May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Sts. Cornelius Cyprian

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091614.cfm

Brothers and sisters: As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. 

Now the body is not a single part, but many. 

Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it. Some people God has designated in the Church to be, first, Apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues. Are all Apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. 

We are all part of Christ’s body, called to use the gifts that He gave us. Our gifts are many and different and all used to glorify the body of Christ. How do you use your gifts? Do you use them for building the body of Christ or to destroy it? If you do not use it as God calls you, you are working against the body of Christ. Use your gifts wisely. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for all the gifts that you have given to me. I try daily to use them for your glory, Lord and pray that I never forget what you have given me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

We are his people: the sheep of his flock.

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 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091514.cfm

Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” 

Mary knew what the Word of God had foretold and she walked for many years knowing what her son was to endure. Yet she trusted in God and lived the life He asked her to live. She was obedient to His will and her yes completed the plan for our salvation. At the Wedding Feast of Cana she told the servants to “do as He says” and she tells us to do the same. She always leads us to her Son, do you do as she does? Do you do as she asks? When you do, you honor her and her Son. 

Prayer: O God, who willed that, when your Son was lifted high on the Cross, his Mother should stand close by and share his suffering, grant that your Church, participating with the Virgin Mary in the Passion of Christ, may merit a share in his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. – Amen. (Evening Prayer) 

Proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.

The Adoration of the Cross

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091414.cfm

Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

Christ died so that we might have life. He was sinless, yet He sacrificed Himself for us. He gave His life so you could have eternal life, eternity with Him. Are you humble enough to accept that? Will you allow yourself to become as He was? Obediently humble to the will of God? Your eternal life depends on your decision. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I be able to accept what you did for me and humble myself to your will. I ask all this in Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Do not forget the works of the Lord!

St. John Chrysostom 

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091314.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thorn bushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks. 

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built. But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.” 

Today the world is trying to make good sound evil and evil sound good. Look into your heart and what do you see? Is your foundation weak? Will it burst during the storms? If you believe the world that good is evil, your foundation is weak. Build a strong foundation on the word of the Lord and you will see the good that you can do. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to keep my foundation strong, built on your words not on those of the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091214.cfm

Jesus told his disciples a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.” 

Are you blind to what Is happening in today’s world? Are you blindly following what the world has to say without regard to the truth? You will only be as good as what you believe and what you follow. When you are blind to the lies, you live a lie. What is your truth? Who do you follow? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may my eyes always be open to your truth and to your teachings. Help me Lord to turn away from the lure of the world and follow you, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

 

May we never forget

May We Never Forget 2

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091114.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount.  But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful. 

“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” 

What do you give to others? Do you only give to those who can repay you? Are you willing to step out and help those who cannot help you? Those who can do nothing for you? You must be willing to step out in faith and treat others as you want to be treated? Do you judge what you do not understand? Do you think that those who are different do not deserve your generosity, your love? If Jesus thought like you, where would you be?  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always see you in those around me, be guided by the love that you have for and share it with others. I pray that all I do is a mirror of what you do, so that others only see you when they look at me. In Jesus’ holy and precious name, Amen. 

Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

 

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091014.cfm 

Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, band denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man.

Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way. 

But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.” 

Jesus is doing more than warning those who misuse their gifts of the consequences they will face. He is telling those who stand up for Him and what He teaches that your reward will be great. He is giving us hope and joy for what we may suffer on this earth is nothing compared to the joy we will be given in Heaven. Where I your treasure? What is important to you? Will you choose earthly or heavenly riches? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always choose your heavenly rewards over whatever this earth can provide. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

 

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