“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” but instead of agreeing with them, “Jesus turned and rebuked them”. (Lk 9:54-55)
"War broke out in heaven;
Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.
The dragon and its angels fought back,
but they did not prevail
and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The huge dragon, the ancient serpent,
who is called the Devil and Satan,
who deceived the whole world,
was thrown down to earth,
and its angels were thrown down with it."
Ezekiel comes right out of the box with today’s message. Who is fair? You or the Lord? People sometimes think God is so unfair and then they do everything possible to mess up their lives. Is it that God is unfair or is the individual being unfair to him or her self by their own actions.
“While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men. But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.” (lk 9:43b-45)
There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every thing under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
"Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening,
and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying,
“John has been raised from the dead”;
others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”;
still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
But Herod said, “John I beheaded.
Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”
And he kept trying to see him". (Lk 9:7-9)
“Take nothing for the journey,neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,and let no one take a second tunic.” (Lk 9:3)
In today’s gospel, Jesus’ mother and family came to see him but couldn’t get close because of the crowds. According to some studies, they probably came to retrieve him because there were rumors he that he was “out of his mind”.
There's been a popular phrase in recent years that says, "Do the right thing," or "I know you'll do the right thing."
Jealousy is an ugly beast that separates us from the love of God. The only way to bring peace to these moments is to remember God loves us equally.
There are two good readings today but I want to go straight to the Gospel and Jesus in rare form. He is also poetic: “The sower went out to sow his seed!”
“Brothers and Sisters: If Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is not resurrection of the dead?...if Christ has not been raised, your faith is in vain….” (1 COR 15:12,16)
"By the GRACE of GOD, I am what I am." (1 Corinthians 15:10a)
"Love is patient. Love is kind." (1Corinthians 13:4)
“For he is good, the LORD, whose kindness endures forever, and his faithfulness, to all generations.” (ps 10: 5)
Let's take a moment and see if your can place your self at the foot of the cross... there hangs your brother Jesus dying...... most all of His friends and followers are missing or at a far distance
Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross which means we learn the importance of Jesus' death at the hands of men upon a simple construct of wood.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?
I will show you what someone is like who comes to me,
listens to my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a man building a house,
who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;
when the flood came, the river burst against that house
but could not shake it because it had been well built.
But the one who listens and does not act
is like a person who built a house on the ground
without a foundation.
When the river burst against it,
it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.” (Lk 6:43-49)
I have a new favorite saying and maybe you’ve heard it. “Not my circus. Not my monkey.”
“Probe me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts. See if my way is crooked and lead me in the way of old!” (PS 139:1B-3, 23-24)
"Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,
forget your people and your father’s house.
So shall the king desire your beauty;
for he is your lord, and you must worship him.
All glorious is the king’s daughter as she enters;
her raiment is threaded with spun gold.
In embroidered apparel she is borne in to the king;
behind her the virgins of her train are brought to you.
They are borne in with gladness and joy;
they enter the palace of the king.
The place of your fathers your sons shall have;
you shall make them princes through all the land.
Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear." (ps 45:11-12, 14-15, 16-17)
In today’s gospel from Luke, we hear that after a night in prayer Jesus chose the twelve apostles. Let’s take a quick look at them.
“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly”. (mt 1:19)
"If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ”and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way,the wicked shall die for his guilt,but I will hold you responsible for his death." (Ezekiel 33:8)
"Then Jesus said to them, 'The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.' " (Luke 6:5)