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November 28, 2006

November 29th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 9 Period  I.

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November 28, 2006

Messenger:                At the beginning of Mass we say
                            we are sorry, but if the basic respect
                            for authority is not there
— there is the

                                A child is to obey their parents
                            this is the fourth commandment. Today
                            authority is challenged
— the respect
                            for the pope, the president — they
                            are constantly discerned by those
                            under him.

                                Even the commands from God
                            are challenged and disobeyed. The Word
                            of God is criticized.

                                The Pope is the Pope why
                            don't we trust him.

                                God is in charge.

                                The Pope is in charge of the Church.

                                If we are always ready to fight
                            with our boss who pays us and we
                            try at every stance
— then we may
                            get fired.

                                There is not mutuality between
                            me and my boss
— usually. There
                            should not be this mutuality of
                            ours judging the pope.

                                We are to respect the pope's
                            position in the Church if I
                            am a Catholic.

                                Because we have had
                            this lack of respect for authority
                            in the world

                                Many people are always fighting
                            trying to get mutuality — then
                            comes fighting with authority —
                            challenging authority — there is
                            tension between many children
                            and parents —

                            They even watch cartoons — with the
                               fight — the "under-dog" is made
                               powerful — over those in
                               authority —
                               children in shows are made
                               smart, parents — not so smart —

                            The focus is empowering those
                            under authority
— to being wiser
                            than those in authority —

                            Basic trust for authority is challenged.
                            Letting go and trusting God is not

                            And did not Christ show us how they
                                   crucified the ultimate authority

                                   King of heaven and earth and they
                                   put Him to death
                                   gave Him a crown of thorns
                                   whipped the King
                                   challenged Him.


                            Sunday's Gospel

John 18: 33-37

So Pilate went back into the Praetorium and called Jesus to him and asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ Jesus replied, ‘Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others said it to you about me?’ Pilate answered, ‘Am I a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me: what have you done?’ Jesus replied, ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. As it is, my kingdom does not belong here.’


November 28, 2006 message continues

Messenger:                  Look at how Mary is dishonored
                            by many.

                                Mary appeared so beautiful in
                            rainbow color

                                The sign of the covenant — in
                            rainbow color and

                                Mary's head was knocked off

                                Should we challenge authority
                                Should children be taught by
                                           the television to challenge

                                Are basic rights challenged — like
                                      the baby in the womb that is

                                Did you ever think a day like today
                            would come when people would murder
                            a baby in the womb for their own inconvenience.

                                How are our priests treated because
                            some have sinned?

                                This great gift God gives us.

                                How are we in trusting
                            trust worthy others —
                                   those over us?
                                   do we always challenge and never
                                        just obey like we should —

                                   Do we constantly challenge the

                            How were the apostles Christ picked?

                                    Did they have a degree from a
                                           high faluting institution

                                    And yet they are responsible for
                                           bringing us the Word of God.

                                    They had to fight many to do their

                                    Look at Adam and Eve in the garden
                                            they wanted to be equal to God —

                                    Is this not the same flaw in the
                                          human nature today when
                                          we challenge the pope and the

                                    Jesus loved His Heavenly Father
                                    Jesus trusted His Heavenly Father
                                    Jesus obeyed His Heavenly Father
                                    Jesus served His Heavenly Father

                            Today in an institution, a family, we
                                      can serve as Jesus for the
                                      good of souls, for the honor and
                                      glory of God
— respecting
                                      authority and being in the light
                                      bearing fruit, obeying the
                                      Commandments and living by God's

                            We can fight — always fight the
                                  authority — do things for our own
                                  honor and glory — disobey, not trust
                                  those over us, i.e., parents, the pope —

                            When we fail to see anybody right over us
                                  we have a big problem —
                                  we have reduced ourselves to
                                  building the whole thing — OURSELVES —
                                  that's a big job isn't it —
                                  to carry the responsibility for everything on
                                               our shoulders —

                                  We have a big load to haul
                            WE THINK.
                                  We are right.
                                  We are in control
                            and THAT is the pay off
                            anyone to be over us.

                                    The wise person — believes God
                            works in structure.

                                     God gives us the Church

                                     God gives us the pope

                                     God gives us parents

                                     God gives us priests — Some may sin —

                            But the element of trusting authority
                                  must be there

                            TRUST we must obey the commandments.

                            TRUST we live by the Word of God.

                            TRUST  the pope. 

                            People who are like Jesus are




                            Some people would trust the paper,
                                     the news
— more than the
                                     pope, the Church.

                            Do we follow the world.

                            Do we follow Jesus.

                            The Church was established by
                                   Jesus to give grace

                            What is life?

                            How do I have a good caliber of life

                                    I trust authority

                                    I trust the Church

                                    I trust the pope

                                    I obey the commandments

                                    I live by the Word of God.

                                    I follow the way of the saints.

                            If we are on the top — we are always
                                     discerning — always testing —
                                     trusting  no one — including
                                     the Church.

                            We have little time to meditate on the
                                     mystery of the rosary

                                     we are too busy testing everything —

                            Look at the Passion of Jesus

                                    The Son of God was surrounded by
                                          angry men and condemned to death
                                                   who was right? Jesus or the men.

                                    The Son of God was whipped by men
                                                  who was right? Jesus or the men.

                                    The Son of God was crowned with

                                           who was right? Jesus or the men
                                                                  who crowned Him.

                                When a ship sails on a big ocean — all
                            alone with no connection with anyone —
                            wanting to have a little island
                            a float —

                                It is a lonely road

                                a wavy life

                                All of a certain group of individuals
                            boarded a boat to be free
— They were
                            united in this — they were sick of people
                            that were imperfect telling them what to

                                They took provisions for the journey

                                At long last they were in the middle of
                            the vast ocean and it was quiet
— all one
                            could hear was the thrashing waves against
                            the boat — it was so peaceful —

                                One man brought a lot of wine and
                            began to drink and get drunk
— he
                            began to yell —

                                Another woman got mad at something
                            some one said and was screaming

                                Another man hit some other guy

                                And on and on and on ...

                                And the little boat now bulged
                            with the imperfections of those on

                                Where they thought they would live in
                            perfect peace and harmony was utter
                            pandemonium because of the imperfect

                                What should we do — one said —
                            throw the trouble makers over board?
                            A wise man of them all (but not too wise
                            or he would not be on the journey said)
                            No in time they will mostly all act-up
                            and no one will be left to do the
                            duties of caring for the boat and
                            we will all die —

                                 Let's go back to the land and
                            work among the people we left
— for
                            we have the same problems here on this
                            boat as we had there.

                                A priest once said that about a
— we need to work here on the
                            problems — rather than think of
                            leaving and think things will be
                            different somewhere else.

                                God gives us our family — We
                            are related by blood — a mom, a
                            dad, children — how many 2 year
                            olds would have left for not getting
                            their way — if they could have —

                                We have permanent ties in the
— dad and mom are in charge —
                            children are children —

                                    God set it up that way

                                    They came into the world helpless

                                    Mom and dad are bigger

                                    the children depend on mom and dad
                                          for life.

                                    the children come from mom's

                            Is there not a big lesson in this

                                  How we come from God
                                        our creator and

                                  We are dependent on Him
                                        for our life

                                   But out of great love for us

                                   God gives us a free will

                                   To choose what He wants.

                            But we can make ourselves supreme
                                   like Adam and Eve tried to do in
                                   the garden.

                            God teaches us about so many things
                                   a family is forced to work together —
                                   forgive and love because of the
                                   blood connection (some may not,
                                   but most families work together — we
                                   all have a mother and father).

                                   Look at the fig tree.

                                   See it bear fruit.

                                   Look at the wormy apple.

                                   See how a worm can eat the apple
                                         and make it rotten

                                    What of the snake in the garden

                                    Man can eat the forbidden fruit
                                            disobedience to God
                                            disobedience to authority




                                            ANGRY HATING  of others




                            Are these and more not forbidden fruits
                                  like a worm eating an apple to
                                  the core — and it gets rotten —

                            The devil can tempt us to give into
                                  our imperfect ways, but we
                                  cannot in the end bear
                                  fruit if we do not adhere to
— trust — love.

                                I can carry the weight of the world on
                            my shoulders and

                                  then I can think I am in control

                                  I can judge how I will use
                                          the commandments, my way,
                                          I think and then I am in control.

                                  I can interpret the scriptures
                                          my way and then I am in control.

                                  I can make cartoons that make
— wrong

                                  and wrong — right
                                  to confuse children and then I
                                  am hurting people —

                            I can give into worldly ways and

                                    form my moral code by

                                    imperfect others

                                    sex out of marriage —

                                    improper clothing —

                                    lying —



                                and I am working against
                                      building God's Kingdom.

                            I can use others for my own personal
                                    gain and then I can rationalize why I am right.

                                A holy person is one who is like
— who loves to be like Jesus —
                            who does not listen to the snake
                            by the apple tree and the negative
                            tapes in their head.

                                Not recognizing good authority
                            not obeying the commandments —
                            is not loving oneself and others —
                            God works in structure.

                                Look at the babies — God gives
                            to parents — they are little — dependent —
                            they need the parents for eating and changing —

                                Jesus came a baby

                                The Son of God — born a baby

                                            inside of a human person —
                                what is the lesson in this??

                            Why are we so high and mighty.

                            Jesus was under Mary and Joseph.
                                    What is the lesson in this?

                            I  heard the Lord say
                                    "Who will I send?
                                     Who will go?

                                And I said
                                       "Here I am
— Send me."

                                We can live by the truth

                                We can follow Jesus

                            Jesus says "I am the way, the truth
                                     and the life."

                            God gave us a sign

                                    the Son of God came a baby in

                                        the womb of Mary.

                            Where is our humility?

                                      Do we do things for God's honor and glory
                                            or ours.

Isaiah 9: 2-3

You have enlarged the nation, you have increased its joy; 
they rejoice before you as people rejoice at harvest time, 
as they exult when they are dividing the spoils. 

For the yoke that weighed on it, the bar across its shoulders, 
the rod of its oppressor, 
these you have broken as on the day of Midian. 


Isaiah 9: 6-7

to extend his dominion in boundless peace, 
over the throne of David and over his kingdom 
to make it secure and sustain it 
in fair judgement and integrity. 

From this time onwards and for ever, 
the jealous love of Yahweh Sabaoth will do this.

The Lord has launched a word at Jacob 
and it has fallen on Israel; 

Isaiah 11: 2-3

On him will rest the spirit of Yahweh, 
the spirit of wisdom and insight, 
the spirit of counsel and power, 
the spirit of knowledge 
    and fear of Yahweh: 
his inspiration will lie in fearing Yahweh. 
His judgement will not be 
    by appearances. 
his verdict not given on hearsay. 


Isaiah 11: 5-6

Uprightness will be 
    the belt around his waist, 
and constancy the belt about his hips. 

The wolf will live with the lamb, 
the panther lie down with the kid, 
calf, lion and fat–stock beast together, 
with a little boy to lead them.


Isaiah 11: 12

He will hoist a signal for the nations
and assemble the outcasts of Israel;
he will gather the scattered people
     of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.


Isaiah 12: 1-4

   And, that day, you will say:
‘I praise you, Yahweh,
   you have been angry with me
 but your anger is now appeased
   and you have comforted me.
 Look, he is the God of my salvation:
 I shall have faith and not be afraid,
for Yahweh is my strength and my song,
he has been my salvation.’

Joyfully you will draw water
from the springs of salvation
and, that day, you will say,
‘Praise Yahweh, invoke his name.
Proclaim his deeds to the people,
declare his name sublime.


Isaiah 14: 3

When that day comes, and Yahweh gives you rest from your suffering and torment and the grim servitude to which you have been subjected,



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