Prior to her arrival, Elizabeth had no idea that her little cousin is going to be the mother of God. But upon Mary’s arrival everything changed. It wasn’t that Mary was beginning to show, but it was rather caused by something beyond physical appearances. It was the presence of Jesus in Mary’s womb that made John leap in his mother’s womb.
Jesus came to this world to teach and proclaim the Word of the Father. He came to suffer and to die so that the Kingdom of Heaven would reign in the hearts of all those whom he encountered.
Jesus knew what they wanted to ask him, so he said to them,
“Are you discussing with one another what I said,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me’?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” (Jn 16:18-20)
“Now I am going to the one who sent me,
and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world
in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
sin, because they do not believe in me;
righteousness, because I am going to the Father
and you will no longer see me;
condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.” (jn 16:5-11)
Letty was, as her mother named her, a "board stump." She had gumption. She had drive. When she set her mind to something, there seemed like nothing could stand I her way.
“Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.” (ACTS 8:17)
"Remember the word I spoke to you,
‘No slave is greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me.”
Prophet Isaiah warned that people separated from God by sin and spiritual darkness would end up calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20)
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”. (Jn 15:13)
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.” (jn 15:9-10)
“Remain in me” (John 15:4)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)
ONE GOD WITH THREE LOVES, THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.... WHEN WE BREAK GOD'S RULES IT AFFECTS THE LOVE OF ALL THREE IN THE TRINITY.... JESUS SAYS IT SIMPLY, THAT LOVING HIM IS LOVING THE FATHER AND THE SPIRIT
“Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way…Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” (Jn 14: 5)
“If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (Jn 14:7)
"In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.If there were not,would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you,I will come back again and take you to myself,so that where I am you also may be." (John 14: 2-3)
Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. Jesus blesses those present, breaks bread with them and says “the one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.”
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you” (jn 15:9) and He does on to say
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friend”. (jn 15:13)
"My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.” (jn 10:27-30)
“As the hind longs for the running waters, so my soul longs for you, O God. Athirst is my soul for God, the living God. When shall I go and be-hold the face of God!” (Ps 42: 2-3)
In the United States it is Mother’s Day and we celebrate all mothers and those who have roles as mothers. So happy Mother’s Day to all our mom’s, grandmothers, aunts, and the women and men who care for others as a mother cares for her children.
As a result of this,
many of his disciples returned to their former way of life
and no longer walked with him.
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe
and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” (jn 6:60-69)
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.” Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing;
so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank. (Acts 9: 3 - 9)
“Let all the earth cry out to God with Joy.” (Ps 66:1)
“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)