Show Me

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Show Me.

For Missourians, two words, show me, proclaim to all that its residents are skeptical of matters and not easily convinced. Let’s face it. In our daily lives of parents, friends, spouses, families, teachers, and colleagues, we are a show-me society. With expectations set, we are called upon to get things done. As the saying goes: “Words are one thing, but, in the end, actions ring louder than words.”

A few days ago, I received a text message and picture from a couple that I had prepared for marriage and presided at their wedding. It was a happy one. Their first child, a son, had been born! With mom on his right and dad on his left, this 7-pound miracle was now squarely at the center of their lives. For a long time, I looked at that picture, smiled, and thought: Their love for each other and this baby is so evident that it would convince even the most skeptical resident of Missouri.

It also reminded me of a story that I had read some years ago. One day, a priest was preaching on the topic of love. For several minutes, he used eloquent words and examples until, with great suddenness, he stopped. For several moments, there was a long pause, one I’m sure that caused some in his congregation to think that something was seriously wrong. But in reality, this priest had been struck by a powerful image and was simply taking a moment to collect his thoughts. After a time, he decided to point out a young mother in the front pew who was holding a small infant in her arms and ended his homily with just three words: “There is love.” And nothing was left to say.

On their long journey in search of the Christ child, I have sometimes wondered about the three kings. In following that star to that sacred spot in Bethlehem, did they not also hear a soft whisper upon their hearts? “If you find me, I will show you my love.”

Some years later, about thirty to be exact, Jesus embarked upon His public ministry. From its beginning, Jesus was on a whirlwind tour of teaching, doing, and loving. For those of us who like to characterize the events around us, we might call it the “Greatest Love Ever Known to Man.” It is about Jesus (who is love) showing mankind that He loves us.

On the day of our baptism, doesn’t Jesus do the same? As the water is poured upon our heads, He whispers to us: “Follow me. Come and See. I’ll show you my love.” And in filling us with His graces, Jesus opens our eyes so that we might see the many possibilities for our lives.

But on Good Friday, as we have just heard in the Gospel of John (18:1-19:42), an unpleasant and unsettling reality unfolds. In entering into this event, we might wonder how we would have fit in. When asked if we were one of Jesus’ disciples, would we have denied this and fled? Or would we be the High Priest sitting in judgement and condemning? Or would we be a member of the crowd simply going along to get along? Or would we be Pontius Pilate, who ultimately washes his hands of the affair? Or would we be the soldiers carrying out the orders? Or would we be a simple bystander, content that this “problem” is someone else’s concern. While we might be tempted to say that we would have been among the faithful women who stayed with Jesus at the foot of the Cross, it is unlikely that this would be true.

For our sins would have led us to participate in this event.
For our sins were the reason for this event.
For after the Fall, sin was in our nature.
And with a fallen nature, we needed a Redeemer.

It is now past 3 in the afternoon and the skies have darkened. The drama of Calvary has come and gone. The dust has settled. Jesus has died. And we wonder: What have we done to Him?

In the distance, we hear Mary weeping as she attempts to make sense of this tragedy within her heart. In her gentle and loving arms, she holds her son’s innocent, sinless, and lifeless body—-a body that has taken upon it every sin known to mankind. And in doing so, He has given up his life for us. So that we might have life.

As we venture closer to Our Lady, we recoil and once more ask: What have we done?

In beholding Jesus’ bruised and beaten body, we remember His words: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

On Good Friday, the question is this: If Jesus is truly our friend and the center of our lives, how do we show our love for Him?

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Apr 17 – Homily: Jesus the Passover Lamb

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Failing and Falling

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By Father Dwight Longenecker | There is an old saying that it does not matter how often you fall — it matters how often you get up.

I’m reminded of our failing and falling whenever I walk through the Stations of the Cross, for in the pattern of his… (5)

How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me This Lent, Making Every Friday ‘Good’ and Much More!

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By TITO EDWARDS | How Fasting & Prayer Blessed Me this Lent – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

The Saint Who Carried Water to the Last Supper – The Catholic Herald

Making Every Friday “Good” – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

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Nevada Republicans drop pro-life, pro-marriage stand

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Las Vegas, Nev., Apr 18, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several hundred delegates of the Nevada Republican Party approved a party platform Saturday that lacks a pro-life plank and drops support for the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

Nevada State Party Chairman Michael McDonald told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he thought the party platform was “about inclusion, not exclusion.”

“This is where the party is going.”

Fewer than half of the original 520 party delegates were present to vote to approve the platform the evening of April 12 at the party’s annual convention, held at South Point Casino-Hotel in Las Vegas.

The platform vote took place long after the convention’s scheduled 9 a.m. start time, and the modified platform had been proposed by a committee, according to the Review-Journal.

The members of the platform committee said they had decided not to deal with the removed issues in 2014 because the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts had made decisions on them.

Platform committee member Dave Hockaday told the Review-Journal that the platform was a question of how the party can “back out of people’s personal lives.”

“We need to focus on issues where we can have an impact.”

CNA contacted Nevada Right to Life to comment on the platform change, but the organization could not be reached for comment.

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Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward

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By Mark Shea |
Let man's Soule be a Spheare, and then, in this,
The intelligence that moves, devotion is,
And as the other Spheares, by being growne
Subject to forraigne motion, lose their owne,
And being by others hurried every day,
Scarce… (6)

Jn 13:1-15 Time For Some Symbolism

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Holy Thursday
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…[F]ully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, [Jesus] rose from supper and took off his outer garments…and began to wash the disciples’ feet.

Fully aware that His hour had arrived, the Lord did what He does best:  He surprised His apostles.  He washed their feet and managed to give them a new commandment (to be discussed at a later time).

He washed their feet.  Human life is entirely symbolic.  Everything we do that is good, holy and right is symbolic of everything God does for us.  Everything we do that is ugly, terrifying and disgusting is symbolic of everything the devil does to us.  Our suffering is symbolic of Christ’s suffering.  Our sins are symbolic of the devil’s sins.  Our humility is symbolic of Christ’s humility.  Our pride is symbolic of the devil’s.   “There is nothing new under the sun” (cf. Ecclesiastics 9:11).

Trees are props.  The air and sky are props.  The rocks and dirt are props.  Even our families are props. Night and day are special effects.  The stage has been set by the Father.  The hour has arrived.

What comes next are some of the most dramatic scenes to ever take place on the world stage.  This story has it all:  betrayal, abandonment, rejection, humiliation, remorse, death, forgiveness, resurrection.  But before it can all happen, one thing must take place:  the washing of the disciples’ feet. 

Fully aware that His hour had come, the Lord decided to wash the feet of His men.  This is truly remarkable.  It is absolutely over-the-top.  And it is entirely symbolic.   

By physically stooping down through the incarnation, the washing our feet and the carrying our Cross, the Lord took the form of a servant and set an eternal example for each and every one of us on how we should love our brothers and sisters.   By physically stooping down and washing the feet of sinners, the Lord washed away our sins, cleansed us of all our iniquities, and suffered humiliation for our salvation.   

Every time we stoop down and choose the more humble approach towards people, we become more like Him, the servant God.  What God does for us, we should do for Him and for our brother.

I find the washing of the disciples’ feet and the carrying of their Cross as an attractive and powerful symbol of God’s unconditional love for us.  His mercy endures forever.

Now is the time for some symbolism!  Now is the time to imitate our Lord.

Stay strong and stay the course, for the end to all symbolism is fast approaching.    (6)

Jesus Washed Judas’s Feet. Who is Your Judas?

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Good Friday Worship Schedule

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FRIDAY, April 18, 2014

Confessions: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Good Friday Liturgy: 12:00 NN
Confessions: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Station of the Cross: 3:00 PM

Good Friday, the day of Christ’s death, is the only day in the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar on which celebration of Mass is … (5)

Apr 17 – Homily: Vine and Branches

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