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The spiritual journey is the christian journey

There are different stages in the development of faith. To be in the church for years, without achieving a more enlightened faith and a richer experience, is to grow old and to become incapable of progress. If one does not decide for the road leading to Christ, one loses one’s life.

How do Christians grow spiritually? They grow spiritually by: (1) reading their Bible purposefully everyday, (2) regularly studying their Bible, (3) attending church faithfully, (4) seeking Godly friends and accountability, and (5) talking to God in prayer daily.

Jesus is in our midst, but to be aware of his presence requires faith.

“If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all wickedness.” (John 1:9) Little by little faith opens for us a global vision of human reality.

Those who follow their evil desires are people of darkness, hiding to do evil. Our soul expresses itself in different ways, for example in dreams. Only when we see God shall we truly know what and who we are.

The principal duty of the church is to know God.

“Be for God an active and proved minister, a blameless worker correctly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

The spirit helps the believers and inspires their prayer so that it may be heard. The spirit enables us to understand and interpret Jesus’ words throughout all time.

Throughout the gospels Jesus gives us guidance. He says: (1) “Fortunate are you who are poor, the kingdom of God is yours,” (2) “Fortunate are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled,” (3) “Fortunate are you who weep now, for you will laugh,” (4) “Fortunate are you when people hate you, when they reject you and insult you and number you among criminals, because of the Son of Man,” and (5) “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven.”

His words sound great but doing them is not easy. (1) “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,” (2) “Bless those who curse you and pray for those who treat you badly,” (3) “Do to others as you would have others do to you,” (4) “But love your enemies and do good to them,” (5) “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful,” (6) “Don’t be a judge of others and you will not be judged, do not condemn and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven,” (7) “Give and it will be given to you, and you will receive in your sack good measure, pressed down, full and running over. For the measure you give will be the measure you receive back,” (8) “First remove the log from your own eye and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your neighbor’s eye,” (9) “The good person draws good things from the good stored in the heart, and an evil person draws evil things from the evil stored in the heart.”

To dwell in richness brings death. Many problems can remain unsolved and even mission itself be blocked because of influential groups and persons who want for nothing and know how to obtain official benedictions. The root of evil is within people. It is obvious that evil structures prevent people from living and growing. It is equally obvious that not a single revolution, however many benefits it may bring, can establish a less oppressive society, as long as people themselves are not transformed according to the gospel. Jesus teaches us the way towards growth and freedom. We must purify our mind and our spirit to become the tree that produces good fruits.

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Jesus is our Almighty healer, let us use him
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Jesus said, “Healthy people do not need a doctor, but sick people do, ” and, “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

When we establish relations of mercy and trust, and accept fraternal correction humbly, when there is mutual forgiveness between spouses, Christ is the one who forgives and pardons, and what is forgiven among us on earth, is forgiven in heaven. The gifts of healing are not limited to healing bodily ills and the devil is  responsible for more than individual maladies. Constant work and the unity of all people of goodwill are sufficient to remedy some of our misfortunes, but the only way to eradicate evil at its roots is to restore human persons to their dignity as children of God.

Dear heavenly Father, with a humble heart and gratitude I come before you. Please heal all my infirmities and calm my mind in its chaos and uneasiness. Forgive me of all my sins and make me new.

The beatitudes Jesus gave are know as our guidelines. (1) “Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (2) “Fortunate are those who mourn, they shall we comforted.” (3) “Fortunate are the gentle, they shall possess the land.” (4) “Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.” (5) “Fortunate are those with a pure heart, for they shall see God.” (6) “Fortunate are those who work for peace, they shall be called children of God.” (7) “Fortunate are those who are persecuted for the cause of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (8) “Fortunate are you, when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are my followers. Be glad and joyful, for a great reward is kept for you in God.”

These instructions we should follow to walk the path of God, the path of holiness. Jesus continues to tell us, to motivate and empower us. He says to us, “you are the salt of the earth, ” and ” you are the light of the world.”

He continues to warn us, “Do not take oaths. Do not swear by the heavens, for they are God’s throne. Nor by the earth, because it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem because it is the city of the great King.” (2) “Do not even swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black.” We must, “say yes when you mean yes and no when you mean no. Anything else you say comes from the devil.” (3) “Do no oppose evil with evil. Give when asked and do not turn your back on anyone who wants to borrow from you.” Some of his instructions may be hard, but the ultimate reward make it worth while. Like when he tells us to, “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” Our goal, our duty is to follow him and follow his guidance. “For your part,” he says, “you shall be righteous and perfect in the way your heavenly Father is righteous and perfect.”

O God, help me to have the courage to live out beatitudes. Send your spirit to help me salt and light amongst my brothers and sisters. Help me to turn away from lustful desires and to be firm in my decisions. Let me say no when I mean no and yes when I mean yes. Let me not entertain evil desires but instead express love to my neighbors. O God, help me, I pray, to follow your path of righteousness.

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Make the most out of your spiritual training by serving others
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Believing in God, will lead you to do good as you follow his plan your life. You can start by reading the scriptures which is a guidebook. There you will learn what to believe, how to act, and how to speak with love. Soon you’ll be ready to put into action all you’ve learned.

Those of us who are women, we know a lot about serving: we serve on many fronts and sometimes wonder why this is our lot. God tells us he freed us from sin, not to do what we like, but so we can share his love. If we’re tempted to fulfill our own sinful desires, let’s remind ourselves why we are here-we obey Jesus by doing good for others. If that’s not our goal, we need redirection from him.

If you feel incomplete or inadequate, unable to carry out the tasks God has given you, you aren’t, you know, if you tap into his spirit. God equips you to do all things in him. If you feel overwhelmed, make sure you haven’t taken on tasks rightfully belonging to someone else. God does not overload your life with busyness. He has a purpose for all you do. So be certain you’re serving in the right place, doing the work he planned for you.

Knowing that the world will not last forever, we have to be careful how we act. We have no devil-may-care option, in which we act as if eternity does not matter, because God calls us to live wholly for him. The world’s destruction should not make us careless but vigilant to make the most of our time. In the end, all we do here will not be lost but will pass on into eternity.

We are gifted persons. God gives each of us his children spiritual gifts designed to help themselves and others-wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, to name just a few. As we grow spiritually, we begin to unwrap those presents from God. Over time, we may be surprised and blessed at how many he has provided for us. When we feel unimportant, we must remind ourselves that we are gifted by God.

We don’t usually think of grace as a spiritual gift. But consider: it’s the basis for all the gifts God gives us. Without his gracious forgiveness, we’d have nothing spiritually. Our sins so separate us that only his forgiveness allows us to approach him. Whether we receive a large measure of grace or a smaller one, it is the perfect gift, given by Jesus, just for us. Let’s appreciate what it cost him and walk in him today.

Your spiritual gifts are tailored especially for you. God has a purpose for your life. To help you accomplish it, he has given just the gifts you need-nothing more, nothing less. Knowing that God has gifted you in just the right way make you feel special. Thank him for those gifts today, and use them for the glory of his kingdom and to help others.

Paul’s words to the Corinthians speak to us. We should build up the church, not ourselves, through our spiritual gifts. When God gave you a special combination of spiritual abilities, it wasn’t to make you feel important. He designed them to help you reach out to those who need to accept him as savior and to support other believers who share your mission to reach the world. This is how we should be using our gifts today.

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Spirituality helps the journey on the brick road
February 28, 2018
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God’s work that saves persons, can never be separated from educating people: it demands the repression of the oppressors and ruling in the fear of the Lord. Jesus’ message includes a preferential love of God for the poor and for those who share with them in their poverty. Death and resurrection are at work among us and all over the world. Only God is good; and good is the authority of Christ. Miracles are another way in which Jesus teaches. The word apostle means sent and Christ is the one who chooses his apostles and sends them in his name. One begins to be an apostle or at least to cooperate with Christ. When one looks for something more than performing good works for the benefit of the people, when one feels responsible for people: fisher of people. Leprosy was seen as God’s punishment and healing meant that God had forgiven the sinner who was to express his gratitude with a sacrifice. Jesus did not withdraw only to be still, but because on each occasion prayer was necessity for him.

Jesus comes to reveal the mystery of God, the mystery of the love of God-Father, Son and Spirit. God does not expect works on the path of human beings but calls them to faith. Be rid of all that hampers you, of all that prevents you from seeing and believe. Believe that it is he, and he alone who is able to save you. Physical possession is not the usual way of the devil’s activity in humans. That is why the devil operates in the moral life of people. Not that the devil is the cause of every sin and evil that people do. There is also the selfishness of our flesh and the lure of the false promise of the world but the devil, as enemy of God’s Kingdom, is never at rest. The devil continues to notice those of us who are capable of weakening or destroying his empire. But Jesus shows us how to deflect and deter the devil by showing us how to care for each other. The care and love of our Christian brothers and sisters attracts God’s favors upon us. That is why the good news of the Gospels is not meant to be still but it effects a change.

Once corruption has taken over and the vision of God’s alliance has faded away, those who recognize their part in the evil affecting the whole of society must make positive gestures regarding money and the enjoyment of it, which will be for all a sign and a call to conversion. This is the time to be reconciled with family members and neighbors, to let go of resentments. Since we are sinners, our salvation is worked out through suffering and through the cross. Our desires and our prayers are powerful because we have come to the center from which God directs the forces saving humankind: because we work for eternity; our names are already written in heaven. To evangelize does not mean to try to sell the gospel but rather to prove its power to heal people from their demons. We must stop being envious of famous people, kings and prophets of the past. We must pray instead. To pray is to take the time to listen, to meditate in silence on the work of God, it is to slow our desires, so as to pay attention only to God, secretly present and slip into his will. The Spirit is available to help us believe and inspire our prayers so that it may be heard.

The Spirit enables us to understand and interpret Jesus’ words throughout all time. Moreover, we need to receive from the source of all love the ability to love selflessly. As believers we are destined to be hated by the world. When our hope does not come from God trials discourage us; but when our hope is rooted in God, we are strengthened and remain steadfast. God’s plan will not fail and the universe reveals the glory and the beauty of God. Little by little faith opens for us a global vision of human reality.

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Don’t be a judge we are told over and over
February 28, 2018
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Yahweh is a jealous God, different from the gods of other people who allow rival divinities to set up shops side by side with them and answer petitions which they themselves cannot oblige. The Bible teaches that the earth belongs to God and whoever occupies it is only its administrator. It is not for the church to resolve the complex problems of our times, but it can establish general principles of life that conforms to the will of God and adapt it to the present society. There is no authentic love without faith and hope and love reaches its perfection when we are in God.

We experience temptations and struggle, our decisions both small and great lead us in one of two directions, either the old self hopelessly ruined and a slave of selfishness, or a person transfigured by love. God created man in his image, but the one who is truly this image is the risen Christ, conqueror of sin and of death. The white garment that adults put on at Baptism denotes the change of life that they are beginning.

Our prayers will not be heard if love for the world takes the place of God in our hearts. God asks us to love all the things he created, viewing them as means of reaching him, and to reject what does not serve this purpose. Loving the world is wishing for and clinging to things, without working beyond them for God himself and the brothers and sisters that he gave us. We cannot divide our love between God and the world; neither can we ask God to help us satisfy egotistical ambitions. Criticizing others is the same as despising the law of love.

We must see, and at times say, what is wrong in an action, but we must not judge the responsibility of others, nor their intentions, which God alone knows. God is the only judge. We all make many plans: to earn more, to buy things, to have a good time. We may die without having done what mattered most.

Let our experience be that of the poor and the humble. God is near to those who have no other support but him. When there will be no assurance, God will be obliged to take charge of those whom he owes fidelity. May God grant us that we resist the seduction of the world around us but that also we listen to those who correct us.

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Jesus said: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
February 28, 2018
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When the evil lies take root in our hearts, we risk falling into discouragement, depression, and despair unless these lies are overcome by the light of truth.

We speak of temptation when we feel the pressure of bad instincts or when we feel dragged into doing evil by circumstances. Jesus Christ refused to be self-serving. Instead he made his life mission all about serving others and while doing so he warned against the error of a faith which tries to remove the cross. The Spirit helps the believers and inspires their prayer so that it may be heard. The Spirit enables us to understand and interpret Jesus’ words throughout all time.

Our entire Christian life is a passage from death to life. Since the sacrifice of Christ the power of his Spirit has made believers capable of being victorious over the forces of death. Through love and forgiveness God created a new world without rancor or desire of revenge or hidden remorse of conscience. We are at peace with him; we are at peace with each other. To please God, it will always be necessary to be among the marginalized, as Abraham was, that is, to run counter against the flesh. The desires of the Spirit animate our life. Whoever lives in the Spirit lives in the light. While we remain firm in the teaching of Christ and share in the life of the church, the Spirit gives us internal knowledge and joy in the things of God. The Spirit guides us and inspires us each day showing us how to please God. Now, though we have the peace of Christ, temptations and sufferings prevent us from enjoying glory and being fully free. With the transformation of our whole being we shall reach the glorious freedom of the children of God. It is certain that humanity has developed with aggressiveness and violence; hence the domination of women by men and the bellicose masculine spirit. We see in the world more contradictions and tensions than peaceful progress: in fact this earth is not our permanent residence. Nothing happens in the world, in our family, in our lives merely by chance or because it was so destined. God knows us in Christ from the beginning of the world: children known before they are born, but also destined for a unique place in creation. The Kingdom of God extends much farther than the church. The great majority of humankind do not know Christ and the gospel.

What we sow in life we will harvest. When we keep God’s law we will be happy here and in the next life. Whatever the appearances may be at times, true happiness is for those who are faithful to the will of God. Some people are fond of great ceremonies, others of their own devotions and prayers and still others, of doing generous and philanthropic works. When doing this, we may be covering up the injustice we do everyday. Our Lord demands faithfulness and perseverance from those he has chosen: this is how we save a world that seeks truth everywhere and does not know to which Lord to surrender. God sees the way we use our talents, and we sin when we keep them for ourselves. Jesus is always in our midst, but to be aware of his presence requires faith.

Many think it is impossible to change the human heart. To be converted means to come back to God after having been away from him. Believers should always lean on the word of God and be guided by his commandments, but their link with God will be in a deep communication of Spirit to Spirit, a communication which immerses us in the only truth. To save the poor and the afflicted does not consist so much in comforting them or giving them bread as in helping them face their destiny, to realize themselves through their own efforts and to discover they are helpless if they do not first acknowledge their brothers and sisters and act with them. God has placed in our midst all that we need to solve our problems. What great, noble and true things there are in this world about which we speak negatively. Let us accept what is good, wherever we find it, even among unbelievers.

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Why do some people choose a religious community to join?
February 28, 2018
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Our church and the world is in need of vocations, whether they be priests, brothers or sisters. There are many churches who rarely see a priest and have mass. A vocation is a call from God to serve him more perfectly.

In the story of the rich young man, when Jesus told the man to go sell all he had and give to the poor, that was an invitation to the young man to the total dedication of the religious life.

The apostles were the first religious community. They left all their material goods, and dedicated themselves completely to our divine Lord, forming a small religious community. This is how they responded to the call of God. It is important to remember, however, that a vocation does not always come in the way, it came to the apostles, where our Lord verbally called them as they were out fishing or mending their nets.

Usually a religious vocation is not an extraordinary manifestation, although it was, perhaps, for some saints. We must not be misled into thinking there will be a voice in the night, an apparition, or some other unique mystical experience in which God will manifest his call.  How does God call one to the religious life? There is usually an inner attraction, or at least a desire, but more than that, there is a choice on the part of the individual based on the realization that the religious life-or the priesthood-is a more perfect life. Vocation is, an intellectual choice by which a young man or women chooses to give his or her life to God. Young people who believe that God is calling them to serve him must foster that vocation. It is not simply going to happen.

Young people must pray for the grace to follow their vocation, to know for certain what God’s will is, and when they are certain or his call, and the time is right and the opportunity is there for follow it, they should not delay. The vow of poverty, whereby a religious surrenders the control of property, attacks the tendency to avarice or greed. Through the vow of chastity, they overcomes and controls concupiscence. Through the vow of obedience, they subdues their pride.

Some people concentrate too much on the negative side, which is you are giving up this or that. A religious gives up everything for the love of God. A young woman becomes a sister, and gives up motherhood in its natural sense, but she becomes a mother of many children-all the children she teaches, all the souls to whom she becomes a spiritual mother. She has a much larger family that she would have had she become a natural mother.

A priest also gives up marriage and the opportunity to have his own children-but he, too, has many spiritual children.

To all young people who feel called to the religious life, to God’s service, as priests, sisters, brothers-do not allow a fear of failure to turn you away.

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Human Anatomy and Physiology: The Blood Vessels and the Heart
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In general there are three types of blood vessels: arteries, veins and capillaries. Given an artery and a vein with similar inner diameters, the artery will have a thicker wall than the vein. Capillary walls have only one layer-the intima.

The nutrient blood supply provides blood through the usual exchange of materials between body cells and the blood. A collateral circulation is a special organization of blood vessels around a major joint or other area of the body. There are areas of the body where a single artery is the sole supply of blood, such an artery is called an end artery.

End arteries are most common in the brain and the heart. A portal vein is a venous blood vessel that begins with capillaries in one area and ends in capillaries or another area. The most important portal vein in the human body is the Hepatic Portal Vein.

For protection, arteries tend to be located deep within the structures of the body. Veins can be located at both deep and cutaneous levels. The capillaries are located throughout all tissues of the body. The networks of capillaries in the tissues are often called capillary beds.

The capillary beds make up the greatest cross-sectional area of the cardiovascular system. The wall of the capillary consists of a single layer of flat cells. The capillary beds are provided with pre-capillary sphincters that can reduce or completely stop the flow of blood into the capillaries.

The heart consists of four separate chambers. The two chambers at the top of the heart are called atria (singular: atrium). Down the middle of the heart, an interatrial septum separates the two atria. The two chambers at the bottom of the heart are called ventricles. Between the ventricles is a wall of tissue separating the left and right ventricles, this is called the interventricular septum. The walls of the chambers of the heart consist of three layers: the myocardium, the endocardium, and the epicardium, also known as the visceral pericadium. The chambers themselves are linked with a simple epithelium known as the endocardium.

By far the  most important of the three layers in the heart walls is the myocardium, the middle layer. The myocardium is thicker in the walls of the ventricles than the atria. The stroke volume is the amount of blood forced out of each ventricle in one contraction. The cardiac output is the volume of blood pumped out of the ventricles (right into the lungs, left into the systemic circulation) in one minute (expressed in liters per minute). Valves are structures that ensure that fluids will pass through them in one direction only. There are two sets of cardiac valves-the atrioventricular (AV) valves and the semilunar valves. The AV valves are found between the atria and the ventricles.

Chordae tendineae are a special anatomical arrangement which help prevent the backward flow of blood into the atria. When the ventricles contract (ventricular systole) and the AV valves have closed, the blood moves out into the great arteries through the aortic and pulmonary semilunar valves. When the ventricles relax (ventricular diastole), the back pressure of the blood in the great arteries forces the cusps of the semilunar valves to the center and seals off each opening. The NAVL of the heart are the nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatics which influence the actions of the heart.

Control of heart functions can be divided into the following areas: Extrinsic controls (control from outside the heart), Intrinsic controls (control from inside the heart), and Humoral control, where some substances transported by the blood can accelerate or slow the action of the heart. The sinoatrial (SA) node is a collection of impulse conducting fibers in the interatrial septum. The atrioventricuar (AV) node is a group of impulse conducting fibers just above the interventricular septum. Fibers descend from the AV node to form the Bundle of His, which branches into the right and left septal bundles. The septal bundles connect with the Purkinje fibers located throughout the ventricular walls. Impulses begin in the SA node, pass to the AV node, and then descend through the septal bundles and on the Purkinje fibers to stimulate the myocardium of the ventricular walls to contract.

The blood which supplies the heart tissue itself is called nutrient blood. The openings leading into the coronary arteries are located in the base of the ascending aorta, just above the semilunar valve ( Aortic valve). Many of the branches of the coronary arteries are of the end artery type. The blood from the tissues of the heart is collected by the cardiac veins. The Thesbian veins are many minute sinuses found in the myocardium of the ventricles.

There is a fibrous connective tissue structure within the substance of the heart. Each atrioventricular valve of the heart is surrounded by a dense fibrous ring. Each of the semilunar valves of the heart is located within a short fibrous cylinder. The fibrous pericardium is a very dense fibrous envelope. the parietal pericardium is the outer serous membrane. the visceral pericardium intimately covers the surface of the heart.

Blood is driven through the arteries by a combination of forces. When the left ventricle contracts-systole, it forces the blood into the aortic arch. When the ventricle relaxes-diastole, the wall of the aortic arch recoils and presses against the blood. Vasoconstriction is the actual contraction of the arterial walls. In the head and neck, gravity helps to move the blood down through the veins.

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To everything there is a season
February 26, 2018

God made people to be free, holy, strong and in the image of Christ. Sacred history begins with Abraham and his faith and the promise God made to him. God created the world orderly, organizing it and giving meaning to all in existence. The creation of humanity completes God creation. By creating us in his image, God created us to respond to him.

Love has first place in God’s plan and the long evolution of sexuality has been its preparation. God is not subject to time. He lives in a permanent fullness which is known as eternity. This consist of no before or after, no duration and no fatigue nor boredom.

The covenant of God with humankind and with everything that came from the ark, means that God is interested in everything that people create, their culture, inventions, as well as their legitimate ambitions. God is not only the God of believers, he is the God of everyone. God does not want merely to save souls: through human creativity God enables people to grow in awareness and responsibility and he prepares them for divine union through the Holy Spirit.

God made himself known to human groups as he has done for Israel and later for Christians. The rainbow is a sign of reconciliation between him and us. Later came Jesus to reveal the mystery of God, the mystery of the love of God-Father, Son and Spirit.

God does not expect works on the part of human beings but calls them to faith. Be rid of all that hampers you, of all that prevents you from seeing and believe. Believe that it is he, and he alone who is able to save you. The devil does not usually operate in human lives through physical possession but more so in their moral lives.

Not that the devil is the cause of every sin and evil that people do. There is also the selfishness of our flesh and the lure of the false promises of the world but the devil, as enemy of God’s Kingdom, is never at rest. The devil notices at once those who are capable of weakening or destroying his empire.

But do not worry, Jesus has showed us how to resist the devil by his example in the wilderness and his ministry to the sick while he was alive.

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When we wait in joyful hope
February 26, 2018

Always, there are signs that the Lord is coming, but we see the signs so often and interpret them so differently that we miss them. God is always making moves to bring us closer to him. He does not just sit and wait for us to make a move. He is always making moves, hoping that we will grab on to one and come back to him. He offers us his gift of grace which enables us to respond to his offers and be overshadowed by his grace.

In the story of the centurion, we see an example of faith working in cooperation with God. God, through his son Jesus, offered the centurion the gift of faith and the centurion responded by getting himself out of the way so that God and his healing and miracles could move, direct and heal. If a pagan Roman centurion could do it, why not us?

God is the one who shows us compassion when we get hurt. He is the one who loves us when we think that we are unlovable. Throughout the gospel we see and read Jesus doing the unthinkable and reprehensible by touching lepers and healing the ill. We can imitate Jesus by finding and assisting an organization that shelters the homeless and finds work for the jobless, educates the uneducated, and counsels the depressed. By doing this we are demonstrating the gift of compassion. The solidity of love enables us to reach outward to the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned. Let us then ask Jesus to enable us to hear his word of love and act on it throughout our lives.

We are compelled to tell of the healing, prodding, tugging that God works within us. Once we become aware of God’s work in us, the desire to share our good news overwhelms us, and we tell all. God continues to speak in our history our time, today. The word of God is heard through the voice of a person who calls us to compassion. When we show care and concern for relatives when someone has died, we have heard the word of God. A fresh idea that seems to come from nowhere can be the voice of God that has been heard. Reading the Bible and listening for a message of application to our lives is another way that God speaks today. Those who have taken care of the needy-the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned-have, without even realizing it, cared for Jesus.

When we practice Jesus’ humility, we know that we are last, like a child, refraining from thinking that something is owed us. Jesus in the Hebrew scriptures, came to help and saves us.  We follow in Jesus’ footsteps when we offer a helping hand to an elderly neighbor, saving a child from hunger, or tutoring the illiterate. Doing these things and more, bestow upon us the name Jesus and represent God’s ongoing activity in time.

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