“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!
Jesus said to Thomas, “Have you believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who not have seen me, and yet believe.” John 20: 29
Having a personal relationship with Jesus changes one’s life. Perhaps it was easier to develop a relationship with the Lord when he walked the earth. However, wherever we are, we can have this relationship through our human relationships, in the Word, in the Sacraments, and though prayer. Our lives will keep being transformed in this interchange.
Whenever life gets complicated and we start feeling bad about ourselves, come to Jesus; talk to Him. Received His Mercy; received His peace! We will rise from the feelings that are negative about ourselves; we will be transformed in Jesus’ mercy and love. Mercy and love, with Jesus is Divine, and unconditional. There exists no better relationship!
“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!