“Knowledge is that gift of the Holy Spirit that detaches us. We often think of knowledge as the acquisition of a particular discipline or subject. But the gift that the Spirit gives us is knowledge of how God thinks, how He regards life and things. It gives me an insight into the transitory nature of all that is created.
The gift of knowledge puts heart in your Christianity. Many good people live a Christianity of the mind where they profess Him with their lips. But Paul said that isn’t enough — to be saved. Jesus must be accepted by my heart (Romans 10:9). If your Christianity is only an acceptance of the truth and ethical code, then your Christianity is in the mind. The danger there is, when something befalls you, you cannot understand it —your religion is in peril. Our minds cannot reason everything out — pain and suffering and famine, for instance.
The gift of knowledge helps [to] find the pearl of great price buried in the soil of adversity. The gift of knowledge gives me awareness of the one thing necessary in this life — my union with God and His kingdom. It makes us realize that — this is not our home.
This gift, that we must nurture and make grow in our hearts leads to an utter detachment from everything. There are things we must accomplish in this life, and people we love, but we cannot become attached to them all.
Our whole lives are hampered by things and people and ourselves, but with the gift of knowledge I am not hampered by anything. If I have friends, I give them to God, If I have things and they make me happy and suddenly they are gone I give those to God as well. We must be detached from everything.”
Reading from Mother Angelica’s, “Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality”:
Jesus what is on your heart?
“This verse says it all Isaiah 53:3-12”
He was despised and rejected by mankind a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
“Why? you ask, My beloved ones. The answer indeed lies within the Cross. On the cross is where My love and mercy were poured out and My Father’s justice was met. Why? Because I too had to endure through rejection, betrayal, and sufferings daily. Being rejected by My family and most painful — being rejected by the ones I loved — the ones I came to save.”
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
“Does your cross seem to weighty to bear? Does it make you ashamed of the life I picked out for you? Have you recoiled at being looked down upon and even foolish for My Name’s sake? Why you ask? Because although Messiah I looked like a fool, truly. Many felt I was accursed by God rather than being His chosen one, His son. Do they think the same of you because of the trials I have allowed in your life? Have many distance themselves from you in your suffering and even assigned evil to you or called you accursed because of your crosses?…that is why.”
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
“I was crushed for the sickness and ailments you carry now. That chronic pain, the terminal illness, and that disease. I was crushed for you and carried the pain and symptoms of these within My body as I carried the cross, just to obtain the grace of peace in the midst of you carrying this thorn in your flesh — that you may be healed interiorly from the sickness of this world that has killed so many and is deteriorating many more soul to live for the things of this earth, to love the things of this earth and not even consider what matters most, eternity but rather worship and adore things that are fleeting. That is why. I have used this cross to save your life and that of your soul.”
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
“In time of oppression and affliction I gave you an example of how to respond and react. I didn’t complain, murmur, or even defend myself when I was persecuted or unjustly accused. Rather I accepted the cup of suffering My Father willed for Me. Silent I was to God, to My betrayers, to My accusers and even to those whom I loved who neglected Me. I didn’t chide them, admonish them, or even judge them for what they did. Rather I prayed for them asking the Father to forgive them and in My love drew them back to myself. So is it asking too much when I ask you to do the same? For your spouse, for your enemies, for your coworkers, for your family, for your friends, and for all those who have wronged you. Is it?”
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living for the transgression of my people he was punished. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
“Why you ask? Why have you been unjustly dealt with by those you loved, you say. Why did no one come to your defense, to your rescue, to comfort you or even to understand the pain you were going through. Why did all your friends and loved ones leave you when you needed them the most? In the hour of need you were left all alone.”
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. 11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many and he will bear their iniquities.
“Why? you ask, My Bride? Because it was the Father’s will to crush you as he has. It is His will to cause this suffering and trials in your life so that you too can be an offering of My love purifying you of your sins and to bring salvation to many souls with your offerings. Why? So that after a little while in your suffering you may see the light of life, true life that is eternity and see the glory that I have destined for you in your temporal sufferings. Be satisfied and receive the gift of knowledge as My servant to bring justification of suffering to so many who don’t understand and don’t know the Father, that they may come to the knowledge of this truth and bear their crosses more courageously.”
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.
“My beloved brides, when you suffer with Me, truly share in my sufferings uniting it with the pain I still go through even now with so many lost to sin and the entrapment of this world you resemble Me. And when you resemble Me you too will be given a portion among the great. I will share My glory with you and divide all My spoils for what is mine is yours and what is yours is mine. Because you have poured out your life for Me, for the sake of the Gospel I have taken your life and I am using it for my glory in ways you cannot perceive or understand and that is why, My beloved one. That is why.
The answer is indeed in the Cross. This Cross is My greatest gift to you, that once done forming and molding you into a reflection of My image you will not be numbered with the transgressors, but with the righteous and sit on a throne next to Me interceding for souls and judging the nations of the earth. You will be My queen and where I am you will be also. Thank Me instead now that you know the reason why.”
That was the end of Jesus’ message.
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