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Time to Prepare …

Nothing from Joe this time around … just some Scripture readings to meditate on, and then some important links to good posts from Mark Mallett. And a cool LOTR video from YouTube.

First: John 11. This was the Gospel reading for Sunday, the 29th of March 2020, the fifth Sunday of Lent, and a very important and detailed Gospel, John 11:1-45. This is one of the longest Gospel readings in the Liturgy. It is the story about the resurrection of Lazarus by our Lord Jesus Christ after he had been dead for four days. I posted about it here.  But my post is not the important one in this collection … Mark has the message.

The second Scripture reading is: Ezekiel 18:17-32 (Douay-Rheims Bible).   A couple of verses : “20 The soul that sinneth, the same shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, and the father shall not bear the iniquity of the son: the justice of the just shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked do penance for all his sins which he hath committed, and keep all my commandments, and do judgment, and justice, living he shall live, and shall not die. 22 I will not remember all his iniquities that he hath done: in his justice which he hath wrought, he shall live.” But again, my post is not the important one.

Here are the important links. We should be preparing. Now is not the time to be looking back and regretting what is falling to wrack and ruin all around us.

OUR LADY: PREPARE – PART I  Posted on March 28, 2020 by Mark
PRIESTS, AND THE COMING TRIUMPH Posted on June 27, 2019 by Mark
THE FATHER IS WAITING… Posted on March 30, 2020 by Mark
OUR LADY: PREPARE – PART II Posted on April 1, 2020 by Mark

The difficulty is always in the seeing of what is taking place right before us and all around us, the great warp and weft of the great tapestry of all reality.. We are limited in our humanity, in space and time, in what we can understand and we lose sight of the fact that our responsibility is to stand and deliver in our own little insignificant part of the great battlefield of the world.

This is not the time to flee, to hide away …  this is a moment at the start of a great battle …  a beautiful metaphor of what mankind has faced over and over again for thousands of years. Tolkien got it right in LOTR:  Remember the scene?

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Merry himself felt as if a great weight of horror and doubt had settled on him…. They were too late! Too late was worse than never!…. Then suddenly Merry felt it at last, beyond doubt: a change. Wind was in his face! Light was glimmering….

But at that same moment there was a flash, as if lightning had sprung from the earth beneath the City. For a searing second it stood dazzling far off in black and white, its topmost tower like a glittering needle: and then as the darkness closed again there came rolling over the fields a great boom.

At that sound the bent shape of the king sprang suddenly erect. Tall and proud he seemed again; and rising in his stirrups he cried in a loud voice, more clear than any there had ever heard a mortal man achieve before:
Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden!
Fell deeds awake: fire and slaughter!
spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered,
a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!
With that he seized a great horn from Guthláf his banner-bearer, and he blew such a blast upon it that it burst asunder. And straightway all the horns in the host were lifted up in music, and the blowing of the horns of Rohan in that hour was like a storm upon the plain and a thunder in the mountains.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 5, The Ride of the Rohirrim

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We look at the state of “This World” and get goosebumps and the hair on the back of our neck rises …

Cheers

Joe

We are all riders, and God wants us all in His army, but we have to choose … which side do you choose?

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