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The Faithfulness and Love of God

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on August 24, 2010

The readings on Sunday, Aug 22nd, spoke about the faithfulness of God and how it is that we are assured of our inheritance as children of God.  But, as children of God, we are also reminded that discipline of the heart is necessary to bring about the Kingdom of God in our families, neighborhoods, and cities and thus should not be feared or hated.  For they who are faithful will enter by the narrow gate, eat and drink at the Master’s table, while they who chose otherwise will be left out to lament their foolishness.

Heb 12: 25-29

See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.

His voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.”

This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain.

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

Isiah 66: 18-21, Hebrews 12: 5-7, 11-13, Luke 13:22-30

“For I know their works and their thoughts, and I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and shall see My glory,and I will set a sign among them.

Mt 24: 29-31

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken;  then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory;

And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Put,  and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off, that have not heard My fame or seen My glory; and they shall declare My glory among the nations.

Mt 24:14

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.

And they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as an offering to the LORD, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon dromedaries, to My holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD, just as the Israelites bring their cereal offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the LORD.

Mt 24:13

and He will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Heb 12: 5-7, 11-13

And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons?– “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by Him.

For the Lord disciplines him whom He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.”

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

Prov 3: 11-12

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of His reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom He loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.

Isaiah 35: 3-4

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”

Heb 12: 14-17

Strive for…holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” spring up and cause trouble, and by it the many become defiled;

that no one be immoral or irreligious like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears (cf. Gen 25.29-34; 27.30-40).

Luke 13: 22-30

He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.

Remember, the Church also will have to turn her face to Jerusalem, making ready for her Passion which is now upon us:

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers.  The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. CCC§675

And some one said to Him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

Mt 7: 13-14

“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy,  that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

When once the householder has risen up and shut the door, you will begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us.’ He will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from’…

Mt 7: 21

“Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity!’

Mt. 7: 22-23

On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’

There you will weep and gnash your teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves thrust out.

And men will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God.  And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Rev 19:9

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.”

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The Kingdom of God VS the kingdom of Man

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on August 5, 2010

This writing sets itself primarily in this past Sunday’s readings, beginning with Ecclesiastes, moving within the Gospel of Luke, chapt 12, and the Monthly Message for August, reaching into a private reflection, and then concluding with the reading from Colossians with a little bit more of a private reflection and the Monthly Message.

The reflection came after a gift of time before the Blessed Sacrament, and I am most certain, as I retype it into this Post, the impact will be felt in my life greatly.  Currently, a good friend of mine is facing a possible eviction, I am without employment – again – with large bills soon to hit me head on, and another Brother in Christ is experiencing similar testing- though his effects a much larger audience than all of us put together; and it seems as if the world is about to take A REALLY MAJOR TURN that’s not necessarily for the best.  I guess we’ll wait and see on that one.

To Begin: Ecclesiastes 1: 2-3; 2:21-23; Luke 12: 16-17, 18, 20; Monthly MessageAugust, 2010

2 Vanity of vanities… All is vanity! 3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?

16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’

21 because sometimes a man who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by a man who did not toil for it.

18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods.’

20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 What has a man from all the toil and strain with which he toils beneath the sun? 23 For all his days are full of pain, and his work is a vexation; even in the night his mind does not rest. This also is vanity.

Personal Reflection: For the work of the rich man was only for himself and NOT for the Kingdom of Heaven.  When shall our work be NOT vanity?  When does our work become GLORIOUS?  ANSWER: When it is done for the Kingdom of God.

Be at peace in your work, dear apostles. Neither hurry, nor delay. Do not pause in your service to heaven, wherever that service has taken you. We move at a steady pace if we are together.

If you are working without Me, you may find yourself either hurrying or delaying. I do not hurry and I do not delay. Test yourself today. Determine your pace. If it is steady and you are calm, all is well. If your pace is hurried, and you are not calm, perhaps you have forgotten that it is My work you are doing, and not your own.

Personal Reflection: For when the human mind is NOT OCCUPIED with the concerns of the Kingdom of God, but instead is occupied with the concerns of man – something that is forever changing and passing away; it is little wonder that frustration and despair should set in when there is NOTHING for man to grasp at.

However, should we concern ourselves with the kingdom of Heaven, and those concerns that lie within, then we can quite readily take hold of MUCH.  None of the least of these being our own salvation.  Goodness and kindness are actions one can aspire to and obtain.  Love of neighbor as one self can give voice to LOVE for the poor and action in service to the poor.  Prayer for family and friends lead to the tangible actions of concern and care – as their souls and well being are the focus. Thus much is done for them such as lighting a candle, praying extra Rosaries, attending Daily Mass and offering their participation in the Sacrifice of the Mass for those needs and intentions of their family and friends.

When this is done, a steady climb is man’s assent to the Kingdom of God.  Never wavering is the path we must take.  Narrow to be sure – if for no other reason than to keep our mind always active and mindful of where we are and what we are doing.

Such are the concerns of those who focus on the Kingdom of God.  A Kingdom that WILL COME in which the Will of the Father SHALL BE DONE, on earth as it is [done] in Heaven.  Man’s kingdom is quickly passing away.

Colossians 3: 1-5, 9-11

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

If heaven has a goal to accomplish, heaven begins preparing early. Much of your service, My dear apostles, will be that of sowing seeds for future conversions.

Dearest apostles, so close to Me, can you accept this? Will you trust Me? Many people contribute to the construction of a building on earth. Think of all that happens before the building is erected. All of the materials must be created and fashioned and then assembled and there must be a plan. The people producing the materials may never see the building that is erected through their cooperation. It is this way with the Kingdom of God.

5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.

If you have stopped working for heaven, because you are sad, frustrated or discouraged, then that is a sign that you need Me to renew you and restore your confidence in our togetherness. I speak to you of abandonment and I ask you to regard the outcome of your service as irrelevant in that you are not in control of the fruits of your day. Most days, you will not see the fruits. Most days, you will not be able to understand the fruits.

This is because My beloved friends have a limited understanding of heaven’s power and heaven’s patience.

9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices 10 and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Personal Reflection continued… None may boast of being the clan to bear the likeness of Christ, for it was Christ who bore the likeness of Man.  It is Him who emptied Himself of His GODHEAD and became Man while remaining GOD.  No other can claim this for himself, so let no other BOAST of being the likeness of Christ and thus being above all others.  Only God has that privilege – only the Creator is above His creation.  For GOD IS ALL and IN ALL.  Only God – Creator – became His created in order to SAVE His creation with His own blood.

There are many hands at work in this world assembling materials for the construction of the edifice that the Father has willed for His Church on earth at this time. You are[my delight] my diligent workers who cheerfully stand forward to serve the King.

I thank you, dear friends. I urge you to trust, to patience and to lively participation in this plan, wherever I have placed you. Rejoice! Show others the happiness that comes with knowing you are loved and protected.

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