The meaning of life and suffering (+german version)

Let us always remember the words of Jesus who says that we know neither the day nor the hour when the Lord will call us. True wisdom is to be mindful of death, judgment, eternity and the meaning of our life and suffering, which can be physical or spiritual. In the first place, Jesus wants us to deny our self, our pride, lies or our point of view and to accept the view of God. And if we can suffer for the sake of Christ, if we are humiliated, ridiculed or even if people spit in our face, we should be exceedingly glad. We read in the eighth Beatitude: “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” (Mt 5:11-12) But we often feel down or are immersed in our thoughts or interior monologue. When a problem arises, the first thing is: Where is Jesus? “Lord, I am helpless now, but what should I do? I suffer now, but not alone. With You!” Unite to Jesus and offer it to Him as a sacrifice. This is the most important thing.

What happens when man dies? (+german version)

When man dies, the body remains lying where it is. Then it is taken to the morgue. But at the moment when man dies, the personal judgment of his soul takes place immediately. It awaits each one of us. We will encounter Christ face to face. At one moment our whole life will be screened, all our deeds, words, thoughts, both good and bad, as the Word of God says: “There is nothing hidden which will not be revealed.” And at that very moment our fate will be decided. We will either be condemned forever in hell or go to purgatory or to heaven. So there are only three possibilities.

No one can escape death (+german version)

What is human life? Nothing but toil, trouble, suffering and finally death. However, death is not the end. It is followed by eternity. We can see that our life is short and it is in the hands of God. It is a test of love whether we have chosen God, divine values and good or united to evil and the Evil One. So each of you decide your eternity during your life. Jesus has given us His Word, that we may live a responsible life and not lose eternal life. It is therefore foolishness to settle down on this earth. In the hour of death we must leave everything – our relationships to people, things… He lives wisely who is mindful of death. On the other hand, he is not wise who knows about death but does not bear it in mind. We know neither the day nor the hour when the Lord will call us. Day after day rolls by. Every night is a symbol of death – you do not know if you wake up the next morning. How many people die unexpectedly! How many people there are in cemeteries whom we knew and loved.

Touch Jesus in Holy Communion (+german version)

The Lord Jesus is really present in the Divine Liturgy. When we receive His Body and Blood in Holy Communion, we need to realize: “Jesus, You are in me now.” Jesus asks every one of us: “What do you want Me to do for you?” If you have a concrete problem, tell Him: “Lord, this is my problem – I am ill. You are my Physician, You are almighty!” And Jesus says to you the same as He said to the women in the Gospel who came to Him with a fervent plea or to the parents who asked Him to heal their child: “Let it be done for you as you have believed!” Or He says to you as He said to the leper: “I am willing; be cleansed!” Jesus is the same, and He is present in the Eucharist. He comes in a special way. When you receive His Body and Blood, He comes to you and becomes your guest. Think of Zacchaeus who wished to see Jesus, and Jesus said to him: “I must stay at your house today!” and entered his house. Jesus comes into your soul in the same way today. Say to Him: “Jesus, You are the Lord of the universe!” Jesus asks you: “What do you want Me to do for you?” So tell Him concretely what you want.

One for all, all for one (+german version)

Although the four musketeers were fighters of the world, fighting in unity against evil and against church hierarchy, there was a lot of sense in their motto, if correctly understood: One for all, all for one. Jesus is the One because He has already died for us, and He wants to build this unity in us all.

Where is our home, our fatherland? (+german version)

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (Jn 14:2-3)

On the fortieth day after His resurrection, Jesus ascends to heaven where He reserves a place for us. We need to realize that heaven is our home, our fatherland. For example, we can reflect on the following reality: We can see Christ on the Mount of Olives where He appears to the Apostles and to the Blessed Virgin. Jesus says to them: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Mt 28:18-19) After that, He was taken up and angels appeared and said to them: “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)

Forsake everything! (+german version)

Our programme is the words of Jesus: “Launch out into the deep!” “Forsake everything!” “Follow Me!” We should put the word “forsake” into practice every day. Forsake your pleasure or your plan and accept My (Jesus’) plan and will. This is always painful at the time but later on it becomes a source of knowledge, joy and new grace.

Jesus and I, together! Never more alone! (+german version)

Jesus loves you; He puts His trust in you. Never say that something is beyond your power. God always gives us the strength. Trust in God’s Word which says: “When I am weak, then I am strong.” Do not believe in the words of the devil who says: You can’t stick it any longer! These are the devil’s words, and the old self like a cunning fox full of pride is inclined to believe this nonsense and lies over and over again!

Each day has enough trouble of its own, but I need to give it to the Lord. Don’t let it worry me, and if I must carry it, so let me carry it together with Jesus – Jesus and I. Only one thing is needed: together – Jesus and you!!! Jesus and I, together! Never more alone! We need to try it in practice not just every day but a number of times a day. And not just for one or two days but until death. This is the miraculous remedy for everything: union with Jesus!!!

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Word of Life

“Or do you not know, brethren, that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband.”

Rom 7:1-2 (10/2/2019 – 24/2/2019)