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1-31-2013 Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest Gospel Mk 4:21-25

St. John Bosco

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/013113.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.” He also told them, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” 

Do you have ears to hear? Do you hide the light of the Word under a bushel? We try to run and hide from God, but He sees what we measure. Be faithful and we receive more. How much more do you want? Are you willing to lose what has been given? What do I do? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to see with your eyes and hear with your ears. Help me to keep my eyes focused on you and to let your light shine from within me. In jesus’ name I pray, Amen 

Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face

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1-30-2013 Gospel Mk 4:1-20

Link to today’s readings:  http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/013013.cfm

On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. And he taught them at length in parables, and in the course of his instruction he said to them, “Hear this! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil.

It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it and it produced no grain. And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” He added, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.” 

And when he was alone, those present along with the Twelve questioned him about the parables. He answered them, “The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you. But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that they may look and see but not perceive, and hear and listen but not understand, in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.” 

Jesus said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand any of the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown. As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once and takes away the word sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who, when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy. But they have no roots; they last only for a time. Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Those sown among thorns are another sort. They are the people who hear the word, but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit. But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” 

How often do we look, but not see? Hear, but not understand? Are we the people with no roots that quickly fall away or do we allow anxiety and fear to choke out our roots? Are we craving the things of the world? Or do we allow the Word of the Lord to multiply within us bearing much fruit? Why would we want things that are not from God? Why do we crave what does not feed us? Why do we let anxiety take over our lives? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see your face, to hear your word and understand what you have for me. May I stop wanting the things of the world and make you the center of my life and my world. Holy Spirit, fill me with understanding and the desire to bear the fruit of the Word. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen 

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

1-29-2013 Gospel Mk 3:31-35

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/012913.cfm

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you.” But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”  

Jesus makes it easy for us to be one with Him. Just follow the will of God. So why is it so hard to do? Why do we question, ignore and try to change His words? Why do we make up our own gospel, ignoring His as we do so? Why can’t WE make it easy? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to do your will. It is so hard in this world to follow you; so much interferes with my hearing. Help me to open my heart to your words. Holy Spirit, give what I need to follow God’s will. It shouldn’t be hard, help me to take the easy way of God, not the world. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen 

Here am I Lord; I come to do your will

1-28-2013 Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Heb 9:15, 24-28

St. Thomas Aquinas

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/012813.cfm

Chrst is mediator of a new covenant: since a death has taken place for deliverance from transgressions under the first covenant, those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.

For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself, that he might now appear before God on our behalf. Not that he might offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters each year into the sanctuary with blood that is not his own; if that were so, he would have had to suffer repeatedly from the foundation of the world. But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages to take away sin by his sacrifice. Just as it is appointed that human beings die once, and after this the judgment, so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us. He shed His blood as the only and final sacrifice for the expiation of our sins. He died so we might live. He is now in heaven interceding with for us with our Heavenly Father. Do we understand what that means? Do we go to Him and ask forgiveness for those sins? He gave us many blessings and opportunities to live in His love and grace. Do we use them? I know I don’t often enough, do you? How can we change that? Will we?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to come to you washed clean in the blood of the Lamb. Holy Spirit fill me with the resolve I need to more fully participate in the sacraments that you have given us. Help me to be washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds

1-27-2013 Reading 1 Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/012713.cfm

Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, which consisted of men, women, and those children old enough to understand. Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate, he read out of the book from daybreak till midday, in the presence of the men, the women, and those children old enough to understand; and all the people listened attentively to the book of the law. Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that had been made for the occasion. He opened the scroll so that all the people might see it — for he was standing higher up than any of the people —; and, as he opened it, all the people rose. Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people, their hands raised high, answered, “Amen, amen!” Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the LORD, their faces to the ground. Ezra read plainly from the book of the law of God, interpreting it so that all could understand what was read. Then Nehemiah, that is, His Excellency, and Ezra the priest-scribe and the Levites who were instructing the people said to all the people: “Today is holy to the LORD your God. Do not be sad, and do not weep”— for all the people were weeping as they heard the words of the law. He said further: “Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared; for today is holy to our LORD. Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the LORD must be your strength!”

This seems to be a foreshadowing of the Mass. The Priest and leaders proclaim the word of God, the Priest explains and interprets it for us. Are we moved to tears when we hear God’s word proclaimed? Does our body language portray the awe and reverence of this assembly? Do we treat the day as something special, with “rich foods, sweet drinks”? Do we rejoice in the Lord for He is our strength? We should.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we recognize that your words are truly spirit and life and celebrate your day as special. May we honor this day and exalt you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life

1-26-2013 Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops Gospel Mk 3:20-21

 

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Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/012613.cfm

Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 

Have you ever been told you are out of your mind for believing what Jesus said? He told us to remember that when people hate us because of Him it is because they hated Him first. We are in good company! If you haven’t been told this, why not? Are you strong in belief? Why not? Do you proclaim His word? Why not? Do I? Not enough. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that I need to proclaim your word to all who need to hear it. When I am told I am out of my mind for believing your words or taking them seriously, give me the strength that I need to keep on proclaiming. Holy Spirit fill me with your power and the zeal to stand firm in your word. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen 

Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations

1-25-2013 Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle Acts 9:1-22

St. Paul Conversion

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/012513.cfm

Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could see no one. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank. 

There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.  He is there praying, and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, that he may regain his sight.”

But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.” So Ananias went and entered the house; laying his hands on him, he said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. He got up and was baptized, and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength. 

He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus, and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. All who heard him were astounded and said, “Is not this the man who in Jerusalem ravaged those who call upon this name, and came here expressly to take them back in chains to the chief priests?” But Saul grew all the stronger and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus, proving that this is the Christ. 

Are we so intent on our own lives that we cannot see what is before us? Does Jesus need to knock us over before we will listen to Him? Are our eyes covered, as with scales, so we cannot see? Do we have an Ananias in our lives who will help us see the truth? Do we listen? There are people in our lives who are willing to bring Jesus to us, will we allow them to help us? Why not? What are we afraid of? Are we willing to let Jesus teach us? Are we ready to cease being afraid? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please do what is necessary so that we may see your truth. Send people into our lives that will help us to know you and hear your truth. Holy Spirit, help us to pick ourselves up and proclaim the word of God. In Jesus’ name I ask, Amen 

Go out to all the world and tell the Good News, Alleluia, alleluia

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