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Love Actually

November 30, 2015

Theophany, the apparition of God.  What images does that conjure up in our mind’s eye?  Is it terrifying?  Is it an image of supernatural power here on earth?  Imagine the Israelites, and what they must have felt.  Fire and smoke thunder and lightning, mastery over nature, God among us.  But in such a way that they knew that his ways were far and above their ways.  There would be no question, that this was the God of Abraham.

And what about us?  For years now, I have been giving you a prayerful interpretation of Scripture.  Would we recognize the majesty and power of God?  In Exodus we hear the Father’s instructions, threefold.  He would come to Moses, the prophet, the proto-Messiah, so that the people would have faith in him; then they would learn to sanctify themselves in the presence of the Lord, and they would know to be ready on the third day.  And does not the final prophet, God’s own Son, tell us to be ready on the third day?  God brought the Commandments to the Israelites because they had forgotten how to worship.  Jesus brought us his commandment – love one another as I have loved you, because the people, I think, have forgotten how to love.  In the end there will be only two camps, those that can hear and see and accept the Lord, and those who cannot hear and see and reject Him.

So I end this opportunity to share my prayer with you all, whom I love, reminding you when you leave here today, to love one another, to will the good of the other as other – I do love Thomas Aquinas – and to be ready on the third day.  Spend time with Scripture.  Don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone to exercise your faith.  Draw closer to the Lord.

I would like to take just a moment to thank you for your attentiveness, and support, Father Charles, of course, for his confidence, and especially Father Don for your always generous and excellent sharing of such great knowledge and priceless experiences.  Your friendship and mentoring has been amazing.  Thank you, and may Almighty God bless us all abundantly.

Amen.

 

AMDG†

Papa

 

July 23, 2015, Thursday, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Exodus 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b. The Lord descended on Mt. Sinai before the eyes of all the people.

Responsorial: Dn 3:52b – R. Glory and praise forever!

Matthew 13:10-17. Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.

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