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

Sts. Joachim and Anne 

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072614.cfm

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” 

Sometimes we do not know the difference between good people and bad, because on the surface they appear the same. It is only after they grow that their “weeds” start to show. Do not judge people by what you see or think, judge them by their actions and how they treat others. Collect those people into your life and it will help you follow the word of God in your own life. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to tell who are the weeds in my life. May I learn from you who to bring into my life, those who will help me follow you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

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

 

St. James the Apostle

 Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072514.cfm

The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.” Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” They said to him, “We can.” He replied, “My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

Today we have forgotten what Jesus is telling us here. WE are the least important, we must serve others if we are to serve Christ. He came and died for us, He did come to save us, He did it to show us how we must live our lives. Sadly we have become a nation of people wanting to be served, wanting what we did not earn, wanting others to compromise their principals so we can have what we want. How do you serve the Lord? Do you want to be first or last? What does that tell you? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son in my life. He has taught me what it means to be a servant, in the truest sense of the word. May I never forget the lessons I have learned and always put others first. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072414.cfm

The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?” He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand. Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal them. “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” 

Today there are so many people who need to hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted. They do not want to hear the word of the Lord, because they will be converted when they truly hear the truth. Have you listened and been converted or are you steadfast in the ways of the world? Listen to the truth and you will be healed. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the words that have set me free and the forgiveness you have shown me that brought me back home to you. In Jesus’ holy and precious name, thank you and Amen. 

With you is the fountain of life, O Lord.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072314.cfm

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,  a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” 

How deep are your roots? Can you withstand the trials, hatred and problems that occur in today’s world? Can you withstand the criticism of others because of that belief in God and the faith He has given to us? Is your faith buried deep within your heart and soul? If not, be careful because your seeds will not produce good fruit.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, my faith has been buried in the deep soil of your word. Nothing will rock my faith and with your help and guidance I will produce good fruit. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

I will sing of your salvation.

 

St. Mary Magdalen at the Tomb

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072214.cfm

On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he told her. 

How many times have we not recognized Jesus when He is right there in front of us? When He calls our name, we still do not always recognize Him. But we need to listen. He had a message and a mission for Mary Magdalene, He has a message and a mission for us all, if only we would listen. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to hear you when you call my name. I want to hear the message you have for me Lord and I want to be able to accomplish the mission you have for me. Open the ears of my heart Lord and help me listen. In Jesus’ holy and glorious name, Amen.

Lord, show us your mercy and love.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072114.cfm

Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here. At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.”

Many people today do not believe in God because they do not see the signs He performs every day.  They think they are greater than God because of the things they can do. What about you? Do you need signs or is your heart and mind open to the power of God? If you are open, you do not need a sign because you see His miracles every day. If you are not, repent now as the men of Nineveh did or you will be condemned. God is just waiting for you to come to Him, His arms are open wide and His heart is full of love and forgiveness. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I never doubt so much that I can no longer see your miracles each day. Thank you for the gift of faith, and I pray that others will accept your gift with an open and loving heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

 

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072014.cfm

Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will.

Many times when we pray, we do not know what we are praying for. When a friend is in need, when we are sick or we are in trouble. What we think is not always what we really need, it may not be what is best for us or those we are praying for. Pray for your needs, pray for others, our world is in serious need of prayers. And when you pray the Holy Spirit knows your needs and will intercede for you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of prayer, for the power to pray for others. Help me Father to always remember to offer the needs of those around me to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Lord, you are good and forgiving.

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