Blog

Lawlessness Revealed

Headlines

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday flat-out called for the “termination” of the United States Constitution so that he could be returned to the presidency.

Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform. “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-coup-2658826898/

I rejected Trump in 2016, 2020 and even now because he is a danger to every manner of lawfulness.

As to rule of law, it applies. Do we or do we not consider the Constitution to be among the gifts of God?

As to a woman in crisis is not my proxy for my own lawlessness. I do not become righteous by pointing out her unrightousness.

You are gravely mistaken as to The Way.

Biden is by no means perfect. But he certainly is not an anarchist.

  1. There may be times when a Catholic who rejects a candidate’s unacceptable position even on policies promoting an intrinsically evil act may reasonably decide to vote for that candidate for other morally grave reasons. Voting in this way would be permissible only for truly
    grave moral reasons, not to advance narrow interests or partisan preferences or to ignore a fundamental moral evil
  2. When all candidates hold a position that promotes an intrinsically evil act, the
    conscientious voter faces a dilemma. The voter may decide to take the extraordinary step of not voting for any candidate or, after careful deliberation, may decide to vote for the candidate deemed less likely to advance such a morally flawed position and more likely to pursue other authentic human goods.
  3. In making these decisions, it is essential for Catholics to be guided by a well-formed conscience that recognizes that all issues do not carry the same moral weight and that the moral obligation to oppose policies promoting intrinsically evil acts has a special claim on our consciences and our actions. These decisions should take into account a candidate’s commitments, character, integrity, and ability to influence a given issue. In the end, this is a decision to be made by each Catholic guided by a conscience formed by Catholic moral teaching.

The plain truth of it is Republicans have bought a scammers proposal because it sounded good.

But there was no good in it.

When will it become clear to you?

Blessings,

Deacon Gerry

Crying Out in the Desert

Photo by Viajante Dibujero on Pexels.com

Greetings on this the Second Sunday of Advent
Readings: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12
Notes: These are very helpful writing for today’s reflection and homily.
https://gerrypalermo.files.wordpress.com/2022/11/a-short-story-allergic-reaction.pdf
https://gerrypalermo.files.wordpress.com/2022/11/advent-three-year-cycle.jpg

Ever get lost walking or driving? It makes for a laser focus on getting out, yes?

In a parched desert, one wishes to find either an oasis and a way out.

O God, you are my God—it is you I seek! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, In a land parched, lifeless, and without water (PS 63:2).

It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: “A voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths (Matt 3:3 x-ref Isa 40:3).

The name “Elijah” means “the Lord is my God.”

Now I am sending to you Elijah the prophet, Before the day of the LORD comes, the great and terrible day; (Mal 3:23). And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come (Matt 11:14).

Elijah and John, Prophets of the Lord share these things in common:

  1. One who receives a divine word.
  2. One who obeys divine instruction.
  3. One who conveys an effective divine word of threat and promise.
  4. One who speaks an effective human word of entreaty to God.
    Source: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/1kings/17?1#11017001-2

First reading
On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm
Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Second reading
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Alleluia Verse
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Gospel Portion
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

John is calling us to Oasis and a Way Out (later called The Way).

Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

John, you called us out.

At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.

Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance.

Here we can get into a linear perspective of time. Repentance then baptism. Baptism then repentance. Baptism as repentance. Baptism as the outter sign of an inner change. Simultaniously? Sequentially?

Only God knows.

Our common problem. John finally gets to the heart of the matter. Pharisees, Sadducees, John you and me, all have the same problem. His entreaty to God:

The one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals.

What God wishes to do with us in our need for Oasis and a way out.

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

Kairos Time

Photo by George Becker on Pexels.com

Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest
Readings: IS 30:19-21, 23-26; PS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; MT 9:35–10:1, 5A, 6-8
Notes: (The franciscan media reflection is particulary appropriate for our times.)

I will use their theme today: Time.

The Lord makes time for you.
Kairos time – the appointed time of God.

This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel (Mk 1:15).

  • In person – Holy Spirit
  • In person – The Son
  • Teacher
  • Healer
  • Gives bread and water
  • Help with crops and flock
  • On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people, he will heal the bruises left by his blows.
  • He calls us to make TIME for one another.

Reflection

All of us are called to “go and preach to all nations—see Matthew 28:19. Our preaching is not necessarily on distant shores but to our families, our children, our husband or wife, our coworkers. And we are called to preach not with words, but by our everyday lives. Only by sacrifice, the giving up of all selfish gain, could Francis Xavier be free to bear the Good News to the world. Sacrifice is leaving yourself behind at times for a greater good, the good of prayer, the good of helping someone in need, the good of just listening to another. The greatest gift we have is our time. Francis Xavier gave his to others.

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-francis-xavier

First reading
Thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel:

No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,

While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears: “This is the way; walk in it,” when you would turn to the right or to the left.

Responsorial Psalm
Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He tells the number of the stars; he calls each by name.

Alleluia Verse
The LORD is our Judge, our Lawgiver, our King; he it is who will save us.

Gospel Portion
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

As Jesus passed by

Photo by Vlad Fonsark on Pexels.com

Greetings on this the Friday of the First Week of Advent
Readings: IS 29:17-24; PS 27:1, 4, 13-14; MT 9:27-31
Notes: When the Lord Jesus passes by you, what will you ask of him?

Short Story on Bypasses

Story about highway bypasses in the United States and Mexico and how devastating bypass roads are to so many small towns. The balancing act between fast, safe travel through and the needs of local commerce. But this is not our topic directly. You see if you bypass, you don’t get to pass by. When Jesus passes by, what will you ask of him?

If you need help with asking, see the first reading!

[Moses] So the LORD passed before him and proclaimed: The LORD, the LORD, a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love and fidelity. Moses at once knelt and bowed down to the ground (Ex 34:6, 8).

[Elijah] Then the LORD said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by (1 Kng 19:11).

As Jesus passed by or Jesus passing by or similar expressions of movement Jesus is always on the move.

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness (Mt 9:35).

Pass by – not bypass!

First reading
When his children see the work of my hands in his midst, They shall keep my name holy; they shall reverence the Holy One of Jacob, and be in awe of the God of Israel.

  1. Orchard so full as if a forest
  2. Deaf Hear
  3. Blind See
  4. Lowly find Joy
  5. Poor Rejoice
  6. Tyrant no more
  7. Arrogant gone
  8. Doers of evil cut off
  9. Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding, and those who find fault shall receive instruction.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord is my light and my salvation.

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.

Alleluia Verse
Behold, our Lord shall come with power; he will enlighten the eyes of his servants.

Gospel Portion
The Healing of Two Blind Men.
As Jesus passed by…

Pass by – not bypass!
When the Lord Jesus passes by you, what will you ask of him?

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

Only the one

Greetings on this the Thursday of the First Week of Advent
Readings: Is 26:1-6; PS 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a; Mt 7:21, 24-27
Notes: In today’s gospel portion we are reminded that the foundation of your life and way of being determines how our life goes in troubled times and decides our final end.

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.

The final storm of our life is death.

What is the will of my Father in heaven?

  • For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him [on] the last day (Jn 6:40).
  • Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (PS 34:15).

First reading
Open up the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that keeps faith. A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace; in peace, for its trust in you.

Responsorial Psalm
(26a) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Alleluia Verse
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call him while he is near.

Gospel Portion
Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

Your house, your home

Is it built on sand or set solidly on rock.

It is not a question of architecture or geolocation but of character and life choices.

  • For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him [on] the last day (Jn 6:40).
  • Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (PS 34:15).

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

Goodbye Twitter

Greetings on this the Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle
Readings: Rom 10:9-18; PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11; Mt 4:18-22
Notes:

Sharing the gospel message is an honor. The Law of the Lord, the Law of Love, is The Way to share.

I left FaceBook August 2018 when it became clear they were not going to meet the increase in poor membership with good governance and system management. https://deacongerrypalermo.blog/2018/08/02/goodbye-facebook/

I left LinkedIN a few months after January 6th, 2021. It became clear some of the people I dialog with (if dialog can be used to describe the interactions) were the very same people in Speaker Pelosi’s Office that day. Then on LinkedIN bragged about it. A job and professional site. I was in shock for a number of days afterwards. But I hung in there to see if right thinking would come about. Nope. Even worse. Eventually I capitulated.

I left Twitter yesterday. Same. Same.

I wanted to be a calming voice, a reasoned approach – at least to the capacity I am capable of.
This is all way to crazy now.
Taking my leave.

Down to Instagram.

Social Media is media but not Social.

  • Gossip.
  • Rumor mongering.
  • Guilt by Association.
  • Attacking of families.

All of this has filtered into every level of social life. Families, neighbors, communities, associations, schools and so on, are infused with intolerant, aggressive, mischaracterization of people and motives.

Like on the Baptist in the second Sunday of Advent. Regained his composure. He refocused on mission.
https://gerrypalermo.files.wordpress.com/2022/11/a-short-story-allergic-reaction.pdf

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

The Law of the Lord is:

  • Perfect
  • Trustworthy
  • Wise
  • Right
  • Clear
  • Pure
  • Enduring
  • True
  • Just
  • Gold
  • Honey

The Law of the Lord sustains us:

  • Refreshing
  • Rejoicing
  • Enlightening
  • Fear (Awe)
  • Justice making and giving
  • Desirable
  • Sweetness

Reflection (franciscanmedia)

As in the case of all the apostles except Peter and John, the Gospels give us little about the holiness of Andrew. He was an apostle. That is enough. He was called personally by Jesus to proclaim the Good News, to heal with Jesus’ power and to share his life and death. Holiness today is no different. It is a gift that includes a call to be concerned about the Kingdom, an outgoing attitude that wants nothing more than to share the riches of Christ with all people.

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-andrew

First reading
Brothers and sisters: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.

Apotsles

  • Heard
  • Believed
  • Sent
  • Preached

Everyone

  • Hears
  • Believes
  • Lives Out
  • Supports

Responsorial Psalm
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Alleluia Verse
Come after me, says the Lord, and I will make you fishers of men.

Gospel Portion
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

Awe of the Father

Greetings on this the Tuesday of the First Week of Advent
Readings: IS 11:1-10; PS 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; LK 10:21-24
Notes: The Lord brings life from even the most difficult of circumstances.

How many times and how many messes have we created individually and as a society?
Yet we know when hearts turn back to God, God is able to make life anew in us.

This new King of Isaiah is the very personification of God and his ways because he is God.

But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.

First reading
The Ideal Davidic King.
On that day, The root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, The Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.

The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A Spirit of counsel and of strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.

The son has awe of his father. Do you believe this saying? The older I get the smarter my father gets.

Most people I know, know this is true. Dads have a unique wisdom and guidance that a son can only appreciate as he encounters the reason for the wisdom.

Responsorial Psalm
Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Alleluia Verse
Behold, our Lord shall come with power; he will enlighten the eyes of his servants.

Gospel Portion
Praise of the Father.
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.

The older I get the smarter my father gets.

The older I get the more I realize the kindness of the father and the depths of our needs.

Let the Lord blossom in you!

Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

I am not worthy

Greetings on this the Monday of the First Week of Advent
Readings: Is 4:2-6; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9; Mt 8:5-11
Notes: Such beautiful readings today with the focus on the loving care of the Lord!

No matter our starting point (friend, family, stranger, alien or foe), Jesus comes to save and bring fullness of life.

First reading
Then will the LORD create, over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her place of assembly, A smoking cloud by day and a light of flaming fire by night. For over all, the LORD’s glory will be shelter and protection: shade from the parching heat of day, refuge and cover from storm and rain.

Here Isaiah invokes memory of the Exodus and the divine protection and divine direction afforded as the Hebrews flee from oppression in Egypt.

The LORD preceded them, in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show them the way, and at night by means of a column of fire to give them light. Thus they could travel both day and night. Neither the column of cloud by day nor the column of fire by night ever left its place in front of the people (Ex 13:21-22).

So also today.
“God does not love us because we are valuable. We are valuable because God loves us.” ~ Fulton J. Sheen

Responsorial Psalm
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Alleluia Verse
Come and save us, LORD our God; let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.

Gospel Portion
The Healing of a Centurion’s Servant.
The gospel portion: Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.

The prayer we say before receiving the Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist in the Communion Rite: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry