Today, the Church calls us to pay attention to two ways by which Jesus displays his love for us. The First Reading shows the gentle and welcoming quality of God. Moses went out of his cave to welcome and encounter God only when he heard the gentle breeze. The Gospel reminds us of another aspect of God’s caring love through his Son Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus comes inside the storm to save his disciples. Jesus rides the storm to deliver his disciples. Jesus could have immediately calmed the storm. He did not. His first attention is his disciples. He wants to ensure that his disciples have the faith to ride the storm as well. What a loving God we worship. Jesus will leave no stones unturned in his efforts at delivering us from evil through his love for humanity. His infinite love and compassion for us, pushes him to even enter and ride the storms of our lives just to get to our hearts!
Today, Jesus the Good Shepherd cares for the sheep by filling our hearts with his gift of fortitude. It is because of his infinite love for humanity that Jesus strengthens our inner-self. He wants us to be matured and responsible in our loving relationship with him and others. Jesus gives us two principal images of the Kingdom of God. On one hand, we are presented with a kingdom founded upon pearls and treasures; on the other hand, he speaks of the suffering image of ‘fire’. This should not surprise us, because the tension between good and bad is part of our very existence. Jesus’ loving presence in the world, frees and liberates us from hell. Hell is the final home for evil and all its counterparts. It is because of God’s love for humanity and the world, that hell is created. If not, the world would never be free of evil pain and sufferings. There will come a time when humanity and the world will be finally purified of all evil, sufferings injustice…Amen, Alleluia! This evil will end up in hell. Jesus has chosen us to live for him in his abundant and infinite love. In addition, Matthew 16: 18 tells us, ” And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” We have been graced and purified by his blood of endless love and compassion. Why would any human created in God’s image and likeness, baptized in Jesus Christ, reject Jesus’ everlasting love, and prefer to return to hell at the final judgement?
As Christians, we must be willing to experience inconveniences for our Catholic Faith. Faith in Jesus is not only about receiving Jesus’ divine graces through the Holy church; or only about feeling good…smile ! Faith is also concerned with the struggles which we face daily. For example, our faith should lead us to these spiritual exercises at least once a month, outside of the Eucharistic Celebration of the Mass.
– making a group to pray the Rosary in church
– making a group to pray the Stations of the Cross and not wait only at the Lenten Season
– forming a legionary group
– forming the Sacred Heart Society
– reviving past societies – Holy Name, Saint John the Baptist, Social League, etc.
– prayer group
– Spending quality time reading the Word of God in the Bible
– experiencing Jesus’ love in the Sacrament of Confession
– regularly celebrating the Eucharist
– a new society/fraternity of the Catholic Church in today’s world (Post modern World)
We should not simply accept the situation as it is today (now). Even if we do not feel like participating or doing these spiritual exercises, we are called to make the effort. While our feelings and emotions are part of the Christian life, yet the gift of faith is more than our feelings. If we were to depend only on our feelings, then we would not even go to Church to meet Jesus, because sometimes we do not feel like going to church….. We are called to bear these little sacrifices of our time, in following Jesus in the Holy Catholic Church. It is critical to move beyound the “instant gratification” of our modern times – I want it now; I need it now and with no sacrifice, or inconvenience or pain, or sweat. Today, no one wants to accept challenges that allows them to grow inwardly. I still believe in the old maxim – ” no pain no gain.” The Holy Spirit is as present in the Church today, as the first day of Pentecost
Today, it’s all about internal peace and solidarity with others – the smallest seed becomes the greatest and it is also a shelter to other birds. Jesus’ analogy is perfect. At our baptism, this seed is planted in our hearts, minds and bodies. It is “watered” and cared for, by receiving the other sacraments – Eucharist, Penance, Confirmation etc. As we become more matured and responsible members of the Church, we are called to become the persons of love, discipline and responsibility – not only for ourselves but for others. This helps us to be aware and conscious of our needs and that of our neighbours. In stretching our hands to the neighbour, we become the solid support upon which he/she depends, in times of trouble or difficulties. Whether we give an encouraging word, a silent presence to a friend or a prayer on his behalf, we are in solidarity with others.
There are those times in life when all we need to hear or read is a simple inspirational phrase to accomplish the task set before us. It’s like we know we have the potential but to bring ourselves to manifest this potential seems to be difficult. “100 Ways to feel Inspired,” is geared to “turn into action” the potential within us, as we continue our journey of love, peace and justice. It is aimed at giving us this sense of focus and direction. The underlying principle of this book is that life is not determined by its pains and hurts, but rather by our ability to continue to live and contribute significantly to the development of all after we have encountered this challenge. If one person can be helped by this book which has been such an inspiration to the author, then to God the Eternal be continuous Praise! and the author’s goal would have been met.
I am grateful and happy to be working with Strategic Book publishing company on the publication of this simple reflection!
If God saves humanity from self-destruction,
When God’s spirit guides us,
To overcome the evil,
That is within us,
Then the corresponding is also true,
When we do good,
God is returning to us,
Our own selves.” Fr. Esprit fmi
Take a breath and release, This everlasting infinite ride of a chance, That glides though the isles of man, Into the infinite abyss where he is sole, In there take a peek, And smile at thine own, For I am born, Not limited by this flesh of carnal stalk, In which my dwelling dines, But together with thine Eternal smile, We wander and embrace, All that this world of beauty, Could ever in its majesty send, In that one moment, That graced my tender heart, To this caressed and blissful sight, I have arrived.
Would you please tell that special person,
That you really appreciate them today,
And love them,
Thank them for being there for you.
Not tomorrow, not within the next hour.
I think now would be best,
No one can really understand the depth of the pain you may feel presently,
Even though it can be imagined.
Of course forgiveness is probably far, far away from your mind at this time.
No one is rushing, pushing, or enticing you to walk the roads of forgiveness.
But at some point as you gradually emerge out of this abyss of pain.
Can you find it in your heart to forgive…
Impossibilities do become possibilities,
This is primarily for you,
What is interesting about unforgiveness,
Is that it contains an element of “sweetness” or revenge.
Who does not want to enjoy an “element of sweetness”
This is only the icing or outer coating,
For beneath lies a complex mass of emotional pain,
Which in time should be released,
To walk the roads of forgiveness takes time,
For it is a process,
But eventually we get there,
We believe to harbour unforgiveness is like carrying an extra weight,
That hinders our flight, our path,our growth,
A weight that threatens to get us crumpled,
Should we shed this extra weight,
Then slowly the light of life dawns,
Take your time,
When the time is ready you will know,
Just try not to ignore it or accept it’s finality too quickly,
It’s a process,
You are not alone,
Sooner or later we all walk this road of forgiveness,
It is a road of liberation,
We have already begun,
It is inconceivable to think outside of God,or to simply say this simple phrase “outside of God is not.” This phrase is valid as far as grammar and syntax of the English language but as a concept of the mind is really unthinkable. To say “outside of God is not” really implies that “not” as it stands conjures a conceptual reality, that exists outside of God. If this were true, then what would be this conceptual reality? What would it entail? Would it be another god? If this were true how would this new god compare to the already ever living, ever faithful God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and yes Jesus Christ who is One, the Alpha and Omega? To say that nothing exists outside of God is also unthinkable, for nothing also conjures up a conceptual reality, that becomes something. Nothing that is transformed into something does not exist on its own, it comes from God who is…… in the present, past and the future…and even this final phrase is limited in its attempt at describing all of who or what God is. God is more than our conceptual image of God. However, what we do know of God is sufficient for us to love him, a love that pushes us out of ourselves to embrace another.
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