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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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Gospel: The Son of Man

Key Takeaway in This Sunday’s (September 14, 2014) Gospel: The Son of Man

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.” John 3:13-17

This Sunday’s scripture is one of the richest if not the richest in themes. It’s about our belief in, and faithfulness to God, our solidarity with Him, His love for mankind and His forgiveness rolled into one.

BELIEVE…

The good Lord understands our distress, anguish, fear, and doubt. He is constantly and consistently present in our lives to hearten our hearts and make us recognize that He is enough for all of our needs. When we embrace this as an unconditional reality in our lives, we will discover that our anxiety will dissipate if not totally end.

LOVE…

God loves us wholly, without “ifs or buts,” even though we are imperfect, incomplete or inadequate. When we feel lost and without direction, God holds our hand and covers us with His affection. He is with us when we are faulty, abandoned, embarrassed, grief-stricken or busted.

FORGIVENESS…

Jesus on the cross was the ultimate case of forgiveness on the cross. It is acclaimed as God’s forgiveness of the world. And it signals a huge challenge in our own lives, which is: If God has forgiven us, wouldn’t we want to give to those who have hurt or wronged us the forgiveness we have received? Gratitude or thankfulness in our hearts allows forgiveness to flow easier. If we are grateful to God we can forgive more easily.

SOLIDARITY…

The cross we wear or hang on our walls remains a sign of God’s love and of our solidarity in faith with millions of believers. William A Dembski states, “In God becoming human in Jesus Christ, God has established solidarity with the human condition.” We must consider ways of being in solidarity with Him and all Christians all over the world especially those whose very lives are in danger.

OUR PRAYER:

Dear Lord, help us to continually find you, to believe in you, and to love you. Give us the gift of silence for we cannot be in solidarity with you amidst the “noise and agitation.” Touch our souls so we may forgive others, and ourselves as You have forgiven us. Thank you and Amen.

Happy Birthday Mama Mary

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Today, September 8, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Birth of Mama Mary.

The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated at least by the sixth century, when St. Romanos the Melodist, an Eastern Christian who composed many of the hymns used in the Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox liturgies, composed a hymn for the feast. The feast spread to Rome in the seventh century, but it was a couple more centuries before it was celebrated throughout the West.

 

The source for the story of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Protoevangelium of James, an apocryphal gospel written about A.D. 150. From it, we learn the names of Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, as well as the tradition that the couple was childless until an angel appeared to Anna and told her that she would conceive. (Many of the same details appear also in the later apocryphal Gospel of the Nativity of Mary.)

 

The traditional date of the feast, September 8, falls exactly nine months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Perhaps because of its close proximity to the feast of the Assumption of Mary, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not celebrated today with the same solemnity as the Immaculate Conception. It is, nonetheless, a very important feast, because it prepares the way for the birth of Christ.

On her birthday, let us ask the intercession of our Blessed Mother that God may always bless, guide and protect us.

Inspirational Bible Quotes

Below are a number of my favorite passages of Scripture, which can help us to ‘step out of the past,’ and instead, ‘follow the light.’

Isaiah 43:18,19 – “But the Lord says, ‘Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do…’”
We need to learn from the past, but then go forward in the light.

2 Corinthians 4:17 – “When anyone is joined to Christ, he is a new being; the past is gone, the new has come.”
Don’t allow the devil to keep you looking back; and don’t go beating yourself up for all the mistakes you have made.

1 John 1:9 – “But if we confess our sins to God, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Once I take God at His word, I can look ahead with confidence.

Proverbs 4:25-27 – “Look straight ahead with honest confidence; don’t hang your head in shame. Plan carefully what you do, and whatever you do will turn out right. Avoid evil and walk straight ahead. Don’t go one step off the right way.”
How do I avoid evil and walk straight? There is only one answer: read God’s Word, believe it, and, by His grace, obey it.

Acts 5:32 – “And we are His witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Spirit, whom God hath given to them that obey Him.”
This is a very important text. We need the Holy Spirit to help us understand the Bible, and to lead and guide us through life’s journey. This verse in Acts tells us that God will only give the Holy Spirit to those who read, believe and obey His word. This is very simple as long as we are willing to do God’s will.

James 1:21,22 – “Submit to God and accept the word that He plants in your hearts, which is able to save you. Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to His word; instead, put it into practice.”
These few verses tell us we have nothing to fear as long as we ‘live’ in the Word and follow its instructions.

Philippians 3:13,14 – “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not yet achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

May His grace and peace be yours today and always.

http://www.cartereport.org/news/2013/stepping-out-past

 

 

A.S.A.P

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The day has ended

 

Busy hours are over

 

You’re dreams are waiting 

 

The night awaits in silence

 

A.S.A.P.  

Always Say A Prayer

 

Go ahead and sleep well.

 

God Bless. . . . 

 

Good Night everyone.

 

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POPE FRANCIS IN KOREA ~ the car says it all.

By YOUKYUNG LEE

SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis’ choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars.

After his arrival Thursday, the pope left the airport in a compact black Kia that many South Koreans would consider too humble a conveyance for a globally powerful figure.

In a live television broadcast, the pope climbed into the backseat of the boxy Kia Soul, rolled down the window and waved. Surrounded by a few bigger black sedans, the pope’s compact car headed toward Seoul.

 

Francis’ frugality and humble demeanor have received wide coverage in South Korea, a fiercely competitive country that celebrates ostentatious displays of status and wealth. This national trait can be seen in booming industries such as private tutoring and plastic surgery.

The images of the smiling pope in his little car struck a chord online, with many playing on the car’s name. One South Korean user tweeted: “The pope rode the Soul because he is full of soul.”

 

(Read , Reshare, Reblogged)

 

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