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Sunday Devotional: He will never break your heart

Luke 12:32-40

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.
Sell your belongings and give alms.
Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out,
an inexhaustible treasure in heaven
that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”

Last Sunday, my pastor, who is the official exorcist of my diocese, delivered a profoundly true and wise homily. Below is my woefully inadequate summary of what he said:

At some point in our lives, we wonder if this is all there is, disappointed that our lives have not turned out the way we had hoped and dreamed.
It may be wealth or professonal achievement. We worked hard, got an education, performed our jobs in an exemplary fashion, but still our financial goal eludes us, or we have not received due recognition and accolade.
It may be relationships — with our spouses, children, friends, colleagues, priests, parishioners — which disappoint and break our hearts, for we are imperfect humans and no one person can fulfill all our needs.
But God never disappoints.
God satisfies all our needs.
We don’t have to work hard for His love.
And Jesus will never break your heart.

I will be with you always

For “you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” -St. Augustine, Confessions

May the love and joy and peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you this beautiful Sunday!

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Sunday Devotional: "I will be with you always"

Today is the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord.
Christ with angels

Acts 1:6-11

When they had gathered together they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
When he had said this, as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

I will be with you always
Sometimes, we must hit rock bottom and become utterly broken before we finally turn to Him.
Can’t Save You” by Dan Haseltine, from the 2010 movie What If…, directed by Dallas Jenkins and starring Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo and John “Cheers” Ratzenberger as the angel Mike.

Lyrics of “Can’t Save You”:
You sounded desperate when you called,
and the words are still ringing in my head.
We stood there silent on the phone
and no one spoke until I said,
“I’m still with you,
but I know I can’t save you,
save you tonight,
until you fall.
I can’t save you, save you tonight,
until it breaks your heart.”
You’re not the one I used to know
that made the stars so jealous
when you light up my soul.
You are the war I can’t get in,
but the battle that you’re dying from
is underneath your skin.
I’m still with you,
but I know I can’t save you,
save you tonight,
until you fall.
I can’t save you, save you tonight,
until it breaks your heart.
You lock yourself away,
but there’s no way out.
And how long can you stay,
can you stay?
You know I can’t save you,
save you tonight,
until you fall.
I can’t save you, save you tonight,
until it breaks your heart.
Now I can’t save you,
until it breaks your heart.
Now I can’t save you,
until it breaks your heart.
“Can’t Save You” MP3 download.
What If… on Netflix.

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Sunday Devotional: Three Persons in One God

Three Persons

Luke 1:35

And the angel answered and said unto her,
The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee,
and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:
therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee
shall be called the Son of God.

Mark 1:9-11

It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee
and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open
and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens,
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Baptism of Jesus

Matthew 28:19

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost

John 14:26

But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things,
and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.

In One God

1 John 5:6-8

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ;
not by water only, but by water and blood.
And it is the Spirit that beareth witness,
because the Spirit is truth.
For there are three that bear record in heaven,
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:
and these three are one.

John 10:30

I and [my] Father are one.

Colossians 2:9

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

I will be with you always
Peace and Love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

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Sunday Devotional: The Lord is my shepherd

I will be with you always

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

white rose3
The peace and love of our Lord be with you,

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Sunday Devotional: Why we must admonish the wicked

armor of God
We are in an all-out spiritual war, a war where there can be no fence-sitters.
For Jesus the Christ abhors fence-sitters — those whom He calls the “lukewarm.”

Revelation 3:15-16

“I know about your activities: how you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were one or the other, but since you are neither hot nor cold, but only lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

This Sunday’s readings are a reminder that we are called to be His warriors.
Not only must we choose and not be lukewarm fence-sitters, in the face of evil we are to speak out and admonish the wicked.

Ezekiel 33:7-9

Thus says the LORD:
You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel;
when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.
If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ”
and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way,
the wicked shall die for his guilt,
but I will hold you responsible for his death.
But if you warn the wicked,
trying to turn him from his way,
and he refuses to turn from his way,
he shall die for his guilt,
but you shall save yourself.

Matthew 18:15-17

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that ‘every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.
If he refuses to listen even to the church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.”

In this all-out spiritual war, be strong!

Do not be afraid!

For our Lord has promised us:

Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”

I will be with you always

In His peace and love,


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