This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
Monday, May 1, 2017
2 Samuel, Chapter 3, Verse 11
Ishbaal was no longer able to
say a word to Abner, he feared him
This is a twisted tale
of the leaders of Israel that are being divided in loyalties to either David or
the son of Saul “Ishbaal”. Money, Power, Sex and Violence are involved. Hmmm
sounds like this could be America splitting between Hillary and the Donald. Do
not trust in these things but in He that is.
to live a tranquil life, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your [own]
hands, as we instructed you, that you may conduct yourselves
properly toward outsiders and not depend on anyone.
1 Thessaonians 4:11-12
Ishbaal was one of the four sons of King Saul,
born c. 1047 BC. He was chosen as the second king over the Kingdom of Israel, which then
consisted of all the twelve tribes of the Israelites, after the death of his
father and three brothers at the Battle of Mount Gilboa. He was proclaimed king
over Israel by Abner,
the captain of Saul's army after his father and brothers were slain in the battle
of Gilboa. He was 40 years old at this time and reigned for two years. Upon the
death of King Saul, the tribe of Judah seceded from the rule of the House of
Saul by proclaiming David as its king, and war ensued. David's faction
eventually prevailed, but the war did not come to a close until Abner joined
During the war between the house of Saul and
the house of David, Abner was gaining power in the house of Saul. Now Saul had had a concubine, Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah.
And Ishbaal, son of Saul, said to Abner, “Why have you slept with my father’s concubine?”Enraged
at the words of Ishbaal, Abner said, “Am I a dog’s head from Judah? As of
today, I have been loyal to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers and
his friends, and I have kept you out of David’s clutches; and today you charge
me with a crime involving a woman! May God do
thus to Abner, and more, if I do not carry out for David what the Lord swore to him—that is, take away the kingdom from the house of Saul
and establish the throne of David over Israel as well as Judah, from Dan to
Beer-sheba.” Ishbaal was no longer able to say a
word to Abner, he feared him so.
The earliest May
Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the Floralia,
festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, held on April 27 during the Roman
Republic era, and with the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic
countries. The day was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian
European pagan cultures. As Europe became Christianized, the pagan
holidays lost their religious character and May Day changed into a popular
secular celebration. A significant celebration of May Day occurs in Germany
where it is one of several days on which St. Walburga,
credited with bringing Christianity to Germany. The secular versions of May
Day, observed in Europe and America, may be best known for their traditions of
dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of May.
Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of "May
baskets," small baskets of sweets or flowers, usually left anonymously on
neighbors’ doorsteps. Since the 18th century, many Roman Catholics have observed
May – and May Day – with various May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In
works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary's head will often be adorned
with flowers in a May crowning. May 1 is also one of two feast days of the
Catholic patron saint of workers St Joseph the Worker, a carpenter, husband to Mother
Mary, and surrogate father of Jesus.Replacing another feast to St.
Joseph, this date was chosen by Pope Pius XII in 1955 as a counterpoint to the
Communist International Workers Day celebrations on May Day.
·Roman Catholics celebrate May as Mary's month,
and May Day is celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
·May Day is also recognized as International
Worker's Day, or Labor Day. This day commemorates workers rights and the
labor movement. One popular cause that this day commemorates is the
·During the Haymarket Affair of 1886, more than a
dozen people were killed after a 3-day strike and rally. US Labor Unions had
agreed upon a general nationwide strike on May 1, 1886 in support of an
eight-hour work day. One such rally, held outside the McCormick Harvesting
Machine Company, Chicago, Illinois, became violent when police fired into the
crowd of striking workers. Outraged, the worker's organized another rally the
next day at Haymarket Square. The rally became violent when a bomb was
thrown into a crowd of police. Seven officers were killed. A very
public trial ensued which ended in the public hanging of four anarchists.
·In France, it is customary to give a sweet
smelling flower called the spring of lily of the valley (a symbol of
springtime) on May 1st. The tradition started in 1561 when King Charles IX of
France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm.
·All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and
importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. – Martin
Luther King Jr.
May Day Top Events and Things to
·Dance around a Maypole. Decorate a tall pole
with garlands of flowers and ribbons. Have a group of friends each take a ribbon
and dance around the pole, interweaving the ribbons to form a braided affect.
The braid can be undone by retracing one's steps.
·Have a picnic outdoors in the sunshine.
·Attend a May Day Festival.
·Visit a local fresh air market.
·Watch a film relating to worker’s rights. Our
favorite films on the topic:
1) The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
2) Office Space (1999)
3) Caesar Chavez (2014)