Friday, October 21, 2016

"Interpreting the times" - always be ready!

Brown eyed Luke eating a carrot fresh out of the garden.
My companions while digging my wonderful carrots yesterday... the dogs loved their orange sweet freshly dug doggy carrots!  My dogs have decided that fresh garden vegetables are yummy to the tummy!  They are eating green beans and carrots, but beets seem to not be on the good to eat category.
The front paw hold and the sound of them crunching on carrots growing just minutes before!  So healthy and sweet!

In the Gospel today Jesus warns us that we need to be concerned about interpreting the times and take to heart that we need to resist the current evil and strive to be ready at all times for we know not the time!  My day has escaped me with 5 kids and garden cleaning with their help now behind me.  This meditation is most direct and firmly reminds us of the current mess our world is in.  I will quote Cardinal Robert Sarah - perfect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacrament:
A Godless society, which considers any spiritual questions a dead letter, masks the emptiness of its materialism by killing time so as better to forget eternity.  The farther material things extend their influence, the more man takes pleasure in sophisticated, narcissistic, and perverse amusements; the more man forgets God, the more he observes himself.  In looking at himself, he sees the deformations and the ugliness that his debauchery has encrusted on his face.  Then, to delude himself that he still shines with the original splendor of a creature of God, he puts on his make-up.  But the hidden evil is like the glowing coal underneath the ashes.
So nice to have some willing and cheerful hardworking helpers!

Without God, man builds his hell on earth.  Amusements and pleasures can become a true scourge for the soul when it sinks into pornography, drugs, violence, and all sorts of perversions.
There is great sadness in claiming to want to indulge in limitless pleasures, whereas the most beautiful joy is to remain simply with God, allowing him to clothe us in light and purity...
Time out for wooly bears!
Stacking the tires so that they can climb in... a combined time of fun and work is what you get with 5 farm kids!
Even strong Luke rolled some tires - teamwork!

The man who ignores God and turns his instincts into Godlike standards for all things is headed for destruction.  Today we are confronted with one of the last stages of the civilization of diversion.  The alternative is simple: if mankind reforms itself, it will live, but if its headlong flight persists, civilization will become a hell.  Cardinal Robert Sarah
Sometimes I wonder if our world is on the brink of hell!  Lord, help us to die to self so that you may live in us and our light might reveal the lies of the culture of pleasure and the culture of death!
Grandma sure loves to have help with this big hard job!  Thanks, kids!

Lord, may we always be ready to come to you.  May we resist the allure of selfishness and materialism.  May we give without counting the cost.  Jesus, we trust in you.   Amen and Hallelujah
Pat loves to say - "Rain makes grain!"  We are seeing that this year, and I will add - "rain makes carrots, too!"  These were all growing in a small area one right next to the other.  Lots of carrot cake and cooked carrots and carrot sticks in our future.  Bless-bless, Barbara Luke

St Paul reminds us how to live our lives in Ephesians 4 today - "I 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 are 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." 
Sounds to me like the Fruits of the Spirit at work in our lives and for that to happen we need to die of our selfishness and allow the Holy Spirit to do its work in us and our lives!
Rose bringing in the potato fork and carrot fork... such a sweet reminder of a story early in my marriage when my wonderful mother-in-law asked me to bring her a potato fork... so I went and got a fork out of the drawer.  She took and dug in the ground for a bit until she told me kindly that it was actually a big tool.   I was so green and she was the best teacher this future farm wife could ask for!

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