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7-31-2013 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest Gospel Mt 13:44-46

St Ignatius of Loyola

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/073113.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” 

What is your pearl of great price? Do you keep it hidden? Do you get rid of all you have to possess it? If your pearl of great price is Jesus, then you do indeed have something that is priceless. If it’s not, you have a worthless imitation. Find the true pearl. He is worth all you have. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are the pearl of great price. May I get rid of all I am and all I have to possess you. Never let me settle for an imitation, you are worth my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. 

Holy is the Lord our God

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7-30-2013 Gospel Mt 13:36-43

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/073013.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.”

Again the Lord is telling us to be careful what we sow in this world. If the seeds we plant are not of Him, like the weeds, we will be cast into the fire. When does the end of the age come? No one knows, so we must make sure we plant the seeds of truth or what we harvest will be of the evil one. God does not want us to go to that fiery furnace, but we choose it by what we sow in this life. Is the truth worth Heaven? I think so.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I only want to sow the seeds that come from you. The seeds of truth and love. I pray that what I reap will be fruit from the good seed, so I may spend eternity with you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

The Lord is kind and merciful.

7-29-2013 Memorial of Saint Martha Gospel Jn 11:19-27

St Martha

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072913.cfm

Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died]. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” 

Oh what faith Martha had. She didn’t quite get the fact that Jesus could raise her brother from the dead, until He told her. Then she believed – no proof needed. Do you have her kind of faith? Do I? Sometimes I wonder why I don’t – how about you? Sometimes I’m surprised when I see miracles occur – Why? I know they still happen in Jesus’ name today. Why can’t I believe? What is stopping my total belief? What about you? Do you know? Do you believe in miracles? You should! We all should – just like Martha. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always believe in the miracles you perform. May I never be surprised at what you do, but continually expect miracles in my everyday life. Help me Lord in my unbelief. In Jesus’ name I ask, Amen 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

7-28-2013 Gospel Lk 11:1-13

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072813.cfm

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.” 

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed.  I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. 

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?  Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?  If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” 

Do you pray with simplicity as Jesus taught His disciples or do you give Our Lord your laundry list of what needs to be done? Are you persistent in asking for what you want from Him? He will answer your prayer, if you let Him and if you see what He is doing. When we give Him a laundry list we are asking for what WE want, not necessarily for what God knows we need. Sometimes what you ask for you get in ways you do not expect. Open your heart and mind to Our Lord. Keep what you need simple and look for the blessings our Lord will shower down. Are you ready to be blessed? Why not? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You know what my needs are and I thank you for all the blessings you have given to me. Sometimes I want more than what I need or what you want for me. Help me to see your hand in all that I do and all that I receive. In Jesus’ name, Amen! 

Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

7-27-2013 Gospel Mt 13:24-30

Link to ttodays readins:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072713.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.”’” 

We all have weeds growing with our good seed. The weeds are the stuff that we receive everyday from the outside world. These bad seeds are interwoven into who we are. What we do with them is how we will be judged. Do you let the weeds overtake your good seed? Do you nurture them, love them and grow them along with the good seed? If we try to cull out the bad, we take some of the good. We must learn to grow both – so that we may separate the wheat from the chaff on judgement day. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always to ready to see my faults and act on them. May I use the gifts you have given me and allow you to help me when the bad wheat tries to mingle with the good. In Jesus name I ask, Amen! 

Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

7-26-2013 Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary Gospel Mt 13:18-23

Sts Joachim and Anne

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072613.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.” 

Where have you planted your roots? Are they planted in the rich soil of the word of God or the shallow, rocky soil of the world? Will you withstand the tribulations and trials that will be coming? Can you withstand the world now? Plant your seeds in Our Lord and you will be rewarded, not shriveled up and dead. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always plant my roots in the rich soil of the your word. Help me to hold on to you when the storms of life come. In Jesus’ name, I ask for your protection. 

Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

7-25-2013 Feast of Saint James, Apostle Gospel Mt 20:20-28

 st james the greater

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072513.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 were faithful and brave to say yes without knowing what they were saying yes too. Are we like that? Can we honestly say to God “We can” with that kind of faith? Are we brave enough to walk with Jesus in blind faith. I hope so, our lives depend on it.

  Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the courage and strength I need to follow you, to say yes to what you ask of me. I want only to serve you and live eternally with you. In Jesus’ name I ask all this, Amen. 

Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

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