From the Catholic Liturgy for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 9, 2016. Our first reading is from the Old Testament Second Book of Kings, 5:14-17 but to get the full story start at verse 1. Naaman, a powerful Syrian warrior is healed of leprosy by doing something that sounded so ridiculously simple: bathe in the Jordan River. He was insulted at first, thinking this simple action to be stupidity, but in the end he obeyed and was cured. God’s powerful intervention into our lives, into our history, even into our politics, often begins with something that seems to be too usual, ordinary and even to some, ridiculous. In 1917, God sent the Virgin Mary to a three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal with a Peace Plan from Heaven. It seemed to many to be too simple and ridiculous yet miracles and historical events have proved its power and truth. What is it? In summary it is this: pray the rosary daily for peace and trust in God’s power to save.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
From the Catholic Liturgy for Sunday, October 2, 2016. 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the Gospel (Luke 17:5-10)Jesus relates faith to a tiny mustard seed. His hearers got the connection because they lived in a land dominated by this plant. the secret to the mustard seed's hidden power lied in the fact that it is tiny and light, docile to movement by the wind. it gets blown wherever the wind takes it and wherever it lands, it begins to bear life. And so with us. The seed of faith planted within us by Baptism must be moved the wind of the Holy Spirit and go wherever he sends us, do whatever he asks of us. and if we have this docility to the Spirit, miracles can happen and life can be drastically changed. You have within you the hidden power of the mustard seed o faith...allows the Holy Spirit to move you and make it grow.