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Archive for February, 2013

2-28-2013 Gospel Lk 16:19-31

 Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022813.cfm

Jesus said to the Pharisees: “There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me.

Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’ Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’ He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.’

But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’“ 

What does it take to get out attention? Will we listen to the prophets of old or wait and see what is in store for us? Someone did rise from the dead for us. Do we believe Him? Do we follow what He has said? Do we pay attention? What is it going to take for us to believe? We have the poor in front of us. When will we do something? Do I do enough? Probably not. Do you? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see what is in front of me. I do not want to be blinded by the world around me so that I cannot see who is in need. Or worse yet, not care. Holy Spirit, fill me with compassion for those who need you, whether it be body, mind or soul. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen 

Blessed are they who hope in the Lord

2-27-2013 Gospel Mt 20:17-28

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022713.cfm

As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.” 

Then 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.” 

I have often wondered if they realized who He was talking about when He was telling them all that would happen to Him. Like most mothers, the mother of the sons of Zebedee certainly was not shy or humble about asking for what she wanted for her sons! But Jesus doesn’t rebuke her for that, because He wants us to ask for what we want. He also wants us to be able to hear the truth and be able to decide what we want to do. But He also points out that some things are beyond His control, because His Father has the final say! Are you ready to be a slave to Jesus yet? Are you willing to be a servant? I want to take the place the Father has prepared for me so my answer is YES! Join me, it’s a good place to be! 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always do what I need to do so I can take the place you have prepared for me. Holy Spirit, fill me with humility, help me to become a slave to Jesus and to serve those in my path. In Jesus’ name I ask all this, Amen 

Save me, O Lord, in your kindness

2-26-2013 Gospel Mt 23:1-12

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022613.cfm

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant.Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” 

Jesus is telling us the same thing today. “Do as they say, NOT as they do”. Our leaders offer lip service to Our Lord but their actions do not demonstrate what Jesus taught. He wants us to be humble in all that we do and follow only Him. He set out how we are to live but many have forgotten it or try to rationalize it. It is the same today, tomorrow and always. Am I as humble as Jesus calls me to be? No. Are you? Am I willing to change Are you? 

Prayer: O Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed…Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved … Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being extolled … Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being honored … Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being praised … Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred to others … Deliver me, Jesus.

(from the Litany of Humility) 

To the upright I will show the saving power of God

2-25-2013 Gospel Lk 6:36-38

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022513.cfm 

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” 

Your mercy Lord is unending and life-giving. You have restored my life and given me an abundance of mercy, graces and gifts. If you have not come to Him to be healed why not? His healing is free, are you afraid? Afraid of the gifts He has for you? In receiving you will have so much to give. Don’t wait, run to His loving arms. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your loving grace that you have showered down on me. You have blessed me with so many gifts help me to share them and use them to help others. May those who have not come to you open their hearts and minds to your healing and your love. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen  

Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins

2-24-2013 Reading 2 Phil 3:17—4:1

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022413.cfm

Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers and sisters, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us. For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their “shame.” Their minds are occupied with earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself. 

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord. 

Have we made our god wordly things? Have we allowed things of the earth to take the place of heaven? Do we act as enemies of Christ or followers of His? Do you want to be a citizen of heaven? What do you need to give up in order to gain it? Are you willing? I am, I want nothing to stand in my way of being with God in heaven. Do you? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see what I need to give up in my life to attain eternal happiness. There is nothing more important than eternl life with you. Holy Spirit fill me with the desire and the strength to follow only Christ, in Jesus name I pray amen. 

The Lord is my light and my salvation

 

2-23-2013 Gospel Mt 5:43-48

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022313.cfm 

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers and sisters only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” 

How hard it is to love those who persecute you! Loving someone who doesn’t love you is so hard, yet that is just what Jesus wants. Why? Because He did it. He loved those who nailed Him to that cross so why is it so hard for us? Life would be easy if we loved only those who love us, but Jesus calls us to love everyone – no buts – if we are to be His followers. Can I do that? Can you? Will you try? I will. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to love everyone as you love them. May I see everyone through your eyes, not my own, with your eyes, not my own, with your heart, not mine. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen 

Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

2-22-2013 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Gospel Mt 16:13-19

Chair of Peter

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022213.cfm

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. ”He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 

So many could not see who He was, even though He showed them in every word and every miracle. Peter, for all his mistakes, knew who Jesus was. Why? Because he was open to the promptings of the spirit. Because of this, Jesus chose him to lead His new Church, chose him to guide it in its infancy and teach others what Jesus taught. Jesus gave him the power to bind human events that the Church still has today. It frees us and forgives us. Do you take advantage of it? Do you believe in the power that He passed down through the generations? Why not? I sure do. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have given us many wonderful gifts, but the chair of Peter is the most precious. Thank you for the graces you bestow upon us and the gift of the Chair of Peter. Please continue to guide and lead me in your ways. In Jesus name I pray, Amen 

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want

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