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.

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.

LENT & COMMANDMENT #4-HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER

HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER

THIS COMMANDMENT PLACES US IN A KIND OF “CHAIN-OF-COMMAND.” UNDER GOD, we have a serious obligation toward those whom God has placed over us in life–parents, teachers, employers, supervisors, and those whom God has called to govern.  We are not to despise or anger them, we are taught, but to respect, obey, love, and serve them–for they represent the authority of God himself in their various spheres of responsibility.  Likewise, we have a serious obligation toward those whom God has placed under us in society–children, students, employees, any whom God has placed in our care–for we bear the Name of the Lord in our dealings with them.  It is tempting to “step out of line” in either direction!

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

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Gospel Reading: Monday-Fourth Week of Lent  -Jn 4:43-54

“……..Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”  (Jn 4:48)

PRAY FOR THE COURAGE TO SURRENDER DOUBT AND PLACE YOUR TRUST IN GOD’S PROVIDENCE IN YOUR LIFE.

LENT, FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, AND 3RD COMMANDMENT

REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY, TO KEEP IT HOLY. (HEBREWS 10:19-25,& COLOSSIANS 3:12-17)

“WE ARE TO FEAR AND LOVE GOD so that we do not neglect his Word and the preaching of it,” we are taught.  Is that always the case with you?  Is it true every time God’s Word is being proclaimed in church?  Is it true also in your own home?

OR DO television programs, sporting events, social obligations, and business concerns speak more loudly in our ears than does the saving Word of God?  Even when we try our best, we fall short.  We are to “REGARD GOD’S WORD as holy and gladly hear and learn it,” we are taught.  Is GLADLY always the word that characterizes our worship?  Is HOLY the attitude we bring into the presence of the Lord?

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

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GOSPEL READING-4TH SUNDAY OF LENT

“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” (Jn.3:14-21)

PRAY THAT YOUR BELIEF AND FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, OUR SAVIOR, MAY BE STRENGTHENED.

LENT, THURSDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK

SECOND COMMANDMENT: THE NAME OF THE LORD was given to you in your Baptism.  There God claimed you as his own child, a member of the Royal Family.

With that great honor comes also great responsibility.  Wherever you go and whatever you do, you take the Name of the Lord with you.  Wherever you go and whatever you do, God’s reputation is at stake, for you are God’s representative who bears the Name.

God’s Name is hallowed when we believe his holy Word and live according to it.  God’s Name is dishonored whenever our actions do not correspond with what God has named us to be.

HOW HAVE YOU “TAKEN” THAT NAME?…FAITHFULLY..OR “IN VAIN”?

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

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Gospel Reading: LK 11:17 – “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.”

PRAY FOR UNITY WITHIN THE CHURCH.