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Then the LORD said (to Elijah), “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD – but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake – but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire – but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?” 1 Kings 19:11-13
Why are YOU here, beloved?
Was it to discover magnificent colors? Was it to find colorful music or awesome videos? Was it just curiosity? Was it accidental? Were you really looking for God, for Hope, for true LOVE somewhere in this menagerie we call the web?
You are Loved!!
Let’s follow the Scriptures of our daily Mass and see if we can catch those Words – simple but beautiful – Whispers to the Wind . . .
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December 31, 2020
(St. Sylvester I, Pope)
Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of our number; if they had been, they would have remained with us. Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number. But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth. 1_Jn_2:18-21
Now there’s a prophesy for our upcoming year, beloved, and a history story the past year. Beware, and hang strong in your faith! We know the truth. And the Truth will set us free (regardless of what they do, or have done, to our Church, our nation and even our mortal bodies). Jesus sets us free! And we pray for their souls. And we pray for a great awakening in our world – to the Truth.
Jesus Christ, “the Word,” was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Jn_1:1-18
New Year’s blessings and Christ’s love to you all!
Today I offer my very warmest blessings and prayers of love and peace to a lost son whose birthday, whose life will never be forgotten. With open arms, you are always welcome home, Carl. Happy Birthday!
December 30, 2020
Pretty much all that we know of the childhood of Jesus comes from two statements in the Gospels. This was the first: “The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.” Lk_2:36-40
That strength and wisdom grew mighty enough for the child Jesus to debate theological subtleties with even the most learned of Jewish religious leaders. The favor of God truly was upon Him.
How much of our own childhoods, beloved, do we even remember? And what of it was significant enough to remember. When we think back on those days, what we do remember, were really some pretty lame events. So OK we’re well beyond those days. But today, or last week, or even last year, what have we done as “wise” adults that merits any significance in God’s eyes? Think about it! Anything? Well, it’s just water under the bridge anyway. But now, let’s make a difference that really is worth remembering for tomorrow.
December 29, 2020
(St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr)
Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. 1_Jn_2:3-11
So, stay faithful to His love and His Command (to love). If we can get rid of all animosity, and judgment, and anger and hatred, beloved, then, we’ll be living in the Kingdom of Jesus’ peace. And it all begins with our own self discipline. Can we control what or how much we eat? There’s a place to start. And when we can control ourselves, we’ll find it much easier to control the evil that comes out through our thoughts and words to others. Imagine a world of peace and unity? It starts with us. Love!
December 28, 2020
(Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs)
When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:
“A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.” Mt_2:13-18
Is there not a special place in our hearts beloved for all those innocents of the past and even today, who died at the hands of the ruthless, the selfish, the ignorant? Whether it’s a two year old child, an unborn fetus or an aged senior, ALL life is valuable, not only in God’s eyes, but in ours as well. Never stop praying for them beloved, that our loving God bless them with eternal life with Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Father. And pray for our consolation too!
December 27, 2020
(Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)
Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted – and you yourself a sword will pierce – so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Lk_2:22-40
Mary and Joseph went to consecrate their first born son to God through offerings at the Temple as was customary for first born sons. They never expected to receive the greetings and prophesies they heard from old Simeon and Anna. It was pleasing, honorable and yet also, pretty scary.
For both prophets seemed to know all about Jesus, past, present and future. And that future seemed pretty ominous, not only for Jesus, but for Mary as well. This little, uniquely blessed, family was about to begin a journey like no one else had ever experienced and like no one ever will.
For this little baby boy was truly the Son of God. And what He was about to do would be unsurpassed for all eternity. He would forgive the world of their sins against God and welcome them as His brothers and sisters – as Children of God!
Maybe our families aren’t that holy. Maybe our families are no where close to perfect. But none of that really matters to God. All that really matters is that we believe in Jesus and take to heart his command to forgive and to love, like Him, even when it hurts. It may not be easy, beloved, but in the end, it’s something we’ll never ever regret. LOVE!
December 26, 2020
(St. Stephen, First Martyr)
Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. . . . he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together. They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Acts_6:8-10;7:54-59
Jesus said, “You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved.” Mt_10:17-22
Out of the crucible comes the purest of souls; hardened, unquenchable, undefiled and by that, saved. Endure, beloved, and live, just like Stephen, just like Jesus!
December 25, 2020
(The Nativity of our Lord, Jesus Christ; Christmas)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. . . .
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. Jn_1:1-18
Today, beloved, we celebrate the birth of this “Word.” And He was named Jesus (God with us, Emmanuel). John the evangelist tells us of His “light,” His “life” and His “glory.” And he tells us how we become “children of God” when we believe in Him.
If today, beloved, was just another day for us. If today was even, just another Sunday, then we’ve missed the point. Yes, on Sundays we celebrate the life Jesus has given us through His paschal mystery. But today we celebrate something even more significant. Today we celebrate the unfathomable LOVE that God has for us in coming to live with us, to suffer with us and like us, and to offer His everything so that we can come to understand that love.
Remember, God didn’t come to fix us. God didn’t come because we needed Him or He needed us. God came out of that pure essence of love. Think about the love that we have for our own children. And then multiply that by a billion. That’s the love God has for us. Every one of us, whether we believe it or not, God loves us, even in our ignorance.
Today we praise God in Jesus Christ. Born in humble circumstances. Born in love, and for love and through love. Jesus is God’s and our greatest love. Happy birthday Jesus!
December 24, 2020
“In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Lk_1:67-79
The day of light is coming, beloved. The bright day when we remember the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Let His light decimate the darkness in your life. Let Him illuminate the path to holiness, the path to salvation. As John the Baptist announced His coming, so our Church, our Mass, our nativity scenes, our Christmas holy songs announce what we celebrate tomorrow. Lift up your heart, beloved, and let his light shine brightly upon you and FROM you as well! Amen, Amen! Christmas blessings, from our family to yours, with health and peace and love!
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One of my Christmas faves . . .
December 23, 2020
(St. John of Kanty, Priest)
After being mocked for their childlessness, in their old age, Elizabeth and Zechariah had a son. . . On the eighth day (those same mocking neighbors came) to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So (still with their mocking attitudes) they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called (knowing that he couldn’t speak). He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Lk_1:57-66
You know, beloved, sometimes we’re much better off keeping these nasty mouths of ours closed. We all have that tendency to judge, to compare, to condemn others. But the Lord tells us to avoid judgment and to love one another instead. Love is the salve that heals the wounds. Love is the lid that keeps our judgmentalism in place. Love can even bring peace and unity where we never imagined it possible. Jesus gave us the example of true love by dying for us even in the midst of our sinfulness. For that we speak only blessing God for all the goodness we’ve been given, even those thorns!
December 22, 2020
Hannah, the mother of Samuel (who would later become a great prophet in Israel), said to the priest Eli, “Pardon, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.” She left Samuel there. 1_Sm_1:24-28
In thanksgiving to the Lord, Hannah offered the very son she prayed for. Like Mary, she knew that this was the greatest offering she could possibly make to the Lord; Mary, her only son, Jesus, and Hannah, her only son Samuel. Samuel went on to serve the Lord in everything he did, while Jesus offered His very life for His Father in order that we might come in union with them both. What are we thankful for this Christmas, beloved? What are we willing to sacrifice for the sake of the Father? He has been so very very generous to us!
December 21, 2020
(St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” Lk_1:39-45
Two miraculous mothers. One, the mother of the messenger and the other, the Mother of the Lord. One, pregnant beyond her birthing years and the other expectant without human seed, but by the Holy Spirit Himself. God truly can do ALL things, beyond human reason, for those who believe, for those who put their full trust in Him. Jesus is our proof. Mary is our inspiration and Elizabeth is our elderly sister – our perfect example of perseverance. Trust in God, beloved. And know that Jesus will be back, especially for YOU!
December 20, 2020
(4th Sunday of Advent, B)
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.” Lk_1:26-38
The trusting innocence of a lover of the Lord. Mary was not unfamiliar with the Lord. She knew His ways. She knew His promises. She obediently accepted whatever His will was. Hmmmm, sounds like something, maybe we all could use a little bit more of, obedient acceptance of God’s will. Come Lord Jesus and help us to be more obediently accepting, as we come to the remembrance of your birth and the anxious anticipation of your return.
December 18, 2020
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, 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. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means “God is with us.” Mt_1:18-25
If I were to tell a very good friend of mine some awesome, new story; a friend who knew me since childhood; a friend with whom I shared all different kinds of life experiences, I wouldn’t have to explain my family history to him. And I wouldn’t have to explain what motivates me, or defend myself in order to make my story any more credible in his eyes, because he would just know. He would know by experience and by instinct exactly where I was coming from.
And, that very same story would be quite different from the one that I would tell to a total stranger.
In the same way, we have two very different narratives of what we might call “The Christmas Story” in our Scriptures.
St. Luke’s story was the one written to the stranger, to the Gentile. And so his story had to be very explanitive, because not all of the Gentiles knew very much about the history of the Jewish nation.
So Luke would start his story, in much the same way that we would read a storybook to our grandchildren; “Once upon a time, in a far away land called Galilee, there was an engaged virgin who had a mystical encounter with an angel of God. And the virgin’s name … was MARY!”
You see, it’s in Luke’s Christmas version that we hear the stories of: the Annunciation, of Mary’s visitation with Elizabeth, of the Magnificat, the miraculous birth of John the Baptist and the Canticle of Zechariah, his father.
Luke tells us about the Holy Family’s arduous journey to Bethlehem, the overcrowded inn, the left-over stable and the manger, and the shepherds’ vision. It clearly represents, way more than half of all the images we have, about the incarnation of our Lord.
It’s a story written to the Stranger.
But then we have that OTHER story. The one written by Matthew. This was an incredibly NEW story that was given to only his very best of friends and relatives, to the Jews. And Matthew knew that this Story would be received with skepticism, with fear of the unbelievers, and yet, also with hope.
You see, Matthew’s Gospel was written to convince the Jews that Jesus truly is their long awaited Messiah. And the Jews knew all the stories, all the history, all the prophesy pertaining to their ancestors. So they didn’t need elaborative descriptions, of people and places. They didn’t need to be awed by miraculous births and angels. They were well familiar with the power, the wisdom and the love of their God.
All Matthew’s story had to do for his friends, was to simply tie all those old stories, all that prophesy into fulfillment in Jesus. Thus, right from the start, Matthew concentrates on Joseph.
Remember Joseph, that second youngest son of Jacob. Joseph, the favorite, Joseph, with the technicolor poncho, Joseph, the dreamer. Joseph, who was rejected by his brothers, and yet, who saved all of Egypt and even his own family from starvation.
Seems, the name Joseph goes along with dreaming and visions and salvation. Those Jews knew Joseph, the dreamer, well. And here was another Joseph with visions and dreams and a promise of salvation.
What a way to spark enthusiasm!
What a way to inspire belief . . .
To take something that we are very familiar with, and to recreate it anew, with an even better purpose:
A baby . . . who is God.
A love for self – into a love for others.
A piece of bread – into a living community, a “Body”.
A cross of death – into a source of life.
A sense of despair – into eternal hope.
Our God, the greatest storyteller who ever existed, is inviting us today and every day, into His pages.
Yes, we’ve heard the story a thousand times, but this time – it’s NEW.
This time, we’ve made the connection.
This time, our dearest of old friends, Jesus, is enchanting us out of the familiar – and into the remarkable.
For out of God’s unfathomable love,
Jesus is with us . . .
Emmanuel . . .
in Our – thoughts,
and in Our – words,
and in Our – hopes and dreams.
-in our very lives!
December 17, 2020
O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!
O Come Lord Jesus! Give us the wisdom of the Holy Spirit within us. Help us to know You in all we think and say and do. Prepare us for your coming, which we look forward to with anxious anticipation. Come Lord Jesus and be with us this day!
December 16, 2020
Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other! By myself I swear, uttering my just decree and my unalterable word: To me every knee shall bend; by me every tongue shall swear, saying, “Only in the LORD are just deeds and power. Is_45:6C-8,18,21C-25
Jesus said, “blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.” Lk_7:18B-23
When we can recognize the omnipotence of the Lord. When we can recognize the blessings possible in honoring, loving and worshiping our One and only God. When we can recognize the love that comes back to us when we do fully embrace the “fear” of the Lord, as one of those Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Then, beloved, we are well on our way to receiving all that He promised. We are well on our way to heaven!
December 15, 2020
I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly, who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD: the remnant of Israel. They shall do no wrong and speak no lies; nor shall there be found in their mouths a deceitful tongue; they shall pasture and couch their flocks with none to disturb them Zep_3:1-2,9-13
Yes, a people humble and lowly. A people who are careful in what they think and say and do. A people with compassion for others. These are the people God seeks to build His kingdom. As foretold in the millennia before Jesus arrived on that cold and humble hay, if our God can come to us in that manner, so can we, beloved, for His sake, endure a little humility and find it in our hearts to love as He does. Blessed be God forever!
December 14, 2020
(St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Balaam the Prophet prophesied, “A star shall advance from Jacob, and a staff shall rise from Israel.” Nm_24:2-7,15-17A
The “Star,” a light to guide all people back to God, with the “Staff” of authority to teach and to preach and to heal. This is our Jesus! When we follow Him, we will not get lost. When we’re obedient to His authority, He will see us through any challenge life presents to us. Believe in Him. Trust in Him. And love . . .
December 13, 2020
3rd Sunday of Advent, B, (Gaudete Sunday)
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil.
May the God of peace make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it. 1_Thes_5:16-24
For THIS is the will of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!!
December 12, 2020
(Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas)
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Lk_1:39-47
Strange but marvelous signs of our God and Mary our Mother . . .
Here’s a link to a video on the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
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And a very informative documentary video:
She IS our Mother,
always pointing us to her Son,
our Lord, Jesus Christ.
December 11, 2020
Jesus said, “wisdom is vindicated by her works.”
Wisdom, how much of it have you seen lately, beloved? With all the corruption that’s gone on in our electoral process, all the absurdity associated with Covid, all the bickering, law suits and tension, and all the media lies we have to sort through, in just trying to find out what’s really happening in the world, what’s happened to the wisdom???
Well, regardless of what our country and world are up to, and regardless of the direction that some of our Church leaders are misleading us into, we do still have the God-given free will to trust in Jesus and Jesus alone. When everything seems to have fallen apart. When everyone seems to have left us. When solitude and masks and Zoom seem to have driven us off the brink, we still have Jesus to count on! Pray, beloved, in the Holy Spirit, for the wisdom of sanity, in a world gone mad. It truly is still there, if we just look deep enough for it.
Blessed be God forever!
And blessed may YOU be
in His Grace and Love, forever!
December 10, 2020
(Our Lady of Loreto)
Jesus said to the crowds:
“Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” Mt_11:11-15
The Old Testament Scriptures prophesied that the Prophet Elijah would return to announce the eminent coming of the Messiah. Jesus informed the crowd that John the Baptist was that messenger. And Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus opened the gates to paradise for us, by reconciling us to God the Father through His blood. It was the ultimate sacrifice in payment for the sins of Adam and all of us. Now, having been washed clean in our Baptisms, we have the informed choice – to accept or reject Jesus’ offer. So pray for one another, beloved, even for those who are still lost. Pray that we may all come to make the RIGHT choice. Choose God!
December 9, 2020
(St. Juan Diego)
Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Mt_11:28-30
Trust in Jesus, beloved, for He is our peace and our rest and our hope!
December 8, 2020
(The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Lk_1:26-38
According to Your word, Lord! Not my will, but Your will be done! It takes a lot of courage, a lot of trust, a lot of faith, beloved, to let go of our will in order that God’s will can be done. And yet, that’s exactly what we were all created for. To glorify God by doing His will and not ours. And so we are, though humbly, we are in league with Mary, in that we have the choice; the choice to live His will instead of ours, the choice to love and forgive and give humbly for the sake of His kingdom, here and now, and forever. Amen
St. Paul says it so much more eloquently: In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.
In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. Eph_1:3-6,11-12
December 7, 2020
(St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; With divine recompense he comes to save you. . . .
A highway will be there, called the holy way; No one unclean may pass over it, nor fools go astray on it. . . . It is for those with a journey to make, and on it the redeemed will walk. Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy; Is_35:1-10
Words of eternal hope, beloved, words to hang upon our mantles, to dangle from our lit up trees, to engrave upon our skin. This is the promise that God made through the prophet Isaiah. A promise made to a people in exile who longed for their return home. A promise made to all humanity longing for their reunion with their Creator, their Lover, their Redeemer.
As we walk this journey of life, as we said yesterday, we walk a preparative route. A route of prayer and giving. A route of repentance and forgiveness. A route of thanksgiving and love. It is the eternal “Way” that Jesus mapped out for us. And only the “prepared” will follow it. Stay close to the center of this road, beloved. Fear the edges, lest we wander from the path. And sing joyfully as we anxiously anticipate the reward awaiting us. A reward only possible with the payment Jesus made for us!
December 6, 2020
(St. Nicholas, Bishop)
2nd Sunday of Advent B
John said to the crowds, “I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mk_1:1-8
While the water washes away all of our sins, the purifying fire of the Holy Spirit cleanses us in totality, in preparation for our coming into the presence of our Lord. “Prepare the way of the Lord,” the prophet Isaiah proclaimed (Is_40:1-5,9-11). We do that through our Baptism, via our Reconciliations and with the purifying fire of the Holy Spirit within us (received at Confirmation).
Just as we prepare for a great sporting event, and just as we prepare for a marriage ceremony, we prepare too, for that “day” when we will meet with Jesus, when this earthly journey is complete and we are ready and anxious to spend our eternity with God. And what a glorious day that will be, beloved. What a wonderful and glorious Day!
December 5, 2020
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” Mt_9:35–10:1-8
“Freely received, freely given.” It’s a good motto to remember. And yet, beloved, there are those things in this life that come at great cost. And those are the ones that are so hard to give up, so hard to relinquish. But God reminds us that even when things come at great cost to us (a job, a project, a child, a home), we are still to remember that they ALL originate from God as well. And in our thanksgiving to Him, we are to always to remember that they can be gone in the blink of an eye as well. Our very being is here on loan from God. We just have to make sure that we make the very best of it that we can, in the uncertain time we have with it all.
Blessed be God forever!
December 4, 2020
(St. John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
The Prophet Isaiah said, “And out of gloom and darkness,
the eyes of the blind shall see.” Is_29:17-24
The Psalmist wrote, “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.”
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Mt_9:27-31
What does it take, beloved, for us to finally be able to see as God sees? Today’s Scriptures are all about seeing. And, you know, sometimes seeing is more that just physical vision. Sometimes seeing comes from the heart and the heart alone. Can we truly see the suffering of our brothers and sisters? Can we truly understand the love that God has for us? Can we love like that? That is where we can all use a little more vision. Understanding that we really are ONE in God’s eyes. No political division, no difference in wealth or poverty. No boundaries, no walls, no cities and countries. We are all ONE body, the human children of God. Let us live it then, and truly see as God sees!
December 3, 2020
(St. Francis Xavier, Priest)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.” Mt_7:21,24-27
So what kind of foundation is your house sitting on, beloved? Is it a foundation built on the sand of material wealth and health and power and greed? Or is it a foundation built on the rock of love and kindness and giving? We may be sitting in our nice secure house reading all the right readings, going to Church, and even volunteering now and again, but if we are not doing those things out of LOVE instead of selfishness, our nice, secure house is really just sitting on a foundation of sand. Jesus wants our love for Him and for others to take priority in our lives. That is the rock foundation that will keep our houses secure even in the midst of calamity!
December 2, 2020
After curing many of the sick among a huge crowd of people, Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” And He fed the multitude. Mt_15:29-37
Everything Jesus did was out of His love for others. He was “moved” with pity for them. Ever been “moved,” beloved, out of love for someone else. Maybe it was a close friend or relative. Maybe it was for masses of people who were struck with disaster (hurricanes, or floods, or fires). Maybe it was even just for all the less fortunate people of society, who suffer from hunger, or oppression, or exile, or joblessness, or loneliness, or loss, or rejection. Or maybe we’re moved to desperation, through the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, for what will become of a nation destined for downfall because of political injustice, the ignorance of the masses and a propaganda based media who feeds those gullible masses with deceit and lies.
Ever feel moved, beloved, to knock over the money changers tables, because it’s just not going the way God would like it to go, the way of common sense, the way of LOVE!
Jesus wants us not to give up on our hope, our love for others, even when the pit is just one step away. Keep on loving, like God, “no matter what!” He is our hope, our nourishment, our healing and our salvation. TRUST in Jesus, and keep on loving!
December 1, 2020
On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious. Is_11:1-10
Jesse was the grandchild of a descendant of Judah by the name of Boaz. It was Boaz, who bore Jesse’s father, Obed, through his union with a Moabite widow named Ruth (a Gentile). Of course we know, through Matthew’s genealogy, that Jesse was the father of King David (of the David and Goliath fame). And David, of course, was the distant ancestor of Jesus (born of the Holy Spirit and a human linkage to the Blessed Virgin Mary). Thus, this “root” of Jesse, the product of unprecedented unions, as is the root of Jesus, led to unimaginable salvation, both for the Jews through David and the Gentiles through Jesus. And THERE is our hope, beloved!
It is IN that hope, that we are granted salvation: the salvation of dwelling within the glorious union of God and mankind. And not just for the flicker of the lifetime of our mortal beings, but for the eternity of a blessed dwelling with God!
A Glorious and blessed dwelling!
Happy December, beloved!
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