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

St. Ignatius of Loyola (3)

Learn more about St. Ignatius of Loyola: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=56

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/073115.cfm

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.” And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith. 

Those who knew Jesus as a child had a problem seeing the miracles He performed. How many times has someone not believed that you could do something because they knew you since childhood? How often do you do it? We see what we think we should see in people, not always how they really are. Careful how you judge, you may miss miracles as they did. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see you in everyone and not pass you by because I think I know the person. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Sing with joy to God our help.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/073015.cfm

Jesus said to the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” 

“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there. 

If you have ever watched fishermen when they finish with the day’s catch, you know exactly what this parable is saying. The catch is carefully gone through and the best is put aside and the rest tossed back into the water. How will you be judged at the end of time? Will you be one of the best or one of the tossed? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to be the best. Help me through the grace of your holy Son Jesus to stay on the path you have set out for me, not the divergent path of the world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

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

St. Martha1

Learn more about St. Martha: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=79

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072915.cfm

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.” 

Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus instead of worrying about the world. Which part have you chosen? Do you worry needlessly or leave your problems at the feet of Jesus? The choice is yours, make it carefully. 

Prayer: Jesus, I choose to sit at your feet rather than the worlds. Help me to always leave my problems with you. In your holy name, I ask for this grace, Amen. 

Holy is the Lord our God.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072815.cfm

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” 

Are you a good seed or a weed? Will you be thrown into the fiery furnace or shine like the sun? Only you can decide if you want to hear. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that the ears of my heart will always be open to your word and I will shine like the sun in your Kingdom for you. In Jesus’ holy name. 

The Lord is kind and merciful.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072715.cfm

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.” 

He spoke to them another parable. “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.” 

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: 

“I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world. “

Jesus spoke to the people in ways they would understand, that is why I think sometimes it is hard for us to understand. But we can understand the mustard seed because it applies to all the seeds we plant. The seeds of fruit are small but the trees are great. So too are the seeds we plant in others. We plant a small seed by things we say and do but they can grow in people to be a blossoming of faith and love. How do you plant seeds? Do you plant them at all? Who planted a seed in you that grew into something wonderful? Do the same for someone else. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for all the people in my life that have planted the seeds of your love, grace and mercy. May I too plant those seeds in others Lord so that they will know you. In Jesus’ holy name I ask all this, Amen. 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072615.cfm

Brothers and sisters: I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 

You have received a call from Christ. It is a call that is special to you, only you can fulfill the mission that Our Lord has assigned to you. Do you know your mission? Are you ready to hear what God has planned for you? Open the ears of your heart and follow His call. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am trying to follow your mission for me, trying to live the way you want and to do mighty things in your name. In Jesus’ holy name I give you praise, Amen! 

The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

St. James the Apostle

Learn more about St. James: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=59

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072515.cfm

Brothers and sisters: We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 

So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we too believe and therefore speak, knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God. 

We bear the treasure of God within us. What a beautiful reminder of Him who created us. Be a worthy vessel, bearing the life of Jesus in you. Are you worthy? I know I am not, but I strive daily to carry Him with honor and to give Him glory. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, what a beautiful gift you have given to us. Thank you and with the help of your Son, Jesus Christ, I will be worthy of this honor, Amen.

Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

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