This blog is meant to provide insight into the Sacred Scriptures. Through it I will share what I have learned about God's Word through my personal prayer, academic studies, and other encounters with the Bible. My hope is to encourage you in your own faith journey through the Word. God Bless!
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I try to pray, discern our faith as well as our country I just listened and
read about some awesome ideas in our country
Benjamin Watson a professional athlete in the NFL at the
Baltimore Ravens team
·And he spoke about a great thought:
o“Obama can’t save us.Ms. Clinton can’t save us.Mr. Trump can’t save us.The only one Who can save the heart of
man is the Lord.”
this was cool in our national media
·And he does this to serve the poor
Like I have said several times already, the Bible teaches us
about the poor against those who do not serve the poor
·It is everywhere in the Bible
the focus is on the rich that do not help the poor
o“Woe to the complacent in Zion!Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched
comfortably on their couches, they eat lambs taken from the flock, and calves
from the stall!”
o“Therefore, now they shall be the first to
go into exile, and their wanton revelry shall be done away with.”
o“There was a rich man who dressed in purple
garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day.And lying at his door was a poor man
named Lazarus, covered with sores who would gladly have eaten his fill of the
scraps that fell from the rich man's table.”
o“When the poor man died, he was carried away
by angels to the bosom of Abraham.The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where
he was in torment…”
Back to Benjamin Watson
·I was inspired by his mission: “One More”
·His mission is to serve one person everyday
This is one of many ways to serve the poor
Today: through one mission: “One More” can you serve one person each day?
I am proud and I am excited to fix the bell in our steeple!
just spoke with your last pastor, Fr. Kris McKusky and I asked him a question:
“When did the bell stop working?”It turns out that the bell system got quirky with the timing.This occurred at the very end he served
at St. Thomas Aquinas and right before I entered.Since then, we didn’t use the bell on a system; in a couple
of occasions we used it manually.
we are practicing how the older system could work and eventually buy a system
through an electronic and technological system to use this beautiful gift.
Thank you for several parishioners
who are studying, testing and offering time and talent for this opportunity for
our Church and community.Thank
you also to the Knights who just added “Breakfast for the Bells” on the last
Sunday of several months.Any
donations from our parishioners, brothers, sisters and families in our community
can assist this process.We can
also have an awesome brunch!
Bells have a rich history in our
Catholic Church.They can be used
either in the steeple, musical choirs or those used for Mass (ex. right after
the consecration of Jesus’ Body and Blood).They offer another sense to grow praying and worship through
hearing their musical art.
Next week I will share another
connection between our bell and a prayer called The Angelus Prayer.
the meantime, please continue to pray for this beautiful art to serve us!
This is the first time that I wrote my homily on my blog! This writing helps me to learn again how to write well. This recommendation was from my speech therapist and I will strive to add homilies as I continue to grow. (Thank you for Sarah Monahan SLP-CCC at Rainy Lake Medical Center). It is a great feast for St. Matthew today.Matthew was one of the twelve apostles
for Jesus Christ.He was one of
the four evangelists who wrote the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.He was one in our first group of
morning, we listened how St. Mathew wrote about himself.“As
Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.He said to him, ‘Follow me.’And he got up and followed him.”
wonder what Matthew was thinking about when Jesus met him.What he recorded was a simple conversation—“Follow
me…he got up and followed him”—while Matthew might have had many thoughts, or
spoke recently about Jesus’ relationship with sinful brothers and sisters; he always
visited the sinners.Matthew was
not only a sinner but also a tax collector.These men were brutal to the Israelites, as they stole money
for themselves, lied, collected the taxes and were crooked.Yet Jesus went to Matthew’s house!
continued to write his experience: “The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’”Jesus’ answer: “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice.I did not come to call the
righteous but sinners.”
readings today came from the lectionary through the feast of St. Matthew.St. Paul wrote a similar line from
Jesus: “But grace was given to each of usaccording to the measure of
Christ’s gift.”Jesus calls whom
he wants to call.These sinners
followed him and continue to today.
continues in his writing to the Ephesians: “And
he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,others as evangelists, others as
pastors and teachers,to equip the holy ones for the work
of ministry,for building up the Body of Christ…”Matthew was an apostle and an
calls each of us for a mission.Perhaps this means apostles, prophets, pastors or teachers.Perhaps it is what we are called today
as families, parents, employees or volunteers.
began with a few apostles and disciples.St. Matthew changed as a sinner and tax-collector to an apostle, the
writer of the Gospel through Matthew, which our world reads to this day.Now we have 1.2 billion brothers and
sisters around the world.
has Jesus called you to follow him?What must you leave behind?What is your mission?Today, continue to follow our savior, especially like the life and
vocation from St. Matthew.
are, as C.S. Lewis called us humans as “amphibians”
are both body and soul
live in the material world and spiritual world
sometimes, some times, attentions give us body and soul
were need big decisions
gives us gifts for our body
How about our soul?
·Matthew 16:26: “For
what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life?”
oFamily, profits, fame, power…but our soul?
soul contacts us to God
soul contacts us to the spiritual life
soul gets us in shape for the dimension life
must act and move
Listen to St. Paul to his first letter to St. Timothy (a
·“Beloved: First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions,
and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that
we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our
savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.For there is one God.There is also one mediator between God
and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as ransom for all.”
with Matthew 16:26 and the 1st Timothy 2:1-8 for your
Act, move and grow for your
soul…your spiritual life