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Holy Triainty

IMG_1554The Holy Trinity… simply the words alone can make a person’s heart beat a bit faster when asked to explain the three in one person.

1 King 19 V 11-13

So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave.

Exodus 34 V 29-35

29It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses’ hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him. 34 But whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with Him, he would take off the veil until he came out; and whenever he came out and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded, 35 the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone.

These are a couple of my favorite bible passages. God can be in what ever form I need at that moment.

God can be God the Father when I need someone strong, almighty and mature whom I turn to in need.

When I need a friend, someone who has experienced what I am experiencing here on Earth, Jesus is my friend and companion.

The Holy Spirit can be there in the dark at night when I need someone to listen to me complain, question or just not understand.

All three in one!

The Holy Trinity… simply the words alone can make a person’s heart beat a bit faster when asked to explain the three in one person.

The Greek word musterion is often translated mystery. It is not a good translation. Rather a better translation would be scared secret.

In English, mystery means something we can not understand or is beyond our comprehension. Sacred secret means something known to some but not to others.

The Holy Trinity is something I can’t explain as a religious scholar might be able to do,

although, I sometimes, I wonder how God feels about the way they explain the Holy Trinity but I do know I can experience the Holy Trinity. A person can experience the Trinity and not have to explain it.

The lyrics to “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” rally are meaningful to me.

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, And with fear and trembling stand; Ponder nothing earthly minded, For with blessing in His hand, Christ our God to earth descends, Our full homage to demand. King of kings, yet born of Mary, As of old on earth He stood, Lord of Lords, in human vesture, In the body and the blood; He will give to all the faithful His own self for heavenly food. Rank on rank the host of heaven Spreads its vanguard on the way, As the Light of light descends From the realms of endless day, That the powers of hell may vanish As the darkness clears away. At His feet the six winged seraph, Cherubim with sleepless eye, Veil their faces to His presence,

As with ceaseless voice they cry: Alleluia, Alleluia Alleluia, Lord Most High!

 

When a person is in communications with God no matter which person, their face will be radiant. People may not be able to put their finger on what it is about a person that makes them seem special but I believe it is the light of God or the Love of God flowing forth when allowed.

So I have one question for you; is your face radiant?

 

 

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Walk on the Water

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Matthew 14 V 22-32

22 Immediately, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me! 31 “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

“It is I” is the same “I AM” the same Lord who breathed over the face of the waters and formed the land.
In Peter’s time, people would not have taken swimming lessons. A Jewish fisherman would never ask to walk on water. They had great respect for water and would not intentional try to walk on the walk. Peter knew it would be a miracle if Jesus asked him to come out to meet him. When Jesus said, “Come.” It is also an invitation to each of us, “Come to me.”
Peter must have got out of the boat filled with both fear and excitement. For a while, he was fine. As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. Like us when a storm hits we can call out to Jesus and for a while, we are fine. But as the storm rages on and even intensifies, what do we do? Just like Peter, we lose sight of Jesus, we take our eyes of him, who leads the way. Peter panicked and cried out, “Lord, save me!” The account doesn’t say Jesus ran to catch Peter or Peter went under water, no, “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.” They got back in the boat and the winds and storm died down.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Only the creator of the winds and waves could command them to calm down. The disciples knew, Jesus was Lord.
Cry out, “Lord, save me! And let the I AM, it is I, take your hand and calm your storms.
Truly, Jesus is the Son of God!

Holy Thursday

Did you know the word HOST comes from the Latin words meaning VICTIM? Like in Biology when something is feasted upon or lives off another that victim is called the host. Here in the Eucharist, Jesus becomes the willing victim for our salvation. He becomes the host.

Pope Francis said the Blessed Host contains every thing needed to solve all the world’s problems. Every single one of the world’s problems. WOW! That is amazing but true. Jesus Christ, the Blessed Eucharist holds the solution to all our pains, sufferings and fears.

Tonight, as we celebrated the institution of the Holy Eucharist I marveled at the fact Jesus, the Creator King of the Universe loved me so much that He willing laid down His life for me as that I could live with Him in eternity. What an amazing HOST.

untitledDuring the Lord’s supper Jesus Christ took bread, blessed it, broke it into pieces and gave it to His disciples, saying: “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”  (Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22, Luke 22:19)

Credit for the drawing goes to St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church of the Desert

Epiphany Sunday

Epiphany Sunday

I have always been intrigued with the Three Wise Men. I think, I may be envious of they bravery and sense of adventure. I have many Nativity sets with the three kings, books and even a puzzle of the three kings. All make me wonder what they must have been thinking, enduring and experiencing on their journey in search of the newborn king.

Magi, Three Kings or Three Wise Men

All different names but all the same group who came to visit Jesus. They came bearing gifts; Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Gold for a king, meaning Jesus is a king, Frankincense an incense burned by priests during prayer, meaning the priestly nature of Jesus and Myrrh a fragrant perfume using in funeral, embalming of the body meaning Jesus’ mortality.

Often, I think that Jesus is God of contradictions to the human mind, these intercessions as read in this month issue of the Magnificat express it well for me:

Jesus, You were adored by the Magi and rejected by kings

Jesus, You were seen by the shepherds and hidden from the powerful

Jesus, You were laid in a manger and nailed to a wooden cross

Jesus, You were born in humility and raised to glory.

Many quotes concerning the Magi become known at this time of the year, may I share a few of my favorite.

“Why do so few ever see the star? Only because so few are looking for it…” Father Alfred Delp, a German Jesuit priest who died in the Holocaust.

“When they reached Bethlehem, the Magi adored the divine Child and offered him symbolic gifts, becoming forerunners of the peoples and nations which down the centuries never cease to seek and meet Christ.” Pope John Paul II

“The Magi set out because of a deep desire which prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey. It was as though they had always been waiting for that star.” Pope Benedict XVI

“The Magi were able to worship, because they had the courage to set out. And as they fell to their knees before the small, poor and vulnerable Infant, the unexpected and unknown Child of Bethlehem, they discovered the glory of God.” Pope Francis

“Only wonder can comprehend His incomprehensible power.” St. Maximus the Confessor.  

       The Magi watched, saw and wondered enough to set off not knowing to where, how long, how far and if they would ever return, They trusted and were gifted with the greatest gift of all, to see the new born King and to fall down and pay him homage.

I pray, I will trust and follow the star, the light, the light of Jesus, who is the light in the darkness for all to see.

Enjoy some of the artwork I found while researching more about the Magi!

 

 

Mary’s Song ~ Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

May we join with Mary in her words of praising God. As His son prepares to enter our darken world. 0608151234

Third Week of Advent

A little late checking in, but I have been thinking all week…

How am I doing with Advent?

How am I growing in getting ready for the Christ? My Jesus to come.

I’ve heard of three ways to examine how I am doing.

  • Have I admitted to what I am … a sinner?
  • Have I asked God to come close, I need His help.
  • Have I taken up the challenge to become closer to God?
  • Do people know I am a follower of Jesus Christ by being a person of HOPE?

When I think of the answers to these questions, I have a long way to go but I am a person of Hope and only with God’s help, love, mercy and grace can I do it and continue on the journey that will one day bring me before the throne. I will have so many questions I want to ask God when I arrive, but I am pretty sure I will be a blubbering mess. God, please have mercy on me.

One last thought, the third candle in the Advent wreath is pink, a mixing of purple and white, half way through Advent. The purple to represent the solemnness of the preparations and white the symbol of Christmas joy. Pink to give us hope and continue on our journey to witness His coming. xo

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