“This Is My Beloved Son, With Whom I Am Well Pleased; Listen To Him”

Transfiguration

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew 17:1-9

Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

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Jesus had taken Peter , James and John to strengthen their faith for what was to come. In this reading, Jesus leads the three disciples to a mountain, which at the time was a common place to go to speak to God, to engage in prayer/fasting, and possibly where one could see visions, or hear the Voice of God. When God gave Moses the Old Law,  this was also done on a high mountain where Moses fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. 

On the way, Jesus was suddenly transformed or transfigured before them, and his face and clothes shone upon them with the Glory of God.  Suddenly, in this vision  Moses and Elijah appear from Heaven to converse with Jesus. Moses, representing the Old Law, and Elijah, representing the Prophets. Jesus, was there in the full Glory of God, as God’s True Son, as the New Law that fulfills the old and as the King of all the Prophets.  The disciples, were also in witness to God’s Voice, letting them know that this was truly God’s Holy Son and to listen to Him. 

Such would strengthen these Disciples’ faith as soon, the Lord’s Passion would be upon them.  

In Jesus’ Name. 

Seek First the Kingdom of God…

Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and gratitude , here is the gospel of Matthew, MT 6:24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

“…Be Perfect, Just as Your Heavenly Father is Perfect”

Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospel Readings. With Love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew 5:38-48  MT 5:38-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand over your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.

“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your Heavenly Father is perfect.”

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It is not enough to love those that are similar to you. Jesus asks us to pray for those who are not acting in righteousness.

“God, in turn , who is perfect will see this and He , who is Merciful will repay you with Heavenly Wages.” -channeled from the Angels 

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No’…

Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospel Readings. With Love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew  : MT 5:17-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses
that of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you,
whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment;
and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’
will be answerable to the Sanhedrin;
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’
will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court.
Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
and you will be thrown into prison.
Amen, I say to you,
you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.

“You have heard that it was said,
You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin,
tear it out and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
And if your right hand causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.

“It was also said,
Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
But I say to you,
whoever divorces his wife –  unless the marriage is unlawful –
causes her to commit adultery,
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
Do not take a false oath,
but make good to the Lord all that you vow.

But I say to you, do not swear at all;
not by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Do not swear by your head,
for you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
Anything more is from the evil one.

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God doesn’t change. People may change, but God never changes. God’s Goodness is is given to us daily through God’s Love , through the Holy Spirit. When God says something, it stands throughout time and space and is eternal because God’s words are just. Jesus is the actual Living Word of God; and teaches us of the Spirit of the Law. Jesus came to fulfill the law by teaching us about the Divine Love of God, and holding us to the standard of the Greatest Gift of God , which is Love. Love for God and Love for His people. 

By ‘settling with your opponent’ – “Jesus insists that a damaged or broken relationship with other members of the community prevents the union of Love, so reconciliation must come first as the beginning of true worship. Jesus’ command also prohibits lustful desires. The proverbs call for exercising body parts that seem to be the source of sin, are not meant literally. They are concrete examples insisting that whatever leads to sin, no matter how cherished, must be surrendered. Additionally, regarding divorce, Jesus asks us to uphold a much higher ordeal than found in Mosaic Law. Some rabbinic schools of thought (at the time) allowed a man to divorce his wife for minimal reasons, including lack of cooking skills. But Jesus allows divorce for only one reason, if the marriage is unlawful. ” [see reference] 

Love is the answer and true fulfillment of God’s Commandments. If we Love God with all of our heart, we automatically honor the first three commandments, which are in reference to God. The next seven commandments would equally be fulfilled when we choose to truly love each other with all of our hearts. For if we truly love each other, how could we act against each other? 

Jesus understands the Human condition, and Human nature, but was sent to teach with full Divine Understanding of the Love of God, who sent Him. The Law is written in our hearts with Love and God sends His Holy Spirit to be with us in our hearts. God asks us to act from Love, and you will be seen with Heavenly Treasures. 

In Jesus’ Name

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

“You Must Shine Your Light Before Others”

Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospel.With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew 5:13-16.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lampstand,
where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.”

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Shining our light before others not only unconsciously inspires others to do so also; it Glorifies God. By shining our light, this can be done in a multitude of ways, using our Gifts of Holy Spirit and His Spiritual Fruits is what Glorifies God. Love, Peace, Faithfulness, Acting in Faith, Gentleness, Compassion, Love, Acting in Integrity, Modesty, Peaceful acts and speaking our truth peacefully, Honesty, Kindness- are all Gifts and our Strengths and are what makes us and others around us grow stronger as a community, and as God’s people. When we use our Gifts of Love, everyone benefits. 

The Beatitudes

Jesus 2

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With love and complete gratitude, here are the Beatitudes in the Gospel MT 5: 1-12. 

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”

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The angels remind us that the Beatitudes are very important to remember. These are part of God’s promises. It has been said that the “beatitudes’ should be our “attitudes” and this bears repeating. “Blessed are the Peacemakers”  is something that is personally close to my heart. When Jesus states something, it is Spiritual Truth, it is the Word that bears witness to God; that bears witness to the authority of our Lord who has spoken them.   

“May His Word bring you peace” ~ the angels 

In Jesus Name 

“Come After Me”

Jesus

Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of MT 4:12-23. 

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested,
he withdrew to Galilee.
He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea,
in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet
might be fulfilled:
Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.

From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.
He went around all of Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness among the people.

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” Previous to this passage, John the Baptist had called the people to repentance, claiming that God’s final rule was drawing near. Jesus will proclaim what appears to be the same message, yet His emphasis differs considerably from that of John. The Baptizer seems to call the people to repent- to completely change their lives, so that the Kingdom of God can come in fullness. Jesus in contrast, approaches those whom many jews regarded as outside of God’s Offer of Salvation, announcing it’s arrival among them. It is as if Jesus proclaims ,”God is already drawing near to you; now you are able to repent, to turn your lives around.”[see reference] 

The disciples recognized Jesus and heard the call of the Lord, following Jesus as the first fruits of the Living Word. 

Jesus loves to see His Call be answered and so does God. Following Jesus even today is just as important as it was then. God calls each of us to Love and serve one another,and to love Him first. ~channeled with the angels 

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

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