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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/103114.cfm

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?” But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him. Then he said to them “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not  immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?”  But they were unable to answer his question. 

Jesus broke the man-made rules that prevented people from doing the good and the right things on the Sabbath. These rules kept people from helping others and doing what is right. Jesus taught us that we have to do the right thing even when we do not want to and if people set up barriers to doing good, you still must do what is right. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always to what is right in your name. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

How great are the works of the Lord! Alleluia!

 Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/103014.cfm

Brothers and sisters: Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the Devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the Gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 

With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones and also for me, that speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may have the courage to speak as I must. 

Where do you draw your strength? From God or the world? If from God, you need to clothe yourself in His armor and steep yourself in prayer. If you draw your strength from the world, then you are drawing from the waters of darkness. Preach the Gospel of Christ and protect yourself against the agents of darkness. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always remember to protect myself from the forces of darkness in this world. Help me to shine your light into that darkness and give me the grace to speak your words. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen

 Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

 

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102914.cfm

Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’ And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” 

Will the Lord know you when you stand before Him? Are you strong enough to entire the narrow gate? Or will you be one of those who are reclining at the table of the Lord? Look at your life and decide if you want to be left outside or enter the gate. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to recline at your table for all eternity. Help me to enter through that narrow gate. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord is faithful in all his words.

Sts. Simon and Jude

 

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102814.cfm

Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. 

Before making decisions in His ministry, Jesus went off to pray to God. How often do you go off and pray before a big (or small) decision. Do you trust the Lord to lead you to in the right direction or do you think you can do better on your own? If Jesus needed to pray before making decisions, why do you think you do not?  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always remember to offer you problems, cares, concerns and needs before I decide what to do. You are the guiding light I need in my life and in Jesus’ holy name, I pray I never forget it. Amen. 

Their message goes out through all the earth.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102714.cfm

Brothers and sisters: Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. 

Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma. Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones, no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place, but instead, thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God. 

Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. So do not be associated with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. 

Are we living this life today? How do we treat one another? Our world is being deceived with the empty arguments of success without consequences. Are you living as children of light or as children of darkness. Who do you listen to? Do you want to inherit the Kingdom of God or of the darkness? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always live in your light and ignore the darkness of the world. I pray for those, Father, who do not see your light, that they may be turned from the darkness of the world. I ask for their salvation in the holy name of Jesus, Amen. 

Behave like God as his very dear children.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102614.cfm

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” 

Love is the greatest of all the commandments. Jesus tells us to love God and then our neighbors “as yourself”. Do you love yourself? Do you know how to love yourself? It is easy to love others, but loving ourselves can be very difficult. Put yourself in God’s embrace, feel the love He has for you and believe that you are precious to Him. Once you believe that, God’s love will envelope you and fill you with His love, allowing you to love yourself. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for loving me unconditionally. Your love has filled me with a joy that allows me to love you and others, but most of all myself. I praise you Father, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

I love you, Lord, my strength.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102514.cfm

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” 

And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.’” 

Jesus tells us to repent. In our time we are seeing martyrs and many dying for their faith. They are not guilty of anything but following the Lord. He has tried to cultivate our world with the seeds of His word, but do we pay any attention? Listen to His words, they are the truth, the truth we all need to heed. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always listen to you and your words. Help me to help others hear your words and repent. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

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