The Kingdom of God

“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”- (Luke 17:21-22)

The Kingdom of God is indeed among us; Christ made that possible when he died on the cross. It is the Word; it’s in the Sacraments. It’s in our charity. It’s within anyone who accepts Christ as our savior. It’s in our children’s pure and innocent hearts.  It’s in the poor and the afflicted. It’s in the widow and the orphan. It’s in the Holy Spirit; our advocate. Unfortunately, our inclination to sin prevents us from fully seeing and experiencing the Kingdom of God. However, let’s not be discouraged. Let’s persevere in faith and hope so our hearts are always on the path to salvation.

May God bless you! Happy Thursday

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The Advocate

“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” ~ John 14:26

This is the great comfort we received from our Lord Christ: He is always present through the Holy Spirit. Fortunately, unlike us, He does not have to be physically present to impart His teachings and to grant us His mercy.

God blessed us with the grace of the Holy Spirit so we are never despondent and always in the light. It is a gift we received through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Yet, like any gift we receive, we must use it to enjoy it. In today’s scriptures, Jesus tells us how to enjoy His gift to us: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (John 14:23)

May the Holy Spirit be with you always.

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Sacrament of Reconciliation

“If you remain in my Word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the true will set you free.” ~ John 32-33

What is the Word? The Word is God and the Son. If follow them, they will set you free. That is why God sent his Son Jesus Christ, to give us freedom. That’s also why we have the grace of the Sacraments.

Last night my son received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I was very proud of him. He told me that he was nervous and thought he was going to die; yet he went through it. It takes courage to admit our shortcomings and to ask for forgiveness. Yet, that’s exactly what set us free. God wants to forgive us; we simply have to ask.

Lent is the perfect opportunity to be set free through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Below is a wonderful psalm I use to guide me.

 

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion, blot out my offense.

O wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

My offenses truly I know them; my sin is always before me.

Against you, you alone, have I sinned; what is evil in your sight I have done. That you may be justified when you give sentence and be without reproach when you judge.

O see, in guilt was I born, a sinner was I conceived.

Indeed you love truth in the heart; then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.

O purify me, then I shall be clean; O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness, that the bones you have crushed may revive.

From my sins turn away your face and blot out all my guilt.

A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from your presence, nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

Give me again the joy of your help; with a spirit of fervor sustain me, that I may teach transgressors your ways and sinners may return to you.

O rescue me, God, my helper, and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.

O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise.

For in sacrifice you take no delight, burnt offering from me you would refuse.

My sacrifice, a contrite spirit; a humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

In your goodness, show favor to Zion: rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice, holocausts offered on your altar.