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Simple Reminders with Love

A little reminder . . .

A little reminder for all of us. Take a deep breath and exhale. You are all amazing. Give yourself the love you show others today.

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Watchfulness

‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.”

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“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Watchfulness is a way of embracing every virtue — it is the heart’s commandment of stillness and, when free from mental images, it is the guarding of the intellect.

There are four types of watchfulness:

The first type closely scrutinizes every mental image or provocation — for only by means of a mental image can the devil fabricate an evil thought and insinuate this into the intellect in order to lead it astray.

The second type frees the heart from all thoughts, keeping it profoundly silent and still, and in praying.

The third type continually and humbly calls upon the Lord Jesus Christ for help, while the fourth type makes us constantly cognizant of death.

These types of watchfulness serve us our doorkeepers and bar our entry to evil thoughts. Guard our mind and we will not be harassed by temptations. But if we fail to guard our minds, accept patiently whatever trial comes.”

Today is the first Sunday of Advent — which means to prepare and to welcome in expectation for. It came from the Latin word ‘Adventus’ — which literally means ‘coming’ — the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. During this season, we are reminded of the need to be watchful and vigilant. Life is short, and death is certain.

Our hope is that we are not caught unprepared, and be filled with much regret that we did not live well and did not love enough when death finally arrives.

Today also ushers Christmas — the season of hope. We have to embrace the thought that the image of the judgment day is not an image of fear, but an image of hope, of grateful anticipation —- our comfort and our yearning. Bill Keane said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

We plea for God’s grace hoping that His grace will give us the strength to face our challenges everyday — but more important — the big face-off with Him someday.

Christmas just like Easter is a period of atonement and self-introspection — a time for reflection and for us to look deeply into our lives. We have to prepare for His coming, just like preparing for a VIP invited to our party. We must make it our opportunity to look beyond the present moment and set-up our place in His kingdom.

Dear Lord, make us stay awake and be on our guard always. May we be constantly reminded that if we stay wakeful and live in faith and hope of Christ’s coming we will enjoy the fullness of life with God in eternity. As we pray daily in the Our Father: “May your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Amen.

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Luke 6:31

“Treat others the same way you

want them to treat you.”

Luke 6:31 

Do good just because it’s the right thing to do. Good morning everyone! God bless always!

I. FIRST READING: Book of Job 9:1-12.14-16.
Job answered his friends and said:
I know well that it is so; but how can a man be justified before God?
Should one wish to contend with him, he could not answer him once in a thousand times.
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood him and remained unscathed?
He removes the mountains before they know it; he overturns them in his anger.
He shakes the earth out of its place, and the pillars beneath it tremble.
He commands the sun, and it rises not; he seals up the stars.
He alone stretches out the heavens and treads upon the crests of the sea.
He made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south;
He does great things past finding out, marvelous things beyond reckoning.
Should he come near me, I see him not; should he pass by, I am not aware of him;
Should he seize me forcibly, who can say him nay? Who can say to him, “What are you doing?”
How much less shall I give him any answer, or choose out arguments against him!
Even though I were right, I could not answer him, but should rather beg for what was due me.
If I appealed to him and he answered my call, I could not believe that he would hearken to my words.

II. PSALM: Psalms 88(87):10bc-11.12-13.14-15.

Daily I call upon you, O LORD;
to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work wonders for the dead?
Will the shades arise to give you thanks?

Do they declare your mercy in the grave,
your faithfulness among those who have perished?
Are your wonders made known in the darkness,
or your justice in the land of oblivion?

But I, O LORD, cry out to you;
with my morning prayer I wait upon you.
Why, O LORD, do you reject me;
why hide from me your face?

III. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9:57-62.

As Jesus and His disciples were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
And to another he said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

The Workers In The Vineyard

(Sunday, September 21, 2014)

Gospel: Mt. 20: 1-16 The Workers In The Vineyard.

“The last will be first, and the first will be last.”

One of God’s paradoxical narrative — people getting a lot of “moolah” for doing little, and slackers being paid for doing nothing. People who have accomplished a day’s work, are compensated the same rate as those who haven’t accomplished anything.

Those who turned up and answered His invitation to go to the heavenly kingdom all get the same unmerited reward. We may not fully grasp God’s actions, but this Gospel is a booming underpinning of GOD’S GENEROSITY — His ENDLESS MERCY and His LOVE THAT SAVES. We may sweat a lot more, provide more effort or give extra hours compared to others, but in His eyes everyone will be equally favored, everyone will be “in.”

In this instance we may declare that God’s blessing is extreme, questionable and unfair, but there is an unspoken communication being delivered here — His cause orientation towards the poor, the outcasts, the underprivileged, the downtrodden and the powerless. We are reminded to be like Him — generous in our words and in our deeds, and to LIVE GOD’S AMAZING GRACE by helping the least of our brothers and sisters.

A COMMUNICATION PITCH

This Sunday’s gospel is also a communication pitch to our final destination — HEAVEN. It’s very much like selling a visit to Disneyland – although some may dislike the parallel between a “sacred eternity” and a noisy, crowded, dizzying amusement park – it allows us to savor the promise of heaven and why we should not miss the gratifying trip to it. WE CAN BE FIRST OR LAST IN LINE, but the important thing is we will be allowed to enter. And if a communications brief to project its advantages and uniqueness has to be written, the document will read something like this. It may not be perfect, but it can be a starter.

• PRODUCT: Heaven

• POSITIONING: A dynamic place for limitless joy, love and peace.

• TARGET PUBLICS: All people in the world – believers, non-believers, and converts from all socio-economic strata

• COMMUNICATIONS OBJECTIVES: To strengthen awareness, reinforce preference, and heighten desire for heaven

• CONUMER PROMISE: Life everlasting, life with family and friends, life without suffering, and a life of a super-being in a super world. All these can be had if we would be consistently good and generous to our fellowmen. Heaven is no place for arguments and grudges. It will be a paradise filled with love, joy and peace.

• REASON TO BELIEVE: Our unassailable faith

• TONALITY: Joyful

• PERSONALITY: A welcoming Father. Extremely happy to see His children

• METRICS: The number of people who heeds His call and are able to get in.

OUR PRAYER:

Dear Lord, make us truly generous so we may earn a place in your kingdom. May our offerings be given freely and out of pure love. and with no expectations. Lead us to a life of purpose…a life focused in sharing of ourselves, what we have, and what we will continue to have.

Amen.

“God Will Make A Way”

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“God Will Make A Way”

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

By a roadway in the wilderness, He’ll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and Earth will fade but His Word will still remain
And He will do something new today

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

By a roadway in the wilderness, He’ll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and Earth will fade but His Word will still remain
And He will do something new today

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way

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