April 27, 2020
Belief Versus Assumption
Jesus, help me move past assumptions and listen to you.
So they said to him, "What can we do to accomplish the works of God?" Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent."
John 6:28-29
My wallet was old and bulkier than I needed. It was also patterned in a hideous pinkish paisley. But it had been a gift from my son, who, as he proudly told me on that Christmas morning years ago, had picked it out all by himself. So, not wanting to hurt his feelings, I kept it. I recently mentioned the situation in passing and that same son said, "Well, why don't you just get a new one?" When I explained my assumptions, he gave me a blank stare. He had no recollection of even ever giving me the thing. Zero. I was free! How many assumptions do I carry with me about what I'm called to do and be? When is the last time I actually bothered to check with the Lord? When is the last time that I believed in him enough, asked him directly--and listened to what he had to tell me?

- Amy Welborn

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April 27, 2020 at 01:31 PM

That’s the challenge for me. To check my ego.; check my intentions. I must pause and allow God in. Then, pray for the next right thought or action. Then I must trust Him , who is all knowing and all Loving

April 27, 2020 at 01:31 PM

That’s the challenge for me. To check my ego.; check my intentions. I must pause and allow God in. Then, pray for the next right thought or action. Then I must trust Him , who is all knowing and all Loving

April 27, 2020 at 12:18 PM

KEN!
That was just what I needed to read!
Thank you for searching out your Parish Priest
for this information and sharing with us.
I loved reading the Pope’s words and his
endearing salutation of “Papa” for God!

Pray this finds you well.

God Bless us all, and all who we love.

April 27, 2020 at 11:02 AM

Patrick
I wrote about the Road to Emmaus did you get to see it??

I am sorry but I posted it late in the day 12:36 est.
Ken

Salina
April 27, 2020 at 02:38 PM

John 19:25, "Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene."

https://globalchristiancenter.com/christian-living/lesser-known-bible-people/31284-the-other-disciple-on-the-r-emmaus-road

annie
April 27, 2020 at 01:42 PM

Ken, I've often wondered if Cleopus may have been walking with his wife on the road to Emmaus?
God Bless us Everyone!
Amen!

April 27, 2020 at 10:56 AM

Yes, Amy! "Jesus, help me move past assumptions and listen to You!"

1. Move me past the assumptions that when I do things for God, God will answer my prayers! John 6:26-27, "
* Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
* you are looking for Me not because you saw signs but
* because you ate the loaves and were filled.
* Do not work for food that perishes but
* for the food that endures for eternal life,
* which the Son of Man (Jesus) will give you.
* For on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”

2. What should I be doing or looking for then? John 6:28, "
* So they said to Him (Jesus), “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”

3. It is not to do but to believe! Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the One (Jesus) He (God the Father) sent.”

What are the assumptions of "Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyreneans, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia (obviously these are all religious people in their days) came forward and debated with Stephen,"? (Acts 6:9)
* They presented false witnesses who testified,
* “This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law.
* For we have heard him (Stephen) claim that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.” (Acts 6:13-14)

When Jesus was faced with temptation in the desert, He quoted Scripture in Matthew 4:4, "He (Jesus) said in reply, “It is written (in Deuternomy 8:3): ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes forth from the mouth of God.'"

* What are the assumptions from your background?
* What does God's Word say about these assumptions?
* "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

"Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path...The teaching of your Word gives light, so even the simple can understand...Guide my steps by Your Word, so I will not be overcome by evil. Amen! (Psalm 119:105, 130, 133)

Thy Word by Amy Grant
https://youtu.be/a6LC8cu03Ig

Jonathan Fwelo
April 27, 2020 at 11:22 AM

Amen

April 27, 2020 at 10:54 AM

Living faith family yesterday I wrote about Sacrament of Reconciliation. I contacted our deacon and parish priest.
Deacon brought up confidentially Father Ron directed me to the Pope. Here is what he said in a Homily


In his homily, the Holy Father reflected on today’s readings from Chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel, which tells the story of the Prodigal Son, reported Vatican News.
The father in the story, Francis recalled, “would go up to the terrace — how many times a day! — during the day and days, months, years, perhaps, waiting for his son. He saw him from afar.”
Similarly, as that son needed to take the step to return, the Pope exhorted: “Return to your Daddy, return to your Father. He is waiting for you. It’s God’s tenderness that speaks to us, especially in Lent. It’s the time to enter into ourselves and remember the Father and return to God, our Daddy.”
Francis acknowledged that we may say: “No, Father, I’m ashamed to return because . . . You know Father, I have made so many . . ., I’ve done a lot . . . “What does the Lord say? “Return, I will heal…”
“Return to your Father who waits for you,” he underscored: “The God of tenderness will heal us; He will heal us of the many, many wounds of life and of the many awful things we’ve done. Everyone has their own!”
The Holy Father called on faithful to remember “to return to God is to return to an embrace, to the Father’s embrace.” He also encourages them to remember the promise Isaiah makes: “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”
God, Francis stresses, “is able to transform us, He is able to change our heart, but it’s necessary to take the first step: to return. It’s not to go to God, no: it’s to return home.”
Lent, the Pope pointed out, always points to this conversion of heart that, in the Christian custom, is embodied in the Sacrament of Confession.
“It’s the moment,” Pope Francis said, “to let God whiten us, God purify us, God embrace us.”
What If Cannot Leave Home…
The Holy Father recognized that before Easter, many faithful go to Confession to meet with God again.
“However,” he acknowledged, “many will say to me today: ‘But, Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because one can’t leave home? And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want Him to embrace me, that my Papa embrace me . . . What can I do if I can’t find priests?’”
“Do what the Catechism says,” the Jesuit Pope stressed, “it’s very clear: if you don’t find a priest to hear your Confession, talk with God, He is your Father, and tell Him the truth: ‘Lord, I’ve done this, and that, and that . . . I’m sorry,” and ask Him for forgiveness with all your heart, with the Act of Contrition and promise Him: “Afterwards I will go to Confession, but forgive me now.”
If you do all this, Francis said, you will return to God’s grace immediately. As the Catechism teaches, he reminded, you yourself can approach God’s forgiveness without having a priest at hand.
“Think: it’s the moment! And this is the right moment, the opportune moment. An Act of Contrition well made, Francis said, will make “our soul become white as snow.
“It would be good if today this “return” resounded in our ears, “return to your Papa, return to your Father,” Pope Francis said, underscoring: “He is waiting for you and He will celebrate you.” Ken

Salina
April 27, 2020 at 11:07 AM

* 1 John 1:9, "But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness."
* Acts 3:19, "Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away."
* James 5:16, "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."

April 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Amen. :)

April 27, 2020 at 09:57 AM

Amy, great story, thank you for sharing it with us today. You kept the wallet and as parents we do these things because of the unconditional love we have for our children. Even if they do not remember we will. Every time I look at my Dad’’s rosary it makes me remember where my foundation of my faith began. How could I ever let that one go along with a few early Father’s Day card from the kids when they were little. Thank you for sharing.

The first reading and the Gospel shows us and teaches us all to have strong faith and believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

What a beautiful remembrance of all that God wants from us is to believe and turn away from sin.

Do as Jesus has taught us to do his works , which will produce eternal food for our lives.

May God continue to bless all of you and pull you closer to him.

Prayers for our Living Faith Family and all of the front line workers and caregivers.

Amen

April 27, 2020 at 08:34 AM

assume nothing and you'll never be disappointed

Salina
April 27, 2020 at 11:02 AM

Assume spells "ass u me!" Now that is really disappointing :-)

Patrick
April 27, 2020 at 09:42 AM

I like that phrase. Assumptions are contained in our heads and will lead generally to disappointments.
If we put our trust in the Lord and read the word we won't be disappointed. As the response to today's Psalm says "Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!"

April 27, 2020 at 08:18 AM

Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory. Amen

April 27, 2020 at 07:20 AM

It is so 'freeing' to "Let Go and Let God"

JEC
April 27, 2020 at 08:00 AM

Yes, intimidating at first, but definitely "freeing"! Blessings !

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