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Then the LORD said (to Elijah), “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD – but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake – but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire – but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?” 1 Kings 19:11-13
Why are YOU here, beloved?
Was it to discover magnificent colors? Was it to find colorful music or awesome videos? Was it just curiosity? Was it accidental? Were you really looking for God, for Hope, for true LOVE somewhere in this menagerie we call the web?
You are Loved!!
Let’s follow the Scriptures of our daily Mass and see if we can catch those Words – simple but beautiful – Whispers to the Wind . . .
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April 30, 2020
(St. Pius V, Pope)
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him. This was the Scripture passage he was reading: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opened not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who will tell of his posterity? For his life is taken from the earth.” Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply, “I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this? About himself, or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage, he proclaimed Jesus to him. Acts 8:26-40
Ever read something, beloved, that wass really striking to you, and yet you really had no idea what it was trying to say? And neither did you have someone available to discuss it with. The Ethiopian eunuch was in exactly that position. There, he had left Jerusalem and there was no one to ask. While at the same time the Holy Spirit prompted Philip to go and sit next to him. Philip had no idea why. But he promptly obeyed. And in the end, Christianity gained another believer. Philip baptized the man and the Spirit of God immediately had other plans for him.
The lesson Luke was trying to get to us, beloved, is to always walk with an open mind and heart to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. It just may be a total surprise. And we just may be as fruitful as Philip was. There are many lost souls out there just waiting for the right person to explain their salvation through Jesus; to explain how incredibly much God loves them, and forgives them and wants them to come back.
We pray today, beloved, for those lost ones, as we pray for ourselves too!
April 29, 2020
(St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jn_6:35-40
Come and Believe!
April 28, 2020
(St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr)
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” So they said to Jesus, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jn_6:30-35
Jesus told them over and over again exactly who He was. He spoke of the prophesies. He explained the meanings of the miracles of Moses. And He gave them all the true reason to believe in Him. “But their ears were shut, and their eyes were closed, and their hearts were like the stones they so easily tossed.”
Continuing with Stephen’s story . . . As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”; and when he said this, he fell asleep. Acts_7:51-8:1a
Their actions proved their hypocrisy. And even through it all, the most holy Stephen forgave them, just like Jesus. What a blessed, blessed Lord we have, beloved. With Him, even in death, our love will conquer all. Even in death we will forgive, just as Jesus did, just as Stephen did, just as many many of the martyrs did. Cultivate that love, beloved, and not even death will harm us!
April 27, 2020
Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, . . . came forward and debated with Stephen, but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. . . They presented false witnesses . . . All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel. Acts_6:8-15
Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.” Jn_6:22-29
See the angels, all around us, beloved! Don’t stress out over the missing bread. BELIEVE in Jesus! Jesus IS the way and the truth and the life! The same theme continues . . . Believe!
April 26, 2020
(Third Sunday of Easter)
Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he (Jesus) interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. Lk_24:13-35
There really was a lot going on in the Old Testament Scriptures. The Israelites certainly did not always have it very easy. So when we read the Pentateuch and the Psalms, Wisdom and the Prophets we can see all those prophesies regarding the situations that early humanity and the Israelites were struggling with – relating to themselves. We can see how their stubbornness of heart, their weakness of mind and the rebellious nature always got them in trouble, either with God’s created world or with God Himself.
But then, when we read them again, all of a sudden we can see this tie to Jesus. We can see Jesus throughout all of the Old Testament, especially in the Psalms and the Prophets. All of a sudden it all makes sense! And then we ask, Why didn’t they know it, why did they not recognize Him, WHY did they treat Him as they did? You see, it was all written right there in black and white! And yet if they didn’t do exactly what they did, those prophesies would never had been fulfilled. There would have been no Resurrection, no Ascension, no forgiveness of sins, and no Eternal Salvation. It HAD to be! It WAS God’s plan!
And if THAT had to be, then WE can be assured that what Jesus told US, will have to be as well. There WILL be a final judgment, there will be atonement for sins, there will be life everlasting, IF we listen and follow what Jesus said. We were given the proof the first time – I don’t think we need a second proving. The deed was done…
NOW it’s up to us! We are not to be the self-centered Pharisees, gobbling up Jesus while the starving world watches. We are not to be the stupid lambs following whatever whim or great fear comes our way (even the threat of death or the rationalization for murder). We are not to look for any hope, or any journey, or any purpose in life other than FOLLOWING Jesus back Home! Don’t let them fool you, beloved. It is YOU that the devil wants to discourage and knock down. And he/she comes in many forms, shapes and colors. But WE have Jesus! And Nothing can take Jesus away from us – save ourselves. And we HAVE the Holy Spirit to strengthen us in that resolve.. Be strong Beloved and Believe! And we’ll definitely meet again, together with hugs, in God’s glorious kingdom!
April 25, 2020
(Saint Mark, Evangelist)
Just prior to His ascension, Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mk_16:15-20
Have Faith and Believe!
Jesus IS our salvation!
April 24, 2020
(Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr)
The Pharisee, Gamaliel, in defense of not killing the Apostles outright, said to the Sanhedrin, “if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts_5:34-42
Ever find yourself fighting against God, beloved, where there’s nothing you can do or say to make a difference in the way things are just going to be. Some call it fate, some call it human ignorance, and others, like Gamaliel, the wise teacher of Saul who would later become the great evangelist Paul, attributes certain consequences of life to God.
These are the consequences that may be totally out of our control (like this pandemic virus that we’re currently battling). What’s really right and what’s wrong to do, only God knows. Is it correct to hurt billions in ways not even related to the sickness, in order to think that we’re making any kind of difference? Who knows what the answer to that is? God knows!
But our actions make us think we’re making a difference anyway. Unfortunately there are consequences to every action. And it takes a concerted effort, cooperation and extreme wisdom to know the right action. And only God knows that too.
Unfortunately, God always seems to be the first to be cut out of the picture, as the power struggles begin, in deciding just who is that all-wise and all-knowing human.
As for us, individual little peons, we PRAY! We pray for their wisdom. We pray for our loved ones. We pray that our Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit will give us the courage to endure even this scourge upon us. And we know that regardless of what happens to us, like the Apostles, to whom even suffering and death were joy, we know that the end result will be our reunion with Jesus in heaven forever.
So take heart, beloved. Keep the perspective of God in everything you read and listen to. Remember that “Good News” that God loves us no matter what! And never let the evil of the human world taint your beautiful souls. Be open to God’s love and share that Love – ABUNDANTLY… If there’s anything we could or should be doing – That’s IT!
God Bless you all, this day!
April 23, 2020
(St. George, Martyr)
Following further accusations by the High Priest of the Sanhedrin, Peter and the Apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins. We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death. Acts_5:27-33
Those same leaders who denied any blame for the death of Jesus, who made themselves such holy and pious people, seemed to totally forget God’s fifth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill!” The very Commandment that He gave to their hero, Moses.
And yet they were hungry to kill the adulterous woman, they did kill young Stephen (the first martyr and deacon) and now they longed to eliminate Peter and the Apostles in the same way.
Jesus taught the Apostles and Nicodemus, that those who belong to the light, come to the Light, while those who fear the light and live in the darkness shall surely receive their eternal consequence. It’s just a good reminder to all of us, beloved, to constantly seek and root out all darkness that may linger in our thoughts and our words and our hearts, and replace it with the light of LOVE!
April 22, 2020
Continuing his exposition to Nicodemus, Jesus said, “And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” Jn_3:16-21
Jesus IS the Light and the Truth.
Come to Him, beloved. Believe and Live!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” Ibid
Happy (would have been) 92nd birthday, Mom. Mom left this mortal life in 1974 at 46-years old, exactly 46-years ago. You’re still in our prayers, mom, and always will be, til we meet again! For we know that you did not perish, but are still living with Jesus forever!
April 21, 2020
(St. Anselm of Canterbury, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to Nicodemus, “just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” Jn_3:7b-15
Jesus is already exposing the Old Testament prophesies which spoke about or prefigured Himself to Nicodemus as he did with the travelers on the way to Emmaus, after His resurrection. Nicodemus was trying as he might to understand what Jesus was telling him. And yet, I guess in today’s culture, we might picture a time traveler from the future trying to explain light-travel to an 90-year old who sees, but doesn’t understand airplanes.
Moses raised up the carving of a snake on a pole, on God’s suggestion, to offer a means of healing to an unbelieving people. (That symbol is still used today, to represent the medical profession.) And Jesus is referencing that symbol to Nicodemus as the prefiguring of His being raised up on a cross for our healing. In both the cases of Moses and Jesus, the only way the healing or the gift of eternal life is possible is through BELIEF.
Can we Believe in the unbelievable, beloved? Are we willing to step out on faith to even risk our (physical) life over that belief? Jesus is always there for us. And there’s a lot more to life than just this passing physical illusion.
April 20, 2020
Jesus answered Nicodemus, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Jn_3:1-8
Nicodemus, you see beloved, was trying to figure out just WHO Jesus was. And he hypothesized, so far, that Jesus had come from God, seeing all the miraculous signs Jesus had done. So, against the murderous threats of his colleagues, Nicodemus came to Jesus in secret, at night, and asked.
He truly wanted to know. And knowing that most of the Pharisees had a problem with hearing, Jesus answered Nicodemus in a riddle. But He was really, directly answering the question.
You see, Jesus was born of the flesh and of the Spirit, through the Holy Spirit’s intervention with his human mother Mary. And through the waters of her birthing of Him, HE was born of the flesh and the Spirit. And yet, even though He was living in the flesh, He was directed and guided and led by the Spirit within Him. And only IN that Spirit can one truly understand the Kingdom of God, for that Kingdom is one of LOVE, and God IS love!
Jesus told Nicodemus that just as we can’t understand the wind, neither can we understand the Spirit, unless we are BORN of the Spirit, like Him.
Then secondarily, the Church has taken this Scripture to be referring to Baptism. It is through our Baptisms that we are born of the Spirit. And being born of the Spirit we now have the capability of being led by the Spirit just as Jesus was – IF we, if the human, the flesh side of our lives – just allows it.
If we allow the Holy Spirit within us to go where she wants and to do what she wants and not what WE (think we) want, then we’ll be led in directions we just may not understand, and may not even make total sense to us. BUT, those directions will always lead us to God’s Kingdom, no matter how much or little we think we understand!
If we truly want to live the Christian life, we must, let go of the flesh, our human passions, and only allow the desires of the Holy Spirit within us to guide our lives. And that prime desire of the Spirit is . . . LOVE!
Separation is NOT – OF God.
Which just makes us wonder,
what the heck are we doing!!!
And who’s steering this boat?
April 19, 2020
(Divine Mercy Sunday)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you . . . 1_Pt_1:3-9
So we DO have reason for hope in this life. It’s all around us. It’s called LIFE. Wherever there is Life there is this hope! And that life revolves around LOVE. Can we love the life around us, beloved? Can we focus on the life and not the death? Because the death is there just as much as the life. But the life is what gives us hope. Jesus was raised from death – and so will we be! And that, then, gives us even more hope. Because when this glorious life of ours is complete, one even more glorious will be to come. That’s Jesus’ promise. So live every moment in His love. And that love will drive us directly to that promised vision of LIFE eternal!
April 18, 2020
Jesus said to the Apostles, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” Mk_16:9-15
St. Francis of Assisi took Jesus literally – and maybe that’s how He meant it. He preached to the birds and the flowers, the wolves and the donkeys. But you know what, we all preach Jesus’ Gospel good news all the time, in different ways. Sometimes it’s to our family. Sometimes it to our workplace. And sometimes we even send that message of God’s love out TO the world through this internet. The trick there, is getting anyone to look, to read, to listen! Haven’t found that trick yet. But we’ll keep on preaching and maybe one day – it just might strike someone enough to change, enough to hope, enough to love where love was never possible. Go out, beloved! And we’ll let the seeds grow wherever it pleases God the most.
April 17, 2020
Just as they had with Jesus, the religious leaders, Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly class . . . brought them (Peter and John) into their presence and questioned them, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” (interceded for Jesus in the healing of a crippled man)
Then, Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them, “Leaders of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed. ‘He is the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.’ There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” Acts_4:1-12
The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone. Ps_118:22
“No holds barred.” Peter was fearless in the hands of the Holy Spirit! He told them exactly where they stood and exactly what they were missing out on, with their self-centered hunger for power. (Hmmm, sounds familiar, doesn’t it!!) Well again, today’s Scripture just reminded me of another Queen song . . .
Buddy, you’re a boy, make a big noise
Playing in the street, gonna be a big man someday
You got mud on your face, you big disgrace
Kicking your can all over the place, singin’
We will, we will rock you
We will, we will rock you . . .
So who does, have the mud in their face,
holding their little rocks in their hands,
and kickin’ cans?
And Who rocked the world
as the “cornerstone” of Life!!!
– – – – – JESUS – – – – –
Come Holy Spirit!
Fill us with Your fortitude!
April 16, 2020
Jesus (resurrected) said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” Lk_24:35-48
So, why don’t they understand!
He is the Author of Life!
April 15, 2020
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
After totally missing the fact that their conversation with a stranger was really with the risen Christ, the two disciples, probably embarrassed, said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” Lk_24:13-35
Ever have that conversation, beloved, with someone you don’t really know very well, explaining all you do know about a particular topic, only to find out that they are a world renowned expert in the field. And you probably got it all wrong anyway.
And we’re asked to preach the Gospel!!! If that isn’t scary. But I don’t think Jesus was looking for Scripture Scholars. Jesus was more likely looking for people who were excited enough to share their experiences of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit in their everyday lives. It’s not the content, but the excitement! But we do have to make sure that we’ve got it right too. Maybe bounce it off a friend first. Maybe read a little about what others (reputable others) have found.
In a world where we don’t know who to trust anymore, and especially not the media, let’s make sure our faith proclamations are at least founded on the Scriptures and not what we heard on the news. The Holy Spirit will help guide us, if we simply ask!
April 14, 2020
Tuesday in the Octave of Easter
Peter said to the Jewish people, “Let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other Apostles, “What are we to do, my brothers?” Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts_2:36-41
If there’s one thing we hear over and over again in the Scriptures, it is “Repent.” The Prophets shout it, John the Baptist proclaims it, and even Jesus repeatedly tells us – to repent.
If we search deep within our hearts, beloved, we will discover all those nasty little things that we thought or said or did against ourselves, against our neighbor, our boss and even our God. They are the little knives that ‘cut us to the heart,’ and we may not even realize it, because it’s just another piece of that huge pain of our whole lives.
And if we ever want that wound to heal, the wound that’s destroying us from the inside out, then we have to begin by ROOTING out all that evil within us – by REPENTING. ‘I am sorry Lord for all my offenses against heaven and earth. And I know that this Jesus whom I crucified by my own, personal will, my own personal evil – FORGIVES me!!!”
Pray, beloved that we can have the strength of will to decide to let that evil go. And if we can, and if we do, in the process Jesus will send us again the strength of the Holy Spirit whom we received in our Baptisms and Confirmation, to help us to persevere in that decision.
As I’ve said before, it’s not an easy decision. But the reward, the joy, the happiness, the freedom it brings us is more than worth even the most difficult sacrifices we can make. Let go, beloved, Repent and live!
April 13, 2020
Monday in the Octave of Easter
(Pope St. Martin I)
Peter proclaimed Jesus to the crowds, saying, God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it. For David says of him:
“I saw the Lord ever before me, with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted; my flesh, too, will dwell in hope, because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.” Acts_2:14,22-33
All else is null, nothingness,
save for the Love of Jesus.
And there is our JOY!
In Him our life is made FULL.
And we see Him in all:
the rich, the poor,
the sick, the well,
the man, the woman,
the neighbor, the enemy!
God is IN all, and we Love Him, beloved,
Now and Forever!
A most blessed birthday prayer for my
beloved, older sister. Happy BD Carol!
Many more to come . . .
April 12, 2020
(Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord)
Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. Jn_20:1-9
Peter and John had to confirm that story with their own eyes. And when the arrived at the tomb, yes, they found it just as Mary had said, empty. And then they believed her. But John tells us that it wasn’t a resurrection that they were looking for, or even believed possible yet.
And it wasn’t until later, after Mary returned to the tomb, that she encountered the risen Christ. She was so convinced that the body of Jesus had been stolen, that she even begged angels and Jesus Himself to tell her where the body was – until she finally realized that it wasn’t a gardener of soil that she was pleading with, but THE gardener of souls, Jesus!
So unfathomable was this whole story – from incarnation to resurrection, that it took quite some time for the apostles, who witnessed all of it, to actually believe that Jesus IS God incarnate. The God who came to be with us – out of pure LOVE. The God who taught and healed us. The God who showed us how best to live life. The God who unfathomably resurrected Himself from death and walked among them again. The God who sent His own Spirit to be with us forever.
Two thousand years later people still don’t believe.
And it’s sad, because their lives could be so so very much more full, so much better if they did.
You see, they can take away a preacher, they can destroy a body, they can try to eradicate a philosophy, a belief system. But they can never erase a Spirit. And that Spirit lives in us because of that Body – who lived and breathed and slept among us. Jesus LIVES, and so will we. Death has no hold on us, be it martyrdom, accident or even some invisible virus. But we have one another – and we ARE – Together Forever in Christ’s Love!
And Here’s the energy of that Foreverness . . .
April 11, 2020
Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. …
He has gone to search for Adam, our first father, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow Adam in his bonds and Eve, captive with him—He who is both their God and the son of Eve. …
“I am your God, who for your sake have become your Son. …
I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead.” (Ancient Homily for Holy Saturday, ca. 2nd century A.D.)
For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit. In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, who had once been disobedient . . . 1_Pet_3:18-20
For this is why the gospel was preached even to the dead that, though condemned in the flesh in human estimation, they might live in the spirit in the estimation of God. 1_Pet_4:6
And in there – is our HOPE!
I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts. I will put my spirit within you and make you live by my statutes, careful to observe my decrees. You shall live in the land I gave your fathers; you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
(From the Easter Vigil, Ez_36:16-17a,18-28)
In the silence of our isolation, beloved, we come in reverence to our Lord and God. We come in prayer, for the healing of the sick and for the consolation those who have passed. We come in thanksgiving. We come in wonder and awe that so GREAT a Love could ever be possible. And so it is!
And we THANK YOU JESUS
for your sacrificial offering for us!
April 10, 2020
(Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion)
See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted. . . . because of him kings shall stand speechless; for those who have not been told shall see, those who have not heard shall ponder it. Is_52:13-53:12
He was spurned and avoided by people, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, one of those from whom people hide their faces, spurned, and we held him in no esteem.
Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. ibid
No greater love
has the world ever known.
No greater sacrifice
for the salvation of so many.
Jesus is our everything
our life and our salvation.
Trust in Him,
Hope in Him,
and Live in Him.
For He IS our Truth and our Hope and our Life!
It’s our GOOD Friday,
because He did this – for US!
April 9, 2020
Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. 1_Cor_11:23-26
We remember Lord Jesus.
And we always will!
April 8, 2020
(Wednesday of Holy Week)
Morning after morning
he opens my ear that I may hear;
And I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.
Jesus heard! ‘Your time has come to an end.’ Now for the grand finale. But it will not be easy. Never once, did You or I ever tell them that We would take away their will. But we gave them the choice: believe and live, or not. And some did, but most, like lambs led by whichever shepherd seemed most appealing at the time chose not to follow the Truth in their hearts, but were led by a spirit of greed and hatred and anger instead. And it is You, or rather I whom their maliciousness is directed at. Thus You will suffer their wrath. And in that suffering WE will have given them ALL the ultimate CHOICE of Life or death.
Which second, beloved, will be OUR last? Will we regret what we had done in that second? Will we, like Judas, be so despairing of our errant choices, that we will not be able to live with ourselves another moment? Or will we be prepared when that choice comes . . . to choose life instead of greed or hatred or anger?
Jesus KNEW what was coming. And He refused to turn away! He warned. He informed. He prayed for their wise choosing.
And in time He sent His Spirit to help guide those choices. We are the benefactors of that Spirit, brothers and sisters. God does not abandon us, nor did He – Jesus. But Jesus is HERE to guide us (we who have abandoned God) back home! Listen for that voice, beloved. It IS always there, IF we just “open our ears.” It’s the voice of – LOVE!
April 7, 2020
(St. John Baptist de la Salle, priest)
Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
Yet my reward is with the LORD,
my recompense is with my God.
For now the LORD has spoken
who formed me as his servant from the womb,
That Jacob may be brought back to him
and Israel gathered to him;
And I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
and my God is now my strength!
It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. Is_49:1-6
How useless are we feeling right now, beloved. Confined to quarantine, locked away from the world. Too old to be of any use to anyone. Too young to lay it all down and just die. Too healthy to not want to hug the first human being that comes to my door. Though no one dare do that for fear of giving or catching some invisible, some fantastical, mysterious apocalypse.
Trust in God, beloved. He is our help and our salvation! It is too little in His eyes that we just hide in our lonely people caves. Awake, Oh most blessed ones. God wants more than just servanthood. God wants all of us. Our hearts and our souls. Now is the time to cultivate that giving of ourselves. That dying to our own needs and discovering His. Pray, beloved, that His will be done and that our usefulness will again come to fruition!
For, we ARE His LIGHT to the world!
April 6, 2020
(Monday of Holy Week)
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?
When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh,
My foes and my enemies themselves stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart will not fear;
Though war be waged upon me, even then will I trust.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. Ps 27
The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Fear not beloved! This too shall pass! And we WILL all be better off once it’s all over!!!! (Pandemic). May our Lord bless those who have left us prematurely. May we look forward with joyful hope to be with them again, together with the Lord.
May our LOVING Jesus bless you and keep you safe, until He comes again (whenever that may be) to find us patiently awaiting HIM!
April 5, 2020
(Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion)
Triumphant Entry: The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them. They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them, and he sat upon them. The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road. The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.” Mt_21:1-11
Disastrous Exit: From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” . . . But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised. Mt_26:14-27:66
BUT WAS IT REALLY . . .
Disastrous or Triumphant???
Stay Tuned . . .
April 4, 2020
(St. Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Thus says the Lord GOD: I will take the children of Israel from among the nations to which they have come, and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land. I will make them one nation upon the land, in the mountains of Israel, and there shall be one prince for them all. Ez_37:21-28
Some 600-years later, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.” He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him. Jn_11:45-56
Jesus is the “one prince for them all,” that the Prophet Ezekiel spoke of, who would reunite the nation. And yet, the Pharisees twisted that prophesy around to suit their own needs. They were threatened by Jesus, who had the power to knock them off their high and mighty pedestals. So they twisted Ezekiel’s words around to justify killing Jesus for the sake of gathering the dispersed nation. It would be like saying, we don’t believe in abortion, so lets kill all the pregnant mothers, or for that matter, all women, so that abortion will stop. NONSENSE!
That’s what’s so scary about this whole pandemic issue, beloved. It’s easy to see how it can be twisted into all kinds of craziness. From people scarfing up all the toilet paper and paper towels, to riots in the streets, to all kinds of prejudice, accusations, persecutions, and even genocide.
But thanks be to God, we can look to the hope of it all. We can see instead all the good that has come from our forced isolation and utter disaster in the big city hospitals. People helping one another, people giving, people sacrificing sometimes even their own lives to help. Yes, we recognize the hurt to the economy, the loss of lives, the hardship of it all, but we also have the hope in knowing that God will see it come to an end. And everything will be restored to something better than it ever was before. That we can count on!
April 3, 2020
I hear the whisperings of many: “Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!” All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. . . .
Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, For he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked! Jer_20:10-13
The LORD is our life and our Salvation – Sing praise to the Lord!
In tribute to Covid 19 and all of our lost loved ones . . .
I Love YOU!
April 2, 2020
When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him: “My covenant with you is this: you are to become the father of a host of nations. No longer shall you be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a host of nations. . . . God also said to Abraham: “On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages.” Gn_17:3-9
Not just gift, God’s covenant had two sides. And God would give his part and keep its promise as long as Abraham and his descendants kept theirs. We see in later generations how the Israelites did not keep God’s covenant and lost their battles and their homeland. And yet the promise God made to David and his descendants of eternal kingship did come to fruition with Jesus, regardless of how off-target those Jewish religious leaders were by the time Jesus came on the scene. Jesus gave them every opportunity to repent, to change and to believe, but they still failed to see the Truth. Now it’s up to us, beloved, to keep God’s covenant, Jesus’ command, and to receive His promise of eternal salvation. This is our Faith. And this is what we live by!
April 1, 2020
Jesus answered the rebellious Pharisees, (who insisted that they were children of Abraham, and that their God was the God of Abraham), saying, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me.” Jn_8:31-42
Jesus could not have been more verbally clear about who He was. Beyond the miracles, beyond His command of nature, beyond the love Jesus showed to everyone to prove His divinity, Jesus was totally transparent to the Pharisees. And yet none of that really mattered to them, because all they wanted was their own power. Not God, not His Son, Jesus, none besides themselves.
Lord, Jesus, when Your Holy Spirit dwells within us, we can clearly see the hypocrisy of so much of the world. Please give us Your wisdom to know how to deal with it. Please give us the strength to endure it, even unto death. Please help us to BE You in a world that needs You so much. And please, help us to ALWAYS remember that You are with us every moment of our day, with every breath we take, and in total love and commitment to YOU!
Happy April, 2020, beloved!
God’s blessings always!
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