[Palabra de Dios] Corintios 12, 4-11

Until then,

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How do you MAKE Your Mark on the World? #MakeYourMarkES

When we’re young, we dream about what we’ll be when we grow up. It changes a few times before we finally decide what will leave our name behind after we leave this earth. The lucky few find out what they want to be and run with it. They make their mark on the world and inspire the rest of us to think bigger. The path I chose in my youth was not chosen with making my mark in mind. I chose what came easiest to me and would pay me good money.


I found what I “wanted to be” while volunteering at church. It began chaperoning a trip to a Youth Festival so my niece could attend. I was truly impressed that weekend by the spirit of the young people there. It warmed my heart and it made me realize what I missed out on during my teenage years and my early adult life.

It dawned on me that my “Mark on the World” was through Christ. The ultimate message that most of us seem to miss is that God = Love. I wear my cross to remind me that Jesus gave his life for us so that we would be saved. It also reminds me to show love for everything ….to everyone. 

I volunteer at my church to share that message, to remind the youth how important it is to have God in our lives; How different a life without God can be. I speak from my heart because I know. I treated God as a distant relative for 12 years. I acknowledged Him but I didn’t understand Him. If I could prevent a child from living a life without God, I have to try right? On Friday nights, after work, you can find me at church with our Youth Group. On Saturday afternoon you will find me in a classroom teaching beautiful young women about Our Lord. Wherever I am though, I show love. 
My class made this video to show what we’re learning. It is the Nicene Creed, what the Catholic Faith believes in.

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    Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah Series: Winter Break

    Happy Sunday! Let today be a day of rest and reflection on the week that just passed. Envision all the great things that happened to you, hold on to the feeling of having those moments in your life and carry it into this new week! If you’re just tuning in, the last couple of weeks have been covering the words of wisdom from a Priest I had the pleasure of listening to during an RCIA retreat back in November. There are a few more pieces left to the series but as I have been catching up on my DVR this weekend I thought it would be the perfect time to have an official “winter break” and have the Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah Series return after the holidays. Today will be an opportunity to catch up if you have missed any, a mini marathon if you will.

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    Before I do, I just want to wish the Catholic community a Happy New Year. It is now officially the second week of Advent. We’ll learn all about that next week!

    Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah Series

    1. Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah
    2. Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah Series: Chicken and Pig

    I’ll leave you with today’s second reading.

    Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 [Cooperating with Joy]

    Paul rejoices in the progress of faith among his Phillippians. He is sure that God who began this good work will help it grow. Paul prays that their love may even more abound that they may be rich in harvest.
    A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Phillippians

    Brothers and sisters:

    I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.  God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.  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.

    -The word of the Lord.
    Thanks be to God.

    Let it marinate!

    Until then,

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    Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah Series: Hot Chocolate

    Good Morning!  I hope today you have taken a moment to be grateful for all of this past weeks occurrences so you can start this week off strong.  Today the week does not end but begins.  If you haven’t done it yet, close your eyes, real quick, and say Thank You for ONE great thing that happened.  I’ll wait.  Today we’re reading Father Ian Jeremiah’s third installment.  If you’re just tuning in, after you’ve read today’s words of wisdom, head on over to Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah and Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah Series: Chicken and Pig .

    Hot Chocolate
    A group of ten friends had gathered on Thanksgiving Day, at my home, in the later part of the evening.  The turkey had already been eaten for hours, the dishes washed, and the left overs sent to new homes with guests.  It was time for some Hot Chocolate.  My hot chocolate is made from special ingredients and LOVE, the secret ingredient.  I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I have seen people fight over it.  It never failsI grab every single mug in my cupboard, all of them different.  Some of them I admit are not so pretty, but that little fact never changes the deliciousness of the hot chocolate.  Every time my friends and I gather for Hot Chocolate though, I put the mugs out and everyone seems to scan them.  I close my eyes and I just hope they do not see the one with the small chip on top.  I did notice that everyone does seem to go for the prettier, newer mugs first.  This leaves me with my favorite chipped cup.  I close my eyes with each sip to relish in the sweetness of the chocolate and the subtle heat of the chili.  I smile and look around at my friends and they each seem to be checking out each others mugs.  Weird.  But hey you love your friends anyways, right?  Wait, are those two arguing over what mug they have?  SMH, for the love of Hot Chocolate. Guys your cups have the same thing inside, yes, so drink! 

    When Father Ian’s friends came over for his famous Hot Chocolate on Thanksgiving Day, he noticed that his friends seemed to be more interested in the mugs they were brought out in then that actual hot chocolate.  Two of his friends even fought over who saw the prettier mug first.  He explained that Hot Chocolate in this story is really Life.  We are given this beautiful thing called life, but we do not enjoy the richness of the flavors.  We do not savor the subtle hints of LOVE.  We scan the mug.  We get distracted with our jobs, with what clothes we wear, with what we drive and with what our other friends have.  Are you shaking your head, not me?

    It’s human nature to sometimes feel superior or inadequate when we compare ourselves to others.  When we look around to see what mug our friends are drinking out of, it seems to change our perspective.  BUT, we are all drinking the same thing.  It is easy to become distracted.  It requires a lot of self love and appreciation of YOURSELF and LIFE to be truly happy with what you have and to be happy for OTHERS.  Father Ian’s favorite cup was the chipped cup, but he was still able to relish the dreamy taste of the hot chocolate.  He reminded me that Saturday, at the RCIA Congress meeting, that I need to just enjoy hot chocolate and stop getting distracted by my mug.  If you are already doing that, YAY!  Please share some words of wisdom below in the comments.

    I’ll leave you with today’s Second Reading.


    Rv 1:5-8                                [The Alpha and the Omega]

    By the shedding of his blood, Jesus has made us a royal nation of priests to serve God.  The Lord God is the Alpha and Omega – the beginning and the end.  He is Almighty.

    A reading from the Book of Revelation

    Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.  To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kindgdom, priests for his God and the Father, to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.

    Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,
    and every eye will see him,
    even those who pierced him.
    All the peoples of the earth will lament him.  Yes Amen.

    “I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”

    -The word of the Lord.
    -Thanks be to God.

    Let it marinate.

    Until then,
    *The story of Hot Chocolate has been modified slightly as I did not take exact notes of the story line.

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    Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah

    It’s Soulful Sunday here on My Pocketful Of Thoughts and it is only right to take a moment and give thanks for all the great things going on in our lives right now.  Let us also take this moment to recognize all the phenomenal men and women who have served our country.  We have much to be thankful for, yes?

    Friday night I was reminded of a conference for the RCIA Congress, I had to attend for Saturday morning at 8 am. The event had completely slipped my mind.  I had made all these plans for Saturday morning and was thrown off a bit.  I am that person who needs to plan everything out in order to feel at peace with day.  I can handle changes but it takes a moment or two to adjust.

    I woke up on Saturday morning, after a few hours of sleep, reluctant to start the day.  I admit that I had to drag myself there.  The day started with Mass, which I suggest if you do not do it now, start off your day with God.  When the alarm goes off in the morning, take a minute or two to say Thank You for all the things in your life now, that you’re thankful for.  Then there was a half hour-ish break to eat a pastry and a cup of coffee.  This was my first time attending the RCIA Congress and I haven’t explained what it is yet because at that point of the morning I myself was not sure what it was.  Have you ever been told you have to attending something that you’ve never heard of?  Do you not have some reluctance?  I do not like that about me, but I am human. So at this point I am thinking, Are we starting yet?  I looked around the room and saw a little over 100 people in attendance and I began to feel bad for taking up three seats with myself and my stuff. :/

    9:15 am we started with prayer and were introduced to the day.  RCIA is an acronym that stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  It outlines the steps for the formation for one to receive instruction about the Christian religion.  It is the class I am teaching at my church.  So, yes, this was a good reason to be at this event.

    My reluctance of the event melted away with the first speaker, Father Ian Jeremiah.  He captivated the audience with his stories of perspective on life and I could not stop taking notes.  He was hilarious in his presentation but more importantly his words stayed with me.  It is my wish to share them with you, not today but starting next week, My Pocketful of Thoughts will begin a short series titled Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah.

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    The one thing I will share with you today is that he reminded the group that we should take advantage of the Year of Faith.  The Year of Faith, which began on October 11th and will run until November 24, 2013, is a year especially dedicated to the profession of the faith, through readings of the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  While this is something I have been doing for the past couple of years, it feels a little different this year because I am going to be teaching this to others.  So no longer am I just taking it in, I have to also understand it and be able to explain it in a way that it is understood by others. 

    The more I learn the more I want to share it with you.  I ask that you not be reluctant, like I was on Saturday morning, but that you be open and just take it in.  For a long time I was having an inner war with myself, I could not understand why I was so unhappy and angry.  I had so many things to be thankful for, but I never looked at it that way.  I kept thinking to myself, ‘I’m here, doing so much to better myself and I don’t understand why all these bad things happen to me‘.  It only seemed to bring more bad things.  After a long absence from church, I started to go again.  I sat quietly in the back pews and I just took it in.  Then one day it clicked.  It wasn’t right away.  It was over a year of going to Mass every Sunday.  When it clicked I decided I was ready to become Confirmed in the Catholic faith.  I studied for one year with Sister Alta Gracia.  So I want to share that with others, but especially you, that sometimes you have to just take it in.  Perhaps you’ll read something that will compel you to do the same and share.

    I’ll leave you today with today’s second reading.

    Heb 9:24-28                      [Christ’s Sacrifice for Sin]
    Christ entered into heaven to appear before God, not for sacrifice again, but to take away sin by his sacrifice.  Christ will not die again but he will come to bring about salvation for those who wait for him.
     
    A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

    Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself, that he might now appear before God on our behalf.  Not that he might offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters each year into the sanctuary with blood that is not his own; if that were so, he would have had to suffer repeatedly from the foundation of the world.  But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages to take away sin by his sacrifice.  Just as it is appointed that human beings die once, and after this the judgement, so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.

    -The word of the Lord.
    Thanks be to God.

    Let it marinate.

    Until then,
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