Jesus Christ is King!

Check out this sound clip taken from a sermon by Dr. S.M. Lockridge:

“He supplies strength to the weak. He’s available for the tempted and the tried. … He defends the feeble. He serves the unfortunate.”

“Death couldn’t handle him and grave couldn’t hold him!”

Jesus must reign in our hearts! He is our only hope against the devil! Give him complete authority over your life. Place him on the throne of your heart! Call upon him at every moment of trial, give him glory in every moment of joy, and thank him for the life he has given you. Imitate his righteousness by reaching out in love to the poor, the imprisoned, the hungry, the homeless, and the unfortunate among us. Imitate his mercy by forgiving all who have sinned against you.

See how he humbled himself by placing aside his crown of jewels for a crown of thorns. See how he stepped down from his glorious throne in Heaven to be hung on the Cross as a criminal, all so that we may enter into his Heavenly Kingdom at the time of our passing from this life to the next. Without this King, our lives are left to be empty of meaning and purpose. Without this King, we will never know true peace and joy. Without this King, we will not know what it means to truly live:

“I came that they might have life, and have it in abundance.” (John 10:10)

That’s my king!

My Testimony – Deacon Bryan

I’m grateful to share my story with you. It’s a story of grace and deep moments of conversion – many moments of conversion.

Every disciple of Jesus Christ has a story. Some may think their story is unexciting or even boring, but this is not the case. Jesus Christ has worked good things in the lives of his disciples – this is not a boring fact!

Who I Am [RAP MUSIC]

Tru-Serva and DiJohn serve up a great one in “Who I Am”.  The second verse in particular speaks volumes into our personal situation:

without you o wretched man that i am
this selfishness got my own plans in full demand
the battle inside says that i’m unworthy
and the thoughts in my mind says that i’m unholy
even though in your word it says draw closely
still, my greatest fear is that you wouldn’t know me.

(I would have posted the official music video, but it is focused on abuse, which is not the main focus of this post.)

The Way of Bartimaeus

This is a meditation concerning the encounter between Jesus and Bartimaeus and how it relates to each of us, given during a time of Eucharistic Adoration. Follow along with the meditation by reading this Scripture passage:

Then they came to Jericho. And as Jesus was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage! Arise! He is calling for you.” Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus. And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?”And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the way.

Advent: Walk with Mary to Jesus

Posted by: Zealoussheep

The glorious season of Advent is approaching. The superabundance of graces poured forth for us in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ are so vast! We are invited to make ready our hearts and dispose them for his coming. I invite you to consider during the next three weeks some ways to intentionally seek the disposition of heart that will allow Christ’s coming to bear fruit in our souls. Then, come November 30th, I invite you to put those intentional plans into action out of love for your humble Redeemer. Then, as the great drama comes to its pinnacle in the late evening hours of December 24th, not only will you find yourself immersed in festive lights, colors and attire, but you will also find that His LIFE has been born in you in more plentiful ways than ever before.

I will share one of my plans and invite you to journey with me. I intend to walk with Mary to Christmas. Why? Because Mary is the preeminent model of a perfectly disposed heart!

And who was the best disposed for the coming of the Word to earth? Without any doubt, it was the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the moment when the Word came into this world, He found Mary’s heart perfectly prepared, and capable of receiving the Divine riches which He willed to heap upon her. – Christ in His Mysteries, Abbot Marmion, O.S.

I can’t think of anyone better to assist me in preparing my heart than Mary! To facilitate this journey, I plan to reread Walking With Mary by Dr. Edward Sri this Advent.

Walking-with-Mary

This book is one that I can see myself reading over and over again because of its spiritual riches and the light it pours into crevices of Mary’s life I had not previously considered. Join me! Let’s walk together with Mary toward her Son this Advent. May our hearts be tilled soil, readied to receive the Word of Life as Mary did in Nazareth.

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