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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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Mary ~ The First Disciple

Mary ~ The First Disciple

Jesus’ first miracle was prompted by Mary, His mother, at the Wedding Feast at Cana. The wedding party ran out of wine and the party was far from over. In Jewish tradition, if a family ran out of food or wine at a party they’d be embarrassed and talked about for years to come. They would be shunned and avoided by their village, peers and family. No one would ever want to come to one of their parties ever again. Then Jesus came along.

John 2 v. 1-12

When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

Mary was perhaps asking Jesus for more than wine. She may have been asking Him to show himself, to start his ministry. Mary was not only Jesus’ first disciple but His best disciple, from the very beginning to the Cross, Mary walked with Jesus.

She said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”

Jesus says, “Fill the jars with water.”

They did exactly as He said. “They filled them to the brim.”

He said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.”

So they took it.

The stone jars, holding 18-27 gallons of water, were not clay because they were used for Jewish ritual cleansing, hand washing and babies immersed in the jars of water to be cleaned yet the servants believed and followed directions filled these jars with water and saw it turn to wine. Six jars filled to the brim shows we can’t to begin to imagine God’s bounty.

When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew).

Mary led the servants and disciples to believe.

Mary interceded for the family, the bride and groom and still today intercedes for you and me. We can follow Mary’s example and grow closer to Jesus.

 

Prayer for Week Two

Lord, Help me to become a better disciple of yours.

I need to trust ~ believe and follow your directions.

To do what You say.

Mary, you set an example for believers today.

Thank you for interceding for me.

Help me to walk with Jesus.

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First Week of Advent 2016

First Week of Advent

I am attending a bible study during Advent this year. We are studying the Gospel of John, most likely written in the 90s of the first century. By this time, John may have thought, Matthew, Mark and Luke each have written a book about Jesus so why repeat stories besides I have a lot to tell of my own. In doing so, John’s gospel is very different. We are told his book is very literary and symbolic. John wants to show us, the reader how Jesus God is madly in love with each of us.

John’s Gospel has four parts:

  1. Prologue
  2. The Book of Signs
  3. The Book of Glory
  4. Epilogue: The Resurrection Appearance in Galilee

We read the Prologue and I have heard it even read it before but last night it sounded like music to me:

 The beginning– was the Word,

And the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

All things came to be through him,

and without him nothing came to be.

What came to be through him was life,

and this life was the light of the human race,

the light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has not overcome it.

I repeated it over and over:

Jesus is with God,

came from God and

is God.

Jesus was before time.

Jesus is the Light of the Mankind.

We could have stopped right there because I needed time to absorb how much God loves me. Jesus is not just nice guy, not just a rabbi, not just a miracle worker, not just a prophet; Jesus Christ is so much more. Jesus Christ is the One True God. God who took on flesh like us and became one of us out of pure love.

Thought for Week One:

Thank you Jesus for taking on human flesh.

Help me accept your invitation to open the door to my heart and let You in.

Let my words be; “Welcome come in and live in me.

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