Showing posts from March, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Micah, Chapter 7, verse 17 17They will lick the dust like a snake, like crawling things on the ground; They will come quaking from their strongholds; they will tremble in fear of you, the LORD, our God.
Micah’s name means “who is like Yahweh”. Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) Today during Holy Week, on this day the gospels are silent.
Let us this day practice silence as much as possible and contemplate on our God and Savior.  Say the Shema Yisraeland call on the Holy Spirit to make this day a turning point in your life.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you realize the universe is more than what we can see, touch and feel. We are not crawly things and we need not build strongholds.  May our fear, be the Holy fear, of men of God.  This day let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us to know God is without limitations. Help us in the quiet of this day to realize that Jesus Christ, the begotten son of the Living God, came to Jerusalem this week to have mercy on me a sinner.
In our silence, …

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Holy Tuesday

Micah, Chapter 6, verse 9-10: 9The LORD cries aloud to the city (It is prudent to fear your name!): Hear, O tribe and city assembly,10Am I to bear criminal hoarding and the accursed short ephah?
Israel was the chosen people yet they did not fear the Lord. God asks through the prophet a rhetorical question. Is He to bear criminal hoarding and cheating during the sale of goods? 
Christ tells us, “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” (Luke 6:37-38)
This should be the model for our heart. Today is Tuesday of Holy Week.  Here is an excerpt from my book Coffee with Christ on why Tuesdays are special and how criminal hoarding is what prompted Judas’ betrayal.
I apologize to Christ as I hand Him a cup of micr…

Monday, March 30, 2015

Psalm, Chapter 27, verse 3: 3Though an army encamp against me, my heart does not fear; Though war be waged against me, even then do I trust.
In a purer sense an army does encamp against every follower of Christ; it is the army of the devil and those under his flag in this world. They do wage a war against us and our only hope is to trust in Christ.
If we trust all we need say for God’s help is three simple words: “Come Holy Spirit”. The Holy Spirit coming to sinful men is what Holy week is all about. It is what Christ’s sacrifice was all about.
Mary of Medjugorje tells us that, “The most important thing is to pray to the Holy Spirit” Because if one has the Spirit “one has everything.[1]

[1] Michael H. Brown, Prayer of the Warrior.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 Palm Sunday

Psalm, Chapter 22, verse 24: 24 You who fear the LORD, give praise! All descendants of Jacob, give honor; show reverence, all descendants of Israel!
This verse was fulfilled on Palm Sunday, which we reflect on today, with Christ’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.
Let us this week honor and praise our Lord Jesus Christ everyday as we rise by saying Shema Yisraelwhich is the same prayer the Christ most likely prayed every morning Himself and is still prayed by pious Jews today.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord you God with all your Heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.
My question is how does, one Love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
Perhaps to understand this better we should ask ourselves:
1.What are the desires of our heart? 2.Whose flag are we following? 3.What consumes our mind? 4.How do we use our gifts?
God created us to be a priestly people and the world was designed to be …

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Jonah, Chapter 1, verse 16: 16 Seized with great fear of the LORD, the men offered sacrifice to the LORD and made vows.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Jonah, Chapter 1, verse 9-10: 9 “I am a Hebrew,” he replied; “I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”10Now the men were seized with great fear and said to him, “How could you do such a thing!”—They knew that he was fleeing from the LORD, because he had told them.
Jonah as wise as he was tried to flee the Lord, are we any wiser.  We often choose the wrong path. Jonah was motivated but not by love. He wanted justice and not mercy for Nineveh. Pope Francis in a dispute recently stated that mercy is greater than justice when confronted with the sins of mankind and the churches stance.  Our Lord desires to give us his mercy and we should seek it and give it as often as possible.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jonah, Chapter 1, Verse 5 5 Then the sailors were afraid and each one cried to his god. To lighten the ship for themselves, they threw its cargo into the sea. Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down into the hold of the ship, and lay there fast asleep.
According to[1]: Christians regard the prophet Jonah as a type foreshadowing Jesus. Jesus said that he did not come for the healthy but for the sick. The healthy are well and they know it. So, they have no need of a doctor. But the sick may be diseased and not know it. They require someone to diagnose their sickness and prescribe the remedy. They need a healer. People can be sick physically. And they can be sick mentally, spiritually, emotionally. For instance, the physical ailment of blindness is plain because the person cannot see. But there is also the blindness of selfishness. People can be blind in many ways. A person can be blind to themselves. They see with their eyes but they do not understand what they see. Or…

Wednesday, March 25, 2015-Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Luke, Chapter 1, verse 30: 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Mary had no fear of the world or man, yet, when the angel appeared she was immersed in holy fear.  Let us follow Mary’s example and bravely face the day saying YES to God.
Why this prayer is called the Hail Mary?
Because it begins with the words which the archangel Gabriel addressed to the Blessed Virgin when he announced to her that she should be the Mother of God.
Of what does the Angelic Salutation consist? 
1. Of the words of the archangel Gabriel. 2. Of the words of St. Elizabeth. 3. Of words which have been added thereto by the Catholic Church.
Which are the words of the archangel Gabriel? Hail [Mary], full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women.
What is the meaning of these words? 
These words indicate that profound veneration for the Blessed Virgin which was felt by the archangel Gabriel, and whi…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amos, Chapter 3, Verse 8 8 The lion has roared, who would not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken, who would not prophesy?