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This is Fr Robert Barron’s reflection for today. I’ve sensed this kind of theme from some of his other reflections for this year, but none as direct as this one. There were none of these judgement overtones in last years reflections.

Could God be any more clear?

 

LENT DAY 23 – GOD OF THE NATIONS

“While we take comfort from much of the Bible’s message, the Bible is not always comforting news. It often carries a message of warning and danger. During this penitential season, it’s good for us to attend to the darker side of the biblical message.

When we read about the pollution of the Lord’s Temple, we discover a familiar prophetic theme: the people have wandered from the ways of God, rendering impure what God intends to be just and upright. God sends prophet after prophet in order to bring his people back, but they are ignored, mocked, and rejected. Then God’s judgment falls on the unfaithful nation.

What is the instrument of God’s justice? In one case, it was the Chaldeans, one of the heathen nations. They came and destroyed the city of Jerusalem, burned the Temple, carried off its most sacred objects, and led the people into exile.

What was this? Dumb bad luck? Just the give and take of geo-political forces? No! The Bible insists that this should be read as God’s action, more specifically, as God’s judgment and punishment. How at odds this is with the typically modern Enlightenment view, according to which religion is a private matter, confined to the heart and the mind of the individual. For the biblical authors, God is the Lord of history and time, and hence the Lord of nations and the Lord of nature. His works and actions must be discerned in all events.

If you want an example of a boldly theological reading of political events, look to Karl Barth, widely considered one of the greatest Protestant theologians of the twentieth century. At the start of the First World War, Barth was a country pastor in Switzerland who had been trained in the confident liberal theology that was all the rage around the turn of the last century. This theology shared the common view that with the rise of the natural sciences, the development of technology, and with political and cultural liberation, human beings could build the Kingdom of God here on earth.

From the quiet of his parsonage in Switzerland, Barth followed the horrors of the First World War, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands, the devastation of nations, the collapse of the European social order. Then something dawned on him: it was precisely the inflated self-regard and hubris of nineteenth-century liberalism that led to this disaster.

He saw the European powers as descendants of the Tower of Babel builders, attempting to reach up to God on their own terms and in their own way. Behind the sunny confidence of the liberal period, he discerned arrogance, imperialism, and colonialism. The advances of science were made possible through the rape of the environment and economic comfort for some was made possible through the enslavement of others.

In the end, bad personal habits have bad consequences, but bad national habits have bad consequences as well.”

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In our days, when in vast areas of the world the faith is in danger of dying out like a flame which no longer has fuel, the overriding priority is to make God present in this world and to show men and women the way to God. Not just any god, but the God who spoke on Sinai; to that God whose face we recognize in a love which presses “to the end” (cf. Jn 13:1)—in Jesus Christ, crucified and risen. The real problem at this moment of our history is that God is disappearing from the human horizon, and, with the dimming of the light which comes from God, humanity is losing its bearings, with increasingly evident destructive effects.Letter of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to All the Bishops of the World, March 10, 2009; Catholic Online

The End of the Age is upon us.

3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8 all this is but the beginning of the labor pains. Matthew 24:3-8

Already we can see the start of these labor pains. Just look at the headlines. We see disasters of biblical proportions, happening all over the world… And, there’s no telling where the next one will be.

Wars, famines, plagues, and persecutions. Elements of the seals of revelation have always been present in the world to varying degrees throughout history. But it seemed to me the last few years that these types of events, especially catastrophic natural disasters were increasing in frequency. And now we’re seeing these things more and more, not just in specific regions, but on a global scale.

I know it’s not what we want to hear about, but the truth is the Popes have been warning us for the last century that these things are here and coming. If we’re going to have to face them then shouldn’t we at least have a real honest discussion about them, and seek God’s guidance on the days we are living in?

 

Jesus warned us that these things would come like a thief in the night. Listen, the noise of the world has lulled many of us to sleep! We are spellbound by store shelves overflowing with things we don’t need, distracted by all our devices and toys and so caught up in social media that we barely notice as life goes right by. So few people realize the utter illusion our society has become:

The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ. —POPE FRANCIS, Evangelii Gaudium, n. 2

And so, the troubles will only continue until the world turns back to God.

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Do not be afraid to go out into the streets and into public places, like the first Apostles who preached Christ and the good news of salvation in the city squares, towns, and villages. This is not time to be ashamed of the gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living, in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in modern “metropolis.” It is you who must go out into the by-rounds and invite everyone you meet to the banquet which God has prepared for his people. The Gospel must not be kept hidden because of fear or indifference. It is has to be put on a stand so that people may see its light and give praise to the Heavenly Father.” -John Paul II, World Youth Day ’93

 

Christians, are we going to bury our heads in the sand or have a real honest look at where we are in the world! Because the truth is because souls are being lost and it’s not a game. Jesus didn’t come and die on a cross as some nice little gesture, he gave his life to save each and every one of His children!! There is a real growing opportunity right now and so many are silent. We need to wake up, and proclaim! The cost of our silence will be measured in souls.

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Further Reading:

The Last Hour

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar 7, this passage is really coming to mind as I write and reflect today:

‘But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise replied, ‘Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.

 

After confession last night I stayed for Mass, and after communion, as I began to envision Jesus there with me, in an instant I felt His Presence very strongly, and there He was, the Jesus from The Visual Gospel of Matthew that I often picture-but He wasn’t smiling as usual, instead He was deeply sorrowful. It took me by surprise, I actually put my hand to my mouth!

— Father please! They crucify me all over again! — After a moment He continued– Hearts are so cold. So shut off from Me, — Now His head was in His hands, and I felt the same–things are so bad! — that even the great shaking I have planned can not wake many of them! (I sensed this referred to the illumination but also the chaos that will precede it)

So many souls are sleeping! -They need to be woken up- and yet so many have heard the call, but are hitting the SNOOZE button! I have great treasures I want to pour into My Children (to prepare them) before the darkness comes, but souls refuse to ask for them.

–Oh, make my heart READY Lord!

After Mass I watched as a care taker snuffed the candle… It’s coming, so soon. The light of God will go out completely in the world for a time, living on only in the hearts of the faithful.

‘My children perish for lack of knowledge.’ (Hosea 4:6) The few who even hear have closed their hearts to this word. You must continue to warn them. The cost of ( your) silence is measured in souls- yours too. ( to whom much is given….)

The watchmen are weeping because the world isn’t listening. Their ears have gone dead to the words… The -“End of the World”, the “apocalypse” has been predicted and forecast like the boy who cried wolf, such that very few still have ears to hear.

From Father’s Homily, Harden not your hearts : “When we know in our heart that God is asking us to do something, we need to step out and do it! …Then, if today we hear God’s voice, ‘ have you hardened your hearts?’ We can say, no Lord, I have done what You asked.”

 

Further Reading:

Living in the book of Revelation
My People are Perishing

 

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God is PATIENT, and slow to anger, but we must not put Him to the test. Even He who is Love can only wait so long. The great injustices in our world can not go unpunished much longer.

3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. 5 The sea is his, for he made it; for his hands formed the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! 7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice! 8 “Harden not your hearts, as at Mer’ibah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 9 when your fathers tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

10 For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who err in heart, and they do not regard my ways.” 11 Therefore I swore in my anger that they should not enter my rest.”

Seek The Lord while He may be found. Time is short, do not delay your return to Him.


 You need only call out His name, and He will take care of the rest.

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There’s a long black train comin’ down the line,
Feeding off the souls that are lost and cryin’.
Rails of sin, only evil remains.
Watch out, brother, for that long black train.
Look to the heaven’s, you can look to the sky.
You can find redemption staring back into your eyes.
There is protection and there’s peace the same:
Burnin’ your ticket for that long black train.

‘Cause there’s victory in the Lord, I say.
Victory in the Lord.
Cling to the Father and his Holy name,
And don’t go ridin’ on that long black train.

There’s an engineer on that long black train,
Makin’ you wonder if the ride is worth the pain.
He’s just a-waitin’ on your heart to say:
“Let me ride on that long black train.”

But you know there’s victory in the Lord, I say.
Victory in the Lord.
Cling to the Father and his Holy name,
And don’t go ridin’ on that long black train.

Well, I can hear the whistle from a mile away.
It sounds so good but I must stay away.
That train is a beauty makin’ everybody stare,
But its only destination is the middle of nowhere.

But you know there’s victory in the Lord, I say.
Victory in the Lord.
Cling to the Father and his Holy name,
And don’t go ridin’ on that long black train.

I said cling to the Father and his Holy name,
And don’t go ridin’ on that long black train.

Yeah, watch out brother for that long black train.
That devil’s drivin’ that long black train.

“Long Black Train”- Josh Turner

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Listen to these words:

 

” MY LOST SHEEP!

The Lord has left no stone unturned in order to find the lost sheep of his flock. Who can say that God has abandoned them who still has the breath of life in his lungs?

The Lord, in His mercy, has reached out to us where we are at. Every night, He paints the evening in colors which defy even the most skilled artist’s brush. He dots the night skies with a universe so grand, so vast, that our minds cannot comprehend it. To this modern man, he has given the knowledge to penetrate the universe with technology which opens our eyes to the miracles of the universe, the playfulness of the Creator, the power of the living God.

Technology.

This is how the Lord has attempted to reach His sheep. When the pulpits fell silent in our churches, the Lord stirred His word in His prophets and evangelists, and words poured out upon paper, and printing presses poured a deluge of graces upon book shelves.

But your hearts continued to rebel.

Thus, through television and radio, the Holy Spirit inspired programs, speaking also through those not in communion with Rome.

Yet your hearts continued to stray…

And so the Lord inspired in mankind the ability for every person to access all the knowledge of the world through the Internet. Does God really care that we can see a picture of Honolulu? Is the Lord concerned that we can shop instantly? Those with spiritual eyes will understand that the revolution of technology the past forty years is not a triumph of man, but the strategy of God making all things work to the good.

Every question, every article of faith, every moment of history in which God has revealed Himself and intervened in mankind is readily available to every heart through a computer. Does your heart doubt? A click of the mouse, and the most wonderful of miracles can be retold. Is there a God? The most profound wisdom and reasoning is at your fingertips. What of the saints? With a quick search, one can discover the supernatural lives of those who reflected beauty, defied worldy ways, and yet conquered nations. What of the spiritual realm? Many are the visions of heaven and hell, angels and demons, after-life and in-life experiences of the supernatural. (I recently befriended a former Pentecostal man who was clinically dead for 6 hours. He was revived by the Virgin Mary, and now receives the stigmata. Believe!)

Dramatic miracles, incorruptable saints, Eucharistic miracles, divine apparitions, unexplainable phenomena, the appearance of angels, and the supreme gift of God’s Mother appearing in various places on the earth (those approved by bishops or awaiting the Church’s judgment): all have been given to this generation as signs and testimonies to truth.

And yet, you have eyes to see, but refuse to look. You have ears to hear, but have not listened.

And so, I have spoken to you in the innermost part of your being. I have whispered my love to you in the spring air, I have saturated you with mercy in the rain, I have beamed my unfailing love to you in the warmth of the sun. But you have turned your heart against me, you stubborn people!

All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people. (Rom 10:21)”

Mark Mallett — Trumpets of Warning Part II

 

Look at the world around us, something is wrong. And it’s getting worse. God is in a hurry and time is short- just how short we do not know. That’s why it’s so important not to delay. Come back to the One who loves you, before it’s too late, for lines are being drawn now. Come back to The Lord, and receive His love. He comes to your heart, not to condemn but only to love. Let Him forgive you, He will in a heartbeat, and you will find the love your heart longs for. Come back.

Time grows very short.

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Even Now

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“The angel with the flaming sword on the left of the Mother of God recalls similar images in the Book of Revelation represents the threat of judgment which looms over the world. Today the prospect that the world might be reduced to ashes by a sea of fire no longer seems pure fantasy: man himself, with his inventions, has forged the flaming sword.”

—The Message of Fatima, http://www.vatican.va

 

“”What is this judgment? Is it thunderbolts from Heaven? No, the “destructive effects” that a world will bring down on itself by ignoring our consciences, disobeying God’s word, and creating a new world on the shifting sands of materialism and relativism are the fruits of a culture of death—fruits few have yet anticipated.” Mark Mallett, Why Aren’t the Popes Shouting?

“Yet even now,” says the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love — Joel 2: 12-13

The time has come. Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near.

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Further Reading:

The Great Storm – Mark Mallett

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