Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.

When the messengers of John the Baptist had left,
Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John. 
“What did you go out to the desert to see  a reed swayed by the wind? 
Then what did you go out to see? 
Someone dressed in fine garments? 
Those who dress luxuriously and live sumptuously
are found in royal palaces. 
Then what did you go out to see? 
A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 
This is the one about whom Scripture says:

    Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
    he will prepare your way before you.

I tell you,
among those born of women, no one is greater than John;
yet the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he.”
(All the people who listened, including the tax collectors,
who were baptized with the baptism of John,
acknowledged the righteousness of God;
but the Pharisees and scholars of the law,
who were not baptized by him,
rejected the plan of God for themselves.) Lk 7:24-30

“In his testimony to John, Jesus reveals his understanding of the relationship between them: John is the precursor of Jesus (Lk 7:27); John is the messenger spoken of in Mal 3:1 who in Mal 3:23 is identified as Elijah. Taken with the previous episode, it can be seen that Jesus identifies John as precisely the person John envisioned Jesus to be: the Elijah who prepares the way for the coming of the day of the Lord.” Scripture Scholar side note New American Bible Revised Edition

John, the Precursor, of Jesus is the last great prophet. I sometimes have students ask me why God doesn’t send prophets today. There is no need, God’s plan of salvation for humanity whom he loves radically, has been revealed. It reminds me of the Rich Man and Lazarus where there is a huge chasm between the Rich Man in hell and Lazarus laying his head on Abraham’s bosom.

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

Also, when Jesus is walking with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”

God has done everything He can possibly do for us. His plan of salvation has been spelled out for us in very plain language. As all things with the Father, he likes to see things grow slowly. Our RESPONSE to the Father is one of thanksgiving and praise and adoration. The hardest part of faith is taking the time to develop a personal relationship with a daily habit of prayer and getting to know Him and His plan of salvation in the Scriptures. Humanity is weak and fragile, it is hard for us to stay focused and pay attention to the most important things in life. We are easily distracted.

I think it would be wise to take time everyday to figure out what were made to be seeking. What is the heart’s greatest desire? What gives us purpose and meaning. If you don’t pay attention, it is going to sneak right past you. Time plays no favorites. What are you looking for and how do you seek?

Today’s challenge: Seek without unceasing the One who created you, Saved you, and lives on in you since you are baptized and confirmed. What you expect to find will be something completely different and it takes a sacrifice of your time to pray, seek in the Scriptures, and to live a faithful sacramental life. It’s worth giving up everything when you find it!!!!!!

Be a servant, become a saint!

#Christian YOLO