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Happy Easter! 2011

Posted in Christian, Christianity, Jesus, religion with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

                   St. Roses Catholic Church, Fort Rock, Oregon

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.

          ~S.D. Gordon


May your Easter be blessed and inspire you with new life!


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O death, where is thy sting?

Posted in Christian, Christianity, holidays, Jesus, religion with tags , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

This is considered the most celebrated Easter sermon which I would like to share on this beautiful Easter morning!

Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God?

Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!

Is there anyone who is a grateful servant?

Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!


Are there any weary with fasting?

Let them now receive their wages!

If any have toiled from the first hour,

let them receive their due reward;

If any have come after the third hour,

let him with gratitude join in the Feast!

And he that arrived after the sixth hour,

let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.

And if any delayed until the ninth hour,

let him not hesitate; but let him come too.

And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,

let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.


For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.

He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,

as well as to him that toiled from the first.

To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows.

He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor.

The deed He honors and the intention He commends.


Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!

First and last alike receive your reward;

rich and poor, rejoice together!

Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!


You that have kept the fast, and you that have not,

rejoice today for the Table is richly laden!

Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one.

Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith.

Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!


Let no one grieve at his poverty,

for the universal kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;

for forgiveness has risen from the grave.

Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.

He has destroyed it by enduring it.


He destroyed Hades when He descended into it.

He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.

Isaiah foretold this when he said,

“You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below.”


Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.

It was in an uproar because it is mocked.

It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.

It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.

It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.

Hell took a body, and discovered God.

It took earth, and encountered Heaven.

It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.

O death, where is thy sting?

O Hades, where is thy victory?


Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!

Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!

Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!

Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!

Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;

for Christ having risen from the dead,

is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.


To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

~JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ((349-407), archbishop of Constantinople

Resurrection a reality, or just another passion play?

Posted in Christian, Christianity, Jesus, quote(s), religion, scripture, thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Today, we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the crux of Christianity … It cannot be without it.

John 20 Resurrection!

1-2 Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, “They took the Master from the tomb. We don’t know where they’ve put him.”

3-10 Peter and the other disciple left immediately for the tomb. They ran, neck and neck. The other disciple got to the tomb first, outrunning Peter. Stooping to look in, he saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in. Simon Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself. Then the other disciple, the one who had gotten there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. No one yet knew from the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. The disciples then went back home.

11-13 But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid. They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?”

13-14 “They took my Master,” she said, “and I don’t know where they put him.” After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn’t recognize him.

15 Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?” She, thinking that he was the gardener, said, “Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him.”

16 Jesus said, “Mary.” Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher!”

17 Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.'”

18 Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: “I saw the Master!” And she told them everything he said to her. To Believe

19-20 Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.

20-21 The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.”

22-23 Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”

24-25 But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.” But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.”

26 Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.”

27 Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.”

28 Thomas said, “My Master! My God!”

29 Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”

30-31 Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.

The Gospels tell us a lot about the remarkable and hard to fathom things that Jesus said and did during his three years of ministry. However, it is interesting to note that in the rest of the New Testament these things are hardly mentioned again. ALL of the emphasis is on his death and resurrection which are referred to about 100 times. Much of the message of the New Testament – our present relationship with the living Jesus, his presence and transforming power in our lives, the final defeat of evil, our future hope – is related to the resurrection. The cross and resurrection are central to virtually all known forms of early Christianity. It follows, therefore, that if the resurrection never happened, we are left with the alternatives of either proclaiming a message that is based on a lie, or radically altering what the early Christians were on about. As John S. Whale put it in Christian Doctrine: “Belief in the resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith: it is the Christian faith. The Gospels cannot explain the resurrection; it is the resurrection which alone explains the Gospels!”

Personally, I would have shortened all this emphasis on the cruelty of the crucifixion and prolonged the reaction of the people to the reality of the resurrection, and to see how people are responding to Jesus today. For example, for the nonbelievers, did the resurrection make an everlasting impression or did it eventually become just another unexplainable event in the life of the lost. Conversely, for those who believed, did the resurrection make a “living” difference in their lives for the better, or were they still living in fear and awestruck by the crucifixion? Sown to brass tacks as it were, did the people continue to see Jesus lifelessly lying in a borrowed tomb, or was he resurrected in their lives, resurrected in their marriages, resurrected in their homes, resurrected in their communities, resurrected in their churches, resurrected in their jobs, and resurrected in their Christian faith.

Two thousands years later, we have to ask, “Is the resurrection of Jesus a reality in your life or is it just another well-performed passion play?” As contemporary Christians, the Easter, when we live in the reality of the resurrection, our dimmed eyes and dull souls are lifted to a place of eternal joy and everlasting hope to give us a better attitude and brighter outlook on life. It is the hinge of life itself!

Jesus is our resurrected redeemer!

Prayer of Clement XI

Posted in Christianity, Photography, prayer, religion with tags , , , , , , on April 2, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Pope Clement XI is probably best known for reforming the religious calendar and established a set method to determine the date for Easter. Of course this “set method” continues to defy me and I think Easter comes at a strange day every year. Be that as it may … Here I offer a prayer attributed to him that I think is wonderful and I can only give a hearty Amen to!

 

A Universal Prayer
(attributed to Clement XI)

Lord, I believe in you — increase my faith.
I trust in you — strengthen my trust.
I love you — let me love you more and more.
I am sorry for my sins — deepen my sorrow.

I worship you as my first beginning,
I long for you as my last end,
I praise you as my constant helper,
and call on you as my loving protector.

Guide me by your wisdom,
correct me with your justice,
comfort me with your mercy,
protect me with your power.

I offer you, Lord, my thoughts — to be fixed on you;
my words — to have you for their theme;
my actions — to reflect my love for you;
my sufferings — to be endured for your greater glory.

I want to do what you ask of me
— in the way you ask,
— for as long as you ask,
— because you ask it.

Lord, enlighten my understanding,
strengthen my will,
purify my heart,
and make me holy.

Help me to repent of my past sins
and to resist temptation in the future.
Help me rise above my human weaknesses
and to grow stronger as a Christian.

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
and see myself as I really am — a pilgrim in this world,
a Christian called to respect and to love all whose lives I touch,
those in authority over me or those under my authority,
my friends and my enemies.

Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
greed with generosity,
apathy by fervor.
Help me to forget myself
and reach out to others.

Make me prudent in planning,
courageous in taking risks.
Make me patient in suffering,
unassuming in prosperity.

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
temperate in food and drink,
diligent in my work,
firm in my good intentions.

Let my conscience be clear,
my conduct without fault,
my speech blameless,
and my life well-ordered.

Teach me to realize that this world is passing,
that my true future is the happiness of heaven,
that life on earth is short,
and the life to come eternal.

Help me prepare for death with a proper fear of judgment,
and a greater trust in your goodness.

Lead me safely through death
to the endless joy of heaven.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Have a blessed day everyone!

Tim