Let me start by saying, what an awesome weekend this was. Grandma and I took the kids to a wonderful destination, Chuck E. Cheese’s. I got to spend some quality with the family, and that for me, is always great. Also, the family and I went to this year’s Palm Sunday Mass. This Mass is great, because it marks the beginning of the Holy Week, which is by far my favorite time of year. Continue reading “2016 Palm Sunday”
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts. – Psalms 95:8
I have heard many stories over the years about how people can actually hear the calling of Jesus. They can actually hear his voice speaking to them and they feel him gently nudging them towards the right path. I believe these stories are very true, and the witness that they bring is about the miracles that are still being done here on this Earth, but I often wonder, why this is something that does not happen to me. Continue reading “Learning….”
There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate
a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes.
In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.
One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there
and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him,
“Do you want to be well?”
The sick man answered him,
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool
when the water is stirred up;
while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.
Now that day was a sabbath.
So the Jews said to the man who was cured,
“It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”
He answered them, “The man who made me well told me,
‘Take up your mat and walk.’“
They asked him,
“Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?”
The man who was healed did not know who it was,
for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there.
After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him,
“Look, you are well; do not sin any more,
so that nothing worse may happen to you.”
The man went and told the Jews
that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus
because he did this on a Sabbath. Jn 5:1-16
I can not say that I have been healed in many aspects of my life, nor that I have not seen miracles. My two children, they are miracles. He has been there with me through all of my trials, and will continue to be there with me on my journey through life. I know this. As much as I would love to have been there, and been like the man in this story, I know that no matter what, just like this man, I am being called to take up my “mat” and walk. God has been working on me slowly but steadily. He knows that I am stubborn about many things in life, and that my heart can easily be hardened. I know that He is working in my life.
Everyone wants that instant miracle in their life, I am no exception. The man in this story was healed in an instant. I know that, for me, waiting on my “healing” is very hard to do. I want everything to happen right now. I want the signs to come to me, and I want them to come in my time. Well, guess what, God doesn’t work that way, He works in His own time. For me, I think that if he really did give me all of the instant wonders, I would not remain faithful. He works differently for everyone, because we all experience life in our own special way. I know that He is working perfectly for me. He gives me what I need in life, not necessarily what I think I want in life.
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself
is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him,
“You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to ask him any more questions. Mk 12:28-34
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” Mt 5:17-19