“I Have Glorified It and Will Glorify It Again…..”

Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. WIth love and complete gratitude, here is the Gospel of John JN 12:20-33

Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast
came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, 
and asked him, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”
Philip went and told Andrew; 
then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
Jesus answered them, 
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Amen, amen, I say to you, 
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, 
it remains just a grain of wheat; 
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me, 
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.

“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say?
‘Father, save me from this hour’?
But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.
Father, glorify your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven, 
“I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”
The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; 
but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
Jesus answered and said, 
“This voice did not come for my sake but for yours.
Now is the time of judgment on this world; 
now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
And when I am lifted up from the earth, 
I will draw everyone to myself.”
He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.

“He Taught Them As One Having Authority…”

Holy Spirit

Awhile back, the angels had asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Mark                MK 1:21-28

Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said,
“Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

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The first miracle in Mark’s Gospel introduces the important features of Jesus’ ministry that occur over and over in all of the Gospels: Sabbath, teaching, healing and authority. The first action of Jesus is teaching; the custom was for an adult male to teach in the synagogue. Jesus’ teaching was so extraordinary in that he taught with authority, rather than relying on opinions and interpretations of others. He continues to exhibit this authority by rebuking an unclean spirit. Those present in the synagogue would have been shocked by the presence of the man with an unclean spirit, for such an unholy defiled person would not be allowed in the synagogue or Temple. Rather than expelling the man, however, Jesus Rebuked the unholy unclean spirit. They recognize Jesus’ power and authority on a deeper level (and what they didn’t see was His Divine Mercy). His authority is more powerful than Sabbath teaching; Jesus extends His Power and Authority over evil. His Authority is evidence that the Kingdom of God has indeed come near. [see reference]

The Power of God and Authority of the Most High is indeed extended to each of us through the Holy Spirit.  We each have the Holy Spirit and the Light of Christ in our very own hearts and when we serve God through Love, we evoke His Spirit within us. We each have God-Given authority to understand His Word and the importance to act upon it. We have the ability to teach the knowledge the is God-given and to recognize that His authority to over all evil is within us- and we do so with through His Love and through His Son, Jesus Christ. God and Jesus are with us! God loves us and wants us to understand His Word and to follow the Word of His Son Jesus Christ, who has gifted us with the Power of the Holy Spirit in all. We can do all things through Him. 

 

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

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Compassion of Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew 18:15-20 MT 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. 
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that ‘every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. 
If he refuses to listen even to the church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you,
if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. 
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”

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The Word of the Lord is Profound because it is spoken with Divine Wisdom and Divine Truth- and is created as Spiritual Truth.  The first part of the reading is about spiritually counseling someone to turn from their ways, while using Wisdom to assist- winning them over to God’s Mercy. God does not enjoy watching any son or daughter engage in sin and all of Heaven celebrates when someone turns from sin. 

 “Whatsoever two of you agree about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted them by my Heavenly Father.”  and “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” are promises from God- from the Son of God, which every promise and Word spoken- stand Divinely Promised for us all throughout eternity. 

There is Need of Only One Thing

Jesus

Awhile back, the angels encouraged me to write on the Gospels for Sunday. With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Luke 10:38-42. With a loving angel guided message behind it. 

Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”

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Jesus often made a home in Bethany at the residence of Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. Jesus is friend as well as Rabbi to these siblings. Martha assumes the role of host and head of household when it is “she ” who welcomes Jesus. 

Luke wants to make a statement regarding discipleship and for him, the first step is to listen. Jesus has brought the Word of Life and Martha, in her busyness is going to miss it. 

Mary on the other hand, has remarkably assumed the posture of the disciple, sitting at the feet of the Lord and “listening” to what he is saying. Mary breaks a double “taboo” – leaving the kitchen where she “belonged” and sitting at a Rabbi’s feet, a place reserved for men, not women. Yet, it is this posture that Jesus affirms. Jesus clearly loves both these women and his repetition of Martha’s name signals his warm affection. It’s not her work, but her disquiet that he points out to her, and approves Mary’s decision to listen at his feet. 

Discipleship requires focus, a wakeful attentiveness that can be achieved only by a peaceful heart. Mary has found it at Jesus’ feet. Ecclesiastes says there is a time for everything- to prepare a meal, and when Jesus speaks, a time to listen. [see reference] 

The angels affirm that “Jesus has the Words of Everlasting Life. The Gospels are written so all generations can know the Works and Word of God and Jesus. Loving God and Jesus His Son are important for all. God loves His people, and sends His Works through HIs Son Jesus. Jesus asks all to listen to his Words and act upon them- in that , you are glorifying the One who sent Him.” ~ the Angels 

In Jesus’s Name

Reference- The Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2016

“….Go Your Way, Your Faith Has Saved You”

lord-jesus

Awhile back I received insight from the angels to dedicate every Sunday to the Gospel Reading for the day. With love and gratitude- Here is today’s reading from the Gospel of Mark10:46-52.

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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This Gospel has a message of faith indeed, trusting in Jesus  for anything and knowing fully with God ( and also with Jesus) all things are possible. In this case, this included healing Bartimaeus’ physical sight. However, there was nothing wrong with his spiritual sight- it was through his spiritual insight that he recognized Jesus as Divine- as the Holy Son and Savior of God, but also ignored those who rebuked him, who couldn’t see that asking for Jesus’ help would indeed heal this man’s sight. But that’s not all that was healed as Jesus said “Go your way- Your faith has saved you.” That kind of peace will stay with any man , woman or child for eternally. In addition, this man followed Jesus, even after he was saved and healed. Literally becoming a disciple of Christ Jesus.

Asking in faith and staying close to Jesus is important, in this time period or in any- and that’s the real message here. Ask in faith for anything- for healing, for Miracles, for Jesus’ help, for understanding, for increased faith, for recognizing spiritual insight, for recognizing spiritual gifts and abilities, for recognizing God’s messages, or even in recognizing that we are one with God and Jesus already.

“Lifting up any concern to the Most High is welcomed by Christ and God the Father who loves you. Listen to the words of Jesus and know this message is meant for everyone. Jesus has the Words of Eternal Life. Faith is important. Listening to the words of Jesus is important now and always has been. This man was saved due to asking, in knowing fully he could be saved if only he asked. When Jesus heard him, he turned around. That kind of faith will always make Jesus turn around. Know this when praying to God the Father or to his Son Jesus Christ.” ~the Angel Team

Reference – Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word 2015