Prepare the Way of the Lord

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. WIth Love and Gratitude, here is Luke 3:2-6  LK 3:1-6

…..the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, 
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Preparing our hearts for Jesus is always important.  Even the law was given as  a disciplinarian for Christ. In any moment, in the Christmas Season, preparing for the 2nd coming, we can alway examine our hearts and ask Jesus to be in all areas of our hearts. By asking Jesus to help us overcome the areas that  hurt others, or ourselves, we rely on His Strength and ask the Most High to please heal these areas. WHich increases acts of Love through Christ Jesus. 

“You Shall Love the Lord God with All of Your Heart…”

Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Mark 12:28B-34. MK 12:28B-34 

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.

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The Ten Commandments are fulfilled when we Love God first and we love each other as ourselves; as God Loves us. The first three commandments all have to do with God (when we Love God with all of our heart, mind and soul, we are fulfilling the first 3 Commandments: 

  • I am the Lord your God. …

  • You shall have no other gods before Me. …

  • You shall not take the name of God in vain. …

And the following 7 have to do with the way we treat one another (when we love each other as ourselves and as God Loves us, we fulfill the last 7 Commandments): 

  • Honor thy Father and Mother

  • Thou shalt not kill.

  • Thou shalt not commit adultery.

  • Thou shalt not steal.

  • Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

  • Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.

  • Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.

When we love God first and place Him first, and love each other as ourselves, Jesus said we are fulfilling the law when we act in this way.  Jesus has taught us to live according to the Spirit and when we do this, there is no law- for we have fulfilled it in Love.  It reads in Galatians 3:24-29:

Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith.  But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

and in Romans 8:3-4 it reads : 

For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

 

 

“Go Your Way, Your Faith Has Saved You”

Compassion of Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With love and gratitude, here is the Gosepl of Mark 10:46-52 . MK 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. 
But he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. 
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” 
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” 
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” 
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.

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The blind man was given inner sight through the Holy Spirit to recognize that the Son of God was passing by. Through faith and with inner sight of the Holy Spirit of God, he called out to Jesus, and Jesus heard him.  Asking Jesus in faith to heal him, Jesus said, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” and “immediately (the blind man) received his sight.”  Bartimaeus then got up and followed Jesus; becoming his disciple.

Jesus welcomes everyone when we come to him; and is always listening. Faith will always get God’s attention. God and Jesus both welcome all people to them; and it is credited as an “Act of faith” when we do come to them. God is always listening and is always calling us to Him.

“For The Son of God Did Not Come To Be Served..”

Jesus 2

Awhile back, the angels asked that I dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Mark 10:35-45 MK 10:35-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him,
“Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 
He replied, “What do you wish me to do for you?” 
They answered him, “Grant that in your glory
we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” 
Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. 
Can you drink the cup that I drink
or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 
They said to him, “We can.” 
Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink, you will drink,
and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;
but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. 
Jesus summoned them and said to them,
“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them,
and their great ones make their authority over them felt. 
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. 
For the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

“All Things Are Possible For God”

Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Mark 10:17-30MK 10:17-30 

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? 
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother.” 

He replied and said to him,
“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 
At that statement his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the kingdom of God!” 
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
“Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. 
All things are possible for God.” 
Peter began to say to him,
“We have given up everything and followed you.” 
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.”

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Achieving Salvation is beyond human competence, wealth and power, and depends solely on the Goodness Of God, who offers it as a gift. Entry into New Life is not  a matter of merit. What eventually is a matter of Divine Grace, entrance into God’s reign, is impossible for anyone who banks on their own resources. 

Those who give up everything will be rewarded, both in the present life and in the age to come. [see reference] 

Ask God for assistance in any matter of the heart, or situation. All things are possible for God, including eternal salvation. 

Reference: Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2018.

“Let the Children Come To Me”

Jesus 2

The angels asked me awhile back to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Mark 10:2-16  MK 10:2-16 

The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked,
“Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” 
They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?” 
They replied,
“Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her.”
But Jesus told them,
“Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment. 
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.

So they are no longer two but one flesh. 
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.” 
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. 
He said to them,
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery.”

And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“Let the children come to me;
do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to
such as these. 
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it.”
Then he embraced them and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.

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A very powerful reminder of the Divine Purpose of Marriage, and that the monogamous marriage is the ideal union. Divorce is like a “ripping of flesh”  as the two “become one flesh,” as well as being instituted as a concession of weakness. However, God’s Mercy extends to those who come to come and those who come to His Son , Jesus Christ with any weakness. God reminds us that the Sacrament of Marriage is a Grace and Divinely orchestrated. [see reference] 

Marriage also extends to the church, which is all of us, and that the church is the Bride of Christ. In union with Jesus, we can all enjoy Spiritual Communion and oneness in the Lord. Whereas separation causes “tearing”in the heart of the Lord- a “ripping of flesh”. Continuing to come to Jesus and to God, will not only increase communion in the Lord, but strengthens the church of God, and embraces us in the Heart of Christ Jesus, which is life for us all as the “body of Christ”. 

Children are so very loved in Heaven, by Jesus and God and his angels. God Loves everyone, and is welcoming us all to Him more often; asking us to not exclude anyone from coming to His Son, who loves all of us as one body. Children are also part of our domestic church, which is  the family home, where we first learn of God and His Son.  The angels say, “Love those around you.” 

Assisted with the angels 

Reference: Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2018

“For Whoever is Not Against Us is For Us…”

Jesus 2

The angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and gratitude, here is Gospel of Mark 9:38-43,54,47-48  MK 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

At that time, John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ, 
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'”

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Jesus welcomes everyone to him, and asks us to ask for him always; and to come before the Heavenly Father in his name for anything. This goes for anyone and any belief, race, walk, or religion- in this Jesus shows no partiality for those who call upon or ask in his name. He only asks us to trust in him, as we trust in the Heavenly Father; to love the Father as he does and to love each other as he loves us. His Peace and Love is available for everyone who asks of him. 

Additionally included, in the physical, there are times when a foot or a leg must be cut off from the body to ensure the health of a physical body. Jesus adds that it would better to cut off a member of the body that causes sin, than to go into the unquenchable fire. It would be far easier to cut any sin from our midst or lifestyle – than it would be to dismember a body part. Yet Jesus is stressing the absolute Truth that sin must be cut off. It is through Jesus that we are reconciled to the Heavenly Father, who suffered greatly so that we can be reconciled upon immediate and holy repentance to the Heavenly Father, who loves us;  and wants us to come to Him for immediate reconciliation. We can trust in His Perfect and Divine Mercy. 

Guided with the angels