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Complete Detachment From Things

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Complete detachment, with reattachment only to our Lord.

I was watching a viral “feel good” video this morning of a little girl, who had been grieving the loss of her old cat and was given a “surprise” new kitten. Granted, thy typical click bait title was given: WATCH What Happens Little Girls Reaction is Priceless!

It was and she was overcome with many emotions and she cried, and the new kitten gets a hug from her new owner. But… What happens when that kitten grows up and runs the course of its life? Lather, rinse and repeat, in regards to the grief, loss and emotions of replacing that kitten again, which becomes a cat and so on. Its the vicious cycle of material attachments.

As I pondered this more deeply, I couldn’t help but post an update on  my facebook page, not even linking the video or mentioning it in any way which simply said..

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Mar 14, 2017 9:06am

Imagine this video… “This little soul lost everything she thought was hers. Her memories, her home, her friends, her children, her livelihood, and her own brothers and sisters, because of her faith in Jesus. Everything she lost God replaced with Jesus Christ. Her reaction is priceless”.

As I pondered this more deeply, I began to think of how we were all called to give up everything and follow Christ. I strolled over to Twitter and Bishop Robert Barron “just happened” to tweet a new Word On Fire Show. I highly suggest listening to the entire podcast, as it completes my post. Praise, glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ.

10:30 AM – 14 Mar 2017 

Please see here:

WOF 066: How to Have Hope

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Rich In Worldly Attachments

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As I ponder today’s Gospel (Mark 10,17-27), my heart is drawn to “the rich man”, being rich in attachments to the things that keep him  from attaining full acceptance to what our Lord is calling him to do, and be.

Where is your “wealth”? “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other, or you and despise the other. You can not serve God and wealth.” Is it the amount of prestige we receive from others? Is it in our attachments to that prestige we receive? Is it in the friends and colleges we have attachments to, so to build up these “treasures” for ourselves in this life? As one addresses what they consider to be “wealth”, it also becomes clear, that we do not see very clearly, that our Lord should be our desire. “But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.”

Listen to this statement: “I’ve been a Roman Catholic my entire life”.

Now this from today’s Gospel: “And he said to him, ‘Master, I have kept all these since my earliest days.’

What a common chant of mine from my youth, without having any serious understanding of what it actually meant to be Roman Catholic, and to live the faith, daily as our Lord was calling me to do.

It becomes obvious, hearing it today, that just because one processes to be one, it does not necessary mean, one knows what it means to be Roman Catholic nor does one seek to look deeper into understanding all one can of the faith they profess to be. Why? Because we are often so rich in worldly attachments that we make excuses not to seek the kingdom of God first. We place our Lord last on our list of “things to do”, when He should always come first. As we heard in yesterdays Gospel:“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other, or you and despise the other. You can not serve God and wealth.”

What are you “attached” to, that is keeping you from seeking Him first, placing Him first and keeping Him first?

Sell it. Meaning, get rid of everything you are attached to, pulling you away from our Lord..

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Spiritual

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How many times do you hear: I never go to Mass, I’m a good person, but I don’t follow any faith or “religion” but I’m “Spiritual”.

The bigger question is, what “Spirit” are you following? If you’re not following Jesus Christ, then you need to ask yourself this question. The reason we are Christian is the fact we follow Jesus Christ. We do what He tells us to do. Especially in regards to “obedience”.

Todays gospel reminds us that the devil, who is also “Spiritual” knows Jesus Christ to be the Son of God. All “Spirits” know Him. The evil ones are the ones who refuse to follow Him. They do everything in their power not to follow Him. They do not believe Him. To “Believe” means to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so. Thus we “Listen” to what He tells us to do, because we know it to be the correct path. We do it because we love Him.

Ask yourself again, what “spirit” am I following if I am not following Jesus Christ?

At the end of the gospels, all of them, by the end of our Lords ministry, all the Disciples of Christ, know who He is. “Who do you say that I am?”.

When we seek Him, we can find Him. We desire only to stay with Him. In “Communion” with Him. To receive Him and for Him to receive us. To love and serve Him. In all that we do. He makes it known, He is with us, in love. Without a doubt. His presence we encounter in the Holy Eucharist, becomes His presence in us, that we may share Him with all we encounter.

“Gospel, Mark 1:21-28

21 They went as far as Capernaum, and at once on the Sabbath he went into the synagogue and began to teach.

22 And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.

23 And at once in their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he shouted,

24 ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’

25 But Jesus rebuked it saying, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’

26 And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him.

27 The people were so astonished that they started asking one another what it all meant, saying, ‘Here is a teaching that is new, and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’

28 And his reputation at once spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.

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