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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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“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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