Monday, January 21, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XLVIII...Lightning Strikes Twice, and then some

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*




I love lightning
I've always had great appreciation
for both its power and danger.

What does God
reveal in Lightning?

Well firstly,
there is the oft quoted 
scriptural passage:

For just as the lightning
comes from the east
and flashes as far as the west,
so will be the coming
of the Son of Man.
(Matthew 24:27)


Then there is the
lightning-like
countenance
of Our Lord
at
the 
Transfiguration.


And Jesus describes
the falling of Satan
relative to the
power granted
to the

apostles
as like lightning
strikes from heaven.
(Luke 10:18)



At the Resurrection, 
there was an angel
whose raiment 
is described
as white
as 
lightning
(Matthew 28:3)


Then there are the profound
Old Testament images 
of the power and glory;
 lightning
in Exodus, Ezekiel, Daniel,
Zechariah and the Psalms.

Yes, lightning is 
special in God's plan 
and
REVELATION

It (He) 

has something
 very important
 to teach us
about
LIGHT.





Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XLVII...Eutychus Lives!

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

It took 20 years for me to delve into this biblical account
to mine TRUTH at the heart of the narrative.

E U T Y C H U S
a beautifully sounding name

Good Fortune 
is its meaning in Greek

My uncle John fell out of a window
 in the Bronx, New York
as a child in the 1920's.

I wonder if his family
prayed to St. Paul?

So why the current attraction
to Chapter 20 of Acts of the Apostles?

Listening to the account might provide clues to the answer:

BIBLEGATEWAY Audio by Max McLean

The miracle occurred around 58 AD.

It was towards the end of
St. Paul's Third Missionary Journey.

It was at the time of the Passover (Holy Week).

He was enroute to Jerusalem with funds
he had raised for the support of the Church.


St. Paul
was celebrating
The Lord's Supper
on the Lord's Day
i.e. Mass

PAUL IS IN THE LITURGY
OF THE WORD
EUTYCHUS
FALLS
+++
PAUL
GOES BACK
UPSTAIRS AND BREAKS
BREAD (HOLY COMMUNION)

And the upper room
was filled with lamps
(light and smoke)

A peculiar detail that seems 
tp witness to the profound 
presence of the 
Holy Spirit.


If it looks like Mass/Divine Liturgy
and if it sounds like Mass/Divine Liturgy

It surely must be that (Bishop?) St. Paul
(without a home See)
was presiding at/celebrating

HOLY
MASS

So why do we never see 
St. Paul in film 
in persona Christi?

This seems to be a perfect moment to portray
the source/center/summit of his ministry,

If he provided MASS here,
he did so everywhere he traveled
and now coupled with the letter he wrote
from Ephesus midway in the outbound half
of this his third missionary journey
circa 57 AD:


1 Corinthians 11:24:

BIBLEGATEWAY Audio by Max McLean

WE SEE
TRUTH 

LIKE NEVER BEFORE
SAINT PAUL UNITED
TO THE
M A S S
OF THE
EARLY
CHURCH
THE ONE
H O L Y
EUCHARISTIC
MYSTERY




Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XLVI...First Light

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


Great expression of hope reborn,
As night gives way to the day,
Morning glory was once forlorn

Sweet Jesus is on the way.
                 

Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XLV...Light from Light

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


JOHN 1:7-8 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

Colossians 1:16
For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and in him.

Hebrews 1:2
In these days hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world.

Romans 11:36
For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen.


Through Him,
with Him,
in Him,
of Him,
by Him...

"Thou hast made us for thyself O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds rest in Thee."
St. Augustine of Hippo

And where do we find
the ultimate creative expression
of Light from Light,
absolute rest as it relates
to the simple truth
of the unity
within all reality
both the spiritual
and temporal?


DIVINE ACTION
(Energeia)
HOLY MASS

Ah, sweet Mystery of Life...
Light and Love

E=MC2

The Source
The Center
The Summit



May we rest
in Peace,
Amen


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Monday, January 14, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XLIV...Soul of My Savior

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

This song almost brings me to tears and I don't remember why.
I guess I heard it in the 60's probably about the time I received
my First Holy Communion
at St. Aloysius Church, Caldwell, NJ.

It is a hauntingly sad yet hopeful melody.



Soul of my Savior sanctify my breast,
Body of Christ, be thou my saving guest,
Blood of my Savior, bathe me in thy tide,
wash me with waters gushing from thy side.

Strength and protection may thy passion be,
O blessed Jesus, hear and answer me;
deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me,
so shall I never, never part from thee.

Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
in death's dread moments make me only thine;
call me and bid me come to thee on high
where I may praise thee with thy saints for ay.




Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Bearing Witness to the Light XLIII...The Joke is on Us?

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

Today, I found this image file
LAME+GOD+JOKE.jpg
and thought that it would
be thought provoking
as an animated GIF.
I AM LIGHT
I AM
I


...couldn't see
that the Joke was on me.


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XLII...In Him we Live and Move and have our Being

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

St. Luke writes this account of
what St. Paul preached
in Acts of the Apostles 17:28

In Him we live,
and move, 
and
are

Paul Before the Areopagus

But Paul standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious. For passing by, and seeing your idols, I found an altar also, on which was written: To the unknown God. What therefore you worship, without knowing it, that I preach to you: God, who made the world, and all things therein; he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is he served with men's hands, as though he needed any thing; seeing it is he who giveth to all life, and breath, and all things: And hath made of one, all mankind, to dwell upon the whole face of the earth, determining appointed times, and the limits of their habitation. That they should seek God, if happily they may feel after him or find him, although he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and are; as some also of your own poets said: For we are also his offspring. Being therefore the offspring of God, we must not suppose the divinity to be like unto gold, or silver, or stone, the graving of art, and device of man. And God indeed having winked at the times of this ignorance, now declareth unto men, that all should every where do penance. Because he hath appointed a day wherein he will judge the world in equity, by the man whom he hath appointed; giving faith to all, by raising him up from the dead.



The light of day that St. Paul 
shares is REAL,
not superstitious
it is the Light 
of the Resurrection 
and He is real close.





Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Friday, January 11, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XLI...The R-G-B Takeover Thanks to LED

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



If you haven't noticed,
the world now merchandises
the world's goods
utilizing Red-Green-Blue 
LED lights.

The cones of our retinas
receive these colors in 
a one-to-one correspondence
and the effect is clear...



We associate directly
with the item that is
colored R-G-B.

This may be good or
it may be bad.

On the good side,
we have been taught
that in heaven we will see
God as He is.

I AM to EYE

Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XL...The Egg of Truth

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


IT ALL 
STARTS HERE!

Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Bearing Witness to the Light XXXIX...Quantum Entanglement of Light-Based Reality

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



After having just witnessed the recent 
PBS NOVA Episode
Einstein's Quantum Riddle

GO TO WEB PAGE

BOTH/AND
kept coming to mind

BOTH QUANTUM THEORY
(Micro-Reality)
AND RELATIVITY THEORY 
(Macro-Reality)

Now all this holds together only when
one considers the ONE
through, with, in, and for WHOM
all of creation was created.

JESUS CHRIST
the great both/and
and self-described
"Light of the World"

Employing the multi-billion year old light
from distant Quasars 
(Macro-Reality)
to randomly choose one of two detectors 
located at two separate mountaintop stations 
to observe paired photons
simultaneously emitted from a
 central laser light source
(Micro-Reality)

J E S U S
IS REALLY PRESENT
BOTH IN HEAVEN
AND ON EACH AND EVERY
ALTAR AND IN EACH 
AND EVERY
TABERNACLE

THIS EUCHARIST IS 
A MYSTERY OF LIGHT

But scientists still
refuse to go there, 

to the profound truth
of the real 
source/center/summit

THE LAST WORDS
OF THIS PROGRAM
ARE HOPEFUL...

"he [Einstein] just wanted to know
what were God's thoughts 
when he created the world."

Logos
Fiat Lux
The Word made flesh


Other clues in the NOVA program...
Einstein as Jack-in-the-Box** at Solvay Conference of 1927;
Holy Grail of Physics is Grand Unified Theory;
Sacred Space and Time

**– The expression 'Jack in the box' existed for centuries before anyone thought of putting spring-loaded puppets inside boxes. The first reference that is known in print is found in John Foxe's Actes & Monuments, 1563, in which he reported a comment made by Bishop Nicholas Ridley:

[There are] railyng bils against the Lords supper, terming it Iack of the boxe, the sacrament of the halter, round Robin, with like unsemely termes.

It is clear that the term was used to represent something unsavoury and insulting. 

SOURCE: https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/jack-in-the-box.html


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XXXVIII...The Light of the COVENANT Flag

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



It's really a simple premise...

Raise Him up
and He will come!



Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XXXVII...Gifts from So Near...Knowing Jesus, Knowing Ourselves

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

A BING Search on:
Eucharist emc2

http://therealpresence.org/eucharst/mir/emc_book001_pdf/ebel_c10.pdf




Only the Church can offer the Creator
this pure oblation (the Eucharist),
 offering what comes from his creation
with a spirit of thanksgiving.
Saint Irenaeus


If you are the Body of Christ and his members,
then your own mystery lies on the table
of the Eucharist. You must be what you see
and you must receive what you are.
Saint Augustine


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Monday, January 07, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XXXVI...Pure Unapproachable Light

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



Somehow when we see 
WHITE LIGHT
we approach the mystery
of how God is
in His essence 


Jesus makes visible
 the Invisible God


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Bearing Witness to the Light XXXV...Our Lady of Light

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

Our Lady of Light
Mary deserves a closer look...


The devotion to Our Lady
as Queen of Light
is more widespread and
deeper than I first imagined.


Notice how she is reaching out



Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XXXIV...Fantasia REVISITED

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*
Ten years ago I ran a post 
on the Disney classic...
focusing on the DARK
and the LIGHT
of the last two scenes


Watch/Listen on YouTube



The AVE MARIA
triumphs in the end 

is set in stone as 

Our Lady of Victory!



Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Friday, January 04, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XXXIII...33 1/3

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

So many fell, 
led by the light bearer himself...

Is it any wonder that the battle rages here below,
and seems to greatly intensifying
 as fiber-optics/LED technology,

microprocessors/nano motherboards
and artificial intelligence
lay claim
to the material high ground
of a world 

that is losing touch
with primal and ultimate reality?


L S D
Lucifer, Satan, Devil

the unholy trinity


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Bearing Witness to the Light XXXII...Three Seconds to Light

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Monday, December 31, 2018

Bearing Witness to the Light XXXI...The Baptist, the Witness

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



John Piper provides a great teaching here:

John the Baptist

Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Bearing Witness to the Light XXX...What...Time of Day?

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R

And there was evening and morning, 
the 1,461,000th day... 





...the true day commences when darkness covers the earth, when the sun ceases to shed light upon our station in life.  This is the true scriptural interpretation.  New day is here when the sun "dies." Now this day moves forward in deepening darkness, as candles are lit, watchmen man their posts and stars mark the passing of time through the distances of heavenly splendor. The moon serves humanity by keeping the memory of the sun alive (except when it too "dies"). This New day is not-so-new by the time morning nautical twilight (BMNT) breaks over the eastern horizon to illumine the sky with its warm rays that call creation back to active life. This is really the Gospel story. This is how the Holy Family lived for the day. 

Was there a siesta?

One thing is certain, travel normally occurred during the night, especially in the hot summer.

Manna arrived at sunrise, quail near sunset...

Another thing is certain, there was a lot of waiting around for people to try to coordinate anything and the virtue of patience was tested in earnest.

Now how does that song go.... Oh, yeah, what a difference a day makes...


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Bearing Witness to the Light XXIX...The Homecoming

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*


Oh, what a homecoming it will be...
First there is the dazzlingly attractive Light at the End of the Tunnel
Then there are the Life-filled glimpses of eternal bliss
Finally, there is a Divine Love that surpasses all love.


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Friday, December 28, 2018

Bearing Witness to the Light XXVIII...On Charity

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R*

From Venerable Mary of Agreda's Mystical City of God

…it is the fullest participation in the true and ultimate Good. O Virtue of virtues and greatest treasure of heaven! Thou alone hast the key of paradise! Thou art the dawn of eternal light, the sun of eternity's day, the fire which purifies, the wine which inebriates with new delights, the nectar which rejoices, the sweetness which satiates without surceasing, the chamber of rest for the soul, a bond so intimate that it makes us one with God (Jn 17:21), with the same bond that unites the eternal Father to the Son, and Both to the Holy Spirit.

PONDER:

If all good in the created physical realm is but a dim reflection of what God in His infinite Goodness has planned for our eternity, then it follows that the formula/equation for this GOOD might/could/should be a reflection of God in Himself.

Well is it?




.





Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Bearing Witness to the Light XXVII...Bread from...

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



A STAR IS BORN

Baked this Christmas Bread just before sunrise yesterday. It is a rustic Italian no-knead recipe that I have been experimenting with...to try to perfect it. Well, when this one was baking, it filled the home with a pleasing aroma, and I knew it was special. It was. The whole experience is very symbolic and it is like praying the three pound loaf into being. We divided it (after sampling) and gifted half to a priest and deacon and half to religious sisters at our SOLT community meal.

Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael