Our flesh is incorruptible…Do you believe?

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Reading the Office of Readings this morning, especially the second reading from a discourse from Saint Athanasius, I realized that the fact that we see our bodies as corruptible, and our flesh as weak for that matter, is that we forget that we have a savior in Jesus Christ.  He conquered death and corruptibility. Therefore, if we give in to despair about what will happen to our bodies or how our minds can be corrupted in the flesh by temptations that come from the devil, we are forgetting that Jesus came, in our flesh, to convert it from a corruptible flesh into a flesh that is incorruptible.  Insert video here:

It still boggles my mind how we struggle with miracles like the one in the first video, but we are totally fine with the fact that Jesus made fish and loaves of bread materialize out of thin air in the multiplication of the loaves and fishes in today’s gospel.  If we recognized how God loves us so much that he sent His Son to save us from everything that could corrupt our mind, we would leave it alone for good.  Pray for me to leave my sin behind and I would be honored to pray for you as well…God bless you!

I can’t wait to see the movie, “God’s Not Dead” this weekend, and I pray that God enters into everyone’s life who reads this in a way that convinces them that not only is He not dead, but they have eternal life with Him too.  If we only let go of our fear and let Love enter into our lives in the person of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can have a body and soul that is never corrupted by this world!

Holy Spirit working through #Blackberry…

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Inspiration was said to only come from perspiration.  I don’t know who said it, but I remember reading it or hearing it somewhere.  I guess if you really want to know, you could “google” it.  Anyway, the truth is that “real” inspiration comes from the Holy Spirit.  Yes, I said it.  God is the key that inspires everything.  A couple of days ago, I read a post that was tweeted by Blackberry, because I follow them on Twitter to make sure that I am up to date with the latest news about my smartphone and my several Playbook tablets.  The blog that they tweeted about was talking about the time of day that we are most inspired to write, and that time was the morning.  The funny thing is, I knew it already, but I needed the knowledge that came from that article to reinforce it in my head.  I believe that God used that blog to inspire me to write more on my blog and I hope that God will continue to use my blog to inspire others to write or do whatever it is that God is calling them to.  The point of this short post today is that if we are looking to be inspired by God to action, we need not look any further than the things that he put right in front of us.  We need to take some time to discern the truth in what we read or see, but that time of discernment could be the thing that God is trying to build in us, patience.

 

What is God doing?

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So, it is times like this that the answer cannot be simply nothing.  No matter how cynical you may be about Christianity for all sorts of reasons that any good atheist could give you, you have to see that this God of Christianity is making himself present in our media right now.  Within the past few years, we have seen a Pope step down and a new one get elected.  The new Pope chose the name “Francis” and has been setting the world on fire with his off the cuff manner of speaking.  In the past few months, we have seen the release of a movie about Jesus, called the “Son of God”

Also, there was a controversial release of a movie about a prominent figure from the Bible, called “Noah”

In the last two weeks, there was the release of the movie, “God’s Not Dead”, which tells the story of a young man who has to argue his faith against his professor in college.

The last one is the latest release from this week, and possibly the most influential film on the non-believers.  The movie is called, “Heaven is for Real” and it is based on a book about a boy who told his parents about his experiences in Heaven when he had a near death experience at a very young age…

So, you put all of these movies together with the canonizations of two recent Popes that will happen on the octave of Easter, and I am left with the distinct impression that God is trying to say something to us right now.

To me, I believe the message is that God is preparing the world to hear the message of Divine Mercy Sunday…If you are wondering what that message is…Check here…

http://www.thedivinemercy.org/celebrate/greatgrace/dms.php

 

 

April Fool’s Day!

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Thanks be to God for this beautiful sunrise!

Thanks be to God for this beautiful sunrise!

So, today is the day that our culture celebrates stupidity. For me, that usually means that I fall victim to any number of pranks pulled by the closet tricksters that come out of the closet on this holy day of obligation for those who are entertained by such things. Truth be told, I am not above pulling a good prank on someone, but I refuse to believe that we need a day to remember to do this on. I thought about making the title of this post, “Why I am leaving the Catholic Church?” I realized quickly that I would have to let on to the joke fast, so that those that knew me would not lose hope because of my apparent lack of faith.

I would to offer an alternate view of April 1st. Let’s call it a day of hope. As we continue through this season of Lent, the time of our preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, we could take today as a reminder that the race of life is over too quickly on earth, so let’s look around at all that God created and see that it is very good and He is worthy of our praise.  Let us be hopeful that God is creating every thing new in us and for us in the New Jerusalem.

Sinners everywhere…even here!

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As I showed up at the prayer site for our 40 Day for Life campaign, here in Springfield, Oregon, I noticed that an old friend from the Ukrainian Catholic Church was there praying.  OK, he was actually taking a break on the bench at the bus stop as I pulled up, but who cares…I guess I do!  Anyway, I prayed the 7 Sorrows of Mary rosary and was starting to pray the Sorrowful mysteries of the rosary when a new friend, Dan showed up to pray with me.  I had only gotten to the Scourging at the Pillar when he interrupted me.  I realized quickly that he was not Catholic as he prayed a spontaneous prayer and used Lord God in his reference to the Creator as we prayed together.  I really like to pray, so his spontaneous prayer was awesome, and I guess I shouldn’t mind that he cut off my prayer that I was in the middle of…But I do!  Finally, Diane showed up to peacefully protest abortion in front of the Planned Parenthood with us, and she told me that I should not worry about offending an atheist who sometimes joins us to protest abortion and tells me he is not comfortable with my sign saying that we are praying.  Her aggressiveness is excusable because she has been upset for a while with her people that are often too liberal for her to worship with them…But it still bothers me that she tells me what I should do!

When I got back to my office, I read through the gospel reading from today’s Mass readings.  I realize that I need to forgive them all for what I perceived as a wrong that I saw in their service to the cause of ending abortion in our community.  The reason for my forgiveness for them is that I am hoping that God will have mercy on me for the judgemental way that I seem to have approached my service to the 40 Days for Life campaign to end abortion in our community today.

Truth is, I am extremely thankful for their service to pray with me today and it gives me hope to know that there are others in our community that are willing to stand up for the wrong that they see in our world.  Also, I need to remember to ask for forgiveness from Carol, who showed up at the end of my hour to join with us in prayer and I didn’t even introduce her to the group, because I couldn’t immediately think of her name when I first saw her.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner…Amen!Image

Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel…

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Gift: Wisdom- With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the image of God.

Reading:  When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.  (Jonah 3:10)

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A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit.  (Psalm 51:12)

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Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevitesso will the Son of Man be to this generation.  (Luke 11:30)

Observation:  It is amazing to me that I did not see the significance of Jonah’s preaching of repentance before in the light of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins.  Jesus reminds us that the Ninevites repented of their sinfulness to be saved from destruction, in the same way that we should see Jesus calling us to turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.  I have heard it explained before that the symbolism of Jonah in the belly of the fish for three days and Jesus dying for three days is how the two stories relate, but this morning I see that it is Jonah’s call to repentance that we should be realizing in our lives as it relates to the gospel life that we should be living.  The message of Jonah and the whale goes further as well to remind us that fighting God’s will and not resting with the call that he gives us leads to dangerous things in our life.

Personification:  Faithfulness  It is the season for me to have a repentant heart and be displaying the fruit of faithfulness to the gospel.  It is my hope,

however, that others will be doing the same.  I realize that the call to repent during the season of Lent is pretty easy to see, but it is my hope that I can see it every day for the rest of my life.  Also, I will be using this time of Lent to be refocusing my life to only do the will of God and giving up my own will completely.  (More on the practical application of this later…)

Prayer:  Lord,  for my past sins do not cast me from your presence and let your holy Spirit rest with me as I choose to rest in your will.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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What is God telling you to do right now?

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Daily reflections from USCCB website…

When I read the daily readings this morning in preparation for the communion service that I was supposed to lead, I heard the message of Jesus in the gospel reading for today saying that we should recognize the work that Doctors and Nurses do daily in healing the body with the work of their hands and their incredible minds.  It was that Jesus could have just healed the man’s eyes without even touching him, but he chose to put spittle and place his blessed hands on the man’s eyes.  He is revealing the nature of the work of people called to heal others, but reminding us that it is by his power that any healing actually occurs, or better said, by his will it is done.  We are reminded of this when he goes in the second time without spittle and just laid his hands on his eyes and they are healed.

In the first reading, we hear a call from the letter of Saint James, to do the work necessary to follow God’s will, and in the gospel reading we hear Jesus tell us to remember to rely on God’s will and not only on our own understanding or will.  I believe that these two things can be worked together in unison, and need to be for hospitals and medical facilities to do their most effective work in the healing ministry in which they have undertaken to follow.  Rather than draw any other conclusions about the work that hospitals and medical facilities should not be concerned with, I will let you draw that conclusion…God bless you!