What a dream…

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Gift: Fortitude

Reading: We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)

Observation: I had a dream last night that I believe was a foreshadowing of the communion service that I asked to be able to lead today. I was given the choice to lead this week or next and I chose this week. The dream that I had involved an older person who had passed away that was brought into the small chapel before our service started. I walked out in order to give the people that were mourning the death of their lost loved one a chance to be alone with their loved one who was asleep. I think this dream is a reminder to me that we spend too much time mourning for the dead and not enough time living in new life that Jesus died to give us. If our loved ones who passed away before us were to come down from heaven and say anything to us, I think they would say, “Why aren’t you living the new life Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died to bring to you?”

Personification:

Joy (Latin: gaudium) In order to learn the lesson taught to me by those that have gone to the Father before me, I must start to live displaying the fruit of Joy to everyone that I meet today and for the rest of my life. I will need God’s grace to be the fruit of Joy to some people, but I trust that He did not send down his Son to die for nothing, rather He wanted me to be able to live in newness of life, with Joy in my heart at all times.

Prayer: Lord, help me to bring Joy into your world and not just the Joy that comes from making people happy but make me into someone who can truly show your everlasting Joy to others. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Watch the whole video…this is truly everlasting joy…God bless you…

God knows me…

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This is the bag that I picked out to give all the middle schooler’s who participated in the rally as a reminder of our Service Project…

Gift: Counsel

Reading: The earth is the LORD’S and all it holds,

the world and those who live there.

For God founded it on the seas,

established it over the rivers. (Psalm 24:1bc-2)

Observation: In reading these verses from the Responsorial Psalm this morning I couldn’t help think that God knows how long it takes me to complete a project. I don’t know if others around me are comfortable with the speed in which things get done, but at least I know that God knows me and even knew before I started the project, when it would be completed. We did a service project for our middle school rally last weekend and I was putting together the video and the pictures with some music. It was taking a little longer than I had anticipated, because of a problem getting the camcorder connected to the laptop, but I decided yesterday to finally give up trying to make that work and I put the pictures to music along with captions that talk about the theme for the rally as well as the service project.

Personification: Self-Control Today, I am hearing God tell me that he knows me and I should be willing to display the fruit of self-control in other ways of my life. I just heard on the radio that I need to learn to say no to demands for my time in order to put myself under control of the Father, rather than being controlled by this world. A big thank you to Proverbs31.org for the words of encouragement this morning, God is working in my life and I love it.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being with me while I struggle to please everyone around me and I’m sorry for not living up to the standard that was set by your Son on earth. Please supply me with enough grace to not only put my actions under your control, but also to keep my focus on where you want me to be spending my time. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Humble me, O Lord…

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Gift: Piety


On this day let us revive in ourselves an attraction toward Heaven that calls us to carry on in our earthly pilgrimage. Let us lift in our hearts the desire to always unite ourselves to the family of the saints, of which we already have the grace to be a part.

Reading:
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)

Observation: It is important for me to keep in mind that it is not for my own selfishness that I am working so tirelessly to build up the kingdom of God. I must rely on the grace that comes from God to keep me humble in all of my endeavors. If I can remember that I would have nothing without the grace of God. Whatever gifts he gave me, I need to see that they are given to me to build up the kingdom and not for any other reason that I could come up with.

Personification: Love I will work tirelessly to display the fruit of love to everyone that I meet today. The love that I feel God is calling me to display is not one that expects to receive something in return. Rather, it is only looking to help others feel that God sees great value in them by the acceptance and love of one of his servants. Of course, I will need grace to be humble enough to be his servant and not try and make his will subject to my unworthy opinion.

Prayer: Lord, help me know that it is by the grace of God that I am able to show your love to others, and supply me with enough grace to recognize the different ways that you are calling me to show your love to your people. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Word speaks to me where I am…

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Gift: Wisdom

Reading: But your holy ones had very great light; And those others, who heard their voices but did not see their forms, since now they themselves had suffered, called them blest; And because they who formerly had been wronged did not harm them, they thanked them, and pleaded with them, for the sake of the difference between them. Instead of this, you furnished the flaming pillar which was a guide on the unknown way, and the mild sun for an honorable migration. For those deserved to be deprived of light and imprisoned by darkness, who had kept your sons confined through whom the imperishable light of the law was to be given to the world. (Wisdom 18:1-4)

Observation: It was the morning after I was present at a presentation on what is really going on with the migrant worker in this country, as well as what happens to their families, that I read this reading in my normal reading of the Word of God because it is where I am at in re-reading the Old Testament. It seems pretty clear to me that it is my job to help bring the flaming pillar to these people on the unknown way, so that they can have a mild sun for an honorable migration. I guess the challenge is to find how exactly God is calling me to take part in this very important outreach to the undocumented migrant workers. The first challenge will be to gain a better understanding of the Spanish language.

Personification: Kindness
If I am going to display the fruit of kindness to people in this world. The first step is to meet them where they are at. It will be my goal to work tirelessly to find out how we can make contact with the migrant workers that are in the state of Oregon and show them God’s kindness in any way possible.

Prayer: Lord, help me to stay focused on this part of the ministry that you have called me to and continue to supply me with the grace necessary to focus on your will in my life and not my will but your will be done…I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Jesus compares, “The Kingdom of God”

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Gift: Wisdom

Reading:
Then he said, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a person took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and ‘the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.'” (Luke 13:18-19)

Observation: This morning was the first time that I think I really understood the significance of what Jesus was saying about his comparison of the Kingdom of God and a mustard seed. Since I related this comparison to the time when he explains that if you have the faith even the size of a mustard seed, you could move mountains, that is the reason that in reading this message from the Gospel before I have missed the point. I was hearing this morning that Jesus is saying that although the Kingdom of God may not start out very big, actually it will have very humble beginnings, it will grow into something that will be beyond all of our expectations. Jesus was not saying that the mustard seed would grow into something that was majestic, rather it grows into something that takes over. The mustard bush is a weed, for all intents and purposes, but it is known for taking over the whole area in which it is planted. It is up to me to make sure that it is planted here, and God will ensure it takes over…

Personification:

Gift: Wisdom

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Saint Francis of Assisi

Reading:  Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.  (Luke 12:51)

Observation:  I thought the responsorial psalm was going to be what I journaled on today, but there was no denying this verse after I read it this morning.  Yesterday, I had some what of a falling out with my Father on the phone.  It was related to a conversation about my sister’s failing health, but I ended up realizing that he is not necessarily standing in the way of her conversion, but he definitely isn’t helping.  That is why when I read the Gospel this morning, I felt some attachment to the words that Jesus said about how he did not come to bring peace on the earth, but rather division.

Personification:  Peace (Latin: pax I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that I feel called to display the fruit of peace today.  It is going to take a great big dose of the grace of God to be the fruit of peace to my extended family.  I guess, in reality, I can only affect those people that have made a decision to be in my life, so I should focus my efforts on being a peacemaker with them.

Prayer:  Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

I ask this prayer of Saint Francis, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.