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

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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…

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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.

Gift: Fortitude

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God Bless You…

Reading:  Therefore, sin must not reign over your mortal bodies so that you obey their desires.  (Romans 6:12)

Observation:  Christians have been released from the grip of sin, but sin endeavors to reclaim its victims. The antidote is constant remembrance that divine grace has claimed them and identifies them as people who are alive only for God’s interests.  This comes from the footnotes on the New American Bible that I read as a companion to the daily readings that I get from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website that supplies the daily readings to anyone who wants to read them.  I would probably be journaling on the Gospel reading today, but I had read ahead yesterday and already journaled on the end of the Gospel yesterday.

Personification:  Self-Control (Latin: continentia)  In order to display the fruit of self-control in my life, I must remember the words of explanation from the word of God today.  I must remember that it is the grace of God that has identified me as a person that is alive only for his interests.  I know that sin is always a part of this world, but I do not need to be a slave to it, because God has ransomed my life with the blood of his Son.  It is the grace of God that saves me from my selfishness and allows me to be free from sin today.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to stay focused on your grace in my life and not my sinful nature, so that I can display the fruit of self-control to everyone that I meet today and for the rest of my life.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

From the Gospel for tomorrow?…

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I am not Spider Man, but I do have a great responsibility…

Gift: Counsel

Reading: Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.  (Luke 12:48b)

Observation: I heard in the readings this morning that God knows that I am a sinner.  God has also given me grace to make it as far as I have in my faith walk.  As I continued reading past the selected Gospel reading for today, I noticed that I need to take the next step in my faith.  The next step is to properly use the grace that God has given me to make better decisions at all times and not be afraid to hurt someone’s feelings for following the will of God for me in my life.

Personification: Goodness (Latin: bonitas) In order to display the fruit of goodness to others or even in my own life, I am feeling today that I need to explain what God is putting on my heart and stand up for it.  In order to display God’s goodness, I cannot be afraid of what other people think, rather I must be aware of my sinful nature and know that if I compromise God’s will in any way, it will be hard to continue to stay vigilant and wait for the master’s return.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the grace that you have given me to get this far in my faith walk.  Please accept my apology for not standing up for your will in my life earlier and help me to realize more fully the call that you are giving me to fulfill in this world.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Gift: Knowledge

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Reading:  He did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to do.  (Romans 4:20-21)

Observation:  At first, I read this reading this morning and thought that God was trying to show me that I was wrong to challenge the youth from our youth ministry.  I challenged them by asking them if they don’t have doubt, how can they have faith?  Seeing in the book of Romans this morning that Abraham did not doubt scared me at first.  However, when I went back to read it again, I realized that it said that he did not have doubt in unbelief.  Of course he had doubt, just not an unbelieving doubt.  As the reading goes on this morning, we have an even more empowering reason to have faith, even though we feel like we have just as many reasons to doubt as Abraham did.  We have the word of God, and the word of God that came alive and died for us and willingly gave his body and blood that we are called to partake of, so that we can become more like him every day.

Personification:  Love (Latin: caritas)  Faith can move mountains, but I am hearing this morning that if I can display the fruit of love to everyone I meet, I won’t feel like I need to move the mountain because I will be at peace that God put the mountain exactly where it belongs.  How is it that I can display the fruit of love? Humility that comes from the grace of God will help me show His love to everyone that I come in contact with today and for the rest of my life.

Prayer:  Lord, help me display your love and not my love.  Your love makes me feel secure in the future and I know that my love is only temporal, so I need your grace to be able to be able to display your love especially to my family and friends.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.