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

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As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” 

Trust. Do we trust the Lord when the storms of life erupt around you? The Lord can and will handle the storms in our life if we just let Him. Do you give your storms to Him? Try it and see how calm your life becomes. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for calming the storms of my life. Thank you for being there for me when I feel alone and scared. You are the rock of my salvation. In Jesus’ holy name I praise you, Amen. 

O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.

Sts. Peter and Paul

Learn more about the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/saint.aspx?id=1429

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When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 

Christ established His Church with Peter as the head. He gave him the keys to the kingdom that He came to earth to establish. The Catholic Church has survived and thrived through all these centuries. It is the Church that Christ spoke of and it is the Church that is consistently maligned and attacked by those who follow the evil one. Christ tells us that the evil one will not prevail and we believe and stand on that truth. What do you believe? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are the head of the Church that was established on Peter. You have sustained us and nurtured us through good times and bad ones. You will prevail and I thank you for always remaining faithful to your word. Even when I have not been faithful to mine. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.

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God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome, and there is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of the netherworld on earth, for justice is undying. For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who belong to his company experience it. 

God gave us free choice. He gave us the ability to choose life or death. If we follow Him and live as He has asked, we choose life. If we follow the world and the choices they tell us to make, we choose death. How do you exercise your freedom of choice?  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I choose life and I choose you. You bring light into the world and I want to always live in your light. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

 I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

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When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven, but the children of the Kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour his servant was healed.

Jesus entered the house of Peter, and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, the fever left her, and she rose and waited on him.  

When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick, to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet: 

He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases. 

Do you have the faith of this centurion? Do I? Every Sunday we repeat his words – “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” Do I really believe that the Lord will heal me just because I ask? Do you? Trust and faith are what are needed, and I know that there are many times I am afraid to trust, afraid I will be disappointed. What about you? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help my unbelief. Help me have trust. I ask all this in Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord has remembered his mercy.

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When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” 

When we ask, the Lord will heal us. We must ask in humility and trust and we need to accept whatever healing He gives us. We will be healed but not always in the way we want. We must be ready to accept whatever the Lord does for us. Are you willing to believe that the Lord knows you better than you do when it comes to your healing? He made you, He loves you and He wants you healed. Open your heart and mind to what He wants to do for you. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, so many times I prayed for healing and did not receive what I asked for. I have come to learn that you have healed me in ways I never dreamed possible. Thank you Lord for all the healing that you have brought into my life. In Jesus’ holy name I praise you and give you glory, Amen. 

See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’ 

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” 

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. 

What did you build your foundation on? Are you on the solid rock of Jesus or the sands of the world? If it is the world, it will shift and move and cause destruction. The solid rock of Jesus will hold firm through any storm or problems in your life. Check your foundation, be sure it is set firmly or it will not destroy you. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have built my foundation in your Son Jesus. I know how the sands of the world can shift and destroy. In Jesus’ holy name, I thank you for the strong foundation of your love and mercy. Amen. 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, Alleluia!

Birth of John the Baptist

Learn more about the Nativity of John the Baptist: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=152

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062415-day.cfm

In those days, Paul said: “God raised up David as king; of him God testified, I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish. From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus. John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; and as John was completing his course, he would say, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’ 

“My brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those others among you who are God-fearing, to us this word of salvation has been sent.” 

John knew who he was. He knew that what he did was important to the salvation of many, but he was humble in all that he did. He never confused his hearers by making false claims. He brought the message that Christ was coming, just as we need to do. Does your humility allow you to make way for Jesus?  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I be like John the Baptist in his humility and proclaiming your word. May your praise be always on my lips. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

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