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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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July 31, 2020
(St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest)
Jesus taught in His hometown, and His neighbors asked, “Where did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.” And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith. Mt_13:54-58
Ever notice, beloved, how like attracts like. Those who are always complaining have an endless list of things to complain about – and they just keep on coming. But those who seek the good, who appreciate what they have and give thanks for it all, will likewise be constantly showered with goodness. And even when what they receive is not very good, they will still be thankful for whatever else they do have, all the way to the sample, naked life they have – as their Gift from God.
So, if we’re constantly skeptical of mighty deeds, we most likely will never recognize them even when they come. And this is where Faith comes in. Maybe it will come from the least expected source. But if we’re open, in faith, to God’s goodness, God’s grace, we just might find ourselves showered in it!!! Have Faith!
July 30, 2020
(Bl. Solanus Casey, Priest)
Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” “Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” Mt_13:47-53
The wicked from the righteous, the good from the bad, the old from the new. Jesus told us in sufficiently enough and different ways that there will be a sifting at the end of time. And now is the time to make sure that we will be collected in the right batch and not the wrong one. Pray, love, care for all and worship the Lord in everything we say and do. And let the world know that we’d prefer them to be in that selected batch as well!
July 29, 2020
The LORD answered me: If you repent, so that I restore you, in my presence you shall stand; If you bring forth the precious without the vile, you shall be my mouthpiece. Then it shall be they who turn to you, and you shall not turn to them; And I will make you toward this people a solid wall of brass. Though they fight against you, they shall not prevail, For I am with you, to deliver and rescue you, says the LORD. I will free you from the hand of the wicked, and rescue you from the grasp of the violent. Jer_15:10,16-21
We initiate. God completes in overabundance! Trust, repent, believe, follow and shut-up about everything that’s wrong in your world. (My own advice to myself, and to anyone else who would listen!)
July 28, 2020
The disciples approached him (Jesus) and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom.” Mt_13:36-43
That’s us, beloved. The GOOD seed. Growing and spreading all the goodness that Jesus fertilized us with. Spread His love and watch it grow!
July 27, 2020
Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’” Mt_13:31-35
Like a net, catching; like a merchant, searching; like a treasure, hidden, like a seed, growing . . . Jesus used many different similes for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Deep within every one of us, beloved, there is a hidden treasure, a kingdom of peace and love and hope and purpose. And yet, all the world is clambering to keep us from finding it, using its tactics of fear and hatred and discouragement.
But, on the other hand, God is seeking, is searching for us. He’s constantly sending us signs of His presence, like a net in the sea, trying to catch us in the realization of WHO we really are (His awesome creations). And it’s up to us to decide if we want to swim towards Him and get caught up in the euphoria, the beauty of His Kingdom, or to allow the world to immerse us in the darkness of despair.
Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven is within (Lk 17:20-21). Follow Him, beloved and you will discover that “treasure,” and it will continue to “grow” within you! For you were joyfully and “wonderfully” made (Ps. 139:13-14) by only the very BEST of Creators!
July 26, 2020
(17th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
Brothers and sisters: We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, Rom_8:28-30
To love God, we were predestined, beloved. We were called and conformed in the image of His Son, Jesus through our Baptism. And like Jesus we love all. We have been called to love. And love is our entire mission in life! Follow His precepts. Obey His commands. And we will meet one day, together, in His Kingdom, forever!
July 25, 2020
(St. James, Apostle)
Brothers and sisters: We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about, in the body, the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. 2_Cor_4:7-15
One to ponder very deeply upon, beloved, maybe even memorize!
“Treasure in earthen vessels,” that’s every one of us beloved. Regardless of what we look like, how we physically feel, what the status of the world around us is – WE have this TREASURE within us! For when we are afflicted, perplexed, persecuted and struck down, there is something deeper, something greater within us that brings us life! It’s Jesus! Ever wonder how we’re ever going to get through whatever it is that’s weighing us down, that’s beating us to a pulp? Trust in Jesus! And He will give us hope! And He will see us through!
July 24, 2020
In explaining the Parable of the Sower, Jesus said, “the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” Mt_13:18-23
Again today, Jesus explains the importance of fruitful listening. Just as the seed needs to be planted in soil that is fertile, open and welcoming to its growth, so we need to be open to hearing God’s Word (Jesus) as He tells us. And that word will grow in us when we are prepared (fertile). We prepare by reading Scriptures, by prayer and through our love for others.
July 23, 2020
(St. Bridget of Sweden, Religious)
The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?” He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because ‘they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.’” Mt_13:10-17
Ever find yourself, beloved, speaking with someone who suddenly leaves, or someone playing with their cell phone and not listening to a word you’re saying. You could be telling them that the house is on fire and they would sooner burn than open their ears.
Jesus found the same thing with many of the people who were curious about Him. His words would enter their ears, but go absolutely no further. So He taught them many lessons through parables. These were stories designed to shock and astonish. Told in a language they should have understood – about farming, or fishing, or cooking – they all had a deeper meaning that the crowds would never have heard if He told them straight on.
And yet even the points of the parables were missed by these people. Are we listening, beloved? Listening to the voice of nature, listening to the voice of the poor, the oppressed, the knowledgeable? Or are we pretending to know it all through the propaganda voice of the media and their contorted radical ideologies?
It’s a good wake-up reminder for us, beloved, to always listen with open hearts and minds – and to be very discerning with what we believe. Besides prayer and Scripture reading, the Holy Spirit will guide us to all Truth. Seek Him, beloved and live in His love!
July 22, 2020
(St. Mary Magdalene)
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” Jn_20:1-2
Startled by the unexpected!
You know those times, beloved, when you have in your head exactly what it should look like; when you can just picture the feel and the smell and the sound of what was to come. But then when you finally get there, it’s totally different. There are people where there should have been none, or just the opposite. There is noise where there should have been quiet. And there is an eerie, maybe even ominous unreality of it all. You lose your balance, you lose your breath and you just don’t know how to respond.
In this version of Mary Magdalene’s story, her first response on that first day of the week was to run to tell Jesus’ first apostles, Peter and John. You see, beloved, it was the first day of a whole new life . . . Resurrection! What did it mean? How could it ever be explained? And what would be its impact on the rest of the world?
Well, here we are 2000-years later, in a world that has mostly forgotten that event, that day, our Lord. And along comes some some silly sickness that puts us all in a whirl, shutting down businesses, causing suicides, and worst of all, separating even His beloved body from one another.
Have we all forgotten that day? Do we no longer remember that death has no hold on us, loved ones? So why should we fret some silly sickness! Come back to life Oh world and know that Jesus rose to bring us hope. And by whatever means our worldly life might come to an end, we know that we have an eternal life with Jesus that will put even the best of times here to bitter shame.
Live FOR Him!
July 21, 2020
(St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
. . . stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he (Jesus) said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Mt_12:46-50
Not just the Jewish nation. Not just the Caucasians or the Africans, the Hispanics or the Asians, the Americans or the British, the Russian or the Indian. But Jesus is brother to us all! Whoever does the will of our heavenly Father. And that will is to love all, regardless of nationality, affluence, power or poverty. We are to love everyone! Just as Jesus loves us!
July 20, 2020
(St. Apollinaris Martyr)
Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.” Mt_12:38-42
His shipmates thought they could appease God by casting Jonah into the sea. It was either death by drowning or by being devoured by the great and mysterious sea monsters. It was a sacrifice for the sake of their salvation. And yet, the story didn’t end there for Jonah, nor for God’s mission – the salvation of the city of Nineveh. For, just three days after he was devoured by one of those sea monsters, Jonah was given a second chance to fulfill his call by God.
Jesus too, would be sacrificed. In the eyes of the Pharisees, it was a sacrifice to appease their oppressive Roman rulers for the salvation of the Jews. But in the eyes of God it was much much more. It was done for the salvation of the whole world. Yes, just like Jonah, Jesus had a mission, a call. And three days after His burial, God would again prove to the world that it is not man’s doing but God’s, that has the final say in what death really means. Jesus rose to prove to us that death is not our final end, but instead, it’s a new beginning – just like Jonah! And whatever it is that might holding us back (sin) from fulfilling our mission in life (love) is abolished by Jesus’ sacrifice – the ultimate sign of love!
So, beloved, we shouldn’t be searching for signs of magic or miracle or wealth or fame or healing, because we’ve already gotten the sign. And that’s the sign of eternal life. What we should be searching for and offering to the world, even if we’re having a hard time finding it for ourselves, is LOVE! We are to love others with all our heart and soul and being! And we are to truly know that, if by no one else, God loves us most! And Jesus came to prove just that!!!
July 19, 2020
(16th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” Mt_13:24-43
“If you pull up the weeds, you might uproot the wheat along with them.” Even at the cost of living among the weeds, beloved, we must battle the urge to quench the burning in our hearts to impart justice on our own. God is our vindication, and our salvation. Bear with it! No matter how nonsensical, no matter how untrue, no matter how insidious their claims, we carry the Truth of Jesus in our hearts. The wheat will be harvested once the final cleansing is accomplished! Encourage one another with your and His love. And stay “the wheat” despite weeds! There IS light behind these clouds!!!
July 18, 2020
Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved in whom I delight;
I shall place my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not contend or cry out,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope.
The “gentle servant,” Isaiah prophesied (Is_42:1-4). The One who would bring hope to the hopeless, healing to the ill and justice to the oppressed. Jesus! And He’s still here to do the same for us, beloved. Trust in Him and be saved.
July 17, 2020
In response to another of the Pharisees’ legalistic rebuttals of Jesus for picking grain on a Sabbath, He said, “I say to you, something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this meant, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.” Mt_12:1-8
Some people can get so wrapped up in the legalistic. It may be a self-protection behavior, it may be an unfounded paranoia, or even a naive response to the world’s contrivance of a doom-and-gloom “pandemic.” And in the process they forget all about what their whole purpose in life is – to spread the joy of Jesus, to unite people in community, to LOVE!
Let us pray for our Church, beloved! She really NEEDS our prayers and our love! Because we remember that we truly ARE One Body. One Body in Christ!
July 16, 2020
(Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make level. Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD, we look to you; Your name and your title are the desire of our souls. My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you; When your judgment dawns upon the earth, the world’s inhabitants learn justice. O LORD, you mete out peace to us, for it is you who have accomplished all we have done. Is_26:7-9,12,16-19
It is God who has accomplished ALL we have done, beloved! It is God. So give all the Glory to Him. For in Him and through Him and with Him we are His conduits of peace and love on the earth.
And when it seems to hard for us, we come back to Jesus.
Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Mt_11:28-30
For again, it is in our rest, it is in our letting go of thinking that all is only done through us, that it truly gets done, done by God! And there is our rest. Rest in the Lord, beloved! And savor the wealth of His accomplishments!
July 15, 2020
(St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, 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.” Mt_11:25-27
Ever feel like you’ve seen it all, beloved? Like there really is “nothing new under the sun?” Sometimes we might think we know it all, only to be surprised when we turn the next corner. Funny thing about thinking you know it all, in the process we miss so, so much else, that’s there to help make us better, to bring us even greater joy!
Jesus didn’t come to break the hearts and wills of the “all-knowing.” Though, when they finally recognized Him as who He really is, their hearts were broken, for all that they ‘unknowingly’ missed. But He did come to teach the teachable, the child-like, the open minded and openhearted.
In our world of wisdom, beloved, are we willing to accept the FACT, that we really don’t know it all? Are we willing to learn that there is so much more to learn? Are we willing to suffer the slings and arrows of broken pride in order to discover TRUE joy!
Jesus is just waiting for us!
July 14, 2020
(St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin)
Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. Mt_11:20-24
If we swat at a yellow jacket and it comes back to sting us, we learn not to swat at them again. If our guest offers us a gift, we don’t feed them with leftovers. If we teach our children to walk, we don’t expect them to trample all over our vegetable garden. Jesus had every right to be displeased with the behavior of those people whom He had taught and healed and saved, when, after He had left, they continued in their sinful, harmful ways, as though He had never been there.
There’s a lesson in respect there, beloved. There’s a lesson of the importance of listening. There’s a lesson of true learning. We don’t learn for the sake of harming others. We don’t learn for the sake of forgetting what we’ve learned, only to get hurt again the next time. And there’s a lesson of gratitude. God has blessed us with such innumerable gifts of His grace that we have no excuse not be happy even with our disappointments, especially since they are so outnumbered by the joys!
July 13, 2020
Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household. Mt_10:34-11:1
Wherever there is Good, beloved, there will also follow evil. Jesus was/is the ultimate of Goodness! And as we saw, evil tracked Him down and did its worst. But nothing could destroy the Good that Jesus brought and continues to bring to us. So, if we seem to constantly have this shadow of evil that hovers over us, beloved, then that is the proof that what we’re doing is Goodness. Goodness in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. And just like Jesus, we have nothing to fear from them. For we know that only Goodness will prevail in the end!
July 12, 2020
(15th Sunday Ordinary Time, A)
Brothers and sisters: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. Rom_8:18-23
And there is our hope. The seeds are planted. We fertilize with prayer, good works, and Love. And God grows in us that unimaginable hope, in the midst of all our sufferings. Trust in God beloved. Love like Jesus and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you. And that Hope will one day become reality!
July 11, 2020
(St. Benedict, Abbot)
Jesus said, “… do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.” Mt_10:24-33
Remember, He’s got our back, but our thoughts and our will and our actions are ours to make choices with.
We, ourselves, choose heaven or hell. And we can be greatly influenced in making those choices by what we watch and listen to, by whom we follow and whom we avoid, by what we believe and what we refuse to believe.
If we can just start out with believing in God. Believing in a divine Creator of all. Believing in His unconditional love for us. And then growing our love for God into our love for Jesus. Into understanding all that Jesus did and shared for love of us. And then extending that love and belief in God and Jesus into just fathoming the grace of the Holy Spirit. The one who helps us make those right choices. The one who forms our conscience. The one who helps keep us from making that choice of Gehenna or hell.
If we can get ourselves, by our choices, on that road of belief and love, then we’re well on the way to Heaven. God will do all He can to see to it that one little spark of belief in Him will lead to an abundance of eternal life in glory with Him! It’s our choice!
July 10, 2020
Jesus said, “..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_10:16-23
Over and over again, Jesus told His disciple and the crowds – “Don’t worry!” He’s got your back – Always! ‘What am I to wear?’ ‘How can I afford that?’ ‘What will I do, when they take all of my work away from me?’ ‘What if they even want to kill me?’
Jesus has us covered!
July 9, 2020
Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
There is something coming that you cannot see. Something more wonderful than you can even imagine. A new life, a new world, with all the best you have now, and a million times more. And all the worst you have now – with never even a spark of remembrance of it!
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
The healing power of the Lord is upon you and with you and in you. Use it, not in a selfish manner, but in a giving and forgiving and thankful manner. For it is not yours to keep, but to give!
Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep.
THIS is the true meaning of FAITH. Like St. Francis who gave it ALL to beg in the streets, who gave even what was given him for his own sustenance, we trust only in God who gives us all we need and the strength to carry on.
Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave.
You see, beloved, finding that “worthy person” is not always easy. The Disciples were sent to their own people, not to the heathen, not to the unbelievers, but to God’s own children (the Israelites). And yet, sometimes your own family will ignore or reject you, or even hate you. Sometimes their minds are so closed to anything but their own truth, that they are blind to God’s Truth, to their whole reason for life and breath and hope. Yes, we are to preach to the WHOLE world through our lives and our actions. And those seeds may someday find growth where we don’t immediately see it. But in the meantime, we NEED people who are worthy, people who are open, people who Love! And THEY are our Church!
As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you.
Ever notice, beloved, how that gift of peace can be burned up, or balled up and thrown right back in your face? Jesus is telling His Disciples and us not to let those rejections waste OUR peace by getting upset over them. We are the Givers, not the Gestapo, not the Fuller Brush salesmen. We’re not looking to sell anything other than God’s love for everyone – with no cost other than its acceptance. And if that love, that peace is not accepted, don’t lose it over the “unworthy.” Keep it! And keep on loving and giving to the next and the next and the next. And when we encounter those “unworthy” . . .
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.” Mt_10:7-15
Never forget, beloved, that the vengeance is NOT in our hands, but in God’s. And in the meantime . . . we pray for them – ANYWAY!
July 8, 2020
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. Mt_10:1-7
If only we TRULY believed!!!
We CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Phil 4:13
Stand firm, beloved, and believe – ALL things are possible!
July 7, 2020
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. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Mt_9:32-38
How many people in our world today are acting just like those abandoned sheep without a shepherd? They’re lost and angry and find nothing better to do than complain and destroy and kill. They need a Shepherd! And not just any shepherd, but One who can lift them up, give them hope and lead them to better pastures.
Jesus is our healer and our hope! Worried about a virus? We’ve been living and dying from them for eons. Take care of your health and Jesus will take care of your mind. And maybe when it is our time, no matter how our earthly “tents” may come to their completion, we won’t be worried about death but joyful that we are headed for better pastures. Jesus promises us that, when we trust in Him and follow His way!
July 6, 2020
(St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr)
Jesus said to the hemorrhaging woman who secretly touched his cloak for healing, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured. Mt_9:18-26
Shortly thereafter, at the house of a young girl who had died, Jesus came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. ibid
Faith, beloved, means believing even the unbelievable. The hemorrhaging woman had suffered with that condition for twelve long years. By then, most people would have hopelessly given up on ever being cured. And yet, her FAITH had saved her! Never give up on Jesus.
The little girl in the following episode was clearly dead. She was so dead, as a matter of fact, that the funeral preparations had already begun. But again, by the faith and love of her father, she was revived through the intervention of Jesus. The dead come back to life??!! Anything is possible with FAITH in Jesus!
Even the survival of a terror crazed world!
July 5, 2020
(14th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus said, “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_11:25-30
It’s OUR Choice!
July 4, 2020
(St. Elizabeth of Portugal, OFS)
Jesus said to His disciples, “No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” Mt_9:14-17
Guess we need to get with the program, beloved.
As our ancestors did, start a new one.
The question is, which program is better?
Jesus had the better program, because the old kinda lost their perspective on right and wrong and were bursting at the seams to suppress, to belittle and to challenge any attempts to usurp their own power and authority. And their solution to unwanted change was to kill it.
Like our American founding fathers and like Elizabeth of Portugal, whose “new” was their escape from oppression, and their freedom to worship as they wished and not be taxed, or beaten to death, or unjustly berated, we must remember freedom sometimes comes at the price of lives and sicknesses and hardship.
Sometimes, we just can’t change the old. And sometimes the old is just re-imaged as something new. But it really isn’t. Maybe this recent stirring up of the American and world’s “pot” is an opportunity to get better rather than worse. We just need to be very careful with which camp we place our tents in. The wrong choice could just be – much worse than the alternative!
So pray, beloved, discern and follow Jesus in the Way that is Truth, and Life, and Light, and Love, and Hope for ALL!
July 3, 2020
(St. Thomas, Apostle)
Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Eph_2:19-22
. . . And no virus, and no protests, and no six-foot pvc piping, and no home isolation, and no eradication of our signs of peace, will ever separate us from His and our LOVE for one another. Remember that, beloved, and trust in Jesus. We are one!
Jesus said to Thomas, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Jn_20:24-29
That’s us, beloved! Though, in many different ways, we HAVE seen!
July 2, 2020
(Ss. Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs)
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why do you harbor evil thoughts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”– he then said to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” He rose and went home. Mt_9:1-8
Case in point for yesterday’s comment. Those Pharisees should have been walking on water themselves – to see such love, such faith, such divinity in Jesus. Instead, the evil in their hearts became jealousy, anger and hatred. Hatred enough to kill.
Jesus said it over and over in many different ways. Pluck the beam from your own eye before you condemn the splinter in your brother’s eye. Judge as you would be judged. Love as you wish you were loved.
In a world of pointing fingers, slinging mud and blaming others for injustice, where am I in doing or not doing the same? And I really don’t need the children to teach me how to wash my hands and how not to be a racist. We need to first look into our own hearts, brothers and sisters in Christ, and then shut up about straightening up everyone else. Maybe try loving ourselves and others first! We just might be amazed at what Jesus has to teach us – especially about the meaning of “community.”
July 1, 2020
(St. Junipero Serra, Priest)
Seek good and not evil, that you may live; Then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts, be with you as you claim! Hate evil and love good, and let justice prevail at the gate; Am_5:14-15,21-24
If the Lord is with you, beloved, you’ll find that the evil all around you will pierce your heart and crunch your stomach. And what is worse is when those you believed to be holy and righteous and leaders in the faith, fall to the whims of the evil ones and begin to thrust that evil on you and blame you for not following them.
Jesus said, ‘blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness.’ Take comfort in His words, beloved, and don’t let yourselves be tainted by their secondary evil. Regardless of where it’s coming from they’re all the same. Stay away from them! And live in the light of the Goodness of Jesus.
Happy July, 2020, beloved!
God’s blessings always!
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