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

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When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said: “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 

“When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that man is worse than the first.” 

If we clean our house but do not fill it up with God, then the demons will make their home there. When we get straight with God, we must stay that way. We become more vulnerable when we try to only partially clean up our act. The Lord needs us fully and completely His. Are you His or do you try to live in both worlds. Life with Christ is eternal. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to keep my soul clean and filled with your love. I want only you in my home, Lord. Come fill me, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord will judge the world with justice.

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. 

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” 

The Lord wants us to keep asking for what we want. When we keep asking He listens to our needs and desires. Sometimes it seems we are not getting what we are asking for, but He knows what we need and He will answer in His time and in His way. His way is perfect and He will answer with what you need, when you need it. Trust Him. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for all that you have given to me. You have answered my prayers in so many ways, many not the way I expected or wanted, but your answer is always perfect. Thank you and in Jesus’ holy name I give you praise! 

Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Our Lady of the Rosary

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Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say: 

Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.” 

Jesus gave us the ultimate prayer. How often do you pray it? It is the perfect prayer and one we should use daily. Take the time to ask our Father for His help.  

Prayer: Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. 

Lord, you are merciful and gracious.

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Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” 

Do you get so distracted over the busyness of life that you neglect to listen to Jesus? That is what He is telling Martha. She got so busy she forgot what was most important. Sitting at Jesus’ feet and letting Him speak to her. Have you forgotten that important lesson? Do not let life get in the way of your prayer life. Take time to sit and listen to what the Lord has to say to you. You will learn what is really important in your life. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunities I have had to sit and listen to your words. I pray, Lord, that all people will take time to sit in Adoration and listen to your words. In Jesus’ holy name I pray that all will do this, Amen. 

If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

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There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” 

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” 

How would you answer Jesus? Who is your neighbor? The person next door? Yes, but what about the homeless person you pass by? Or the person you avoid because they make you uncomfortable? Who is your neighbor? Jesus tells us that we are all neighbors, we should care for all who are in need. Who do you avoid? Who do you walk by? Look closely, that may be Christ waiting for you. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see you in all that I pass by. May I never pass someone in need, someone who needs your love. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord.

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The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.” So the LORD God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man. 

So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called ‘woman, ‘ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh. 

A man and a woman become one flesh. This is how the Lord designed our bodies so that we can procreate. When a man and woman come together in marriage, they are fulfilling the will of the Lord. Our morality says now that those of same sex can marry. But that is not God’s design and we cannot change that. God does not make mistakes, what He creates is His perfection. With the help of the evil one, man destroys. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to see the truth of what you have taught us. So many are trying to change your teaching and change our society. May we learn from history Lord and turn back to you. In Jesus’ holy name I ask all this, Amen. 

May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

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The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” 

At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” 

Do you desire to see as the disciples did, to hear as they did? You can. All you have to do is believe as they did, to trust as they did and to give yourself to Our Lord as they did. It is really not hard, it just takes faith. Do you have what it takes?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the ability to see and hear as the disciples did. You Lord have opened my eyes and ears to the wonders that you see, because I gave my life to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord listens to the poor.

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