We stand firmly upon a rock

24th Sunday

“The waters have risen and severe storms are upon us, but we do not fear drowning, for we stand firmly upon a rock”.
      – St. John Chrysostom, 4th cent
       Re: hurricane + Church storms
“Who do you say that I am?”

       Answer with your head: Son of God, etc.
       Answer with your heart: Rock, etc.
Winds, rains, pressure of storms in our lives
     Satan gets involved
     Have to stand on Rock and not get swept away
     “Get behind me, Satan”

Recognizing God’s power

14th Sunday
    Warts and all
    Recognizing God’s power thru saints
    Neighbors and family members didn’t recognize God’s power
    Same with priests today
    “Rebellious house”
Recognizing God’s power through you

Go to Him who has power over all things

5th Sunday of Lent
    Resurrection of body and soul
Raising of Lazarus scene
     Faith in Christ in general
Faith in Christ
     Specific situations

What You Do With Your Gifts Is Your Gift Back to God

Gift of public speaking
Give to God what belongs to God
Money – 10%
Time – hours, minutes of prayer service
God gets first sip
Gifts – use for good / glorify Him

Heart – in love with Him
choice instead of obligation

Life / Eucharist

Beauty of God

Imagine something beautiful
    Drop in the bucket —>  beauty of God
Qualities of God
    Power, might, kind, good, forgiving, etc
    How many do you know / can you list?
If relationship w God is size of mustard seed, it can grow
    He’s always offering Himself and His qualities