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January 4, 2009 - Epiphany

Writing by Rita Ring

                    If we love Jesus, we seek Him — we want to
                know secrets into the mystery of God's love
                this is our desire —

                    God calls us to love Him above all things —

                    What are we doing, if we aren't loving
                God first — we become miserable — we were
                created for God —

                    Light — we want to be a light to others, but
                we pray to God to enlighten us — knowing the
                Father, Son and Holy Spirit dwell in our graced baptized soul —
                really knowing our Loved One lives in us and that
                the Divine Almighty God lives in us — if we
                believe it - it would give us great joy.

                    God wants to dwell in us, God wants to be one
                in us — it is our pride that can stop us from being
                open to let God abundantly fill us with His love —
                God wants to generously give His love to us and transform
                us to be more and more pure — more and more likened to Him.

                    God is with us, but we can shut the door to Him.
                The more we seek perishable things and leave
                God out of our lives — the more miserable we
                become because we were created for Him —

                    Today people who become more and more self
                focused become like Fr. Mike's example of the
                frog — if you throw a frog in boiling water
                it will jump out, but if you put him in
                warm water and heat it up to boiling he will
                stay in the water and die —

                    A person who gives in to self —
                will be opposed to God and
                not working with others they live with —
                is practicing being more and more willful and
                they just work harder and harder in disharmony
                with others — Being willful against God's
                plan brings pain — A whole community of
                willful people, against authority is a
                real set up for collapse —

                It goes against the will of God — this is not
                freedom — it is enslavement to selfishness
                and it takes a person further and further into
                isolation and seeking dominance for dominance
                sake, a fault from the garden. The more one
                goes into darkness — the darker it becomes —
                Working against God's will — having
                passions for others in relationships
                against God's will — or hatred for those
                God calls us to live with — is not love and our
                hearts are aching for we were created to
                love.

                    Hate inside eats YOU AWAY

                Song: Why do We Hurt the ones we Love

 

                    A person living in a community called by God
                with others being disobedient to superiors
                and rules and divided with the people
                God calls them to work with — goes deeper
                and deeper into darkness — they prevent
                themselves of growing in love and may
                seek relationships to fill them — that are
                not God's will — they bump their own
                lives — bucking a bull against God's will —
                seeking relationship to fill their rebellious
                heart or deeper HATRED that makes
                them miserable, angry, meaner for
                we were created to do God's will —
                being kind and loving to those God
                called us to live with — And it's like the
                frog in warm water — more and more where
                we were to work on loving relationships
                growing to be more perfected like
                Jesus — we grew in deeper and deeper
                hate, division, selfishness, hating
                where we live, who we live with —

                    God wants us to be an empty
                vessel ready to be filled with His love —
                the devil wants us to hate

                    Like a little child choosing a big
                dirty mud puddle diving in with
                hate wings and then saying why do I
                feel miserable, unsettled, dirty, full
                of hate —

                    Then we can expect someone else to
                make us happy while we made our
                own bed of hate and disharmony and
                darkness — so we sit on a dark
                pity-pot —

                    instead of a bed of peace and love
                doing God's will —

                    We seek peace where we aren't
                even supposed to be

                    Jesus sends us a life saver

   

                After years of division, darkness,
                    disharmony we chose —
                    who can fix our will —
                    We have taught ourselves to
                        be willful —
                    Rebelling against God's will —
                    Choosing anger, division and
                    Now we wake up every day and
                        we act this way

                Like a full bottle of salt —
                    who could put anything
                    in it

                We must empty ourselves of hate —
                    to be filled with God's love

                We made a bed of hate and
                    now we are angry

                We shot torpedoes at the life savors
                    God sent to bail us out and

                Now we are miserable

                We sit on a pity-pot of 40, 60
                    years of dark days

         whose
       choice
{ discord
seeking dominance for
            dominance sake
pride
anger

                Emptying ourselves of hate, pride, anger —
                    begging the Holy Spirit to heal us
                    and fill us with God's love —

                    We are loving because
                we love

 

                    Hate never made anyone
                a lover

 

                    A lover with peace comes from
                one who chooses peace and love
                and practices it and lives a
                virtuous life

                Do we want God to fill us —
                    then we can not be full
                    of anger and hate —

                We are open and acting in
                    love —

                So God can fill us

    

Wisdom 2: 1, 12-22

And this is the false argument they use, 
‘Our life is short and dreary, 
there is no remedy when our end comes, 
no one is known to have come back from Hades.

Let us lay traps for the upright man, since he annoys us 
and opposes our way of life, 
reproaches us for our sins against the Law, 
and accuses us of sins against our upbringing. 
He claims to have knowledge of God, 
and calls himself a child of the Lord. 
We see him as a reproof to our way of thinking, 
the very sight of him weighs our spirits down; 
for his kind of life is not like other people’s, 
and his ways are quite different. 
In his opinion we are counterfeit; 
he avoids our ways as he would filth; 
he proclaims the final end of the upright as blessed 
and boasts of having God for his father. 
Let us see if what he says is true, 
and test him to see what sort of end he will have. 
For if the upright man is God’s son, God will help him 
and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies. 
Let us test him with cruelty and with torture, 
and thus explore this gentleness of his 
and put his patience to the test. 
Let us condemn him to a shameful death 
since God will rescue him—or so he claims.’

This is the way they reason, but they are misled, 
since their malice makes them blind. 
They do not know the hidden things of God, 
they do not hope for the reward of holiness, 
they do not believe in a reward for blameless souls.

 

John 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30

After this Jesus travelled round Galilee; he could not travel round Judaea, because the Jews were seeking to kill him. 

    As the Jewish feast of Shelters drew near,

    However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went up as well, not publicly but secretly.

Meanwhile some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Isn’t this the man they want to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, and they have nothing to say to him! Can it be true the authorities have recognised that he is the Christ? Yet we all know where he comes from, but when the Christ appears no one will know where he comes from.’ 

    Then, as Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he cried out: 

    You know me 
        and you know where I came from. 
    Yet I have not come of my own accord: 
    but he who sent me is true; 
    You do not know him, 
    but I know him 
    because I have my being from him 
    and it was he who sent me. 

    They wanted to arrest him then, but because his hour had not yet come no one laid a hand on him.

  

  
               

               

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