Shepherds of Christ Daily Writing        

February 13, 2016

February 14th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is 
Day 5 Period I.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries 
for February 14th
are Luminous.

 

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Pray for Dan & Melanie, Jimmy,
Fr. Joe, Mary, Blue Book 16.

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                Given February 17, 2013

                R. Moses tells them they are to bring
                1/10 of their fruits –

                    The devil tries to tempt Jesus –


                    The devil just keeps coming
                back – Jesus shows us how
                to resist temptation –

                    5 weeks ago we celebrated
                the baptism of Jesus –

                    We see today the scene
                changes – the Spirit leads
                Jesus into the desert –

                Think of how we felt with
                a special favor with God and
                then in a couple of days it can
                feel like a desert – They feel
                that they have done something wrong,
                God may be mad at them – these are
                are the ups and downs of the spiritual
                journey –

                    It's easier to love God when we are
                feeling good and harder when we
                are tempted – Devil is tempting
                Jesus – the devil is a liar – why
                listen to him. We have normal temptations,
                pride, anger, greed, jealousy,
                envy, lust – Jesus fed the people,
                miraculously and they wanted to make
                Him King –

                    Jesus did not call on His supernatural
                powers to save Himself.

                When God has blessed us
                we should not be greedy
                with our treasures and talents –
                God calls us to improve in
                our spiritual life –
                During Lent, whatever God
                has called us to do, it should be that
                which will make us more holy –
                to let go to God –
                to do what we promised Jesus –
                we will be blessed if we
                    persevere –

                Don't quit the good work
                    we planned to do for
                    Lent – persevere –
                    we will be blessed –

 

1st Sunday of Lent

  Deuteronomy 26: 4-10

   ‘The priest will then take the basket from your hand and lay it before the altar of Yahweh your God. In the presence of Yahweh your God, you will then pronounce these words:

   “My father was a wandering Aramaean, who went down to Egypt with a small group of men, and stayed there, until he there became a great, powerful and numerous nation.The Egyptians ill–treated us, they oppressed us and inflicted harsh slavery on us.But we called on Yahweh, God of our ancestors. Yahweh heard our voice and saw our misery, our toil and our oppression;and Yahweh brought us out of Egypt with mighty hand and outstretched arm, with great terror, and with signs and wonders.He brought us here and has given us this country, a country flowing with milk and honey.Hence, I now bring the first–fruits of the soil that you, Yahweh, have given me.”

               

Romans 10: 8-13

What does it say, then? The word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith, the faith which we preach, that if you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and if you believe with your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved. It is by believing with the heart that you are justified, and by making the declaration with your lips that you are saved. When scripture says: No one who relies on this will be brought to disgrace, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek: the same Lord is the Lord of all, and his generosity is offered to all who appeal to him, for all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.

 

Luke 4: 1-13

   Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert, for forty days being put to the test by the devil. During that time he ate nothing and at the end he was hungry. Then the devil said to him, ‘If you are Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Scripture says:

    Human beings live not on bread alone.

   Then leading him to a height, the devil showed him in a moment of time all the kingdoms of the world and said to him, ‘I will give you all this power and their splendour, for it has been handed over to me, for me to give it to anyone I choose.& Do homage, then, to me, and it shall all be yours.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Scripture says:

     You must do homage to the Lord your God,
        him alone you must serve.’

   Then he led him to Jerusalem and set him on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are Son of God,’ he said to him, ‘throw yourself down from here, for scripture says:

       He has given his angels orders about you,
            to guard you,

and again:

 They will carry you in their arms
   in case you trip over a stone.’

But Jesus answered him, ‘Scripture says:

Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Having exhausted every way of putting him to the test, the devil left him, until the opportune moment.

     

 

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1st Sunday of Lent

February 21, 2010

INTRODUCTION – (Deut. 26:4-10; Rom. 10:8-13; Lk.4:1-13) In our first reading from Deuteronomy, we hear Moses instructing the people in the proper way to offer God thanks and praise for their freedom and for the land God had given them. In gratitude for their blessings, they were to offer their tithes to the Lord – one tenth of the fruits of their land. Along with their offering they would profess they were once a people without freedom or land, and they would now bring their offering in gratitude for all the ways God had blessed them. The reading prepares us for the gospel where Satan tries to tempt Jesus into worshipping him so as to gain power over all earthly kingdoms. Jesus’ answer comes from another part of the book of Deuteronomy which says, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him alone shall you serve.” (Deut. 6:13)

HOMILY – You may have heard this story before. A man named Paddy (which is short for Patrick) came from Ireland to Boston. In a very short time, he began the practice of going to the local bar after work and ordering three beers. He wanted them served to him all at once. After a few weeks the bartender asked Paddy why he insisted having all three beers served at the same time. He explained that when he lived in Ireland, he and his two brothers always got together after work for a beer. He wanted to keep the spirit of their getting together even though they still lived across the sea. A few months went by and one day Paddy came in and ordered just two beers. The bartender was concerned and asked if something happened to one of his brothers. Paddy said “No, it’s nothing like that. You see it’s Lent now and I’ve given up beer for Lent.”

Every year on the first Sunday of Lent, we hear about Jesus going into the wilderness for 40 days to fast and pray. This gospel is meant to inspire us to make these next 40 days a spiritual preparation for Easter through prayer and sacrifice. Paddy had the idea that this is a time of sacrifice, but he wasn’t going to overdo it! There are an infinite number of things we can do to make these days special. Our goal can be to give up something such as actions or habits or attitudes that get in our way as we try to love God and others, or our goal can be positive as we try to do things that can help us grow in our love for God and for others.

Notice at the beginning of our gospel reading today, St. Luke tells us Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus had just been baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit had descended upon him. But that didn’t prevent the devil from showing up. Everyone is tested by temptation and sometimes we’re tested the most right after we make a decision to be a better person and to love and serve God more faithfully. Temptation doesn’t necessarily come from the devil; the world and the flesh provide enough temptation in our lives too. No one is so holy that they will not be tempted. Luke’s gospel tells us at the end the devil departed from him “for a time.” The devil doesn’t rest as St. Peter tells us.

I would like to briefly comment on Jesus’ three temptations. 1) Jesus’ first temptation was to use his uniquely miraculous power for his own benefit: “turn these stones into bread.” But Jesus came to serve and he reserved his special power to help others. 2) The devil then told Jesus all earthly kingdoms belonged to him and he would turn them over to Jesus if Jesus would worship him. The devil is noted for telling big lies. Jesus called the devil the “father of lies” in John’s gospel (Jn. 8:44) and he did not fall for the devil’s deception. 3) Then the devil took Jesus to the top of the Temple and told him to jump for nothing would happen to him if he were the Son of God. In Matthew’s gospel this is the second temptation; however, Luke makes it the third, probably because the Temple is so important in the structure of Luke’s gospel. If those who were in the Temple area were to see Jesus slowly descending from above, they would immediately acclaim him as messiah for that’s the way many people expected the messiah to arrive. It would be an easy way for Jesus to get a following, but it was not ease and popularity Jesus sought. His was to do the Father’s will, which would involve fidelity to his mission of teaching, a mission that would gain him many enemies and a fidelity that would lead to his suffering and death.

Our forty days have just begun. Whatever prayer or sacrifice or good work we may have determined to do during this sacred time, I would bet that one temptation all of us will have (at least I always do) is to say to ourselves “40 days is too long.” Don’t give up whatever your good works might happen to be. Our works and prayers will be a source of blessings for each of us and for all of us. Amen.

 

   

 

  February 9, 2016

Dear Friends,

I give my heart to Jesus and Mary with you in love.

If you read Fr. Joe's book like I did on the 13th you can see how awesome it is.

It helps me understand what is happening in the writings during the liturgical year.

It is so very good, it makes me so eager to live the liturgy in my life,
live in the liturgical year.

Well we have sent over 13,000 of Fr. Joe's new cycle books since the beginning of November to priests and hierarchy
all over the world.

It can enrich so many lives with the weekly sermon rooted in the Word, the Eucharist,
the liturgy,
the Mass,

Baptism, love and unity.

When a priest uses the book weekly he focuses on the Bread of Life to feed the people.

Say a priest says 4 or 5 Masses weekly
Think of how many souls could be reached with the people attending Mass.

Fr. Joe speaks of love and being a member of the body of Christ, living in relationships
all in the context of the scripture.

We see salvation history and its ups and downs -
we see our calling from God
and we see our part in salvation history.

God calls - we respond.

The body of Christ can help the world to raise up to greater perfection.

What are you doing to help this coming election in the United States.

This book of Fr. Joe's can help so many people every week.

We have sent over 13,000 books out to priests and hierarchy to every priest in your state.

We have sent the books to so many priests in the United States and all Bishops.

Can't you help us.

We also send a Prayer Brochure with the Shepherds of Christ prayers praying for the priests, the Church and the world.

We pray in adoration 8 days a month with usually 6 Masses for you, your family and the priests the Church and the world.

We pray in 24 hour adoration before the Exposed Blessed Eucharist in China for all this and for you.

The China mortgage is due tomorrow

and we are struggling because of giving so much money to the Ministries.

Can anyone help us with a donation.

Also we are printing another 20,000 of Fr. Joe's books
going to all the priests in the United States.

This can enormously help for this coming election.

A weekly Priestly Newsletter used about the scriptures and everything at Sunday Mass.

Please we need your help.

If you want to know what to do to help the world and especially all active priests in the United States please help us with a donation.

We need your help today.
Thanks for your prayers and help in advance.

God Bless you and love you.

Rita Robinson Ring

 

 

 

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                Given March 21, 2014

                R. Pray for These Things

                1) Pray for the Pope & hierarchy to help us start prayer chapters.
                2) Pray for Dan, Sally Jo, Richard, Carol, Margaret, Sue,
                    Jack, Jean, Amanda, Matthew, Special intentions.
               
3) Pray for the priests, the Church and the world!
                4) Pray for the spread of prayer chapters,
                    also for the spread of priests doing prayer chapters.
                5) Pray for the spread of Blue Books.
                6) People going to Florida and China.
                7) Vocations to all 7 categories.
                8) Pray for spread of Consecration and Rosary.
                9) Pray for pope helping us.
               10) Pray for Jeff - sales & health. Pray for Nick.
               11) Blue Book 16 and cover and all involved.
                    For our Publisher and all involved
               12) All intentions on my list, Jerry's list.
               13) Priests getting Fr. Joe's book.
               14) Pray for Fr. Joe's new book, cover & funds for printing & postage.
               15) Donors and members and their families.
               16) Healing of the Family tree.
               17) Dan & Melanie, Catherine & mom, Gary, Mary Jo,
                    Jim & statues, Fr. Ken, Monsignor, Kerry, Tom & wife.
               18) All who asked us to pray for them.
               19) All we promised to pray for.
               20) Rita, John, Doris, Sheila, Jerry, Regina, Sanja,
                    Betty, Sophie, Lisa, Eileen, Fr. Mike, Louie, Laverne,
                    2 Dons, Mary Ellen, Fr. Joe, all priests helping us,
                    Ed, Jimmy, Steve, a special couple
, Rosie & all involved.
               21) 2 babies and moms.
               22) Funds and insurance.
               23) Jerry's garage.
               24) In thanksgiving for gifts, graces, & blessings received.
               25) Spread the Blood of Jesus on all of us here.
               26) Consecrate all hearts.
               27) Cast the devil out of all of us here and all in Movement.

 

 

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