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Key Takeaway In This Sunday’s (September 13, 2015) Gospel:

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Peter’s Confession About Jesus – Mk 8:27-35

“Who do you say that I am?” — Mark 8.29

Today’s Gospel reminds us of the hugely successful 1971 Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak rock opera GODSPELL based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, which deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables.

And yet it is something more – a religious experience, a demonstration of joy, and a celebration of the family of man. This immensely successful rock opera needs little introduction, but when it was first produced on Broadway in 1971 it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ.

The third song in the musical, “Day by Day” — a prayer ascribed to the 13th English Bishop Saint Richard of Chichester — particularly captures people’s imagination. It summarizes our plea to see, love and follow God more openly. The lyrics of the haunting melodic number reads:

“Day by day, oh, dear Lord, three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly, day by day
Day by day, day by day
Oh, dear Lord, three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly, day by day.

”The song spent 14 weeks on the “Billboard Hot 100,” peaking at the number 13 position on July 29, 1972. “Billboard “ ranked it as the No. 90 song for 1972.

But more than its enormous commercial success it becomes a great “aide memoire” for people to be more generous, to give food to those who are hungry, to provide home for the homeless or the refugees (a very relevant concern today given the Syrian refugees seeking a safer haven), to die so others may live, and “to lose good things, to get better.”

A tough call indeed, but the only way we can share in this life is by seeing, loving and following Jesus and taking up our own cross so that death leads to life. The challenge of this Sunday’s Gospel is the challenge of the cross: to see that glory in our everyday lives. As the “Living Liturgy” states, “Good surrounds all of us; the cross invites us to see that good—out of pain and poverty can come a new life that has value, meaning, and purpose for self and others.”

OUR PRAYER:

Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that I do your will. Amen.

(St. Ignatius de Loyola)

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Sunday’s (June 21, 2015) Gospel: The Calming Of A Storm At Sea – Mk 4:35-41

“WHO THEN IS THIS WHOM EVEN THE WIND AND SEA OBEY?”

In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus established that He is the Master of all Creation; that He is the Almighty One, and only the Almighty One can demand creation to follow His every command.

QUIET! BE STILL!

These three small but powerful words clearly bring to our attention that even if we may think that God is asleep or lacking in concentration to our predicament, all we need do is holler and He will be there. Our call should not be one of skepticism or fright: As He asked His disciples, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” Our tonality, as we “shout out” should always have the confidence and the belief that He is there to help us and bring us to a state of calm.

WHAT? WE WORRY?

Setting up conditional happiness, success or other outcomes leads to ever-increasing negative feelings. But setting up dual happiness — happiness for both now and later — allows for good moments at any time. Dr. Spencer Johnson, best-selling co-author of “The One Minute Manager,” has advised people to live in the present without allowing negative attitudes to fester.

A setback is only one moment in time. It ends. The next moment is up to you. “Make that next moment one of learning and the growth will happen by and of itself. Before we know it, we will be where we wanted to be from the start,” Johnson emphasized.

Living, especially during these days, involves two areas: the things we can control and the things we can’t. Don’t worry about what we can’t control.

WORRYING IS A TOTAL WASTE OF ENERGY.

Train our focus on the future. It is something we can have power over. But don’t fret about it either. Move it. Manage it. What about the present? It’s in our hands. Live it the way we want to live it. Bring it to where we will be happiest even in challenging times such as today. Stay focused on what we want to happen, and we will attract exactly what we want.

Goals can be set. Positive experiences can be sought. Good news can be created. We just have to focus unfailingly on the picture, and to have trust in God. Happiness, after all, consists in getting what we desire and desiring what we have.

Let us avoid spending so much time worrying about the future, and learn to “be still” — to WAIT ON THE FATHER, OUR LORD. Why be terrified when we believe that God is by our side. As we weather the storms of our lives we must patiently and graciously wait for the Lord, and find the markers of the direction that He wants us to take — the path that can bring stillness and serenity to our souls.

OUR PRAYER:

Dear Lord, be with us in our journey, teach us to how to be quiet and to be still. Hold our hands when we are fearful; Fortify our trust in Your care. May You reinforce us with the wisdom to make the right decisions every time. Thank you for your unending presence and undying love. Amen.

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Key Takeaway In This Sunday’s (June 14, 2014) Gospel: Parables Of The Seed – Mk 4:26 -34

“This is how it is with the reign of God. A farmer scatters seed on the ground, goes to bed, and gets up day after day. Through it all the seed sprouts and grows without the farmer knowing how it happens. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.” (Mark 4.26-28)

This Sunday’s Gospel is made up of two short parables that use the everyday occurrences in the lives of people.

Both narratives mirror people’s familiarity in planting seeds, and how the seeds develop into full-grown plants, but to us how a seed becomes a mature plant continues to be a mystery.

An acorn grows to a full oak tree because somebody waters, fertilizes, and nurtures it with love and care.

The Gospel also reminds us of the “WOMB TO TOMB” or “CRADLE TO GRAVE ” concept —- the cycle of life. How we take care of others, or how we are taken care of by others — in every stage of life — defines how we turn out as people.

Sowing, growing and developing a seed, just like giving birth to, nurturing and improving a human being is a test of our patience, love, hope and faith. The patience in how we give nutrients to those we care for so they may grow big, healthy and strong; the love to make them robust and compassionate, so they in turn may be able to extend the love and care to others; the faith that they will develop and expand to become something that is enormously noble and inclusive to showcase God’s great work in them, and the hope that everything will turn out right.

“PATIENCE is the art of caring slowly,” John Ciardi said. It can’t be acquired overnight. We need time and the willpower to make it grow. Patience is genius. As Gorge-Louis Leclerc de Buffon declared, “Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on … hold fast … hold out.” Our authentic blessings often manifest to us in the form of hurts, defeats and disappointments, but if we have patience we will see these in proper perspectives.

God understands our hurts, defeats and disappointments. He loves us dearly. He is always present to hearten our hearts and help us appreciate that He’s enough for all of our needs. When we accept this LOVE as an unqualified reality in our life, our worrying will stop.

“FAITH is to believe what we do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what we believe,” Saint Augustine proclaimed, and quickly added, “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on us.” Thus, our sowing, nurturing — from birth to death — must be guided with an unquestionable trust in Him.

When we have HOPE, we can make the present moment less hard to carry, because we trust that tomorrow will be an improved version of today. Bill Keane stated, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

OUR PRAYER:

Dear Lord, may we constantly have an ample supply of patience, love, faith and hope that we may be able to understand Your mysterious ways, as we help in sowing, nurturing and expanding the seed of Your affection and compassion. Amen.

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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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Grant unto us, Almighty God, in all time of sore distress,

the comfort of the forgiveness of our sins.

In time of darkness give us blessed hope,

in time of sickness of body give us quiet courage;

and when the heart is bowed down, and the soul is very heavy,

and life is a burden, and pleasure a weariness,

and the sun is too bright, and life too mirthful,

then may that Spirit, the Spirit of the Comforter, come upon us,

and after our darkness may there be the clear shining of the heavenly light

that so, being uplifted again by Thy mercy,

we may pass on through this our mortal life

with quiet courage, patient hope, and unshaken trust,

hoping through Thy loving-kindness and tender mercy

to be delivered from death into the large life of the eternal years.

Hear us of Thy mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord

 

Amen

 

 

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We are blessed with so many things. We really count them all, but it doesn’t matter whether it may be small or big. With our lives, with the air that we do use in breathing to this world and with many things that we have have. We are blessed for the food that we eat everyday, for the water we drink.

We are blessed with our families who loves us so much and with the people who cares for us. Just be grateful for all of them.

Thank you God for many blessings and graces. Thanks you for the gifts, for the family , friends, and many blessed people around me. Thank you for all I have, and for all I am.

Count Your Blessings

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;

Love your neighbor as much as yourself.

– – Author unknown

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