Category Archives: The Bible
From the First Reading this morning, Isaiah 49:8-15
Thus says the LORD:
In a time of favor I answer you,
on the day of salvation I help you;
and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,
To restore the land
and allot the desolate heritages,
Saying to the prisoners: Come out!
To those in darkness: Show yourselves!
Along the ways they shall find pasture,
on every bare height shall their pastures be.
They shall not hunger or thirst,
nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;
For he who pities them leads them
and guides them beside springs of water.
I will cut a road through all my mountains,
and make my highways level.
See, some shall come from afar,
others from the north and the west,
and some from the land of Syene.
Sing out, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth,
break forth into song, you mountains.
For the LORD comforts his people
and shows mercy to his afflicted.
But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.
This is such a beautiful thought for us to dwell on, especially at Lent when we remember how utterly dependent we are on the mercy and patience of God. There is no way that a mother could ever forget her infant, yet even if that impossible thing were to happen, God will NEVER forget you. Read the rest of that passage and all of the good things that God had promised to Israel and how His plan to call those outside the covenant into relationship with him, which would be the new and everlasting covenant in Jesus Christ (Gospel reading).
Let’s think about this first reading today and draw strength from God’s words to us. He will not forget us. We may feel distant. We may have betrayed the Lord. We may have wandered, or even ran away from God. Yet, His love is with us. He longs for us to return to Him. Use this time of Lent to come back to God. Receive his mercy and forgiveness. Then we can reach out to our fellow man and show him that same love and forgiveness. It is time, my friends. Come home. You are not forgotten.
“Roll for initiative? What is this strange speech? I have not yet enjoyed sweet java this morning.” – some dude
The roll for initiative is a role playing game (RPG) staple. The roll determines who goes first, be it among players, enemies, etc. There are a million ways to do it and every game has its tweaks (stats, buffs, bonuses, die, punchies…..). You do the same in several sports. Badminton, raquetball, volleyball, football (coin toss). Now do you get it?
So you are beginning a Monday. What will you encounter?
- A short deadline project
- A fire to put out (real or figurative)
- An irate customer
- No coffee in the pot
- An opportunity to gossip
- A Beholder
No matter what you encounter (watch out for eye beams, dude), take care that you prepare yourself for anything.
How? Armor? Buffs? Magic missile?
I suggest, adventurer, that you prepare yourself by spending time with God in prayer before your day starts. Offer today and all your work to God’s glory. Ask for the intercession of the Blessed Mother and St Joseph.
Surprises will happen, but we are never fully alone. Let’s pray for each other today. I just prayed for you.
And for the record, I just rolled a 17 (1d20).
Today, let us meditate on the mysteries of the Nativity, most especially the Word Made Flesh dwelling with us, Emmanuel.
Spend 30 minutes in focused thought to start your day. Here are some suggestions.
Meditate on Sacred Scripture:
- Proverbs 19
- Psalm 19
Situational Response. Eliminate any persons from the scenario who do not apply to your family.
- You are at work
- Your kids are in class at their school/college
- Your small children and spouse are at home.
- An earthquake hits your city, causing great damage to city infrastructure. Power is down and will be for at least 2 weeks. Cell towers are down. You are uninjured and able to exit your workplace. Your vehicle works, but not all roads are passable.
- What do you do?
- What do your children and spouse know to do?
- How will you reunite with your family?
- How will you survive until power and communications are restored?
In Episode 009, we will lift the veil of mystery surrounding the RCIA.
- What is RCIA?
- What is it not?
- How should a parish run their RCIA?
- How does someone join the Catholic Church?
- Who came up with the RCIA acronym?
Tonight, join us as we talk about the RCIA, the absurdity of relativism, how we can help our friends into the Catholic Church, and how real evangelization works. It all starts LIVE at 9pm central time at Fiat Ministry Network.
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