The Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
Luke 17: 5-6
At times I forget how powerful faith is. It is a fact that is often taken for granted, but without it, we are not able to move. This is especially true when life is difficult. Having faith allows us to move forward when all seems lost. We may think it is impossible to continue our dreams, but with faith, oftentimes things that seem impossible become a reality!
We have gone through some times that may have seemed impossible. We have been through COVID-19. At this writing, many of our friends and family members are recovering from hurricanes, and they must move forward in faith. Faith reminds us life will get better!
When a “tree” becomes an obstacle in our life’s path, it has to be removed. Faith gives us the power to move it with the help of our faith in God!
No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Luke 16: 13
Simply said, surrendering our will to the Divine Will brings peace to our lives. But this is not as easy as it sounds. There are things in our world that challenges us and distract us from peace.
Perhaps the only way to maintain our will in the Divine Will is to be vigilant in love.
Give as much of our hearts to God as we can!
We are God’s work in process. It may be discouraging ￼￼￼as we examine our hearts, and see how we fail to live up to our principles. However, efforts matter! Forgiveness is real! And today is another day to give ourselves to God by serving God in the world; serving God by loving all meet!
Never give up on serving the Lord; the Lord will never give up on us!
“Whoever does not bear his own cross, and come after me, cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:27
Jesus wants us to have the good life! This means staying present in the given moment, and let Jesus lead the way.
We have so many crosses that come to us in our normal daily lives. Someone losses a job, someone has a terrible illness, someone has lost a love one. There are many crosses that we have to deal with, yet Jesus has made the way for us to follow and that is the only way for us to be a disciple of Jesus.
There are other ways of dealing with crosses, our difficulties in life, yet none leads to the peace that Jesus brings us.
The cross can be very heavy, remember that Jesus carried His Cross in the way to Calvary, was nailed to that Cross and died on it. Jesus was faithful to the end!
The End is a New Beginning!
The Glorious Resurrection would not be possible without the Cross!
This is our story too, if we follow Jesus, and bring whatever we are going through as our cross, and follow the Lord!
“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them.” Luke 12: 37
Life is good!
This parable of Jesus is so true in the real spiritual world. Jesus wants to wait on us, but we must be ready to receive Him!
If we ever have to question, why does Jesus not come to me? We must ask ourselves, what are we doing to block His entrance? He is always available to serve us with Peace and Love!
What blocks Jesus entrance?
When we are hurt and we return the action. When we judge someone. When we participate in evil against individuals or groups. All of the above and any action against Divine Love and Peace are road blocks that keep Jesus from serving us.
Today, may we commit ourselves to creating an open door to Jesus!
“Now as they went on their way, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha received Him into her house.” Luke 10:38
Love is more than a feeling! We love by the way we treat people. Today we enter into the mystery of Jesus entering the home of Martha and her family. This holy event models for us love in action.
Jesus found a home where he could rest!Jesus was always taking care of others, teaching in the synagogues, preaching in the mountains and the fields, feeding the multitude and healing the sick. Martha and Mary participated in the Divine Work of Jesus by welcoming Him in their home.
Welcoming participated in the Divine Plan!
Martha’s home was a physical place, however the true home was Martha’s heart!
Can we do the same? Our homes and our hearts need not be perfect, Jesus will change our reality with His presences.
Will Jesus find a welcome place in our hearts and homes? Will we allow Him to change our lives?
(Jesus said) “Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “the one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, ”Go and do likewise.” Luke 10: 36-37
Jesus is very demanding! He has no time for fake religious observance. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, He tells us that we must love individuals in need. Life can be cruel! We may not be able to change that reality, but regardless of who the person who suffers, we must be Jesus to them.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”
Mother Teresa’s words are not “Pie in the sky” religion, rather, this is how she lived and challenges us to do the same!
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!