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Archive for July, 2014

7-31-2014 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest Reading 1 Jer 18:1-6

 St. Ignatius of Loyola   

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/073114.cfm

This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: Rise up, be off to the potter’s house; there I will give you my message. I went down to the potter’s house and there he was, working at the wheel. Whenever the object of clay which he was making turned out badly in his hand, he tried again, making of the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased. Then the word of the LORD came to me: Can I not do to you, house of Israel, as this potter has done? says the LORD. Indeed, like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, house of Israel. 

What an image this gives us of God. We are the clay in His hands. He forms us in the beginning and he continues to reshape us as we go through life. If one form does not work, He makes another. He does not set us in an unbreakable mold, He gives us room to grow and change, allowing us be remolded to follow His word and conform ourselves to Him. Think you have done too much wrong for Our Lord to love you or accept you? Remember you are clay in His hands and He is waiting for you to allow Him to remold you. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always allow you to mold me and shape me into your image. Your love helps me to be reformed into your image, be reshaped into your word. In praise and thanksgiving and in your Holy Name, Amen. 

Blessed is he whose help is the God of  Jacob, Alleluia!

7-30-2014 Gospel Mt 13:44-46

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/073014.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 are you willing to give up to gain the Kingdom of Heaven? Are you willing to give up all you have for Him who gave His life for you? Heaven is our pearl of great price and we should be willing to do all we must to attain it. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to give up all my worldly desires and follow you. Being in heaven with you is my only desire. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

God is my refuge on the day of distress.

7-29-2014 Memorial of Saint Martha Gospel Lk 10:38-42

St. Martha1

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072914.cfm 

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” 

Who are you – a Martha or Mary? Do you worry more about doing things or are you willing to sit and listen when the Lord calls? Do you ignore that call because you are “too busy”? Do you make time daily to pray or to spend an hour in Adoration, sitting at His feet? Or are you “afraid to commit” because you are “too busy” for Him? Listen to these words of His and make your choice, Jesus says that sitting at His feet is the better part. Why would you want any less? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help me to always choose the better part – spending time with you. When I do, Lord, I am always better for it, I am overwhelmed with your love and set free from my burdens. Thank you Lord, for these graces, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

7-28-2014 Gospel Mt 13:31-35

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072814.cfm

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’” 

He spoke to them another parable. “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.” 

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables. He spoke to them only in parables, to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: 

I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world. 

God works miracles with the smallest seed that is planted. He takes that seed of faith that is planted in you and if you water and feed it with the Word of God and showers it with graces and blessings that allow it to grow larger and larger. Your faith will build upon that small seed and become a sturdy foundation on which you will build your eternal life. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the seed that was planted in me. Please help me to continue to feed and water that seed so it may continue to grow within me. I want to spend my life with you Lord and with your help and guidance I want to become a seed planter for you. In Jesus’ holy and blessed name, Amen. 

You have forgotten God who gave you birth.

7-27-2014 Gospel Mt 13:44-52

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072714.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. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.  When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. “Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”

What is your pearl of great price? Have you chosen the beauty of an artificial pearl or the depth of color and beauty of a true pearl? The world will give you artificial beauty that breaks with stress. The Lord gives you the beauty and strength of what is real. Choosing God means you will have all the riches of eternal life. Choose the world and it will be destroyed with stress. What is your pearl of great price? What are you willing to give to find it? Your eternal life depends on what you choose.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are my pearl of great price. Thank you for the gift of life with you, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Lord, I love your commands.

7-26-2014 Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary Gospel Mt 13:24-30

Sts. Joachim and Anne 

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072614.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.”’” 

Sometimes we do not know the difference between good people and bad, because on the surface they appear the same. It is only after they grow that their “weeds” start to show. Do not judge people by what you see or think, judge them by their actions and how they treat others. Collect those people into your life and it will help you follow the word of God in your own life. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to tell who are the weeds in my life. May I learn from you who to bring into my life, those who will help me follow you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

 

7-25-2014 Feast of Saint James, Apostle Gospel Mt 20:20-28

St. James the Apostle

 Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072514.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.” 

Today we have forgotten what Jesus is telling us here. WE are the least important, we must serve others if we are to serve Christ. He came and died for us, He did come to save us, He did it to show us how we must live our lives. Sadly we have become a nation of people wanting to be served, wanting what we did not earn, wanting others to compromise their principals so we can have what we want. How do you serve the Lord? Do you want to be first or last? What does that tell you? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son in my life. He has taught me what it means to be a servant, in the truest sense of the word. May I never forget the lessons I have learned and always put others first. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.

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