A Christ-filled life. And yet we're settling for second best or worse. To simply love and serve sustains, fulfills, and completes us. We're invited to build up our treasure in heaven, not on earth. Family and communion is the foundation we should build upon during our sojourn here. Amen.
...the problem. We willingly accept less than the Best in all aspects of life. From a book based on St Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body" - God offers us a feast at the eternal heavenly banquet. And yet we settle to eat from the earthly garbage can. All of our failings stem from lies spun by the enemy. Amen.
Let's just call 'em as we see 'em. There are countless brothers and sisters who knowingly or unknowingly have become hostage - of the evil one. We can't hate them or blame them; we're all weak and sinful. Our "tactic" is prayer. We pray for them. Jesus (God) is greater than the adversary (spirit). Amen.
We should speak plainly. That means there has to be a balance between intellect and emotion. The intellect comes from God's gift of wisdom and emotion comes from the shared love with God. And we must recognize what we say lovingly and mercifully may still sting. But so did Jesus' words on more than one occasion. Amen.
We hear in today's first reading not only how the Apostles receive the Holy Spirit, but what they do with the gift. We have also received that same Holy Spirit through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Are we also using the gift to our full potential? Amen.