And he said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we must make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and now is found.” Luke 15:31-32
The Parable of the Prodigal Son has much to tell us about love.
The Divine Father wants everyone to come to Him. He is gentle and merciful. It is ourselves that run away from His Love and Peace.
The Divine Father is waiting for us, but are we ready for Him?
There is another issue that we need to keep in mind. If we are the ones who have never physically left the Divine Father, have we left Him spiritually? If we are not welcoming to those who have come back to our Churches or those new to our religious communities, we have left the Love and the Peace that is the Father! Please return to Him!
“Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it, and fertilize it; it may best fruit in the future.” Luke 13:9
What an important time Lent is, but we can make it wonderful! Our Lord will use this time to cultivate our lives. The goal is to bear fruits of love and peace. The world need us to bear fruit abundantly!
We are already at the third week of Lent, and we have this wonderful reminder of the Parable of the Fig Tree. However, if we do not heed the message the Lord is giving us, it is just a beautiful example of literature.
Be available to be cultivated!
In our prayer we allow ourselves be cultivated and fertilized with the Holy Spirit, and bear fruit to change our world. Jesus wants us to do this, He will always be available to do this, but we must do our part, pray!
This is my Son, chosen one; listen to Him. Luke 9:35
If only we would listen to Jesus!
The Human Family has put itself in difficult situations. We destroy each other. We often do not respect one another. We sit in judgement and condemn each other. In other words, we do not follow what the Father commands us, listen to the Son.
We cannot change each other, but we can allow for the words of Jesus to change us, and in doing so, change how we treat everyone.
Are we listening to the Son, or are we doing our own thing? Doing our own thing has not worked well over human history. Let us be different!
May we hear Jesus, and be His presence in the world!
Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’” Luke 4:8
It is so good to be in the Season of Lent; it is a time to get back to the basics!
There are so many distractions in the world that it can be so easy to lose our focus. If we follow Jesus, our focus is on worshiping and serving the Lord. That means we have to treat people with love. Of course, it is not a big issue if we treat people who are kind to us with kindness and love. However, the real challenge is to treat people who are unkind or even mean to us with kindness and love.
Do we serve the Lord God, or do we serve our emotions, our prejudices?
We need Lent!
It is easy to fall to the temptation to treat people and ourselves in a self-serving way, instead of the Jesus Way!
We need Lent to refocus our lives, because it is so easy to be a follower of evil instead of good! We see this issue in our world today, may we be different!
…For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks Luke 6:45
The heart is so important! From the heart we can build each other up, help soothe someone in their difficulties and make a positive change in our world.
The purer the heart, the better fruit it will produce!
Heart-work is so important, but we cannot do it on our own. The heart often needs to be broken and be healed by Divine Love. Otherwise the ego can harden it and it remains bitter, it remain fruitless.
Let our hearts be like Jesus’ Heart!
Jesus’ Heart is always being broken, yet He does not give up on us! Let us not give up ourselves and forgive ourselves and everyone and be a means of healing for each other.
The 2nd of March 2022 begins Lent, our 40 days of prayer and sacrifice in preparation for the Resurrection Sunday and the Easter Season. May our hearts be surrendered and molded to be like Jesus’ Heart and be fruitful! May our Lenten Exercise help us bring more, peace, joy and love to the World!
And Jesus lifted up His eyes on His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God…” Luke 6:20
The blessings and the woes in the Sermon of Jesus on the Plain is being like Jesus, or being opposed to Jesus lifestyle. Jesus models for us the life of peace and love.
Material things are important, we need to have food to eat, we need shelter from the elements, and we even need places of socializing with others. But Jesus tells us that these things must not be the core of our lives. Treat things correctly and we will find peace and love!
Jesus models this for us!
Jesus became one of us!
He is God the Son, we cannot get wealthier or more powerful than that! He chose to live in the Holy Family of Nazareth. His earthly needs were met and He brought the power of God wherever He went.
Being Poor in Spirit is living a life modeled on Jesus!