This writing below seems to speak aloud 🗣️ to the faithful of Christ.
Peace and protection for you and your families and our spiritual family everywhere in the world
🌎 across the four corners of this Earth. Regardless of diversities- WE ARE GODS CREATION UNDER GOD PROTECTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT! A Nation of Diverse peoples under God

Note: when you read the following. Take your time through it. You might even want to go over it a couple of times. To understand the profound messages of the Scriptures that speak to us today, brothers and sisters. Lastly, The numbers to the actual scriptures can be clicked on to be directed to their source scriptures links.

2 Thessalonians 2

1But we ask you, brothers, and sisters concerning the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ and of our gathering to him, 2that you not be readily disturbed or terrified in your minds, by any spirit, or word, or epistle, supposedly sent from us, claiming that the day of the Lord is close by. 3Let no one deceive you in any way. For this cannot be, unless the apostasy (Rebellion) will have arrived first, and the man of sin will have been revealed, the son of perdition,4who is an adversary to, and who is lifted up above, all that is called God or that is worshipped, so much so that he sits in the temple of God, presenting himself as if he were God. 5Do you not recall that, when I was still with you, I told you these things? 6And now you know what it is that holds him back, so that he may be revealed in his own time.7For the mystery of iniquity is already at work. And only one now holds back, and will continue to hold back, until he is taken from our midst. 8And then that iniquitous one shall be revealed, the one whom the Lord Jesus shall bring to ruin with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy at the brightness of his return: 9him whose advent is accompanied by the works of Satan, with every kind of power and signs and false miracles,10and with every seduction of iniquity, toward those who are perishing because they have not accepted the love of truth, so that they may be saved. 11For this reason, God will send to them works of deception, so that they may believe in lies, 12in order that all those who have not believed in the truth, but who have consented to iniquity, may be judged.<————-

13Yet we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers, and sisters beloved of God,

Because God has chosen you as first-fruits for salvation, by the sanctification of the Spirit and by faith in the truth.14He has also called you into truth through our Gospel, unto the acquisition of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.15And so, brothers, and sisters stand firm, and hold to the traditions that you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle.

Faith is the realization

Reading 1 HEB 11:1-2, 8-19

Brothers and sisters:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen.
Because of it the ancients were well attested.

Meditations: Advent

I Want to See Friday of the First Week of Advent “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread word of him through all that land. Matthew 9:29b-31 This statement from Jesus is directed to two blind men who come to Him, beg for mercy and healing, believe in faith that Jesus will heal, and then are healed. But what’s quite fascinating is that Jesus tells them not to speak about their healing to oth- ers. Why would He say this? First of all, the request of Jesus would have been impossible to follow. Everyone who knew these blind men would have known they were blind. And then, out of the blue, they could see. How could such a thing be contained? Jesus most certainly knew that they could not con- tain such a miracle but, nonetheless, spoke these words to these men. To understand why Jesus said this we must understand the motive He had for healing them. Jesus’ healing of these men was done purely out of love for them. They cried out for mercy and Jesus wanted to offer mercy. He did not do it as a way of gaining public praise or notoriety. He did it out of love for these blind men. He also did this miracle to teach that He can heal the blindness of our hearts. He wanted these men to come to faith in Him and “see” Him for who He was. Therefore, this miracle was something deeply personal and was done out of concern for these two men to strengthen their faith. What’s interesting to note, however, is that these men could not contain the joy they had at receiving this gift from our Lord. They had to cry out in grat- itude and share their story. We can be certain that Jesus was not offended at this but saw it as a necessary result of their faith. How about you? Do you see God at work in your life and then seek to spread the joy of His work in your life? Do you regularly witness to His action and healing? Do you seek to allow others to see all that God has done for you? Reflect, today, upon the joy in the hearts of these Lord, thank You for the Gift of Your life. Thank You for coming to Earth to enter into my life. Thank You for the joy of knowing You and loving You. May I allow this joy to so transform my life that I may con- tinually seek to give You to others. Jesus, I trust in You

Meditations: Advent

Listen, Understand, Act Thursday of the First Week of Advent “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.” Matthew 7:24-25 Perhaps one of the hardest things to do in life is to listen. Are you a good listener? Do you know how to listen? Most likely this is a struggle for you since it is a struggle for most people. Listening is more than hearing. Listening implies that one hears AND comprehends. Furthermore, in this Scripture passage, Jesus makes it clear that “listening” is not enough. Once we’ve listened (heard and understood), we must act. Acting on the Word of God involves a total embrace and sur- render to His Word and will. It means you allow the Word of God to dictate your actions and to set your feet “solidly on rock.” The imagery Jesus uses is quite descriptive. A house built on sand is very different than a house built on solid rock. One can only imagine the problems that await a house built on sand. Every storm that comes will cause great anxiety and worry. Fear will always be present as the sandy foundation slowly erodes away. But if the house is on solid rock, there is great confidence in the midst of a storm. Reflect, today, upon the foundation of your life. Advent is a time when we examine whether or not the foundation of our life is Jesus. He entered our world and took on flesh so that He could be that rock foundation. And the path to that rock foun- dation is to listen, comprehend and act. Set your “house” on Him in this way and no storm will erode the foundation of your life. Lord, may your human life become the foundation of my life. May my life be built upon You who are the Rock Foundation. Jesus, I trust in You.

Meditations: Advent

Jesus Cares About the Details Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” Matthew 15:32 The first thing this passage reveals could easily be missed. It reveals Jesus’ deep concern for the crowds of people. He not only cared for their souls, He also cared for their bodies in that He did not want them to go away hungry. This reveals Jesus’ total care for His followers. We know the rest of the story. Jesus multiplies the loaves and fish and feeds the multitude. And though this is an incredible miracle on a physical level, it is just as miraculous on a personal and spiritual level. Personally speaking, the miracle is that God, the Almighty, the Omnipotent One is deeply concerned about the small detail of feeding the crowd their next meal. This reveals that God is not only concerned for our eternal salvation, He is also con- cerned about our daily needs. Note that the passage quotes Jesus as saying, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd…” And “I do not want to send them away hungry…” This very personal and human concern of Jesus should offer us great comfort in knowing that His care is deep and exhaustive. The concern Jesus has for the physical need of food for His followers also points to His spiritual con- cern for His followers’ souls. If He cares this much about the body, He cares all the more for the soul and deeply desires to nourish their souls with the food of eternal life. Reflect, today, upon Jesus’ deep and all-consuming care for you. Know that there is no detail of your life that escapes His notice. Though that may be hard to believe at times, know that it is absolutely true! Surrender all to Him in trust and know that He is there to reach out to you in your every need. Lord, thank You for Your unfailing and perfect concern for every detail of my life. Thank You for Your perfect attentiveness to my needs. May I always trust in Your perfect care for me and surrender to Your loving provi- dence. Jesus, I trust in You

Meditations: Advent

Humility Before the Mystery of Faith Tuesday of the First Week of Advent “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” Luke 10:21b So are you “wise and learned” or “childlike?” Which better describes your life? At first, that question may be hard to answer. If we didn’t know that Jesus elevated the quality of being childlike, we may be drawn to call ourselves wise and learned. Of course there is nothing wrong with being wise or learned. The problem comes with what these qualities mean in the mind of Jesus. Jesus uses them to refer to those who think highly of them- selves, are a bit pompous and are what you might call “know-it-alls.” The sad truth is that a “know-it-all” does not actu- ally know it all. They actually fool only them- selves. The ideal is to be like a child in that a child is open to learn in a humble way, at least most of the time. This childlike quality of humility and openness disposes us to receive the true wisdom from above. Jesus gives praise to the Father for hiding the mys- teries of faith from the wise and learned while re- vealing them to the childlike. This is especially important to reflect on as we enter into Advent. Advent is a time when we need childlike faith and openness to understand and penetrate the beautiful mysteries of the Incarnation. Without this humble openness we will never fully understand the won- derful gift of God this Christmas. Reflect, today, upon the openness within your heart. Are you ready and willing to soak in the great mysteries of God who came to make His dwelling place with us and within us? Are you will- ing to embrace that childlike faith necessary to penetrate the great mysteries of our faith? If so, it will be a wonderful Advent and Christmas. Lord, give me the simple and humble faith of a child. Help me to see You as You are and to allow Your pres- ence in our world to penetrate my life. Jesus, I trust in You

Meditations: 1st Week of Advent

Faith in the Most Holy Eucharist Monday of the First Week of Advent “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” Mt. 8:8 This familiar line is taken from the faith of a Roman centurion. He asked Jesus to heal his servant, Jesus agrees to come cure him, and the centurion exclaims this profound faith in Jesus stating two things: 1) He’s not worthy of Jesus’ presence in his home and, 2) His confidence that Jesus can heal his servant simply by saying the word. Jesus, of course, is quite impressed with this man’s faith and obliges him with the physical healing of his servant from a distance. But Jesus does much more than a healing. He also holds this man up as a model of faith for all. This beautiful statement of faith from the centurion is used within the Mass to speak of two matters of faith in regard to the Eucharist: 1) We are not wor- thy to receive Holy Communion and, 2) We invite Jesus anyway to come and heal our souls. Advent is a time when we especially ponder the great mystery of the Incarnation. It’s a time when we especially ponder the mystery of God coming and dwelling with us in physical form. Though this happened over two thousand years ago, it con- tinues to take place at each and every Mass. And at each and every Mass we are called to express the same faith as this Roman centurion.

Reflect, today, upon your faith in the coming of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist. Each Mass is a manifestation of the God-Man who came to live among us and live within us. If we but have the faith of this centurion, we, too, will be blessed by our God beyond measure. Lord, I do believe. Help my unbelief. Help me to see my unworthiness each time I prepare for Holy Communion. And in that humble admission, may I also invite Your healing presence in my life. Jesus, I trust in You.