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Offer It Up! Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Patty!


John 21:14-17

This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." He then said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." (Jesus) said to him, "Feed my sheep.”

Can you imagine the disciples sitting down to breakfast and all of a sudden there is Jesus, the Jesus that had just been raised from the dead. Not to trivialize this event, but imagine a group of guys out fishing and just as they are sitting down to eat the fish they fried, the Son of God shows up. They are happy to see Him and He starts to serve them.Extraordinary.Even more so, Jesus questions Simon Peter three times, “Do you love me more than these?”Here’s a bunch of guys on a fishing excursion talking about love.I don’t know about you, but I would envision a bit of arm punching bravado about now. But, other than a little bit of impatience from Peter, Jesus is able to make His point. It is His extraordinary love for His disciples that will carry them through all that they are about to experience.

Acts 3:2-6, 10

And a man crippled from birth was carried and placed at the gate of the temple called "the Beautiful Gate" every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. But Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, "Look at us." He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, "I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, (rise and) walk." When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the one who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with amazement and astonishment at what had happened to him.

I guess, to Peter and John, this was an everyday event; something they had done enough by now to realize Jesus was truly within them, working through them. But if we saw a man who had been crippled from birth get up and dance around, we would be filled with amazement and astonishment too. Even today, as we pray for someone to be healed from cancer or another deadly illness, and they are, we are amazed and astonished and hopefully filled with praise for the wonder of our Lord. It is His extraordinary love for us that makes these things even possible.

Galatians 1:11-12

Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

One minute Paul was walking down the road, ready to go terrorize Christians. The next minute, he is brought to his knees and blinded by the Lord’s extraordinary radiance and power. His new faith and new mission in life is “not of human origin.” It is an extraordinary conversion brought about by our Lord’s extraordinary love for him and for us.

Psalm 19:2-5

The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day;
and night to night imparts knowledge.

Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.

Every day and every night we have a chance to grow and learn and trust that God knows what is best for us. Every day we have a chance to proclaim, as the heavens do, God’s wonder and extraordinary love for us. If the Lord, in all of His radiance and glory could reveal Himself to a group of fishermen and humble Himself in service to them, why can’t we do that for others? lgboyd


Offer It Up! Wednesday, June 29, 2011


John 14:1

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.

If you’ve been around the block a few times, you’ve seen or heard the questions or statements about your faith-‘Are you a believer?’ ‘Jesus Saves.’ ‘Are you Catholic?’ ‘Have you been saved?’ ‘Repent-the end is near.’ Maybe one or more of these have been posed your way recently or over the years.

Recently, I read a short bit about another question someone had been asked: ‘Do you believe in God?’ The man that was asked was in hurry and was hoping to dismiss the questioner with a short answer as he was approached— ‘Absolutely.’They kept walking as it was a busy street and the question came again—‘Do you believe in God?’

‘Absolutely I do but not right now—I’m in a hurry.’

Well then. Okay. So that’s it? Did he just say that?

He went on to allow that what he meant to say was that he did not want to get caught up in an evangelistic conversation with the gentleman as he was indeed in a hurry. What came out though was not the message he wanted to share; he had others things to tend to rather than share his faith, his belief in God.

How often is it that we let our mouths overload our backsides with good intentions? We say we love and believe in God often enough and we pray that we do. And then an opportunity to share comes along and what do we do? Oops.

Did we feed the hungry?

Did we clothe the naked?

Did we comfort the sick?

Did we give rest for the weary?

Did we glorify His name?

All these things and more we do. All these things we should be and are. And we know we are not perfect. Won’t be either. Yet our focus is to be as that as our Father in heaven is… perfect.

And believe it. Absolutely. Right now.


Offer It Up! Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Matthew 8:23-27

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

"When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."

That bit of wisdom attributed to Will Rogers is really quite clear but how many of us either refuse to quit digging or fail to recognize the fact that we are in a hole to begin with?

‘Oh that? Small stuff that I can handle on my own… matter of fact, I’m digging my way out now. Would you hand me that bigger shovel over there please?’

‘Yea I know I’m in a bit of a pit here but with just a few more yards of earth thrown out, there’ll be room for you in here too!’

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

We sometimes don’t get it. We sometimes a lot don’t get it, really. We fail to realize the fullness of God’s power and might to do for us the things we feel we must do on our own.

We got ourselves in our messes-we have to get ourselves out.

There our family. We have to do it for them.

Mistakes were made. Someone has to take responsibility.

Nope, I don’t know how I would ever forgive them.

Only after we get caught up in the aftermath do we find we get in over our heads. The hole we’re in gets about eye level. Before we know it, there is nothing to grab onto to get out. Deeper and deeper, the darker it gets. It’s about then we decide that maybe this wasn’t such the grand idea it started out to be.

And maybe it’s about then the letting go of what we want also begins and the grabbing on of what God has intended for us starts as we realize more of His wisdom and less of our foolishness. He is God. He can calm the storms. He can fill the holes. He can bring us light. He does forgive. He sent His Son to show us that it can be done. And we will all be the wiser to follow His lead.


Offer It Up! Monday, June 27, 2011


This week is summer family week at Sacred Heart. A time for all to take time to pay attention to family and living the family life God intended. A time to come together to share time with God, learning how to share faith. It is our hope that families will take advantage of this time of faith. The week will end on July 1 which this year is the feast of the Sacred Heart. What a wonderful coincidence that we can conclude this week on that Solemnity.


On Friday, the first of July, we will give time to come in adoration, throughout the afternoon hours till 7PM to give everyone an opportunity to spend time with the Lord in quiet, restful, prayer. If at all possible, would it be too much to spend 15 minutes with the Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament, simply gazing at Him perhaps and listening for His promptings in the depths of our hearts.

Each year the Friday after Corpus Christi is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saturday honors the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There are throughout the year feasts, and reminders calling us to prayer and exercise of faith. There are many demands on our time, our talents, our energy and admittedly often we find ourselves placing the God who gives us life in abundance at the bottom of the list of our priorities. Each of us would do well to examine our lives and actions to honestly determine how much attention God receives from us. At each moment of our existence, do we consider that each breath we take is a gift from the creator?

God continues to create and give life regardless of our involvement.Our choice is ours… He made it so. We can be part of the plan or we can go our own way. We are free to squander the wealth He gives… How grateful will we be?

Deacon


Offer It Up! Sunday, June 26, 2011


Deuteronomy 8:2-3
Moses said to the people:
"Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God,
has directed all your journeying in the desert, so as to test you by affliction and find out whether or not it was your intention to keep his commandments.
He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then fed you with manna, a food unknown to you and your fathers, in order to show you that not by
bread alone does one live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.

Our lives are in God’s hands – literally. God is the one that provides for all that we need to live our lives each and every day. It is our job to obey and follow His commandments. And yes, God has a way of directing our lives so that we don’t always understand why we’ve ended up in a certain place or circumstance – sometimes we feel blest to be there, other times, not so much.

Sometimes we find ourselves in some new and strange place in life and feel as if we haven’t got a clue how to move forward. We may find ourselves running circles around each other trying to accomplish something, only to find out we are constantly in each other’s way. It is not until we stop and listen for the word of the Lord that we can find that straight and narrow path that the Lord created for our lives. It is not until we find peace and contentment in being in His will that the newness and the strangeness suddenly seem normal and wonderful in its own special way.

Sometimes God allows us to go hungry for a while so that we will hunger for Him instead. And still other times, God provides in ways we’ve never experienced before, similar to the manna he provided to the Israelites in the desert. I can only imagine how strange it must have been for them to find this food substance scattered around as they were beginning to wonder if they would ever eat again. I can only imagine the arguments and discussions that ensued about how to cook it or prepare it to eat.They had a need and God fulfilled the need. It may not have been filet mignon, but it provided them with all they needed for that moment in time.

In the end, it doesn’t matter where we are and whether we know where we are going.What matters is that we show our Lord and our God the intentions of our hearts – the intention to keep His commandments, to follow His direction, to be thankful for all that He provides us with, even if it seems weird for the moment. All that matters is that we believe that when God speaks and we listen, we are exactly in the place where we should be.

lgboyd


Offer It Up! Saturday, June 25, 2011


Prayer of Self-Surrender


Lord, what do you want me to do?
What decision do you want me to make?
Where do you want my life to go?
The only way I can decide, Lord,
is to put myself in your hands.

Like a potter takes clay and makes something of it,
like you took a rib and made a woman,
Take me and give me whatever shape you want.
Or if you want, break the clay to pieces and start over again.
Do with me whatever you want.

It doesn't matter if I am loved or hated,
praised or calumniated, consoled or friendless.
What matters is that your will be done in me.
Help me to follow the example of your Mother and say
"Let it be done to me according to your Word."

I'm not looking for any big sacrifice, Lord, or any heavy cross.
Something like that would only make me proud.
Help me to do your will in little things.
To put up with misunderstandings, rash judgments,
confusion and frustration.
To be patient and peaceful with the jerks who drive me crazy.

Let me love you by doing the little things
that will not bring me any satisfaction.

Amen


Offer It Up! Friday, June 34, 2011

Happy Birthday Katie!


Psalm 139:13-14

You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb.

I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works!

Happy Birthday Katie Lee Katherine Lee!

Spoiled? Katie? Nah.

Not too much anyway. Not for the baby girl of the family.

What to give your daughter whose hopes and dreams and prayers are not too unlike any other, yet they are unique to her, just as God has plans uniquely fit for us all…

Love—for all the love she means to you and will forever mean and share with you. Hers knows no bounds for family or for friends or strangers (hello…). As much as she has, as much as we can share as she will do the same.

Hope—for the opening up and the realization of her dreams and the acceptance of the road God has her on, sharing with her all the wonder and even doubts that are to come her way, to let her know that dreams can be realized.

Faith—for her own as she continues to grow as she sows and plants and for the belief that her prayer changes people and people can then be changed as God calls them to be.

Perseverance—for her tenacity to stand back up when knocked down by the storms and trials she encounters. In that though, caution should be practiced as there are those that say this could be construed to be stubbornness, albeit hereditary, and that there is a difference between the two.

Character—for all of these things to be built one by one and together with each other and at all times will continue to develop the depth and breadth of her character. Just as parts of the body make it one, so do all of these things make our Katie and will do so as she continues to become the woman God has planned her to be.

Happy Birthday Katie! Our Baby Girl! That you will always be—just as our love for you will always be there—no matter what!

And always has.

And always will.

Mom and Dad

Isaiah 49:4

Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength, Yet my reward is with the LORD, my recompense is with my God.


Offer It Up! Thursday, June 23, 2011


Matthew 7:21-29

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Good times, not so good and hard times.

Building your foundation on sand-on loose soil, or building it on rock or solid stone, won’t matter too much when times are ‘on a roll’, as they say and things are all looking up. Probably won’t make too much a difference either for those small disturbances of life that come along from time to time. What those ‘disturbances’ might be depends on what your choices have been to put you where you are—you know, we do all have that gift of free will, right?

We bounce back and carry on. We weathered that okay. But then another storm brews on the horizon. This one is big. Really big. Now that foundation becomes even more important. As we find ourselves in the midst of the storm, the hard times, the battle, we begin to realize that the things are not so important but people in our lives are.

We find that what brought us the most joy was not the material wealth but the love that came with the sharing and giving along the way. That as much as we felt and knew our faith was important to us, we were so far from having enough of it and were on our knees now praying for more.

That’s the beauty, that’s our ‘profit’, for building our foundation on solid ground. For living that life we pray about, we read about in scripture. Our prayers are answered; our faith is transformed even more into what we have been called to be. Sure we can do much but God has called us to be more than to do. Yet as you do what you do, be a doer of His Word.


Offer It Up! Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Matthew 7:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.”

How often do we get caught in the traps of the processes of life, looking at the minutiae, the ‘particulars’ that we bring on ourselves? Maybe you’ve heard the phrase before ‘analysis is paralysis’. We study and we pore over the plans and methods and we lose sight of the greater story, yup, the bigger picture. We have back-up plans for back-up plans for back-up plans, for seemingly the most insignificant issues. Do they really make a difference in the greater plan-in the fruits you will bear?

About that fruit-what sort of it are you bearing? Maybe from a distance, your tree looks pretty decent, like the one in the gospel. Upon further review though one finds that there are a few more thistles or thorns involved with it than the figs or berries previously ascertained. Ouch. Trying to get the decent fruit from these sorts of trees and bushes would be a bit difficult to say the least.

Try as we might, we know what we want to do but based on what tools we are using, it appears something is just not working out—yes, we have no bananas today as the song goes. Nothing to show for all that time we spent making those plans upon plans upon plans. Tough to get the decent fruit from trees that have poor soil, poor roots, and just not enough care.

God has given us ample tools—our gifts—to make the fruit. It is our choice to do with them as we choose. His gift of free will to us. Our gift of following His will to Him is all He asks in return. Better soil in scripture. Better roots in our faith. More care in our prayer. These will be the things that will bear the fruit by which we should be known.


Offer It Up! Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Matthew 7:6, 12-14

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”

Prayer of Total Self-Giving

I beg You, Lord,
let the fiery, gentle power of Your love
take possession of my soul,
and snatch it away from everything under heaven,
that I may die for love of Your love
as You saw fit to die for love of mine.

Amen.


Offer It Up! Monday, June 20, 2011


Another Beautiful Father's Day… This year a happy coincidence, the solemnity of the Holy Trinity coincided with the nationally set aside Father's Day.

What a wonderful tradition to honor Father's and recognize their role in the scheme of living. For the Christian I would claim that every day is Father's Day. He who gave us life, who assures us He never forgets us, sent His only Son to reveal His love, and to model for us how we should live out the plan He has for building His Kingdom.


The Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God dazzle us with this mystery. But perhaps when we allow Saint John's definition of God to shine light on the Trinity we begin to find in this mystery there is food for our spirit. John reveals to us "GOD IS LOVE". That definition should touch us deeply, we who have been called to be co-creators with the Father of all.Reflect on what that says to us that the God who IS love, and Trinity is the source of our love relationship. When we love, we love another complete person, and we remain a complete person. Two persons complete distinct who in love are to become ONE.


As God the Father Loves the Son so completely that He gives everything that makes Him God to the Son. and the Son returns that same infinite love to the Father, the love between them is the Holy Spirit. Father, completely and distinctly God, Son completely and distinctly God, Holy Spirit completely and distinctly God.

In love with another, in Christian marriage, we give ourselves completely to the other and become one.The giving is complete, so complete there is nothing left to give...the echo of Christ’s loving action in obedience to the Father and as Paul says in Ephesians 5, Love you wives as Christ loved the Church, giving all He had to give.We are one though many in this human family, called to love and live in harmony invited to return our wealth, the gifts God has given each of us, to the building of the Kingdom.All, no exceptions, are part of the wonder of it all.

May hearts be open to the wonder of it all.Father's day may it be only a spark of the Spirit to lead us all more deeply into the life of love that we have created to live.

Deacon


Offer It Up! Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Michael!

Happy Birthday Liliana!


John 3:16-18

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

There is enough going on in the world and in our own immediate worlds for us to know negative-type behavior, critical-cynical-it’ll never work thinking when we see it. We may work with life styles like that. We know of life styles like that. And unfortunately, we may even have family that live like that. Those that you would think will be wearing a crash helmet the next time you see them because you’d swear they think the sky and world is falling in on them.

Maybe they grew up in an environment that promoted that behavior. Maybe they ignored or forgot their good parenting lessons they had once they left the family home. Or maybe the world around them just accepts that sort of lifestyle-it’s okay to slam and jam people, to judge and condemn and to find yourself better than the rest.

That’s not the plan. Not it at all. As John noted, Jesus was not sent to condemn the world but to save it. We are not in any way shape or form capable of doing what God sent His Son to do—we are not Him. We are capable of believing in eternal life, in our salvation, through our acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He is the same as always so that we may be forever changed—and forever changing—to live more like Him. No crash helmet needed.


Birthday deal

He is very wise beyond his years.

And though the years are not that many, he is still a very understanding and compassionate husband, father, brother and friend. It didn’t take him long to learn from his father and mother those things of life that are important to carry on. Love, kindness, generosity, faith, peace… harmony.

Our brother Michael is all those things and more. His heart is all about giving and his life is all about his heart.

A need to be met? He finds a way to see it done.

A fence to be mended? He’s the first to extend a hand.

A road to traveled for a friend? He’s got the miles for them.

That’s Michael. That’s his heart. That’s what he’s about.

And it won’t take you long to see that about him. He’s that kind of man.

Happy Birthday Michael. The love in your heart is as great as skies you fly. Thank you for that and for all you are to all of us.

God bless you brother. We love you.


Offer It Up! Saturday, June 18, 2011


2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated.

Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.

Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Every now and then you may meet someone who seems to be, for all appearances for a first impression, a pretty decent person. And then as you get to know them, you find that they really do have it pretty well together. More than pretty well—let’s just say ideal. Great faith life. Great family life. Great friendships. Their career path is well-constructed. One of those ‘how-did-they-do-it-and-how-do-they-keep-it-going-and-how-do-I-get-some-of-whatever-it-is-they-have’ super individuals.

One such person is celebrating a birthday tomorrow and for sure, she has much of what many of us would and should want to have. Putting aside all the handy things of the world—‘crappy cameras’ and ‘crappy phones’ to name a couple of them—along with all the rest of those insignificant things of this earth, Liliana lives for God and her family. Let's throw in her friends, too.

She would be the first to tell you, she is made weak to be made even stronger for her faith. Falling pans. Falling down. Yellow poles and black cars. And she does it with love. And kindness. And fun and humor. Lots of those last two. (Who said spreading the Gospel always had to be quiet and somber?) And another thing about Liliana… and Brad (he would be her husband)—as all great and wonderful as they are, they are humble servants. No great fanfare about what they do. They just do it. Another reason to ‘have what they’re having.’

Not content to leave ‘well enough alone’ just in her own backyard, she spreads the gifts of her faith far and wide. Her mission work takes her across the globe-Haiti, Guatemala, Europe… let’s not forget Wichita Falls. Truly, she lives more for each day with what God has given her so that she may do more for Him.

Since God does so much for me, what could I not do for him?

St. Emily de Vialar

Happy Birthday Liliana. May your day be as bright and filled with all of God’s Love He has planned for you and all those you treasure.

1 Corinthians 13:2

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.


Offer It Up! Friday, June 17, 2011


Matthew 6:19-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

Every morning a Christian lady would go out on her porch and scream at the top of her lungs, “Thank you God for this lovely day!”

Her neighbor lady was an atheist and she too would go out on her porch and yell: “Why thank God for anything, He doesn’t exist.”

The Christian lady fell on hard times and she needed groceries to feed her family. But she continued to go out on her porch each day to thank God for the lovely day and her atheist neighbor continued to yell that God didn’t exist.

Then one day the Christian lady went out on her porch and there were sacks of groceries sitting there. She yelled, “Thank you God for this lovely day and thank you for the groceries—we really need them." Then the atheist woman came out and yelled, “Don’t thank God, He doesn’t exist and I bought the groceries for you, He didn’t.”

Shortly thereafter, the gracious Christian lady yelled, “Thank you Lord for the groceries. You are an amazing God—You even got the devil to pay for them.”

Where our hearts rest, our true treasures also rest.

Give thanks to God for all we have and from those who share it with us. They all need prayers too.

Shine some Light, the Light of God’s Truth, wherever you go and leave each place a little brighter with the peace of Christ.

And be thankful for your groceries.


Offer It Up! Thursday, June 16, 2011


2 Corinthians 11:1-11

Brothers and sisters: If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me! Please put up with me. For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God, since I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted from a sincere and pure commitment to Christ. For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough. For I think that I am not in any way inferior to these “superapostles.” Even if I am untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

Did I make a mistake when I humbled myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the Gospel of God to you without charge? I plundered other churches by accepting from them in order to minister to you. And when I was with you and in need, I did not burden anyone,
for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my needs. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. By the truth of Christ in me, this boast of mine shall not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

Don’t you want to give up sometimes when all around you, all you seem to hear and see is an overwhelming tide of naysayers and wishy-washy relativism gray stuff? All that matters to these people—these that see a world with a watered down ‘truth’—is that the world accommodate to them and what they want to believe... not to what the Truth really holds. Where is their conviction? What integrity is there in straddling the fence when it comes to one’s faith? In believing in one, true God?

Every day we get called to stand for our belief just as Paul was challenged to stand for his. He stood then for us as we should stand now for him and for what he represented then: being chosen to deliver, as a disciple, the message of our faith in all we say, all we do and all we give. God has given us what we need—He has given us way more than what we need or deserve—to share with others.

Our charge then is to move forward. Of course we will be frustrated, weakened even. Tempted to give in as the battle looms large and the world still goes on its way. And to stay in one place and let the attacks take their toll will only prevent us from carrying on and fulfilling our mission. Besides, we’re too easy a target.

Our lives were not meant to be a ‘one and done, saved and won’. Our lives were meant to be constantly saving and never being done, constantly being transformed into the image and likeness of God. We cannot do that standing still. We cannot do that by everyone turning into ‘I’m okay, you’re okay.’ We must continue to fight the great fight with faith. With hope. With conviction. With the Power of the One who sent us.

And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!


Offer It Up! Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Sam!


2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Brothers and sisters, consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written:

He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.

Interesting as it is, with today being her birthday and all that, she would want us not to be so loud about it. But with the reading from Corinthians today falling right into place, it is difficult for us not to be so bold and loud and say these things about Sam, about Nonny, about Lorraine.

Our friend, our Mother, our Mom.

Without a doubt, she is a cheerful giver. Of her time, of her heart, of all that she has so that others may be better off than they started. And yes, she does it all without so much as a blink about herself. From her friendship to her love for family, she is what God has called us all to be when it comes to sharing our ‘abundance for every good work.’ And in so doing, the lives she has touched and the lives she touches every day have been enriched, enlivened, and forever filled with God’s graces He has given her to share. For that she is thankful. And humbly so.

And for her we thankful. Oh… okay, we’ll be humble with her in our thankfulness in our thanksgiving to God for having brought her life and for the life and love she has brought us all. She has supplied us all with so much love and kindness as we have all come to share—multiply, as it were—as we have learned from her.

Happy Birthday, Sam. May this day and all those you have to come continue to be the light for others as they have been.


Offer It Up! Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Matthew 5:38-42

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. A quote from somewhere, maybe from one of the Godfather movies or something but with regard to today’s gospel, maybe we don’t keep them closer but we are instructed—commanded—to love our enemies. A very tall order for many of us, no matter the size of the foe.

Yet we are still called to love as Jesus loves. To grow in our faith means we must do more than just say we believe in what the scriptures tell us: we have to be what the scriptures tell us. Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies.’ He didn’t say hate them. We don’t have to like what they do—how easy would it be to treat them however it is they deserve to be treated? We can still be a model for them.

We are challenged to be better. Through forgiveness and letting go, we can move from the hate toward love. The perfect part is a stretch but we can put ourselves in a position to get closer to what He wants us to be as long as we follow Him. It is a higher calling but one well worth answering.


Offer It Up! Monday, June 13, 2011


Act of Consecration to

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

O Virgin Mother of God,
Mary Immaculate,
we dedicate and consecrate ourselves to you
under the title of

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.


May this Medal be for each one of us
a sure sign of your affection for us
and a constant reminder of our duties towards you.


Ever while wearing it,
may we be blessed by your loving protection
and preserved in the grace of your Son.


O most powerful Virgin,
Mother of our Savior,
keep us close to you every moment of our lives.


Obtain for us,
your children,
the grace of a happy death;
so that, in union with you,
we may enjoy the bliss of heaven forever.

Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.

O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.

O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.


Offer It Up! Sunday, June 12, 2011


John 20:19-23

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Oh how nice. Another tie. Just what I needed.

Great. An electric rock polisher. I love it.

You shouldn’t have—a battery-operated finger nail clipper. How thoughtful.

Can’t you just hear the drippiness of sarcasm?

Oh the gifts that we receive. Oh the gifts that we give. And let us not forget the gifts that we ‘re-gift’, either. We’ve been there, all of us at some time or another. Or maybe we’ve seen those that have—opening gifts and expecting so much more and getting so much less. It happens too close to home for us all.

If we’ve been on the receiving end, our hearts sink with the weight of the emptiness we realize in ‘the gift’.

Wow, what I really wanted was a Rolex… oh well.

If we’ve been on the giving end, we’ve seen the letdown as they open up our prized gift. The disappointment when it wasn’t what they were expecting, or worse yet, when you could tell they really were not jazzed about it at all.

I knew they wouldn’t like it… I knew it! See if I ever get them anything again!

From today’s readings and Gospel, there are much greater gifts with which we must be concerned, gifts from the Holy Spirit. How is it that we can package up the gifts of the Holy Spirit and ‘give’ them away? Speaking in tongues? Not hardly. Hearing in tongues? Don’t think so.

What it amounts to is an outpouring of ourselves, our faith and our beliefs so that we may share all that we have been given. Every day we are here, we have the gift of new life to share and be thankful. God’s gift to us of His Love, His peace, His forgiveness, mercy and grace. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit—in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit—we are filled with the strength and courage to live as God has called us to live.We have all been changed for the better because of these gifts. Let us refuse to be ‘unchanged’ or ‘un-gifted’ and fearlessly witness with all our gifts. Batteries—and salvation—included.


Offer It Up! Saturday, June 11, 2011


Resolutions

A little less impatient with those we deem too slow.

A little less arrogance because of what we know.

A little more humility, seeing our worth so slight.

We are such small, dim candles, compared to star-set night.

A little more forgiving and trying to be kind.

A little more often the word of praise to find…

the word of praise to give and make a heart rejoice.

A little more careful to speak in gentle voice.

A little more eagerness to understand the other.

A little more striving to help a shipwrecked brother.

A little more courage to the hard task that must be done.

These our daily resolutions –God help us to keep each one.

Author Unknown

submitted by M. Martini


Offer It Up! Friday, June 10, 2011


John 21:17

He said to him the third time,“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
“Do you love me?” and he said to him,“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”

How many times a day are we asked if we love Him? How many different ways are we presented opportunities to express our love for Jesus Christ, when asked, ‘Do you love Me?’

Peter and his earlier denials in the garden were in a sense ‘undone’ as he professed three times his love for Jesus. Jesus knew in the garden that Peter would deny Him, just as He knew he would profess his love in contrition. Forgiveness, as it was.

And forgiveness as it is for us for those time when we passed on the occasion to do as He had called us to do, when we did not show our love for Him. When we have denied our own belief in Him. When we have sinned. Forgiveness in transformation.

Just as Peter was forever being changed by his life with Jesus, so we too are being transformed. Not just once or twice or last week or a year or two ago or when we were ‘saved’. Peter was constantly being changed and so are we.

We are always being transformed. We are always being saved. And we will always be saved-transformed-as long as we are in that contact with Him. As long as we ‘feed His lambs and sheep’, we are opening ourselves to Jesus Christ and the Love He has for us to transform us every day. Let us all be up to the challenge to live and love as Jesus has shown us. There really is no other way.


Offer It Up! Thursday, June 9, 2011


Romans 12:9-16

Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation.

Here is our checklist for how to live an honorable life.I think it would not be a bad idea to actually create a checklist on paper that we could read and check off every day – a simple reminder – and a good way to determine if we are making any progress in our spiritual lives.There are so many little things in life that get in the way of us being able to check it all off.On a good day, I’m sure I only remember to engage in about half of these things.But, what if we were to read this checklist every day?Would we catch ourselves more often and be able to react more honorably in all that we do and say?

The one item on the list that sticks out to me the most is “persevere in prayer.”If we can at least get this one right, the rest should follow.As long as we long to do God’s will in our life and pray accordingly, it should not be a huge stretch to carry out the rest of our Lord’s commands.That doesn’t mean it’s always easy.Sometimes it’s an outright battle.We get hurt or offended by someone, or we are in pain and don’t know where to turn for help.Those are the times we want to cry out and curse someone or something instead of enduring; instead of blessing those that hurt us.

But, here is another command that sticks out at me – “Have the same regard for one another.”

So maybe someone has hurt you or offended you, or perhaps you are in pain and no one has offered to assist you.Usually, when this happens, our tendency is to get angry or to be “wise in our own estimation.”We know what the offending party should have done; we know what they should have said, but they didn’t.How dare they?Now what?How about we bless them by praying for them?How about we remember that we’ve probably been the offender more often than not?How about we give them the benefit of the doubt and realize that we all fail to check everything off on the list on a daily basis.Sometimes, just praying for that person might be all that is needed to right the wrong and to add another check mark to the list.

lgboyd


Offer It Up! Wednesday, June 8, 2011


As we approach the feast of Pentecost we are reminded to look to the Holy Spirit for guidance, strength, wisdom and all the gifts promised by God and Our Lord Jesus. Who are we to have been promised such awesome gifts to enable us to bring the Gospel message to its completion? I am but a tiny bit of an atom in the grand design of God's creation, and yet the dignity of the human person is to be pondered in the wonder that God desired and desires to share His divine life with us.

We are so insignificant it can become an easy matter to imagine our actions are of little worth. I am reminded of the owl and the squirrel. The squirrel asks the owl how much does a snowflake weigh? The wise old owl replies nothing more than nothing. The squirrel replied I was resting on a branch when snowflakes were falling, and I counted them as they accumulated, 1,999,999 and when the next flake landed the branch broke and fell… …that's a lot of nothing.


Today those myriad little details, little acts of kindness, moments of awareness of the Spirit of God, moments of delight in God's gracious blessing, being fully alive all shout of the wonder of God's transcendence and the dignity he has given you and I.

Today somehow you will have at least one opportunity to make His presence known, to be a light in the darkness. Be awake to the Spirit present in you and you will be aware of God's creative action moment by moment. Pray for human dignity throughout the world.

Deacon


Offer It Up! Tuesday, June 7, 2011


John 17:1-11

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me.
I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.”

'I pray for them.'

Jesus is glorifying His Father and in so doing, offering His prayers for us. His Father in turn has given us His only begotten Son to die on the cross for us, for our redemption, our salvation. And how is that we gain eternal life any other way but through the cross? We do not.

Living a life with and through the cross will not necessarily make life any easier. It will make many decisions we make clearer as we keep on our path toward holiness. All that we have is gift from God. Our gratefulness in return can be a gift to Him as we give Him praise, as we glorify Him.

Jesus’ prayer to His Father gives us hope and strength in our prayers. As Jesus was given to us to save us, Jesus has given us back-through His death and resurrection-to His Father. We should all be grateful and show that gratefulness through our love, prayer, humility and kindness. As Easter draws to a close and Pentecost is upon us, what better way to prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit?


Offer It Up! Monday, June 6, 2011


John 16:29-33

The disciples said to Jesus, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech. Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.”
Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now? Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

People learn differently. And audio learners like their messages clean, clear and crisp. It appears the disciples liked it that Jesus was choosing to speak to them ‘plainly’ as opposed to the parables He was using. And with that, they were becoming even more aware that He did, in fact, ‘know everything.’ No question about it or Him. Jesus was from God.

And just as they were getting their hearts and heads around that, He lets them know that they will soon leave Him—alone. Alone in the sense of what the world would call alone. But Jesus said the Father was with Him so that He was not to be ‘alone.’ Just as they would never be alone, either. Their peace could be found in Him. Yes, problems would happen, you could hear Jesus telling them. He knew that and He also knew that they too could overcome them. The fears and persecution they would encounter would serve to keep them more focused on Him and the message they had to say. No, they were not Jesus yet He had empowered them to go out and spread His message of faith, hope and salvation.

They had all the tools and so do we. Prayer. Scripture. Saints. Angels. Our Father. Our problems—the trials and tribulations and the bitterness and the emptiness of sin don’t necessarily go away just as we pray. Yet if we stay the course as Jesus has called us, those troubles can be overcome. Just as He had promised the disciples, He has also promised us. Take courage. His Love is unconditional. He has conquered the world already.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Offer It Up! Sunday, June 5, 2011


Acts 1:6-8

When they had gathered together they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"

He answered them, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

See, the disciples were no different than us. They thought they knew what Jesus was up to, what He had planned and where He was going. At least according to what they had planned for themselves. Oh they probably had it figured out that they had a message to deliver and that there were some things He had planned for them. But the bit about restoring the kingdom for Israel was not what He had planned.

A greater plan indeed He had for them. With the power of the Holy Spirit they were going ‘to the ends of the earth’ so that they would be witnesses to God’s power and might He sent in His Son Jesus Christ. A power that would bring together all those who believed and would come to believe in His Name. Even if they did not know the times or the seasons.

A greater plan He has for us just as He did for them. We do so much want to know. As much as we think we should know, we don’t know it all. And won’t. Not until such time we put ourselves in His plans and not try to fit Him into ours. He has called us all to be witnesses. We should not be afraid then to share The Word.

As we have been called, we also have been blessed with the power of the Holy Spirit to spread the gospel, to grow with it and be committed to actively living not our mission but His. With the gift of His grace, we can do so with confidence, deliberation and permanency.


Offer It Up! Saturday, June 4, 2011


Matthew 28:16:20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,

“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

They doubted!After everything that had happened, they still doubted.They still needed the Lord’s reassurance that what they saw, heard and felt was true.So, our ever patient Lord and Savior gave them what they needed.Reassurance that He is all powerful AND that He will be with them ALWAYS.

With every doubt comes new faith, stronger faith.With every question or moment of weakness comes a chance to dig deeper and reach higher.And, the higher we reach, the smaller we become.We begin to see less of ourselves and more of others.We begin to see the big picture instead of the “me” picture.

The ultimate goal is to become more like our Lord – able to see past the imperfections in others, able to act and speak more like He would, able to give more than we ever thought we could give, able to trust that He knows best, able to let the moments of doubt and weakness create a permanent stamp of His image on our hearts.lgboyd

True it is today as it was in the days of Moses that no man can see My face and live. The self, the original Man, shrivels up and dies, and upon the soul becomes stamped My image.GC


Offer It Up! Friday, June 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Linda!


Ephesians 4: 1-7

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.

In a manner worthy of the call received.

That is quite a responsibility. How accountable are we all to that call? Particularly when it comes to the humility part? The being small, the putting others first, the whole ‘this is not at all about me’ thing Jesus has been telling us about.

And let’s not put aside and forget nor disregard the part about patience either. Says so right there: ‘bearing with one another through love.’ Sometimes, that is the most difficult thing to do—love someone who we cannot find a reason to keep loving. But that is our commandment. That is our charge. That is our life for us: to give as we have received and we all have been given much.

Just when you think you can’t muster that step to make it happen, just when you find yourself on the precipice of the emptiness of being, of unloving, through prayer and persistence, our Lord Jesus Christ will supplant that with His fullness of grace. Through one God and Father and with the Son, we may experience the tenderness of mercy and forgiveness we find in them. Then the responsibility of love, our accountability to do so, may not be such a stretch after all. As our Father has and does Love us, so must we do. Preserving the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.


Birthday Note for my wife-

I have already made this suggestion to her but birthdays are the glue of sorts that hold our lives together. Reminders from God of all that we have had to experience and share, so that when another year passes, we may recall all the blessings we’ve had and find a way to keep them in our lives, holding us together with our faith and family and friends. Without that glue, without the celebration of life, there would not be much to hold on to as the days, weeks, months and years pass.

Linda though, with her x-number of birthdays, she also serves as the glue that holds many lives together. With her faith, her love, her beauty, her humor-she has been and continues to be all that God has called her to be. She celebrates His Love for her and for us all in the way she gives of herself, in the way she makes life so much ‘not about her.’ Always giving so that others may have more for themselves, always putting the concerns for others before her own, Linda lives as God wants us all to live: loving one another as He loves us.

The more we come to know our spouses, the more we come to find out how much more they can make us better if we let ourselves go-let ourselves go as God wants us to. Putting away those things that prevent us from growing as husband and wife. Linda does that for us; she renews us with her faith and strength in Jesus Christ. Not always an easy thing to do but she does. And she does it all for the good of those that love God… not for herself.

She’s pretty awesome that way.

Happy Birthday Linda.

I love you.

me

Ephesians 4:22-24

…that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God's way in righteousness and holiness of truth.


Offer It Up! Thursday, June 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Jason!


Ephesians 1:17-23

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him.

May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might, which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come.

And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? What we are to gain from our perseverance in prayer and in faith? To hold fast to what we believe so that we too may recognize more clearly what God does for us, ‘resulting in knowledge of Him.’

Too often for me I find myself as the disciples did in their times of doubt and uncertainty. Especially in those longer droughts of spiritual dryness or when faith is near a breaking point. I overlook the enlightenment I have seen in my heart and have already experienced. I disregard His inheritance He has promised me with the holy ones. And for us who believe, I too often find myself living in the world of here and now, not of the one to come. Not the best way to go about it.

It might be that we all find ourselves in similar circumstances from time to time. Trying to do it on our own without the power and glory and accord of His Great Might. We might ask ourselves then, ‘How’s this working out for us?’ How has it ever really worked for us when we’ve set out on our own to do it our way—without heeding to God’s calling?

There can be some success but for the duration, it will be short-lived. And that may lead us on to a false sense of hope that what we are doing is okay, putting us in even more danger of losing our way. For the long haul, we simply cannot do them on our own. For the real deal, for the eternal success, that comes with prayer, through scripture and through ‘the fullness of the One who fills all things in every way’.


Birthday note:

He is only 34 but has already accomplished much. Let it be known that he is a leader not only in our family but also in love and respect for his fellow man. By example he does things when others are still talking about doing them. By giving of himself so that others may be served, others are seeing what's in it for them. By loving Amanda, his family and his friends, even when the loving is not so easy to do, these are the ways of Jason.

Mature in love, mature in faith, mature in all he sets out to do, he rises above (literally and figuratively) to put others in a better position for themselves. And by so doing, he does so humbly and without call to himself.

Way to be and way to go Jason! We love you!

Happy Birthday son.


Offer It Up! Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Acts 17:29-31

Since therefore we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the divinity is like an image fashioned from gold, silver, or stone by human art and imagination.

God has overlooked the times of ignorance, but now he demands that all people everywhere repent because he has established a day on which he will 'judge the world with justice' through a man he has appointed, and he has provided confirmation for all by raising him from the dead."

Where your treasure is, that is where you will find your heart. Works the other way around, too. Whatever we ‘fashion’ as our treasure or god, we have more than a tendency to trend that way to spend our time with it, to covet it, to be consumed by it sometimes. And not just things but the way we judge ourselves and others.

God is not in our pocketbooks or in those things we get with them or how we feel we should be ‘just because’ we deserve it. He is above and beyond, around and in all that we have but He is none of those things. And we are so blessed that He has excused our ignorance in this matter.

Really, how far off base can we be sometimes? Really, how far do we want to test His demands of us? We think it’s as if there is a statute of limitations on our sins of inanity; we rationalize that God will rationalize. Hmm. Not hardly.

We repent. He forgives. We’re contrite. Justice reigns. God sent us His Son to show us the way. He sent us then afterward to follow in His steps. Let us then live more like we have been shown and taught. Not as we think we deserve or ought.

Acts 17:26-28

He made from one the whole human race to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and he fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions, so that people might seek God, even perhaps grope for him and find him, though indeed he is not far from any one of us.

For 'In him we live and move and have our being,' as even some of your poets have said, 'For we too are his offspring.'