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 is concerned about a certain weakness in human beings – the lack of a persevering spirit. To develop our spiritual life of prayer, we must we willing to continuously work at it. Even if we do feel the discomfort that perseverance brings forth, it is paramount that we continue to grow in our prayer life. The prophet Isaiah says that the Word of God will not return to heaven before it completes its task on earth. The Word of God is Jesus Christ. He perseveres during his earthly ministry – especially during his suffering and passion. He neither runs away from his task, nor stops preaching and doing good. He faces many challenges and never gives up. The Gospel gives us the image of the fruit, that falls on fertile soil, and bears an abundance of fruit. In the same way, we are called to bear an abundance of fruit – love, joy, peace, perseverance, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control. Thank you Saint Kateri Tekakwitha for teaching us the gift of perseverance and success
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
Jesus continues his teaching from Last Sunday. What does it mean to be a Christian in our pluralistic world – a world of various beliefs and spiritualities? He gives the answer through a story about a child. Today he emphasizes humility. The Christian is not one of pride and conceit. He/she is not about domination or making a victory walk that says, “I have conquered in the name of the Lord.” No! This is not the true sign of the Christian. It is about service and dialoguing with those of different beliefs. Jesus teaches these values with the example of a child. To be a member of his kingdom is to be like little children – eager to learn, inquisitive, humble, kind and compassion. It is through these child-like qualities, we will get to know Jesus and eventually discover the infinite love of the heavenly Father.
Reflection for 21st Sunday of Year B – Aug. 23rd 2015
Over the past Sundays the Church has been presenting to us the challenges Jesus faces, as he tries to teach and live the New Wisdom to his followers. Jesus’ teaching is new and authoritative. He teaches with confidence. Again, this Sunday Jesus is trying to let his followers understand that he is the New Spiritual and Divine bread come down from heaven. His flesh and blood are the New Divine and Spiritual wisdom that liberates us of our past sins, our past hurts, our painful childhood memories, our historical past. In him every person and community has a new beginning. No other person can bring such peace to the world but Jesus Christ, the only son of the Father in heaven. When others left Jesus, the disciples remained with him saying, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Saint Kateri recognized this New Spiritual and Divine power and accepted it. May we continue to receive this Divine and Spiritual healing through the body and blood of Jesus at Mass.
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!
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,
Over the years,
I’ve grown to believe,
That our biggest block to internal peace can be our emotions,
It is unbelievable,
How our emotions dictate our expressions,
Regardless of the origins of these emotions,
They make themselves present in us,
Internal peace is arriving at an equilibrium,
Where our emotions,
Do not dictate our feelings or reactions,
When we encounter an external situation,
Or we remember a past hurt,
Therefore learning to control our emotions,
Is the beginning of internal peace,
We try not to give too much importance to our emotions,
They are not so important as we were made to think,
They are important,
But not so important,
We welcome them,
But we keep them at a balance,
Thus the need to be rooted in Jesus Christ,
Everything is purified in the graces of the Lord,
Welcome to the road of internal peace…
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