As a child we have our limitless, and unique imagination that explodes with colors of creativity. Like been given the opportunity to fly to mars or walking on a red carpet for drawing the best rainbow. However, as we grow up we begin to realize the impossibility of some of these creative ideas. Like going mars, unless we are planning on becoming an astronaut, it probably will not happen or unless we become an artist, it probably wont happen.
Today's Gospel almost seems like a child like unique and limitless imagination. That we must love my enemy, turn the cheek, and walk ANOTHER mile. That sounds impossible. Almost imaginative. How is that ever achievable? Why should I turn the cheek or walk another mile? How can I love those who are physically, mentally and emotional evil doers to me? Come on Jesus, you are asking the impossible, right?
Jesus said to all of those who want to follow him, " you must deny your self, pick up your cross and follow me&…
PRAYERGive me Strength, Almighty God To carry your Cross. Give me Strength, Almighty God To carry my daily cross. Give me Strength, Almighty God To resist all temptation. Give me Strength, Almighty God To overcome all sin Give me Strength, Almighty God To resist the temptations of the evil one. Give me Strength, Almighty God To stay rooted on your heavenly path. Give me Strength, Almighty God To be a worthy disciple Give me Strength, Almighty God to be a light to those in darkness Give me Strength, Almighty God to proclaim you in my life Give me Strength, Almighty God to ____state intention here_____ Give me Strength, Almighty God To carry your cross. AMEN
Every year, every month, every day, we must make choices. Some good and some bad, but regardless these choices have affected us or formed us into what we call today-the present. Choosing to go to school, choosing to stay late at work, choosing to spend time with others, choosing to go shopping, choosing to plan an event. Some choices, if not made could have a bad 'recoil.' Like paying bills and/or shopping, or cleaning the house. So they are choices that we have to do for survival. (in a sense) We are always faced with choices- from childhood to adulthood we are surrounded with choosing things.
The first reading for this weekend states the main (and most important) decision we must all make. We must choose between fire and water. The choice of heaven or hell. The choice of following God or the devil. Doing good or evil. The first reading says it plainly: Fire or water?(no not the kind of Pokemon we want) Life or death. We will be given whatever we agree to. God…
"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?9If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, 10 if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday." Isaiah 58: 6,9-10
This passage above may sound familiar. I took it from the first reading from this past weekends Gospel. It is a passage that talks about justice, and working it in our daily lives. It talks about letting go of the bad, the unjust, and welcoming in the justice. It talks about the joys that come from doing justice and how our light can truly shine if we do justice.
Jesus, in todays Gospel, is telling us ( his disciple) directly, WE are the salt of the earth and that WE are the light for the world. WE the adopted children are the salt and light of the earth. Last weekend the presentation of the Lord replaced the start of the Sermon on the Mount. Today, and the weeks before lent will continue. There Jesus teaches them ( and us) how to be a disciple and how to live and go about our daily lives.
We can often become distracted, over look, the importance of some everyday objects/routines. We do them and we accomplish them not really thinking about the true importance. For instances, when we wake up, we might just quickly pray, or not understand what we are saying because we so tired. Then we continue with our day not realizing the true power of that prayer in the morning and forgetting that we even prayed at the beginning of the day. But that prayer at the beginning of ever day is essential and gives us strength to face the day.
Today is exactly forty days since the birth of Christ. The old liturgical calender had this weekend the final weekend of the Nativity. This feast, however, was once the "Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary" weekend. Which focused on Mary's fulfillment of the Jewish Laws for purification following giving birth to a child. Today this is gone, and this weekends main focus is another manifestation of Jesus. The first manifestation, the visit from the wise men, was a manifestation to the Gentile community. Today, on the other hand is the manifestation to his own people-he is following Jewish traditions. In a sense, today could be looked at as the second epiphany.
In the Gospel, we are presented the story of Jesus being presented in the Temple. We are presented, as Simeon says, "...You have prepared in the presence of all peoples a light for revelation... to your people..." We are given the light for discovery by all of God's children. The light, wh…