Always Be Honest Proverbs 12:22
Count Your Blessing Psalms 34:1-3
Keep Your Promises Romans 4:21
Comfort One Another 1 Thessalonians 4:18
and above all...Love One Another 1 Peter 1:22
Be Supportive of one Another Acts 20:35
Be Kind and Tenderhearted Ephesians 4:32
5 Cardinal Rules for Life
1.) Make peace with your past....so it won’t disturb your present.
2.) What other people think of you...is none of your business.
3.) Time heals almost everything....give it time.
4.) No one is in charge of your happiness....except you.
5.) Don’t compare your life to others.....and don’t judge them, you have no idea what their journey is all about.
Gospel Meditation - January 17, 2021
Our faith is not just about ideas. It’s really about having an encounter with God and, in particular, the Risen Christ! Once we give ourselves over to the notion of God’s presence, we have to train ourselves to listen for God’s voice and be attentive to God’s call. Having companions on our faith jour-neys is so incredibly important as they can help us fine-tune our listening skills and discern God’s voice from others we may be hearing. Faith is all about having these profound encounters not only with God but with our brothers and sisters, and creation itself. Anyone or anything that is alive with God’s presence becomes an occasion for God to speak and call us to deeper graces and experiences. “Come, and you will see.”
The example and teaching of Jesus, the lives of the saints, those living among us and those glorified in heaven, and the wonder and beauty of crea-tion can all serve to help us listen more clearly and assist in positioning our-selves for this profound God meeting. It is an encounter that can quickly and easily lead to a friendship and intimate intertwining of our souls to their Maker, making a claim on us like no other. Then, the Word of God moves from being just a body of ideas to something we simply accept and do. The person of Jesus Christ swiftly moves from being just a good prophet in word and deed to the incarnate presence of God Himself, the Lamb of God. The voice leads us to the Person behind it.
The Gospel is hard to follow. We can intellectually debate whether what Jesus said is really what we are asked to do. The Gospel ideas do not always make sense in our practical, secular world. The person of God always does. We can debate the practicality and sense of ideas and doing so often keeps the more difficult ones at a safe distance away from us. Jesus said to love our enemy, but we really don’t need to do that, our minds try to convince us. It just doesn’t make sense. Yet, if we are truly in love with the God who is be-hind the voice of those words, they make perfect sense. Our deep and inti-mate love of this God would even find us laying down our lives for Him if necessary. Speak Lord, your servant is listening.
"What are you looking for?" (John 1:38)
Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist, but he knew that John wasn’t the Messiah—and that’s who he was looking for. Today, let’s reflect on this Gospel passage to give us insight into our own searching and finding.
What are you looking for? Have you ever asked yourself that question? We all experience a longing at times—and we might not even know why. We may try to satisfy that inner ache with something fleeting, and it may satisfy us for a time. But the longing always returns, because what we are looking for can’t be found outside of us. We are searching for God.
“Come, and you will see” (John 1:39). We have to be willing to take a step in faith and accept this invitation from Jesus to spend some time with him. Jesus might be inviting us to speak with him in Eucharistic Adoration or to delve more deeply into the Scriptures. He might want us to find a brother or sister in Christ to guide and accompany us. But if we don’t take that first step, we won’t be able to “see” him.
“We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41). Andrew was so excited when he met Jesus that he found his brother, Simon, and told him the good news. That’s the joy we too feel when we turn to Jesus and experience his love and mercy. We realize, once again, that only he can truly fulfill us.
We will all experience longings from time to time and feel tempted to satisfy them in all the wrong places. What “wrong places” do you tend to go to? Do these quick fixes really satisfy? Today, ask the Holy Spirit to prompt you to go to the Lord when you’re feeling those yearnings. Only by making a conscious effort to “come and see” Jesus will you finally find what you have been looking for all along.
Jesus, help me to see that only you can satisfy the deepest desires of my heart.”
(January/February Edition - The Word Among Us)