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3rd Week of Lent: Midweek check-up

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on March 7, 2017


Updated for Wednesday, March 7, 2018

“The Feast of Sukkoth comes about the end of our month of September or at the beginning of our month of October.  The Jerusalem Campaign will last a little over six months, with a preaching and teaching campaign that brought memories of Isaiah and Jeremiah in the same city centuries before.  And the city is waiting for this new Prophet and everyone is wondering what will happen in Jerusalem when He gets there.” ~Fr Clifford Stevens, 2nd Sunday of Lent, Homily.

Jesus said in his words to St Faustina: Let the greatest of sinners place their TRUST in My MERCY. They have the right before others to TRUST in the abyss of MY MERCY… tormented souls…that make an appeal to My Mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces then they ask… Write: Before I come as a just Judge, I first open WIDE the DOOR of My MERCY. He who refuses to pass through the DOOR of My MERCY must pass through the Door of My JUSTICE. ~Diary of Divine Mercy, §1146, in part, emphasis added.

Folks, the Open Door was the Year of Mercy from November 2015 to November 2016, on the feast of Christ the King. We were granted an extended period of GRACE from then until the end of 2017. Now that we’re in 2018, we should prepare for that Door of Justice, the Church’s purification the time of reaping what mankind has sown. There will ALWAYS be God’s Mercy available to us at all times, make no mistake; there is always HOPE.

St Peter and St Paul tell us that:

…the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? ~1 Peter 4:17

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. But REJOICE! in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also REJOICE! and be glad when His GLORY is revealed. ~1Peter 4:12-13, emphasis added

REJOICE! in the Lord always; again I say REJOICE! Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have NO ANXIETY about anything, but IN EVERYTHING, by PRAYER and Supplication with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to God. And the PEACE of GOD, which [sur]passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Phil 4:4-7

Of of my favorite readings occurred during the cycle in 2002, when the Annunciation didn’t fall on the Second Friday of Lent, and Jesus told of the parable of the man who owned a vineyard.  From Matthew, chapter 21, verses 33 to 43 :

“Hear another parable. There was A HOUSEHOLDER WHO PLANTED A VINEYARD, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and LET IT OUT TO TENANTS, and went into another country.

Vineyards are everywhere throughout the Holy Land because wine is a very great commodity in both religious Jewish life and in export to the rest of the world.  In Jesus’ time, it made for a common reference for the everyday man to connect with the Kingdom of which Jesus often spoke.

In fact, there are quite a few passages where Jesus speaks of vines and pruning those which bear little to no fruit.  Even Jesus refers to the obtaining of our salvation by using a vineyard reference…

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. ~Jn 15, 1-2 (the sub-title of this chapter is: Christ, the True Vine)

Got to bear fruit if you are to remain on the Vine which is Christ.  Again echoing St. James when he said…

But some one will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I BY MY WORKS WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH. ~James 2:18, emphasis added.

But Jesus does remind us if we will Abide in Him…

As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, UNLESS YOU ABIDE IN ME.  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him,.. it is [he] that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. ~John 15: 4-5 (does that sound familiar?), (emphasis added)

Now back to the story…

“When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them.


What inheritance do you think these tenants believe they’re going to get?

“Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘ This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’

“And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

Do you think these tenants may have fallen victim to that temptation of worshiping a fallen angel so they can have power over kingdoms?  Or do you suppose they fell into the temptation of wanting to do their own thing regardless of what God wants?  Or maybe they just believed in their own understanding of God’s word so that when THE WORD came to reveal the Mosaic truths found in scripture He was rejected, hat-out-of-hand ?  Is this any different from today?

Have not politicians, misguided prelates, and those who hunger for power twisted and manipulated scripture for their own ends?  Does not our society today try to justify alternative lifestyles when they take passages referring to the Love of Neighbor out of context?  What do you suppose will happen to them which do these very things for their own ends?…

They said to Him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”

I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,  while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” ~Mt 8:11-12


“I AM the Vine, you are the branches…” Jn 15:5

We must, therefore, be counted among the branches of THE VINE; and when God prunes us and leaves behind the remnant BUT FAITHFUL few, the fruits HIS VINE will bear will be greater than before!

…My Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch of Mine that bears no fruit, He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit HE PRUNES, THAT IT MAY BARE MORE FRUIT.~ Jn 15: 1-2

It is WHY we MUST PRACTICE saying: Lord, YOUR WILL BE DONE!  I can DO NOTHING without YOU!  Bless me, and make me holy…


Let me sing…

Let me sing for my beloved a love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?

Therefore my people go into exile for want of knowledge; their honored men are dying of hunger, and their multitude is parched with thirst.  Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetite and opened its mouth beyond measure,…  Man is bowed down, and men are brought low, and the eyes of the haughty are humbled. But the LORD of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows Himself Holy in Righteousness.

~ISAIAH 5: 1-4, 13-14a, 15-16

Further Recommended Reading:

The Judas Prophecy

7 Seals of Revolution
The Season of Faith

Like a Thief…!

What It Means to be Reconciled

How Do You Respond to Mistakes?

Entering the Prodigal Hour

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“Prepare Ye the way of the Lord”…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on March 28, 2009

Now that we are in the last three weeks of Lent, I thought I might be appropriate to provide a summary of the writings that have presented themselves over the last few weeks pertaining to the readings at daily Mass.

Remember, Lent IS a time of preparation.  But in this day and age it is safe to state, THIS LENT SPECIFICALLY is a time of preparation as the Church approaches her Passion:

[Jesus] answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times… Mt 16:2-3

32  “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. ~Mt 24:32-33

37 As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man. ~Mt 24:37-39

43 But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect. ~Mt 24:43-44

36 But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man.” ~ Luke 21:36 (cf. Rev 7:13-17)

So, the readings listed below remind us of the need for repentance from our sins, the need to frequent the sacrament of Reconciliation – especially in these final days of Lent as this Sacrament is traditionally made more readily available.  See each as they are given by our Loving Father who only chastises those whom He calls His own.

11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, 12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. ~Prov 3:12

19 Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. ~Rev 3:19

Therefore, we should HOPE in the Lord, for His mercy is overflowing and His Love knows NO BOUNDS.  As a Father welcomes home his wayward son (cf.  Lk 11:15-31), so much more will the God of the universe welcome home wayward sinners who cry out to Him for Mercy!

Further Readings:

Needing Some Divine Mercy?
Ash Wednesday Let Us Begin!
Repent and Believe Part I
Repent and Believe Part II
God Continues to Call Us

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