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

St. Francis Xavier

Learn more about St. Francis Xavier: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=423

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120316.cfm

 Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Then he summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

There are many lost sheep today. People who wander aimlessly, mouthing the platitudes of other, believing the lies they are told and allowing others to control their speech and their movements. They have heard the voice of the Shepherd but they do not know how to find it again. Have you heard the Shepherds voice? Are you lost and looking or have you found Him and follow only Him?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I once was one of the lost sheep, believing what you did not say, hearing voices that were not yours. But you kept calling me and I finally heard you through the roar of the crowd. Thank you for not giving up on me and calling me gently to you, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120216.cfm

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

Time and again Jesus shows us that if we have faith in Him miracles will happen in our lives. Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe that Jesus can do what you ask of Him? You should, because He still performs miracles every day. Believe in Him and learn the truth.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe in miracles, I have seen your healing powers change lives. You changed mine Lord and I give you praise, glory and thanks for all that you have done for me, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord is my light and my salvation.

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Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120116.cfm

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.

“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.”

Where is your house built? Do you have a firm foundation or slippery sand? Your foundation is your life and if you have not built on the rock of Jesus, you might want to rethink what you have done. Only Jesus is the firm foundation that we need in our lives.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are the firm foundation I have built my life upon. Your words build and sustain me as I muddle through this world. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you honor, praise and thanks for your salvation, Amen.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Alleluia!

St. Andrew

Learn more about St. Andrew: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=109

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/113016.cfm

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus calls us today to be “fishers of men”, do you hear the call? We have the perfect opportunity today to bring people to the Lord. But we must “leave our nets and follow Him”. Are you ready to do that? Are you willing to leave your old life behind and give your all to Christ, just as the Apostles did?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I give my life to you to use as you need. May I cast your net and become a true fisher of men, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

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 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112916.cfm

Jesus 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.”

The childlike are the ones who come to the Lord with a heart open and believing what the Lord has promised. We need to come to Him in this way. If we do not believe with an open heart and mind, we will miss all that He has for us. How do you approach the Lord? Do you see but not see and hear but not hear? Think about it, you will see what the Lord is telling you and hear what He has to say.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I hope I will always see what you want me to see and hear what you want me to hear. Your marvels are wondrous to those who believe. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen.

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.

 

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 Link to today’s readings: Gospel Mt 8:5-11

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.”

It takes a humble man to give up his authority to another. This centurion recognized the power that Jesus had and he had respect for that. He believed Jesus could heal from a distance and that belief saved his servant. Do you have that kind of faith? Are you able to see Jesus for who He is, the Son of God? Do you have that belief?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Jesus is your Son, He will come again and judge us on our faith. My faith is strong, Lord, I believe that you have healed me and forgiven me of my sins. In Jesus’ holy name, I offer you praise, honor and glory, Amen.

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

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What is Advent: http://catholicism.about.com/od/holydaysandholidays/p/Advent.htm

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112716.cfm

Brothers and sisters: You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and lust, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.

We are entering a time of waiting and anticipation. We know Christ is coming, we do not know when. We must prepare ourselves for that time. If we participate in the ways of the world, we will not know Christ when He comes. We will be asleep and we will lose eternal life. Put on the armor of God and live as if you believe, as if you want to spend eternity with Our Lord.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I do want to spend eternity with you. I want to be ready and awake when you come again. Your forgiveness has allowed me to awaken to the ways of the world and yearn to be with you. In Jesus’ holy name, amen.

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

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