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Jesus and Now

Oh, the beauty and simplicity of the Bible. Today’s Gospel (Luke 5:27-32) says in very simple words, why Jesus came to mankind.  Read the cited passage, but if you don’t have the time to look it up, verses 30 to 32 say it all. “And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

There, in less than 50 words, Jesus tells us, “I know you need help. It is for this reason, I have come to you. Trust Me. Acknowledge and confess your guilt, your confusion.” He came into this world for sinners, you and me. When will we recognize our plight? When will we admit that we are not the perfect person, we want others to think we are? We spoke yesterday of hiding behind a mask. We protect the illusion of goodness and propriety, at all costs.

And Jesus patiently waits for us. He waits for us to hear, really hear, His words and understand that He is speaking directly to us. We seek out so many things that are unimportant. We let them occupy our time, our thoughts and our energies. And that which is most important, namely, our acceptance of His words, our belief in His words, our living our lives based on His words, these we relegate to a dusty corner in our life.

All we need to do is go to The Physician. Tell Him we are not well. Tell Him we may not even know what is wrong with us, but we know that something is wrong. Believe in Jesus, TRUST Him. Trust Him with every fiber in our body. Know that He will be with us and provide us what is best. Then, having said this, having done this… live every moment of our life in the present. Don’t worry about the past. It is over. Don’t be concerned about something an hour from now. We have no control over the future. That person who you just met, give them your undivided attention. That problem that just cropped up, recognize it for what it is and not a crisis. That feeling that you feel right now, be aware of it but not a slave to it. Christ is NOW. He doesn’t dwell in the past. Nor is He to be found in the future. He is what makes the present, beautiful. He waits for us, in the now.


Animal? Vegetable? or Mineral?

I wonder what I’ll be when I grow up!!

I was talking with my sister the other day. We were talking about the different positions on birth control. I mentioned to her about a video I had seen recently on the various stages of development of the fetus. I told her how I could not understand how people could have the fetus removed without a twinge to their conscience.

She then spoke about farmers and their expectations. “When a seed is planted in the ground by the farmer,”, she said, “he does so because he wants something specific to grow.” She continued, “The seeds for the tomatoes, and peppers and corn are put in their respective plots so that each plot contains only one variety of vegetable. The farmer knows what will be grown, and plants the seeds accordingly.” In short, the farmer knows what the end result will be when the seed and the ground and the proper care all come together.

When a couple plant a seed, they too, know what will happen if that seed, and the egg and proper care are given. They KNOW that a human being has begun to form. The moment that seed has succeeded to impregnate the egg, the struggle to maintain life has begun.

But we are in a society, today, that doesn’t want any loose ends. Today’s society clamors for ease, pleasure, satisfying our wants and desires. But what about the results of our actions? Let’s close our eyes. Just, look the other way. Hey, what the heck, it’s not human. It’s just a microscopic thing, that can’t talk, or walk, or survive on its own. We aren’t killing anybody, are we? YES, most assuredly, that is what is being done. The infant at 1 day old, can’t talk or walk or survive on its own. It is just as dependent on the life givers as the fertilized egg, at the beginning of life. The infant and the fertilized egg are both waiting to be held by mom and dad. The holding of the one will happen much sooner than the other.

Why do we want to come to this conclusion that the egg isn’t really human? Why? Because it makes it easier to terminate the life, if we think of it as a vegetable as opposed to a human being. I didn’t want the child, I just wanted the pleasure. That is the sentiment that is being shouted out loud and clear. The hell with the responsibility, which is demanded.

I ask you to view the video (listed below) and tell me if the fetus is just another vegetable? If you feel, as I do, then all of us should be storming our state senator and representatives. We should be clamoring for a law that protects the innocent, a law that declares that there is life present, at the moment of impregnation. The life is a human life, it is not a tomato, not a pepper. The seed will take care of itself, and grow up to be what it is supposed to be, IF WE LET IT.

To view the video, go here: http://www.truthbooth.org/viewvideo.asp. -1 And when you arrive, click on the small white triangle in the middle of the screen. This will start it to play.

To tell let your elected officials know how you feel, go here: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

To help those who are struggling with the decision of to let the baby live, or to terminate its existence, pray Our Lady’s rosary for them.

-1 Credits for the Video
4D images: American Life League
still images: Life Issues Institute
music: Kevin MacLeod
production: Cipriani Systems

It starts with Christ

To love someone else, to respect people, to see the good in others, to do any of these really altuistic acts requires the ability to go out of oneself. Is it really love, when it is based only on the fact that it makes us feel good? Can we really love someone else, respect someone else, see the good in someone else, if we don’t already have these same feelings for ourselves?The trouble is, oftentimes, we look at ourselves and don’t like what we see. Unfortunately, we see ourselves as we really are, uncharitable, selfish, too wrapped up in our own concerns. We, and only we, know the depths that we can and have sunk. We see ourselves for what we really are, and… we look away, in disgust. Dismayed that we are what we are.

All mankind has this same problem, this same outlook on themselves. And yet, we take this embodiment of sorrow, of sadness, and we strive to love. In and of ourselves, we are unable to love. For we see what we bring to the table and realize that we have nothing at all to give.

In His loving mercy, Christ comes to us. He saw us on the cross as we are today, and He loves us!! He saw what we are capable of, and yet, He still loves us. He has given us the example, “Love one another, as I have loved you.” These are not just words, they are a call to action. It is a guide book for living in this world. Christ emptied Himself on the cross, because He loves us. Christ loves us! You! Me! He saw in us something so wonderful, so precious that He died for us. His death made us noble. His death gave us wonderful life. Yes we still have our moments, we can sink to the depths, we can still be ashamed of how low we can sink. But it is precisely at those moments, when we can look to Christ and see the love that He has for us. We can see that He still considers us wonderful. We fail, but we get up. We stumble, but we recover.

All mankind has this same wondrous malady. It is through Christ that we can love one another. Each person that we meet in our world has their share of problems. Each person feels the same shame that we have. “How low can I go?” we wonder to ourselves, at our own failures. But we cannot and should not focus on these failures, both for ourselves and the people in our world. All of us are struggling to make sense of our lives. Christ has loved us, with no limit. He saw each of us and deemed us worthy of love. He died for us. Because of His love for us, we can look at our fellow man, and say “You are worthy of love. Christ has loved us from all eternity. Let us love one another.”