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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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May 31, 2020
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts_2:1-11
Fire, Wind and Tongues. It was quite an experience. They were forewarned by Jesus. And they were anxiously awaiting this moment. What would happen? Who was this Holy Spirit? How would the world be changed from that moment on?
And it surely was changed! The Holy Spirit’s FIRE burned away all the impurities in their souls. Burned away all their inhibitions. Burned away all their fears. Now they were truly free! Free to preach and to call and to love – even their enemies.
The Holy Spirit blew them away with his mighty wind. Away from all that they thought was the most important things in the world, in their lives. And He strengthened them to live only the TRUTH of Jesus. That Truth that said that God loves them no matter what!
What better “Good News” could there possibly be, beloved! If God loves us that much, then nothing and no one can stand in our way. In our way from loving everything and everyone! We become one with God, just as Jesus wanted, when we allow the Holy Spirit of Pentecost to infuse our souls with His Gifts, with His love!
And in the process we lose control of our tongues. No more useless chatter. Only praise and prayer and affection toward the One and only God, who lives and reigns in every one of us. What a blessing is this Mighty Holy Spirit! What LOVE!
May 30, 2020
John the Evangelist wrote, There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written. Jn_21:20-25
We could probably say that much today, about all the books that have been written concerning the things Jesus said and did and promised. But not only books. We can be inundated with songs and videos and movies, with shrines and Churches, and people who have dedicated their lives to loving and sharing the Love of Jesus with the world.
And this is exactly what Jesus wanted. Not politics and more laws and more rules and social distancing and lock downs. Jesus was all about love and justice and reason and truth. Something sorely lacking in today’s world. But He was also about hope! And in the midst of all our UN-reason, we can still cling to that hope. The hope of LOVE returning again, one day! The Hope of Jesus!
May 29, 2020
Jesus said to Peter, “Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jn_21:15-19
Ponder that one, beloved!
And how far in do we have to go before we can go home?
May 28, 2020
Jesus continued His prayer for His disciples to His Father saying, “Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.” Jn_17:20-26
A pure prayer of Love and Unity! We, beloved, can make it our prayer as well – for all those in our families, for all those in our neighborhoods, for all those in our communities, for all those in our countries, for all those in our separated and divided world. We pray for unity, in LOVE, in Christ!
May 27, 2020
(St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop)
Continuing His prayer to the Father, Jesus interceded for His disciples saying, “I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.” Jn_17:11b-19
Our sojourn through a hostile and foreign land, is this world. We no longer belong here than Jesus did. But He DID come to gather us together, to teach us that “Truth,” and to bring us hope for our true HOME. Bear with it, beloved, and our reckoning will come. Jesus is waiting for us with open arms!
May 26, 2020
(St. Philip Neri, Priest)
Jesus prayed to His Father for His disciples, saying, “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.
And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.” Jn_17:1-11a
This was the farewell discourse of Jesus in John’s Gospel. Following the Last Supper, Jesus, in the presence of His Apostles, was showing them how to pray. And that prayer was for them. He had completed His mission and was now placing Himself in the hands of the “world.” And that world was a nasty place, just as it often is today. As His disciples, we too have to deal with that nasty world. But we know that He is here to support us, to pray for us and to love us, unconditionally, just as He did for His Apostles. THAT is the balm that soothes our journey. And that is the promise that brings us HOPE.
May 25, 2020
(St. Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to His disciples, “In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world.” Jn_16:29-33
One to memorize! TAKE COURAGE! For Jesus has conquered the world. Every disappointment, every failure, every battle, every loneliness, every persecution, every hopeless moment – JESUS has conquered. Take courage beloved! Jesus is with us, now and forever!
May 24, 2020
(The Ascension of the Lord – 7th Sunday A)
Jesus said to His apostles, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” Acts_1:1-11
A Gift, a Mission and a Promise.
Jesus gifted the Apostles with His Holy Spirit, to be with them always. The Spirit who would give them wisdom, who would give them courage and right judgment. The Spirit who would make them fearless to opposition, because they would know that not even death could stop their mission.
And that mission was to let as many people as possible know the great love of God for them. To let them know what Jesus had done, had sacrificed, in order to save them. And to bring them into the fold of His followers.
Jesus then also gave them and us a promise. And that promise was that He would come back again to gather all His faithful in unity into His Kingdom forever. Not only are we saved in this world, but we are offered a beatific vision of the next. All for keeping our faith in Him! Alleluia, Alleluia!
Happy and blessed birthday wishes for our dear, and incredibly loved daughter, Gina!
May 23, 2020
Jesus instructed His disciples and us, saying, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. . . .
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have come to believe that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” Jn_16:23b-28
This is why, beloved, we always pray to the Father through Jesus, in His Name. Jesus is the conduit to the Father. Without Him there is no connection. And with Him that connection is made through love. We must love Jesus and the Father and our neighbor. And then we ask!
May 22, 2020
(St. Rita of Cascia)
Interesting comparison here to a similar mob mentality in the handing-over of Jesus . . .
When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews rose up together against Paul and brought him to the tribunal, saying, “This man is inducing people to worship God contrary to the law.”
When Paul was about to reply, Gallio spoke to the Jews, “If it were a matter of some crime or malicious fraud, I should with reason hear the complaint of you Jews; but since it is a question of arguments over doctrine and titles and your own law, see to it yourselves. I do not wish to be a judge of such matters.” And he drove them away from the tribunal.
They all seized Sosthenes, the synagogue official, and beat him in full view of the tribunal. But none of this was of concern to Gallio. Acts_18:9-1
______ in comparison to _____
They brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium. . . . So Pilate came out to them and said, “What charge do you bring [against] this man?” They answered and said to him, “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” At this, Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”
The Jews answered him, “We do not have the right to execute anyone,” in order that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled that he said indicating the kind of death he would die.
(At this point Gallio simply kicked them out, whereas Pilate drew battle lines and began to dig in for the long haul, looking for a way out when there really was none. He lost the moment he succumbed to their authority over him.)
So Pilate went back into the praetorium and summoned Jesus and (interrogated Him) . . . When Jesus was finished, Pilate again went out to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in him.” And they responded . . . Jn_18:28-38
And Pilate’s battle was lost!
Now I’m sure the two situations were much more complicated that this seems. But when it is the will of God that such and such an event (in this case, the crucifixion of Jesus) was going to occur, it really didn’t matter how much Pilate tried to release Jesus, the event was going to occur regardless.
Sometimes, we just have to step back from the battle, beloved, and ask what God’s will, in our lives, really is. Are we “fighting God” for the sake of OUR will? Or are we working with what we have left in order to overcome or lessen the pain of the inevitable?
When we trust in Him (as St. Rita did), He will see us through!
May 21, 2020
Ascension Thursday (transferred to Sunday)
Jesus said to His disciples, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” Jn_16:16-20
Jesus repeatedly told His disciples exactly what was going to happen. Sometimes it was in parables. Sometimes it was in riddles. And sometimes it was exactly as it would occur. But the disciples were lost in their own confusion. It just didn’t make any sense. If Jesus was the Christ, the Savior, how could he possibly leave them, at least without something major happening first. And the something major just couldn’t be His own death. . . Or could it?
How could they ever be saved if He wasn’t there to save them? Well, time will tell, as we NOW, well know. The world may have rejoiced in His death, but the disciples surely grieved. They did not yet, understand that it was not over! The best was yet to come.
And it would come in a Resurrection. And it would come in an Ascension. And it would come in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to be with them forever! As close as their own breath, the Spirit would breath on them and in them and with them and through them. All they need do was recognize that presence. And in that recognition, to TRUST in the Lord to constantly save them. And that He did! And that He still does – for every one of us, beloved.
He IS our salvation!
May 20, 2020
(St. Bernardine of Siena, Priest)
St. Paul said, “The God who made the world and all that is in it, the Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands because he needs anything. Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.”
“He made from one the whole human race to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions, so that people might seek God, even perhaps grope for him and find him, though indeed he is not far from any one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being,’” Acts_17:15,22-18:1
. . . And without Him we would not be! If we could only – all understand that. If we could all recognize our deep dependence on God. If we could rely on Him, on Jesus, through the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, then life would be so very much more magnificent. For it already is! We just don’t all see it!
St. Bernardine wrote:
Jesus, Name full of glory, grace, love and strength!
You are the refuge of those who repent,
our banner of warfare in this life,
the medicine of souls,
the comfort of those who morn,
the delight of those who believe,
the light of those who preach the true faith,
the wages of those who toil,
the healing of the sick.
To you our devotion aspires;
by you our prayers are received;
we delight in contemplating you.
O Name of Jesus,
you are the glory of all the saints for eternity.
May 19, 2020
In prison, about midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened, there was suddenly such a severe earthquake that the foundations of the jail shook; all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose. Acts_16:22-34
What’s imprisoning us, beloved? Is it an addiction, a bad habit, the grief of a lost loved one or a job? Was it some sort of violence done to us or someone we love. Is it a demon, or money, or politics possessed employer, pounding on us with every other breath? Is it an unseen or deadly virus that we just can’t get our heads wrapped around to justify all the additional evil that we have done to ourselves (justifiably or unjustifiably)? What is it that’s holding us in chains, in a dark and dingy dungeon, beloved?
Paul and Silas were in just such a state. They were being pulled into the paradise of God’s kingdom, while at the same time, crushed under the feet of the Romans and their own religious leaders. And yet they SANG! Having just been beaten with rods and dashed into the deepest, darkest bowels of the prison, Paul and Silas SANG!
No chains could hold back their JOY! Jesus is alive! And the Holy Spirit is here to save us. Trust in Him, beloved. Let Him unbind those chains of ours, rattling them off like an earthquake, so that we may see the Good in life rather than the evil. We are FREE! And Jesus came to make it so! Trust in Him. Have no fear. And let those chains go!
May 18, 2020
(St. John I, Pope and Martyr)
Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.” Jn_15:26-16:4a
The Holy Spirit is OUR advocate! Jesus sent us this ‘lifebuoy’ to keep us afloat when the world or Satan wants to pull us under. Rely on Him, beloved (both Jesus and the Holy Spirit). Does everything seem to be crashing in on us? Call on the Holy Spirit. He will lift you up and bring new hope to a hopeless life. “Jesus came that we might have life.” All we need do is follow!
May 17, 2020
(Sixth Sunday of Easter, A)
It is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. 1_Pt 3:15-18
Ever suffer for doing good, beloved? Seems to be the story of my life. But I’m sure I’m not alone. The philosophers will tell us that “Oh it’s good for you. It helps you build character.” Actually it helps us build a shell of distrust. And it can even trick us into not wanting to do good any more. But there’s the ruse of it. There’s the hand of Satan pulling us away from our God. Recognize that, beloved. And never let him get a stranglehold on you.
Yes, people will persecute the “good,” out of jealousy, out of their hunger for power, out of stupidity. But we must never let it get the best of us. It all gets down to that same quote we’ve been repeating over and over again – “God loves us no matter what.” It’s the Gospel, Good News.
So what if some people are just plain stupid. We’re better than that. We are “Children of God.” And no fool will ever make a fool out of us in God’s eyes! Jesus is our proof!
May 16, 2020
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song. Ps_100
In the midst of all the suffering. In the midst of the bitterness and anger. In the midst of the craziness, the Lord our God still loves us no matter what! What better reason to sing for joy!
May 15, 2020
(St. Isidore, Farmer)
Jesus said to His disciples “I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.” Jn_15:12-17
It was not a gentle nudge. It was not a kind suggestion. It was not a reprimand. It WAS a COMMAND. Jesus told them, in no uncertain terms that this was out of their control. It was purely in God’s hands, just as His whole life was in God, His Father’s, hands.
If we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we MUST follow His Command. And this was it! LOVE one another. Love so much that it hurts. Love, just as God loves us – smaller than an ant to an elephant. Smaller than a mite to a whale. As insignificant as a neutron to the universe – God still loves us. So the least we can do is love one another. But it’s not our choice. God chose us to love, just as Jesus chose His disciples. Now, our ONLY option is to obey. LOVE!
May 14, 2020
(St. Matthias, Apostle)
Jesus said, “This is my commandment:
love one another as I love you.”
May 13, 2020
(Our Lady of Fatima)
Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Jn_15:1-8
Not only beneficial –
but ESSENTIAL to LIFE!
May 12, 2020
(Ss. Nereus and Achilleus, Martyrs)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” Jn_14:27-31a
. . . For ALL this will pass, and the peace of Jesus will be with everyone – who believes!
May 11, 2020
Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” Jn_14:21-26
Imagine a well on top of a green grassed hill, in the middle of a hot, dry, dusty desert. It would just be – so hard to believe. After hundreds of miles of nothing but sand and sun, there it was, WATER! My camels and my family and I can live another day!
He told me that if I followed His directions it would be! And there it is! And what were those directions? To unwaveringly believe in Him. To love like no one ever loved me – at least that I knew of. And to obey every direction, no matter how crazy it may have seemed.
This I did. And it never seemed to come. The heat, the bugs, the snakes, the virus, “downsizing,” “social distancing,” it was all evil in His book. But He promised! And like the humble fool that I am, I did, I obediently followed – EVERY direction. Every valley of sand, every mountain of sand, nothing but sand. And yet, I knew there had to be more. This vision was really good, but there had to be even more! He Promised!
Maybe if I took just a short break there at that well. Maybe if I peered deep into that hole. Maybe if I truly believed, and crossed One – More – Hill. There it would be, paradise. “The Father is in the Son and the Son is in the Father” He said. He really is there, deep in that well! Look and Know, beloved, just one more hill . . .
. . . to paradise!
And never give up!
May 10, 2020
(Fifth Sunday of Easter, A)
Beloved: Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and, like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1_Pt_2:4-9
Ever feel rejected, beloved? Rejected by family, rejected by employer, rejected even by the church you devoted your entire life to? Well, Jesus was rejected as well. But it was not a rejection by the most important One of all – God the Father. That rejection was merely caused by mindless or selfish human beings.
God loves us no matter what we did or didn’t do. No matter how cool or ugly we look. No matter who wants to make absolutely sure that they are the only ones in the highlight (not that we were ever, even seeking that highlight). No matter what, GOD LOVES US!
So, beloved, let not – those human rejections, whether those people realized the pain they caused or not, do not let those rejections affect your joy. Because that JOY comes from our God and our God alone: Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit. Yes, human relationships are important. But nothing compares to our God! He is our immovable Rock! Keep Him in the center of your hearts and lives, and nothing will disturb you – even the silliness or contrived agenda of a twisted and deprived world. And in the process YOU will be that “living stone” for Jesus, bringing God’s joy into your world!
May our Loving God bless you always
with His Joy – in Jesus’ Name, amen!
May 9, 2020
Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jn_14:1-6
Have you prayed lately, beloved? Has your prayer been to the Father, and did you let Him know that it is through Jesus that you are praying. Jesus let Thomas and us know that NO ONE comes to the Father except through Him. When we pray, we should always pray to the Father. We can ask the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We can ask the Blessed Virgin’s intercession, but we must always include Jesus, because it is only through Jesus that the Father hears us! Blessed be God forever! In Jesus’ Name we pray!
May 8, 2020
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.” Jn_14:1-6
Homeless? Jobless? Lonely? Fearful? Jesus has the answer for it all. “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Faith is the answer. Jesus showed us the way. He is with us here and now and everywhere we go. And when this is all done with, He has a new place for us. A place especially prepared just for us! And we will stay together with Jesus forever! No masks, no 6-feet, no silliness and craziness. Just Truth and Peace and Love!
May 7, 2020
When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.” Jn_13:16-20
Servant Leadership. I just completed the next class for our 5th graders on this exact topic. Not posted yet, but will be tomorrow. Come visit – https://my5reoll.wordpress.com/ The password is in there – if you look. And the Servant Leadership Class will follow the Liturgy Class, once posted.
Bottom line is that – in order to be the very BEST Leader, we need to become like Jesus, serving others with love and compassion and humility! This is the source of our Holiness, and our being Blessed by God!
May 6, 2020
Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.” Jn_12:44-50
Salvation to those who believe!
Now, THAT we can do!
Praise the Lord!
May 5, 2020
Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe.
The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” Jn_10:22-30
And they will ask and Jesus will answer over and over again.
Ever throw a fishing line out into the water only to sit and sit while nothing ever happens. And then all of a sudden you get a nibble and your first reaction is to yank on it! Well, I never was very good at fishing anyway. But in today’s fishing saga, the Pharisees were out there trying to catch Jesus again.
But they didn’t really get (just) a nibble. Jesus pulled the line, the pole and them so deep into the sea that they didn’t even know what hit them. All they knew was that they came out all wet, again! While in the process, their question was AGAIN directly answered by Jesus.
He IS the Son of God, the long awaited One, the Christ! And WITH Him, there are no unbelievers! If those skeptics were looking for a Christ, looking for salvation, looking for the protection of God, Jesus tells them that they have only ONE place to look – and He was looking right at them. Unfortunately, they were not. They were just looking for excuses to shoot down anyone who could possibly out fish them. But they were sorely mismatched.
Jesus, the greatest shepherd, the greatest fisher (of men) is the ultimate, the Only model for us to follow. And when we do, no politics, no virus, not even death can deter us from the Love of God for those who love Him! And that’s us, beloved! That’s us!
May 4, 2020
Jesus said, I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. Jn_10:11-18
Funny, ‘in the Name of Jesus’ we’ve got more flocks than you can shake a stick at! Jesus clearly didn’t want 10,000 flocks. So why can’t we just get over it and ALL be ONE!
Why can’t we get over our prejudices of past experiences, our Phariseeism of greed and self-and-only ownership of who’s in control, our self righteousness, our self pity. Jesus called them all, with no distinction. LOVE your neighbor! That didn’t mean just the ones we liked, just the ones in our particular “flock,” it meant EVERYONE!
Come, beloved! Open up, forgive, accept and love! If, we accept Him, no matter who we are, we are all brothers and sisters of the same flock and God loves us ALL!!!
May 3, 2020
(4th Sunday of Easter, A)
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side. Ps_23
Peter let the listening crowd know that it was THEY who were responsible for the death of Jesus. 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_2:14a,36-41
By the love of God, the love of Jesus, we are ALL forgiven IF we repent and believe in Him. Even though our path may seem like a dark and endless valley, Jesus is there to guide us out and to offer us the Holy Spirit to further guide our future.
Trust in Him beloved. Let go of what’s keeping us from giving ourselves fully to Him. And then LIVE the life of fullness in and with the Holy Spirit. He’s just waiting for YOU!
May 2, 2020
(St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated is Dorcas). She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving. Now during those days she fell sick and died, . . .
Peter sent them all out (of the room with the dead woman) and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, rise up.” She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. He gave her his hand and raised her up, Acts_9:31-42
Could you just hear Peter’s prayer, beloved? ‘Lord Jesus, is it Your will that this woman should live? She was a faith-filled woman who followed the commands of the Law and loved all people. If it be Your will that this may happen, it would be for the good of the entire community. It will bring many to faith and belief in You. Send me a sign, give me Your Word and I will faithfully obey.’ Peter heard the word. And the Lord worked this miracle through him. From death to life, just like Lazarus! Wouldn’t you just love to have been able to talk to Tabitha after her revival! There is no doubt that she became a master evangelist. ‘Look at me! I was dead and now I am alive again, all in the Name of Jesus!’
Trust in Him, beloved. And who knows what miracles could happen to you as well!
May 1, 2020
(St. Joseph the Worker)
Brothers and sisters: Over all these things put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one Body. And be thankful. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance; be slaves of the Lord Christ. Col_3:14-15,17,23-24
Jesus brings us that peace, beloved, all the time, but mostly when we are in need. Stressed about work or no work? Stressed about being stuck in the house? Stressed with too many or too few people to commune with? TRUST in the Lord! He will bring you peace. He will bring you hope. Jesus will bring you love, beyond your wildest needs. Come Lord Jesus and be with us now and always!!!
Happy May, 2020, beloved!
God’s blessings always!
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