Christ’s Disciples

LECTIO DIVINA REFLECTION… (from Gospel reading below)

WHAT IS THE LORD PERSONALLY SAYING TO ME?

Being Christ’s is more important than anything on this earth! Our entire journey is about getting to heaven. We need to remember this and prioritize it daily. We need to rise above the pettiness that keeps us down in the troubles of this world.

WHAT DOES THE LORD PERSONALLY WANT ME TO DO?

Write this down and post it on the fridge or on my phone. Write down my complaints or worries in a separate notebook and stop voicing them out loud for everyone to hear.

Have a mantra, like; “Rise Above…” or “Carry Your Cross…”

MY PRAYER…

Lord, I want to be one of your disciples.  Help me to Know, Love, and Serve you better in my daily life.  Help me to prioritize my schedule so that all that I do is pleasing to you and will help lead others to you. Help me to “Rise Above” all the pettiness in my life and to “Carry my Cross” so that it leads me and others to you.  All for the Glory of God…

Blessings,

Sharon

Gospel Reading: Luke 14:25-33

25 Great crowds were traveling with him, and he turned and addressed them, 26 “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? 29 Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him 30 and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’ 31 Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? 32 But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. 33 In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.

Additional sources;

Reflection/Meditation and Prayer for Luke 14:25-33 from RC.NET

Disciples – Catechism of the Catholic Church

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“Why are you anxious?”

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38-42

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; 42 one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.”

LECTIO DIVINA REFLECTION…

WHAT IS THE LORD PERSONALLY SAYING TO ME?

I Am that “One Thing”…  I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life…  Many are Anxious and worried but I will show you the way and give you rest.  No other “Thing” can do that.

“I Am the Lord, there is No Other…” ~ Isaiah 45:5-6

WHAT DOES THE LORD PERSONALLY WANT ME TO DO? 

Yes, time is needed in serving my family…  But as long as I spend time through out the day and week with the Lord in prayer, meditation, adoration, retreats, etc. that time will give me the energy and charitable attitude I need to love and serve my family well.

MY PRAYER…

Lord, I know that I need to spend time serving my family like Martha, but only want to spend time with you in prayer and meditation like Mary.  Help me to serve my family well in the evenings knowing that it will be pleasing to you and that I will be able to be with you through out my days.

“Lord, help me to BE like Mary when I have to WORK like Martha” Chris Stefanick

Additional sources;

Blessings,

Sharon

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“The Harvest is Abundant…”

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you; 9 heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 `Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off against you; nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come  near.’ 12 I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

LECTIO DIVINA REFLECTION…

WHAT IS THE LORD PERSONALLY SAYING TO ME?

I am sending you out into my field, your little part of the world, Sharon.  Do your best to be my laborer and share the Good News of the Gospel with others…  If they open themselves to receive my Words then stay there, (bible study, clients, community, social media pages, etc.)  If Not then move on to find those who want to listen, learn and grow in their relationship with me, Jesus…

WHAT DOES THE LORD PERSONALLY WANT ME TO DO? 

Stay close to Him in Word and Deed so that I can share it with those whom I meet along my way. God’s harvest is abundant and I am one of His laborers… Continue to point others to Christ by sharing my artwork images with prayer, meditations and scripture daily and remember to “Speak the Truth with Love.”

MY PRAYER…

O’Lord, give me strength to carry my load and take care of my part of the field. Remind me to move on when people do not receive your words well but to stay in your joy knowing that I am apart of your laborers and willing to do my part in the harvest of growing your kingdom.

Additional sources;

  • Reflection/Meditation and Prayer for Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 from RC.NET
  • Workers, co-workers, laborers,  – CCC 307 

Blessings,

Sharon

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“Who do You say that I am?”

Gospel Reading: Luke 9:18-24  

18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.” 20 And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” 21 But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third  day be raised.“23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his Cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.

LECTIO DIVINA REFLECTION…

WHAT IS THE LORD PERSONALLY SAYING TO ME?

Who do You say that I am, Sharon?  I say you are the Christ, the Messiah, my Redeemer, the one who called me out of Darkness into Your Wonderful Light of Love and Truth?

 

WHAT DOES THE LORD PERSONALLY WANT ME TO DO? 

I need to remember to take up my Cross daily and follow the Lord.  If I offer up my suffering for His sake I will save my Life to dwell in the house of the Lord for All eternity.

 

MY PRAYER…

O’Lord, help me to stay close to you in All my trials. Remind me to connect my Suffering with yours on the Cross, in joyful Hope of living with you in Heaven someday for All eternity.

Additional sources;

  • Reflection/Meditation and Prayer for Luke 9:18-24 from RC.NET
  • Our participation in Christ’s sacrifice (on the Cross .) – CCC 618

 

Blessings,

Sharon

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Healed

Gospel Reading: Luke 9:11-17  

11 When the crowds learned it, they followed Him; and He welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured. 12 Now the day began to wear away; and the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the crowd away, to go into the villages and country round about, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a lonely place.” 13 But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish — unless we are to go and buy  food for all these people.” 14 For there were about five thousand men. And He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each.” 15 And they did so, and made them all sit down. 16 And taking the five loaves and the two fish He looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 And all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

 

LECTIO DIVINA REFLECTION…

WHAT IS THE LORD PERSONALLY SAYING TO ME?

Sharon, your healing has come from this blessing of the Eucharist.  You continue to eat and are satisfied.  Remember to share the fragments with others in your world.  Do not be afraid to share this Good News with them.

 

WHAT DOES THE LORD PERSONALLY WANT ME TO DO? 

Continue to grow and stay strong in the faith so that I can share this healing with others, all for the Glory of God.

 

MY PRAYER…

Lord, your healing is a blessing to me.  Continue to satisfy me in your Sacraments.  Help me to be strong in my Faith so that I can share it with others and Give Glory to you…

RC.NET reflection/meditation and prayer for Luke 9:11-17.

 

Blessings,

Sharon

 

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“HOPE ~ Desires Union with God in Heaven”

“We know that you are showing these qualities because you have grasped the HOPE reserved for you in Heaven–that HOPE which first became yours when you heard the message of truth.” ~ Col 1:5

“For in this HOPE we were saved. But HOPE that is seen is no HOPE at all. Who HOPES for what he already has? But if we HOPE for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” ~ Romans 8:24-25

“The Lord is good to those whose HOPE is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.” ~ Lam 3:25

“I plead with you–never, ever give up on HOPE, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.” ~ Saint Pope John Paul II

“Lord, may I never cease to HOPE in You and to trust in Your promises. Inflame my zeal for Your kingdom and increase my love for prayer, that I may never cease to give You praise and worship.” ~ rc.net

The Definition of HOPE:  http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/index.cfm?id=33993

Bible Study on HOPE: http://www.acts17-11.com/hope.html

Catechism of the Catholic Church on HOPE: (CCC 1817-1821)  http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c1a7.htm

 

Blessings,

Sharon

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“Peace Be With You”

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-23  

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came  and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

 

LECTIO DIVINA REFLECTION…

WHAT IS THE LORD PERSONALLY SAYING TO ME?

I am giving you my Peace and the Holy Spirit to send you OUT as well.  Go and tell the Good News of All that I have done in your Life.  “Your Sins have been Forgiven…”

 

WHAT DOES THE LORD PERSONALLY WANT ME TO DO? 

Do a better job of remembering All that the Lord has done for me.  Write it down, formulate my thoughts, Keep a Record!  It’s All For The Glory Of God and should be shared with others.  No one can refute that!!!

MY PRAYER…

Lord, help me to do a better job of Giving Glory to you by sharing All that you have done in my Life.  Continue to give me your Peace, Lord as I go out into the world.

Pentecost blessings,

Sharon

 

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“The Annunciation of the Lord”

I created this college in honor of today’s Feast Day… “The Annunciation of the Lord”

The Annunciation is, “the Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God…” ~https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annunciation

It is a little late this year because March 25th (9 months until Dec. 25th, “The Birth of our Lord”) fell on Good Friday which meant that we would be celebrating Jesus’s conception and death on the same day, therefore, it was transferred to the first day after the Easter Octave.

It’s also my favorite Feast day because it is the day that I came into the Catholic Church. One of the main reasons I became interested in religion is because of the many hours of art history classes studying religious artwork in college. The Annunciation images in particular called me to Jesus through Mary. After college, I completed the RCIA program and was Baptized and Confirmed at the Easter Vigil, which fell on, March 25th, that year, the Feast of the Annunciation!!!

Also, many of Fra Angelico’s pieces were part of my main conversion and he is the patron saint of Artist.

So, thank you, Mother Mary… Queen of Heaven & Earth, continue to lead me to your son, Jesus and Fra Angelico, pray for us artist that through our art we may direct others to God like you.

Easter blessings,

Sharon

 

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