Sunday, December 27, 2020
Sunday, December 20, 2020
For the first three weeks of Advent we have been asking ourselves - are we ready to meet the Lord when He comes? If our lives ended today - would we end up in heaven ? If we died today - where would we spend eternity? For three weeks we have inventoried our lives - looking to our final destination. Now in the Fourth week of Advent - our focus switches to Jesus - His birth - what it means to us that God came down from the heavens to live with the very people He created - why He came as an infant - not an adult - why He chose to go through the birthing process - the growing process from child to adult - enduring - embracing the hardships - experiencing life - just as any ordinary human does. To some these questions - very confusing. To others - no issue - for a God who exists outside of time - 30 years a drop in the bucket - for we are told (2 Peter 3:8) "with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day", Simply stated - for God who is eternal - outside of time - it was nothing - a blip in the calendars of the world. Experiencing life just as His people - what better way to really get to know them - understand them - understand what our needs were - the temptations we would face - the accomplishments we would experience.
For with God - nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37) - what He desires for us - what He needs to do to help us - never impossible - knowing that He - Jesus is always at our side - that He fully knows our needs - we go forward as we end Advent - we go to the crib of our Lord - knowing that He is always with us. In the crib - at our side - holding our hands - together we celebrate Christmas.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Pink - Rose - Purple - on this Third Sunday of Advent the focus is not on the color of vestments worn at Holy Mass - rather - Joy - Happiness - Hope. As people of hope we pause and reflect on where we might possibly find moments of joy - cheer - happy events that bring pleasure into our lives. Advent - unlike Lent - which is a time of penance - is the season in which we reflect and review our lives and what we have accomplished - how good we are. In Advent - we should focus on how we can improve - become better Christians . All too often - others - meaning well - lead us on a path of discovery - focusing only on our failures - disappointments - wrapping the good - happy moments - in stories that overshadow any cheerful moments we could remember.
Rather than focusing on our failures - we need to unwrap everything that is hiding the cheer that is in our life. With the help of Jesus - we may see our goodness - too often hidden by guilt - anxiety - distractions - placed in front of us by the world. As Christians we live counter cultural to what the world says is important. People not things are what helps us unwrap our cheer. As we continue our Advent journey - may all of us rediscover the cheer in our lives.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
On this Second Sunday of Advent we hear - "Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God" (Is 40:3) - prepare a path for Him. We have been called to go before Him - to smooth out the path - to make clear for His feet - to prepare hearts - to hear His message - to be heralds of His message. The majority or us will ask - how? How can we possibly do that? We are not theologians - priests - deacons - not trained in Holy Scripture - not comfortable sharing our faith with others - not people of influence. How may we do as He asks - as limited as we are? In faith we go into the world - to walk a path of faith.
The reality of the matter - all of us have been called - through our baptism - we have been given everything we need. We believe - therefore we can share what we know with all that we meet. We are not called to debate - only to share our faith - our belief. It is up to those who hear - to sort out our message - to digest it in their minds - hearts - to let the words we share grow within them. Like farmers - we are called to spread seeds - to let God do the watering. We share what we know freely in Advent because so many people are searching in these days for words of hope - inspiration. Whatever path we take - Jesus will always be with us.
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Sunday, November 29, 2020
Happy New Year? Now? Yes! - The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new Church Liturgical Year - in this four week period we are given a fresh chance to prepare ourselves for what lies ahead. Short vision - preparing for Christmas - the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Long vision - preparing for that time - somewhere in the future - when we will meet Our Lord Face to Face - the end of our life - the end of the world. Advent is not a penitential season - rather a time of reflection to see who we are - what we have done - where we are headed - what we need to do - to be ready for Christ's Second Coming.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Everyone is waiting for some sort of a miracle. For the majority - an end to the pandemic - for others - personal needs - new jobs - financial relief - physical and spiritual healings. Like most people - I am not the best model of quiet waiting. Since this pandemic started I have been preoccupied with so many things - primarily - avoiding people - keeping my risk to a minimum. Obviously I am not alone. Avoiding family - close friends - neighbors - wearing a mask when necessary - hiding from life. These past months have created tension - stress - concern not only for my own well being - also for my spouse - children. On top of all this - I recently had knee surgery which has placed me in a higher risk category. Adding surgical pain - physical therapy which challenges my body - lack of sleep - I am ready for a miracle.
Saturday, September 5, 2020
The beginning of September - Labor Day weekend upon us - the corn starting to turn brown - signaling that harvest will soon be upon us. And in this year of 2020 - the pandemic still very present in our lives. Face masks - restrictions on gathering in groups - cancelled vacations - students returning to school - the threat of the Corona virus still with us - numbers of those infected still growing - people confused with fake - false news - where do we turn for help? The President - governors - local authorities - just as clueless as the rest of us. It is unbelievable in the midst of a pandemic - which has affected the entire world - conspiracy theories fly around us like a swarm of murder hornets - that it is all political. It does not matter which party one belongs to - lies flying out of their mouths like bees as seen in so many horror movies. Concern for others - down the toilet like so much other political waste - where does it end? The end begins with us - you and me - responsible people who act - not react - act with common sense - study the information published by reliable sources - understand what we read - what the numbers really mean - not what others tell us they mean. A recent report stated that only 6 percent of those who died recently - only died from the Corona virus. So that means that 94 percent who died in that same time period did not die from the virus - false! The majority of people who die always die from multiple causes - drunk driving - car accident - was only one factor the cause - no - two causes. I have seen plenty of people who were drunk or in car accidents who did not die from either - same with diseases that affect multiple parts of the body - a virus that affects the structure of the lungs - lungs that fail to properly absorb oxygen - it is called cause and effect. Was it lung disease - virus infection - both? Many people have multiple medical issues who contract the virus and do not die - so what gives? Different people - different levels of health - no two exactly the same. The answer - all take precautions to guard yourself - others.
When God created the world - all was good - then evil entered and sickness followed. As People of God - we have been blessed with all that we need to live productive - helpful lives. In times of trouble - we are called to be messengers of hope - healing. The healing begins inside us - spreads to others - as we share faith that we will survive - as will many others. With common sense - taking reasonable precautions - caring for each other - this pandemic will eventually end. It takes time - faith in each other - faith in God. A prayer here and there wouldn't hurt either.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Luckily for us - we have been blessed by God with a peaceful view from our deck. Nice landscaping - a field of corn standing tall reaching upwards to heaven. Each tassel gently waving in the wind - as if God's angels were saying hello - our flag waving in that breeze - reminding us of the promises to each of us that on this planet we have the right to live and worship as we choose with promises of equality for all - a promise still not quite a reality - one day soon we pray. We realize that there are those who may not enjoy those promises yet - but through prayer and actively helping those that we can - it will become a truth - not just a dream. With God - all things are possible - in His Time
Sunday, June 14, 2020
God sent His Son - Jesus - that we might have life and live it to the fullest. That means enjoying all the benefits that this life gives us - along with the evil that surrounds us. He never said it would be perfect - with His help - better than many would expect. To complete the gifts He gives - the gift of Himself in Holy Communion - Eucharist - at every Mass we participate in whether in person - or now online - live streamed. Jesus is Lord - now and forever. Amen
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Sunday, May 10, 2020
In today's Holy Scripture - Jesus once again - tells His disciples that He is The Way. Simple enough - hard enough to comprehend - understand fully - just what that meant - still means to us today. Jesus told His disciples - no one could come to the Father without first coming to Him - The Christ. Plain and simple - no alternatives. Many seek Him - not all find Him. Distracted by worldly concerns - money - material possessions. For those who seek earnestly - He is there waiting - silently - for them - you - to accept Him as the Lord of your life. Today would be a good day to do that - say yes to Jesus - make mom proud.
Sunday, April 26, 2020
While they were walking on their way to Emmaus - two disciples talking about the Resurrection Event - encounter Jesus - not recognizing Him at first. As they walked together - their eyes opened - finally - understood everything Jesus had told them. Jesus disappeared - they turned - back to where they had been. Sharing the joy - news - new knowledge gained from that short time with Jesus. From that meeting - a new normal - not going back - rather forward - knowledge gained - guiding future events - benefiting all. It is true - once you encounter Jesus - you cannot continue to walk the same path - your journey changed - now heading in a new direction. With faith we walk with Jesus - God at our side - as we move now to a new - better - normal.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
When we learn that even with a full tool box - many issues - impossible to battle on our own. That is when we call on God - His Son - Jesus - to help us. Our first - most important tool - connecting with God. Once connected we see the various tools at our disposal - relaxed breathing - calming - prayer - meditation - contemplation - compassion - service. As we learn about these tools - as we immerse ourselves in the knowledge - given by God - study the teachings of Jesus - we become better prepared to cope with life - all that life throws at us. Immersed in the knowledge - God always with us - we stand armed to fight any battle we may face.
Sunday, April 19, 2020
For many this is a history lesson - to be digested - studied - debated over. For those of Faith - a very significant day - another day when Jesus revealed Himself to His disciples - today to modern day Christians - a reminder of God's Mercy - Love - Hope. This Sunday - Divine Mercy Sunday - we praise God that He is truly merciful - a day when our hearts - minds - souls - touch the Divine
Saturday, April 18, 2020
In our case - modern day disciples - those who have made a commitment to serve The Lord - a definite need to be well informed - to speak boldly - to freely share the Gospel with all we meet. On occasion - peer pressure - judgement by some - we might hold back - shrink from our duty - to do as we have been commanded. Gathering strength - reminded of our personal commitment - called to ignore those who judge us - to go boldly where none have gone before - reassured that Jesus - always with us - we go forth - living in boldness - just as Peter and John did,
Friday, April 17, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Walking with Jesus at our side as we journey through life - we pray - contemplate our personal future. As committed Christians it is important that each of us build our own storehouses - filled with our own prayers - acts of kindness - charitable deeds - concern for others. God has given us the space - tools needed. Our hearts -minds - contain so much space for us to fill - never reaching capacity - God always giving us exactly what we need - when we need it. Today - as this world begins to heal itself - we seek wholeness in our own lives - discarding anything in our life that is not of the Lord - creating space for our personal storehouse.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Fighting the Coronavirus - a battle that will be short lived - in time - an all clear message will be sent - people allowed to leave home - return to work. The one constant battle - ongoing since the beginning of time - battle of good against evil. Those who fight against this enemy - both warrior - hero. The struggle very real - not recognized by many - ignored by some - always on the minds of the Faithful. As Christians our battle is not against municipalities - governments - the true battle is against - The King of Liars - the One who deceives - disrupts - causes division - creates - chaos. Chaos - is not of the Lord - (1 Corinthians 14:33) - He The Lord of Lords - The Prince of Peace - is the One who journeys with all of us - as we fight all the battles of life.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Once you meet Jesus - you can not continue to walk the same path - your eyes set on new directions - avenues - to walk as you continue your growth as a disciple. The same with this pandemic - so much revealed - inadequate health facilities - unfair employment practices - unjust benefits provided by employers - government - lack of housing for those unable to provide for themselves. Jesus told us 2000 years ago - the poor will always be with us - does not explain why - after 2000 years - nations still have not found a way to address - poverty - adequate housing - feeding - clothing those poor. I recently read that in one part of the world - the people take mud - formed into patties - baked on the ground in the sun - eaten to fill the stomachs of those without food. As Christians - as people of God - now is the time to make changes. Returning to what was the norm - no longer an option - now the time to make drastic changes - to correct these social ills. As we work to do this - we will also grow in our relationship with Jesus - doing as He asked - feed His sheep - love His sheep - care for His people. The time to act is now - not later - rolling stones - we the rocks of faith - gathering no moss - as we move forward - into His future.
Monday, April 13, 2020
The majority of us know nothing about rolling stones - except for the famous English rock group founded in 1962. For the majority of believers - that issue no concern - rather a faith statement - that God moved that rock - released Jesus - to transition into the next stage of His ministry. Resurrection - spreading His word to all - now a task of His disciples. Bringing the Word of God - unbelievable story of death - resurrection - the story that got their foot in the door. Today that task still ours - many still do not know - many do not believe the resurrection event. Now as His modern day disciples - our duty - continue His work - spread His message of love - forgiveness - acceptance - tolerance - healing - to all. Nothing more - nothing less. We leave rolling stones to God.
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Today's celebration of Resurrection - the promise of New Life - Life after death - continues. This Easter - your special opportunity to focus on your immediate family - those with whom you live. Today we focus on them - Jesus - the gift each one of them is to us. Together - with united voices - across the miles - across the internet - we exclaim - Jesus Christ is Risen!
Saturday, April 11, 2020
The third day - many confuse Easter Sunday as the third day. Jesus said - destroy this temple and on the third day it will rise. In the time of Jesus - days counted from sunset to sunset. Thursday - The Last Supper - Day 1 - Friday - The Crucifixion - Day 2 - Saturday - Day 3 - The Resurrection - The Triduum. Easter Sunday - Day 4 - the people learn of the Resurrection. Tonight - final preparation for Sunday's celebration.
Friday, April 10, 2020
Today in our own way - we remember that eventful day when Christ was crucified - not for His sins - rather for ours. Our sins are the metal that held Him to the wood of the cross. Our sins - the reason He came in the first place. Our sins - that keep Him nailed there - even today. Today is the one day - we reflect on what we have done - what we have failed to do - what God did for us. His Gift to us - forgiveness - reconciliation - resurrection. Our gift to Him.........?
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Our focus - our relationship to Jesus - God - what we are called to do - what we have done - failed to do. Have we washed feet - carried a burden for another - offered a drink to the thirsty - given money to the poor. Have we made an intentional donation to a food pantry - care center - resource center for those in need. In these days of isolation - sheltering at home - have we called - parents - siblings - friends - anyone - have we accepted - with Grace - our difficulties - thought about those who cannot care for themselves. These are the three Holy Days - it is up to each of us - to make them - Holy.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Throughout history - many battles fought - won - lost - by people all over the world. Some large - some very small. In all battles - always a winner. This current battle with Corona Virus - not our first - not our last. We may be down - feeling subdued - not out. We have not lost - we will not lose. In all battles - time determines the final winner. A few days left in Lent - our 40 days in the desert drawing to a close. When Jesus was ready to leave the desert - His battle with the Evil One - never gave up - walked away - to fight another day. Like Jesus - we too will walk away from this battle - like Jesus - victorious - as long as we remember - with Jesus at our side - we may be down - not out.
Monday, April 6, 2020
Sunday, April 5, 2020
For probably all of us - the first time - Holy Week - without us in attendance. To most - an extreme sacrifice - nothing to compare with the sacrifice Jesus made on the Cross - for all of us. He came for all - many received Him - but not all. He came to offer us life - life filled with His Grace - not all accepted His Gift. He carried our sins onto the Cross - He endured a fate that none should experience. This Easter as we feel denied of the graces of Holy Week - may we be united with Him - Our Lord and Savior - in this once in a lifetime - Easter Sacrifice. He has endured - we will also endure. In God - in Jesus - we trust. It is all in His hands. Jesus We Trust In You.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
As a Christian it is so important that you do not worry about claims by some people that they have exclusive rights to God. We know - without a doubt - He is our God - Jesus Our Savior. As we look forward to Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem with Sunday's celebration of Palm Sunday - we rejoice that we are privileged to stand on the wayside - to wave palms - with all the others - who claim Jesus as their Lord. He is my God - I belong to Him - who do you belong to? Jesus We Trust In You..........
Friday, April 3, 2020
During Lent we are asked to look at the garden of our lives - what grows in our minds - hearts - what needs attention - what is doing well. Spending time in prayer - contemplating those things that need work - seeking answers to self improvement. For those of faith - an easier job than for those with no faith. With faith - Jesus stands at one's side - guiding - urging - helping to first recognize - then fix what may be needing improvement. His love is the ground that your faith is planted in - His Holy Spirit - the water that rains down from heaven to nurture the seeds of faith - planted in His love. As this time of Lent comes to an end - the time to harvest - those seeds planted - now a full grown crop - very near. A few days more - harvest time. Now is the time to finish this task - prepare to meet Jesus - face to face at Easter
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Jesus was frequently the object of anger - those in power - afraid that He would take their power - control - away from them. In today's Gospel Jesus - once again - in a dispute with some leaders - losing a debate about Abraham - in frustration picking up stones to throw at Him. Makes one think - for over two thousand years we have not progressed beyond throwing stones at each other. In this period of Lent we need to reflect - contemplate - those things that caused us to become angry - throw rocks at others. If recent - now a good time to reconcile - if an old conflict - never too late to say sorry - resolve old conflicts - use those stones to build - rebuild relationships - with family - friends - God.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
This is not the life that God has planned for us - He is not the one who caused this problem. People - who made mistakes - bad decisions - misinformation - the ones - creating - stirring the pot of confusion - fear. Worry is not of the Lord. In John 14:1 Jesus told us "
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
In these days of the pandemic - the same goes for adding an additional level of protection - calling for the blessings of God to wrap your home in a bubble of protection. In the Hebrew Scriptures in Exodus 12:23 the Israelites were told to put blood from the lamb over the top and sides of the door frame so that the Angel of Death would pass over their homes and keep everyone inside safe when he was seeking the lives of the Egyptians who were oppressing them. In a similar vein - as Jesus - the Lamb that was slain - we are suggesting that Christians place the image of the Divine Mercy on the outside of their front doors - in hopes that Jesus will protect those homes from this illness - to Seal the Doors.
We pray - Jesus I Trust in You - that by Your Precious Blood - You will protect all who live inside our dwellings. If you need an image to post on your front door one is available from the Marian Fathers at https://www.thedivinemercy.org/DivineMercyImage It is free and you can print on your home computer.
Monday, March 30, 2020
In matters of faith - we only need to look at Jesus - to trust in His words - instructions - to live a good - proper life. As our role model - Jesus showed us how to live - how to act. In today's Gospel - He did not see the point of stoning the woman to death because of her sins - rather he offered His forgiveness - told her to go - sin no more. He offers that same judgement to all of us - although sinners - we should not dwell on what we did wrong - rather learn from our mistakes - move on with our lives - not repeating what was wrong. As our time in Lent draws to a close - we need to trust that we have been learning how to be better people - to move from sin - into grace - with Jesus walking at our sides. Constantly reminding ourselves - Jesus I trust in you.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
For the past three Sundays all the Scriptures have focused on the anticipation of Easter. We have focused on water - light - new life - the baptism liturgy - celebrated with those anxiously looking forward to Baptism - Confirmation - Eucharist. The culmination at the Easter Vigil - when the Elect - would become new creations in Christ - new members in the Christian Community of the faithful. For them - us - a chance to return to Go - on the game board of life - finishing our Lenten experience - renewed - energized - filled with faith - that in the end - all will work out for the good. In anticipation of our Easter celebration - we continue our walk - with Jesus - always at our side - towards a new beginning.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
With Jesus - this is all possible. Sure some changes have to be made - very limited time outside the home - running critical errands - milk and bread only good for so many days. For us as Catholics - we need to look at this as a long Lent retreat - days in solitude - time to be alone with Jesus - walking in the desert. For those with other family members - - need to utilize different rooms - give each person their own space - time to be alone. Front porch - a private space - back yard - your private retreat - multiple possibilities exist. Time with family - time alone - all gifts to be appreciated - as we isolate. In Lent we seek Faith - in Jesus we Trust.