Thursday, February 5, 2015

I've had Enough

I've had Enough

    When is it ENOUGH? When do you say this will not continue? When will Enough, really be ENOUGH? No more. It stops here. This has to end now... When do we turn from the sins in our lives and really turn to Jesus and say “ I ask for forgiveness”, “Give me the strength to over come this”. It is one thing to make a list and walk into the confessional but yet another to say to yourself “Enough is Enough”. 

     Yes, you go into the confessional seeking forgiveness and as we say in the Act of Contrition “ To Sin No More”. We leave our sins at the foot of the cross and walk away but how many times do we turn and come face to face with the sin before us again. We do face sin in the world every day and we need to pray for the strength to over come them and lead a better life. It is more then just going to the confessional. The confessional is the starting place for that life we all want. The life where sin is not in control and we are able to keep sin at bay. 

     The world is filled with sin and invites us to partake in whatever we wish. No worries, live as you want, do as you please. People and Companies make millions off of sin. Pornography is a multimillion dollar business that capitalizes on sin. The use of pornography is almost a right of passage in the world. It is no big deal to many. This then plays on the person to diminish the sin as just a part of growing up. Abortion is another business that has capitalized from the down play of the sin that surrounds it. The idea of its a choice and not a life allows women to feel it is ok. That it really is a personal choice and it is with in your rights. We have allowed these kinds of companies and people to control “sin”. When will we say “Enough”? 

     Lent starts in less then two weeks, and this is a great time to start the “Enough is Enough” with the sin in your life. I know I plan on taking the idea of “Enough is Enough” for my lenten journey. As I write this blog I am thinking of how to make that my slogan for lent. What will it fully mean for me in lent is yet to be said but I will be sharing it with you as it comes to me. Give yourself a slogan for Lent this year. Post that slogan around so you see it during the day to keep you on track. This way it is your own personal reminder. 

     With sin, enough is enough. Make it better for yourself and stand up against the sins in your life and the world. 

Until tomorrow, God Bless, and what is your slogan for Lent?

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
Lectionary: 327
Reading 1
HEB 13:1-8
Let brotherly love continue.
Do not neglect hospitality,
for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.
Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,
and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,
for you also are in the body.
Let marriage be honored among all
and the marriage bed be kept undefiled,
for God will judge the immoral and adulterers.
Let your life be free from love of money
but be content with what you have,
for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.
Thus we may say with confidence:

The Lord is my helper,
and I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?

Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you.
Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 27:1, 3, 5, 8B-9ABC
R. (1a) The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid? 
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart will not fear;
Though war be waged upon me,
even then will I trust.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
For he will hide me in his abode
in the day of trouble;
He will conceal me in the shelter of his tent,
he will set me high upon a rock.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
Hide not your face from me;
do not in anger repel your servant.
You are my helper: cast me not off.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
SEE LK 8:15
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart,
and yield a harvest through perseverance.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
MK 6:14-29
King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread,
and people were saying,
“John the Baptist has been raised from the dead;
That is why mighty powers are at work in him.”
Others were saying, “He is Elijah”;
still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.”
But when Herod learned of it, he said,
“It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.”
Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison
on account of Herodias, 
the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
John had said to Herod,
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias harbored a grudge against him
and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
and kept him in custody.
When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
yet he liked to listen to him.
Herodias had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers,
and the leading men of Galilee.
His own daughter came in and performed a dance
that delighted Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl,
“Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.” 
He even swore many things to her,
“I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
even to half of my kingdom.”
She went out and said to her mother,
“What shall I ask for?”
Her mother replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”
The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request,
“I want you to give me at once on a platter
the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was deeply distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests
he did not wish to break his word to her.
So he promptly dispatched an executioner
with orders to bring back his head.
He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter
and gave it to the girl.
The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about it,
they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

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