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Midweek Check-up…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on February 28, 2017

CHECK-UP!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

“Soon in these Gospels, Jesus will begin His great March on Jerusalem,…but before He goes to Jerusalem, Jesus has many other things to teach His disciples.  However, they simply refuse to listen to His prophecies of His Passion and Death, and what is really waiting for them in Jerusalem.  But they would never forget His teaching, and when these days of darkness are over, they will spend the rest of their lives bringing that teaching to the world.” ~ Fr Clifford Stevens, Homily, Thursday of the 1st Week of Lent.

Are we listening?  Or are we like Jesus’ first disciples, too preoccupied with the coming Kingdom and the glory that will mean for us?

This is the time we have for PREPARATION, because soon, oh so very soon, it will be the time to follow into our Lord’s Passion and Death:

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

This is largely why it is of utmost importance to really TRY this Lent to reform our lives, beginning one habit at a time.  Did you know, that when a life begins the task of reformation it then undergoes transformation ?  Think about it!  When we begin to change our ways, our habits, and those very things which, unhappily, prevent us from doing God’s Will, suddenly those things become very unimportant as our eyes are opened, LOVE is restored, and holiness becomes the desire of our heart.

When this occurs, then your faith becomes the object of growth and NEW LIFE springs forth.  Translation: You begin to LIVE your faith, practice what you preach, and teach others what you believe.

St James reminds us of the vanity of not practicing our faith when he wrote…

My brothers [and sisters], what good is it to profess faith without practicing it?  SUCH FAITH HAS NO POWER TO SAVE ONE, has it?  If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and no food for the day, and you say to them, “Good-bye and good luck!  Keep warm and well fed,” but do not meet their bodily needs, WHAT GOOD IS THAT?  So it is with the faith that does nothing in practice.  IT IS THOROUGHLY LIFELESS…Show me your faith without works, and I [by my works will show you my faith]! ~James 2: 14-16, Evening Prayer, First Week of Lent, and [RSV]; emphasis added.

So, now the question: How has God Blessed You and Made You Holy?  How many times have YOU called out to God, acknowledging that you can do NOTHING without Him? If you can respond with, “At least a few times”, well done! Hopefully you can respond with more than “a few times”.

I do so sincerely pray that this time of preparation brings about GREAT GRACES within YOUR life.  That others also notice the change(s) in your life.  AND THAT encourages them to do the same.  For it is in the receiving of GRACE that GRACE then is able to flow from you to others.  Kind of like that “pay it forward” idea.  But always remember, you cannot give what you do not have.  So…

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” ~Mt 7: 7-8

LET US PRAY: Lord, I can do NOTHING without You!  Bless me and make me Holy!

Need the skinny again on what Lent is all about?  Visit here and read on…

Further Recommended Reading:

A Tale of Five Popes and a Great Ship

Hosea 6

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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Good for evil?

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on June 19, 2008

On Monday, June 16th, the Gospel reading was from Matthew 5:38-42, or better known as the Sermon on the Mount or the continuation of the Beatitudes.  Here is the passage:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40 and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; 41 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.”

While listening to the above Gospel passage, two things came immediately to mind.  First, “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth ” “Very good, the the whole world will be toothless and blind” (Tviah, Fiddler on the Roof).  Second, “…I say to you, do not resist one who is evil. ”  To resist: to withstand, strive against, or oppose – to put up a fight against an opposing force.  When Jesus speaks of resisting, He is speaking in the same terms of the opening quote I gave from Fiddler on the Roof.  If we respond to evil with evil then “the whole world will be blind and toothless “. 

But, if we respond to evil with Love and Compassion (Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do ~ Luke 23:34 ), we exercise a greater perfection.  A perfection that Christ modeled time and time again for us; though none so completely as when He hung on the Cross and prayed for His accusers who had done a GREAT EVIL to God. 

The question for us is: Is this kind of perfections actual possible for us mere human beings?  You bet!  But, only if you allow the grace necessary for loving to flow to you from God.  After all, perfection only comes from the one who is perfect, i.e. God (cf. Mt 5:48), NOT man. 

Jesus talks about this perfect love in the next section of verses – those which we heard in Tuesday’s Gospel reading – 43 to 48.  He reminds us that even though we are persecuted by the unjust, and even though we are treated unfairly by the wicked, we are called to respond with Love and Forgiveness – a message given in today’s (June 19th) Gospel message.  This Love and Forgiveness again is only made possible BECAUSE God makes it possible, BECAUSE we have asked Him for the graces necessary to practice the above.

Do you know why God gives us these graces when we ask for them?  Because He is a Loving Father who lavishes free gifts on His Children (us) whenever we ask Him (cf. Mt 7:11).  Did I mention that these gifts are free?  You don’t have to do anything beyond asking for them…they are free, free, FREE! 

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Remember, just “ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.” (cf Mt 7:7).

 

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