Friday, March 11, 2016

"proof of his gentleness..." Wisdom 2

Having fun with my camera today - spending the day Pat's mom today.  I call her home an island of peace in my world of constant noise of grandkids, calving and construction and hence she is afloat in the midst of Jesus' agony in the garden and her parents while we share Mother Angelica's rosary on EWTN.
Ruth's camera seems to make the day to day special... over our bed in our upstairs bedroom are all the art work of myself, granddaughter, Mary and grandson, David.  The house is full of lots of activity today with workers continuing to get us closer to the end of the big remodel. 
Rose is sitting in the middle of it all with her watercolors.  "You make grandma happy to see you paint.  Grandma loves to do that too." 

Such a beautiful prophecy and picture of Jesus in the first reading from Wisdom today!  To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us, Because his life is not like that of others, and different are his ways.  He judges us abased; he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure... He boasts that God is his Father.  Let us see whether his words be true, let us find out what will happen to him.  For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him and deliver him from the hand of the foes.  With revilement and torture let us put him to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness and try his patience.  Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him.

I gravitated to the words - "proof of his gentleness" as I read through this last night and again this morning.  So much the Lamb slain for us! 
Such a heartwarming scene for me last night after supper shared with Ruth and her kids - their first bubble bath in the new bathtub!  Today they are putting temporary countertops in the kitchen so that I can move up out of the basement! 
 
So many places do I find gentleness in my world these days... the grandkids, my aging mother-in-law, the new life of the calves, who depend upon their mothers to care for them.  There is one calf, Hillary, she is our bottle calf and there are many stories of her being so loving and trusting in how she follows those that are leading her on her halter and asking her to help out when a cow needs to be milked or to feed her with her bottle.  She brings out the caring and gentleness of Ruth and the kids and Pat in caring for her need as she is an orphan calf with no mother to care for her. 
The sorrowful mysteries today... how can this be called 'gentle?"  The fact that Jesus/God submitted to being tortured, beaten, mocked, humiliated, nailed to the cross, killed for our sins as he himself knew no sin!  Definitely proof of his gentleness!
 
Jesus, thank you for this island of peace and gentleness in the midst of all the craziness of life.  Guardian angles watch over all those on the farm this day, in KC this day, in Missouri this day, in Rome this day, in Tracy this day... our family this day.  Your gentleness fills me with peace and the ability to fall on my knees before you and lay my burdens at your feet.  Jesus is in control in the midst of the storms of life.  Jesus, we trust in you.  Amen
Let the sunshine and the brightness a spring day into the shop after being closed for the winter!  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
"I am from him, and he has sent me."  Jesus in the Gospel today John 7:30
We are yours and long to follow your path for us this day and always with gentleness in the face of all that distracts and hurts us!
Mass has begun...
And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God's hands and leave it with Him. - Edith Stein
Yes, my life is certainly fragmentary these days... leave it with him!
St Therese is so small and wise!
We feel this LOVE when we look at the beautiful mass!
We all love The Lord and The True Church!
Casting Crowns - Praise you in the storm
Danielle Rose - the saint that is just me
Pre haircut picture in Missouri!
Love the smiles, too!
 
More from the newsletter from the Little Brothers in KC...
Another joy is the "open table" Saturday lunch.  We meet at our house with our friends from the street, some little sisters and others who wish to join us.  This time is truly a celebration of the joy of communion and friendship with everyone: no more barriers between the rich and poor, all little ones tenderly loved by God.  One day during the meal, one of the guests exclaimed, "Jesus saved me from drugs and the street."  Another gave her testimony, "Thirty years in the hell of alcohol and one day the Lord heard my cry and freed me!"  Around the table our guests were silent... then one of them said softly, "I think that I too should stop drinking, I would like to pray with you all..."  Yes, the Lord touches hearts.  How beautiful to be together, to laugh, to cry, to listen, to celebrate the wonders of God. 
Gentle Jesus is alive and well in this world of sin suffering and darkness!

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