And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

If you’ll allow me a little “twist” on yesterday’s Gospel this morning…

In the sixty fifth year of the reign of Elizabeth II,
when Mike Parson was governor of Missouri,
and Donald Trump was President of the United States of America,
and his Vice President was Michael Pence,
during the papal-ship of Francis; when Robert J. Carlson was the Archbishop of the St. Louis Archdiocese and Jack Siefert was pastor of St. Mary Magdalen in Brentwood
the word of God came to Jerry the son of Jacob in the city of Ballwin.
Jerry started a blog throughout the internet,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Yesterday’s Gospel hit home for me because that is the true purpose of this blog.  My only goal is to get people back into Church; back into the confessionals; back into the mindset that only God can save them.  It is time for all of us the fill in our valleys, make straight our paths, smooth out our rough ways.  It is time for all of us the make it as easy as we can for God to find us not matter how hard it is for us to do this.

Have you been doing your five minutes of prayer and daily reflection?  Let’s push it to 10 minutes this week.  Go back to yesterday’s readings because they are absolutely beautiful. Then look at today’s readings; and while your thinking about those – I will post for you Bishop Barren’s thoughts for today because they are truly inspirational too.

Do something great for our Lord today – first, start the construction of that easy path that will lead God directly to your heart.  Second, if you know someone who needs to be lowered in from the roof and healed, reach out to your friends to help you lower that person down to the healing touch of Christ.  Allow Christ to say to them…As for you, your sins are forgiven…I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.  Allow yourself to witness that miracle so that you too can say…We have seen incredible things today.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

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