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Lent 2016…….changes

What IS this time of lent?  What IS it for? Why?

Changes.

We are called to change.  You could call it a calling, a whisper, a sign, the Holy Spirit – a change in the wind.   We recently have experienced this change, call it a calling, we call it an opportunity.  An opportunity, in the end to help provide for our family.  With this opportunity comes a lot of changes.  One of those changes has already challenged us in our faith.  We are finding ourselves changing parishes, priests, dioceses and feeling a bit lost currently.  Not lost for the love of our faith.  Even though the catholic faith is universal in the liturgy and the whole mass, it does feel different; different priest, different bulletin, different songs.

So our challenge is this change.  Let’s focus on making a difference in our changes this year.

Since we went to Rome this past year and we were less than ten feet from Pope Francis, I feel we are close friends, so I am going to use his favorite phrase and say “Pray for us”.

 

2015 Lent Day 39

We all have encountered those family moments of bliss, laughter, love, anger and regret.    And the fact that it can usually occur within a few short hours is what makes each family unique.

The Holy Family may have had the same family dynamics, but possibly with less anger.   Most certainly there was love, laughter and bliss.

We are nearing the end of lent, let us all hold ourfamlies up with our love, laughter and joy of each other.  Reach out with a phone call, email or even a text can make a difference today.   Go make a difference.

 

 

2015 Lent Day 38

Today’s Readings

Music is the universal language.   It breaks all barriers and can heal all wounds.   It is passionate, loving, joyful, soothing,  tingling and simply amazing.    Each area of the world makes, creates and is passionate about their music.  They are also willing to share when asked or when they are feeling anyone of those emotions.

Jesus sings a new song that we all should listen to and if you feel one of those emotions or you begin to dance then share it when someone asks you!

2015 Lent Day 36-37

I put off today what I can put off tomorrow.   I may be the ultimate procrastinator.    I prefer planning specialist.   I thought I had plenty of time to write last night, I did but I drew a blank.   Maybe I didn’t dig deep enough, maybe I felt rushed all day, maybe the good Lord said “take the day off”…… Yeah that’s it.

When we ver off the path we need to look to Jesus and get our feet under us again.

Our Father….

Hail Mary….

Amen!

2015 Lent Day 35

Today’s Readings

I once took a job that I thought would be pretty exciting, decent pay and challenging.  Two days into the job it was not what I thought.   With the long hours I saw my decent pay dwindling.   Then the final straw was put on when, on a Friday they told me I had to work on that Saturday  – no thanks!   I had turned down some other jobs for that job and now I was trying to back track to those jobs to see if they were still open – nope.   Oh boy, not a good time to complain about not having a job.

The people were just freed from Egypt’s reign and abuse.  They had been wandering the wilderness for some time now and start to complain about God and Moses.  Oh boy, not a good time to complain about being freed.

Sometimes the path that God leads us on seems like the wrong one.  If His voice is clear to you along your journey then stay on the path.  If it seems muddled or confusing, seek guidance, pray, look for other signs.  But have faith that the Lord is with you!

2015 Lent Day 34

I enjoy watching food network series chopped.    If I were the judge I would tell them they were all winners!   But I am not the judge and therefore do not.

But we judge people all the time don’t we?  How they look, how the act, what they say, what they do.   We judge their status by how they dress,  what they drive and where they go on vacations.  We know best……really?

Today’s readings. http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032315.cfm

Jesus does not even judge but asks those to examine their own conscious first before they judge.

So let us be careful, mindful of judging those we do not know.

 

2015 Lent Fifth Sunday

How are your march madness brackets doing?  Are you happy or sad or just grumpy?

Maybe you’re perturbed!!!

I love that word and I am going to try to use it the next time I am perturbed!!

When I think of Jesus getting perturbed my thoughts range from someone just kicked the sleeping giant or shook up the bees nest.   Not that I believe that God is something different than a loving God, but He does and has at times shook things up with a flood and a few plagues.   Then He sends down His Son to teach and show us how to live.  He is 100% human and 100% God from the moment that His mother Mary said “Yes” to the angel.  Jesus, since He is human as well, felt the emotions and feelings that we do.   So in Today’s Readings we see two human aspects of Jesus – God.   He wept and He was perturbed!!

When we get perturbed we usually act in a completely different way than Jesus did.   We need to learn from Jesus and how He handled this.  He did not run and hide, in fact He performed this miracle in front of many others so that they would all believe!

2015 Lent Day 32

Today’s Readings

March madness is all around us.  We pick our teams based on their record, RPI, BPI, FBI and grade point averages. We discount those teams that we have never heard of and we have to do a little research.     The problem with making logical picks is we discount what those teams possess in their heart and soul to thrive.

People discounted from where Jesus was from as well.

“What good could come out of Nazereth?”

“Isn’t he the carpenters son?”

“This is the Christ?”

But blessed be those who believed with their heart and soul!!!   For it is by their faith that they passed down to each generation that we believe that this IS the Christ that is among us even today!!

 

 

2015 Lent Day 31

Today’s Readings

It’s the first day of spring.  The sun is out, the flowers start blooming, grass is turning green and we have new hopes for the rest of the year.    We start to clean up the basement, garages, yards and begin painting or remodeling.   We plant new trees, flowers or gardens for the future.  We begin to get in shape, tone up, tan up (well not all of us, maybe freckle up).  In the words of Michael Bublé – “it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life and I feel good!”

The hour is coming when it will be a new dawn, a new day and a new life for all of us!   We do not know the hour but it will come.  Only thing we can do is do our best to be ready by living our lives according to His word.

2015 Lent Day 30

Today’s Readings

Have you ever done something that you have never done before?   Something that is a bit scary or adventurous?  For example go downhill skiing or on get on the monster roller coaster.   Maybe climb up on your roof or go on top of a building and look down.   You know you are going to be safe because a million other people have done the same thing and in our society today we would (the marketplace and governments) have shut it down.  You had to have a little faith.

What if an angel came to us in the middle of the night and said “Do not be afraid” .    Joseph had faith not to be afraid and had faith.   We can have that faith too…  Do not be afraid.

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