All Hallow’s Eve!
Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/103112.cfm
Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’ And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
Lord, will you know me when I knock on the door?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that all I do is for you, that all I do honors you. When my time comes, all I want is for you to say to me “well done good and faithful servant” and welcome me through the door, Amen
The Lord is faithful in all his words
Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/103012.cfm
Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.”
Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”
We will not be complete until we are in heaven. There is no describing what it will be like, it is beyond the comprehension of us here on earth. We see joy, but also pain and sorrow. We see happiness, but also anger and hurt. In heaven these alternatives don’t exist. Can we imagine a world with no pain? No sorrow? No sadness? We will be like the birds in the mustard plant, free, joyful but with a safe place to rest. Heaven is not on this earth. How can I even imagine it could be? Will I get to see it?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, heaven is where I want my final destination to be! Guide me and help me to live my life on earth so I may fly free like the birds around your glorious presence. Holy spirit, fill me with the joy of a life lived only for our Lord. Help me to anticipate heaven. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen
Blessed are those who fear the Lord
Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102912.cfm
Brothers and sisters: Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.
Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma. Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones, no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place, but instead, thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. So do not be associated with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.
Why can’t we follow your words? The Lord has offered us forgiveness, why don’t we take it? Why do we live as enemies of God and each other? We have the opportunity to become saints, but live as if all that matters is what we think, what we own or possess. You Lord are our light in this dark world. Why can’t we see it? Why can’t we believe? What do I need to do Lord to help those to see you more clearly, hear you more clearly? How can I hear?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Guide us in your right paths by the light of Christ. Help us to bring about a world that is fitting and right for you to live in. You gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation to bring your forgiveness to all. May we all partake in this precious gift and receive that healing that Christ died for. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen
Behave like God as his very dear children
Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102812.cfm
As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
Oh to have the faith of Bartimaeus! He knew who he was calling to and he did not hesitate when Jesus asked him what he wanted. How many times does Jesus call to us and we doubt it is Him? When He asks what are we honest? Do we ask for material things or things of the heart and soul? Will Jesus be able to say us “Go your way your faith has saved you?” Am I honest when I talk with Jesus? Will He say that about me?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, May I always have the faith to answer in truth when you call. May I have the faith I need to accept you and your healing. Help me to be with others when they question and lead them to where you are. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy
Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102712.cfm
Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them? do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”
And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.'”
Is this message true today Lord? Are we so full of ourselves that we think we are greater than others? Are we so prideful that we cannot see what we are doing? Do we think we are immune to your wrath? Above your punishment? Have we exhausted our soil or is there still time to cultivate it and make it fruitful again? Will we perish before we can repent? What can I do?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us and guide to cultivate our fields of destruction and make them fields filled with the fruit of your love. Holy Spirit lead us on the path of justice and right so we may repent and hear the Good News. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord
Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102612.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.
Will we be called to be prisoners for the Lord? It may happen sooner than we think. How do we live as Paul says when others don’t allow us to? Following our Lord’s call we try to bring peace and the love of God into our world, but so many of will not even try. They do NOT listen to your word. They refuse to open their minds and hearts to you. What can I do to change that? How do I establish the bond of peace that you call us too?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help me to always be bound in your love and the peace of the Holy Spirit. May I be a light to those who are in darkness and bring them to know you and love you so they too may call themselves a “prisoner for the Lord”. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face
Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102512.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law”
You have set me on fire. Since I was baptized with by the Holy Spirit Lord, I only want to do your will! There is still no peace – there is so much tension between those who love and obey you and those who don’t. Not because they don’t want to know you but they do not open their ears to hear your word. How can we heal this division? Why won’t they open their hearts to you? What can I do?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to do your will. Show me how I can help to heal the divisions that have been created in your name. Help me to be guided by you and your wisdom. May I always follow the path you have set for me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord