“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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“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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“Faith ~ Belief in God’s Promises to Us…”

“Brothers and sisters: Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” HEBREWS 11:1

“We walk by Faith, not by sight” ~ 2 Cor 5:7.

Faith is an entirely free gift which God makes to us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Believing and trusting in God to act in our lives is only possible by the grace and help of the Holy Spirit who moves the heart and converts it to God. The Holy Spirit opens the eyes of the mind and helps us to understand, accept, and believe God’s word. How do we grow in faith? By listening to God’s word with trust and submission. Faith also grows through testing and perseverance. The Lord wants to teach us how to pray in faith for His will for our lives and for the things He wishes to give us to enable us to follow Him faithfully and serve Him generously. ” ~ rc.net (meditation 2-11-13)

The necessity of Faith

161 Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent Him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation. “Since “without faith it is impossible to please [God]” and to attain to the fellowship of His sons, therefore without faith no one has ever attained justification, nor will anyone obtain eternal life ‘But he who endures to the end.'”

Faith – the beginning of eternal life

164 Now, however, “we walk by faith, not by sight”; we perceive God as “in a mirror, dimly” and only “in part”. Even though enlightened by Him in whom it believes, faith is often lived in darkness and can be put to the test. The world we live in often seems very far from the one Promised us by Faith

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s1c3a1.htm

 

ENCYCLICAL LETTER ~ BETWEEN FAITH AND REASON by Saint Pope John Paul II

https://www.ewtn.com/library/ENCYC/JP2FIDES.HTM

 

Blessings,

Sharon

 

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Catholic Treasure Box

 

Beautiful things of the Catholic Faith that can Not be Found in Any Other church.

I’m a convert!

And as such I truly realize the Treasure of our Catholic faith. As a child, I attended many different churches; Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, even Mormon.

One day, after becoming Catholic, the Holy Spirit gave me this idea as a teaching aid for CCD classes.  My Faith is like a Treasure!  I went in search of a Treasure box and found this one at a local antique store.  What a Find!  I couldn’t believe it…

And so I began gathering items to put into my Treasure Box;  Blessed Palm Leaves, Holy Water, Blessed Oil, a Crucifix, Holy Cards about the Saints, all the Sacraments (images printed onto cards), Holy Medals, Incense, and of course a Rosary.  Over time, it has grown to include all the items you now see in this photo.

I soon realized that not only are these the beautiful things of the Catholic faith but they are things that you can Not Find in Any Other Faith/Church.  This made my Catholic Treasure Box even more special to me and a better teaching aid especially to older students.

Now as my children are grown and moving away to college, I have decided to make one for each of them.  I figure if they truly want to leave behind this Beautiful Treasure of the Catholic Faith, they will have to physically remove this Treasure Box from their presence.  If you find our Catholic Faith a Treasure, I encourage you to do the same.

 

Blessings,

Sharon

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Meditation: What do you most treasure? In a peasant community the best safe was often the earth.  The man in the parable “went in his joy” to sell everything. Why?  Because he found a treasure worth possessing above all else he had… rc.net http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/matt1344.htm

Meditation: What do you treasure and seek after the most? What do you value above all else? Jesus offers a treasure of incomparable value and worth, but we need healthy eyes – good spiritual vision – to recognize what is the greatest treasure we can possess. What Jesus said about seeking treasure made perfect sense to his audience: keep what lasts! Aren’t we all trying to find something we treasure in this life in the hope that it will bring us happiness, peace, and security?… rc.net http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/jun17.htm