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Archive for March, 2012

3-31-2012 Gospel Jn 11:45-56

Link to the daily readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/033112.cfm

Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.” He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him. 

So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, but he left for the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there he remained with his disciples.

Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before Passover to purify themselves. They looked for Jesus and said to one another as they were in the temple area, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?”

Why did they come to your Mother Mary? Is it for the same reason I do? To learn who you are and come closer to you? Why did others turn away? How could they not believe the miracles you performed and the words you spoke? Why are some so concerned for their earthly power that they give up eternal life, while some are lost, wondering when you will return?

Prayer: O my Jesus, may I always come to Mary when I am lost. Mother Mary hold me close and teach me the ways of your Son  Your words Lord are the words of eternal life and I pray that I never give up that life in return for the things of the world.

 

The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

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3-30-2012 Gospel Jn 10:31-42

Link to the daily readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/john/10

 The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods?'” If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and Scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’ If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Then they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power.

He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained. Many came to him and said, “John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true.” And many there began to believe in him.

How many times have I doubted your works Lord? I have seen the miracles but still I hesitate. So many things become my God, that sometimes you are lost to me.

Prayer: Allow me the grace to return to my baptism, that I may again hear the words of John the Baptist, so I may know that what he said is true. Help me to believe in the miracles I see daily, Lord, and know that you are truly from the Father.

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.

3-29-2012 Gospel Jn 8:51-59

Link to the daily readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032912.cfm

Jesus said to the Jews: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” So the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ You do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar. But I do know him and I keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.

Jesus, you challenge my concept of death. Every day I die in a different way to come closer to you. Is this what you mean? How do I know the Father as you do? When I sin, am I throwing stones at you? Do you hide from me?

Prayer: Never hide from me Jesus, I want to know the Father as you do. Help me to glorify Him and you in all that I say and do. Let my joy ring out and the glory of the Father be sown in all the people I meet. Amen

The Lord remembers his covenant for ever

3-28-2012 Gospel Jn 8:31-42

Link to daily readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032812.cfm

Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains. So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free. I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you. I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence; then do what you have heard from the Father.”

 They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works of Abraham. But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God; Abraham did not do this. You are doing the works of your father!” So they said to him, “We were not born of fornication. We have one Father, God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me.”

 How have I allowed myself to become enslaved to sin? How do I set myself free or how do you set me free? I am your child Father and I want to remain always in your house. I want to be set free!

 Prayer: Jesus you came to set me free from my sin. You brought the saving grace of love and mercy to me and I want always to live in your house. Thank you for providing the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that I may learn how to live in your house and be washed free from my sins. 

Glory and praise forever!

3-27-2012 Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9

Link to daily readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032712.cfm

From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road, to bypass the land of Edom. But with their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!”

 In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died. Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray the LORD to take the serpents away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses, “Make a saraph and mount it on a pole, and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live.” Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

Lord, how many times have I complained of where you have lead me? How many times do I complain about what I have? I sometimes feel like an ungrateful, whiny child, never satisfied with the gifts that you have given to me. Have I waited until I was bit by a serpent before I repented? Am I healed when I look at your cross?

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the patience you have shown me when I am whiny, and complaining. You have given me the grace of salvation by the cross of your Son. As I gaze upon Him on the cross, I realize what I have been given, what blessings you have bestowed on me. I also remember that I am not alone. You are always with me, even when I feel lost in the desert. Help me to always keep the cross before as a sign of my redemption and healing. 

O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.

Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord Gospel Lk 1:26-38

Link to daily readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032612.cfm

 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

The normal Feast of the Annunciation is March 25, but because it falls on Sunday this year, the Church moved the Feast to Monday. In place of a reflection, I want to share a beautiful prayer from Luke 1, Mary’s response to Elizabeth’s greeting:

Canticle Of Mary

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

My Spirit rejoices in God my Saviour

For He has looked with favour on His lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

The Almighty has done great things for me,

And holy is His Name.

He has mercy on those who fear Him

In every generation.

He has shown the strength of His arm,

He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

And has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,

And the rich He has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of His servant Israel

For He has remembered His promise of mercy,

The promise He made to our fathers,

To Abraham and his children for ever.

 And our response should always be 

Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will

3-25-2012 Gospel Jn 12:20-33

Link to daily readings:

 http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032512-fifth-sunday-of-lent.cfm

 Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.

 “I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’  But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come for my sake but for yours. Now is the time of judgment on this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.

How many times have I asked “Father, save me from this hour”? Was this hour my test? How many times have I resisted planting the seed you have given to me? How much fruit have I allowed to die?

 Prayer: Father, help me to plant the seeds you give me. To bear the fruit of your love and your graces. Help me to serve you in all I do and become your humble servant. Draw me to yourself Lord.

 Create a clean heart in me, O God

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