|Matthew 11: 28 - 30
|28||Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.|
|29||Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.|
|30||For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."|
1 Have I told God today that I love Him?
2 Do I tell Jesus that I love Him with my whole heart?
3 Do I take the occasion to tell God that I love Him whenever I experience something I
4 Have I capitalized on the difficulties today to tell God that I love Him just because He
sent me the trial or misunderstanding?
5 Do I see God's love for me in allowing me to prove my love for Him in the crosses He
sent me today?
6 Have I seen God's grace to prove my love for Him in every person whom I met
7. Have I failed in charity by speaking unkindly about others?
8 Have I dwelt on what I considered someone's unkindness toward me today?
9. Is there someone that I consciously avoid because I dislike the person?
10. Did I try to carry on a conversation today with someone who is difficult to talk to? (Copyright EWTN)
There are so many other questions I could ask myself about charity towards myself and others .
A niece received Confirmation recently . We had a chat about the gifts of the Spirit of God she was to receive . She was happy and so was I . She choose me to stand with her .
Wisdom the first gift Understading we spoke about . It is the oposite of narrow mindedness . It is seeing things from many points of view . And it heps us see things as God sees them .
Understanding a great gift . To see into another person's heart and know their feelings and attitudes . Most important the ability to understand the Word of God To see how the word of god can help us in our lives ...
And right Judgment , Courage , Knowledge , reverance , wonder & awe in your Presence
1 Do I immediately say a short prayer when I find myself getting discouraged?
2 Do I daily say a short act of hope?
3 Do I dwell on my worries instead of dismissing them from my mind?
4 Do I fail in the virtue of hope by my attachment to the things of this world?
5 Do I try to see God's providence in everything that "happens" in my life?
6 Do I try to see everything from the viewpoint of eternity?
7 Am I confident that, with God's grace, I will be saved?
8 Do I allow myself to worry about my past life and thus weaken my hope in God's
9. Do I try to combine every fully deliberate action with at least a momentary prayer for
10. How often today have I complained, even internally?
Reverance the Lord in your hearts , and always have your answer ready for people who ask you for the reason for the hope that you all have . But give it with couesy and respect and with a clear conscience . (!Pt3:15-16)
This is about explaining our personal faith . It's not about arguing nor is it about defending .
I see the above has a good examination of conscience on hope
b) Is it compatible with my familial and other significant relationships in my life? How will the children react? Will my husband need to assume more than his share of the family management? Does he object to or confirm the teaching position?
c) I appraise my vulnerability and situation with compassion. How will my teaching affect my life situation? Will it put too much strain on my family at this particular juncture in our history? Will the school responsibilities be a joyful and energizing situation?
d) Will I be a competent teacher and a competent mother? Am I able to teach? Am I really any good at teaching, or am I escaping boredom?
Questions one may ask when thinking of a move. Thirty years ago I did ask myself many questions quite similar to the above when plunging in a new career .
Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. But the shepherd of the sheep enters by the gate. The keeper opens the gate to him and the sheep hear his voice; he calls each of his sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them and the sheep follow him for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, rather they will run away from him because they don’t recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this comparison, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, I am the gate of the sheep. All who came were thieves and robbers, and the sheep did not hear them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved; he will go in and out freely and find food.
“The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness.”
Remember Christ who suffered for you, leaving you an example so that you may follow in his way. Jesus is the way but like sheep we usually stray and like thieves we find other ways. Let us ask for the courage and humility to get back on track when we are lost.
For he is the peace between us , and has made the two in two one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart , actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the law .(Ephesians 2:14)
In Jesus the barrier of hostility can be broken down . I have a problem with resentment and it seems that it rears it's ugly head often enough . It is only in Christ and in his power that we can truly love one another
Jesus saved us because of his mercy .(Titus3:3-5) "Remember there was a time when we too were disobedient , and misled and enslaved by different passions and luxuries ; we lived then in wickedness and ill -will, hating each other ."and hateful ourselves" We are called to replace hate with Love . Forgive our enemies love our enemies . (Matthew 5 :43-44) We are asked to replace hate with love that includes enemies . We all have enemies , the world we live in is full of them and i'd say in Christ hatred has nothing to feed on
Jesus of course, preached and promoted the moral norms of the Ten Commandments, but he also set many higher moral standards for his followers:
"I tell you, unless your holiness surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisees you shall not enter the kingdom of God." (Mt. 5:20)
"You have heard the commandment imposed on your forefathers, 'You shall not commit murder; every murderer shall be liable to judgment.' What I say to you is: Everyone who grows angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment." (Mt. 5:21-22)
"You have heard the commandment: 'You shall not commit adultery.' What I say to you is: Anyone who looks lustfully at a woman has already committed adultery with her in his thoughts." (Mt. 5:27)
"To you who hear me, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you and pray for those who maltreat you. When someone slaps you on one cheek, turn and give him the other; when someone takes your coat, let him have your shirt as well." (Lk. 6:27-29)
"If you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what merit is there in it for you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full...Lend without expecting repayment." (Lk. 6:34-35)
"Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him two miles." (Mt. 5:41)
"You have heard the commandment: 'You shall love your countryman and hate your enemy.' My command to you is: Love your enemies; pray for your persecutors." (Mt. 5:43-44)
It is gracious, of course, to show hospitality to friends and neighbors who might return the favor some day. Jesus, however, set a higher standard: Show hospitality to the poor and the crippled and the blind who cannot reciprocate. "You should be pleased that they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid in the resurrection of the just." (Lk. 14:14)
"Peter came up to Jesus and asked him, 'Lord, when my brother wrongs me, how often must I forgive him? Seven times?' 'No,' Jesus replied, 'not seven times; I say, seventy times seven times.'" (Mt. 18:21-22) ( From EWTN )
On hearing this it reminded me of me in my first stages of Bipolar Affective Disorder . Nothing in my room could stay north . Our heavy bed had to be moved towards the east . Thank God a good soul brought me to the ER for assessment . With medication one does get better . Without one gets to believe all is well .
In the second church she showed up in the priest paid for a motel room for two nights . Over the years I have had contact with men and women in need of psychiatric care . Primarily I think families are the ones that should bring a member to care . I know a dear friend of mine did much better when shown love and compassion .
If a person is a danger to self and others the law here says this person can be picked up for assessment by a doctor . Declared incompetant by a doctor a person can be restrained if need be in a psychiatric facility
Jesus said, 'Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where ...thieves
can break in and steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven... for
where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.' (Matthew 6)
Our treasure is in knowing God's love . Jesus embraces all of us . We have to accept one another . With the love of God in our hearts the world can be renewed . Let it shine a song says to let the brightness of the love of God shine through us to all
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