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Archive for July, 2012

7-31-2012 Gospel Mt 13:36-43

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/073112.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 the weeds taking over the good seed Lord? Is the Evil One reaping a harvest greater than yours? Are the weeds in greater abundance in this age? Am I the good seed? Will I shine like the sun when the day of reckoning comes? Do I hear? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to know that I am the good seed and that I will be with you in your kingdom, not cast into the fiery furnace for my past sins. Help me to open my ears and hear your word. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

 

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7-30-2012 Reading 1 Jer 13:1-11

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/073012.cfm

The LORD said to me: Go buy yourself a linen loincloth; wear it on your loins, but do not put it in water. I bought the loincloth, as the LORD commanded, and put it on. A second time the word of the LORD came to me thus: Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing, and go now to the Parath; there hide it in a cleft of the rock. Obedient to the LORD’s command, I went to the Parath and buried the loincloth. After a long interval, the LORD said to me: Go now to the Parath and fetch the loincloth which I told you to hide there. Again I went to the Parath, sought out and took the loincloth from the place where I had hid it. But it was rotted, good for nothing! Then the message came to me from the LORD: Thus says the LORD: So also I will allow the pride of Judah to rot, the great pride of Jerusalem. This wicked people who refuse to obey my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts, and follow strange gods to serve and adore them, shall be like this loincloth which is good for nothing. For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man’s loins, so had I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD; to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty. But they did not listen. 

Sometimes Lord, you tell us to do things that are strange to us. But you always have a purpose and you always have a point. Why do we afraid to listen? We don’t listen or obey and the gods we follow now are ones of our own making. What is our fate Lord? You cling to us, but we turn from you. We are your people Lord, Help us to understand and to hear. Help us to listen. How often am I afraid listen? How often to I bury your words under a rock and try not to listen? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to be as close to you as the loincloth that Jeremiah wore. Help me to hear you and listen to your words. Help me to obey. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

You have forgotten God who gave you birth.

7-29-2012 Gospel Jn 6:1-15

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072912.cfm 

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. The Jewish feast of Passover was near. When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred days?’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.'” One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined, about five thousand in number. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat. When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.” Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone. 

We still follow you only because we see signs, don’t we Jesus? But many don’t believe what they see. When people saw the sign they believed, yet how many today do not believe that is was a miracle? That you didn’t multiply the bread but the boy’s generosity shamed others into turning over what they had with them. Where is their faith that says we believe even though we can’t see? Why do they not believe what is said? You are King of all creation Lord, Have I made you King of my heart? How do I know? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always see what I cannot see and know the truth of your word. Open the eyes of my heart so I may make you King of my heart and center of my life, always. Holy Spirit fill me with your power to believe, Amen 

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

 

7-28-2012 Gospel Mt 13:24-30

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072812.cfm 

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, ‘First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.'” 

What are the weeds in my life? Do I allow the enemies of your word to influence me and allow weeds to grow? Do I know the difference between the weeds and the wheat in my life? Can I destroy the work of your enemies and gather a good harvest for you? Do I pay enough attention? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want only to do your will. To harvest the good wheat and destroy the weeds. Help me to know the difference so I may separate the good from the bad and not allow your enemies to gain ground. Holy Spirit help me to have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. 

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

 

7-27-2012 Gospel Mt 13:18-23

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072712.cfm 

Jesus said to his disciples: “Hear the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom without understanding it, and the Evil One comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” 

Which seed am I Lord? I know that at times I have been all of these! At the beginning of my journey I heard your word with joy, but it didn’t stay with me. Too many times I have let the pressure of the world rob me of that joy. I am trying very hard to understand your word and to bear much fruit. Am I succeeding? Am I finally bearing deep and stable roots? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that I always hear your word and understand your word. I want to bear good fruit for you and teach your truth. Holy Spirit fill me with the gifts I need to do the work of the Father. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. 

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

 

7-26-2012 Gospel Mt 13:10-17

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072612.cfm 

The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to the crowd in  parables?” He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand. Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: 

You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal them. 

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.  Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” 

Who are the ones who have the knowledge of the mysteries now? Those who study and learn and spread your word? You have given me much, have you granted me the knowledge of your mysteries? I hear, do I understand? Do I do what you are asking? Am I blessed? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray for the knowledge you gave to the Disciples. Holy Spirit help me to keep my eyes open so I may see, and my heart free so I can hear your words. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

With you is the fountain of life, O Lord.

 

7-25-2012 Gospel Mt 20:20-28

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072512.cfm

The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.” Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” They said to him, “We can.” He replied, “My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”.

 They did not know the Chalice that you would drink from, were they making empty promises? The Father has prepared a place for all of us and no one is greater or lesser than the other. Humility is what you wish for. Why is that so hard to do? Am I your obedient servant? Do I serve with humility or pride? How do I know the difference? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have prepared a place for me in Heaven. I pray that I have the humility I need to do your will, to serve others and prepare the way for your Son. Holy Spirit, help me to never let my pride get in the way of your kingdom. In Jesus name I pray, Amen 

Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

 

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