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.

 

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Cleansing our minds from evil…

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ImageI was thinking during the reading of the Mass readings this morning how thankful I am for God gracing me with the different prayers and devotions, as well as websites, Twitter and Facebook friends that keep me focused on Him.  I have struggled with being distracted with the trappings of this world, whether it be by financial concerns or the evil of pornographic images that can lead to full on pornography in the past and have sometimes found it difficult to justify even being connected to the internet.

However, the present moment in my life has been graced by many “holy” distractions that lead me to deepen my relationship with the Lord.  I felt motivated to write about it today, but figured that I wouldn’t because I would probably be too busy preparing for my class tonight.  However, directly after receiving Communion today, I realized that I was bothered by a small pain in my head that I noticed that I get right after receiving Communion and I knew that this was a gift of the Lord’s coming into my body in the form of bread and wine, but in His body and blood that caused this pain.  It was a gift that was meant to cleanse my mind of all the memories of past sins and allow me to be further converted into the man who God is creating me to be.  When I shared this with my son, I realized that I should look up whether there was anyone else who has ever noticed anything like this happening after Communion.  The only article I found was someone who had headaches that probably stemmed for problems with gluten, since it happened about a half an hour after receiving.

Anyway, I wanted to write this post today to give thanks to God for this revelation of the work that is being done in my life to cleanse my mind of evil, both in the physical world of the Eucharist, physically effecting chemical changes in my brain, and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that has motivated me, as He is trying to motivated us all, I believe, to fill our virtual world with many friends and followers that lead us to a closer relationship with Jesus.  It was in the hope that this post would be read by someone who has recognized the power of God working in their lives through the Eucharist and the other people and things that they have connected to through the internet and will be encouraged by reading my story.  In addition, if there is anyone who finds their life preoccupied by sin and “unholy” distractions.  Hopefully, they will know that if they are open to receiving the grace of God through the Sacrament of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, as well as the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to find spiritually uplifting friends on Facebook and holy men and women to follow on Twitter, and websites that focus on deepening your relationship with God, there is light at the end of the internet.  I hope that I can somehow be a part of that light for someone too.

dc Talk / In the light from nicoletta477 on GodTube.

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=FBE9E1NU

It is my job to bring them out…

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Apostle Silas

Apostle Silas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gift:  Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.

Reading:  He asked for a light and rushed in and, trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.”  (Acts 16:29-31)

Observation:  I read this first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, like it was the first time I read the story of Paul and Silas’s escape from prison.  I say that not because I tried to read it that way, but because I heard that they were not led out of prison by an angel, like Peter was, and it was the jailer that actually led them out of their cell.  It does not say whether they could move after their cell doors were opened, but it does say that they had not moved when the jailer found them.  It was the fact that their feet were secured to a stake that first focused me in on the fact that the jailer would have had to release them even after the earthquake had opened the doors and the chains that held them were shaken loose.

Personification:  Self-Control  I am seeing today that in whatever ways that I have jailed the Gospel message in the past, I must be willing to go into those dark places and release the message that resides there.  I cannot pay attention to the message of this world, because Jesus’ death conquered the ruler of this world.  I will journal on that tomorrow.  If you are reading this and wondering what you could do to release the imprisoned disciples of Jesus in your life, repost this blog or share it on Facebook or Twitter or Google+ and see what happens.  (See links at bottom of post)  I don’t say this to get more people to share my blog, but rather to give everyone who is reading this, a chance to share in the work of releasing the truth of the Gospel message.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to be a modern-day disciple of Jesus Christ and remember that the issues of this world are not mine, but compassion for all people of this world to receive the Word of God into their hearts is my concern.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

Jesus, continue to raise us up to new life in you…

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Gift:  Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.

Reading:  * He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”  (Mark 5:41)

Observation:  It is my hope that I can see that Jesus is calling me to a new life in him.  As one of my Twitter friends, Father Mabura, posted this morning, “Fix your eyes on the Lord, and live for him and in him!”  To me, the girl in today’s Gospel reading from the Mass readings for today, is calling us all to repentance from the life that we would lead without thinking about Jesus.  Not just the miracles that he performed while he walked the earth as one of us, but the miracles that he is performing daily by keeping us from destroying ourselves in both the physical and spiritual sense.

Personification:   Joy  It is my hope that no matter what may happen today, I am willing to follow the will of God in my life.  As I saw in the movie, “Into Great Silence” yesterday, that joy may not look like the world’s view of joy, but rather it may be quiet contemplation that does not only bring joy, but it is the joy that my soul is searching for, but will only find in my relationship with God.  The movie was suggested by another friend of mine that I follow on Twitter, but got the suggestion from his blog.  You can find his blog here:  http://redemptoristpreacher.com/  He has posted a trailer from the movie as well…

Prayer:  Lord, let me remember that moments of quiet contemplation may be the joy that I am looking for, as well as the times that lead to sharing that joy with others.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

If God is calling, I should listen and respond quickly…Right?

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Second Coming of Christ

Gift:  Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.

Reading:  Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as Sheol, or high as the sky!*  (Isaiah 7:11)

Observation:  Before I started reading this morning, my Twitter friend, Father Mabura

, tweeted that we should ask for a sign.  It was a reference to this chapter and verse that I have quoted above.  However, I ignored it because I received a Twitter post of the daily readings right after that said to “Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.”  It was in reference to the response from the responsorial psalm for the today’s readings.  The reason I should not have ignored it, because when I looked out the window, I saw a beautiful sunrise, similar to one I saw just the other day that almost made me get in an accident driving or at least a reckless driving ticket.  Fortunately, I didn’t get either, but the memory of that sunrise that morning and again this morning, I believe is a sign of something that is coming.  It could be that it is the coming celebration of Christmas that God is reminding me of, as if we need any reminders of that.  It could be that I need to remember that the second coming of Jesus is going to come like a thief in the night, and I need to make sure that I am prepared, as well as those people that I can have an effect on to call them to conversion.

Personification:  Joy  It is sometimes difficult to remember to display real joy during this time of year.  There seems to be so much counterfeit joy that is supported by consumerism in our society, that the real joy of the incarnation of God’s Son in our world is lost.  I want to remember this week, as we prepare for Christmas, that the real celebration is about God’s coming into our reality to show us the way to really love each other.

Prayer:  Lord, let me be an instrument of joy in your world today and everyday that I have left here to share your joy with everyone I come in contact with.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

Be afraid, but only of God who judges justly…

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Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.

Reading:  I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna;* yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?* Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.  (Luke 12:4-7)

Observation:  Jesus starts out telling us to only be afraid of the one who judges with all righteousness, and then end today’s gospel reading saying that he knows even the hairs on our head and we should not be afraid.  To me, Jesus is saying that if we surrender all that we have and all that we are to the one who made us, we do not have anything to fear.  It is only when we act on our own, without the guidance of the holy Spirit, that we are subject to punishment from God.  In some cases, it could mean that we are subject to earthly authority that disagrees with God, but we know that God will protect us.

Personification: Self-Control  As my Twitter friend, Father Mabura, posted a couple of days ago; it is only when we take our eyes off God, that we are tempted to stray from his will.  I will stay focused on God, to make sure that his will is being done in my life.  I know no better way to display the fruit of self-control in my life, than to make sure that I am focused on God.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

We can still leave everything and follow him…

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Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-20

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Gift: Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.

Reading:  From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God,
strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.  He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  (Colossians 1:9-14)

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When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything* and followed him.  (Luke 5:8,11)

Observation:  I wasn’t able to focus very well on the readings this morning, until I got the end of the 11th verse of the 5th chapter of Luke sent to me with the reminder of the readings from the USCCB on Twitter.  It wasn’t until I remember that God is calling me to leave my attachment to the things of this world behind, that I could read the first reading again and realize that the premise of my journaling activity is based on the general idea of this reading.  I mean, I didn’t have a problem realizing my need for forgiveness for sins, which was what I was about to journal on this morning, because the idea that Jesus has already delivered us into his kingdom out of the power of darkness is really amazing.  However, I couldn’t come to that realization if God hadn’t led me to this understanding that I must leave the things of this world behind.

Personification:  Joy  I haven’t chosen joy to focus on a lot in my journaling activity.  In the first reading, I was reminded that joy is the fruit that gives thanks to the Father for all that has been done in my life.  God will know that I am thankful for the gifts that are a part of my life, by the joy that I display throughout my day.

Prayer:  Lord, let me be joyful today and everyday and praise you with voice and my actions this day.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.