The Word is alive…not just words on a page!

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the Stainned Gless of depicting the Holy Spirit.

the Holy Spirit

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:  But Moses answered the people, “Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the LORD will win for you today. These Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again. The LORD himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still.”  (Exodus 14:13-14)

Observation:  While I was deciding on which of the readings to journal on this morning, I read a tweet from Father Mabura in Africa.  It said, “The LORD himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still.”  Exodus 14:14)  Now, this had been the one verse that had stuck out to me in the first reading already, and I was in the process of re-reading the scripture to decide if I was going to add any other verses to it, when I received the tweet.  The reason this is important is, because as we are across the world from each other, the Word of God is speaking to us and through us at the same time.  God is speaking through the Word of God and his power transcends all space and time to come alive for us.  This may have been a story that was passed down through oral tradition by our ancestors in faith, but the words are still living today as a reminder that the Lord is more powerful than anything that opposes his faithful people.  A special note of thanks to Father Jaspers for his homily last week, where he reminded me that the stories were originally passed down by oral tradition for many centuries before they were ever in written form.

Personification:  Gentleness  I will try to display the fruit of gentleness today.  It is important to be gentle when relating the message that I received this morning, in order that it doesn’t sound like boasting about my being plugged into the holy Spirit.  My hope is that if I get a chance to relay this story today, it will come across with all humility and gentleness, to highlight the power of God and not any importance that there may or may not be in my being a part of this story.

Prayer:  LORD, thank you for putting people in my life, like Father Mabura and Father Jaspers, our new Pastor, to shepherd me into being the man who you have created me to be.  I hope that I can live up to the witness that they are giving me, by being faithful to the Word of God and the sacred tradition of our Holy Mother Church.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

“Whatever sin you struggle with, don’t give in!”

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Moses Sees the Promised Land from Afar, as in ...

Moses Sees the Promised Land from Afar

Gift:  Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about the scriptures and Tradition.

Reading:  I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.  (Deuteronomy 30:19-20a)

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Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily 11 and follow me.”  (Luke 9:23)

Observation:  I put the title for my post today in quotes, because that is how I hear God speaking to me today through the first reading and the gospel for today’s Mass.  Please don’t get me wrong, I know that there will be times when I will be weak and I will fail, but I am hearing this morning that the Lord has called me to something greater than just being a sinner.  If I choose to not get involved in sin, I will surely be rewarded with the grace to get one step closer to becoming all the God has created me to be.

Personification:  Joy  I am going to steal a quote that I received this morning in a tweet from a Roman Catholic priest in Africa this morning.  He said, “Father, do in me whatever it takes to make me acutely and joyfully aware of your presence.”  I think that is the key to displaying the fruit of joy in your life.  If I can be aware of his presence in my life, I will not only choose not to sin but I will be able to act with the fruit of joy in all situations.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to show joy today.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.