Daily Mass Quotes – May 2021

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Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

Bubbles2 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?

silenceOr were you just hiding in a cave, waiting on the Lord to Whisper in your ear – a Word – LIFE! Life, it’s in You! And YOU are beautiful in the Eyes of God, no matter what the world may say or think.

You are Loved!!

Every day the Lord whispers in our ears – Words of HOPE, Words of LOVE, and maybe not even words – just His JOY in our hearts.

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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05-31-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 31, 2021
(Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and 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.”  Lk_1:39-56

Blessed be the Child of the womb, recognized not only by His mother, but by ALL, even the children of other wombs.  And blessed be the mother of that Child, Mary, and all mothers.  As a woman, recognize the wonder, the dignity, the holiness of the child whom you do, or may one day carry.  Recognize the grace of childbearing.  Recognize God within all!  And blessed be Mary the Mother of Jesus and our Spiritual Mother.  She placed her cousin’s comfort above her own and offered to visit Elizabeth in order to share in one anothers’ experience of God’s Goodness to them.  Holy, Holy, Holy is His Name!

05-30-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 30, 2021
(The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity)
Jesus said, All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”  Mt_28:16-20

A Testimony, a Commission – Command, a Theology and a Promise.  He will be with us, beloved, always!  Alleluia!  Now WE are called to let the world know . . . there’s no longer need for discord.  All will be well!  Count on God – Father-Son-Holy Spirit, ONE God!  And LOVE one another, in all holiness!

05-29-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 29, 2021
(St. Paul VI, Pope)
Jesus asked the skeptics, “Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin? Answer me.”  They discussed this among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?” they feared the crowd, for they all thought John really was a prophet.  So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.”   Mk_11:27-33

Sometimes it takes courage (or maybe not) just to admit defeat – “We just don’t know.”  So, which did come first the chicken or the egg.  If we say the egg, then where did the egg come from?  And if we say the chicken, well, where did the chicken come from?  Well, duh, maybe there is a God!!!!  Ha ha. But seriously, sometimes we just have to get to the root of the issue and not just bandaid consequences of the Truth.  Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life.  Believe!

05-28-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 28, 2021
Jesus said to them in reply, “Have faith in God.  Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.  When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.”  Mk_11:11-26

Jesus was having a bad day.  The fig tree didn’t give Him figs (even though it was out of season), the merchants were selling where they were supposed to be worshiping God, and the disciples were just being themselves – not understanding anything!  Phew!  But beyond it all there was always a lesson to be learned.  Have Faith!  Believe, even when it doesn’t make sense.  Trust in God to do what He promised.  And forgive them all – not only the misguided merchants, the Pharisees, and the ignorant, but even the fig tree.  For in all time, everything comes back around.  And what we don’t believe will never come about.  And who we don’t forgive will never forgive us.  And whatever we profess we hate or dislike or never want to be like – will be exactly what we get or become.  So love all, beloved!  Forgive all! and be blessed by our loving God always!

05-27-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 27, 2021
(St. Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop)
God plumbs the depths and penetrates the heart; their innermost being he understands.  Sir_42:15-25

Nobody knows us like God!  And He knows us even better than we know ourselves.  That’s why we have cause to pray deeply to God to help us know ourselves better.  Yes we have faults, but we also have some pretty awesome talents.  Built in little gifts from God that only we have.  “Help us Lord to find them and use them for the Glory of Your Name.  ‘We are the clay and You are the potter!’ Is_64:7  Build something beautiful out of us, please!”

05-26-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 26, 2021
(St. Philip Neri, Priest)
Come to our aid, O God of the universe, look upon us, show us the light of your mercies, and put all the nations in dread of you!  Thus they will know, as we know, that there is no God but you, O Lord.  Sir_36:1,4-5a,10-17

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” He replied, ‘What do you wish me to do for you?” They answered him, “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.”  . . .   Jesus summoned them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt.  But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.”  Mk_10:32-45

If you ever started a new job, moved to a different town, or began studies at a new school,
you might remember all those visions of Grandeur . . .  “This one is going to be better.” “Maybe now, all my hard work WILL finally pay off.” “Maybe one day I’ll be the boss, the star, the valedictorian!”

And maybe, by the grace of God, we actually DID experience the greatest change of our lives.  But more often than not, kind of just like the lottery, the odds are not always in our favor.  And maybe instead of a promotion, our new boss told us that we should really consider the Janitor’s job, or, that there is an opening in the Volunteer’s office. Or maybe we are a volunteer and one day, our boss just tells us that he doesn’t want or need our  help any more.

Could you imagine the disappointment James and John would have felt after their proposition to Jesus went south.  Especially after Jesus had just told them that He would give them whatever they asked for in His Name.  They must have felt it was perfectly appropriate to shoot for the stars, before someone else scooped up those positions.

And yet, even after Jesus’ gentle let-down, James and John didn’t quit.  They didn’t get angry. And they were still among Jesus’ favorites.  And growing from the experience, they now learned what NOT to ask of Jesus.  But, you know what, in their own way, they DID gain the notoriety they sought – as Apostles, and Evangelists, and Saints!

Jesus tells us that notoriety, in God’s eyes, is not about how high we climb, how loud we shout, or how squeaky a wheel we can be.  It’s more about how many others we can lift above us, so that one day, when WE really need it, they might be there to lift us up too. And even if they don’t, the Lord promises us, that He WILL!

So, what then, DO we ask of the Lord?

As some of the Israelites finally came to understand, in the midst of persecution, and exile, and immorality all around them, even within their own ranks, they and we – ask for God’s
Kindness and Mercy.  We recognize the Glory of HIS Name, and not necessarily ours.  And rather than seeking more and more notoriety, we seek forgiveness for ourselves and for our brothers and sisters, who may still be lost in a world whose only Hope is on a broken down ladder that leads to nowhere.

God will give us: the strength to endure, the wisdom to encourage, and the knowledge to teach others where true Hope really lies – in Him, when we simply ask in Humility and Love.

05-25-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 25, 2021
(St. Bede, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Peter began to say to Jesus, ‘We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.”  Mk_10:28-31

Sometimes, beloved, the best to come only comes with a little sacrifice.  The Israelites in the Bible taught us about sacrifice, penance and repentance.  Jesus forgives us in our repentance.  We grow in penance, learning the meaning of patience and suffering, of mercy and righteousness.  And we gain in sacrifice.  If we sacrifice with a smile in our hearts, with endurance in our will and with hope in our minds, Jesus will reward us, as God did with Job, and as He does with all the faithful departed.  Trust in Jesus.  Bear your cross for the sake of the Gospel and discover a happy death, no matter how sacrificial it may be.  Eternal life in Heaven is worth it!

05-24-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 24, 2021
(Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church)
The man called his wife Eve, because she became the mother of all the living. Gn_3:9-15,20

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. . . .
..the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately Blood and water flowed out.  Jn_19:25-34

Did you ever notice, beloved, that there is an intense spirituality in John’s Gospel. From the opening lines of that magnificent Prologue, where John proclaims: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jn 1:1  – to the very last sentence, telling us that everything he just described about Jesus was like a drop in the bucket compared to everything Jesus actually said and did.  John says, “I don’t think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.” Jn 21:25  And then somewhere in the middle of this Spirit-filled Gospel, we hear that – all so famous proclamation: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish, but might have eternal life.” Jn 3:16  It’s like listening to a world-renowned orchestra playing our favorite melody, as it resonates deep into our very bones.

Now, to put this all in perspective, we go back to our first reading, where we hear that: “Eve became the mother of all the living.”  You see, Eve actually was the PHYSICAL mother all of God’s human creation.  But, you know, God really had more in mind than just creating, mere Physical beings.  Not to downgrade the marvelous intricacies of human anatomy and physiology, which we’re just beginning to fully understand, . . . but, we really don’t know very much about the intricacies of our Spiritual natures, which John so masterfully tries to put into words.

So, while Matthew and Luke describe the Physical genealogy of Jesus, John describes the nuances of His Spirituality.  And while Matthew and Luke are concentrating on the stable, and the shepherds, the Magi and the star, John immediately jumps into Jesus’ Baptism and the descent of the Holy Spirit.

You see, there is an Incarnational beauty, both in the Physical birth of Jesus, created out of God’s intense Love, and through the Blessed Virgin Mary, and in the Spiritual birth of a  union between the Physical man, named Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and God the Father.

And the Blessed Virgin Mary
is the Key to it all.

So, while Eve may have been the Mother of all the Physical living, . . .

Mary is the Mother of our Spiritual lives, through the Holy Spirit, dwelling within all of us.

And Jesus consecrates this union of Mary, as “Mother of the Church” and us in John’s Scripture reading that we heard today, where Jesus says to Mary, “Woman behold your son.” and to John, “Behold your Mother.”  For where the Apostle Peter represents the authoritative, Physical, ‘Body’ of the Church, the Apostle John represents the ‘Beloved,’ Spiritual side of us all.

And, just as the Physical blood and water flowed from the dead side of the Physical body of Jesus, created with the cooperation of the Immaculately Conceived, Blessed Virgin Mary, the Spiritual blood and water of the Living Jesus, in the Blessed Sacrament of our Church,  flows into every one of our living, Spiritual bodies, created through the Holy Spirit in our Baptisms, and with the blessing of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Spiritual Mother, the Mother of the Church.

In our intimate relationship with her, Mary IS our Model, our Mother and our Compass, always pointing us to Jesus, our Lord and Savior; thanks Be to the Love of the Father and the Holy Spirit.

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A very blessed and happy birthday prayer for our daughter Gina!
You are a star in our hearts!

Happy Birthday Gina!!!

05-23-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 23, 2021
(Pentecost)
Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.  Jn_15:26-27;16:12-15

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.  Acts_2:1-11

WHISPERS   TO   THE   WIND   !!!

LOVE

05-22-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 22, 2021
(St. Rita of Cascia, Religious)
At the end of his Gospel, St. John 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

So many, many words, but only one that really matters . . .
LOVE!

05-21-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 21, 2021
(St. Christopher Magallanes, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs)
After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them, he said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”  Jn_21:15-19

God loves us, beloved, unconditionally!  But the question of Jesus is a great one for each one of us, as well as it was for Peter.  Peter denied Jesus three times after he had pledged to offer his life for Jesus.  So where was the love?  Faith is not just a theory, but an action.  Love is not just a feeling, but an action as well.  How much do we really love Jesus, beloved?  Enough to act on it?  Enough to risk ridicule, job, life for?  Do you love me more than these do?  Do you love me more than all those other things and people in your lives.  Do you truly love me, Jesus asks?  Good question to ponder today.  Good question to truly find the answer to in our lives.  Good question to pray about!  Jesus will be with you through it all!  Trust in Him and love!

05-20-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 20, 2021
(St. Bernardine of Siena, Priest)
Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.”  Jn_17:20-26

That’s us, beloved!  We, who believe based on the Word passed on to us by the Apostles and evangelists.  Jesus prayed that we may be one with Him and the Father and one another.  It is in this unity that we are strong, that we find peace even in the tough times.  It is in this unity that we find heaven.  Pray, beloved, that we may never be separated, by the world or any other means.  We are One. And God the Father recognizes us as His children, as one with Him and and with Jesus, in the love of the Holy Spirit and one another.  Praise be to His Holy Name!

05-19-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 19, 2021
Jesus prayed to His Father for His disciples, saying, “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. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world.  And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”  Jn_17:11b-19

May we pray to our heavenly Father as well, beloved, both for our own safety and wisdom, and for the same for our loved ones, in the Name of Jesus our Lord.  Father keep us from the evil one.  Protect and guide us in Your Truth, that we may know You better and Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Help us to share His love with all we come in contact with in our daily lives.  And help us to seek You above all things good or bad, easy or hard, pleasing or revolting in our sight.  For all is Yours and we are Your hands of love in this world!  Blessed and Holy are You now and forever!

05-18-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 18, 2021
(St. John I, Pope and Martyr)
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come.  Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.  Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”  Jn_17:1-11a

. . . Our call to prayer and study.  We are to know God and and to know Jesus if eternal life is what we seek.  God will give us the grace to accomplish that when we know and believe in Him.  Come Holy Spirit, fill us with your wisdom!

05-17-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 17, 2021
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.  In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”  Jn_16:29-33

You know, beloved, sometimes we get a glimmer of understanding.  We think we’ve got the whole thing figured out.  And we might even get excited enough to tell others about this great new thing that we’ve got a whole new handle on.

Apollos in our first reading was in this exact situation.  He received John’s baptism.  He may have even personally heard Jesus speak himself.  But he never got the bigger picture of Pentecost.  He received the baptism of the Water but not of the “Spirit,” that Jesus explained to Nicodemus.  So for Apollos, there was a whole new awakening when he met Paul.

And then in our Gospel reading today, the apostles were also in that same mindset.  They finally thought they truly understood Jesus.  They confessed their belief that He is the Son of God.  And yet they still were not convinced enough to endure suffering for their belief.  Jesus confided that, yes, what they understood was true, but it was still not the bigger picture.  They had not yet received the Holy Spirit who would open their eyes to see that bigger picture.

And He also did not want them to cower in their guilt for abandoning Him.  So He comforted them with the fact that not only was he not alone after their abandonment, but He was right there with them when they felt abandoned, when they struggled with the world’s hardships.  They were never alone either!

And you know what beloved, it’s all said to comfort us as well.  When we’re battling the difficult challenges at work, when we’re grieving over a loss, when we’re just feeling left out, abandoned, alone, Jesus wants us to know that He’s still and will always be with us.  Trust in Him.  And always remember those words:  “Take courage,” for “I have conquered the world.”

05-16-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May  16, 2021
(Seventh Sunday of Easter, B; The Ascension in our Diocese)
Jesus said to His disciples, “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

And so, the Holy Spirit did come, at Pentecost, just when Jesus said.  And they did receive the power He promised.  And they obediently and excitedly proclaimed that Gospel, Good News.  And they also underwent much suffering from those who refused to believe.  As do we, beloved, some days worse then others.  But the world just has a hard time accepting that there is a God who not only has greater power than they, but also has greater love.  And in that love God is willing to share that power if we are willing to love, even a little bit.  Jesus will return beloved!  And He will welcome all who believe in Him, into that kingdom of eternal bliss!

05-15-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 15, 2021
(St. Isadore, Farmer)
Jesus said to his disciples: “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.”  Jn_16:23b-28

So, Jesus explained, we don’t ask Jesus to ask the Father for us.  We don’t ask Jesus on His own.  We ask the Father, and we remember to mention that we are asking in the Name of Jesus.  And, Jesus tells us, that whatever we ask the Father in His Name will be given to us.  Ever ask, beloved, that some seemingly impossible task might become doable.? Why just today, I was faced with just such a task.  And if I couldn’t figure it out, and quickly, I’d be forced to call in a professional, at big bucks, no less.  And there in the midst of an insurmountable plumbing job, all of a sudden it all just worked out perfectly.  God, our Father, loves us so immeasurably, that no matter how hard or big the obstacle appears, our Father will help us find the right and best solution.  All we need do is ask (in Jesus’ Name).

05-14-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 14, 2021
(St. Matthias, Apostle)
Peter said to the crowd, “My brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus. Judas was numbered among us and was allotted a share in this ministry. For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his encampment become desolate, and may no one dwell in it.’ and: ‘May another take his office.’  Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection.”  Acts_1:15-17,20-26

Thus, Matthias was chosen by the Apostles, much like a new Pope is chosen with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  And the Apostles again became twelve.  That significant number of completion, finality and perfection, was in accordance with Israel’s 12-sons who formed the 12-tribes of Israel, the sons of the “old” covenant now replaced with the 12-sons of the new, with Jesus as head.

Matthias would now face the same persecution, suffering and martyrdom that all the other apostles (save John) would face for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

05-13-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 13, 2021
(Our Lady of Fatima)
(The Ascension of the Lord – transferred to Sunday)
Jesus said, “‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 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 was predicting His death and resurrection to His disciples and showing them their response to it.  Their minds were not yet clear as to what it was all about.  Why Jesus came.  What He came to accomplish.  And what His passion meant for them and for the world.

It not only taught us about God’s incredible love for us, but it taught us about our own mortality, the sorrow of death and yet the joy that our passing will come to when we’re reunited with Jesus forever.  It taught us about our salvation.  It gave us reason for being “good” in this life.  And it taught us how we should treat one another, despite our human nature to get back, to cheat, steal, lie and worse.  We have REASON for what Jesus taught us.  And it is living in JOY forever!  In a little while I will no longer be with you, beloved.  Then in a little while you will join me forever!  Thank you Jesus!  And blessed be God forever!

05-12-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 12, 2021
(Ss. Nereus, Achilleus and Pancras, Martyrs)
Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.  Jn_16:12-15

Truth is, beloved, that “truth” is all about love.  Where there is love, there is God and wherever there is God, there also is love.  So if it’s about love, it’s about God.  War, hatred, jealousy, slander, killing, and all their talk of these things – is NOT of God.  God IS love. And where there is love there is Truth!

05-11-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 11, 2021
Jesus spoke to His disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit, saying, “he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me;  righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.” Jn_16:5-11

The ruler of this world has been condemned.  So whose team are we on beloved.  (Of course that’s a rhetorical question, else you would not even be here.)  But we know that those dedicated, devoted, belonging to this world are already on the losing team, because their leader, the devil, has already been condemned.  We, on the other hand belong to Jesus!  Jesus won the battle of spirits and souls, and ours’ belong to Him.  We do not belong to this world any more than He did, while he was here in the flesh.  So take heart, beloved!  Let them do as they will, say what they say and love what they love, they’ve already lost the battle of eternal life.  Our lives are in His hands, now and forever, the only true Love is Him!

05-10-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 10, 2021
(St. Damien Joseph de Veuster of Moloka’i, Priest)
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. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.  Jn_15:26-16:4a

We too, beloved, have been with Jesus from the beginning (of our lives).  We may or may not have realized this.  But it is true.  Jesus is with us always!  From the beginning until our mortal end.  And then we will see him face to face in the heavenly kingdom He promised us all – when we BELIEVE!

05-09-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 9, 2021
Sixth Sunday of Easter, B
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.  Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.  1_Jn_4:7-10

Love cannot be grasped, it’s always out of reach.  Love cannot be sought, it cannot be found.  Love can only be given.  And in the giving it will be understood.  God IS love!

05-08-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 8, 2021
Jesus said to his disciples: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.”  Jn_15:18-21

Well OK, Deacon Joe, where’s the hope in that quote?  I guess, it all depends on what you’re looking for.  Are you looking for worldly acceptance, fame, fortune, material things, stuff, technology?  Are  you seeking a goal that will unquestionably come to an end?  Or are you looking for something more?  Are you seeking eternal life instead of temporal life?  Are you seeking God’s acceptance rather than man’s?  Are you willing to accept a little hardship in order to gain eternal peace and joy and love?

Well, if it’s the latter, then Jesus is your answer.  And what’s that hardship, that cost, you ask?  Well if the worst of what the world can do to us is death, we know that Jesus conquered that snake 2000-years ago in His resurrection.  Death only brings us one step closer to our goal – eternal life with God.  Yes, nobody wants a life of suffering.  But when you look at the ‘world’ around you, there IS a LOT of suffering already:  illness, political discord (even in our own Church), persecution, hunger, poverty, oppression, slavery, injustice in abundance.  But there is also a lot of joy that the media never tells us about.  The joy of childbirth, the joy of ministry to those in need, the joy of marriage, the joy of enjoying a job – whether you like it or not, the joy of service, the joy of LOVE!

Jesus shows us that we CAN find the joy in whatever the world throws at us, even death, as the martyrs attest.  So seek out His fellowship, beloved, and fellowship with Him will be the greatest thing you could have ever done with your entire life!  And then share that JOY!

05-07-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 7, 2021
The Apostles wrote, Since we have heard that some of our number who went out without any mandate from us have upset you with their teachings and disturbed your peace of mind, we have with one accord decided to choose representatives and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. So we are sending Judas and Silas who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’“  Acts_15:22-31

Jesus said to His disciples, “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.”  Jn_15:12-17

Ever wonder, beloved, why Jesus chose those twelve specific people to be His apostles?  There was such a diversity between their personalities, their occupations and their beliefs, that it truly was a wonder that they ever stayed together, those 3-long years of discernment with Jesus.

And yet, by the time of Jesus’ shocking passion and death, that group was so bonded, that they stayed together even after the Jews and the Romans were seeking to destroy them.

It’s not funny, but it’s kind of like what we’ve just seen with our Church, going through this pandemic.  There was an instantaneous break in our Church and public communities, just like a death.  And yet, the Holy Spirit stayed with us through a most unexpected medium, through a technology called Zoom.

And whether the isolation of that pandemic brought us to our knees in fear, or in prayer, or in anger for its sheer contradiction of all that is humanly natural, healthy and sensible, there is one thing it did NOT do.  It did not break our spirit of Love for one another, just as Jesus commanded of us.

For despite the death and pain it caused, either physically or mentally, either directly to us through illness or indirectly to those we love, or to our livelihoods, or customs, or our comforts, we DID survive well enough to remember the source of our entire lives and well-beings: our Lord and God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Now, those apostles may have still struggled a little with their differences in personalities and opinions, but as time went on, and as the Church grew in numbers and diversity itself, we got to see the true picture of Christ’s love – in how they dealt with conflicts in belief and challenges to their faith.

And we see how they learned to compromise for the sake of compassion, in Luke’s Acts of the Apostles: first, in accepting Saul, their persecutor, as a brother in the faith, and then, in allowing those heathen, Gentiles to become a part of their deep-rooted Jewish history, by believing in the Jewish Messiah, without all the customary sacrifices of diet and circumcision, of laws and blood ties.

It was just plain hard to let go of the blood-relationship privilege and the hard-earned sacrifice of being a Jewish “Chosen” – child of God.

And yet, without totally dissuading, God’s newly “chosen” people, the Gentiles, on the one hand, and without further angering those stoic Jewish converts to the Faith, on the other hand, the Apostles, in this First Council of Christ’s new Church, found a compassionate way to please the majority of both factions.

And that is the perfect example of the Love that we are called to share, as well, Christ’s love, especially in a world that we don’t always agree with, or understand.

It truly is Love in action.  And it’s only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit and by that perfect sacrifice of Jesus.

05-06-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 6, 2021
Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.  “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.”  Jn_15:9-11

“When will they ever learn?”
Joy is in Jesus!

05-05-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 5, 2021
Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.”  Acts_15:1-6

Jesus emphasized the importance of following the law.  But he also put those laws in the perspective of real life.  If they were harmful to the community or individuals, a careful discernment was necessary to make sure the people were not hurt by laws that were meant to benefit mankind.  In this case, circumcision was performed according to the “Old Covenant” promise between Abraham and God.  It was man’s sign of faithfulness to God.  Jesus  made a new covenant between mankind and God that was sealed with His own blood.  No longer did mankind need to shed his own blood as a sign.  Mankind’s sign would be seen through his love for one another.  Thus the apostles had come to the conclusion that, even though many of the practices of the Jews were beneficial to mankind, the sign of circumcision was not something that should be required of non-Jews who were becoming Christian.  That sign now had nothing to do with salvation.  But belief in Jesus did!

05-04-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 4, 2021
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.  You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’  Jn_14:27-31a

The peace of Christ is in our hearts, beloved.  All we have to do is find it.  It’s there when we’re stressed out.  It’s there when tragedy happens.  It’s there when our mind is reeling with troubles in the world.  It’s there even when we’re asleep.  Trust in Jesus, beloved.  Seek out his peace within and from within it will settle you from all your fears and anxieties.  Trust in Him and you will be at peace!

05-03-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 3, 2021
(Ss. Philip and James, Apostles)
Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you know me, then you will also know my Father.  From now on you do know him and have seen him.”  Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”  Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip?  Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”  Jn_14:6-14

And I thought you understood!

05-02-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 2, 2021
(Fifth Sunday of Easter, B)
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”  Jn_15:1-8

You see, beloved, the “fruit bearing” is in giving the Glory to God and not to ourselves.  God has given us all, the abilities to accomplish amazing things: building, creating, organizing, loving, giving, record setting, athletics, artistry, music, healing, and on and on.  We were created for these things.  And it’s not of our doing, but of God, that such greatness is accomplished!

So how could we give glory to ourselves without first giving Glory to God who created us to do these things.  The trick is to recognize those talents within ourselves, use them, and then realize that it was God who endowed us with those talents in the first place.  We are HIS hands and feet and minds and hearts.  The Glory HAS to be given to Him for everything!

And when and if we mess us – well maybe, oops, we just forgot to ask His help, His guidance, His wisdom in our first attempt.  But in the second and third, with Him, it will undoubtedly be a roaring success.  Always remember, beloved, to give the Glory to God first and most times only!!!!  Glory to God on high!!!

05-01-21 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 1, 2021
(St. Joseph the Worker)
Jesus said, “whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”  Jn_14:7-14

So, beloved, are we asking that “my” will be done, or God’s will?  That is where we should always start when asking God for anything.  And once we believe that it is for God’s will, for the good of others, and in the Glory of His Name, then that asking should always be done in the Name of Jesus.  And Jesus will provide our every need.  Always to the Glory of God!  Blessed be God forever!

Let us pray for the employment of all who are in need – to the Glory of God, in Jesus’ Name.  Amen

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God’s blessings!

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