Friday, September 18, 2015

Every Day In The Word

Many wonder why I go to church every day. Someone even thought I started working at the church, as if the only reason was because I had to.  I started attending daily mass a few years ago. The more I went, the more I needed to go. I can't think of a better way to start my day. In the word of God.  My daily mass community has become like family.  We pray for each  other,  we pray for you or maybe for someone you love that is struggling with the loss of a loved one, an addiction, an illness. We pray for thanksgiving, for answered prayers, for safe travels and for those who have no one to pray for them. We cover it all,  in prayer.  So when I'm asked for prayers, this is where I take them, to daily mass.  As a lector and an Extra Ordinary Minister of the Eucharistic I am also at times asked to serve.  I bring life to the word as a  part of the mass, as part of the body of the church. Every day in the word are life lessons and reminders.  The word may not be for me that day.  But it never falls on deaf ears. It may be for one of the many people in my path that day. It may be for you, someone you know, someone you love or for someone that needs to hear it. I carry the message of that word in my heart all day and it sustains me. It brings me a calm I never knew before. I don't go because I'm a saint, I go because I'm a sinner. Daily mass gives me life, forgiveness and I am healed by the body and blood of Jesus. I'm given a new chance, every day, to be better and do better.   That's why.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Give Me Your Heart Jesus

This Sundays reading was a true insight to Jesus's heart. A true lesson for those of us disciples yearning to be more like Him. "People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat". So Jesus said "Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while". The demands of life can be this way at times. So we too need to follow the instruction of Jesus and take time to be still, reflect, rest. But that is not the end of the story. Even before the disciples could get to this place of rest the crowds saw them leaving and arrived at their place of rest before them. When Jesus saw these crowds he was moved, he saw them as sheep without a shepherd. His reaction was not anger at the thought of this rest being taken away. It was pity.  A sympathetic sorrow for one suffering, distressed or unhappy. So he chose to teach. He chose to reach deep into his resources and give, even though exhausted. Fr. Adam spoke about this in his homily. How many times are we exhausted and looking for just a moments rest, only to be asked for more? In these instances he beckons us to ask Jesus for his heart. Jesus give me your heart. Help me fill the needs of others. Even those I may not like, even when I am depleted myself. Give me your heart, to live in your word. Give me your ways to walk with you.

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Share Your Light

 

Gospel Mt 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lampstand,
where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.”

Today's homily by Father Adam was very poignant. On his evening walk last night he shared that he saw some blinking lights deep in the woods. He discovered they were lightening bugs. Those random flickers of light reminded him that we don't always have to be the spotlight, shining ever so bright. Being the light can mean being a flicker of hope. A smile, a kind gesture during our day. That smile you give away may be the only smile that person receives all day.  The small shimmer that can brighten anothers day, even if in a small way. They all add up at the end of the day! So don't worry if you don't feel you can be that lampstand. Be a lightening bug, share your light!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Welcome back



 Wow - I can't believe it's been so long since my past blog post. September I started the 19 annotative retreat and have been reflecting in a hand written journal. As this retreat comes to a close I am rereading some of my reflections and plan to share them here. I want to start with one from the other day I really like. I had to reflect on Philippians 4:4-9.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

   I absolutely love this passage, It was already underlined in my bible. This verse really speaks to me. The devil is lurking, not around a corner but in our very minds, poisoning our thoughts, dismantling our dreams, getting us stuck in beliefs that arent' even real. Joy through the struggle, this is the ultimate self-help. Knowing God has a plan - and that plan is for us to prosper, but we must do our part. We must be obedient to the word. Our thoughts must dwell on good , pure thoughts, not on anxiety. Taking our anxieties to God in prayer is the greatest stress reliever. Who needs anything else?

   Putting my faith and trust in God is now my first thought, not my last. Our thoughts become our very lives, we must be thinking with a disciples heart, to take the word of God as our script, not write our own out of guilt or shame or self doubt. We must think of all the good our God wants to shower us with in his loving mercy and care. Having a grateful heart is the best dwelling place, why would God give us any more if we do not have a grateful heart? I am so grateful Jesus walks along side me. He is never too far from my thoughts, guiding my actions, his actions, the only actions. I must be diligent in seeing all things through God's eyes so I am kind and compassionate.

Rejoice in the Lord always! Even in the darkest nights, the toughest situations my God is with me and I am so very thankful for him.