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Jesus is our home (Advent 2020)
Where do you feel most "at home"? When are you most free to be yourself? Ultimately, our hearts can only fully experience this through a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. He's the one who settles our insecurities and gives us the sense of belonging which we crave.
If you're feeling a sense of exile, of not feeling seen and known and loved... maybe it's time to discern if that's due to trying to make your home in other places. As Henri Nouwen pointed out, sometimes we know we have a home, we just don't choose to live there.
Let's choose home! Let's decide to live there. Because that's where we belong—and if we're not home with the Father, it's very difficult to find home in the world.
Today's episode continues with Blessed is She’s Advent Devotional, Maranatha.
Also recommended (thanks Fr Angelus): Advent of the Heart: Seasonal Sermons and Prison Writings, 1941-1944 by Fr Alfred Delp, S.J.
A Cry for Those in Crisis: Come, Lord Jesus! Maranatha! (Advent 2020)
Advent is here! In these days leading to Christmas, we all have the chance to look at the places where we need Jesus to break in and bring light and hope.
In this week’s episode:
We start our 4-week exploration of Blessed is She’s Advent Devotional, Maranatha Recommendation from Fr Angelus: Advent of the Heart: Seasonal Sermons and Prison Writings, 1941-1944 by Fr Alfred Delp, S.J. Martin Jernberg (instagram: @martin.jernberg), Mike Kearney (instagram: @atmikekearney) Advent and Lent have similarities. Consider this: St Francis fasted before both Easter (during Lent) and Christmas (during Advent). Do you struggle to get “into” Advent? Fr Mark-Mary is publishing a book with Ascension Press, set for release in March 2021. Fr Mark-Mary talks about praying maranatha (“Come, Lord Jesus!) in a particular situation as an example of how we can invite the Lord into our lives. The “recipe” for Jesus to come: embracing our poverty. Jesus doesn’t always come with the remedies we hope for—He comes with himself. The world before the advent of Christ needed a Savior; it was broken, lost, dark. Christ brought healing, purpose and light to the world, and He wants to do the same for our world, now; for our lives. We don’t have to wait for the “big” things to happen before we involve God; He wants to enter into the ordinary, everyday things with us. The Church has set aside holy, consecrated times like Advent as a gift for us. Jesus not only wants to come, but also wants us to ask, even beg, for Him to come. Servant of God Marcel Văn, in prayer, hears Jesus say to him, “It brings joy to me to hear you call my name.” Jesus has a desire to hear us cry out to Him. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel… one of the greatest Advent songs, right? Reflecting on the experience of Megan Hjelmstad (instagram: @positively__imperfect) of longing for children after a hysterectomy, and how so many of us can relate to that suffering of longing. Megan feels the Holy Spirit invite her to pray for Our Lady’s intercession to conceive Christ in her life so that she might bring His light into the world. When we’re consumed by our suffering, we need to let God break in. We need to turn away from ourselves and to the Lord, and let Him work. Fr Innocent talks about struggling with depression in high school and feeling the pressure as a varsity athlete, even while appearing totally fine and happy on the outside. This depression and experience of anxiety leads to a profound Eucharistic encounter. Healing is made possible through hope. Your Advent season can be real and concrete. What are areas in your life that are barren and burdened and in need of Christ?
Prince of Peace - Crucified King - The Way to Peace
Peace on the outside comes from knowing God on the inside. This week we discuss the Prince of Peace who is Christ crucified. Through the cross, Jesus has made a way for us to have peace with the Father in this world.
Peace WITH God will bring the peace OF God. Jesus promised peace in our hearts. So, we remain in His presence. It’s in Him alone that you can find real peace…
We have a Father (forever!!): The Foundation and Fullness of Good News
In this week's episode we talk about the reality of our heavenly Father. The God of heaven and earth is passionately pursuing you right now. No matter how close you are to him, he is knocking on the door of your heart, asking to come in and meet with you once again. He’s not knocking just to fix you. He’s not knocking just to make you do something for him. He simply wants to meet with you. He simply wants to love you.
In this week’s episode:
Blessed is She podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/blessed-is-she Abiding Together podcast https://www.abidingtogetherpodcast.com/ Want to send a sticker for Pro the donkey? Address: St Joseph Friary 523 W 142 St New York NY 10031 Isaiah 9:6: Father Forever (Alternate translation: Everlasting Father) Why is Jesus called “Father forever”? Rembrandt’s The Prodigal Son Parables Referenced: The Prodigal Son The Lost Sheep The Good Samaritan The Father’s desire to be a friend to sinners. Fr Innocent tells a personal story of searching for a friend who has recently died. The Holy Spirit moves our hearts to seek out His sons and daughters. How the Father pursues us and longs to be with us forever; for eternity. St Francis of Assisi’s example as someone who seeks the forgotten; being with the forgotten always reminded St Francis of who the Father is and of his own mission. God always pursues the forgotten. Mission gives us experiences of the Father. Seeking the lost and the broken not only gives us a chance to love and serve others, but also gives us privileged insight of how God loves us as well. Hosea 11; reread this passage and replace Israel with your name. God is drawing each of us out of exile. Fr Innocent talks about how sometimes Jesus is our safe space. We say, “ok, I just want to stay with Jesus.” And he asks us, “How’s your relationship with the Father?” Jesus is not satisfied just revealing Himself. Jesus doesn’t want to keep the Father hidden away. Our inheritance is not an orphan spirit of insecurity. We have an everlasting Father who pursues us. Referenced Books by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis: Fire of Mercy (Vol. I, II, III), The Way of the Disciple Upcoming episodes will feature Blessed Is She’s Advent Devotional Maranatha. Order it now if you want to use the resource with the podcast: https://blessedisshe.net/product/maranatha-advent-devotional/ .
This week we discuss the title, "Mighty God" and the way in which God shows his might by making himself small, by forgiving us, by coming to us in the Eucharist. God is great and omnipotent but he chooses to become small to us so we can respond to Him in love. He made himself fragile to give us his strength. He became vulnerable so we could finally open our hearts in love, without fear. He is with you. He is for you. And he is enough.
Were you there? An invitation to trust the Wonderful Counselor
Are we fascinated by God or merely interested? God wants His creation to be fascinated with Him and His ways. In this week's episode we talk about what it means to put aside our worry and to trust in the Wonderful Counselor. The truth is this: If we are fascinated with anything in life other than Jesus then we don’t really know Him intimately! If we allow ourselves to be captivated with Him and seek Him more, then we will experience a heart consumed by and filled with God!
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