Daily Mass Quotes – July 2022

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Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

Bubbles2Then 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 thewind.  Afterthe 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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07-31-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 31, 2022
(18th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus told a parable of a rich man who had more “stuff” than could fit in his barns.  “He said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”  Lk_12:13-21

Moral of the story?  Don’t save?  Don’t plan?  Don’t work hard to gain wealth?  No!  The point was not to not be successful in this life.  The point was to make sure everything is in its proper perspective (with God on top).

We don’t know WHEN death will occur, beloved.  So don’t OVER-plan.  Don’t plan everything for ourselves only.  Don’t NOT expect a Covid, or a recession, or an insane president, or an insane dictator to totally obliterate all of our wonderful plans.  ‘Stuff happens.’

But what we COULD plan is how every moment of every breath we have, benefits someone besides ourselves, as well.  What are our longer term plans to help those in greater need than us?  Did we smile and wave to that little child today?  Did we EXCITEDLY say hi to a friend we met at the store, whom we hadn’t seen since before covid started 2-years ago?  Did we say thanks or God bless you to a stranger or store clerk?  Did we not blow our horn back at that #$%&ing impatient speeder on the road, and maybe said a prayer instead for them AND for ourselves?

These are the treasures that God is placing in our heavenly bank accounts!  Does He need a bigger barn for them?  Maybe now is a good time to start working on that account, and to spend maybe a little less time on the ‘me, me, me’!  God will see us through!  Trust in Him!

07-30-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 30, 2022
(St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”  Mt_14:1-12

So, apparently, Herod’s faith in ‘something’ was strong enough to believe in resurrection from the dead and the ability to have “mighty powers.”  The Scriptures tell us that he enjoyed listening to John the Baptist, even though John condemned his marriage to his brother’s wife.  That really frosted the woman, who took every opportunity to see that John was eliminated, which, in the end, she tricked Herod into doing.

Herod himself, had an interesting faith background, which this article, articulates very nicely.  At its conclusion, the author, Evie Gassner, wrote:

“King Herod was a very complex character. From his Idumean roots and his Nabatean mother to his Hellenistic upbringing and the religion forced upon his ancestors, his was a life of contradictions. The evidence garnered above paints a complex portrait of Herod’s Jewish observance. If we look back at the rather confusing and contradictory evidence to the question of Herod’s Jewishness, the most reasonable characterization of his relationship with Judaism is: it’s complicated.” 

https://www.thetorah.com/article/how-jewish-was-herod

07-29-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 29, 2022
(Ss. Martha, Mary and Lazarus)
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”  Jn_11:19-27

And how strong is our belief, beloved?
Strong enough to say the words, but not really in “real life.”
Or strong enough to raise the dead and walk on water!!

“Oh,” you say, “but only Jesus can do those things!”
Jesus himself said,Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And 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_14:12-14

BELIEVE!

Jesus-Mary-Martha-LazarusImage: Painting of the Resurrection of Lazarus scene in the church Chiesa di San Gaetano and the chapel of the Crucifixion by unknown painter from 17th century – via Shutterstock

07-28-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 28, 2022
Jesus said to the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” Mt_13:47-53

The ‘good and the bad fish,’ the ‘wheat and the weeds,’ all together.  The ‘rain which falls on the good and the bad alike.’  Within this melting pot we call life, beloved, somehow we need to learn how to live together despite our differences, despite obvious wrongdoings, despite injustice.  And know in our heart of hearts that God’s justice will prevail.  Jesus tells us so!  And Jesus doesn’t lie.  We just want to make sure we’re on that ‘good side’ when the angels of judgment appear.  And for that, we pray to the Lord!  Jesus, save us from ourselves!

07-27-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 27, 2022
The LORD said to the prophet Jeremiah, “If you repent, so that I restore you, in my presence you shall stand; . . . Though they fight against you, they shall not prevail, For I am with you, to deliver and rescue you, says the LORD. I will free you from the hand of the wicked, and rescue you from the grasp of the violent.”  Jer_15:10,16-21

Jesus said to his disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”  Mt_13:44-46

Having the LORD at our side is really the best benefit of living in the Kingdom of heaven.  God, protecting us, loving us, caring for us like a mother for her beloved child.  It truly is a treasure worth everything to obtain.  Jesus promised that we truly are His, but it’s up to us to accept that promise.  The Kingdom of Heaven is ours for the acceptance!  And once received, it’s then hard not to share!

07-26-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 26, 2022
(Ss. Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Jesus said to His disciples, “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” Mt_13:36-43

Our warning and our hope for salvation.
LISTEN!

07-25-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 25, 2022
(St. James, Apostle)
Brothers and sisters: We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.  2_Cor_4:7-15

Jesus asked the mother of James and John, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.” . . .  Jesus later said, “whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”   Mt_20:20-28

Ever feel: constrained, in despair, abandoned or destroyed, brothers and sisters? Well, if so, the problem just may be, that we’re suffering this human malady called ‘amnesia;’ because, by our Baptisms, we actually hold within ourselves a “Treasure” that overcomes it all. It’s kind of like sitting at a mountain spring, complaining of thirst. Or, being at a wedding banquet and missing the cake.

Feeling Constrained?  We’ve got a freedom, so far beyond what the world calls freedom, that even in our affliction, even in imprisonment, we are more free than the very birds of the air.

Feeling Despair?  We have a hope, even beyond what the world calls hope, as perplexing as that may seem.  The Hope of eternal life!

Abandoned?  Layed off, lost loves, dismissed, ignored, forgotten?  It may seem so, from the world’s point of view, but never from God’s, because, His light, in our hearts, never goes out, even in our earthly persecutions.  We are Never abandoned!

Destroyed?  We may feel struck down, but our “Treasure,” our hope, our freedom, our Love by God  can never be taken away.

So why then, like James and John, those “Sons of Thunder,” or Boanerges as Jesus calls them, why are we still seeking earthly Glory? Maybe it’s because, like them, we still – just don’t understand God’s Kingdom.

You see, God’s Kingdom is not a Kingdom of ‘firsts and bests,’ of wealth and looks, of reserved seats or pious gestures. It’s not a Kingdom of tongues or hands, of men or women, of Latin or English, of “my way or the highway.” God’s Kingdom is really not about “me” at all. It’s all about – YOU!

When we can understand that God has got the “me” totally covered, and that He really doesn’t need any help from us – at all, it gives us the freedom to concentrate on “them” instead. When we can let go of THEIR influence on us, because we know that God has got us covered, then we can concentrate on allowing ourselves to be USED – by God, to bring Him to “them,” (or them to Him), as well.

Without even using words, we can smile a little more. We can actually shake hands, or even give a hug to our friends and neighbors (without worrying about sexuality or covid). We can heal, and feed, and comfort, and visit, and love, even without being loved in return.

You see, the Apostles who were sitting, and standing, and walking, and sleeping in the presence of  Jesus Himself, were already AT His right and His left. Without even realizing it, they were already living in His Kingdom. And you know what, beloved, so are WE!

Absolutely nothing about Jesus was about Himself, but about His Father. And that’s exactly what He was, and IS, trying to get us to understand. In serving others, we are serving our Father. In loving others, we are loving God. And in giving ourselves, we are giving that Love of Jesus, ‘our very selves,’ to the Glory of God, perpetuating His Kingdom, both in our own lives, and in the world.

St. Paul put it most eloquently today saying: “Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.”  2_Cor_4:7-15

Blessed be God forever!
St. James, pray for us!

07-24-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 24, 2022
(17th Sunday Ordinary Time C)
Jesus said, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. . . . If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”  Lk_11:1-13

Be persistent in prayer then, beloved.  Not because we have to pester God, nor that He doesn’t hear us the first time around, but that WE are the forgetful ones, and we are the ones who find all kinds of excuses to stop praying, to give up, to lose our trust in God.  Come Holy Spirit!  Fill us with Your love and wisdom!

07-23-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 23, 2022
(St. Bridget of Sweden, Religious)
Jesus told a parable of a sower, some seeds and some weeds.  The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”  Mt_13:24-30

“Let them grow together.”  The story of our lives.  But the hope is in that final statement.  We will not be burned with them!  You see, beloved, somewhere in the middle of this beautiful field of wheat and weeds, there are weeds that just may be miraculously converted.  Saved from the fires of destruction.  And between now and the harvest, it’s up to us to help in that conversion process.  “Don’t pull them up.”  we don’t want to harm the good in our revenge or in our, mistakenly thoughtful, “good deeds” of eliminating the weeds.  Love them all and pray for their souls!  With Jesus, we can accomplish great things!  TRUST!

07-22-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 22, 2022
(St. Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles)
The angels said to Mary Magdalene, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.”  Jn_20:1-2,11-18

If we remember, on Monday we heard the Pharisees ask Jesus for a sign. To which Jesus responded, that they would get no sign, except the three-day sign of Jonah. Today we see that sign revealed. But where, we might ask, were the Pharisees in all this? Well, the Pharisees were so intent on making sure that the sign would be discredited, that they sealed the stone over the tomb, just to make sure. And after it was found empty, they then paid the guards to spin a tale about the disciples stealing the body of Jesus.

Ever try to outwit God, brothers and sisters?
It’s just not possible!

And then, for most of the rest of this week, we heard Jesus striving to get His disciples and His followers to LISTEN. And He did this through some pretty creative extremes, like the shocking question on Tuesday: “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?”

On Wednesday Jesus completed His Parable of the Sower with that statement: “Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

And then yesterday Jesus complimented His disciples, saying “Blessed are your eyes, because they see and your ears, because they hear.” And yet, when the disciples reach the Resurrection, and even the Ascension of the Lord, we find that – their vision, and their hearing, and their understanding of the whole mission of Jesus was still pretty cloudy; asking Him, just before His Ascension, when the Kingdom of Israel would be restored.

Today, we might say, that the final chapter on ‘Sight and Sound,’ the penultimate sign was revealed, as a surprise character jumped into the scene to become one of the co-heroines of the whole story.

For in the midst of all the evil, all the blood, all the decisive lies, stood ‘the one’ who would unwaveringly remain with Jesus, who would never abandon her beloved, even beyond death.

Mary Magdalene was there at His cross,
– She was there at His entombment,
– and there at the stone-sealed grave,
– She was the first there on Easter morning, and
– she was the first witness of His Resurrected Person.

And in that witness, and on the instruction of the Risen Lord, Mary was the first to tell the disciples of His rising.  “The Apostle to the Apostles,” she is called by the Church.

And yet, her witness of the risen Christ is both profound and enlightening to us, as well. For in the midst of her enormous grief, and in her extreme bewilderment over the empty tomb, Mary was relentless to find the body of her beloved.

And He wasn’t found in the vision of the angels, while she fearlessly interrogated them, as to where her beloved was. And He wasn’t found in the gardener, though her sight of Him was obscured by her tears. But it was there in the calling of her name, like the Good Shepherd calling His own sheep by name, that Mary immediately recognized Jesus, without a second thought.  She heard and she listened!

Mary.”  “Rabbouni.”

“Like a dry, weary land without water, so is my soul thirsting for you, O Lord my God!”  Ps_63

Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me.” And it was not the clinging to the material, nor the desire of the flesh, that held Mary’s grasp on her beloved. It was in her soul’s refreshment, in her living that Kingdom with Jesus, that Mary knew she would find her nourishment for all eternity.

And that Kingdom just HAD to be shared with her world in order for it to grow like the mustard seed, that Jesus spoke of. For it is: A Kingdom of compassion, a Kingdom of fearlessness, mercy, unity, healing and Love. And not a kingdom of power, or money, or corruption, or materialism.

Mary Magdalene, as Mark, Luke and John cite in their Gospels, was freed in an exorcism by Jesus from seven demons who imprisoned her soul. Pope Gregory the Great, in 591AD, credited those demons with the sin of prostitution on Mary’s part. Yet, freed from her bondage to sin, Mary became one of the most zealous of Jesus’s disciples, bringing along with her many additional women followers.

All four Gospels attest that, Mary was the first to encounter the Risen Christ.

In 1969, Pope Paul VI dismissed the assessment of Mary as a prostitute, in that it was not Scriptural.

Bishop Fulton Sheen was quoted as saying: “Only purity and sinlessness could welcome the all-Holy Son of God into the world: hence, Mary Immaculate met Him at the door of earth, in the city of Bethlehem.  But only a repentant sinner, who had herself risen from the grave of sin to the newness of life-in-God could fittingly understand His triumph over sin.”

In 2016, Pope Francis raised the celebration honoring St. Mary Magdalene from a ‘memorial’ to a ‘feast day,’ placing her at an equal level with the Apostles in the saintly order of the Church.

Our take home, of course, brothers and sisters, is to continue to strive to hear God’s voice calling OUR names, to love our Lord Jesus, just like Mary, beyond all worldly desires, beyond all earthly hopes and fears, and then, to share that love, with Jesus in our communities, with Jesus in the stranger, and with our beloved Jesus in the world.

07-21-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 21, 2022
(Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, “‘Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal them.’”   “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”  Mt_13:10-17

The disciples of Jesus were listening to His parables and wondering why Jesus always used this literary form to teach them and the people.  Jesus quoted the prophets, in answer that the parables should have been piquing their interest to listen closer, but instead they closed the eyes and ears to seeing and listening at all.  And even though the disciples didn’t always get the parables either, at least they were listening, as evidenced by their asking questions of Jesus when He was done.

Ever get lost in listening to someone, beloved?  Maybe it’s over our heads.  Maybe we just have too much other stuff that we’re thinking or worrying about at the same time.  Sometimes that’s understandable.  But Jesus wants our FULL attention: Open Eyes and Ears and Hearts!  Then ponder it!  Immerse yourselves in the Scriptures.  Then look up what you don’t know.  It couldn’t be easier in today’s technological world.  And even better yet, discuss it with someone else.  Oh how we begin to fall in love with Jesus! (Like the one we’ll hear about tomorrow – Friday.)

07-20-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 20, 2022
(St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr)
Having told the parable of the Sower and the Seed that we’re all familiar with, Jesus concluded: Whoever has ears ought to hear.”  Mt_13:1-9

Well, we might think that this statement today is pretty obvious.  Why would Jesus say something so absurd, and yet so profound?  Ever know someone with ears who could not or did not hear.  Oh yes, there are those of us, especially us getting on in years who loved loud rock and roll in the 70’s, whose hearing is diminishing.  And there are those whose hearing never was very good to start with (God bless them).

But there are also those who are so centered on their own center that anything, anything coming from outside, unless it’s opposed to their center, will not be heard or seen, even things that are right in front of them.  Did you see that meteor that just flew in front of us?  Did you see that deer that just ran across the field?  Did you hear what I just said???  What?!  “I love you!” . . . Well maybe not.

Even though we all have ears, we don’t all listen.  And compounding our selective hearing, are all the noxious sounds in our culture today that make us not want to listen any more.  All we need do, though, beloved, is widen that selection just a little. Make sure we never miss the Words of God.  Words that may come from our children, our spouses or our neighbors who care for us, sometimes maybe even more than we do for ourselves.  Jesus is reminding us today that if we have ears – we really ought to hear, to listen for the wonders of God’s love all around us.

07-19-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 19, 2022
Jesus said, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”  Mt_12:46-50

And if – His “mother and brothers,” then our mother and brothers and sisters and cousins and FAMILY.  Jesus confirms His Father’s love for all of His created children, for all time eternal (past, present and yet to come).  We are God’s family beloved, all the way back to Adam and Eve.  Maybe some of us don’t realize that fact, but that’s why we have been given all of this Time, to discover it.  And it won’t be discovered if its not told.  And it will not be told if its not experienced.  So, fall in love with Jesus, beloved.  Experience His love and all the rest will fall into place . . love of God, love of neighbor and even love of those who haven’t yet discovered the eternal and emancipating nature of God’s love for us!  Then, GO and let them know too!

familySong link: “These are my mother and brothers”

07-18-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 18, 2022
(St. Camillus de Lellis, Priest)
Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.”  Mt_12:38-42

We live in a world that’s so filled with information, that sometimes we have to purposely close our eyes and cover our ears just to get a break from it all. Between the tv, the internet, the radio and the newspapers, we’re so bombarded with both lies and truths that it’s sometimes challenging to differentiate between them.

And yet, based on our Christian moral bias, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we often find the difference between Truth and Lie in the media, pretty obvious, especially in today’s culture.

And then, we can go all the way back to the days of the Prophets Micah and Isaiah, Jeremiah and Jonah to see the same thing. They were pleading with the Israelites to come back to the Lord their God. And, all the while, those Israelites would be crying, “Give us a sign,” with their ears covered and their eyes closed.

And the Prophets’ answer would always be the same: “You’ve already had your sign! God saved you from slavery, fed and watered you in the desert, conquered your enemies, and brought you to a land of comfort and food and peace. What more of a sign could you possibly need! If you trust in God and obey His commands, He will continue to feed and to protect you. For He is your Truth in a world of lies!”

And then, when we jump forward another 7-800-years, we see the blind and deaf Pharisees giving Jesus the same silly request: “Show us a sign!” Well, what Jesus did not say was: which ones didn’t count for you? ‘Was it the miraculous healings, raising the dead, walking on water, or feeding the multitudes that you missed?’ . . . ‘Was it the Words of the very same God who saved your ancient forefathers?’ ‘What more of a sign could you possibly need?’

And yet, a sign they would get. But only if they listened like the Ninevites to Jonah, and looked like the Queen of Sheba to Solomon. They would be witness to the Resurrection of Jesus and the Truth of Eternal Life . . . Or, instead, in their blind deafness, they would suffer the judgment of eternal separation from God, just like their ancestors in the Babylonian and Assyrian diasporas.

You know, sometimes the Signs of Truth are all around us. And all we have to do is look and listen.

Maybe it was a Marian vision.
Maybe a Saint who went through the same trials that we’re struggling through.
Maybe a Eucharistic Miracle.
Maybe something as simple as the answer to an unsolvable problem.

– Maybe a Love.
– Maybe a Death.
– Maybe a Light.

Or maybe just that overwhelming feeling of Peace . . .

We don’t need to ask.
Jesus fills us with new Signs with every breath we take,
when we Trust in Him!

St. Camillus pray for us!

07-17-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 17, 2022
(16th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Abraham saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them; and bowing to the ground, he said: “Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go on past your servant. Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet, and then rest yourselves under the tree. . . . Abraham hastened into the tent and told Sarah, “Quick, three measures of fine flour! Knead it and make rolls.” He ran to the herd, picked out a tender, choice steer, and gave it to a servant, who quickly prepared it. Then Abraham got some curds and milk, as well as the steer that had been prepared, and set these before the three men; and he waited on them under the tree while they ate.  Gn_18:1-10a

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”  Lk_10:38-42

So, how do we welcome the Lord into our presence, beloved, like Abraham and Mary, going out of our way to listen, to please, to feed, to be fed, or like Martha, complaining, blaming and burdening.

And who is this “Lord” who comes into our lives?  It may be our next customer.  It may be those two young men in white shirts and black pants knocking at our door on a hot summer afternoon.  It may be the poor man standing on the island at the next traffic light wanting some help.  It may be that unruly, poorly dressed person who walks into our Sunday Mass.

Do we ever know when the Lord comes into our presence, what He will look like and how we’ll react?  Maybe it will be an interruption of something important that we’re doing.  Maybe it will be a distraction to how we expect things to look or occur.  Are we always ready to respond by running to our Lord with open arms and gifts galore.  To feed them, to listen to them, to CARE, to Love!

Maybe it’s something we need a little more practice in, beloved.  How to love the Lord in the stranger, or even those close to us!  HOSPITALITY!

07-16-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 16, 2022
(Our Lady of Mt. Carmel)
Jesus cured many people, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet: ‘Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.’  Mt_12:14-21

Our hope!  Not shouted on the street corners, but known in our hearts.  Jesus didn’t come to beat religion upon people’s heads.  But He did come to teach them how to live in peace, how to envision justice and how not to show others ‘the Way.’  Not breaking the half broken and not snuffing out those who are nearly dead because of the world.  We are to comfort them in compassion, love even the unlovable and pray for those who refuse to listen.  His Kingdom come and His Will be done!

07-15-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 15, 2022
(St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to the nit-picking and condemning Pharisees, I say to you, something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”  Mt_12:1-8

On Sunday, we heard the story of the Good Samaritan, where we saw a Jewish Priest and a Levite refusing to help a battered man because it would break their religious cleanliness law. In simplest terms, they held the Law, their Temple, and their Bible, the Torah – in a higher priority over compassion and mercy.

Today, again we see the Pharisees nit-picking on the Sabbath laws. And yet, before we flog and crucify all the Pharisees, Scribes and Priests of Jesus’s time, we really should get a little feel for where they were coming from, themselves.

You see, God gave Moses and the Israelites the Ten Commandments, because the people were pretty  stiff-necked and unruly. They needed some order, some guidelines, and the authority, which only God could provide. They also needed some human leadership, which was provided by Moses and the Levite priests.

Now, what the Levites found, was that there was often a fine gray line when making decisions between the absolute obedience or disobedience of those Commandments. Was it really a lie or not? Was it stealing or just borrowing? Is a fetus a baby human or not? Was it really a murder, or did he accidentally fall upon his sword? What about adultery and divorce? And what actually constituted work on a Sabbath?

So, they felt that those ‘simple TEN,’ then, had to be elucidated, further defined and expanded. And expanded they were! Into a whole Book of its own, called Leviticus, the Book of the Law.

In the meantime, even with all those laws, the Israelites, who still couldn’t get along with one another, ended up breaking into two separate nations, lost their faith in God, and were eventually, both, conquered and exiled by foreigners. When they finally got back together in Jerusalem, they found their Temple destroyed, their Levites having to start all over again from scratch, and they were still battling with the Greeks and Romans. The leaders, themselves: paranoid, protective and defensive, put all  their eggs in the basket of their Law and their Temple, just to keep some semblance of order. Nothing out-prioritized these, even the welfare of the people.

The Law, the Temple and their God (in Name only), became their excuses for power, self-protection, laziness and survival against their oppressors.

We see the antagonism between Jesus and these religious leaders throughout the Gospels, because: Jesus was giving the people the attention they were starving for  both, through the action of God, not just in His Name, and with the rationality of mercy and compassion instead of legalism.

Where the Pharisees would contend that: “If one simple Law was broken, then what would keep them ALL from being broken?” . . . Jesus would respond, “Where one person, was healed in body or soul, many more would follow suit, until the whole world was healed.”

In Mark’s Gospel version of this Scripture passage, Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.” Simply put, all of the commandments and laws were given to us for our own benefit, and not for the sake of punishment or overly strict adherence. Yes, the laws are critically important for morality, order and peace, but respect for human dignity, compassion, and mercy always outranks strict legalism.

In the end, we’ll let God be the final judge where justice is concerned. But, as for we and our households, we will serve the Lord and our neighbor – through our mercy, and in our love, and even in sacrifice, when or if that might be needed.  Because, Jesus is Lord of our hearts!

07-14-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 14, 2022
(St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin)
Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”  Mt_11:28-30

Need a break, beloved?  Lost love?  Lost job?  Lost somewhere in this space we call life?  Or maybe not lost but wish you could be?  Overworked?  Over burdened?  Too much bad and not enough good?  Come to Jesus.  Take His yoke upon you and find the rest, the love, the job, the everything you ever needed in Him.  Love!

07-13-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 13, 2022
(St. Henry II, Roman Emperor)
At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.”  Mt_11:25-27

Just when we think we’re finally starting to understand it all, life throws another log in the fire.  What?  Why?  Where?  Who????  But what we do learn in time is that no matter how much we study and learn and advance, there’s always more, there’s always something new.  Sometimes, we do better just understanding that we don’t know it all and never will.  That’s the revelation of a child.  So, fill me with just enough, Lord, to help me get by.  And in the process help me to know just how to share your wisdom and love, in all humility and compassion, with those who haven’t yet heard!  It’s ALL Yours!  And for You, we give praise!

Birthday blessings to our awesome son, Fr. James.
Thank you for so beautifully answering God’s call!
All our love always!

07-12-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 12, 2022
When word came to the house of David that Aram was encamped in Ephraim, the heart of the king and the heart of the people trembled, as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind. . . . Then the LORD said to Isaiah: Go out to meet Ahaz, . . . and say to him: Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear; let not your courage fail . . . Unless your faith is firm you shall not be firm!  Is_7:1-9

Both the Old and New Testament Scriptures today prophesy gloom and doom for the peoples and nations who fail to remain steadfast in the Lord.  For the Northern Israelites and for the Arameans their fall was imminent.  Unfortunately the Judeans and King Ahaz were not far behind.  God reminds them and us, beloved, to turn around if we’ve fallen away from our faith.  And if we haven’t, we truly need to strengthen that Faith every day in Word and deed, because the enemy is always there, prowling around like a lion to drag us away.  Count on the Holy Spirit and pray to our Father through Jesus.  He WILL strengthen us!

07-11-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 11, 2022
(St. Benedict, Abbot)
Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household. “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”  Mt_10:34-11:1

What greater pain, we might think, could there be than to lose a child, or a spouse, or a parent?  What greater sword could pierce our hearts?  But what about when a spouse, or a child, or a parent deserts you for an unknown reason?  The sword doesn’t end with death, and then you go on with life, but it is still there every day, twisting and turning in your heart.  What did I do to deserve such hatred, such abandonment, especially when I thought I was loving them with all my heart and all my soul and all my strength?  If I only knew what caused such treatment, I would repent, I would cross the world on hot coals to beg their forgiveness.  And yet, it’s not to be, and probably never will be.  And in the meantime, all I could do is beg the Lord’s forgiveness, take up my cross, just as He did, and move on.  Maybe it’s a life I never want to find anyway.  So I give it all up for Jesus, just as He did for me.  Maybe I can never ever be worthy enough for them, even though I died and will continue to die forevermore for love of them.  But I do know that I am worthy enough for Jesus.  And I offer this life not just for them, but especially for Jesus.  Please heal me Jesus and forgive my every thought and action that goes against You.  Help me to cross this desert with leather foot soles.  Open my heart to recognize that the fire burning within me is not only your sword, your cross, but the Holy Spirit burning away the impurities and refining my soul!

07-10-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 10, 2022
(15th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’  Lk_10:25-37

If we were to hear the term “Good Samaritan” in today’s culture, pretty much everyone would have some inkling of an idea as to what it means. We see the name used for places like hospitals, and nursing homes and care centers. Google would define a “Good Samaritan” as someone who compassionately offers help to a stranger or someone in need.

And we’re all, well familiar with stories of Good Samaritans in our own day, and the risks they take in stepping out of their comfort zone, to help someone, who, they never know, might turn around and sue them for their, maybe, unwanted help. And so, because of their good intentions, we’ve made laws that protect people who voluntarily help strangers, as “Good Samaritans.”

And yet, the true meaning of a Good Samaritan, based on the parable that Jesus tells us in Luke’s Gospel, is not always fully understood. You see, Samaritans were not so “Good” in the eyes of the Jews. As a matter of fact, they were the epitome of “Bad.”

And to fully understand that fact, and the deeper meaning behind Jesus’s parable, we need a little background to the story, like exactly, who were these Samaritans?

It’s actually a long story, but in the most concise terms, the Samaritans were the Jewish people of Northern Israel, who were left behind after the Assyrian conquest of their nation, some 2700-years ago. They were not even worthy to be taken as slaves. They intermarried with non-Jewish, Gentiles and many of them worshipped idols.  Those who worshipped God, did so on the mountain of Gerizim, instead of at the Temple in Jerusalem. And they hated the Jews of Jerusalem just as much as the Jews hated them. So, to a Jewish Rabbi, the term “Good Samaritan” was truly an oxymoron.

Now, the story begins with one of these non-believing, Samaritan-hating Rabbis, and a legal scholar at that, taunting Jesus with a simple question. “What do I have to DO to gain eternal life?” You see he already knew the answer, as did everyone else in the Jewish community. So, Jesus throws the question right back at him, to get the complete, legal answer he expected.

The scribe knew that Moses tells us in Deuteronomy 6:5 that: “you shall love the Lord, your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength” And he also knew that Leviticus19:17-18 tells us that: “You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart.  …  You are to take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your fellow countrymen.  AND, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

And yet, in the legal mind of the Scribe, and the Jewish Religious Leaders, the Samaritans were not their countrymen, nor were the Gentiles, nor the Romans, nor the Tax Collectors, nor any other Sinner. And Jesus, Himself, was on the questionable side of that list as well. So, with all of those restrictions, he then, asks Jesus, just who were his neighbors.

Now, keep in mind, that those two commandments, to love God and to love our neighbor were simple condensations of all the details that God presented in the Ten Commandments.

The first three describing our love for God:
1. by Worshipping Him alone,
2. by Respecting God’s holy Name, and
3. by Respecting God’s holy day.

And the next seven describing our love for our neighbor, by:
4. Respecting our parents,
5. Respecting life – in not killing
6. Respecting our spouse – by keeping our vows,
7. Respecting the property of others – in not stealing,
8. Respecting others in our words – by not lying,
9. Respecting the relationships of others – by not coveting people, and
10. Respecting the property of others, even in our thoughts – by not coveting things.

Of course, we know that we cannot have an informed conscience without being, at least familiar, with these basic laws of life, the laws of love.

And Moses tells us that we don’t even need to study these laws of common human dignity, because they are already written in our hearts. And yet, God’s laws, written in our hearts, do us absolutely NO good,  unless they are lived out in our lives. Unless we DO what they call us to do, to love God and our neighbor without condition, without prejudice, without animosity, just as Jesus did with us, as unworthy as we may be.

So, How DO we gain eternal life, and Who IS our neighbor?

It takes a little more than just book knowledge.  Jesus knew exactly what that Scribe needed: a little humility, and a little compassion. And he knew exactly how to reach him, through his own conscience.

And thus, we have the parable of the GOOD Samaritan.

Failed by both a Priest and a Levite, for their overly high regard of the law, in not wanting to defile themselves by coming into contact with death, the victim of the robbery was compassionately saved, instead, by, of all people, a Samaritan. To the extreme cost of his own risk of life, his own defilement,  his own monetary expenditure, and his own time, this Samaritan showed the Scribe, and us, beloved, the true meaning of being a neighbor.

Beyond,  just being a compassionate helper of the needy, the Good Samaritan is the one – you’d never expect it from. He is the Christ in the pool of vipers, in the culture of avoiders. And we are the robber’s victims, while our Church is the nurturing Inn.

She is the Dorothy Day, the Mother Teresa and the Katharine Drexel, the Francis of Assisi in a world of wealth and a world of poverty.

You see, we’ll never know if the robber’s victim in Jesus’s parable was a Jew or a Samaritan, a Gentile, or even a priest himself, but to that Good Samaritan, it really didn’t matter. His love for God and His love for neighbor in action, brought him to that very same kingdom, that open gate of eternal life, that the Scribe so blindly missed.

Our call today is to listen to the song of the Holy Spirit in our own hearts, to see Christ in the Rich AND the Poor, the Friend and the Enemy, and to understand that they’re ALL our neighbors, to hunger and thirst for sharing God’s love and compassion with the needy souls all around us, and then, just as Jesus implored the inquiring Scribe, then, to “Go and DO likewise!”

07-09-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 9, 2022
Jesus said, “do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.”  Mt_10:24-33

No fear!  Trust in the Lord and the Lord alone!

07-08-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 8, 2022
Jesus said to his Apostles: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men,  for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”  Mt_10:16-23

And so, this giving without cost isn’t really without cost.  It cost Jesus.  And it very likely may cost us as well.  The cost, of course, being the rejection, not only of Jesus’ message, but of us as well.  In a culture of death, death doesn’t take lightly any talk of life: life in the womb, life in the schools, life in the battlefield, life in the prisons.  All death wants is more death.  And so we see riots in our cities.  We see violent opposition to laws that protect life.  We see death threats, hatred, evil and blame.  There’s always the blame.  And blame that doesn’t even make any sense.  Contradiction, ignorance, evil and hatred are all the tools of the the evil one.

Today Jesus talks to us about the “cost.”  A cost that will eventually result in our redemption, because we know that death is not an end, but a beginning.  By our baptisms, Jesus gives us our link to the Father through the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.  We need not fear death, or punishment, or suffering, because the Spirit will console and heal and strengthen us.  And that’s exactly what we want for them, as well!  They just refuse to listen.  But we will not refuse to keep on trying!   Blessed be our God!

07-07-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 7, 2022
Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”  Mt_10:7-15

Life, breath, wisdom, discernment, free will, sight, sense, home, hope, reason, insight, love . . .  What have I received, without cost, we ask?  Shall we go on?  God has truly blessed us.  So what’s holding us back from sharing those blessings, beloved?  The Kingdom of heaven is awaiting all who believe.  Maybe it’s time for us to let them know!  This IS our primary calling in life!  And Jesus shows us exactly how it’s done!

07-06-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 6, 2022
(St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr)
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”  Mt_10:1-7

We HAVE the capability of living the Kingdom of Heaven, both now and for eternity.  We have the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and we have Jesus to intercede for us with the Father.  It’s OUR choice, beloved.  Choose Life!

07-05-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 5, 2022
(St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Priest)
At the sight of the crowds, his (Jesus’) heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”  Mt_9:32-38

Sheep or shepherd, beloved?  Yes, we definitely need more priests to shepherd us with the Body and Blood of Christ and all the Sacraments, but we also need lay priests as well.  We need brothers and sisters with Christ in their hearts to heal a world of lost sheep.  Yes, especially today, the harvest is abundant.  Will we be the Shepherds for Christ or just another lost sheep? Come!

07-04-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 4, 2022
(St. Elizabeth of Portugal, OFS)
While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”  Mt_9:18-26

Fly me to the moon!  Raise the dead!  Walk on water!  Maybe those types of requests seem to imply a great deal of audacity.  Maybe a great deal of faith.  But requesting the impossible of someone you’ve seen the impossible from, is another story.  Love drives all kinds of impossible and incredible actions. And this is the kind of love Jesus is looking for from us.  What are we willing to ask, for Jesus?  What are we willing to do, for Jesus.  And how much love for others do we have, to bring Jesus to them?  Something to think about, beloved.  Something to work on!

Happy Independence Day to all of our American readers!
And God’s blessings always – in Jesus’ Name!

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07-03-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 3, 2022
(14th Sunday Ordinary Time, Yr. C)
Jesus said to His disciples, “Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.”  Lk_10:1-12,17-20

Carry no possessions that can be lost or taken away.  Jesus, your greatest possession, who is in your heart, IS all you need.  Be cautious with whom you greet.  Not everyone has an open mind and heart.  And many will just want to drag you down with their own miseries in order that you be as miserable as they.  They will be as irreparable as was the old, ripped cloak with a new unshrunken patch.  And then, be equally cautious with those you confide in.  If they are unwilling to accept your gift of peace, then maybe they are not worthy of your confidence either.  Offer generously, but confide prudently.  But, in the process, keep on building.  As quoted in the old movie, “If you build it, they will come!” (Field of Dreams, 1989)

07-02-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 2, 2022
Jesus said, “No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.” Mt_9:14-17

Jesus was constantly revealing Himself and God’s kingdom to his followers.  In this metaphor, in referring to the Pharisees as the torn, old cloak, and Himself as the new patch, Jesus was explaining how sometimes the old and the new just do not blend together very well, especially when the old refuses to change and the new continues to grow further from the obsolete or damaged ways of the old.  In saying this Jesus wasn’t negating all of the Jewish past.  As a matter of fact, at one point He said that not the smallest aspect of the old law was being negated.  But some of the actions of the Jewish leaders were not, in themselves, consistent with those old laws.  Thus the tear in the old cloak.  A tear that was not repairable with anything new.

Now if we were to move that concept to today.  Myself being of the old cloak persuasion.  I see a little of how not all of the new is all that good as well.  And it’s not all bad either.  But sometimes the new can get some good lessons from the old too.  And, just maybe, it’s the new that really has the hole, and not unlike Jesus’ metaphor, there is no way the old can ever be used to repair it.  Then it gets to be the time for a ‘better new’ to arise.  Maybe we’re trying too hard to be “all inclusive,”  “non-judgmental,” and “open to anything and everything” (relativistic).  But sometimes not everything is good or right, and sometimes judgment IS necessary, and sometimes all-inclusive doesn’t work either.  We need to have a moral compass!  OH, duh, we already have one?!!!

Jesus is the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.
Maybe it time for a little less “me” and a little more Jesus!
Amen?  AMEN!!!

07-01-22 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

July 1, 2022
(St. Junipero Serra, Priest)
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”  Mt_9:9-13

Sometimes we appreciate things a whole lot more when they’ve been denied us. We realize how much we need and want water when we’re living in a desert. But those living in a land of drought or poverty also learn how to survive with only a limited amount. That’s why the economically poor in places like Mexico and Central America have such strong Faith. They literally live BY it!

We’ve come to understand how much more good health means to us after being threatened by a pandemic. And we take the greatest measures to avoid getting sick.

Unfortunately, there are always those who take advantage of people who suffer; triple charging those who are dying for water in a drought, creating a shortage of safety masks in a pandemic, or even hoarding, of all things, toilet paper!  These were the types of abuses that the Prophet Amos was warning the Israelites to stop. And God wasn’t very happy with them.

But what about a famine of holiness, a famine of morality, a famine of God? We can almost get a little sense of it through that same pandemic, when we were not allowed to go to Mass. And we thank God for the technology that provided us with Zoom.

But what happens when we run out of priests? What happens when the radicals who are now defacing and burning down our churches, who are killing our priests in Africa and Mexico, and who are prohibiting worship, as in China, what happens when they come to our own neighborhood?

You see, it won’t be us. It won’t be WE, who are most familiar, most comfortable in our faith, who will suffer the most.  It will be the Spiritually Poor. Jesus said that He didn’t come to heal those who were already well, but those who were sick. And when the metal hits the fan in our own neighborhood, it will be US who will need to step up and encourage the faint of heart and the weak in spirit.

And we can do exactly that, through our words and in our actions, the words and actions of Jesus who dwells in or own hearts, even without the books, or the church buildings, or the heavenly choirs. We become the Light in the darkness, the Song of the heart and the Promise of hope to those who feel hopeless.

And we praise God for getting us to this point, both in Word and in Spirit. It truly IS a blessing that we don’t need to lose to fully appreciate, every day of our lives.

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God’s blessings!

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