Daily Mass Quotes – February 2022

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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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02-28-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 28, 2022
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God! . . . It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”  They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men it is impossible, but not for God.  All things are possible for God.”  Mk_10:17-27

Wealth can blind us, beloved, to our true needs.  We may feel like we have everything we need or could ever want, though the world is constantly inventing something “new” to capture our desires.  But this is not the new that will actually satisfy our true, heart’s desire.  That desire is to be with God forever.  And that desire can only be recognized when we are not filled to overflowing with the “things” of the world.

Sometimes it really is good to not have everything we desire in this world of wealth.  Sometimes, even within the short duration of Lent, we can experience the feeling of need.  Try giving up something you just absolutely cannot live without.  And then, go even further out of your way, and give something, or that thing we can’t live without, to someone else.

Jesus said, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God.”  You see, there has to be a true need and a want for it!  What are we willing to sacrifice for that Kingdom, beloved?  Our morning cup of joe, our constant interaction with social media, the warmth and comfort of home, or even true vices like smoking or drugs or porn or alcohol?  What is Eternal Life really worth to us beloved?  Lent is a time to think about it.  And God is perfectly willing to help  us with it.  Jesus is calling us to come!  Are we hearing Him?

02-27-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 27, 2022
(8th Sunday Ordinary Time C)
The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had; so too does one’s speech disclose the bent of one’s mind.  Sir_27:4-7

Jesus said, “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. . . . A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”  Lk_6:39-45

No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. ibid

So then, the question becomes whom is it who teaches us?  Are we being trained by a world that loves hatred, revenge and punishment?  That loves immorality and persecutes those who do not think exactly as they do?  Are we being trained by the evil, so prevalent in our media, movies, news reporting and social media?

Or are we being trained by the Lord of Hosts?  Jesus teaches us to love our neighbor.  And not only to love those who love us, but to even love those who don’t.  Can we find it in our hearts, beloved, to even love our enemies?  Those who mindlessly harm others? Those who invoke hatred and revenge because of their evil?  Can we find it in our hearts to pray for their awakening, their conversion, along with those who are being harmed?  This is what the world needs!  Not more hatred, but a deep sense of love for all of God’s children, even those who are misguided by Satan.  For they are the ones who most need our prayers – for the sake of those in the world who know better.  Pray, beloved, in Jesus’ Name, pray!

02-26-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 26, 2022
Jesus said to His disciples, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”  Mk_10:13-16

Faith like a child is trust, is dependence, is openness.  Faith like a child is not judgmental, is not vindictive.  Now, children may in their need for attention become selfish, but we become that way because of the injustice we see by the examples of the adults around us.  Jesus is looking for the child-like behavior of the innocent, loving, caring children who depend upon Him and upon their parents for their very lives.  Jesus IS our life, beloved!  Now, the trick is peeling away all that the world has conditioned in us and allowing the child to come back out!  Jesus is waiting for that awakening, in Love!

02-25-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 25, 2022
Jesus said, “from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”  Mk_10:1-12

From the mouth of God!
‘Nough said!

02-24-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 24, 2022
Jesus tells His disciples and us today: If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. . . . And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off. . . . And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. . . .  Better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, . . . “Everyone will be salted with fire. . . .Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.”  Mk_9:41-50

Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!  Mt_5:3

In the midst of admonitions, today’s Scriptures offer us hope!  Blessed are the poor!  So what do we have to do, beloved, to become so blessed?  Are we to give away all our possessions?  Are we to cut out our eyes and hands and feet, which are all immersed in a world of sin?  Are we to salt ourselves until we shrivel up and die of dehydration?  No.

As usual Jesus gives us extremes to make a point.  And the point is not about our limbs and possessions. It’s about – what’s possessing us.  Does the world have us so possessed of itself that we can’t see or do anything but what it wants of us – our very souls?  When we become filled with greed and selfishness, ownership, pride, anger, fear, hatred and judgment, and not compassion and trust and generosity and love, what happens is that those emotions actually have the ability to make us sick and kill us themselves.  Blessed are the poor, because they have given up (by their own will, or the will of others) what the world says is wealth – its possessions.

So then, how do we let go, how do we escape those chains of the world’s possession of us?  We do it one limb at a time.  One eye at a time.  One overeating at a time.  One bad TV show, one news commentary, one sensationalized weather report, one smartphone, one curse, one fit of anger, one act of hatred – at a time!  That’s why it may actually seem like we’re cutting off a limb.  Those worldly limbs are, by now, so attached to us, that it may actually be quite painful.  Welcome, beloved, to LENT.  Time to get started!  By the Grace of Jesus and the help of the Holy Spirit welcome to poverty and LIFE!

02-23-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 23, 2022
(St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr)
Jesus said, “There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me.  For whoever is not against us is for us.”  Mk_9:38-40

So, we must be very careful when we go about judging others.  Everyone has their own ways of worship.  Some may like deep meditation and prayer.  Some may like the ritual and ceremonies of the Mass and Church.  Others, the music, others, the written books and documents, and still others may enjoy visiting shrines – all different forms of worship.  But when we gather in the Name of Jesus, when we bless others in the Name of Jesus, when we pray for our own needs – in the Name of Jesus, we are all one.  So, judge not beloved, and love all!

02-22-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 22, 2022
(The Chair of St. Peter, Apostle)
Jesus said to Simon, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.  And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.”  Mt_16:13-19

A new name.  A new calling.  A new responsibility.  An obligation!  This is what was given to Peter as he opened his heart to answering Jesus’s inquiry about who people thought He was.  Opened his heart to the Words of the Holy Spirit within himself.  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (ibid) said Peter.  Only by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit do we know this Fact, beloved.  Trust in Him.  Have Faith.  And live this Church that Jesus offered to the world.  A Church of believers.  A community of love!  Despite what the world wants us to think and feel.  We ARE God’s beloved children, brothers and sisters in faith!

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02-21-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 21, 2022
(St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
The man said to Jesus, “But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.”  Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”  Mk_9:14-29

As the Scriptures and the Church continue in this exploration of Faith, today Jesus again finds it so lacking, both in His disciples and in the people.  They want magic, not faith.  Yet, Jesus will only heal those who truly believe in Him.  And that’s us as well, beloved!  How strong is our faith?  Or should we also be praying to God to “help our unbelief” just like the man in this story?  It’s quite amazing what ‘true’ faith will bring us!  Trust in Jesus and ASK!

02-20-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 20, 2022
(7th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. . . . Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. . . . Do to others as you would have them do to you. . . . Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. . . . “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.  Give, and gifts will be given to you; . . . For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”  Lk_6:27-38

WORDS of Life!
Not ever easy, but worth it, both now and for eternity!
If we can work on just one of these virtues each day of the week, or one a month, or even one a year, in the end just think of the amazing person we will become.  A true “Child of God.”  So what’s stopping us, beloved?  It all begins with Love.  And Jesus is here teaching us its true meaning!

02-19-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 19, 2022
Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. . . . Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”  Mk_9:2-13

Words of Truth, words of commendation, words of edification.  Words we, beloved, are to mimic throughout our own lives.  We are to encourage one another, give praise, speak truth (ONLY), and teach in order to lift others up and not tear down.  This is Love in action.  And we are to share it, just as Jesus did!


02-18-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 18, 2022
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?   Can that faith save him? . . . For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.  Jas_2:14-24,26

Jesus said, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it.” Mk_8:34–9:1

If there are two things that are certain in life, they are that: 1. We’re all going to die, and 2. There is nothing certain in life.  When we’re just beginning to feel comfortable with our state in life, something tragic or miraculous will happen to change it.  And when we’re in the midst of tragedy or chaos, someone will show up out of nowhere and bring us hope.

And so we find ourselves living on faith.  We have faith – that the good times will last just a little bit longer, and that the bad times will stay away.  And when those bad times do come along, our faith in Jesus will comfort us and bring us the hope, that even if the absolute worst was to happen, and we were to die, Jesus will welcome us home with Him.

Now, Jesus told us that if we Believe in Him and Follow His way, we will be saved.  And that all sounds – pretty simple.  Yet, when we stick in our human explanations of that statement, with all of our fixations on control, the whole subject of faith becomes very sticky.

And the theologians get all hung up on terms like justification, and salvation, and faith, and works.  All of which led us to that Protestant Reformation, and the breakdown of our Christian Unity, because of word semantics, and power, and control. And the bottom line ends up being something that both the Protestants and the Catholics agree on.  We are to Believe, which we ALL do.  And we are to Follow, which means living what we believe.  In the simplest terms, our lives are all about – loving God and our neighbor, in our thoughts, and in our actions.

Thus Faith and Works go hand in hand. And neither stands on its own.

And in the end, and actually from the beginning, it is GOD who is really in control of everything.  So why worry?  Jesus told us not to worry!  And that’s all we need to know.  Amen?  Amen!

02-17-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 17, 2022
(The Seven Founders of the Order of Servites, Religious)
My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. . . . Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.  Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom that he promised to those who love him?  Jas_1:19-27

And so, beloved, we too are called to become poor for the sake of the Kingdom of God.  Poor in our pride, poor in our self centeredness, poor in our attitudes of possessiveness.  For it is God who created and truly owns everything.  We are just tenants in HIS vineyard, passing through this life in use of His creations.  Remember beloved how much we truly owe to God, our very lives.  And then give what we have to the salvation of those who have less.  Then we will be Blessed beyond our imaginations in His Love.  And that’s really all that truly matters!

02-16-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 16, 2022
Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger for anger does not accomplish the righteousness of God. Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls.  Jas_1:19-27

. . . The words of everlasting life!

02-15-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 15, 2022
Blessed is he who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proven he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him.  . . .  The Father – willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  Jas_1:12-18

Jesus said, Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord; and my Father will love him and we will come to him.  Jn_14:23

Jesus enjoined them (His disciples), “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” Mk_8:14-21

  1. We get to know and love the Word of God.  That is Jesus, and all He taught and all He showed us.
  2. This is the Word which will guard us against temptation, against being “puffed up,” being “leavened” by the world, by those who do not know God, who will always, in the end, let us down.
  3. And in that Word, and in that Love, and in our perseverance against evil, we will receive that “Crown of Life” that Jesus promised us.

Amen?  AMEN!!!

02-14-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 14, 2022
(Ss. Cyril, Monk and Methodius, Bishop)
Happy Valentine’s Day, beloved!
Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  Jas_1:1-11

St. James reiterates what we just heard yesterday from Jesus in that last Beatitude.  IF we are faithful in the Lord we WILL be tested.  The question is, how steadfast are we in that faith?  This is just one reason we fast during Lent.  It builds up our strength in perseverance.  If we can sacrifice something we enjoy for the sake of learning perseverance, discipline, then when real trials come, we just may be a little stronger to endure them. Jesus will give us the strength and the courage for that endurance. And that endurance will build our faith as well.  As we said yesterday, “Trust in the Lord!”

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For Burning Love of You!

02-13-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 13, 2022
(6th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season, but stands in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: it fears not the heat when it comes; its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.  Jer_17:5-8

Jesus likewise said, “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.” Lk_6:17, 20-26

Trust in the Lord, Beloved!  You can rely upon your friends, to an extent.  You can love your pet, “to death,” especially when your friends betray you.  But you can and should only, truly trust in the Lord.  For Jesus already died FOR you!  Your bond together is written in His blood!  And how or why should or could He do anything less for you, than keeping His promises.  The rains may fall, the walls may topple, but the LORD will ALWAYS be right there with you!  Trust in Him!!!

02-12-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 12, 2022
Jesus said to His disciples, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance.”  Mk_8:1-10

Jesus’ heart was often moved with pity for the crowds.  Even though He knew in His heart that many of them were just there to get a day off from work, or because their girlfriend insisted they come, or because they were looking for something free (like a healing or a miracle or a show).  And yet, even those were reasons for Jesus to feel sorry for them, because it was that group who just didn’t understand . . . He WAS their very salvation!  You know, beloved, sometimes it takes a 2 x 4 to knock some enlightenment into us.  A little awakening.  And yet, whatever our state of mind and heart is in, Jesus loves us regardless!  He is here when we don’t understand as much as when we do.  So keep those hearts and minds open, ’cause one day we’ll be the ones wondering why it took us so long to get it!

02-11-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 11, 2022
(Our Lady of Lourdes)
People brought to him (Jesus) a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd.  He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”) And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.  Mk_7:31-37

Do you recognize that Aramaic word, Ephphatha, beloved?  It’s said in every Baptism.  It is a healing prayer.  It is an enlightening prayer.  It’s an awakening prayer.  So yes, even though we were baptized with those same words, that same prayer, sometimes we can be blinded by the world around us.  We can get so wrapped up in the darkness around us that we begin to become blind, deaf and mute ourselves.  And it’s then that we again need to ask Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help us, to heal us with this same prayer anew.  “Be opened!”  Be opened to the light and the life and the love all around us beloved.  God has the power to make us into whole new persons.  Trust in Him!  And see the beauty instead of the darkness!

02-10-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 10, 2022
(St. Scholastica, Virgin)
Jesus said to the gentile woman who requested a healing for her daughter, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”  Mk_7:24-30

Sometimes, beloved, we have to take a stand.  Don’t let first impressions of you scare you away.  Be persistent and faithful.  The woman in the story knew that Jesus had the power to heal her daughter.  She also knew that she was pretty much nothing in the eyes of a Jewish male in the society in which she was living.  But her persistence and faith were well worth it, for at the moment of Jesus’ recognition of that faith and courage to persist, her daughter was healed.  Good lesson for us, beloved.  Be faithful and persistent!

02-09-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 9, 2022
Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”  Mk_7:14-23

Like many of Jesus’ sayings, this one is pretty complex when you try to think about it in human terms.  What do you mean, nothing that comes in defiles?  Viruses come in and defile us.  Listening to or watching immoral music or movies defiles us.  Playing in a mud puddle defiles us.  So how can Jesus say that nothing that comes in from the outside can defile us?

Well, preface to this statement, the Pharisees were arguing with Jesus about washing hands before dinner, about washing dishes and pots and pans and all kinds of things that were meant to keep us from contaminating ourselves.  And to some extent they were absolutely right.  But they carried the practice to ridiculous extremes.  They carried it to the point of being “sinful” if not done perfectly!  Kinda like wearing masks that have been proven to do nothing against viruses.  Like keeping people from greeting one another because we don’t want to go spreading viruses among people who are all “dirty.”  Like saying it’s ok to not wear masks, unless, of course, you’re singing, because singing spreads viruses more???  It’s then, beloved, that we clearly realize that there is definitely something wrong in paradise – and it’s not the dirt, nor the virus (which are both very real).

Jesus elucidated, Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?” . . . “But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”  ibid

Well, gee, that’s a whole different way of thinking about it.  And gee, can I, can we, surely use some internal cleaning up.  And surely we’ll obediently wear those masks, because our Church Leaders are God’s chosen ambassadors.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we agree with them, just as David fully respected his King, Saul, even though he fully understood his shortcomings.   But Praise be to God we have those leaders.  And pray also to God for their enlightenment.  For it’s not what goes in, our love, but what comes out, those silly administrative decisions, that defile, and in the long run, truly hurt our Church.  And for Her too, we pray!

02-08-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 8, 2022
(St. Josephine Bakhita, Virgin)
The Pharisees and scribes questioned Jesus,“Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”  He responded, “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.’ You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” He went on to say, “How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition!  Mk_7:1-13

Wear your mask, don’t wear a mask, get a vaccine, don’t get a vaccine, cancel the classes, jack up the prices, hoard the supplies, and why don’t we start a war while we’re at it.  Oh how we’ve gotten so very lost!  Somewhere between sane rationality and political absurdity, we seem to have forgotten all about God, all about community, all about what really is the most important REALITY of life: God and Love.  It frustrated Jesus, just as it frustrates many of us who can actually see the absurdity of it all.  Wake up people and begin to stand on your own two feet, instead of believing every silly thing that’s pushed down your throats, like mindless sheep.  God loves us, beloved – NO MATTER WHAT, even if it’s called covid!  Pray for our Church, pray for one another!  And let go of the evil that is working so diligently to separate us!  LOVE one another!

02-07-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 7, 2022
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he (Jesus) entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.  Mk_6:53-56

There truly is healing in our faith in Jesus.  In most of the healings by people who asked Jesus for that healing, it was only possible through their faith in Him.  Do you believe that you can be healed?  Do you believe that Jesus can assist you in that healing?  Do you believe so strongly that not a word Jesus says, but just the touch of His garments will heal you?   You see these people were starving for someone, for something to believe in, and Jesus was their answer.  And it wasn’t magic.  It was true faith in God!  Are we seeking some change in our lives, beloved?  If it be toward the will of God, if it be for HIS glory, then we will receive it.  Jesus promises that.  And we do BELIEVE in Him!  Just have faith!

02-06-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 6, 2022
(5th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Having seen a vision of God in His glory, Isaiah said, “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” . . .  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!”  Is_6:1-2a,3-8

St. Paul wrote, Christ appeared to more than five hundred brothers at once, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. After that he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one born abnormally, he appeared to me. For I am the least of the apostles, not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been ineffective.  1_Cor_15:1-11

After an unexpectedly huge catch of fish, received at the order of Jesus, when Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, . . .  Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.   Lk_5:1-11

Not hard to see today, beloved, three unique calls, all initiated with a solemn recognition of humility.  Who am I Lord, that You should even look at me?  Let alone, fill me with Your abundant love.  Funny, this coming from three of the most revered people in the Bible.

And yet, we all start somewhere.  For Isaiah, Paul and Peter, it was an act of recognition of their own littleness, their sinfulness in the eyes of God.  Yet, God sees past what we think are our limitations and presses on toward our greatness.  He sees the greatness in every one of us.  All we need do is start with a little humility.

Yes, we’re all sinners, yet God is calling every one of us in some manner to be His love to the world.  Maybe it’s a song, maybe it’s a photograph to share, maybe a prayer, maybe just a kind smile to someone who looks like they need one.  Whatever our call may be, know, beloved, that Peter, Paul and Isaiah all started in the same place.

Regardless of age, or looks, or health, at every moment, sometimes even in our very last breath we have the ability to share God’s love and save another life eternal.  Go for it!  Jesus and the Holy Spirit are there to help us with the courage!

02-05-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 5, 2022
(St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr)
The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”  Solomon answered: . . . I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.  For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?” . . . So God said to him: “Because you have asked for this – not for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies, but for understanding so that you may know what is right, I do as you requested.  I give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one to equal you.  1_Kgs_3:4-13

Hmmm, interesting, for the last two days we have had people offering the world to their loved ones.  Yesterday, Herod offered up to half of his kingdom to his daughter.  A mindless, twit of a girl, she had no idea as to what to ask for.  So she ran to her satanic mother who asked for the death of her conscience (John the Baptist).  Out of selfishness, out of greed, out of ignorance, out of evil, comes death.

And then in a total opposite twist, today God offers the same choice to Solomon.  A young man born of a forbidden union.  Yet, a young man grown in the shadow of a God-fearing and loving father, King David.  A young man whose thoughts gravitated more towards justice and love, than to selfishness and greed or revenge.  Solomon’s answer, a request for wisdom, so impressed his God, that God had granted not only the wisdom Solomon sought, but the riches (that weren’t asked for) as well.

When we can please God, beloved, by loving Him and our neighbor, by obedient faith in his statutes and commands, not only will we receive what we ask for in abundance, but we will truly receive LIFE, eternal life with Him and Jesus and the Holy Spirit and all our loved ones – Forever!

And that’s the harvest we reap by planting Love!

02-04-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 4, 2022
With his every deed he (David) offered thanks to God Most High, in words of praise. With his whole being he loved his Maker and daily had his praises sung; He set singers before the altar and by their voices he made sweet melodies, He added beauty to the feasts and solemnized the seasons of each year So that when the Holy Name was praised, before daybreak the sanctuary would resound.  Sir_47:2-11

King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.” Others were saying, “He is Elijah”; still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.” But when Herod learned of it, he said, “It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.”  Mk_6:14-29

At the conclusion of every story there is always that phrase, “The End.”  Sometimes “They lived happily ever after.”  And sometimes, it’s not quite so happy. Sometimes the end is not really the end, but just the beginning of an unending series of sequels.

But the Big question at the end of every story is, “Was it worth it?”  Was it worth it to have spent the time to read, or listen to, or watch that story in the first place?  Will they ever remember: Nancy Drew or Tiny Tim; David the King or John the Baptist; or even Jesus the Messiah for that matter?  It all, just makes us wonder, “How DO those great writers seemingly immortalize their characters?”  In another thousand years, will they still know about David and Goliath?

It’s funny, because even today, when I ask the new parents in our Baptism Class, what happened when Jesus emerged from the Jordan River, after His Baptism by John, which comes straight from that “Greatest Story Ever Told,” the Bible, most of them don’t even have a clue about the dove and the Holy Spirit, even though they may have heard it 100-times in Mass, if they’re actually going to Mass.

And if the Mass is their only source of learning ‘The Story,’ then how many of them will ever remember those stories of Jephthah or Gideon, of Jacob or Hannah, of Naaman or Tabitha well enough to tell their children or grandchildren?  And, of course, with the bottom line always being, “Was it worth it?”

In our first reading today, we hear the author of the Book of Sirach quickly summarize the life of King David, some 800-years after David’s death.  And if we’re familiar with the story of David from the First and Second Books of Samuel, in the Bible, we know that there was a whole, huge amount more written about the life of this great King, that could fill dozens of sequels, beyond just the story of David and Goliath.

And yet, Sirach, in just a few short words covered THE most important part of – all of David’s story. The part about David’s immense Love for God and God’s unrelenting Love and support for David.

You see beloved, all those myriad of Stories in the Bible always end up in the same place. The place where the end is never really the end, but just the beginning of the “Greatest LOVE Story Ever Told.”

And the main character in all of those stories always ends up being – US! . . .

Where – WE are the Eve, picking the apple;
We are the Noah, building a boat in the middle of a desert;
We are the Jacob, dressing up in a costume to trick our Father into loving us more than our brother;
We are the Joseph, dreaming of possibilities, and seeing them come true, when we’re obedient;
We are the Lazarus, gaining new life;
We are the Martha and Mary, struggling between balancing the mundane duties of life, and having the time to learn;
We are the John, who gave his life saving others through Baptism.

You see, brothers and sisters, THIS truly is – the Greatest Story Ever Told, because it’s all about us,  and how WE – are and always will be – Saved by God’s Love, despite it all, for all eternity.

It is – The ONE Story that truly IS “Worth it!”

Thanks be to God, in Christ Jesus, our Love, forever!

02-03-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 3, 2022
(St. Blase, Bishop and Martyr)
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits.  Mk_6:7-13

What kind of authority do we have, beloved, over unclean spirits?  Spirits that may reside in our own hearts?  Well, if we’ve been baptized, we DO have access to the “clean,” HOLY Spirit of God.  And the Holy Spirit will guide us to know, to discern the difference between cleanliness and unholiness.  He has the authority to work within us to cleanse us of all wrong, all evil.  And once we can become comfortable with the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we might say that we have the authority to assist others in finding that Spirit within themselves as well.  THIS is the power, God has given us.  The power, the authority, to save a world, lost in immorality, and bring them into the immorTality of life in Christ!  Through that cross, that T, we can all be saved!

02-02-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 2, 2022
(Presentation of the Lord)
Thus says the Lord GOD: Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; And suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek, and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.  Mal_3:1-4

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, . . . Simeon took Jesus into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”  Lk_2:22-40

Discovering what the learned Pharisees could not see, even through his Words and miracles, Simeon recognized the infant Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah whom the Prophets foretold of from ages past.

Now, today we have 2000-years of witnesses, commentary on those words, revelations through the saints, the Marian apparitions and libraries filled with books upon books of stories about Jesus.  We really have no excuse not to rejoice just as Simeon did.  Rejoice in our salvation.  Rejoice in the peace Jesus brings us.  Rejoice in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Rejoice in the immeasurable love of God for us.  Today we celebrate His presentation in the Temple and we may just as well celebrate our own presentations at our Baptism.  We have been dedicated to God.  How are we living that dedication?!!

02-01-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 1, 2022
King David was shaken by the news of the death of his rebellious son, Absalom and he went up to the room over the city gate to weep. He said as he wept, “My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you, Absalom, my son, my son!”  2_Sm_18:9-10,14b,24-25a,30–19:3

A father’s love goes beyond anything a son can do against him.  But, you know, beloved, sometimes those children just can’t understand what drives a parent to say and do things that are really meant to protect them, meant to learn about their thoughts and feelings, meant just out of love.  And sometimes we parents say things that just don’t come out the way we mean, as well!  And yet that hurt, that misunderstanding can last forever.  And when we lose those we love, maybe not even by physical death, but death by spite, death by hatred, death by non-communication, they just can’t imagine the pain we go through for loss of their love.  And like David, and like God our Father, and like Jesus, we would rather die ourselves to save them, than to see them die because of us.

Today let’s pray for all fathers and sons.  Pray that love may be restored and that the peace of Christ may reside in all of our hearts.  Blessed be God forever!


Happy February, beloved!
God’s blessings!

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