Some years back---over a million people were delivered from Egypt and taken into the desert. They left Egypt after witnessing great miracles by God to set them free. Within a few weeks however---they lost their faith, whined and complained--turned to a golden calf, and well we know the rest of that story don't we?
Now we are in a different desert--and what will our response be? Do we believe in God the Father the Almighty? Do we trust in Jesus Christ our Lord who promises "I AM WITH YOUR ALWAYS?" Do we walk by faith and not by sight of words and images seen on a SCREEN which has become our GOLDEN CALF?
Years ago, too, we were given the Bread of Life, The Words that are a lamp unto our feet and a COVENANT PROMISE by and ever faithful God! HE does not lie--His LOVE endures forever, His Mercy everlasting!!
Yet, again, what is our response to this new enemy that is controlling all of our lives? Yes, we are to be obedient to the authorities---HOWEVER, BE OBEDIENT to what God tells us to do, first and foremost! Walk in faith and trust ---or you will die from you disobedience!! Words from God--not me.
In the desert, a staff with a seraph on it, healed the Israelites. WE HAVE A CRUCIFIX! We can portray this symbol of God's love in our homes and we can wear it around our neck. Especially a St. Benedict crucifix that is used in exorcisms. Those crucifixes have a special blessing to be an vessel to ward off evil.
We have images of Mary and Jesus. I have a Image on my front door, so should you, or on a window. We have Holy Water to bless ourselves with, coming and going. No mention of that by our Bishops--oh, just "USE disinfectant." Well dear priests at least bless that as we use it entering into church. (Can you tell I am a bit ticked off? Like Jesus though, I feel our leaders and the faithful too---are making a mockery out of the temple of God. Our Church and our own body!)
Prayer daily. Over and over again---God tells us, Mary tells us to PRAY! Read a Psalm daily out loud. Read from the Bible with your family---stories that tell of God's love and protection. Say the Rosary together too. The Devine Mercy Prayers. Or the simple "My Jesus, I trust in you," over and over again as you go about your day. Do this and see the difference in your life and home!!
Fill your home with good uplifting, happy, praise---MUSIC. Sing out loud with it and dance too. When we use our chest muscles to 'huff and puff' or to sing--exhaling more air---we release endomorphins that increase our immunity! "A merry heart has a continual feast." God's promise again. For, we enter into His courts, come unto His altar with praise and thanksgiving. In HIS HEALING PRESENCE dear people!!
LIVE IN FAITH! KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS. Walk on the waters of life --or sink into pits of despair, depression, and eventually death as what you fear becomes reality in your life!!
Now you have been told "My people --what to do! Trust and obey or go the wrong way--crash and die."
THIS IS OUR TIME TO BELIEVE and LIVE like WE SAY WE BELIEVE!! IS THERE POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS, IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS, IN THE PRESENCE OF JESUS?! Is there Power in the WORD OF GOD? Or is that BIBLE just words written by man--as an atheist would say? The WORD is our sword and FAITH is our Shield. Put on that full armor of GOD!!
This is the hour and the day that you decide to live in the Presence of God and in the Kingdom of Jesus our Lord!! Or, will you wander for 40 more months in that desert---never seeing the Promises of God be fulfilled in your life!!!
The people of God, and our Catholic Church should be that shining BEACON that leads the rest of the world to this knowledge!! There is a GOD and by our example --we BRING HIM into THIS DARK WORLD!!
Perhaps the SECOND COMING is first heralded by HIS COMING INTO OUR LIFE by OBEDIENCE to this one Commandment. "Love the Lord God with all your heart and soul and love your neighbor as yourself." ACTIONS of OBEDIENCE is the oil in our lamp and the Gate to His Kingdom! Come on People now, smile and ---"TAKE UP YOUR CROSS AND COME FOLLOW ME--MY WORDS AND LIVE!"