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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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June 30, 2020
Jesus said to His disciples, who were cowering in the boat over a raging tempest, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. Mt_8:23-27
What are we cowering from, beloved? It is an invisible virus? Is it a world gone mad? Is it the feeling of rejection from lost: loved ones, jobs, hope? Jesus asks us today, Where is your faith? Do you not believe that God will take care of you through it all? He WILL! So flush those fears from your lives. Cheer up. And know that Jesus has and will continue to take care of you. Trust in Him, and a sunny day will surely be in the forecast. You ARE loved – take comfort in that! And Believe!
June 29, 2020
(Ss. Peter and Paul Apostles)
Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.” Mt_16:13-19
Peter knew. And Paul knew, though it took a little more effort on the part of Jesus in his case, that Jesus, the “Son of Man” is the Christ, the promised one, the redeemer, the Son of God. If we really don’t believe that, beloved, there is not much anyone can say to us that could change our minds. But when His light shines in our hearts, when that transformation occurs in our lives – it’s not the words of man that got us there (though they may have helped), it is God Himself who has led us there! Trust in God, beloved. Listen for HIS Word. And then follow. He can only lead us to something better!
June 28, 2020
(13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, A)
Brothers and sisters: Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. Rom_6:3-4,8-11
In order to get from one room to another we generally walk through a doorway. That doorway is lower than the ceiling of our room. It is tighter than the spaciousness of our room. But it’s also very narrow. So you don’t really have to be IN that doorway very long, before you’re on the other side.
If you’ve never been through a doorway, it might seem scary, ominous and foreboding. Now, we might liken a doorway to death. Death is something we’ve never done. And yet from our room’s viewpoint, we have no idea what’s on the other side. We’ve seen friend after friend pass through it, never to be seen again. Some pass through quickly and they’re gone, while for others it may be a long and difficult process with suffering and pain.
We can read all kinds of books giving their theories and supernatural experiences about death and the “room or rooms” on the other side. But the very best reference to death we have, and the life thereafter, can only come from the One who personally passed through that doorway Himself and came back to tell the Truth about it all.
His name is Jesus. And Jesus not only told us before passing through a horrific, suffering death, but He told us after returning, how we could best pass through it ourselves.
Jesus said to his apostles: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Mt_10:37-42
So in order to prepare for our passing through that doorway of death, we must first LOVE Jesus. We must love Him more than anything or anyone else in this whole world (our room). And then we have to count our “home” not as THIS room, this life, but as the next.
The next will be better. Then next will be with the one we love most, Jesus. The next will be in reunion with all who have passed through that doorway before us. The next will be more perfect than anything we’ve ever experienced in this beautiful, but imperfect room of life we’re living.
It is our GRAND Hope! But not even our hope. When we believe Jesus, when we love Jesus, when we trust that what He said is absolutely true, then Eternal, Heavenly Life is a given. All we have to do is pass through that doorway! And death will no longer have any dreadful connotations in our thoughts! It’s just another doorway. And we’ve ‘been there and done that’ before. So many doorways. What a glorious concept (FACT), when death no longer has that ominous stranglehold on us! Praise be to Jesus for showing us the way, and the truth, and the life that awaits us all – when we believe, when we love!!!
June 27, 2020
When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. . . .
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.” . . . And Jesus said to the centurion, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour his servant was healed. Mt_8:5-17
The strength, the power, the miraculous possibilities when we have faith! Believe that Jesus is here with us now, beloved, and that He has the power to answer whatever we pray for. His ‘will’ be done – as we have believed!
June 26, 2020
When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Mt_8:1-4
Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.
Stressed? Tired of all this evil? Not finding a single soul you can confide in? Someone who can see the “whole” picture. The picture of how wrong everything is that’s going on, because of the lies and the twisted agendas of our ‘lost world,’ who believe it all. Well, you’re not alone! Be cautious of what you read and believe, beloved. Much of it is not truth. But the true answers are obvious in our Scriptures.
If you’re staying close to Jesus, if you’re allowing His willingness to heal you, if you’re keeping as safe as YOU can, despite all the doom and gloom, He will give you His peace and healing. Don’t allow them to convince you that you’re the one who is evil. We’ve been down this road time after time in the past. WE are NOT the evil ones! Believe that. And know that Jesus will heal our world, beginning with us! Love, and know that YOU are Loved, despite the lies to the contrary! You are not alone! The peace and love of Christ is in you. And together we are ONE!
June 25, 2020
Jesus said, “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. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” Mt_7:21-29
Find Jesus. Listen to Him. And then Act on those words. It’s not only what we profess, but how we live those words ourselves. Jesus teaches us to love and tell. We need to build our own houses on the rock foundation of Jesus’ words – love. And then we share those homes (that love) with those in need. When we do this, beloved, we will have a secure home with God forever!
June 24, 2020
(The Nativity of St. John the Baptist)
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! Is_49:1-6
GLORIOUSLY was John created in Elizabeth’s womb. For God had loved him before he was even conceived. And we can say the same for every one of us, beloved. We have been conceived out of the glorious love of God and our parents.
Now, maybe those parents didn’t really know what they were doing when they raised us. And maybe everything they did was not exactly according to God’s, or our liking. But if our parents relied upon God to train them in the ways of child-bearing, to strengthen them in the challenges of such an important task, and to teach them patience, then we are fortunate enough to have some pretty awesome parents. Not only our human, fleshly parents, but unquestionably, our Spiritual ones – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
No matter where we stand as children of parents and children of God, we always have God to support us in raising our own children and grandchildren. John the Baptist may never have had the recourse to raise children of his own, but he surely inspired many a new parent in an extraordinary love for God and a firm trust in His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, Savior of us all!
I give thanks every day for God’s glorious gift of our children. Like us or not, we will love them forever!!!
June 23, 2020
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets. Mt_7:6,12-14
After just hearing about not being judgmental yesterday, today we’re told not to share God’s holiness with dogs or swine. So, who are these dogs and swine? And how do we know they’re dogs or swine unless we judge them? And what about all that talk about God’s love and how we should love everyone, even our enemies? And didn’t Jesus share the “Good News” of God’s love with everyone, even those Pharisees who would eventually have Him killed?
Well, I guess the point is, that if someone is professing hatred and murder and all kinds of evil, it’s not really smart to try to convert them, because they’ll just throw your goodness back in your face along with all their hatred and murder and evil besides! Those are the swine and the dogs. And we don’t really have to judge them, they’ve already done it for themselves. So, in those cases we just have to be careful and discerning.
And yet, on the other hand we also don’t have to hate them back because of their state of being lost. Instead, with that ‘love for enemies’ virtue, we can pray for them without incurring their wrath upon us. God will do whatever needs to be done when we simply plant His seeds. And those seeds could be prayer as well as verbal evangelization or righteous and joyful modeling.
Jesus said, “Do unto others what we we would have them do unto us.” This is God’s, Jesus’ law of love! And this is our calling and our responsibility, just as it was the Prophets!
June 22, 2020
(Ss, Paulinus of Nola, Bishop; John Fisher, Bishop and Martyr; and Thomas More, Martyr)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.” Mt_7:1-5
In a world of judgment and judgmentalism, we find the peace of not doing so. We find the joy of “letting bygones be bygones” and moving on with our own lives. And yet, we also find ourselves constantly judged by others: too young, too old, too white, too black, not fit, too fit, clean, dirty, rich, poor. Seems we’re never good enough for someone or other. But, when we can learn to let it all go for the glory of God. Let them say what they will, and just be thankful for what we’ve got or even what we don’t. Then, instead of judging, we’ll pray for them and hope that someday they won’t get their just or deserving recompense, as the Scriptures tell us. And if we don’t, we just might all end up blind, mindless and speechless. Praise be to God for Thanksgiving, the cure for judgmentalism.
June 21, 2020
(12th Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus said, “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.” Mt_10:26-33
We are God’s children. Jesus is our brother and our God and Savior as well. We love all! Happy Father’s Day, Abba! And, thank you Jesus, together with the Holy Spirit!
June 20, 2020
(Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Having lost track of where their son Jesus was . . . When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; Lk_2:41-51
Ever run into those people, beloved, who just don’t seem to understand you. I think every child who’s ever lived with parents discovers this. And actually their parents probably feel the same way. But there is a built in hierarchy of respect and responsibility in all parent-child relationships, and Jesus fully understood this. Regardless if Mary and Joseph understood Him or not, Jesus knew that He was responsible to them. And He, even though He was God, chose to step down to live that responsibility, to give that respect to His parents. And we have to live the same respect with our bosses, our government, and even our neighbors. Sometimes we just have to step down from ourselves and live the lives God has blessed us with!
June 19, 2020
(Most Sacred Heart of Jesus)
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
This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. 1_Jn_4:7-16
It’s all about love.
Happy Anniversary to my dearest beloved!!
June 18, 2020
Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Mt_6:7-15
All we have to do is convince ourselves!
June 17, 2020
Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.” Mt_6:1-6,16-18
BECAUSE . . . ???
Because that’s called “Pride.” And thus, what you did was not done out of love for others, but love for yourself, out of greed.
“So, be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” And love for the sake of loving others!
June 16, 2020
Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father,” Mt_5:43-48
Continuing on His theme of the true meaning of Love in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus today goes one step further than his reprimand for revenge yesterday. Love means, not only forgiving and giving (even when not asked for), but it means “loving” those who despise you, those who hurt you, those whom you might even consider your enemies!
Was Jesus using a hyperbole in saying this? Some contend that this surely must have been the case. But, just look at it. Jesus wanted His disciples, actually everyone, to be at peace within themselves and the world they live in. And what is the primary peace destroyer? Hatred! If we live a life feeling that everyone is our enemy. Then our natural instinct is to hate them back (it’s the old revenge thing.) And there goes our peace!
But if we can convince ourselves that I CAN forgive him in my heart, I can love him anyway and let go of all that animosity, then THERE’s our peace. Sure they can go on believing that we are their enemies, but they don’t really have to be our enemies – that side of it is OUR choice. And in that Choice is our resolve. There is our peace – just as Jesus told us! And isn’t that a whole lot more beautiful than living in stress and hatred and anger!!! LOVE!
June 15, 2020
Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said,
‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.” Mt_5:38-42
Moral Theology 101: Thou shalt not take revenge! We live in a world, beloved, where that level of morality is totally forgotten. From the age of the youngest TV audience, we are taught to poke that eye and smash that tooth. But not even just equivalent revenge, let’s make it 4X worse. And as we age, the examples in the movies and, let’s bring it to reality, in the media, in our world politics and wars and streets are overabundant. Everything is about “getting back.” How often do we hear of someone doing something good for others? Not that it’s never done, but it certainly is more rare, or at least much less publicized than the opposite.
Jesus is prompting us to move over to the side of Goodness. Don’t let the evil doers change you into one yourself. Turn the other cheek. Forgive and give, even when it’s not asked for. And, you know who the winner will be, beloved, YOU!
June 14, 2020
(Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi)
St. Paul wrote, “Brothers and sisters: The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body,
for we all partake of the one loaf.” 1_Cor_10:16-17
There, IS the unity of the Christian Family, the Body and Blood of Christ, living within ALL of us! For . . .
Jesus said to the Jewish crowds: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” . . . “Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” Jn_6:51-58
Food! We can’t live without it, and yet we struggle with not having too much, with having the right kinds, with not poisoning ourselves, with not becoming too addicted to it. The “food” that Jesus gives us, though, doesn’t weigh us down. Instead, it lifts us up. It heals us and it binds us to one another. It truly is the Food of life – the bread and the wine, the Body and Blood that makes us whole – That’s our Jesus – always looking after us!
June 13, 2020
(St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
Anything more is from the Evil One.” Mt_5:33-37
That’s a pretty heavy one, beloved. How many yeses do we say that have hidden escape clauses? We put them in our marriages. We put them in our insurance policies. We put them in our car warranties, our jobs. They’re just about everywhere (‘except if…’). And we can almost say the same thing about our nos. Jesus is simply prompting us today to be honest with one another. Because anything else will always lead to the rupture of relationships. And that’s exactly what the “Evil One” is seeking!
Now this is going backwards, but yesterday’s Gospel struck a chord with me when I heard it in our morning Mass. Can you see it?
Jesus said, “if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.” Mt_5:27-32
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.” Jn_11:49-50
Jesus and the Pharisees were both looking at the same picture, but on very different scales. The Pharisees were concentrating on the temporal scale. The scale of self preservation, of body and now, of nation and not world. While Jesus was looking at the eternal scale, the scale of endless time, the scale of all creation, the whole world.
Caiaphas saw Jesus as the threat. And yet, for Caiaphas, Jesus would also serve as the means of their temporal salvation. Jesus saw the threat, not as a person, but as sin, with again, Himself as our salvation from that sin.
Jesus taught us that temptation to sin is not something we have a whole lot of control over, just as the Pharisees had very little control over the Romans. But Jesus IS the answer to our temptations. He is our strength, when we believe. And He gives us reason to believe. We believe because we understand, we know, that we have a higher calling, an eternal calling. BY the death of that one Man, we HAVE been saved. We will not perish. (Sin has been cut OFF from us for the salvation of the body.) But it’s not just our survival of the temporal battle. It is our survival of the whole war! Jesus has won that war for us. All we need do is believe and follow!
June 12, 2020
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?” He replied, “I have been most zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. But the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to the sword. I alone am left, and they seek to take my life.” 1_Kgs_19:9a,11-16
Recognize this quote, beloved? It’s the continuation of our webpage theme story of Elijah and the “whispering wind.” The wind that whispers and nobody hears.
Funny, lately, in exacerbation of the last three months of solitude and loneliness, in a world crazed by invisible or made up terrors, I’m finding too many unanswered emails, or phone calls that never make their connection and when they do, the party on the other side can’t seem to hear a word I say. I feel like the “invisible man!” And yet, my family and friends are dying away, I’ve been rejected, not only job after job, but even, now, from my volunteer jobs. And I know that all of you are in exactly the same boat.
And God says, “Why are you here, Joe and Bill and Susie and Tara” hiding in this cave?
Because they’re trying to take our lives too.
We’re all that’s left of a dying generation.
A generation who loves.
A generation who sees the absurdity of it all.
A generation who just wants to meet with God, finally, face-to-face, forever!
So, go then, beloved! Fly across the skies. Explore the depths of true life. Bring cheer to the downtrodden. Forewarn the evildoers. And give thanks that we are even able to think of the Glories of God, let alone experience them. And the Glories of God WILL BE ours, now and forever! Praise Jesus! And carry on…
June 11, 2020
(St. Barnabas, Apostle)
In those days a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. Acts_11:21b-26;13:1-3
Yes, this Barnabas was, as his name implied, “a Son of Encouragement.” And that encouragement led to many new believers as well as encouraging the weary. How encouraging are we, beloved? Would someone want to become a Christian because of knowing us? It doesn’t always take that perfect personality or that magnetic charisma. All it takes is truth in compassion and our conscientious, unwavering faith in Jesus. As Jesus tells us, ‘They will know us by our love!’ Jn_13:35 And by that Love, they will follow!
June 10, 2020
Jesus said, “whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” Mt_5:17-19
How often in life do we find that the ‘old’ rules are lost or forgotten, only to be replaced with new, watered down rules that do nothing to improve our lives, rather degrade them.
Jesus taught us that the old rules (the Commandments) could be most simply explained through love. We respect God because we love Him. We respect our parents, because we love them. We respect our neighbors because we even love them too. And we respect our possessions, and those of others, not because we love those possessions, but because we know that they are all gifts from God and from others, to us, out of their love for us (even if we thought we earned them ourselves).
This does not water down any of the detailed Commandments that God gave to us through Moses. Rather it helps us to understand those commandments from a whole new point of view. They are not those nasty orders that we hate receiving, because we just don’t like others telling us what to do. They are instead, “complementary enlightenments,” lights along the path of love, that bring us ALL the JOY God wants us to have in our own lives. Follow, and you will be living in His Kingdom, now and forever! What better instruction, what better commandment, what better Gift could we possibly be given!
June 9, 2020
(St. Ephrem, Deacon and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” Mt_5:13-16
And in honor of Jesus, our Father and St. Ephrem, we sing: “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!!!!”
. . . because, it is the light of Jesus, it is the light of the Holy Spirit and it shines, all to the Glory of God.
Thank you Jesus for opening our eyes to see the light within us. And instead of hiding it or hoarding it or wasting it, we let it shine for a world so in need of YOUR light and hope!
June 8, 2020
– “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
– Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
– Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
– Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” Mt_5:1-12
So stay clean, beloved. Strive for peace where hatred and discord prevail. Recognize that in striving for that peace you just may be persecuted because you’re not following the crowd, because you’re not believing everything you see and hear propagandized by the media, and because you DO have a higher calling, a higher Master – God our Father, Jesus our brother and the internal strength given us by the Holy Spirit.
Rejoice! For your reward will be much much more than this world can ever offer you . . . Heaven!
June 7, 2020
Brothers and sisters, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. 2_Cor_13:11-13
So, what is so hard about this, beloved?
Trinity is all about relationships. God is trying to teach us that Good Ones are possible. All we have to do is follow!
And shaking a stick, a placard or a gun is not
June 6, 2020
Beloved: I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. 2_Tm_4:1-8
God help us!
June 5, 2020
(St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2_Tm_3:10-17
Well, you know, no one likes to be told what they have to do, whether it’s for the good of the world, or the nation, or your business, or even for your own good. So how do we learn what’s good for us and what’s not? St. Paul tells Timothy and us today in this one liner above. GO to the Scriptures. By seeing what happens to others when they cross over the line of moral righteousness, we learn that maybe that’s just not something I want to do either.
We see the rewards for doing good versus the consequences of not. We see the value of goodness through example and in teachings. We see commandments and the failure to live by them. We see Beatitudes and the rewards of their basic premise of Love. We see injustice and the Heavenly reward of perseverance and faithfulness despite it – even unto death. And all of this is written in our hearts besides in the Scriptures. All it takes is a little initiative to READ.
No one is going to force us. Yet, within that “library of books,” the Bible, we find all kinds of readings – from mystery to drama, from poetry to history, from wisdom to miracles. It’s all there to ‘wet the whistle’ of anyone who would dare to discover its beauty! AND, to create a world of more compassion, less judgment and more love for God, for Jesus and for our neighbor (not excluding our most holy, Holy Spirit).
If you haven’t, beloved, try dipping your toes into the Scriptures. You certainly will not regret it! And Jesus will be there for you with every word (pronounceable or not).
Peace and blessings, in Christ.
June 4, 2020
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mk_12:28-34
NUMBER 1 – LOVE GOD!
Then . . .
Love your neighbor – AS you love yourself.
The Chinese man, the African, the Indian, the European, the Muslim, the Elderly, the child, the poor, the rich, the powerful and the meek – we are to love them all – AS ourselves! That means there is no more room for killing the unarmed than there is for killing the helpless unborn! There is no more room for excusing injustice than there is for causing injustice by your own selfish political agendas. We are to look inside first, dear ones. And there, if we don’t find the love of God – our love for God, nothing else really matters, no matter who you think you are! Jesus came to save souls and it all begins inside! God loves you, even if you don’t yet realize it – Love Him back!
What do you believe, beloved?
June 3, 2020
(Ss. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs)
St. Paul wrote to his disciple, Timothy, “I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,” 2_Tm_1:1-3,6-12
. . . For that testimony may lead to discontent, to persecution and even to death – as it did for the Ugandan faithful in a time of heinous and sinful leadership in 1886, and throughout the ages. Be strong beloved, even in our own time, when the world seems to have fallen off the edge. The Lord is still and always with us!
June 2, 2020
(Ss. Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs)
Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech. They came and said to him, . . . Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? . . . Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Mk_12:13-17
Caesar created the money and everything it entails. God created us and everything we entail. So we repay ourselves back to God. He will take care of seeing that we have everything we need. So fear not the sword of Caesar. God’s rewards far outweigh even the worst Caesar can do to us. He is our Hope and our Salvation. Jesus “paid the piper” and WE are the purchase!
June 1, 2020
(St. Justin Martyr)
(Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church)
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. Jn_19:25-34
Figuratively, symbolically, we are that “beloved disciple,” brothers and sisters in Christ. We are the Church whom Jesus instituted at that very moment. And our Mother is His Mother. We are invited to take her into our homes! To fall in love with her as not only the Mother of Jesus but our conduit to Him. In Mary’s love we have access to her Son. And she loves us with an unparalleled love, BECAUSE we love her Son. We are His Church. And Mary is the Mother of that Church.
Come Holy Spirit!
Enkindle in us the fire of your Love!
Happy June, 2020, beloved!
God’s blessings always!
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