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Today's first reading

Discussion in 'Scriptural Thoughts' started by Mario, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. Mario

    Mario Powers

    It seems that lately Abba has been instructing me on my shortcomings. Like a father driving home his point, He again highlighted my false sufficiency to me with the reading about Elijah from 1 Kings 19 this morning:

    5 And he lay down and slept under a broom tree; and behold, an angel touched him, and said to him, "Arise and eat." 6 And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 And the angel of the LORD came again a second time, and touched him, and said, "Arise and eat, else the journey will be too great for you." 8 And he arose, and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.

    This week I was considering my to-do-list of preparations for the Storm. Considering the fact that I've talked about this with you for a long time, it's amazing what still remains to be done!:barefoot: Then I realized that no matter how much or little I do to prepare, the journey will be to great for me! The true condition for preparation is to trust in God, to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit :censored:, and feed on what He provides! Too often I allow myself to slip into the Driver's seat!:rolleyes: May I follow the example of Elijah and find peace in God's presence wherever a Mount Horeb is found on my journey!

    Mea Culpa!:)

    Safe in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!
  2. miker

    miker Powers

    God's Word is so powerful. I posted in the Mass readings thread that FS sets up for us each day(BTW- thanks FS) basically the same thoughts. The 1st reading today also hit me- maybe a slightly different reason- I, like Elijiah, have grown weary and even complained to my wife yesterday that it's just too tiring anymore. And then to read where our sustenance cones from today - well it was just an answer to my weariness.
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  3. Mario

    Mario Powers

    Yes, Miker, it appears a number of us are receiving similar inspirations. It was until I had finished up with the One of his best threads that I noticed garabandal had already initiated a similar one!

    Safe in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!
  4. Mario

    Mario Powers

    I was moved by the Offertory prayer at today's celebration of the Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas!

    Look with favor, Lord, we pray,
    on these gifts of your Church,
    in which are offered now not gold or frankincense or myrrh,
    but he who by them is proclaimed,
    sacrificed and received, Jesus Christ.
    Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

    What an awesome gift and privilege: Jesus proclaimed, sacrificed and received at every Holy Mass. May we join our little sacrifices to his each time!:notworthy::love:

    The following was part of the homily. Let us remember our English brothers and sisters who went through their own Storm under Queen Elizabeth's rule in the 1500s.

    You're all familiar with the Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of
    Christmas" I think. To most it's a delightful nonsense rhyme set
    to music. But it had a quite serious purpose when it was written.

    It is a good deal more than just a repetitious melody with pretty
    phrases and a list of strange gifts.

    Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829, when
    Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England, were
    prohibited from ANY practice of their faith by law - private OR
    public. It was a crime to BE a Catholic.

    "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was written in England as one of
    the "catechism songs" to help young Catholics learn the tenets of
    their faith - a memory aid, when to be caught with anything in
    *writing* indicating adherence to the Catholic faith could not
    only get you imprisoned, it could get you hanged, or shortened by
    a head - or hanged, drawn and quartered...

    The songs gifts are hidden meanings to the teachings of the faith.
    The "true love" mentioned in the song doesn't refer to an earthly
    suitor, it refers to God Himself. The "me" who receives the
    presents refers to every baptized person. The partridge in a pear
    tree is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In the song, Christ is
    symbolically presented as a mother partridge which feigns injury
    to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, much in memory of
    the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem:
    "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered thee under
    my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but thou wouldst not have it so..."

    The other symbols mean the following:

    2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
    3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
    4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
    5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the"Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
    6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
    7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
    8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
    9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
    10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
    11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
    12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

    May we be as faithful in our Storm as those martyrs who stood firm to the end!

    Safe in the Barque of Peter!
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2017

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