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Jesus said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”
Do you know how to interpret what is happening in today’s world? Do you see how the world is trying to tell us that Christ does not matter? Can you interpret the truth? Or do you listen to the lies of the world? If you do not judge rightly now, once you face the Lord, it will be too late.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the courage to see the world as you do, to turn from what the world proclaims and proclaim your truth instead. In jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102314.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
Jesus brought division because some believe Him and some do not. Many families are split because of Him and their beliefs. Peace does not come, but division. Turn your eyes to the truth of Him and His faith then you will have peace in your heart and can bring peace to your family.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that others will find the peace that came to me when I finally saw and believed. Thank you for the grace of believing and seeing, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102214.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
Are you prepared or do you think you still have time? What Jesus is saying is you may not have the time you think you do. Do not put it off, prepare yourself for your time may come sooner than you think.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always be prepared for your coming. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102114.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”
Are you prepared? Are you ready for the Lord’s return? We do not know when that will be, but He will come, and when He does, will you be ready? Will you know Him? Prepare yourself, confess your sins, receive His Sacraments, come home to His Church. He is waiting for you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the graces that brought me home to you. May I always be worthy of you and show the world the treasures you have in store for those who come home. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord speaks of peace to his people.
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102014.cfm
Brothers and sisters: You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you once lived following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh, following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.
Do you still live in the world? Or, have you given your life to Christ? When you repent, He forgives unconditionally, you inherit His kingdom and you are brought back to life by His death. Come home to Him and you will be blessed abundantly.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of your Son. I am grateful for the forgiveness that I have received and the freedom that came with that. In Jesus’ holy name, I praise you Lord!
The Lord made us, we belong to him.
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101914.cfm
The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”
You have to give to “Caesar” what is his – it is automatically deducted from your pay or rung up at a cash register. So what do you give to God? Do you give to Him what is His? Do you know what is His? He gave you everything you have. He gave you your talent, your looks, your personality – what do you give back to Him? Do you give Him your time, talent and treasure? Whatever He gives you – unlike “Caesar” – will come back to you a hundredfold. Just try it and see.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gifts that you have given to me. I try to use them for your glory and to give praise to you! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
Give the Lord glory and honor.
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101814.cfm
The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’”
Jesus has passed this power down to us, along with the command to bring His word to all the people. Do you believe that is your task? Do you believe you have the power to proclaim His word, to cure the sick and bring peace to others?? You should, because He has given it to you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the powers that you have nur kingdom. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.