Jesus said to him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
Each day is a new beginning!
The Kingdom of God is a Now Thing! Our focus must be on loving those we encounter now! What we did in the past, though it has impact on our present, we must let go of because it may block the command of building the Kingdom of Love in the present moment. Jesus wants us to make His presence alive in the here and now, not our past issues!
Let go and let God!
Jesus took care of our past mistakes, this is usually what we concentrate on. Jesus brought our past to the Cross and it has been washed clean. Trust Him and let us move forward!
Jesus said to His Disciples: “I have much to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when He comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will guide you to all truth. John 16:12
Little by little we will understand more, and more.
Our limited minds cannot handle too much information all at once. We would be overwhelmed! For the first three hundred years, the followers of Jesus world suffer greatly. Imagine living in Jesus would mean so much suffering and the possibility of death. We had to experience the tremendous love of the relationship with Jesus, love of the Creator and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, to be willing to give our entire selves to this Living in the Divine Life. We had to realize, by experience, that this is the Way to Peace.
Persecution still exists!
The radical life of true followers of Jesus is uncompromising! It is a life not only with words, but more importantly, living the Radical Love of the Trinity! This radical living is a challenge to those comfortable with speaking words of love, but doing actions of hate.
The Spirit will guide you to the Truth! John 16:12
True followers of Jesus experience the Truth and they live like the One they follow, even to join Him on the Cross!
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” John 20:21
Today we celebrate two beautiful Biblical Feasts. We celebrate the Giving of the Torah, the center of the Jewish Faith, which means, it was central to Jesus, because Salvation came from Jesus who was Jewish and Pentecost, the Coming of the Holy Spirit in Power!
We are celebrating our Scriptures that gives us roots and the Coming of the Spirit of God in power, so that we can be Jesus’ instruments transforming the World with Peace! Today we celebrate our creation as the Church!
Happy Birthday Church!
This celebration comes with a challenge, live the Torah, live Jesus, and bring Peace to the World in concrete ways, and in all of our actions.
“And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your Name, which You has given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one.” John 17:11
We are connected to the Divine Light! Jesus became one of us, so that we would be one with Him!
Though the world seems to remain in the darkness of death and other actions of evil. It is so easy to just accept the darkness and even participate in it. But we do have a better way:
When we radiate light in actions of peace and love, though it may seem useless, the reality is that we change ourselves and help others to become instruments of light.
The Copycat Effect!
Evil has it copycats, may we encourage, by our actions, copycats of the power of love and peace.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:17-27
Will our world ever return to how it use to be? The Pandemic of COVID-19 seems to be becoming much less of an issue. But other things still seem disturbing.
How do we find peace in the craziness of living today?
Jesus is the answer!
When we turn to Him, when we bring our total selves to Him, when we put our trust in Him, we can find the peace beyond understanding. It is a Divine Peace, a Peace that is not based on worldly things, a Peace brings calm to us.
May we bathe in this Peace, no matter what we are going through!
“…And they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of My Hand. John 10:28
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
We celebrate two important facts today, Jesus our Good Shepherd and the love of our Mothers. But, in one way, we are celebrating true love.
Mothers are our first shepherds. It is through our Mothers that we encounter Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Their love for us imparts the Divine Love and because of their love, we can experience the Divine Love.
So we celebrate, as best we can, the love of the person who has taught us how to love, our Mothers. We celebrate, with all our strength, the Love in which all Christian Love is based: Jesus, the Good Shepherd.