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Sunday Devotional: Whoever has ears ought to hear

Romans 8:26-27

Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.
And the one who searches hearts
knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
because he intercedes for the holy ones
according to God’s will.

Matthew 13:30

Whoever has ears ought to hear.

Given that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth” (John 15:26), it is important that we seek and heed His counsel.

But how?

How do we know the Spirit’s intention?

How do we listen to the Spirit with ears that ought to hear?

Here are some suggestions from Charisma News and a few from my puny experience:

1. Pray for wisdom: “Come, Holy Spirit, come!” With sincerity and humility, ask the Holy Spirit to counsel, enlighten and guide you, especially when you have just received Holy Communion or when you are before the Eucharist in the Tabernacle.

2. Listen to the Spirit: The Holy Spirit speaks to us in many ways —

  • In the Bible: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” –2 Timothy 3:16-17. God is always speaking through His Word. Apply what you read in the Bible to your life and you’ll position yourself for truth and wisdom.
  • As a still, small voice in our mind.
  • As a flash of understanding.
  • Through our conscience: “search your heart” (Romans 8:27).
  • In a dream or vision: St. Joseph was told by an angel to “not be afraid to take Mary as your wife” (Matthew 1:20). St. Peter fell into a trance (see Acts 10:10). St. Paul had supernatural encounters, in the body and out of the body (see 2 Cor. 12:13). St. John wrote the entire book of Revelation based on a supernatural vision.
  • Through our surroundings in our daily lives: If you keep a listening ear, you’ll discover that God speaks to you as you go about your everyday life. God spoke to Solomon through his practical experiences, an account of which is in Proverbs 24:30-34: “I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles covered its surface, and the stone wall was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it; I looked on it and received instruction: Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep, so your poverty will come like a stalker, and your need as an armed man.”

3. How do we know that it’s the Holy Spirit speaking to us:

  • By the message’s goodness: Remember that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Triune Godhead. He will never counsel you to do ill or harm.
  • By its persistence: When the Holy Spirit wants you to do something, He can be very, very persistent!
  • By your sense of peace: When you listen and heed His counsel, your heart, mind and soul will be at peace. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7.

May the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, and the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: What type of soil are you?

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one
who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it,
and the evil one comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

Let us strive to be “rich soil” who really hears and takes our Lord’s words to heart.

And if we are “rich soil,” just remember that He expects much from us, for to whom much is given, much is expected.

So use the gifts He’s given us — wholly undeserved — wisely and well, so that we each will “bear fruit” of “a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold”!

And remember, always, to tell the Triune Godhead that we love Him with our whole heart, our whole mind, our whole soul, and with all our strength.

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

~Eowyn

Synagogue of Satan leader repents

…and changes the world!

Saul’s Conversion

1Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

5“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

7The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.

23After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, 24but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

26When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,a but they tried to kill him. 30When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

31Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

– Acts 9:1-31


Saul was horrible.

We could compare him with both ISIS and the Bolsheviks for his rabid hatred of the Christian Church. He was as cruel as either group. And he was right in the midst of his personal jihad to purge the land of this hated sect. But when the risen Lord smacked him off his horse and blinded him, he had a change of heart.

Just some food for thought.

Sunday Devotional: ‘whoever eats this bread will live forever’

Four Sundays ago, the universal Church remembered our Lord Jesus Christ’s Ascension, when He left this mortal world, not to return until the End Days.

In leaving, our Lord bade a last farewell to His faithful disciples and, knowing full well how bereft they would be, He made sure we are not abandoned — that although:

“the world will not see me anymore . . .
I will not leave you as orphans” (John 14:19, 18)

Jesus made two promises to ensure we would not be left “as orphans”:

(1) The Father will send the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Triune Godhead:

“And I will ask the Father,
and He will give you another advocate
to help you and be with you forever —
the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept Him,
because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.
But you know Him,
for He lives with you
and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)

(2) We will have His Body and Blood:

“I will not leave you as orphans;
I will come to you.” (John 14:18)

Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, when we remember and celebrate the new Covenant that our Lord made with His Body and Blood, with all who believe in Him — Jew and Gentile.

1 Corinthians 11:23-25

[T]he Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,
took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

How thoughtful and loving our Lord is!

Talk to Him.

Tell Him your troubles and fears.

And tell Him, often and always, that you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

~Eowyn

And the wolf will dwell with the lamb

A glimpse of the coming 1,000-year kingdom of Christ on Earth:

Isaiah 11:6-9

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
together their young shall lie down;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the viper’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
They shall not harm or destroy on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: ‘Let us make man in our image’

Last Sunday, the universal Church celebrated Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit — the “Spirit of truth” (John 16:12).

Today, we commemorate the solemnity and mystery of the Holy Trinity, the Triune Godhead.

Genesis 1:26

And God said,
Let us make man
in our image,
after our likeness:

John 5:7

For there are three
that bear record in Heaven,
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost;
and these three are one.

Jesus baptism

How can three individual persons be one?

Through the centuries, our brightest and most gifted theologians were unable to plumb the mystery of the Triune Godhead, that —

  • There is but one God (“And God said”, not “And the Gods said”)
  • With three separate persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (“For there are three”)
  • Who made man in their image
  • But the three persons nevertheless are one (“and the three are one”).

Here’s St. Thomas Aquinas on the mystery of the Holy Trinity, in Summa Theologica:

We cannot come to the knowledge of the Trinity by reason alone, that is, by the natural and unaided efforts of the human mind. By our natural reason, we can know that God exists; that he is the First Cause of all; that he is one, infinite, simple, immutable, etc. But that the one God subsists in three really distinct Persons is a truth that can be known only by supernatural means. That is a truth beyond the reach of human reason to know, to prove, or to disprove. We know this truth by divine revelation, and accept it by supernatural faith; we take it upon the authority of God himself. […] By aid of the light of glory the soul in heaven sees God himself clearly and truly.”

Holy Trinity

And so, as St. Paul said, though we presently but “see in a mirror dimly” with our limited human intellect, we accept and we trust, with the hope that — striving to be good and loving the Three Persons with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength — there will come a day when we will know and understand what the Second Person hinted at before He took final leave of His disciples and ascended into Heaven (John 16:12):

“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.”

As St. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:12:

“For now we see in a mirror dimly,
but then face to face.
Now I know in part;
then I shall understand fully,
even as I have been fully understood.”

And may the love of God the Father, the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you on this magnificent Sunday!

Eowyn

Breaking News Alert

Muslims Murder Someone (yawn)

It’s another day of waking up to “Breaking News Alerts” about muslims on a killing spree. (How does this obvious thing qualify as news?)

But there are more victims than those reported

The news consuming public are victimized, too. Our minds, instead of freely working on solutions to common everyday issues, are now captured,  obsessing over a host of threats, unable to engage in creative thinking. (This is one of the primary objectives of terrorism, to paralyze the public with fear.)

Well NO MORE!

We have a better “Breaking News Alert”

His love endures forever,” no matter what happens.

“…by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”
– Hebrews 2:14-15

Benefit of faith: We can go on with our lives as if these circus clowns didn’t exist, and if the “worst” happens, so what? Absent from the body is present with the Lord. Instead of the endless hand wringing we see on the news, we can concentrate on our ongoing personal responsibilities, which does include the crushing of islamic extremism, marxism, lawlessness (like MS-13), and even…

ordinary things like dishes, laundry, gardening, our jobs, and…
“doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly before our God.”

So they stole the news cycle for a day. Let’s not also surrender to them any of the real estate in our minds. We have better breaking news:
His Love Endures Forever.