Archive for October 2018

Watchman

October 22, 2018

AMDG

Isaiah 52:7-10, Psalm 96: 1-3, 7-8, 10, John 21:15-17

[transliteration…]

“Oh hearer (by implication, obedient one),
son of the dove (effervescence)
do you sacrifice yourself for Me?…
Then pasture/shepherd/supervise my little male sheep
(the sacrificial offerings),
My entire flock.”

“Hark!
Your sentinels raise a cry,
together they shout for joy,
for they see directly before their eyes,
the Lord restoring Zion (the Church).
Announce His salvation day after day.
Tell His glory among the nations;
among all peoples,
His wondrous deeds.”

Be a watchman,
leaning forward,
peering into the distance
to spy the restoration
God is even now bringing about
in His Church.
Raise your voice to cry aloud,
trumpet the Good News for all to hear!
Be one straining to hear,
to see,
focused on God,
on the Good,
effervescing with what you see and hear,
servant of the Message
and of those who need so desperately to hear it,
forgetful of self.
God will take care of you.
You pour yourself into what He’s doing.
And you will be at Home.

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In Whom Do I Trust?

October 12, 2018

AMDG

Blessed Friday!

The readings for the 29th Friday in Ordinary Time:
Galatians 3:7-14, Psalm 111:1-6, Luke 11:15-26

Thought #1

If I replace the word “faith” with “confidence in God”
(He can make of me what pleases Him)
and “Law” with “confidence in self”
(I can make myself holy),
St. Paul is simply laying out the foundational truth
of distrust of self and confidence in God,
extending it back to the great Abraham.

Abraham lived the Law without being legalistic.
His keeping of the Law was a result of his faith, not a substitute for it.

Brothers and sisters:
Realize that it is those who have faith [confidence in God]
who are children of Abraham.
Scripture, which saw in advance that God
would justify the Gentiles by faith [confidence in God],
foretold the good news to Abraham, saying,
Through you shall all the nations be blessed.
Consequently, those who have faith [confidence in God]
are blessed
along with Abraham who had faith [confidence in God].
For all who depend on works of the law [confidence in self] are under a curse;
for it is written, Cursed be everyone
who does not persevere in doing all the things
written in the book of the law [confidence in self] .
And that no one is justified before God by the law [confidence in self] is clear,
for the one who is righteous by faith will live.
But the law [confidence in self] does not depend on faith;
rather, the one who does these things will live by them.
Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law [confidence in self] by becoming a curse for us,
for it is written, Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree,
that the blessing of Abraham might be extended
to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus,
so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit
through faith [confidence in God].
Galatians 3:7-14

Thought #2

It is to the extent that I am divided against myself
that I am at risk of eternal loss
(and loss in this life as well).

Peace is all about integration, unity within.
If I am divided, I will be conquered.
I must fight for peace.

Thought #3

The person who is relieved of a demon
can expect it to return.
The person who throws off a vice
can expect renewed temptation.
A swept, clean house
is not enough.
It must be inhabited, guarded.
Secular rehabilitation programs can’t provide that.
Only God can.
Why do we keep confessing the same sins?
Because the demon keeps coming back.
We can expect secular programs to only make matters worse in the long run,
as the demon brings with it seven more, more evil than itself.

Proving God’s Glory

October 9, 2018

AMDG

Blessed Tuesday!

Readings for St. Denis & Companions:
II Corinthians 6:4-10, Psalm 126:1-6, Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus’ followers are irrepressible–
the more adversity the world throws at them,
the more brilliantly they shine–
not with their own light,
but with His.
The worse things become,
the more obvious it becomes that the glory belongs to God,
not to them.
He is glorified in His works–
in mankind
more than in the rest of the splendors of Creation
put together.

Your mission,
should you choose to accept it,
is to let the Goodness and Power of God
be put to the test in your life
to demonstrate His glory
in overcoming the most severe obstacles and opposition–
like the Energizer bunny that just keeps going,
the Timex watch that
“Takes a lickin’ & keeps on tickin'”,
the crash dummy,
quality control…
all on display for all to witness.


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