…..THEN SUDDENLY, ONE DAY…..

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….There He was.

So…time for me to “preach”….

I was sitting there, reading the Bible (AGAIN) when it suddenly struck me…IT COULD BE TODAY!

Indeed…it could be ANY TIME…day..night…during a shower… sitting on the porch…sleeping in bed…. HIS RETURN.

“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” -Mark 13:32

It could happen at ANY TIME…IS YOUR SOUL PREPARED? I can say without a hitch in my voice “NO”..reason?…I am not deluded to think that just because I am a cleric, or that because I am a Christian, that my soul is “saved”. Dogma, Doxology, Rhetoric can say “YES”…but HOW DO YOU REALLY KNOW??? See….YOU DON’T.

That is why it is IMPORTANT to live your life, EACH HOUR OF EACH DAY, as if THAT HOUR was the one He returned.

Holding onto grudges, hatred, enmity, sorrow, sadness, past pains… those will NOT make your soul ready. By LIVING His Word, by obeying His laws EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY…THAT WILL.

I have pondered what WOULD happen if suddenly He DID return..would the masses embrace Him? I doubt it…the “Churches” would denounce Him immediately until they had proof He was who He said He was… the Evangelists would think it was a plot by the Churches to sway them…the non believers would scorn and scoff…the politicians would attack or even worse, arrest and detain without counsel… (LOL!!!, like THAT would work, eh? 😀 ) and those of other faiths would simply see it as some sort of political agenda….trying to keep them from becoming some industrialized nation ( 😀 )

Truly, the mind BOGGLES at the thought….your doing the dishes, or sitting on the toilet, or feeding the dog..then *WHAM*, there He is…

“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” -Matthew 24:30

This is why I look over my shoulder whilst I walk… LOL…. seriously though, no one KNOWS….so…best to BE PREPARED, yes?

Another thought crossed my mind this morning whilst posting a cartoon..

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WHEN He comes to claim those who have followed His precepts, His laws, and walked in His shadow as He commanded, what will others do??

How do we know He is not ALREADY AMONG US?? How do you know that homeless man with his hand outstretched is not He?? He appeared MANY times in guises unknown to even His DISCIPLES…and they recognized Him NOT…

“Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.” -Mark 16:14

“When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” -Matthew 28:17

“Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country.

These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.” -Mark 16:12-13

“After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. …” -1 Corinthians 15:6-7

How do you KNOW??? YOU DON’T…you CANNOT know…hence why it is SO VERY IMPORTANT to treat each person with love, kindness, understanding, tolerance, peace, and help them if they are needing it.

Jesus could be that homeless man…that woman needing help lifting her bags to cross the street….that child crying in the alleyway..that woman sitting there in despair..

“God talks and we listen. We then talk to God and then God listens.” -Saint Catherine of Siena

“In everything, whether it is a thing sensed or a thing known, God Himself is hidden within.” -St. Bonaventure

“One must see God in everyone.” -St. Catherine Laboure

Sure, you say, it is easy for YOU to say this because you are His servant….not so….it took a real LEAP OF FAITH for ME to believe.

It did not happen to me overnight either…the stark warning in the Scriptures is what changed me…literally THAT MINUTE…I realized, to my utter shock, that because I DID NOT KNOW WHEN HE WAS COMING my soul was (and still is) NOT prepared.

There are so many works I STILL need to do in order to even be able to stand in His presence should He decide NOW (yes, even before you finish reading this message) was His time to come, my soul was so STAINED with doubts, fears, anxiety…yes, even I HAVE THEM…and I am working on them minute by minute….yes, for THAT is what it takes..working EVERY SINGLE MINUTE of EVERY SINGLE HOUR to ensure that I TRY to walk according to His Word.

This is the very substance of BEING His servant….to set the example so that others may follow….

“Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.” -St. Charles Borromeo

So…ready or not…HE IS COMING..maybe not THIS SECOND…maybe not THIS HOUR…maybe not even this YEAR…but then again, even MYSELF shudders at the thought of meeting Him unprepared…

So..still think that argument you THINK you won is worth it?? Still think that deed left undone can WAIT??

I pray you have the time…for that is all we have…BORROWED TIME.. we live by HIS grace…and should He, without warning, suddenly appear, can YOU face Him with a clear conscience??

If not, better get cracking…I know I AM…..

~Friar Jeff

SAINT OF THE DAY: 27 MAY, 2013

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Saint Bede the Venerable
Father of the Church
(673-735)

St. Bede was born in 672 and at the age of seven began monastic training at the Benedictine monastery of St. Peter in Wearmouth.

His schooling completed he moved to the twin monastery of St. Paul in Jarrow where he spent the rest of his days. It is likely that he travelled no further than north to Lindisfarne and south to York.

Bede spent his whole life writing.

He was the author of 45 volumes including text-books and translations, hymns and other verse, letters and homilies.

Bede wrote all of his own work, he said of himself ” I am my own secretary; I dictate, I compose, I copy all myself.”

He asked for no assistance with his work until his last illness at the age of 62 when he was unable to write. Bede was then working on a translation of St. John’s Gospel and engaged the help of a young scribe called Wilbert.

On Tuesday 24th May 735 Bede took grievously ill but continued to teach, he cheerfully suggested to his pupils that they learn quickly as he may not be with them long.

The next day Bede taught until nine in the morning. He then dictated part of his book to Wilbert.

That evening Wilbert said to Bede ” Dear master, there is still one sentence that we have not written down.”

Bede said “Quick, write it down.”

Wilbert then said “There; now it is written down.”

Bede replied “Good. You have spoken the truth; it is finished. Hold my head in your hands, for I really enjoy sitting opposite the holy place where I used to pray; I can call upon my Father as I sit there.”

And Bede then as he lay upon the floor of his cell sang the Gloria and as he named the Holy Spirit he breathed his last breath.

His only possessions – some handkerchiefs, a few peppercorns and a small quantity of incense were shared amongst his brother monks as he had wished.

In 1022 Bede’s remains were taken from Jarrow by a monk called Alfred and brought to Durham.

They were first buried with the body of St. Cuthbert and the head of St. Oswald.

In 1370 his bones were moved to a shrine in the Galilee Chapel which was destroyed in 1540 during the Reformation.

Bede’s remains were re-buried in the present place in 1831.

Bede was declared Venerable by the church in 836 and was canonised in 1899. He was named “Doctor of the Church” by Pope Leo XIII because of his work and piety.

St. Bede is the Patron Saint of scholars and historians.

READING OF THE DAY: 27 MAY, 2013

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“As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, «Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?»

Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.

You know the commandments: ‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.'”

He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to (the) poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”

The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!

It is easier for a camel to pass through (the) eye of (a) needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?”

Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.” -Mark 10:17-27.