Monday, May 26, 2014

SUNDAY'S SERMON: Caesar's Last Breath

The Word of God for June 8, 2014
Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 104
I Cor. 12: 3-13
John 20:19-23

Hurt people hurt people.

Along the way, however, 1,022 molecules of air and breath was exhaled by Julius Caesar, while dying, for example.

Similarly, for each of us.

Caesar's last breath is a chemistry formula dubbed for molecular diffusion.

Claims are that some of Caesar's final breaths of air are in the air you and I inhale daily.

"Receive the Holy Ghost."

How do I breathe God into the space I occupy? 

How do I inhale the breath of God in prayer and a daily connection with God?


That was breathed upon Jesus' disciples in the upper room encounter of the Spirit.

Fresh air.

We like it.

Yet, we know that hurt people hurt people.

The virginity of the 22-year-old man who murdered six others and himself comes to mind here.

The Santa Barbara, California lad was hurt that girls wouldn't ask him out, apparently.  His 137-page manifesto and U Tube witnesses to his abandonment feelings, anxiety and explosive anger eventually in the usual routine and ritual street rampages sweeping this nation.

Hurt people hurt others.

God's Word and our communions with each other connects us to meaning and that deepest place with the Creator.

Worth and esteem comes from such depth each day.

It does.

What is not healed by the grace of God is projected and transmitted onto others.

Growth requires healing of early childhood hurts and the lack of being taught the mysteries of life - that I don't get everything I want; I will get sick, will be excluded, even rejected by others; will be passed over for a promotion, and so forth - that consequently erupt in anger unless processed and faced in counseling, with a parent, and more.

Individuals and systems must grow or die.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit, and, the virtues, strengths, help.  Google "virtues," and gifts today.

These inner strengths of charity, faith, hope, prudence, fortitude, justice, temperance, and gentleness, counsel, and more gifts of God see us through an often turbulent trek in the spiritual life like a "roller-coaster" ride of desolation and consolation, good times and bad.

Hurt people hurt people.

Unless I morph, mend, and more, the cycle of destruction, far from God's way, rules.

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