Needs vs. Want

‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.

When I hear this verse, I am reminded of the old hymn, seek ye first, (video link)

God reminds use that we should ask, from our heart, those things which we need. I am also reminded of the old high school lesson. Needs vs. Wants. Needs are those things we need to sustain our lives and more importantly our souls. In Lent we are reminded to fast, pray, and give. So pray your needs to God, and and may your wants, that car, debt, toys…, seem so tiny, that you find true peace.

Peace be with you.



February 25th- Who is Jonah

jonah 30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of man be a sign to this generation.

Who is Jonah?

Jonah’s spirit resides in you and me. We are called to be shining beacons of light to the world. (Matthew 5:14) Jesus has given each of us a personal mission- someway we can reach out and bring a little light to a darkened world of sin.

But, we run. We run far, far away from our own personal mission. Our purpose in life is not helping others, but instead is a mission of self gratification. We’d rather sit in the comforts of homes, hide behind the the blue screen of our cell phones…turn up the music in our cars to escape the world we live in.

The call for lent is: Fast, Pray, Give. Let’s give a little of ourselves this lent to others, as well as fast and pray that God guides us on our own personal mission. Like a groundhog who comes from the burrows in the spring, lets us spring forth from our homes, cars, and from behind that cell phone, and proclaim the Good News. Jesus is coming.

Happy lent!


Fast Pray Give

“Lent,” said the Pope, “is a time of combat” and “a time of spiritual battle against the spirit of evil.” In his 2015 Lenten message. How do combat the spirit of evil?  Pope Francis said, “in Lent you have to fight?” If we are not to use our fists nor any physical force, how do we fight?

We follow Jesus’ example in the desert. He battled the spirit of evil in the desert. A spirit that challenged him to self gratify but Jesus refused. Jesus, the Son of God, could’ve used used his powers for wealth & power. But he refused. Jesus set the ultimate example for us all. In order to battle evil, we must set aside our own selfish desires. That is my challenge for all my students this lent. Battle the evils of the world, by giving of ourselves. Fast. Pray. Give, as Jesus did.

Jesus set out to fast in the desert so that he might pray and be closer to God. He was preparing to give himself to human-kind through his ministry (and ultimately his own life). Lent is our battle call. It is our calling to set ourselves apart from the world so that we may fast, pray and give. Be as Jesus was in the desert.

February 23

Matthew 25 (

35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, 36 lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.”

Today, I heard a teacher speak of types of people during her morning prayer. This got me thinking what type of person am I?

Am I mountain person? A mountain person boasts, is full of pride, and towers above other to feel a sense of worth. Yes, I can be.

Am I a valley person? A valley person is one who sustains people, provides life: food & water for those who need it. They are the fertile valley floors that give to those in need. Yes, I can be.

One of things we reflect on in Lent is Jesus in the desert. Jesus left the world of mountains and valleys to become a desert person. Desert people are those in need. They live in the dry arid regions with little for food and water. They live in the rain shadow of mountains, and always need food and water. They are at the mercy of God.

Jesus became a desert person. He wandered the desert for 40 days- completely at the will of God, but God provided. The devil tempted him to become a mountain a person. Promising Jesus money, fame and power, but Jesus chose to remain a desert person.

Jesus was living an example for everyone of us during Lent. Be a desert person for 40 days. See what it is like to live without the luxuries of  the valleys and the pride of the mountains.

Come wander the desert with Jesus this Lent.

Peace be with you.


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