LET’S KEEP THIS PARTY GOING!
A dynamo we all know, did just that, with the big assist from the Source of Everything.
Let me say right up front, all things considered, I am unschooled in the Bible. Mother Angelica once said, “Read the Bible. Let God talk to you.” I’m paraphrasing what she said, but that’s how I read and love the Bible.
At first, this dynamo wasn’t in a party mood. Just recently he had cooperated with the Master of Ceremonies at a tremendous competion. Winning the contest endangered his life. He ran.
Then, he prayed, “Enough Lord! Take my life….” He fell asleep. Suddenly a messenger touched him and said, “Get up and eat!”
He ate. He laid down again. The messenger touched him again and said, “Get up and eat or the journey will be too much for you!”
These are bare bones (1 Kings 18:1-46, 19:1-15) of the story of God, Jeremiah, Ahab and Jezebel.
Jeremiah accepted the invitation to keep the Celebration going. He did not work from his couch at home. He got up, walked, endured and risked everything.
Exhausted he prayed, “Enough Lord!”
The Lord said to him: Go back!
The worthy celebration begins in eternity, continues in time and then, into eternity.
George Weigel in Roman Pilgrimage writes:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 13:31).
The word – which seems almost nothing in comparison to the mighty power of the immeasurable material cosmos, like a fleeting breath against the silent grandeur of the universe – the word is more real and more lasting than the entire material world. The word is the true, dependable reality: the solid ground on which we can stand, which holds firm even when the sun goes dark and the firmament disintegrates…. (The) word of Jesus is the true firmament beneath which we can stand and remain.
FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE discipleship is a celebration worth enduring.
NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK
Bill prays the Rosary in front of PP every Saturday come rain or shine. Here is his note from the sidewalk for yesterday, Saturday 3-5.
BILL S. 3-5 Saturday
The 3-5 shift today was pretty quiet which is a blessing when you are a rookie substitute shift manager. The ritual changing of the guard took place from Dean to me and off I went.
Within a few minutes of my wondering if this would be a solo mission, Mary from St Sylvester’s in Brentwood arrived and we promptly started a Rosary.
Less than a decade in and Mike from my home Parish St. Ferdinand’s in Cranberry arrived.
Less than 3 decades in and my namesake brother, Bill, arrived and the four of us were there together for the majority of the shift.
Bill’s daughter, who is 7 months pregnant, stopped by to add some joy to our time there.
Near the end of the shift Adam, arrived followed by my relief, Jeff and the baton was successfully passed forward.
NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK SUNDAY
The blog report that Planned Parenthood was very busy yesterday sat like a stone on my heart.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.
Like Mary, I felt discouraged, like there was no point in going out to the sidewalk anymore.
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Like Martha, I wondered why Jesus hadn’t stepped in to stop the suffering. But in His mercy, Jesus commanded that the stone be rolled away, just as He did at Lazarus’ tomb before raising him from the dead.
“Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Sir, come and see.” And Jesus wept.
Like us in all things but sin, fully human even while He is fully divine, Jesus feels anguish when His beloved children suffer. He weeps for those seeking abortions. He weeps for those performing abortions. And He weeps with us as we grieve over the hearts broken and the innocent lives taken so violently.
“This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Jesus didn’t mean in this context that death would be avoided. Rather, He knew that death would not have the last word. Neither will the current culture of death last forever. Jesus, the Lord of Life, has defeated death!
He cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”
Lord Jesus, call us out of deadly despair, untie us from our burial bands of unbelief, let us go so that we can live with You and for You! Help us to persevere in the fight knowing that You have already won, even if we can’t yet see the way it will all play out. Remind us:
“I am the Resurrection and the Life; whoever believes in Me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”
The People of God Covenant Community provided spirit-filled, prayerful witness on Liberty Avenue this morning. Thank you to Pat, Ben, Pam, and Daniel for standing vigil with the ever-faithful Vince and Bill!
SUE M. 9-11
Oh, how spiritual our prayer was this morning, led by members of the People of God Covenant Community!!!
“Regulars” Beth S. and I were so blessed by the presence of Tom, Patty, Bill, Pat, Todd, and Matt, all from the People of God. Under their leadership, we prayed and sang and praised and petitioned our God to end abortion there at 933 Liberty Avenue. The sun joined in during its short time slot of shining between the buildings. Margie from St. Mary, along with Sunday-morning “regular,” Patty, joined us toward the end of the shift.
The only negative comments during my shift came from a runner who ran by loudly expressing very rude rough hopes about us. He reiterated this even more vehemently and angrily as he walked by us on his way back, adding that we were all racists.
In the most admirably, confidently, and respectfully gentle way I’ve seen, Bill asked him to come back and talk with us (which he refused). I was so hoping he would come back, as I just knew that, under Bill’s leadership, it would have been a great discussion. We prayed for the man both of the times that he passed by.
Maggie S. 1-3
I had a smorgasbord of prayers today. One from St. Bartholomew who is also a co-worker! Three from St. Gregory and Mathias in zelionople, six from St. Bernard including 2 kids and one from St. Sylvester! Thanks be to God for all who joined me today!
Somebody asked if the models were scientifically accurate. I said I didn’t know. She told me that they are not. That the arms are shorter as well as the legs and that they don’t have ears until later. She also said that the 10 week old should only be 1 inch. I didn’t know what to respond and just listened to her.
Diane is on top of it: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/fetal-development-stages-of-growth.
Prayer witness Sunday 3-5 Smiling Faces of ProLife Witnesses
The sun was shining on this beautiful Day of The Lord.
This beautiful family from Saint John the Baptist / Holy Trinity church, spread prayers and smiles to all who passed by. The little lady down front is from Saint Bernard / Saint Pius X. She is a good friend of the Holy Spirit. He is working through her.
JOE W. 5-7
Ted, Lou and Deacon Myron from Holy Trinity Ukrainian Church in Carnegie, along with Joe from Good Shepherd in Braddock, and brother soldiers Dean and David (pictured) showed up to stand for life.
Thank you, Men for your witness this evening.
And God saw that it was good.