Offering it up with an attitude of praise (gratitude)

Offer it up if someone hurt us, Jesus did exactly that on the cross. Died for all of us even though we turned our back on God. It isn’t a matter of deciding what someone deserves, it is a matter of obedience and sharing in giving mercy, like the Christ we want to follow.

Offer it up if we experience pain, scripture tells us to join it to the cross. Maybe there is a healing plan, maybe the plan is to give it to God for the sake of mercy. As a total surrender in trusting in Him.

Offer it up if we don’t have all we want, if we have Christ we have all we need.

Be grateful for those who hurt us and allowed us to share mercy. Those who made us a little stronger and a little more like Jesus who loves all.

Be grateful for our weaknesses that continually bring us to Christ, He who fills every void.

Be grateful for what we don’t have, because we are given strength to know Jesus is enough.

My thoughts as I woke up this morning.

Thankful, grateful for all the gifts God pours out each day and the includes even the crosses that bring me closer to Him.

ps. Grateful for all those who have shown mercy and love to me.

Heaven

Jesus is the answer!

I was reflecting this morning on when someone dies people saying things like now they know why or now they know what happened —

I believe when I get to heaven that I will see Jesus – the love will be so overwhelming that I won’t need to know anything else. There will be no need for details but a time to celebrate the present moment. The moment of being with Jesus. The moment of being filled with His love.

I believe that is why I choose to forgive now. Because heaven isn’t about whining about the hurts, it’s about love, peace, mercy. Jesus died for all and heaven will include sinners like myself. I am not the judge, can’t be upset about those who received God’s mercy because I am only going to make it to heaven because of mercy.

Jesus is the answer, the answer is I am loved, you are loved! Grateful for mercy!

That’s my thought for the day! Always reflecting and always praying!

Memory Lane

This morning I was at the 7:30am mass at Holy Redeemer (since I spent the night in Webster with my friend’s dog).    I always liked that mass, maybe because I am a morning person and maybe because there’s no music I can have quiet time or sing in my head the songs that come to me.  This morning the song that came to me was Center of My Life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GPtRrkMonc)    —   Then my memory went to a mass at Our Lady of the Snows in the 80’s –  it was one of those resurrection God’s moments – “O Lordyou are the center of my life: I will always praise youI will always serve youI will always keep you in my sight.” – a moment of taking the words to heart.   Holy Redeemer is a great memory of all my Cursillo friends, and in Cursillo “God moments or moments of awareness of God’s presence” was part of the Cursillo method or spirituality.

Another song that came to mind is one I made up in my 20’s for my prayer time.

“Lord tell me what to do, Lord I want to follow you, I know it will cost me everything but this I am willing to do, I want to follow you”

Memory in the Eucharistic prayer is not just remembering, it makes present the Paschal Mysteries.   A sad memory and happy memory all in one.  Sad that Jesus had to die but grateful for His mercy on this Divine Mercy Sunday!

I believe much of my own inner healing and my ability to forgive quickly comes from that memory of what Jesus did for all.  And receiving His body and blood in the Eucharist gives me the grace.   I can take any memory, even a painful one and see that Jesus was there with me all the time.

PRAYING THIS MORNING FOR MERCY, ON THE WHOLE WORLD!

The Divine Mercy message is simple (http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/)

A – Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B – Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C – Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

As always, need to reflect more —  Am I keeping God in my sight, am I praising Him, am I serving Him?      Have I asked for Mercy lately,  who do I need to show mercy to, do I completely trust in Jesus?

 

Holy Week – Good Friday!

Imagine Jesus walking to Calvary and His mother following to be near to her child. I don’t think any mom in that situation would call it “Good Friday”.

Both Jesus and His Mother accepted it as God’s will.

We call it “Good Friday” because our sins were forgiven and the gates to heaven open to us.

We should all have joy in knowing the possibility of eternal life was a gift to us.

We shouldn’t hold grudges but we do. The pain they caused was too much and so very easy to not forgive. We have 100 + reasons why this person is not worthy to be forgiven.

But Jesus died for everyone and Jesus can forgive all sins. It’s what made Good Friday good.

Have a Good Friday – be willing to let God and Mother Mary walk with you, as you know heaven is possible for everyone. Let Go of anger, let go of resentment, let go of hurt, let go so we may all be at peace.

More reflection necessary!

From the Diary of St Faustina

Good Friday begins the Divine Mercy novena

http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/novena.php

Sibling rivalry

The Bible has stories of sibling rivalries-

Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, the Prodigal son – and Martha and Mary.

Martha wasn’t happy about Mary sitting while she was doing all the work. As I was driving home from my sister’s funeral I was thinking how she was the outspoken, we have a job to do – let’s get it done personality when we were young. I probably wasn’t sitting at the feet of Jesus, maybe just daydreaming a lot but I wasn’t the go getter. I was more go with the flow.

As the two oldest children of nine my mother gave us lots of responsibilities. We had a step stool to do dishes because we weren’t tall enough to reach. We carried babies on our hips and even took them to our softball games. My sister was smart and had ideas to improve things, and I did what I was told and stayed out the way.

I always tell people that maybe Mary was recognized by Jesus as choosing the better portion but Martha has the feast day in the church. Maybe because when Lazarus died Martha ran out to Jesus while Mary stayed home and Martha professed:

(John 11) “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

Life is strange and wonderful and God loves us as we are but never leaves us that way. His mercy is big. He teaches us through the people who cross our lives. Sibling love is like no other, they have seen the good, bad and ugly. They pray for each other to have life, love and happiness. They are quick to forgive because they know what we’ve been through, things no one else would understand.

More reflection needed.

Grateful for God’s mercy – back to work