It was a day all about Susan for me yesterday... with putting away her 18+ scrapbooks, a box of her trophies and TEC Bible and special things, and looking at a special book I had made for her first Communion on April 17, 1994, and then her box of bells... My Susan/Hallel is so strongly with me today! As Pat was telling me - "She would be telling you to just get rid of it!" Yes, you are probably right, but... I am not quite ready for that. I guess the bell thing started because I came across a tiny metal bell with St Catherine of Sienna on it, and I plan to send it to Hallel with her Easter package... yes, it is a bit late, but it is still Easter Season right?
As I was reading the readings for today - the Conversion of St Paul from Acts 9:1-20 and the ongoing John 6 - "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my Flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink..." It struck me how much Faith the disciples had to have not to be totally grossed out and appalled at these words of Jesus to them. Jesus speaks so strongly and emphatically that this is the Truth and there is no other way around it. I can see why some at this point walked away, yet not those closest to him... the 12!
As I was out in the wind at the clothesline this morning pondering this "blind faith" of the disciples and how they trusted in this Truth. You can almost hear them saying in their hearts, minds and souls - "Yes, this is radical to hear, but this is the Son of God and we have seen proof positive of this over and over, so if he says this we believe it and will do as he asks of us."
It made me smile to say "blind faith" and then to realize that the first reading about Paul being struck down by The LIGHT and blinded as Jesus comes to him on the road to Damascus. St Paul truly came to know Jesus in the midst of blind faith! Like us, Saul never met Jesus when he walked on the earth, but he had evil intentions and hatred for Jesus and his followers until he was struck down with LOVE and Truth! After he is prayed over and his sight restored... he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. Can you imagine how earth shaking seeing Paul totally reverse himself would be for those around him? Jesus, comes to us no matter where our hearts and minds are at... He will bring us back with his dying for us, and in return we are called to "suffer for my name." How can we desire that? We do when we realize that by embracing our Cross we find eternal LIFE, unconditional LOVE and LIGHT everlasting, and the promise that we will be forever in heaven with Jesus, Mary, and the Saints!
Jesus, we see now that the Miracle of The Eucharist is in the form of Bread and Wine, yet it is Your Body and Blood! May we hold that Truth ever in our hearts and approach each partaking of your Body and Blood with hearts filled with adoration and LOVE. May we grow ever closer to you and may The Holy Spirit come into us and dwell with us richly forever! Yes, St Paul did meet you and you entered him with his being struck blind, baptized, prayed over for healing, and sharing with the Eucharist as St Peter formed The Church and became the first pope... may we cling to The True Church! Send many young men to enter the priesthood and keep LIFE in this world! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Hard to believe, but good to be reminded of.
So precious, and wouldn't life be happier without all the stuff? Yes!
St John Paul II doing the office! Such a wonderful picture and so powerful to me after spending an overnight with my parents and starting the new day with them doing the office - they each in their well worn prayer books as they have shared this each morning for the last 40 years, since Dad was ordained as a permanent deacon in The Catholic Church, and I have it on my phone thanks to John since a year in seminary. One of my favorite things to share this with my parents and with John when we are together here and there. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Church and her wisdom!
Borrowing some of Nancy's pictures... so special!
We miss you!
Getting so big - he will be 5 when the new sister arrives or shortly there after!
Rose was just here Berna... it would be so fun to have the two of you running around together today. Sometime soon - we can hope!