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Archive for January, 2014

1-31-2014 Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest Gospel Mk 4:26-34

  St. John Bosco2

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/013114.cfm

Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.” 

He said, “To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and  becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it. Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples he explained everything in private. 

The Kingdom of God is like – what do you think it is like? The Kingdom of God is sown into your heart and your soul. It is up to you to feed and water that seed with the word of God. The more you do God’s will, the more time you spend in His word causes that seed to grow and blossom. And, only you can do that. Only you can feed and water it. What choice do you make? It is a life or death decision. Choose wisely.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to nurture the seed you have planted within me. Help me to choose life, not death. Growth and life. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

 

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1-30-2014 Gospel Mk 4:21-25

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/013014.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.” 

What do you think you are hiding from Our Lord? What we try to hide, He has already seen and is visible to Him. Everything is made fresh and new when you bring it into the light of Christ. Do not use the world to measure what you do. Take it to Our Lord and His word – that is the stick by which you should measure. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may your light shine through me for others to see, and may I be measured only by what I do in your name, for you. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen 

The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.

1-29-2014 Gospel Mk 4:1-20

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012914.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.” 

The question here is obvious – where were your seeds planted? Do you have shallow or no roots to withstand the storm of questions and criticisms that come to Catholics today? Or are your roots strong and firm so you are not shaken or afraid when the storms come? Find your roots and be sure they are planted firmly in Christ. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always find my roots in you. 

For ever I will maintain my love for my servant.

1-28-2014 Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church Gospel Mk 3:31-35

St. Thomas Aquinas

 Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012814.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.” 

Are you a brother or sister to Christ? Do you love Him and do as He asks? Or are you outside, not believing or in doubt? The Lord is just waiting for you to say yes, become a member of His family. Do not wait! It is a wonderful family to join. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for making me a member of your family. I never want to be outside looking in. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Who is this king of glory? It is the Lord!

 

1-27-2014 Gospel Mk 3:22-30

Today is an important day in the Diocese of San Angelo. Monsignor Michael Sis will be ordained the sixth Bishop of the Diocese. Please keep him in your prayers that he may be guided with wisdom, joy and love as he walks the path Our Lord  has set before him. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

 

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012714.cfm

The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.” 

Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” 

What do you believe when Our Lord speaks of how we are to live, behave and worship Him? Does He speak the truth? Do you pick and choose what you want to believe? If you do, you are a house divided and will not withstand the storm. Open your ears and your heart to what He says. The time is coming, be prepared. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, of the chance to live as you desire and to hear your message. May my ears and heart never close to you and your words. In Jesus’ name Amen. 

My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him.

1-26-2014 Gospel Mt 4:12-17

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012614.cfm

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: 

Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,

on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen. 

From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

The Old Testament prophecies were being fulfilled. Jesus came to bring heaven to earth, forgiveness of sin and life to all who would follow Him. He does the same today. What is your decision? Have you chosen to follow Him or stay in the darkness of this world? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending the light of your Son into this world. May I bring the light of your Son to those who suffer in darkness and death. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

The Lord is my light and my salvation

1-25-2014 Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle Acts 9:1-22

St. Paul Conversion

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012514.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 chainsto the chief priests?” But Saul grew all the stronger and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus, proving that this is the Christ. 

Have you been blinded by fear and hatred? Allow Jesus into your heart as Saul (Paul) did and He will hear you and bring you the light of salvation. Follow Paul and listen to what he says. He brings the truth of Christ to you. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father may I take to heart the teachings of St. Paul and allow you into my heart, my mind and my soul so that I may be healed and bring your light to all. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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

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