Monday, May 23, 2016

Words from our first pope! "an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading..." I Peter 1

Stuggles with an old computer - forced upon me as my laptop is in... This one kicked me off years ago and not allowed me to blog, yet I persevered! Was it a sign from above? I do have those that tell me to stop and that it is just a form of bragging... they obviously do not read my words shared. I do from time to time, even one voice would be enough, hear that my small sharing here is helpful to them,
so..... I plod along with, as my kids call it my therapy! Yes, it does lift my spirits and it does allow me to share my LOVE, LOVE, LOVE of The Church! How my heart burned within me today as I read the words of our first Pope St Peter in the first reading today! Just as I read a quote from Pope Francis this morning! I am afraid that my writing will be as one today and the pictures and quotes will be together either first or after. The computer is in charge and I am gingerly trying to figure it all out! "You experience the intimate closeness of Jesus, the sweetness and power of His presence. You do not encounter Jesus placed on an inaccessibly high throne, but in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. His word does not shake the doorposts, but rather caresses the strings of the heart." Pope Francis Well, I am amazed... I just added the quote and it is going to allow me to continue! Isn't that a most lovely quote, and haven't we all experienced that amazing intimate closeness deep within, when we can leave all the distractions behind? Add to that the amazing words from our first Pope today... First Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time. In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet you believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of faith, the salvation of your souls." I Peter 1:3-9 How's that for an old shot in the arm today? We are so loved and beloved and forgiven unconditionally and yearned for to be forever in heaven with Jesus and Mary and the Saints! We may truly "rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy as we attain the goal of Faith, the salvation of our souls!" Well, I just tried to add a picture and it placed it in a strange location, but I will continue and allow the Spirit to direct this unusual post on this old worn out computer with a mind of it's own! I think my adding pictures has ended, so a rare post with only one... This is stretching me in new ways! I digress... How I long to focus always on my "inheritance" and reach for that goal with all that I do and say and write and think and act and work and play and serve without counting the cost, and Pray and share the LIGHT!!! I am a poor vessel and sinful and weak and less than what I should or could be in sharing my faith and carrying all that I know to be True into my day to day life! I know that Jesus wants me to be totally His and without things that tie me down, like my pictures, yet I cling to them and make excuses for them and think that it is OK. Jesus, sees through our masks and our walls and probes into the dark places we think we can hide our sinfulness! He sees all clearly, so why hide them away to fester in the dark? Go to Jesus face to face in the confessional and lay them at his feet and leave there free and forgiven! Jesus, we are in need of your help this day as we carry/drag our Most Cherished Cross and follow you down the narrow path to find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT/our inheritance in heaven forever with you and Mary and All the Saints! How we long for that to be our "inheritance" and to strive always for that goal above all else even when we are overwhelmed by our lives and how crazy they can become - waves that crash over us with the storms of life - You are in control, O Lord! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah! Nancy called half way to KC yesterday, and I told her that I miss the kids and how wonderful they were for me! It sure would be nice if I could recall that in the midst of it all! Maybe next time, but I am a weak mess for the most part. I do know how lucky I am to have so many wonderful healthy happy grandchildren! Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

1 comment:

  1. You just keep up your great work of writing, it's my prayer time, makes me think and makes me realize that God is Great.