we make to our God – in the Lord’s Prayer:
We FIRST Petition our Father to “Forgive us our trespasses,” and then we add that Condition: “as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Of course, we know that, the First Part, the Petition, is already ‘a done deal’ – and we’re looking at the proof on that Cross. Like the Father in Jesus’ parable, who embraced his son – even before a single repentant word ever escaped the boy’s lips, God knows our hearts before we even ask.
And then there’s that Second Part. That Conditional part. The part about OUR forgiving others. It’s probably the fastest phrase we say in the whole prayer, because it really IS – too hard to even think about: “as we forgive those – who trespass against us.”
You see, the truth of the matter IS, that it’s humanly impossible for us to accomplish this – without that First Part, without the atoning forgiveness of Jesus.
Jesus gives us all the strength, all the power, all the humility, all the love – to be just as Merciful as our Heavenly Father . . . as we forgive: those who hurt us, those who hurt our loved ones, those who deny, and persecute, and hate us.
Jesus is our Divine strength.
He is our ONLY hope of ever making that forgiveness possible. And He’s not only waiting to help us with open arms, but He’s actively searching, and seeking, and even blinding us from the darkness of our own sin with His ‘holy searchlight,’ just as He did with St. Paul, so that like St. Paul, we might TRULY see!
In a brief moment we will, again, unite ourselves, in Communion with Jesus, allowing Him to wash-over our souls with His healing Mercy, allowing Him to infuse His Divinity within our humanity, so that we may truly BE God’s Mercy in a world that so needs it.
And when that happens, beloved, in that moment of conversion, in that moment of merciful forgiveness, THEN – we will Rejoice. Then, we will Celebrate, because what was once lost will have been found, and what was once dead (on that Cross) will be Alive forever – in our hearts! Amen.
September 14, 2019
(Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil_2:6-11
September 13, 2019
(St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.” Lk_6:39-42
OH, my Lord, help me to see. Not to fix, but to be fixed. Help me to Love, beyond whatever smokey lenses I see through. Help me to be YOU to others. For you are ALL, in all and for all! Burn away our splinters and make us ONE!
September 12, 2019
(Most Holy Name of Mary)
Jesus gave another lesson on loving one another, even our enemies. And he concluded: “For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” Lk_6:27-38
While St. Paul, on completing his lesson on moral, righteous living, said, “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Col_3:12-17
The Wisdom of the Holy Spirit at work!
September 11, 2019
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. “Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.” Lk_6:20-26
Did you ever hear someone say, “Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it!”? And yet, we don’t hear very many people wishing to be poor or hungry, or mournful or persecuted, because it’s pretty obvious that none of those calamities will bring us joy or comfort or peace. And most of us know this, because at some point in our lives, we’ve all experienced those calamities.
So, we really have to wonder what Jesus was getting at with all of His blessings and His woes. You’d think that God, our loving Father, would be happy if we were all rich and well nourished, laughing and famous. Fortunately, for us, God knows that there’s always another side to achieving all of that worldly greatness, a darker side that we need to be warned about. A side that we never discover until we actually experience what we thought was going to be so wonderful.
God knows that the partners of wealth are greed and deceit, jealousy and idolatry. He knows that the partners of being filled are gluttony and laziness. The partners of happiness are vengeance and slander. And the partners of fame are pride and prejudice, isolation and loneliness.
Remember, the sage said, “Be careful what you wish for.” Because, if we actually get it, we may be getting a whole lot more than we ever bargained for. And in the end, we just may be a whole lot worse off than when we were poor and hungry, mournful and persecuted.
Now, all of that doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to strive for those calamities in life. But it does mean that, in our poverty we can recognize our freedom from all of those requirements of the material world, like repairing houses and cars, and lawnmowers, and fearing their breakdown or theft. It’s the freedom of thanksgiving for what we DO have, and giving to others who are even less fortunate than us.
It means that in our hunger we can empathize with those who suffer even worse calamities. In our mourning we can develop a compassion for all those who weep over their losses of loved ones, or pets, or jobs, or homes. And in consolation with them, we can even find the spark of Joy and Hope which Jesus and the Holy Spirit will pour into our hearts.
And when our hope and faith in Jesus is shunned by others, we can become even stronger, knowing that our hope is not a fleeting, worldly accomplishment, filled with pitfalls, but an Eternal, Heavenly and perfect hope.
As the saintly sage would profess, “Be careful what you hope for. For with Jesus on your side, you will definitely get it, and in more abundance than you ever imagined.”
September 10, 2019
Jesus came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all. Lk_6:12-19
THIS, beloved, is the God of Creation, the God of healing and the God of Love. And we, through our baptisms have become One with Him. Seek His healing. Feel the power of His love. And allow it to totally change your life. With faith in Jesus and according to God’s will, what we ask will be granted – even to the healing of our ills.
May our loving God bless you and keep you always in His care!
September 9, 2019
(St. Peter Claver, Priest)
Only in God be at rest, my soul, for from him comes my hope. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed. Trust in him at all times, O my people! Pour out your hearts before him; God is our refuge! Ps 62
Jesus will lead our souls to rest in God, when we trust in Him, beloved. Trust in Him when times are good. Trust in Him when we are in need. Trust in Jesus and His rest will find a place in our hearts.
September 8, 2019
(23rd Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus said, “anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” Lk_14:25-33
This topic always brings us back to those questions of what do I possess and what possesses me? Jesus was adamant that God should always take priority in our lives. If my love, my feelings for someone or something in this life was so great that I would be willing to kill, if anything should threaten that person or thing, then I’m missing the point of keeping God first. For by harming others or hating others we are really harming and hating God. And the consequence of those actions is, in the end, hurting to ourselves. And God really doesn’t want us to hurt others or ourselves.
There really is a fine line between controlling our emotions and staying in line with God’s commandment of love. Because, as we all know, there certainly is evil in this world. And that evil, enacted through other people, or even ourselves, can hurt all of us, whether it’s our loved ones or ourselves. You see, the only way we can ever maintain that control is by relinquishing control of it all to God. By keeping God first, above all and in all, and by taking those possessions of ours as God’s gifts to us, for as long as they exist, we can find Joy in every moment, knowing that in the very next moment they may be gone. By living the joy and not the regrets and not the anger and hurt of loss, we become God’s love and joy to all who come in contact with us. And that’s the blessing of Jesus!
September 7, 2019
Brothers and sisters: You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds; God has now reconciled you in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death, to present you holy, without blemish, and irreproachable before him, provided that you persevere in the faith, . . . Col_1:21-23
Oh, that the world would understand! Stay close to Jesus, beloved and know that there is our hope!
September 6, 2019
Jesus said, “no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’” Lk_5:33-39
My little Apple computer is now 11-years old. And I was beginning to find that many of the new programs would just not run on it, while I couldn’t even update the old ones. The problem was, that the program that makes the whole computer work, what they call the Operating System, was out-dated. And in order to up-date it, the computer needed more memory space and a faster engine.
Just like Jesus’ example of new wine in old wineskins, it was beginning to look like I needed a whole new computer. Fortunately, I discovered that with a little “DIY,” that’s “do it yourself,” computer brain surgery, I could increase the power of my little box enough to bandaid my system for another few years of productivity, before that computer would become totally useless.
You see, the deal is, that none of the original programming is ever really obsolete. It just needs more memory, more power and more speed – so that it can draw on the old, in order to add-on the new.
And it’s the same with our faith. We have to remember the first chapter of Genesis: with God the Father’s Creation, the “mighty wind” of the Holy Spirit, and the spoken Word of Jesus, proclaiming the goodness of everything He created . . .
before we can ever come close to grasping the Redemptive suffering of Jesus, the Kingdom of God, the Grace of the Sacraments and the Revelation of Eternal Glory.
And behind it all, God gave us these super-powerful brains to fit both the old, and all of the new that we could ever possibly need. The question is, can we get past our “old thinking,” to allow ourselves to venture into something new?
Jesus found that many of the Pharisees just couldn’t. And instead of changing their thinking, they chose to blow up the new computer instead. Which was the total opposite of what the Colossians did with the teachings of St. Paul. They embraced their new life in Christ and became all the more loved because of it.
You see, it’s always our choice! And Jesus gave us a lifetime of opportunities to make it. The choice of love over hate; the choice of understanding one another over prejudice; the choice of hope over despair; the choice to change, even when we’re comfortable with the old; the choice to believe, even the unbelievable . . . that by our baptisms we have been given a whole new system, a system that unlocks our door to eternity . . . and His name – is Jesus!
September 5, 2019
Jesus said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. . . When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” . . Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. Lk_5:1-11
The great theologians speak of the distinction between body and soul, mind and heart. Jesus dwelt on this distinction constantly in His ministry. The body can be fed, the body can be healed, no big deal. But the soul has its own needs and we often seem to neglect, ignore or even be totally unaware of it’s presence. As St. Paul quotes, these two are often at odds against one another, even though they are both part of what makes up us.
People are left in awe with the visible, the seemingly miraculous. But did they really get the more important spiritual communications between Jesus and the demon possessed, between Jesus and those who “got it?” For they instantly knew exactly who Jesus was. And they instantly responded.
When we can get over our infatuation with the bodily, beloved, that is when we can begin to discover the Kingdom that Jesus was always speaking about. It’s not our toys, it’s not our wants, it’s not our physical desires that, in the end, will bring us to that Kingdom. It’s the inner core of our soul’s LOVE! Something too deep to touch, but too immersing to ever live without! Jesus calls us, beloved, to “put out into that deep.”
And when it’s found, we, like the apostles, will be willing to “leave EVERYTHING” to follow our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier!
September 4, 2019
After healing illnesses and expelling demons, Jesus said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” Lk_4:38-44
The Kingdom of God is in our midst, when we believe in it, when we believe in Jesus! And it’s not reserved or confined to just a select number. The Kingdom of God is there for EVERYONE! The invitation has been sent. The doors are wide open. Now, it’s up to us beloved to don the garments of purity in body and soul and come to the feast! Jesus has cleansed us with His blood. So now is the time to stay away from the mud and live in Him!
September 3, 2019
(St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church)
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: To dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD and contemplate his temple. Ps 27
There is no fear, beloved, when our hope and our focus and our life is directed solely to our Lord! Come Lord Jesus!
September 2, 2019
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1_Thes_4:13-18
THERE is our Hope, beloved! No fear of death. But, new life in Christ. New, ETERNAL life in love with God – forever!
September 1, 2019
(22nd Sunday Ordinary Time C)
My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. Sir_3:17-18,20,28-29
Humble is not a show to cover up pride. Humble is a recognition that there really are others who are greater than us, most especially God!
Happy September, beloved!
God’s blessings always!
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