Called

Hymnal Lyrics: ‘We are Called’ by David Haas We are called to act with justice. We are called to love tenderly. We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God. ************************************************* The above powerful song lyrics to “We Are Called” were sung at Mass today, accompanied by a wonderful homily on humility. In the biblical sense, believing Christians are uniquely called to peacefully walk humbly with Jesus. It’s not that they are so good at it, but it is the striving soul that turns to God when they are hurting. By trying their level best to work for peace, believing Christians frequently forfeit opportunities to strive to preserve their own reputation, avoid having to have the last word, resist the urge to fight back when wronged, and try to restrain from lashing out to others. Instead, they are compelled to turn to God at every turn to restore lost peace, promote comfort, seek protection, and even sublime joy in adversity, despite how they may feel about any given person or circumstance. No, believing Christians are not destined to become doormats, however, they are compelled to embrace the high road whenever humanly possible. Being a believing Christian is not for the faint of heart, or those looking for the popularity or worldly reward. Actually, being a Christian today sometimes involves being surrounded by hostile or lukewarm souls that chide them for their beliefs. Perhaps you have heard the Christian faith referred to as the “Christian thing.” In a worldly sense, it is very easy for people to dismiss the faith of others and try to compartmentalize others...

The Christmas Blessing

Greetings From the The Inspiration Cafe Blog! The Christmas Blessing John 21:17 [Full Chapter] “The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” _______________________________ For those of you who know me, you know well I believe in miracles…And lots of them! It is with much awe and excitement that I share this today on Christmas Eve, “The Christmas Blessing …” Just about four weeks ago, around Thanksgiving, I was praying and praising God for so many blessings received, when I was done, I found myself fervently asking God to bring a new soup kitchen into our community to help us feed the poor. One week later, to the day, I was approached by a woman at Manna House named Joyce Price. “I need to talk with you…It’s really important,” she said emphatically. “Of course. How can I help?” “My son, Rafael Mack, is president of an organization called the Esquires Motorcycle Club in Aberdeen, Maryland. He and his organization just purchased a large food truck and want to start a new soup kitchen in our community to feed the poor. He needs your help to get started” You can only imagine my awe and excitement. Yes, I thought, God absolutely heard my prayer for the poor and has already put a plan into motion to feed our local poor! Joyce arranged for me to meet Rafael the next Wednesday at Manna House. One week later I was able to...

Finding God’s Purpose

“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”  Exodus 9:16 Everyone has purpose in life, and in God’s eyes, no one is exempt! Ever wonder what your purpose is in this life? Recently, I was talking with a young friend who was pondering God’s purpose for him in his life. Though it is a deep question, it is one that is truly universal at some point in the lives of most people. This pressing existential question often comes at times when one is making big decisions, through life transitions, and difficult times, most particularly at times of spiritual growth when we hunger and thirst for God the most on this journey. In my own personal, evolving spiritual life experience, I have noticed that God’s purpose is dynamic and ever changing to meet me right where I am at any given time or place. I believe we have a series of purposes in this life, sometimes overlapping, rather than just one. The Scripture above reminds us that the Lord has much to show each of us, as we are ready to comprehend it, and asks us to give witness to Him as we go about our daily life through what we say and do. In essence, He is asking us to live the sort of life that would logically lead people to Him so that they may reap the benefits and enlarge His Kingdom. Sometimes my purpose is born from circumstances, other times it comes to me in prayer or through reading the bible. I believe that much of the...