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Archive for November, 2013

11-23-2013 Gospel Lk 20:27-40

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112313.cfm

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless.  Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘Lord’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Some of the scribes said in reply, “Teacher, you have answered well.” And they no longer dared to ask him anything. 

Do you believe that you will rise again after you die? Do you believe that God is the God of the living? If you do, do you pray for those who have gone before you? Do you believe that the Saints in heaven pray for us and intercede with the Lord?  Why not? If He is the God of the living, they are alive, as alive as you and I. Believe what Jesus tells, live it and you will rise again. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that I will rise again with you at the last resurrection. To do that I need to stay on the path that you have set out for me. Help me stay on that path Lord, the one that leads to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord.

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11-22-2013 Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr Gospel Lk 19:45-48

St. Cecilia

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112213.cfm

Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” And every day he was teaching in the temple area.

The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words. 

Is your house a house of prayer? Or have you turned it into a place that God is not welcome? Do you use your home to teach, study and learn? Your home is the place that needs to be God centered. A place where people will come to hang on the words of Jesus, a place where all are welcome.  How do you want to live?  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may you always be the center of my home and my life. May it be a place where people know your word is spoken in truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.

11-21-2013 Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Gospel Lk 19:41-44

Presentation of Virgin Mary

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112113.cfm

As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” 

Sound familiar? Does it seem that this is happening now? The world is doing its best to force us to turn from the Lord and His teachings. The goal is to wear us down and try and make us feel alone and helpless. We must always remember that Our Lord is there with us. No matter what the world tries to do, God is there watching over us and protecting us. Do not lose heart, we may not know the time of our salvation, but the Lord does. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Give us the strength we need to fight the battles that are starting to arise. Be with us, protect us and keep us safe. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

 

11-20-2013 Reading 1 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112013.cfm

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king, to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law. Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother, who saw her seven sons perish in a single day, yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord. Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage, she exhorted each of them in the language of their ancestors with these words: “I do not know how you came into existence in my womb; it was not I who gave you the breath of life, nor was it I who set in order the elements of which each of you is composed. Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe who shapes each man’s beginning, as he brings about the origin of everything, he, in his mercy, will give you back both breath and life, because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law.” 

Antiochus, suspecting insult in her words, thought he was being ridiculed. As the youngest brother was still alive, the king appealed to him, not with mere words, but with promises on oath, to make him rich and happy if he would abandon his ancestral customs: he would make him his Friend and entrust him with high office. When the youth paid no attention to him at all, the king appealed to the mother, urging her to advise her boy to save his life. After he had urged her for a long time, she went through the motions of persuading her son. In derision of the cruel tyrant, she leaned over close to her son and said in their native language: “Son, have pity on me, who carried you in my womb for nine months, nursed you for three years, brought you up, educated and supported you to your present age.I beg you, child, to look at the heavens and the earth and see all that is in them; then you will know that God did not make them out of existing things; and in the same way the human race came into existence. Do not be afraid of this  executioner, but be worthy of your brothers and accept death, so that in the time of mercy I may receive you again with them.” 

She had scarcely finished speaking when the youth said: “What are you waiting for? I will not obey the king’s command. I obey the command of the law given to our fathers through Moses. But you, who have contrived every kind of affliction for the Hebrews, will not escape the hands of God.” 

Do you have the courage of this mother? Would you be able to stand there and not only watch your children tortured and murdered? Encourage them to die such a horrible death? All for the Lord? All for the faith of your ancestors? Could I?  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me the courage of this woman. The strength to stand firm for you, even if it means death. Dying for you Lord, is the ultimate gift. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

11-19-2013 Gospel Lk 19:1-10

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/111913.cfm

At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” 

When Zacchaeus came face to face with the truth of his faith, the word of the Lord, he immediately repented changed his life. Do we do that? When faced with the truth, what do we do? Do we embrace the change and rejoice or do we choose to listen to those who grumble and loose our joy? Jesus came to save us – the sinners! Do not let satan steal your joy. Rejoice in another chance and give glory to God. 

Prayer: Holy Father, when I see the truth about what I am doing help me to rejoice in your forgiveness and love. May I not be turned aside by unbelievers, but always see your love and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

The Lord upholds me.

11-18-2013 Gospel Lk 18:35-43

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111813.cfm

As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me!” Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, please let me see.” Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God. 

How often have you called to God and had people tell you not to bother. Told you that your problem or affliction was small when compared to so many other people who are ill? Did you persist? Why not? Jesus tells us that we need to be persistent in calling on Him, in asking for what we want. But we also need to remember to give Him praise for all He does. Never be ashamed to ask Him for your desires. He denies His children nothing that is good for our bodily and spiritual wellbeing. Ask and you shall receive, seek and the door will be opened. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I never forget that I can come to you for anything. I am your child and I need to be reminded that you love me more than I love myself. Help me Father, to never doubt your love. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands.

11-17-2013 Reading 2 2 Thes 3:7-12

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111713.cfm

Brothers and sisters: You know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food. 

Are you a role model for others? Do you act as Christ taught us or as the world teaches? Do you do more than is required or do you do “just enough”? The Lord doesn’t ask for “just enough” He asks for all of us. He asks that we work hard in His field, bringing His word to all. To be diligent and not a burden. Which are you? Which am I? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to be a role model to the world of you. I want people to see you when they see what I say and do. Help me to model myself after you to the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

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