PALM SUNDAY

HE DIED FOR ALL:  For the past two weeks you have been considering the Ten Commandments, one at a time. Today is a day for review, and for remembering how serious God is about his Law.  Any infractions, great or small, are “damning evidence of broken laws and commandments,” for which we deserve the torment of a guilty conscience, the terror of a wretched death, and the misery of eternal damnation. TODAY IS A DAY FOR REVIEW…AND FOR RELIEF!

…..A DAY TO CONSIDER THE VAST LOVE OF GOD.  IT WAS JESUS CHRIST WHO ENDURED THE TORMENT OF A GUILTY CONSCIENCE, THE TERROR OF A WRETCHED DEATH, AND THE MISERY OF ETERNAL DAMNATION..FOR YOU!!!!!!

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PALM SUNDAY AND THE BEGINNING OF HOLY WEEK

JESUS, LORD, MY HEART RENEW; Let me bear my crosses,

LEARNING humbleness from you, Peace mid pain and losses.

MAY I GIVE you love for love! Hear me, O MY SAVIOR,

THAT I MAY in heav’n above SING YOUR PRAISE FOREVER

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LENT- THE 9TH AND 10TH COMMANDMENT

NINE: YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR

TEN:  YOU SHALL NOT COVET

NO. 9: Small as it is, the tongue is one of the most powerful organs in the human body.

With it, we can do great good–defending other people, encouraging them, speaking words of comfort and hope.  God himself has chosen to share his precious promises with us by means of words.

The tongue can also be one of the most dangerous weapons we possess.  Without touching other people physically, we can do great damage by betraying, slandering, or lying about them.

Even silent, the tongue can be an instrument of evil–if we fail to speak when words are needed and could make a difference.

How have you used your tongue today?….or misused it?..or failed to use it?

PLACE ALL OF THESE ACCUSATIONS OVER JESUS’ HEAD ON THE CROSS:

NUMBER 10:  COVET is not a common word these days, but it describes a very common attitude.  GREED and LUST are more familiar words, and they have a sinister ring to them.   And rightly so, for almost every sin that we commit–stealing, lying, hurting, harming, abusing, betraying, deceiving, defiling–has its roots in our hearts long before it ever comes out into the open.

Like the little match that starts the raging forest fire, the tiny flame of coveting also has the potential to burst forth destructively.  THAT IS WHY GOD IN HIS LOVE CONDEMNS COVETING AS SIN, while it is still within us, before it has a chance to harm others or ourselves.

THIS, TOO, NEEDS FORGIVING.  PLACE EVEN SINS OF THE HEART ON THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST.

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Sat. of the Fifth Week of Lent, March 28.

“(Caiaphas) prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.”  Jn 11:51-52

PRAY FOR AN INCREASE OF FAITH FOR ALL PEOPLES OF THE WORLD.

LENT-7TH COMMANDMENT, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL

YOU SHALL NOT STEAL:  Stealing can take many forms, overt and subtle–everything from holding up a bank to cheating on a test, from loafing on the job to fudging on your income tax, from looting and vandalism to overcharging and underpaying.

And even if we pass the test here, we are only halfway through this commandment’s requirements; we are also to help others, “to improve and protect their property and means of making a living:–which indicates that a form of taking may simply be not giving.

EXAMINE YOUR CONSCIENCE AND PLACE ALL OF THESE ACCUSATIONS THAT APPLY TO YOU OVER JESUS’ HEAD ON THE CROSS

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FRIDAY OF THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT- PALM SUNDAY COMING UP: Jn 10-32 “Jesus said, ‘I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?'”

PRAY THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS SEEKING THE GRACES OF FORGIVENESS AND PERSERVERANCE.

CONNIE’S MEMORIES- EASTER

REMEMBER, WE WERE NOT RICH, WE THOUGHT WE WERE MIDDLE CLASS BUT BY TODAY’S STANDARDS, WE WERE POOR, ACTUALLY, MY PARENTS WERE VERY SMART WITH THEIR MONEY, AND WE NEVER WENT WITHOUT THE THINGS THAT WE REALLY NEEDED.  SO THIS WAS OUR EASTER:

First we observed Lent and from my earliest memories, we did not eat meat on Fridays, we gave up something, usually candy, and definitely movies and entertainment, and we said our Rosary every night during Lent.  That may sound like a real drag to some, and, of course as kids we really didn’t want to kneel down after supper for 20 minutes every night, but my parents said: “We will say our Rosary together as a family every night during Lent, to prepare ourselves for Easter, so make your plans around the Rosary.” And so we did every Lent until I left home to go to college.

We ate supper at 5PM, and cleaned up the kitchen, my father got home at 6PM and had his supper, we cleared the table, and knelt down around the kitchen table, using the chairs for support and said the Rosary.  Looking back, it made us feel like we were all an important part of the family.  We are talking all age kids, the really young got to sit on the chair, and if they were to young to say their prayers, they had to be quiet, but we were a FAMILY.

On Thursday, during Holy Week, there was a special Mass at night which we all went to if we were old enough.  Friday afternoon, Good Friday, was The Way of the Cross at 3PM which is the time that Jesus Christ died.  Believe it or not, we used to go to school until 3PM even in high school, and the public schools let the Catholic kids and Protestant kids out early to go to church services.  WE called it respect for Religious Freedom.

Saturday noon when my father came home for dinner, he always brought us Easter Cards.  They were big, like a foot tall and 6″ wide.  We looked forward to getting them from him every year.

Saturday night was another long Mass that began with one candle being lit and the candle light spreading all over the church.  There was a lot going on Sat. night and everyone old enough went.

Easter Sunday we came down stairs to find Easter Baskets, not big ones, but medium sized ones, nicely decorated with some really good candy.  And since we had given up candy for Lent, it didn’t take us long to dive in.  Then we ate breakfast and headed to Easter Mass as a family, all aged kids go to go as a FAMILY.  (When I got older, in high school, I used to sneak down and add some candy to the collection and leave some for my mother and father. I imagine they knew, but they  always acted surprised).

WHEN I was growing up, it was always about Family, and Easter was about Jesus Christ rising from the dead, beautiful music in church, everyone dressed in their best clothes to celebrate Easter, and then when we came home, my mother began fixing dinner.  We always had company for dinner, so Easter was an all day celebration.  I also think, we were allowed to go to the movies on Easter afternoon, and because lots of people gave up movies for Lent (after all, we were preparing for the Resurrection and did not celebrate during Lent) and going to the movies was a privilege and a celebration, the movies on Easter usually were very special.

THAT’S MY MEMORIES OF EASTER, MY MOTHER AND FATHER AND FAMILY.

LENT-6TH COMMANDMENT-YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY

YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY- SEX WAS GOD’S IDEA.  In the beginning it was God who created us male and female and gave husbands and wives to one another in Holy Matrimony.

The word HOLY IS IMPORTANT HERE, AND frequently forgotten, AS ARE words like PURE and HONORABLE.

THE GOD who made us holy through the blood of Jesus Christ and called us holy in our Baptism requires us to be HOLY in all our thoughts, words, and deeds.

Society frequently views SINS in matters of sex as virtually beyond forgiveness, but Jesus died for these as well.

EXAMINE the demining evidence against you today, and place every accusation over Jesus’ head on the Cross

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“Neither do I condemn you. God (and) from now on do not sin anymore…..”Jn 8:11)

RESOLVE TO CHANGE A HABIT IN YOUR LIFE THAT LEADS YOU TO SIN.!

Easter is only a week and 1/2 away.  Are you ready??????????????????

LENT AND THE 5TH COMMANDMENT

YOU SHALL NOT KILL:  YOU MAY NOT BE GUILTY OF MURDER AS SUCH, but this commandment has much broader applications, as indicated graphically in our Lord’s parable of the Good Samaritan.  Those who beat their victim and left him for dead were not the only guilty parties there.  Those who passed by on the other side without rendering aid were also seriously at fault.

“WE ARE TO FEAR AND LOVE GOD SO THAT WE DO NOT HURT OUR NEIGHBORS IN ANY WAY,” we are taught–and the word ANY is quite inclusive. “BUT WE ARE TO HELP THEM IN ALL THEIR PHYSICAL NEEDS:-and the word ALL is just as inclusive.

EXAMINE the damning evidence against you today, and place every accusation over Jesus’ head on the Cross.

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GRANT that I your Passion view with repentant grieving, Let me not bring shame to you by unholy living.  How could I refuse to shun every sinful pleasure Since for me God’s only Son suffered without measure????

SAVED BY HIS CROSS FROM 2,000 YEARS BEFORE CHRIST TO PRESENT DAY

DID YOU KNOW?  ABOUT THE STUNNING METAPHYSICAL SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE EXODUS NARRATIVE AND THE PASSION, DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF CHRIST?

Here are the parallels between old and new by Simcha Fisher

“MOSES told the Jews that, to protect their families from the Angel of Death, they were to mark their doors with the blood of a sacrificial lamb.

FIRST, you dip the hyssop brush in the blood and make a mark on the lintel, overhead. You dip again and mark the left post, and then the right. Your house is marked as God commanded. You are protected. Death will pass over your house.

WHAT DID YOU JUST DO?  Up, down, left, right, with the blood of the lamb.  You just made the Sign of the Cross.  That is what Moses and all the faithless, grumbling, terrified Israelites were doing, OVER 2,000 YEARS BEFORE anyone had ever heard the name “Jesus of Nazareth.” THEY WERE MAKING THE SIGN OF THE CROSS OVER THEIR HOUSES TO BLESS AND PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES. Christ, his cross and resurrection, cast such a long shadow that it stretched thousands of years before he was even born. Before the Incarnation, the work of salvation had already begun. He was already with his people……………………………………………………”

“The ones who reached the Promised Land were the ones who kept their eyes on God and kept reminding themselves that he is wise, he is merciful–and he is in control.

We do our part, and the HOLY SPIRIT spreads his wings over our messy nests, overshadowing the human race from age to age with one warm, eternally wide embrace.  Whether we live 2,000 before the Incarnation or 2,000 years after, God is the same, yesterday, today and forever…………………………….”

But consider this:  Those Israelites didn’t recdognize the cross on their doors. They couldn’t. And yet that cross was still efficacious.  God recognized it, and he recognized their trust and obedience. And Death recognized that cross, too, and Death fled.

CLING TO THAT IDEA. It’s not all up to us, thank God.  His embrace stretches so far and so wide.  His mercy endures forever; it covers us in our ignorance, shelters us in our grumbling, and comforts us in our darkness.  Alleluia!”  (Catholic Digest, March 2015)

I would like to add this:  Catholics make the Sign of the Cross now, as a prayer by itself or at the beginning and end of prayers.  “forehead, heart, left shoulder, right shoulder” we call on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit  whenever we do this. This is the GREATEST PRAYER.  We also mark the cross on our forehead before we read the Holy Gospels. The priest marks our forehead with ashes on Ash Wednesday, with Holy Oils during the Blessing of the Sick.  Think back to the fact that the Christians marked themselves with the cross as a secret sign to let each other know they were Christians. From 2,000 before Christ to 2000 years after Christ we are saved and blessed by the Cross.