A news crew came with me today. I guess the Covid-19 story remains a high priority in the news.
This home visit was for food delivery and home sanitation. That was the plan.
Things went according to plan, put frozen food away and set up UVC lamps throughput the house.
Then outside go through each of the 25 items given with short tutorial on use. Masks, sanitizer, gloves, vitamins, etc, and a variety of course cleaners.
The Mom was sick, really sick. Negative? How long ago? Need to retest Saturday.
The children were great. The teen girl especially. I had her assemble the contactless thermometer and the finger O2 meter. Taught her how to operate and record values. We practiced several times.
She was so proud of her new skills and responsibilities. This is serious business. She has a role in keeping her family safe. I’m proud of her too.
We discussed what high and low ranges are for each measurement. Who to call if abnormal high HR or abnormal low O2 sat. That’s what you do when you’re 14 and you love your family.
Yesterday: This is palm beach post reporter Joe Capozzi. My story is online. Let me know if there have been any developments since we last spoke.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
On the Feast of the Transfiguration, do you see Jesus as he is? He is a daughter who braves the future for love.
Going to the Deserted Place
Greetings on this the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: IS 55:1-3; PS 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18; RM 8:35, 37-39; MT 14:13-21
Summer of Our Discontent
- 1964, Meridian, Mississippi
- 2020, Anywhere, USA
In 2020 we mourn the loss of several Civil Rights leaders…
When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.
The Gospel reading today starts with a rather startling point.
John the Baptist was murdered and Jesus withdrew.
At first glance you might be very disconcerted by this reaction.
Why? Well, among many things we mourn the dead, we have the liturgy of intercession for the dead and those mourning them. Even this Wednesday I will preside over a Funeral Outside of Mass for the twin purpose of (1) Intercession and invocation of the Mercy of God; and (2) Prayer of supplication for the grieving that in both purposes we may know the love of God in the paschal mystery and glorious resurrection.
But the death of John the Baptist wasn’t a simple death. It was an execution. John, having challenged King Herod, was beheaded.
The death of John is the most radical rejection of the baptism of repentance – killing the messenger.
Jesus withdrew to the deserted place and it became a great nonverbal message in the gospel. It is the message that can reach those guilty of murder.
The Message of John
Hardly anyone misses the message of John the Baptist. John preached the baptism of repentance. John called everyone who approached him to consider their actions and the commandments and make some changes. The gospel of Luke gives a really detailed account of these types of fruitful encounters.
John prepared the way of the Lord. Or more specifically. John helped us to prepare for the Lord.
The Deserted Place
When Jesus withdrew the crowd heard of it. They followed him.
Jesus went by boat – a straight line. The people walked/wandered through hill and dale to get to him.
They left behind any and all comforts, food, weapons, and all their possessions.
They knew something about Jesus was special. They wanted him.
In fact the point is that they valued nothing but him and his miraculous ways.
They wanted to enter the deserted place because that is where he is.
Where is the Deserted Place
This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.
The disciples were worried. Of course it was for the ordinary needs of the people. Very much appreciated and expected.
Jesus asks them to look beyond. Beyond the body, the wealth, the possessions.
Surrender the five loaves and two fish to him.
Surrender in the deserted place.
And be filled with every good, thing, God’s being.
The Most Deserted Place
In the center of your soul.
In the center of your soul Jesus has ‘retreated’. He rests there waiting for your return. Taking your attention away from possession and the belly.
There you will find Jesus who will restore you, feed you, speaking to you.
Go to the deserted place. Find everything.
Peace be with you,
Key Referenced Letter – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò open letter to Donald Trump
Reply – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò open letter to Donald Trump
Concepts in the letter
- There are more children of light than of darkness but the children of light are held hostage by the children of darkness who control the media, government, politics and economics.
- Offspring (behavior reference) the children of light are imperfect but struggling to do good in its variety of forms.
- Specifically speaking out against: those who want to demolish family, accumulate undue wealth, foment internal division and war, and accumulate power.
- Projection: children of darkness are the Deep State.
- Projection: children of darkness are the Deep Church.
- Projection: COVID event is wielded as a tool used against the children of light.
- Projection: Civil Unrest (protests against police violence) event is wielded as a tool used against the children of light.
- Projection: Faithful Shepherds and Unfaithful Shepherds align specifically with the Deep State.
- Masonic principals are the driving thought process for the civil unrest and the COVID-19 response.
- The media is determined to destroy Christianity wittingly or unwittingly.
Endorse President Trump as:
- Donald Trump’s Deep State is one in the same with what the Church would/could describe as the Deep State.
- Donald Trump’s Invisible Enemy is one in the same with what the Church describes as the Invisible Enemy.
- President denounced persecution of Christians.
- President attended March for Life.
- President proclaimed National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
- Recommends prayer by and for the President. Does not actually reference any prayer by the President but suggests that if he prays the Bishop is united with him.
Missing Concepts – implied Fallacies of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò
- Donald Trump’s Deep State is not one in the same with what the Church would/could describe as the Deep State is undefined.
- Donald Trump’s Invisible Enemy is not one in the same with what the Church describes as the Invisible Enemy.
- Deep State verses professional Civil Service not addressed and one of immediate concern.
- Deep Church is a concept of corruption and the need for Church renewal not fitting for a topic in this letter nor the reason to endorse Trump.
- Fail to recognize the Media right and left have lost their reporting integrity in equal parts.
- See President’s comments at March for Life below. Hardly anything close to holy.
- See Church distain for the President’s clear the mob actions below. Hardly an act that should be praised in the timing or its intent.
- Gives President Trump a pass on the fact he is who has demolished family, accumulated undue wealth, foments internal division and war, and accumulates power.
My First comment on Remnant Newspaper on Bishop’s letter:
Disturbing letter that sets aside serious problems with violent policing, sacrilege of holy places, the pandemic and general displeasure at President Trump’s instability. Shameful letter.
Responses on site – https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php:
- Bad Cleric
- A joke
It is a gigantic leap of presumed power to align President Trump with the Catholic Church and to align just about anybody else with the children of darkness. Endorsing him is at the least a questionable act. For millions President Trump personifies the very evil you decry. It was in fact a shameful letter.
The most positive thing I can say on this letter is indeed pray. Pray without preconception of the arrogance of knowing from your excess and treasure. No, pray from the poverty of your spirit.
Peace be with you,
- Children of light (the preeminent Christian focus and phrase).
- Children of darkness (usually associated with the Modernist movement). See Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius X PASCENDI DOMINICI GREGIS.
- Offspring of the Woman
- Offspring of the Serpent
- Law of God
- Kingdom of Heaven
- Deep State – (circa 2000) – an alleged secret network of especially nonelected government officials and sometimes private entities (financial services and defense industries) operating extra-legally to influence and enact government policy.
- Deep Church – No known generally accepted reference except to say shares the Deep State worries. Specific to the Church are the financial, sexual and liturgical norms of the Church being violated, diluted and ignored by a secret network..
- Invisible Enemy – A Virus. A Satan. An unholy appliance between the Deep State and Deep Church. Multiple meanings.
References Used In His Letter
- Appeal – Veritas Liberabit Vos (A document he wrote and posted and of which I previously responded).
- Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana – modern Kosovo Serbia.
- Apostolic Nuncio – former diplomat to the USA.
- Masonic references:
- New World Order
- Solve et Coagula – Dissolve and Coagulate (an Alchemy)
- Universal Brotherhood
- Covid Emergency.
- Street Protests in USA and Europe.
- Visit to the National Shrine of Saint John Paul II – link to article – https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2020/06/02/trump-catholic-shrine-church-bible-protesters/
- March for Life 2020 – link to actual text – https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-47th-annual-march-life/
- National Child Abuse Prevention Month declaration – https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-national-child-abuse-prevention-month-2020/
The appeal makes no attempt to document or prove any of its medical assertions.
- The freedom of worship, expression and movement have been disproportionately and unjustly restricted in the name of good medicine.
- Doubt of the COVID-19 contagiousness, danger and resistance to the virus.
- To approve and spend money on ineffective vaccines and treatments.
- To develop vaccines from aborted fetuses (he may have meant this as a generalized warning).
The appeal maintains that the true purpose of the epidemic response is:
- The epidemic is a pretext to control the population.
- To impose a permanent restrictions on freedom.
- To isolate populations, i.e., ageism, ethnic or racial segregation.
- To criminalize personal and social relationships, i.e., religious people.
- To ignore shady business interests wanting to profit from the virus.
- To allow experts to enjoy immunity of prosecution.
- To reduce our lives to a virtual reality alone.
- To establish an odious technological tyranny.
- To eventually establish a world government beyond all control.
The appeal uses good and solid Catholic positions as well as the long standing governance worries into a certain synthesis of an argument of these multiple worries and concerns. It is an interesting blend of nationalism, Catholicism, and governance by way of political convention. Taken in context of the political language of the day, it is completely intertwined with American political drama.
It is better to describe the intention of the letter this way: Given the supernatural powers that attempt to subject humanity and the Church to oppression the Bishop sees the COVID-19 pandemic as a handy pretext to push forward this evil agenda.
The caution are as follows:
- Medical assertions #1 to #4 above in the United States are matters of reasonable differences of opinion in support or against these statements (except #4 which seems a flip in for flavor).
- Worldwide you would have to take a country by country review with a skeptical eye toward totalitarian nations.
- As to the true purposes, I don’t buy most any of it. It’s a virus. It kills people and would by the millions if no intervention is attempted. We have hundreds of year experience with epidemics. No credible exaggeration.
- The Church by the way once enjoyed ‘worldwide’ domination and simply had no problem with it. Just a reminder that those who dominate see no problem.
- The disintegration of treaties and multi-State agreements makes the idea of a world government to be much less of a worry. Perhaps natural resource wars, trade wars and regional wars are a more immanent emerging problem.
Church Integrity – Free to
- To govern itself.
- To govern its members.
- To perform its evangelization of the Good News.
- To administer the Sacraments as the perpetual gifts of the Christ.
- To opine and participate on governance of the population.
- To offer prayer and supplication in the Name of God and His Son Jesus Christ for the salvation of and peaceful existence for humanity.
I don’t think any Catholic differs in this opinion. We must also agree that the Church, like the human family it is composed of, continues to learn the deeper meanings of the Gospel and adjust its social-cultural opinions accordingly. Faith and Science (including Sociology) play a part in informing the Church and the results in changes to the changeable doctrine. The steadfast and unchangeable remain. The wisdom to know the difference is a dynamic, constant progression in time just as the Divine revelation itself was and is a progression in time.
Real Common Good Worries
- The virus need a cooperative and reliable response from all segments of the society. We are all at risk when any fail to do their part.
- In the USA, some States suggested closing and some Sates ordered closings. In all cases, the Church decided on its own what to do. It wasn’t the State that restricted gatherings, the Church of its own good judgment decided so. Even still, the Mass continued with smaller gatherings according to the good judgment.
- In other countries these worries are more palpable and such concerns should be addressed regionally.
- Many people of good will and with no religion certainly agree about unregulated technology as tyrannical.
- Many people of good will and with no religion agree that unregulated medical-industrial complex as oppression.
Irresponsible Arguments – Responsible Leadership
It is irresponsible to address the World Domination worry as the preeminent concern of this virus. We should not mirror the behaviors of others who commingle arguments in order to provide greater support for our core positions. It is beneath the Church to do so. The anti-religious have been around a very long time. Let’s not be their mirror.
Peace be with you,
Greetings on this the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: 2 KGS 4:8-11, 14-16A; PS 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19; ROM 6:3-4, 8-11; MT 10:37-424
And Letting Go
The Gospel of Matthew in today’s reading is concerned with the necessity of reaching and living in the highest of love, that is the love of God. He helps us to let go by not holding so tightly the natural love of family in which we are born.
Really Jesus gives the list of tendency we have to limit ourselves and our acceptance of others.
Stopping our growth in love:
- In our love of father or mother ‘more than’;
- In our love of son or daughter ‘more than’; and
- In our self-love by avoiding the costs of discipleship of loving others.
Letting Go Frees Up Our Hands
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
The amazing expanse that is your life is beyond the known and comfortable. Jesus is describing the willingness to lose one’s self-limiting importance and capacity and cleaving to Jesus so you will find the infinite graces of the life that is lived Christ.
Making no mistake here that this homily is not about a self-help program or merely about personal growth for the sake of growth.
This is about the relational growth in the person of Jesus.
Jesus prescribes that we receive him and in receiving him we receive the Father. There are many ways in which to receive Jesus especially in the Eucharistic gift that is Holy Communion.
Here though Jesus outlines the two basic ways to receive him, the reward hinted at and the outcome that comes from that.
A prophet and a prophet’s reward. The reward of receiving the prophet is what the prophet offers. A prophet speaks in the name of God. A prophet prescribes knowing and understanding God and relational reality of God. Jesus being a Prophet rewards us with knowing and trusting the Father. This is Faith.
A righteous man and a righteous man’s reward. The reward of receiving a righteous man is the gift of being in right relation with God and Man. Jesus being a righteous man through his behavior brings us the hopeful expectation that righteousness brings. Acting righteous with others is the very essence of hope, hope for oneself, hope for the other, hope for peace with God and peace with your fellow man. This is Hope.
Ah, the charity of Jesus. It is always described by inference of the natural spiritual outflow of Faith and Hope. Faith and Hope yield Charity founded in the love of the Lord.
Saint Jerome said this about the cold water: That none should say, I am poor and therefore cannot be hospitable, He takes away even this plea by the instance of a cup of cold water, given with good will. He says cold water, because in hot, poverty and lack of fuel might be pleaded. And whosoever shall give to drink to one of the least of these a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.
This is Love (Charity).
So by now you have guessed I am speaking to the rewards of the gifts of the theological virtues. Faith, hope and Love (Charity). Jesus in his most gentle way is making an example of his life in these virtues whos power comes from the Father through the Holy Spirit.
Death-Life or Life beyond Death
Saint Paul describes the letting go in these terms: because of Christ’s ultimate victory over death… Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.
So a life limited as described in the beginning (the list I wrote above), is a death-life and holding firm in faith and hope we can life, the Life beyond the worries of death.
Let Go and Receive.
Peace be with you,
Be Not Afraid
Greetings on this the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: JER 20:10-13; PS 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35; ROM 5:12-15; MT 10:26-33
Please be forewarned this is a hard hitting homily.
A good priest friend of mine celebrated his 55th year ordained a priest. As part of his reflection on the year completed and the year to come he said, ‘Next year I will be holy’.
Knowing him in excess of 20 years I recognized the twin message. A bit of humor at his own expense and a recognition that sanctification is a lifelong process. It requires all the disciplines of the Church recommended for priests as well as the prayers of the faithful to help priests on their path of sanctification. In fact, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus includes the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. Maybe I should have prayed harder for him in 2020.
Never the less, he didn’t fail to examine his conscience as a part of his annual memorial of going prostrate and the kissing of the marble before the Lord.
Pitfalls and pratfalls abound in life. Jeremiah faced the constant possibility of any and all ‘misstep of mine’ would be the vector by which the attacks come. Sure enough this is a common reality that all of us should be able to relate to his situation in the ordinary sense of it. Office politics is a common phrase for it. Palace intrigue is the arena Jeremiah operated in the ancient Washington, DC.
In his case he was urging behavior in opposition to the popular sentiment. A stiffened necks and disobedient hearts had moved them to despise the warnings of Jeremiah and to look for any opportunity to destroy him.
Jeremiah was given a very difficult task about speaking the truth. Simply, ‘If you bring forth the precious without the vile, you shall be my mouthpiece. (Jer 15:19b). Not an easy task. Every prophet must master his desire to grow angry with a righteous anger that tramples the violator and the prophet together. Jesus instead insists upon being meek and humble.
Precious and Vile Time
We live in a precious and vile time. A time of contradiction and a fear that transcends viruses and bad governance but rather a fear of our own desires and the truth about those desires. The truth that exposes and reveals the inner fears we possess, rather, that possess us.
In modern language we call it rationalization.
Curses and Curses
(No names, true stories).
I have many acquaintances on LinkedIn from a long career in business. I also have many acquaintances of people I worshiped with in the Church. Both groups are on LinkedIn.
Years ago when our daughters were young my little girl developed some foul language. She taught another girl the same. Not the finest moment in the life but a story worth telling.
The parents of the second girl came to my home and retold the story as they know it. Fair enough I insisted my daughter listen to the complaint as it is in fact serious business to use foul language.
But things turned ugly. The father grew angrier and angrier as he told the same story over and over again. I would interject we understand and certainly apologize and will work to not repeat the problem. He insisted in repeating the story each time getting more and more agitated. I mean seriously agitated. Knowing something of people who have made a practice of entering in to a rage by slowly increasing volume and increasing the intensity of their feelings and comments something had to be done. Finally, I had to call an end to the diatribe. I explained he has made his point repeatedly, there is no point continuing and knew if I didn’t stop him this would enter possibly violent rage.
It took a bit to get him to stop and leave my home.
Story One Redux
Reading this man’s posts on LinkedIn he expresses by way of shares and link his disapproval of the Black Lives Matter movement. It hit me. Hard.
This man could barely contain himself over kids using bad words so much so that he might just have gone into a rage over it. Yet he explicitly will not defend Black men wanting to defend their family and children from implicit and overt racism.
In today’s Gospel Jesus warns ‘Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known’.
This error in thinking is described by Our Lord as FEAR. FEAR and all its entrapments. Fear of the different, fear of competing interests, fear of losing what you rightfully gained, and fear of every bias we are exposed to by the race baiters.
Being fearful and afraid are the enemies of the Christian life.
Even still Jesus warns if you deny him he will deny you. Period. You cannot act like a trapped animal or a discovered thief wanting to fight your way out of it.
Christian men who congratulate themselves on pious speech and the defense of proper grammar and yet scoff at men fighting for their very families by way of the BLM movement are fearful pagans. There is no Christ in them.
Met another former coworker in the grocery store yesterday. Pleasantries. Why aren’t you wearing a mask? Literally the litany of science denying, political advantage promoting excuses and proclamations.
I assured him that Covid-19 is very deadly not just for the aged whom he cares nothing for but for any who get sick. It is a complete gamble. I described my work in these days.
How many people have you seen die?
Really you ask such a question.
Can you be so willfully ignorant as to make claim the pandemic is a figment of imagination. Fear. Fear that your advantage will be lost by way of a virus.
He literally said the annual pneumonia deaths are equal to the COVID-19. Of course the difference is 3 months verses 12 months. The correlation is times 4. Madness. Fear of ideological loss nationwide allows him to calculate the death of old people as a statistical noise.
Natural death is not when we willfully allow those vulnerable to be subjected to mortal danger. There is no Christianity in this position.
Story Two Redux
Tomorrow I visit another family. In this case I must explain what induced coma is and the survival rate is 20%. In this case I have to describe how to be sanitary and isolation focused when six family members are infected and the head of household may never come home again. What did these people do wrong? Nothing, except be alive in a time where the President makes jokes about slowing down testing to improves his popular standing. A family facing possible annihilation. The Department of Health shrugs the shoulders. The newspapers write the warm fuzzy articles.
Even still Jesus warns if you deny him he will deny you. Period. You cannot act like a trapped animal or a discovered thief wanting to fight your way out of it.
Fear is Your God
How can it be that people are being discarded so thoughtlessly? COVID-19 families, do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. The Lord in his great love will answer you.
How can it be that people are being denied the fullness of BLM? Black families, do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. The Lord in his great love will answer you.
I say Fathers, Happy Father’s Day. Your Father in Heaven wants you to protect your families. Be persistent in BLM. Protest, march, speak up and let’s stop the madness.
But for you who act pious O warn you that you deny these little ones. Then know the certainty of Divine denial.
Peace be with you,
Greetings on this the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Readings: EX 34:4B-6, 8-9; DN 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56; 2 COR 13:11-13; JN 3:16-18
The Christian belief of a triune God can be a challenge for those of other traditions. It is a revelation that comes about after the Pentecost event when the gift of the Holy Spirit is poured out.
Parts of Triune belief are rather easy. If God is Father and God is unchanging then one would conclude He is Father from all eternity. If so then Son (Jesus) is Son from all eternity. If the Son is co-eternal with the Father then he is equal in substance to God because there is no intermediate step or time of becoming Son rather he simply is the same substance of the Father since there is no division within him (he is One).
It get harder to accept the Holy Spirit using that same logic. Instead one must consider the experience of the Holy Spirit. Believers who surrender to the love of God in baptism and confirmation experience the personal relationship (we call it personhood) of the Holy Spirit. In addition, one would consider the mission of the Spirit which is a natural outflow form the Divine love expressed between Father and Son (here you are good to reread the Gospel of John and see how the love between Father and Son is a crucial component of the Gospel message and always presented within the continuing mission of the Holy Spirit to ‘sanctify them in the truth’.
So much is written on the topic and ‘getting it’ is a fleeting endeavor. Bringing into alignment Faith and Reason is a worthy journey but one that will never end in this life.
I don’t want my inferior attempts to bruise your faith in any way. So allow me to say it this way.
God has revealed to us that at His center is a dynamic, perpetual, always refreshed, never changing mystery of love. He is self-giving even within himself. He wants us to experience him not as simply ‘God’ like so many pagan thinking. Rather as a divine, all powerful self-giving love in the person of the Father who loves us without end, in the person of the Son who redeems us from our follies, and in the person of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us from the inside out.
Perhaps the first reading might help.
In Sunday’s reading the first is the giving of the Law a second time. Yes, the tablets of the Commandments had to be recreated and represented to the people.
What happened? You recall that after the first set of tablets were given Moses came down from the mountain and found the people had rebelled casting the bronze calf.
Moses was not pleased. In fact Moses anger burned hot, he threw the tablets to the ground and they shattered at the foot of the mountain.
Hey, Moses was a good man of course. He even challenged God to not harm the people as God had warned Moses the people had revolted. But… but…
When Moses saw the golden calf his true, deeper feelings came out. He was pissed! His piety was enraged. He in that moment decided to deny them the Law and went about cleaning up the mess by slaying 3,000 sinners.
[Note: please allow the author of the Exodus his writing as he is writing to illustrate deep spiritual meaning. That being at the core Moses had more sanctification to go through for surely his outrage and outrageous murder was not the will of God. But I don’t want to ruin the story].
In the intervening time period (we are in Exodus 32, 33, 34 – sorry forgot to tell you) Moses is changing. Moses is being sanctified.
When Moses was ready he was given gifts.
- A new set of tablets to replace the old ones.
- A theophany. God appears to Moses.
God says, ‘the Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness’.
Moses quickly bowed his head and worshiped.
The LAW was given and poorly received in the heart both by Moses and the People although in different ways.
This time, the LAW is encased in the understanding of mercy, grace, steadfast love and faithfulness.
By now you should be able to accept this conclusion.
The TEN COMMANDMENTS are NOTHING (shattered) if not encased in the relation of mercy, grace, steadfast love and faithfulness.
Paul, knowing all this, perhaps for the first time prescribes a similar reengagement.
Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
So the Gospel message on Trinity Sunday honors the Trinity in this way. The very center of the inter-dynamics of God is love. God is love. Superabundant love. Beyond natural love. Self-giving, self-denial love.
We are condemned only if we refuse the way of sanctification. Moses for all his beautiful piety needed a serious realignment.
God provided. Moses accepted. And then the true meaning of divine law can then take root.
This is our journey too.
If you are using the divine law as a hammer, then perhaps you think everyone is a nail to be pounded into your view of righteousness.
Moses needed correction. So do you.
Peace be with you,
My 100th post has arrived.
In the first attempts at commentary they were on FaceBook which are lost to me as this is a service I no longer subscribe. I remember telling the story of “Policia!”. I wish I had the content available to me again as a retelling would be a shadow of the post given in the hour of the encounter. Even the photo I took of the makeshift memorial for Victor I cannot find. I simply remember the father mourning his son and expressing / accusing from the deepest parts of his soul, “Policia”.
Of my earliest posts were in regard to the shooting of Victor Arango of Lake Worth 24 y/o Thursday, June 7 2012. These posts won’t make a lot of sense without the current event, well, current. Nevertheless…
Of my earliest homilies were in regard to Justice.
March 2013 Homily with a social justice vector on story of the Prodigal son:
First Homily, September 2011 of which I received many whippings for:
Ninth year ordained. Enter the tenth year in September.
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening. What is it you would have me do?
- 28 Followers – not many but high quality people.
- 99 Posts either commenting on current events or blog version of a homily.
- 139 PDF files with different homilies since March 2013.
All the best,
Vocation of Love
Greetings on this the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Readings: ACTS 8:5-8, 14-17; PS 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; 1 PT 3:15-18; JN 14:15-21
Special Circumstances Note:
Mass for this 6th Sunday of Easter will be done via live streaming. The public will be unable to attend due to the necessity of physical separation during the rolling waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since I will be preaching this Mass I thought it might be good to share my notes and research.
You can view the Mass on-line at one of these two places:
YouTube Link: sacredheartcatholichurchoflakeworth
Facebook Link: sacredheartcatholicchurchlakeworth
Voice of Prophecy
I go to a lot of doctors a lot. The building these various doctors are in is rated an Energy Star building for its innovative energy saving design.
I’m not complaining as I appear to be the youngest among the clients. Basically my fellow patients are all in the shape of a ‘C’. So I count myself fortunate.
Anyway, the front door is a source of shared giggles among my familiar strangers. You see it’s an automatic door.
I have gotten so good at making the door perform that I can walk full stride to the door, raise my hands like Moses and declare ‘Open says-a Me” and the door swings open. Seamlessly I glide through the doors at full stride to the delight of all present.
As time goes by I get a few good snarks like, ‘Moses has nothing on you’.
I guess you have to be there to appreciate the humor.
Well, I certainly have no superior skills or magic like powers.
Whatever I preach or prophecy about is always contained within and sourced from the sacred Scriptures and the Church. Not my own wisdom. I only own the presentation and application.
But Jesus is different.
Jesus is the one Moses spoke of who is the prophet worthy to be followed. And the test of worthiness is in the fulfillment and verification of the prophecy (See Deuteronomy 18:15ff).
The Gospel of John chapters 14-17 are of primary significance during the Easter season. Among many purposes one purpose is to provide the prophecy with its eventual fulfillment and verification.
Jesus predicts his arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. All this prior to the events. Prophecy.
The Gospel of John sets the stage for the recognition of the authority and truthfulness of Jesus’ words as fulfilled and verified (for the reader, in time).
His primary message is love.
Voice of Love
Jesus is the voice of love itself.
In revealing the divine love in the gift of the coming Advocate (the Holy Spirit) in today’s reading.
But he presages the gift with the commandment ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments’.
Powerful Gifts of Love
Our first reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles tells of the deacon Philip in Samaria proclaiming the Christ in power! Unclean spirits expelled and those paralyzed and sick being healed. So powerful (Simon the magician who was power hungry previously) even those who had no use for love were being converted. So then baptized into the Name. Philip called for the Apostles Peter and John to lay hands upon them to receive the gifts of the holy Spirit.
Clear indications of the Sacramental system of heavenly graces. These are the powerful gifts of love (Baptism and Confirmation).
Long-serving Gift of Love
The Psalmist also provides us with a longer view. Here the psalmist speaks to the ancient saving work of God in the Exodus event. The psalmist wants us to recall the saving acts of God are past, present and future.
Gentle Gift of Love
Peter’s letter gives us the active agency of this divine love. All that was done and to be done in the Name must be done in gentleness and reverence for the one who is love and the power of love.
Commandment of the Gift of Love
And, finally, in the Gospel reading itself, Jesus sets the stage…. In all my prophecy (Jn 14-17), I am making now before my trial (Jn 18), all of it is based in divine love and the commandment to love like the divine has asked us.
Worldly Uncertainty but Divine Presence
We preach the world is uncertain, unaware and unconcerned with godly things. But we are. We concern ourselves with the commandment of love in all we do. In all our communities. In all our commerce. In every endeavor that humankind engages. Love first then do whatever you will.
Peace be with you,