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

Archive for February, 2014

2-28-2014 Gospel Mk 10:1-12

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022814.cfm

Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The Pharisees approached him and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” They were testing him. He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?” They replied, “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.” But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 

Do you believe what Jesus says here? Do you believe Him or the world? The world is trying to change this, the world wants us to throw this away and do what Moses did for the early Israelites write a human law to replace God’s law. We need to listen to Jesus not the world. The world will lead to sin for those who ignore the will of God. Which will you choose? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always listen to your word, follow your commands and not allow the world to set my standards. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

The Lord is kind and merciful.

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2-27-2014 Gospel Mk 9:41-50

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022714.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward. 

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. 

“Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.” 

Have you become insipid? Lukewarm? Have you become complacent and no longer worry doing as the Lord commands? Avoid Gehenna, avoid the snare of the evil one and light a fire under your faith. Become salty for the Lord! 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to keep the fire of your love burning within me. May I never become lukewarm and insipid toward you. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

2-26-2014 Reading 1 Jas 4:13-17

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022614.cfm

Beloved: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town, spend a year there doing business, and make a profit”– you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears. Instead you should say, “If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.” But now you are boasting in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So for one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, it is a sin. 

Do you assume you will live forever? Do boast about what you will be doing in coming years? Do you realize that the Lord can take that away in an instant? Or do you include God in all your plans so He is walking with on the path He has set for you? Choose wisely. 

Prayer; Heavenly Father, may you always walk beside me, leading me in trust on the path you have decided. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!

2-25-2014 Gospel Mk 9:30-37

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022514.cfm

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him. 

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they remained silent. For they had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” 

Have you ever wondered why Jesus “did not wish anyone to know”? Do you think it was because He wanted to be alone with His Disciples, talk to their heart, allow them to know Him? Jesus wants us to go away with Him also so that He can teach and talk to us and allow us to get to know Him. Have you been willing to go away with Him? Is your heart and mind open to hearing His voice, to feeling His love? He is waiting for you – what are you waiting for? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the time you spend with me when I am alone, the time that you use to heal me and make me whole. Help me to always remember how much I need that time with you. In Jesus’ holy name I ask for this. Amen

Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.

2-24-2014 Gospel Mk 9:14-29

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022414.cfm

As Jesus came down from the mountain with Peter, James, John and approached the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them. Immediately on seeing him, the whole crowd was utterly amazed. They ran up to him and greeted him.  He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit. Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so.” He said to them in reply, “O faithless generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him to me.” They brought the boy to him. And when he saw him, the spirit immediately threw the boy into convulsions. As he fell to the ground, he began to roll around  and foam at the mouth.  Then he questioned his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”  He replied, “Since childhood. It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, ‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.” Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering, rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!” Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out. He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, “He is dead!” But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up. When he entered the house, his disciples asked him in private, “Why could we not drive the spirit out?” He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.” 

The Lord spent His time in prayer and fasting so he could drive out these demons and heal those in need. Do you enter into prayer and fasting? Do you not see the miracles that occur today because you do not pray and fast? His Disciples could not, yet instead of following Jesus’ example, we deny the existence of miracles. The prayer of Jesus was not just superficial or a few mumbled words. Give yourself to Him and you will see miracles and great works. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Give me the strength and courage to fast and pray as you did so I may see the miracles you still perform. In Jesus’ name, Amen 

The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

2-23-2014 1 Cor 3:16-23

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022314.cfm

Brothers and sisters: Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy. 

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool, so as to become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God, for it is written: God catches the wise in their own ruses, and again: The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 

So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you, Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or the present or the future: all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God. 

You are holy – what a beautiful thought! God created us as temple so He had a place to dwell. Did you ever stop and think that when God created us it was to give Him a place to dwell? We all have God within us, we all are created holy. Only we can destroy that temple by what we do and how we live. Have you defiled your temple? Pay attention to what you commit yourself to and how you live your life. Your temple can be rebuilt if you give yourself back to the Lord. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I may not always honor my body as your temple but I want to give myself to you always. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

The Lord is kind and merciful.

2-22-2014 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Gospel Mt 16:13-19

Chair of St. Peter

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022214.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 know Jesus when you see Him? If the Apostles who were with him all the time did not see how can we? But Peter saw and believed. We need to see and believe also, but it is harder because we do not see what they saw. Can you believe without seeing? Do you have the faith and the trust to believe? The keys of the Kingdom await you if you do. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, of all the gifts you have given me, I am most grateful for the gift of the faith. The gift of knowing that you are the Lord and believing that that gift will give me eternal life with you. May I never lose that gift, In Jesus name I pray, Amen 

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

 

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