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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090515.cfm

Brothers and sisters: You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds; God has now reconciled you in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death, to present you holy, without blemish, and irreproachable before him, provided that you persevere in the faith, firmly grounded, stable, and not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, am a minister. 

Jesus saved us from our sins and created a new life for us with the Father. How have we gone so far away? We do not honor what Christ did for us. Many scoff and laugh and do not believe what He did. They think it is a fable, not something real. What about you? Do you believe, are you a minister like Paul? Preaching God’s word to all who will listen? Or are you like the world today? I choose Christ, whom do you choose? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I choose to live your life, the life that I received through Christ Jesus. I pray Lord for all those who do not believe, who ridicule and scoff at your word. Help them Lord in their unbelief. In Jesus’ holy name I ask for this grace, Amen. 

God himself is my help.

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Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the Body, the Church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the Blood of his cross through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven. 

Jesus is the beginning and the end. The Alpha and Omega. He is all we need to fulfill our life. How can anyone doubt His existence, His Kingship? He is the head of the Church, the one to whom we owe all our joy, our praise and worship. God incarnate. If you doubt look into your heart and find the seeds that were planted before you were created. His love will bring you the peace, love and joy you have been searching for. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I offer you praise and adoration for all that you have done in my life and in the lives of my friends and family. You are all I need in my life. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Come with joy into the presence of the Lord

Pope St. Gregory

Learn more about Pope St. Gregory: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=54

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090315.cfm

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. 

Have you ever felt the Lord asking you to do the same thing you always do, the thing that is not working? That is what he asked of Simon and you can just imagine the big sigh before he agrees. Is not that how we react? I know I do! But as Simon shows, when we do exactly what the Lord asks we are rewarded abundantly. Can we say we react as they do? Drop everything and follow Him? If you have the trust that Simon did, your faith will grow and your life will change abundantly. Be blessed by the Lord and give Him your life. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I place my trust in you. You have given me a life I could never have believed possible. I praise your holy name and give you thanks! In Jesus’ blessed name Amen! 

The Lord has made known his salvation.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090215.cfm

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. 

Ever notice how many times Jesus went off alone. We know from other places in Scripture that when He went off alone, He went to pray and get close to His Father. How often do you go spend time with Jesus? We can only learn who He is by being alone with Him, praying to His Father. We cannot truly love someone unless we know them. The demons knew Him, do you? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I try so hard to make time for you. Help me to clear my calendar and use that time just for you. In Jesus’ holy name I pray for this grace. Amen. 

I trust in the mercy of God for ever.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090115.cfm

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm. They were all amazed and said to one another, “What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region. 

The demons know who Jesus is, do you? Can you say that He is the Holy One of God? Do you believe it? Evil knows who Jesus is and they know His power. You should believe in Him as evil still exists and still cringes at the mention of His name. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that evil still exists and that they know who you are. May I be ever vigilant to the dangers that evils presents to me and never lose sight of who you are. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

 

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/083115.cfm

Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, “Is this not the son of Joseph?” He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb, ‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’” And he said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land. It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon. Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away. 

They got angry because Jesus was telling them things they found hard to believe. They did not want to believe it. They saw Jesus as the little boy they knew growing up, not the man He had become. Certainly not the Prophet He sounded like. How many people do you ignore because their words make you uncomfortable? Or you think you know them and they can’t possibly know what you need to hear? Prophets come from many walks of life. Do not assume you know more than God!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the people you have sent to me to lead me to you. Give me the grace to know a true word from you when I hear it. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord comes to judge the earth.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/083015.cfm

Dearest brothers and sisters: All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.  He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures. 

Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls. 

Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. 

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. 

The truth of the word of God was planted in your soul before you were born. We seek that truth all our life, but if we do not do what the word leads us to, we delude ourselves with the lies of the world. Are you humble before the Lord, willing to carry His word to those in need? If you do not, you betray the truth you seek.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth leads me to places I am not always sure I want to be! But with your words and courage I lay down my fears and follow your word. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

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