Truly I tell you, anyone who gives a cup of water in My Name, because they belong to Me, will be rewarded. Mark 9:41
How can we change the World?
The key answer to this is, will we be the change?
If we live in the Almighty, and are available to the Almighty, then the Spirit of the Almighty can change us and through us, we are changing things.
We change the lives of others!
Jesus uses in His teaching about charity the giving a cup of water. Charity needs not be a grand action of giving tremendous things, rather it is creating in ourselves, through Divine Grace, a mindset of kindness.
In all things, be charitable!
Living charity changes us! If we give from our hearts not expecting anything in return, we allow this Grace of Peace to be born and remain in our lives.
If we want to be first, we must be last and the servants of all. Mark 9:35
Jesus challenged His Disciples to change their thinking about how authority over people was to be practiced. Jesus lived this form of servant leadership, yet the Disciples could not receive it and continued to hold on to the worldly approach to leadership. This is quite normal. We must remember that Jesus died on the Cross, the ultimate example of servant leadership!
Jesus calls us to a Divine Way of life!
Jesus realized that His message was too difficult for some people. But the message is true nevertheless.
If the followers of Jesus, in His days on Earth, or us today, see ourselves as servants, as willing to help all people regardless of what they can do for us, then we can change our world.
Jesus is still the answer!
The more we can become Jesus, the more we can bring the Divine Presence here and now; the more we can bring Heaven among us!
This is a very important question to answer for ourselves. If we are honest, it will determine how we live now and approach tomorrow.
How did St. Peter’s answer change the trajectory of his life?
We know that Peter led the Church in it’s infancy. We know that he would die as a result of his answer to the question of who is Jesus. We also know that Peter was far from being perfect. He ran away after Jesus was arrested on Good Friday. But he kept coming back!
Being a saint does not mean being perfect, rather it means keep coming back to Jesus!
Peter knew that his only hope was being with Jesus. He said this with his mouth, but more importantly, he lived Jesus!
Saints are role models for us!
It is probably the case that we will not have to die physically for Jesus, but we will have little deaths: death to hate, death to pride, death to greed and whatever is contrary to Jesus!
“He does everything well; He even makes the blind see and the mute speak.” Mark 7:37
Jesus is amazing! He will make a difference in our lives, if we turn to Him and Trust Him!
We may not be able to see what is important around us or we may not be able to hear what is really going on around us. Jesus will help us with sight and hearing because nothing passes His understanding!
Jesus, help me to see! Jesus, help me to hear! So that I may serve You!
Today is the Feast of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She is a wonderful example of what can happen if we have eyes and ears like Jesus. Mother Teresa stayed in prayer and she could see and hear those in need.
We too can be Love like St. Teresa! We too, in out renewed vision and hearing, can make a positive difference in our world!
People honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. Mark 7:7
This quote is very challenging for the faithful person. However, it is helpful to read this quote, which Jesus took from the Prophet Isaiah. Jesus was speaking to the religious leadership of His day but we are the religious leaders of today and we must take Jesus seriously!
Each one of us is called to live lives that bring people to the Lord!
How are our hearts? Do they mirror the Heart of Jesus or are they hearts of the world?
It is a wonderful custom to examine our day before we go to bed. An important question we could asks ourselves is: where was our hearts today? Did our action show that our hearts belong and follow Jesus? The more we are honest with ourselves, the more Christlike we can become.
This Sunday the Solemnity of Mary’s Assumption replaces the regular Sunday Liturgy. Why? What is so important about Mary joining her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in glory? It all begins with the Incarnation!
I am the Handmaid of the Lord, be it done onto me as you have said. Luke 1:38
The process that led to the mystery we celebrated today is total surrender to the Divine Will, that is kenosis. We celebrate the fact that Mary was totally God’s possession and when her time on Earth was over, she went to the One who totally owned her.
This is our example, we belong to God, but do we live that way? Let us continue to surrender and give ourselves totally to the One who made us and who wants us totally!
Amen, amen I say to you: He that believes in Me, has eternal life. John 6:47
Jesus is our everything! He is our Bread of Life! But to receive this awesome gift, we must believe.
Familiarity breeds contempt!
In St. John 6: 41-51 we see that those who were listening to Jesus, after He preformed a great miracle, remembered He was from a family in Nazareth and this became an obstacle to receiving the gift of eternal life from Him. But some did believe and experienced eternity in their lives, that is, Heaven in their lives.
We have a choice to make today!
Do we believe in Jesus enough that the very core of our lives are changed? Jesus prayed that the Father’s Kingdom would be a present reality on Earth as it is in Heaven. Are we ready to make this Eternal Kingdom present today in our lives?
Jesus said, “This is the work of God, to believe in the One He has sent.” John 6:29
As we celebrate the Father’s love for His children, us, we come to the realization that we celebrate the Father’s gift which is His Son Jesus. It is key in the Divine Plan that our way to the Father is through Jesus and Jesus is our everything.
Whatever situation that we find ourselves in, whether good or ill, we can find peace by letting Jesus into the situation and following His example. The Father in His great love for us, gave us Jesus who will shepherd us into Peace!
“Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.” St. John of the Cross
In the Spiritual life we are going to find many friends and many enemies. Friends will stay with you because they will know your heart. Enemies will arise because your way of life, they are not able to tolerate. Both friends and enemies are important in one’s Spiritual development. This all part of following the Will of the Father!
The Father sent the Son so that we can become the creation that we were meant to be. Jesus reveals the Will of the Father! Jesus had many friends but he also had many enemies. This reality did not change the way He lived. In our Lord’s earthly life He loved all people. Jesus is God! He could have destroyed anyone against Him, but that would be against the Father’s Will.
Jesus had His Disciples and His enemies, both were important. The Disciples would bring the Way of Jesus to the World. His enemies like the Pharisees and the Sadducees, because they had a vested interest in their way of doing things, would try to destroy Jesus.
O necessary fault!
Because of the enemies of Jesus, the Divine Plan is accomplished! Without the enemies of Jesus we would not know true love. Those who could not follow Jesus, crucified Him. Jesus died for them too! But death had no power over Him! Jesus rose from the dead! LOVE WIN!
What does that say about us? True followers of Jesus must treat people as Jesus did. We are Children of the Father! Jesus taught us, by word and example, how to live that way of the Godpel. Those who persecute us, we do not attack! Rather we love them in return!