May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Archive for June, 2013

6-30-2013 Reading 2 Gal 5:1, 13-18

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/063013.cfm

Brothers and sisters: For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love.

For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another. 

I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want. But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 

Have you submitted to the yoke of slavery? Do you seek freedom in Christ or slavery in the world? If you live by the Spirit you will want for nothing. Desires of the flesh do nothing but enslave you. Who do you want to follow? Do you choose Christ or the world? Freedom or Slavery? Eternal life or eternal damnation? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you showed me the way to freedom in your Son Jesus. Help me to always remember the slavery I was in but the joy of the freedom you brought me. Help me never to look into the darkness again. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

You are my inheritance, O Lord.

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6-29-2013 Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Gospel Mt 16:13-19

Sts. Peter and Paul

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062913-mass-during-day.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.” 

Do you belong to the Church Christ gave to the rock, Peter? The Church of which Christ said “the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it?” He gave one Church to one leader, He gave him the keys to the kingdom. What more do you need? Christ didn’t found a church that would split thousands of times. He founded ONE Church and that is the Church of Peter the first Pope. And to those first Priests to He gave the power to forgive sin, that is carried on to today. Study the Church Fathers, do as Jesus did. Ask yourself “who do you say that I am”? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you gave us one Church and we have managed to separate ourselves from your purpose. Help me Lord to do what I can do to mend the ties that are broken. In Jesus’ name I ask, Amen. 

The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.

6-28-2013 Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr Gospel Mt 8:1-4

St. Irenaeus

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062813.cfm

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” 

Are you not healed because you do not ask? When they asked Jesus, He healed them. What is preventing you? Are you afraid to be healed? Your life might be different, is that what prevents you? Do not be afraid, He will always be with you. Ask and you shall receive. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always remember to ask you for your healing. You have told me to come to you with all my needs and sometimes I forget that. Help me to always come to you first. In Jesus’ name I ask all this, Amen. 

See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.

6-27-2013 Gospel Mt 7:21-29

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062713.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’ 

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” 

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.  

What is your house built on? Have you built your life on the rock of Christ or the sands of the world? How can you do His work if you do not build upon the Rock of Christ? Are you ready to relocate your house? Your world will bloom if you do. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to keep my house planted firmly upon the rock of your salvation. If I stray, Lord, remind me of what I am leaving and gently lead me back. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, Alleluia!

 

6-26-2013 Gospel Mt 7:15-20

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062613.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets,  ho come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?

Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.” 

What kind of fruit do you bear? Good fruit by spreading His word and living His life or bad fruit by living for the world? A question has always intrigued me – If you were arrested and charged with being a Christian, would you be found guilty by the way you live your life? If not, what can you change? Why aren’t you? What are you waiting for? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may the work that I do and the life that I live always bear fruit for you. When I am judged on being a Christian, Lord may I be judged guilty on all counts. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. 

The Lord remembers his covenant forever, Alleluia!

 

6-25-2013 Gospel Mt 7:6, 12-14

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062513.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.  “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” 

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” Do we do that now? Do we treat others as we wish to be treated? Or do we ignore, neglect and taunt the less fortunate? Do we act haughty and justify what we have that others don’t? Do we give credit to God for what we do have? If we are to live this passage, we must help those who can’t help themselves and we must do so with love, humility and charity, never making the other person feel unworthy. Can you do that? Do you do that? Your eternal life is at stake. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to be humble in the presence of others. Giving what they need, not what I need, helping them with what they need and not what I need. Help me to see you in others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. 

He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

 

6-24-2013 Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Gospel Lk 1:57-66, 80

 Birth of John the Baptist

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062413-mass-during-day.cfm

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel. 

Following the Lord is always full of amazing times! Zechariah questioned and was silenced, until he did the will of God. Do you follow the leadings of the Lord or do you question? Why His word will lead you where He is, a good place to be! Step out in faith, it’s not too late. Don’t be afraid, He is with you gently guiding and loving you. 

Prayer: Holy Father, Help me to always believe and not question. To take that step of faith when you call. May I never be afraid to walk in your path. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

I praise you, for I am wonderfully made

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