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

Link to today’s readings: Gospel Lk 4:38-44

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Jesus always went off to a deserted place when He was doing His Fathers work. He knew that He gathered strength from this time alone with Him. We can learn from that – when was the last time you spent quiet time with the Lord? He also never allowed the desires of others to keep Him from His Father’s work. How often do we allow ourselves to be distracted from the work of the Lord? From going to Mass, spending time with Him? Jesus knew His priorities, do you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always recognize the distractions the world places in my path to keep me from doing your work. Help me to keep my focus on you and spending time with you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

 Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/083016.cfm

Brothers and sisters: The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God. Among men, who knows what pertains to the man except his spirit that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God. And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.

Now the natural man does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually. The one who is spiritual, however, can judge everything but is not subject to judgment by anyone.

For “who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

The world thinks us foolish today for believing in Christ. They think we are foolish for following His commandments. Because we live according to the Law of God, we are thought to be blind to reality. But we who follow Christ know who is blind to reality. We have our sights set on eternal life, they look to today, to the moment in this life. There is no fruit or freedom in that. True freedom only comes from God. Are you free?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have set me free, you have loved me in spite of the life I lived. The freedom I have received from you is worth more than anything this world can give me. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, honor and glory, amen.

The Lord is just in all his ways.

Passion of John the Baptist

Learn more about the Passion of St. John the Baptist: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2014-08-29

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/082916.cfm

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, proclaiming the mystery of God, I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

It is not always the words you use. If you proclaim the truth, it comes through with your actions, your honesty and your integrity. Your heart will shine through with the truth. The Holy Spirit will do the work, you just plant the seeds. Have you planted any seeds today?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to be a seed planter. May I lay your groundwork in the hearts of those who are lukewarm or do not believe. I trust, Lord, that you will do the rest, in Jesus’ most holy and gracious name, Amen.

Lord, I love your commands.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082816.cfm

My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not. The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise. Water quenches a flaming fire, and alms atone for sins.

When we live our life truly for God, no one will see us, they will only see Him. That is how we are to live. Our lives should be a reflection and mirror of God and His word. All else is meaningless.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may all who see me, see you. May all who hear me, hear you. May I be you for all the hurting people in the world. May I live to serve only you, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.

St. Monica

Learn more about St. Monica: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082716.cfm

Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written, whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.

When you look at the Apostles, you see the truth of this statement. God does not choose the mighty, He chooses those who are the least. He calls you to do His work, not because you know what He wants or how to do it. He calls you because you are open to His word and are willing to be guided and lead by Him. Remember, God does not call the prepared, He prepares those whom He calls.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always be open to your call. Give me the courage to say yes and not count the cost to me, but the need for you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082616.cfm

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise ones replied, ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’ While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

On the surface this appears to be just about planning ahead and being prepared. But Jesus is telling us that we have to prepare our own journey to Him. We cannot borrow from others or use their “lamp” we must prepare ourselves for the day the Lord comes. When He comes we must be ready, we cannot depend on others to get us to Christ. Your journey is your own and if you are not ready, you cannot blame anyone else.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, my journey has been fraught with many problems, mostly of my own making. Thank you for guiding me around the hills and valley’s I have encountered and allowing me to make this journey my own to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/082516.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so. Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

We are the servants put here to do the work of the Lord. We will be judged by the Lord for how we do that work. If we act the way Jesus has shown us, we will be given much to do. If we do not, then there will be a wailing and grinding of teeth in the place where we will be consigned for eternal life. We do not know when the Lord is coming, so we must act accordingly. Do not wait – heaven will not wait for you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I try to be the good servant, doing your will and working for your good. Help me Lord in the times I struggle and stray. Guide me with your gentle mercy. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

 I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

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