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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052416.cfm

Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

How many people think they have given up a lot for Christ. He gave His life for us, and we quibble about the small stuff. He tells us here that we will be repaid for all that we give up for Him. If not in this life, then in the next. Eternal life with God, who could want more?

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son. When I think I have given up a lot, you show me someone who has lost more. When my leg hurt today, Lord you showed me a man with no legs. Thank you for showing me how well off I am. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord has made known his salvation.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052316.cfm

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.” He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”

We have forgotten what the commandments say, we cannot say with this man that we have observed them from our youth. We allow the killing of babies, lying and cheating have become a way of life, we do not honor our parents when we allow euthanasia policies to destroy the lives of people because they are sick or old or just weary. We have lost sight of what Christ was trying to teach this man. It is not only the rich who have a hard time getting into heaven. We will be judged by God at our final passing, will you pass the test? Will I?

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to get back on track and honor your commandments. Help me to see where I stray and help me to always come back to you. In Jesus’ holy and precious name, Amen.

The Lord will remember his covenant forever, Alleluia!

Holy Trinity Picture

Learn more about the Holy Trinity: http://catholicism.about.com/od/holydaysandholidays/p/Trinity_Sunday.htm

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052216.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”

The Holy Trinity, the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The mystery that defies logic unless you realize how much God loves us. He sent His Son to save us. When He rose to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us. They are all one in the Holy Trinity. A mystery of love.

 Prayer: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, Amen.

O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052116.cfm

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced the children and blessed them, placing his hands on them.

If a child is not raised to know and love God then that child has been prevented from going to Him. Children need God in their lives, they need steady instruction and worship and when adults do not do they go against the will of God. Today we hear a lot of nonsense about letting children decide if they want religion or not. If you do not tell them, who will? We too much accept Him with the same childlike joy and innocence. Do you believe that? Do you practice it? The salvation of your soul requires that you do.

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to bring your children, young and old, to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Let my prayer come like incense before you.

 

Link to today’s readings: https://wordpress.com/post/catholiccat1.wordpress.com/5601

Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The Pharisees approached him and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” They were testing him. He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?” They replied, “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.” But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

People today think that the Churches should change their stance on divorce. Unfortunately, marriage today has become a throwaway commodity. People plan divorces almost as soon as they say yes. Marriage is a sacrament, given to us by God and it should be entered into with love, joy and commitment. Many people do not work at marriage, they think it should just happen. It does not. Just as life is a series of struggles and commitment, marriage is the same. What is your attitude on marriage? Do you believe as the world does or as Christ taught?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to see that marriage is a covenant and a sacrament from you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord is kind and merciful.

 

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051916.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

“Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.”

What are we doing to our children today? We do not allow them to be children, we confuse them by telling them they are not what/who God created them to be, we abort them for convenience sake and if we bring them into the world, we want to put them into unnatural families with no morals or values. What will be our punishment for allowing this to happen to our children? Where do you stand? Do you defend the children or are you part of the problem? Our bottom line should be to bring the little children to Christ. Do you agree? How do you do that?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive me for when I have not done enough to save our children. May this world open their eyes and hearts to what they are doing and come home to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

 

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051816.cfm

John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.”

We can do all things through Christ, but if we try to do it on our own, we accomplish nothing. If you work in the Word of God and truly work in His name, there is nothing you cannot do. Where do you stand? Are you for or against Christ? How frustrated are you? That might tell you where you stand.

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am grateful for the gifts I have received from you and want to always use those gifts for your glory. May I never stray from your word, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

 Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

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