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Mar 212017
 

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It is necessary for God to realize within the depths of our hearts a desire for the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

The word we focus on is Ezekiel 37:1

Ezekiel is being led by the Holy Spirit in prayer.These bones quoting the Word, were not “dog” bones, but human.

My beloved, we see that God comes to the aid of a people who were down, discouraged and hopeless. Dead in their faith and without God.They had no more perspective on life, this chosen people loved by God. A people who were exiled and hopeless, because they had forsaken the Lord. They were far from the land God had promised; They were away from the temple and felt hopeless. It is the people who were feeling humiliated, and God tells Ezekiel to announce a new time. To give some perspective on life, and to bring them together again.

The first thing the revelation that I want to highlight is what God asks Ezekiel do: “parched bones, hear the word of God.”

Jesus looking on the edge of that lake, along with his own, the to realize that God does not give up of their own. (John 21.15 to 19) . Look for this meeting is to realize the loving God who does not want to lose anyone.

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren “(Luke 22.31 to 32).

My brothers, look alert: Jesus draws the attention of Peter, saying that Satan wanted to sift through him. Jesus said, “I prayed for you Peter, so you do not give up.” Peter assumes that he was weak and loophole in his life. He pretends not to have trouble. Do not hide your weaknesses from God. Do not dress as someone you’re not. Recognize who you are! What most pleases God is to be what we truly are. Peter said: “I’ll go with you even to death.”Peter did not recognize Jesus warns him. Peter had time to recognize that he was afraid, but he did not.

Peter was feeling defeated there on that beach, he was not able to do what he said he would do. How often do we talk about following the Lord and not fulfill it? So many promises we make and failed. Do you know why? We have no courage to accept our weaknesses.

See the figures of Adam and Eve, they were strolling in the garden and ate the forbidden fruit, they hid from God and yet, Adam said, ‘it was Eve that gave him to eat the fruit’. We have difficulty to accept our weaknesses. We need to say to God: “Lord, if it were not for you waking with me, I could not continue .”We do not need to impress God, He knows us. But we need to assume our weaknesses before him.

Or we assume that we are weak and dependent on the grace of God, or we condemn ourselves. “The Spirit is coming to the aid of our weakness, because we do not know how to pray as we ought.”Peter was feeling defeated. I do not know what you’re feeling. Perhaps you are a servant of God, and have been channel of grace for many people, but behind the scenes, you live falling and being carried away by weaknesses. Your are a person who does not have the courage to recognize his/her weaknesses.

When Jesus meets Peter, the apostle had given up hope, and already no longer believed in the miracles he had ever seen. And still bore the feeling of revolt. We can not be blaming the devil because of our weaknesses. “Oh Father, I went to the motel with my girlfriend and it is the Devil’s fault.” Lie! Recognize that you are weak. You gave him the loophole to act.

Jesus says to Peter, “Peter, do you love me? I saw that you fell, but see I have compassion on you Peter have not seen  so much compassion I had with the Samaritan woman, and with Zacchaeus? “. God does not give up on you! No matter what you lived, God believes in you. Jesus is working with this passage, to heal Peter’s heart and ours.

God despite your weaknesses, believes in you. Just as Jesus healed Peter’s whole sense of guilt, and healed his character, God wants to do as well as you!

I wonder what was the first prophecy that Jesus said to Peter. If you also denied, and even made a scandal, Jesus is saying to him, “Turn, leaving the old life.” The revival came over the life of Peter, James, John and the Virgin Mary at Pentecost. This revival is the experience of the gifts, the first love. If you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and no longer prayed in tongues, resume.Praying in tongues is prayer that sanctifies. Monsignor Jonas Abib, says’ he prays at least four times in tongues every day for him to be the man God wants him to be. And you, how much has been your praying in tongues?

Prayng the gift of tongues is what we need to be built up.

Monsignor Jonas also says: “For a vessel to be filled with the Holy Spirit, it need not be a crystal vase. It may be a clay pot, since it is filled with the Holy Spirit. Second feature: for those who want to be filled with the Holy Spirit do not cultivate hurt. The third: do not get carried away by laziness. From at what point do we receive the charisms and want to sit at home, not wanting to help and serve in the Church? “.

Fr. Roger Luis

Transcription and adaptation: Jakeline Megda D’Onofrio.

 

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Mar 202017
 

I feel the Lord wants to put in us a longing, a desire to meet with him on the final day. This day in which we will look into His eyes, embrace Him and we will meet Him face to face. It is this certainty that gives us the Easter Vigil.

I have good news for you: Jesus is risen! Hallelujah! He proclaimed the eternity and the glory of the world without end. Christ the Lord protect us and save us.

To start the celebration of the Easter Vigil it was was dark. The Paschal Candle was lit and the light of Christ was coming among us. That little light was coming in and gradually we were lighting our candles and passing to each other the flame of resurrection. However small the flame may seem, it is enough, because it spreads the announcement that we proclaim with all our strength.

Amid all death there is a seed of resurrection. The light is Christ among His people.

We hear the proclamation of Easter, readings, psalms and were involved in every proclamation, all of which prepared us to the corner of the “Glory.” The altar consisted of candles, cross, towels and flowers. Everything was well rehearsed, well trained so that you realize that the silence was broken by the sound of the resurrection.

Our God is risen. He lives among us. Everything changed. Perhaps, today, in many places you still find a tomb closed by a stone, where there is still death, violence, corruption and defeat. What is the stone which is still in your life and prevents you from experiencing the miracle? What prevents you from resurrecting?

Those women got up early to perfume the Lord’s body. On the way, they probably questioned who would roll the stone for them. And we also ask ourselves, “Who will roll the stone?”. We need to take a step further through our faith.

Jesus was still in the tomb, but they wanted to see Him. If we do not have the courage to take a step, nothing will happen. We still need to continue to be in darkness and dawn, as did those women; otherwise, we will not see God’s surprises. When they got there, the stone had been removed. The obstacle that prevented had been removed.

We also found the stones of despair, the culture of death, depression and despondency in our way, but we need to step towards the Lord. Even without knowing how to roll away the stone, we can not stop. Do not think of the size or the weight of the stone, do not say it’s impossible, because the one rolls the stone is God Himself. He wants to get you out of the condition of death of anguish and sorrow, He wants you to rise again with Him.

The first surprise was that those women found the stone rolled away from the place. The second surprise was to see that Jesus was no longer there, he had risen. Like these women, go after the Lord and be surprised by Him!

Faithful participate in the Easter Vigil in the New Song

Only those who put themselves on the path experience the wonders of the Lord. Where is the place of your encounter with God? Return your heart to this place.

We heard in the readings that these people who would be freed from Egypt began to complain. They were slaves, so why complain if they were being delivered? Because, unfortunately, we tend to become accustom to our situation. It is easier not to believe and stand still because we are afraid of what the Lord will ask us. We prefer the realism of the least to the promise of the greatest. God is not only for us  the first experience you lived with him, there is much more to experience. Let us revive our faith.

Preferring the least to the promise of more produces in us a process of corruption. When the resurrection does not get us out of our complacency two terrible things are produced: mediocrity and lukewarmness. So God makes a move in today’s liturgy, He does not want us standing but rather moving forward. He wants to surprise us.

Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God from tonight. Imagine when the disciples went to Galilee and encountered the risen Jesus, with His glorious body. Here the disciples receive the certainty that there was no more death, it was conquered and and we are sure that there is a place that awaits us, where there is no pain or crying, where God will be all in us. Where there will be full joy, no more emptiness. It will be a time of praise in the full. I look forward to it!

We can not lose the first fervor, the first love. God wants to reveal to us heaven, eternal life. I know you want to know the embrace of the Risen Christ in a very concrete way, the same embrace that the disciples received. And the Lord himself wants to give you that hug. Do you want to live for God? just offer more to your soul, for God has more miracles for you.

Original Transcription and adaptation: Rogéria Nair

Portuguese Version

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