50 days of Easter-How one weekend changed the world forever

E A S T E R _Our hope and our path to joy

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THERE IS NO DEATH WHEN WE PUT OUR TRUST IN HIM

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Because Easter is the most important feast in the Christian calendar, even more important than Christmas, the Easter season continues on for 50 days, through the Ascension of Our Lord to Pentecost Sunday, seven full weeks after Easter Sunday! 50 days to contemplate the joy that Jesus brought,  the hope for a better life with Him. The hope that we are not on our own to muddle through this mess we’ve got ourselves in.

When we surrender to the grace of God, He will help us. This doesn’t mean that pain will end, that problems won’t come, that death won’t touch us. But THAT EVERYTHING ON THIS EARTH WILL PASS. Everything that GOD HAS PROMISED WILL COME TO US. EVERYTHING with God’s stamp on it will be easier to endure, easier to cope with, easier to resolve.

Isn’t that why God gave us His Son Jesus, to lead us all to the Heavenly Father???? That’s where God wants us, that’s where we belong with our Father in heaven.

So, I say, shake off the blues, sorrow, hopelessness and believe in the one who is greater than this world and everyone or everything in it.

I can’t understand why many don’t aspire to this? It’s not that the alternative is better, it might leave you with some instant gratification but then comes the aftermath- the self pity, regret, hurt and destruction that the sin first enticed you with.

As St. John Chrysostom reminds us .. “Christ has destroyed death, and now is the feast of faith.”

At this time of the year I like to listen to Handel’s Messiah_ “If God be for us”

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 JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU

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HOLY GOD

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat 3 times- traditional catholic prayer)

CLOSING PRAYER
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. (traditional catholic prayer)

I’d love to hear your comments, reflections, observances.

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Oppression of what is truth and moral

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In this day and age, whenever one makes a moral argument about something the tag of discrimination goes up. People who have right wing, conservative politics and bring up bible truths and laws instituted by Jesus Christ, get called old fashioned, xenophobic, misogynistic, racist and uncaring. The leftist argument is that Jesus cared for all people, that He didn’t discriminate. But Jesus also made us aware of SIN. His laws are found in the New Testament, they serve as a guide to living. Isn’t that the reason Father-God sent him to us?

In the New Testament, Jesus gives us laws about family, marriage, birth and death, abortion, gender, etc…. Jesus was not concerned with political correctness, He was concerned with justice and fairness, law and order avoiding SIN for salvation.  Upholders of moral, conservative, right wing views are now the recipients of censorship and oppression of free speech rights. Is this what progress looks like? Well, I say it’s going backwards.

Milo Yiannopoulos a right wing, gay, catholic, activist, highlights this and although I don’t agree with everything he says, makes some very good points here. He is a perfect example of one who is misreported, discriminated upon by losing his job, and told that he is inciting violence for expressing his truth as he sees it. Never mind that he has sold out shows wherever he goes, especially in Australia and that he speaks what most are too afraid to say. Check it out below

Germaine Greer and the interview she gave to a BBC reporter who is very provocative and trying to trip her up, is appalling.  This shows exactly the oppression and discrimination we are facing today. Then Germaine Greer does not receive her honorary doctorate because of her transgender views even though she gives scientific factual arguments to support them. What a lot of rubbish!!!!!!!

This is exactly what Jesus had to endure, because He was different, because He was testing the Pharisees and their laws, He was rejected. Jesus came to give them a new way to live, a way to salvation which is through Him. The Pharisees couldn’t fathom a different way of living so they hated and persecuted Jesus. Well, nothing has changed, we still have Pharisees amongst us. Christians are being persecuted today for their beliefs, it might be covert in the western world but it’s happening around us.

I can’t understand why I can’t practise my religion without having to justify it. Christianity is what has formed many countries of the world and it’s on the rise in China and South Korea. Some of THE TOP CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS ARE CHRISTIANS eg…

  1. World Vision
  2. Caritas
  3. Salvation Army
  4. St. Vincent De Paul
  5. Compassion Australia

I can’t understand why conservative, right wing views have to be justified when much of what is spoken of are set as laws which have held us in good stead for centuries. If you look at societies today, can we believe that we have progressed when we have more violence, more censorship, more oppression of christians, more slavery, more poverty, more suicide especially amongst men, than ever before????????????????

Disregard the grey screen (double click below) for Germaine Greer’s interview

I leave you with a prayer, let me know what you think and if you have felt like this.

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Dear Lord,                                                                                                                                  You are our Father, the fountain of all truth, You gave us Your Son Jesus to lead,  help and protect us. Help us to see Jesus as our model and to live out His gospel truths.  Raise people up to be warriors who will lead us to You through Your Son Jesus Christ. AMEN

 

 

BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF CHRIST THIS EASTER

REDEEMED BY JESUS – OUR PASSOVER LAMB

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us

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A HAPPY, JOYOUS AND PEACEFUL EASTER IN CHRIST, TO ALL

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TODAY I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK-YOU

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  1. loving me first
  2. faith in believing in You
  3. the desire to serve You
  4. Jesus who gave up His life for me
  5. my gifts and talents
  6. the family I was born in
  7. my beautiful country  Australia
  8. my parents who care for me
  9. my husband who loves me
  10. the children we share
  11. food on my table
  12. the home I live in
  13. the car I drive
  14. Your healing touch
  15. the work I have done
  16. the ministry I have
  17. Your real presence and gift of the eucharist
  18. the money in my wallet
  19. the friends who see me as I am
  20. the people you send to help me
  21. the church I belong to
  22. Your protection over me
  23. peace in my family
  24. Your forgiveness when I fail You
  25. the abundance in my life
  26. Your unconditional love
  27. holidays
  28. family gatherings and celebrations
  29. rebirth and new life at Easter
  30. joy in my heart
  31. Your angels and saints
  32. Your mother and our mother MARY
  33. Your Holy Spirit as our comforter and guide
  34. the glory of HEAVEN                                                                                                                    AMEN 

I’d like to leave by saying that I hope you can find gratitude in your heart today and with these beautiful Taize chants(click below)

STAY WITH ME CHANT

JESUS REMEMBER ME

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When the going gets tough, you’re on your own(not really)!!!

THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS (VIA CRUCIS) THE EVENTS OF GOOD FRIDAY

After having just come back from a church prayer service on last Friday night to pray the stations of the cross or “Via Crucis,” for my lenten preparations, I couldn’t help but think of what Jesus went through and what He must be feeling right now.

People who have forgotten about Jesus and how He ransomed his life for ours,  those who don’t pray, attend prayer services or go to Mass and blatantly say that it’s old fashioned and that it’s not done anymore. Since when did Jesus become old fashioned?  When do we stop giving Jesus the praises He so deserves?

I remember as a child going to church during Lent for “The Stations of the Cross” and the church was full, now  a fraction attend. I remember when everybody I knew was fasting, savouring, being more attentive to another’s needs, move giving of their time etc. and then waiting for the day of celebrating in the joy of Easter Sunday with friends and family. It was the best!!!!!!! Now we don’t wait for anything, we live in a click and go society where everything is almost instant.

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I have sometimes felt that when things get a little hard friends often don’t hang around because they don’t know what to say, feel awkward, it’s too hard or they’re embarrassed about your situation. It’s at these times when we need our friends the most, that they walk away. That’s exactly what happened to Jesus during that week of death at Easter-betrayal, rejection, disapproval and denial.

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Over 2000 years have passed since Jesus walked this earth and we haven’t learnt from past mistakes. It is very apparent that the world is becoming more and more secular? There is a growing indifference to the sacrifices Jesus made for our salvation? Lack of those basic values of worship, prayer, courtesy, respect, savouring, waiting for your turn, allowing others to go before you etc, those basic values that have all come from gospel values and have held us in good stead for a long time, but all of a sudden, they have become old fashioned and not cool.

Let’s just stop and think for a minute. When Jesus challenged the thinking of the Pharisees,  he became an enemy of Caesar.  Caiaphas the high priest couldn’t wait to get rid of Jesus. Life was supposed to continue as it always had with no deviations or challenges, God’s rules and to another way of life was not attractive or feasible to them,  with Jesus crucified, dead and buried, they would just cancel Him out altogether. But isn’t that what we do to Jesus all over again???

      (Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’(Mat. 25: 45)

Treating others with contempt because they’re different, accusing them as guilty before proven innocent, trialling people by media, embarrassing and belittling people on national TV.  Sacking them because they have a point of view that is contrary to the leadership team. People’s private lives are aired on national TV for others’ amusement, people who have to fess up for their private indiscretions to make peace with the public in order to protect the club, place of work etc…. and then, all the bullying and sly remarks that follow, that’s pretty horrid stuff I would think! My point been, that we have become so indifferent to other people’s feelings and needs that we are willing to step over them and treat them disrespectfully at all cost. But isn’t that what happened to Jesus???????????????????????? Make no mistake, what we do unto others we do unto God.

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Jesus was rejected, thrown out of the city, disowned and crucified precisely so that the powers of Caesar would increase while the power of Jesus would decrease.

On the cross, we see how hateful to the world and how thoroughly rejected is the teaching and the person of Christ. Even in the inscriptions on the cross INRI mock Jesus, insinuating that He is the King of the Jews ( and not much of a king at that because He couldn’t even save Himself).

Most of us would like to think that we can trust our political parties and institutions to look after our interest and serve all our needs just fine, as long as we don’t make too many waves or hope for too much, all will work out in the end. Really?????????? What’s changed since Jesus’ mockery, his degrading execution, since his painful death , which He didn’t even have to endure by the way.

Even the good thief crucified beside Jesus took hope from the good that he saw from Jesus and asked in the share in whatever Jesus had to give. “Jesus remember me,” the good thief prayed and that’s exactly what we pray during the Good Friday liturgy. Jesus the”Good Shepherd” that He is having found the one sheep that was lost, put him on his shoulders rejoicing and carried him home.

But all was not lost! Jesus defied Caesar, Caiaphas and all the authorities. Even the centurion converted after having witnessed Jesus’ sincerity.

NEW LIFE THROUGH DEATH, THAT’S GOD’S PROMISE. CAN ANYONE BEAT THAT?

To answer the title question, Jesus is always there for us in the good, bad, hard and stressful times of our lives.  We need do nothing to deserve the love of God and Jesus, just faith.

I leave you with these thoughts and you can take what you wish from them.                +Is Jesus still relevant today?                                                                                        +Should we be more concerned with what we want or with what we ought to do?+Should we plan for our salvation?                                                                                   +Are the things we want a right?

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Prayer / Reflection

 The Greatest Man in History,

Jesus, had no servants,

Yet they called Him, ‘Master’.

He had no degree,

Yet they called Him, ‘Teacher’.

He had no medicines,

Yet they called Him, ‘Healer’.

He had no army,

Yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles,

Yet He conquered the world.

He committed no crime,

Yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb,

Yet He lives today.

COME LORD JESUS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPTATION – THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL

This post comes from the gospel of Mark 1:12-15  because this is what Jesus went through leading up to Easter- the temptation in the desert. I have called this the ultimate betrayal because that’s what satan does with his empty promises. He betrays you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Temptation comes to all of us and there is a very appealing side or instant gratification to it, otherwise we wouldn’t be tempted. But have you ever stopped to think of the consequences of temptation?

Desires……  we all have them and they come to us often and sometimes instantly. Have you ever heard that soft voice that only you can hear?? It’s often those split second decisions that can make or break us. But are these desires a right when they’re going to break God’s laws and affect you and other people in a negative way??????????? I don’t think so!

You may think, oh well nobody will find out!!! But God knows and eventually the darkness will come into the light!

Desires aren’t all bad. You know the desires are for good when they are in keeping with Jesus’ teachings, when they’re aligned with God’s will, when they bring glory to God.

If you’re not sure, then ask God to show you what is right and wrong in a way that you understand. Keep in mind that if there is unforgiveness, unrepentance and lack of faith, they become blockages to hearing that soft voice from God.

Repentance, forgiveness and prayer can align you with God’s will.

 Jesus went into the desert for 40 days, He was tempted by satan, He was hungry, He was thirsty, He was lonely as He had nothing and the temptation was strong, so strong that Jesus was weakened by it, weakened by the Satan’s attack on Him. But Jesus knew of Satan’s empty promises, He fought the temptation.

Imagine if Jesus had given into temptation???? Jesus’ integrity and credibility would have been compromised. There would have been no death on the cross,  no resurrection and no new life for us for our eternal destination.

Jesus fully human and fully divine lead by example and chose to stand up for the truth. Jesus was comforted by angels after satan left Him.

The sad thing is that satan has many people believing that he doesn’t even exist. If you are one of those, you are deluding yourself. We live in a physical world and a spiritual world where satan is at war with God, there is a spiritual battle going on at all times, day and night. Stay awake and be alert!

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The same goes for us, satan is the master of deception, he’s in the business of ruining souls, destroying families especially the mothers because of their child rearing abilities and attacking the Fathers – the bread winners and caretakers of the family.

The more you give into temptation the stronger the hold Satan has over you. It leads to more temptation and to repeat the negative action.

These negative actions can become a problem or an addiction. How many criminals become repeat offenders? Drug addicts who keep on taking drugs even though they know it will destroy them?  Alcohol abusers who drink and drive? Compulsive liars who keep on lying to cover their tracks and then forget what they have said prior, bullies who keep on offending, adulterers who betray their spouses and families etc., etc., etc., how long is a piece of string???????????????????????

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Life is a challenge! Life is a test! God does not force Himself upon us. His ways are gentle, God is the perfect gentleman. We plan for a new car, a new house, to travel, where to go on the weekend, what movie to watch, etc. Why not have a plan for eternity?

Avoid temptation at all cost, but when you give in to it repent and make amends immediately.

The Öur Father- the prayer that Jesus prayed in the garden at Gethsemane is a prayer that does have everything:-repentance, forgiveness and protection. If you pray the prayers below daily, they will help keep temptation away, because Satan hates prayer and worship to God.

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Ash Wednesday 14th February_ Jesus a homage

A HOMAGE TO OUR SAVIOUR AND OUR HOPE 

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How can I add more prayer or service to my life this Lent, as part of my trip to the desert with Jesus?

Take this season as a chance for genuine repentance.

Let us remember Jesus who went into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights and fasted, prayed and fought satan so that we may have entry into His Kingdom.

Jesus with a human and a divine nature, who sacrificed, suffered and died for man’s indiscretions, who paid the ransom for all our lives so that we may have eternal life.

The one who is Lord and God, teacher, lawgiver, healer, miracle worker, restorer and our only hope.

Try one, two or some of these ideas as you enter this lenten season. 

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