Posts Tagged ‘religion’

God’s Mercy…

May 20, 2017

Gods Mercy….

‘Just as you once disobeyed God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience,
so they have now disobeyed in order that, by virtue of the mercy shown to you, they too may [now] receive mercy.

For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.’ ( Romans 11:30-32 )

This passage is Paul talking is talking to his fellow Isrealites.. the Jews, of which he was one. and he is attempting to get them out of their “superiority complex” and get them to understand that they too sinned. Not only did they sin, but they sinned greatly, and God in his infinite love showed them mercy. They fell into sin which allowed them to be put into exile.. to learn of the great mercy and love of God. Now, it is the Gentiles who have fallen into sin, and they too will learn the lesson that the Jews should have learned that God indeed is loving and has infinite mercy.

Pain can be a mercy. Now before you all run off and think I have lost my mind and get any odd notions.. Consider this… How many souls have come to God in pain. How many souls reach the near end of their ropes, stripped of their preconceptions, feeling alone, and beaten, having suffered at the hands of the world. Who suffered through illness, pain, calamity, and then….. THEN.. it is that they come to realize that there is nothing…. they are nothing without God.

How many on their death beds… how many in fear and trembling ? For themselves, or those they love.
When you are at the mercy of another soul, who deigns to serve God, in the service of their brothers and sisters.

Think of the love and mercy Christ gave us on the cross. Think of the pains and challenges you have faced in your lifetime. You are given graces beyond recognition. You are given mercies you do not know, or even understand. The developement of your travels towards sanctification are held in the river of mercy poured out on all the world.

Consider the breadth of pain a teenager goes through as they attempt to figure out their world. Emotions that run the gambit, relationships and all the turbulence that goes with it. The terrible 2’s when infants are trying to figure out their world. Or when seniors get away from their jobs and again have to figure our their world.

Come to think of it, we pretty much spend a vast amount of our lifetimes trying to “figure it out”. All the while God has already given us the blueprint. We are however, like the Israelites of the Biblical era , hard headed, and hard of heart… and we do not listen.

God’s Love and Mercy endures forever…

May God give you the gift of His peace (and mercy) !

Nothing Like History to See the Future

November 16, 2009

Good Morning Brothers and Sistes !

Part of this mornings readings are from Maccabees ( 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 ) .

I find this reading interesting as with many things we must look to our past in order to learn where it is we are going and what we need to avoid doing again.

In this reading, we find the some of the Isrealites complaining about their lives and how it is that things have not gone well for them with the Greeks.  They get the great idea that they will just give in and give the Greeks what they want, which was to give up their own ways and beliefs and start being like the Gentiles.

It starts that they build a gymnasium, and the covering up the marks of their faith so to make things nice and generic.  Next someone goes to the King and says we just wanna get along.. so the King says.. OK.. everyone is now the same.

Once everyone starts being the same, things get changed to OK you  have to believe in these pagan gods and we are going to take down the other temples.. and oh yea  just in case you thought that wasnt enough, we also will be killed for having anything sacred or scripture scrolls, or if you dont eat the unclean food that you know you shouldnt.

Lets see, what did we learn from this ?    Well there was the Exodus..  after the exodus from Egypt, what did they do ?  Well, someone complained,  decided to turn from God,  create pagan gods and started giving themselves over to sin and death.  Next thing you know, God had to give them a little reminder that He alone was God.

Then there is this bunch in Maccabees… same deal.  Someone decided they didnt like the fact that God made them feel different, and didnt want to make things difficult.  Next thing you know.. things go to pot, they are trying to make everything easy. everything the same..  but this does not work either..

Fast forward over a thousand or so years.. there is the Holocost, Someone decides they are not happy, they want to make everything the same, they try to remove God from their existence and yet, we still haven’t quite gotten the picture.

We are here in the present day, we have politicians and activists who are busy trying to remove God from everything they can manage to legally do.    And when its not legal any more.. look we can change the law to make it more legal to get God out of our lives.      It makes one wonder exactly how many times we have to go through this excercise before we get the picture that its not such a good thing to try to get God out of our lives !

If you believe in God, if you are a Christian, you need to begin your own personal mission to bring God into your lives, and the lives of others, and to be vocal about standing up and protecting your priviledge and right to have God in your lives.

Those other guys …

September 28, 2009

In todays Gospel  ( Luke 9:48 +)  We find this part of the passage :

Then John said in reply,
“Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name
and we tried to prevent him
because he does not follow in our company.”
Jesus said to him,
“Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”

Consider this portion of the Gospel in relation to other Denominations, other faiths, other religions.   Consider that in every faith in the world there are divisions, sects, denominations, variations, or what ever you want to call them..  They do not believe all the things that we/you/they do.

There are “men of good will”  or people who will strive to find goodness in the world and in their own personal belief spaces.   The question becomes how is it that we relate to “them”.   How is it that we see them and the things that “they” believe.

The major thing that people seem to miss in their evaluations is that these are institutions that contain PEOPLE !

We are the church.  WE being the people.  The church is full of men, women, and children.  As a result we are all subject to the human failings that plague us.   I am not just talking about the people in the pew.  I am talking about the Ministers, the Preachers, the Priests, Rabbis, clergy in general.   It seems that we tend to be less forgiving of people who are in a position of shepherd in our spiritual lives.   For those who are parents, you may consider some point in your parental walk where you made a mistake, or dropped the ball.  It happens because there is no manual for kids.    The same thing applies for clergy.  There are no step by step instructions for dealing with each type of person, there is no injection to give them the tools to give them super human patience, or some particular skill.  These are people with a certain skill set and a love of God.   We make mistakes, they make mistakes, We are all human with all of the frailties and sufferings and love that comes with being human.

In our dealings with others let us look to those things that unite us.  Even if it is nothing more that the fact that that other person, bears the imprint, and is the dwelling of the Most High.

I am told that in the Marriage Encounter process some people have gone through the excercise of standing before their spouse and saying ” I stand in awe of your presence”!    Initially this may sound like a very silly thing to say, or  it may sound like your putting the other person on a pedistal.  However, in digging beneath the surface of this statement  it is much more that something of praise.  Each person on the earth bears the imprint of the Most High made by his hands infused with the Holy Spirit.  Each life is miraculous.  The more you study about the human body the more miraculous it is.  You can see hints of the same imprint.

In our appreciation of other people in a spiritual light, we should also find the similarities in our beliefs, and share that part of our community with them.   Because one group says “thy” and another says “Your”  is that less valid a prayer ?  If two people pray to God for some situation, does God only hear the one who sits or the one who stands ?

I have a good friend who is Muslim.  He has a kind heart, a love of God, and a desire to be of service to others.  I would dare say that he as a Muslim is a better Christian than some others I know.  I have watched him take in strangers, share their concerns, and perform corporal works of mercy, even if he did not call them that.  I find that my own spiritual life is richer having him as a friend.

I would encourage you to reach out to your neighbors, or to strangers and share the love of God with them.  All of them !  Christians, Muslims, Jews, who ever it is.  I promise you will be a better person for the experience.