A Daily Dose of God

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Blog Post 2/08/2023 - Don't Drop the Baton


 

Don't Drop the Baton

 

 

 

In the 1988 Olympics, the world assumed that the United States would be victorious in the 400-meter relay. They simply were the best. The gun cracked and they were off and running. After the last curve the unthinkable happened.

The United States was ahead by 10 meters with no real competition in sight. And then, with victory in their grasp, it happened. They dropped the baton. The thousands in the stands gasped in disbelief.

The United States team--sleek, muscular, and fast as leopards, lost the race. Why? Someone dropped the baton.  [King Duncan, Collected Sermons, www.Sermons.com Fear]

Today we are the baton of discipleship, don’t drop the baton, hand on the faith.

 

May God Be Praised.

 





Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Blog Post 2/07/2023 - Grace

                                                                 Amazing Grace

 

“Lord God, grant me the Grace to know Your Will, and the courage to accept & follow Your Grace to guide my life.”  [Deacon Kelly]

 

May God Be Praised.





Monday, February 6, 2023

Blog Post 2/06/2023 - Homily Cycle A 02/05/2024 – Offered at OLPH


 

Homily Cycle A 02/05/2024 – Offered at OLPH

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/020523.cfm

 

We heard in Isaiah “…light shall break forth like the dawn….” & prayed in our Responsorial psalm the just are a light in the darkness.  Paul came “…in weakness & fear & much trembling” & St. Paul was one of the Church’s greatest saints and missionaries.  If he came in weakness, fear & trembling what can we expect to do?

One of my countryman Shamus O’Reilly went out one Saturday evening to his favorite pub and he had a few to many and stayed way to long.  Since he was very late, he decided to cut through the cemetery to save some time getting home. 

I was very dark, and he fell  into an open grave and spent the night there.   The next morning, he woke up and crawled up to the top of the grave.   It was a beautiful morning the sunlight glistening off the grass.  O’Reilly, exclaimed Praised be to God, it’s Resurrection Sunday and I am the first one up. 

Jesus challenge us to be His disciples to be His missionaries “salt” for the Kingdom & “light” for the world.  In Jesus’ time salt was a precious commodity; Jesus is telling you & me that we are precious.  Salt enhances the flavor & light illuminates.

To be salt, in the Spirit of Christ, is to bring out the best in the people we meet & to do that unobtrusively.  To be light, is to illuminate the presence of God in the midst of the darkness in our world.

Did you ever eat a handful of salt or drink a glass of ocean water? – [maybe a mouthful of ocean water while at the beach] but drinking a glass full of ocean or a handful of salt would be terrible.  Salt by itself does not taste particularly good – it might even make us sick; looking directly at the sun or into a bright, light bulb can damage to our eyes.  Salt and sun are valuable when they mix or blend, bringing out the fullness of others.  A little salt can bring out the natural flavor in every kind of food, from filet mignon to popcorn. [I prefer the filet].

The four ounces of salt in our bodies enable our muscles to contract, our blood to circulate, our hearts to beat.  Salt purifies & softens; cleans & preserves.  Light’s true beauty is realized when it illuminates.  Light enables us to see, to study, to discover, to behold the beauty of God’s creation.  Salt & Light are most effective when they draw little or no attention themselves.  In well-seasoned food the salt is not noticeable & in a well-lit room the lamps are not the focus.  [Adopted from Abiding Word, Barbara Reid, p.65]

So, it is with us as disciples we should focus our actions and words on giving Glory to God.  Jesus calls us to be salt & light for the earth, we can best do that by taking last week’s Gospel, The Beatitudes, and making them the foundation of how we live.  Jesus challenges us to make God’s presence known by the lives that we live. And we can do that by “Do all things in the name of God & you will do all things well. ”  [St. Francis deSales]

We are precious & that we have good in us because Jesus put it there, He gave us goodness so we can learn to love God and help others to do the same.  For a few minutes think about how you will be the Salt and light of Christ in the world.

May God Be Blessed!





Sunday, February 5, 2023

Blog Post – 2/05/2023 Homily Cycle I 2/04/2023

 

 


 

Homily Offered at OLPH

Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/020423.cfm

 

Just a reminder today is Salesian Saturday and topic is “Abandon yourself completely to God’s Will & Purify your love for God.”  After Mass will have our discussion in the Gathering Space for a half hour and then Eucharistic Adoration for an hour in the main Church, everyone is cordially invited to join in.

Let me share a few pastoral thoughts with this morning on our readings.   Focus your attention on Shepherding and the Shepherd.  Shepherding is hard and dirty work.

The Shepherd guides, protects and cares for sheep day and night.  Not the kind of work that was most sought after.

 

In the Letter to the Hebrews we heard, “… God raised the great shepherd of the sheep ….”

In the Gospel, Mark tells us that Jesus “… was moved with pity for them.”  Jesus, the Good Shepherd taught the people, and He teaches us with the Scriptures and the Sacraments to know, love and serve Him.  We are called to follow Jesus in this world and into the next.

Jesus loves us, teaches us, guide us and we are called to follow Him, a blessed privileged we have been given.

 


                                                                    May God Be Praised.






Saturday, February 4, 2023

Blog Post 2/04/2023 - Nunc Dimittis


  

Nunc Dimittis

 

 

 

 

The beautiful Canticle of Simeon [Nunc Dimittis] prayed at the Church’s Night Prayer or Compline. 

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.”

 

Consider ending your day by praying the Canticle of Simeon

 

May God Be Praised.





Friday, February 3, 2023

Blog Post 2/03/2023 - Homily offered at Country Meadows, Bethlehem, PA for the Presentation of the Lord 2/02/2023

  

 


 

Homily offered at Country Meadows, Bethlehem, PA for the Presentation of the Lord 2/02/2023


The Temple was the dwelling place of the Lord where divinity and humanity embraced, similar to our Tabernacle, in particular St. Peter’s in Rome.  In the fourth century, the Church in the Holy Lands had a great procession in honor of Jesus Presentation in the Temple 40 days after His birth.

The Mosaic Law prescribed, that 40 days after a woman had given birth had to present herself to the priests and offer sacrifice—her “purification.”  Contact with anyone who had brushed against mystery—birth or death—excluded a person from Jewish worship. Today’s feast emphasizes Jesus’ first appearance in the Temple more than Mary’s purification.  In the eighth century, a candlelight procession and the blessing and distribution of candles became part of the celebration, hence the name Candlemas Day.

Jesus is the Light of the World.

In today’s Gospel Simeon and the widow Anna greet Jesus in the temple. They represent Israel in their patient expectation; they acknowledge the infant Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. Remember in Genesis we read “let there be light” and there was light; our worldly light the sun should reminded us of our eternal Light, Jesus Christ truly the Light of the World.

 

Today thank God for His Light, Jesus our Savior and our Lord.

 

May God Be Praised.





Thursday, February 2, 2023

Blog Post - 2/02/2023 Be at Peace

 

 Be at Peace

 

St. Francis de Sales, teaches us, “Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;

rather look to them with full hope as they arise.  God, whose very own you are, will deliver you from out of them.

 

He has kept you hitherto, and He will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in his arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and everyday.

He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.”  Amen.

Increase your TRUST in God a little more each day.

May God Be Praised.