I was wanting to start with this today as I have just completed 35 name tags for my talk about The Community of God meditation for our TEC weekend this weekend. Yes, 35 with all those that we have lost and are keeping our eyes on heaven... 7 children, and 3 grandchildren. It is no secret that my Community of LOVE/family/domestic Church fed by The Church... Jesus and His Bride... feed me with life-giving water and the Bread of LIFE, Jesus Christ each day with Jesus/The Word, Jesus in his Body and Blood on the altar/The Eucharist, Mary the Mother of God and her rosary bringing to us the life, death and resurrection of her Son, and The Saints - my heroes and friends on this journey showing me that there is nothing over which I may not persevere!
I am busy with getting us out of here for our retreat - Pat, I and John are all working it, but I just couldn't let the Gospel pass by without touching upon it. What struck me this morning reading it with John before he headed off to work and I off to mass... "Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was home..." Home is a place of celebration of our shared Faith and together we know we can face all that comes our way! It is where we embrace our Most Cherished Cross and find LIFE/Love/Light! It is where we share our Faith with JOY, and plant the seeds of shared faith, warm them with sunshine, water and feed them and watch them grow and produce much fruit!
The Paralytic reminds us of one such battle we faced in our home with the help of hundreds of prayer warriors and all The Church gives us each day... John's battle with brain cancer at 20 years old... 7 years ago.
Lord, our home has grown from the two of us 38 years ago filled with love and hope and sharing our Faith and love of your Church... embracing all that The Church teaches us to find our way to be forever in heaven with you, Your Mother and The Saints and Angels! For this we yearn and are given all we need if only we die to self and come to dwell in your Community of LOVE! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah
Hard to accept our need for help from others and loss of independence!