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Archive for January, 2015

1-31-2015 Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest Gospel Mk 4:35-41

St. John Bosco

Learn more about St. John Bosco: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=63

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/013115.cfm

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?” 

They had Jesus right there and still they were afraid. It is hard to have faith when confronted with the storms in our life. But Jesus tells us to have faith, because He is always with us. The wind and sea obeyed Him, why do we fear? He is still with us, just as He promised. You have nothing to fear as long as you trust in Him. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the faith and trust and that you have instilled in me. May I always trust and never waiver in my faith. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

 

1-30-2015 Reading 1 Heb 10:32-39

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/013015.cfm

Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering. At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated. You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised. 

For, after just a brief moment, he who is to come shall come; he shall not delay. But my just one shall live by faith, and if he draws back I take no pleasure in him. 

We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life. 

Are you willing to endure suffering for the sake of Our Lord? Are you willing to go and seek those who will mistreat you? Many do, many in our world today suffer as the Apostles did and they do it joyfully and are steadfast in their faith. Do you have the courage that they do? Do you have the faith they do? Look at your life and decide where your strength comes from. If not from Jesus, you will not possess life. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always have the strength I need to follow you and serve you in this world, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. 

The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

1-29-2015 Gospel Mk 4:21-25

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012915.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.” 

Nothing escapes the light of Christ, nothing is a secret from God. He knows and sees all that we do, we cannot hide from Him. Let your light shine, bring yourself into the light and leave the darkness behind. Take the promise He gives you and believe that He will fill all your needs. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may your light always shine within me and may I never allow the darkness back into my life. I ask all this in Jesus’ name, Amen! 

Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

1-28-2015 Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church Gospel Mk 4:1-20

 

 

 St. Thomas Aquinas

Learn more about St. Thomas Aquinas: http://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/view.php?id=11498

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012815.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.” 

How was your seed sown? Have you allowed it to go deep into your heart and your life, or does it scatter at the first storm? Understanding is not easy but if it was, faith would be cheap. If too easily understood, it withers before it produces good fruit. How was your seed sown? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to sustain the seed that has been planted in my heart. May I nurture it with your word and water it with faith. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

 

1-27-2015 Reading 1 Heb 10:1-10

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012715.cfm

Brothers and sisters: Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of them, it can never make perfect those who come to worship by the same sacrifices that they offer continually each year. Otherwise, would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer have had any consciousness of sins? But in those sacrifices there is only a yearly remembrance of sins, for it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats take away sins. For this reason, when he came into the world, he said: 

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you took no delight. Then I said, As is written of me in the scroll, Behold, I come to do your will, O God. 

First he says, Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings, you neither desired nor delighted in. These are offered according to the law. Then he says, Behold, I come to do your will. He takes away the first to establish the second. By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all. 

Jesus came to sacrifice Himself for our sins. He sacrificed His body to give us food for eternal life, His body and blood. Do you partake of His gift? He gave His life to give it to you, why do you not do His will?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son. I praise you and thank you for the wonderful gift that you have given us in the Eucharist. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.

1-26-2015 Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops Gospel Mk 3:22-30

Sts. Timothy and Titus

Learn more about Sts. Timothy and Titus: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2013-01-26

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012615.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.” 

Do you think because of the evil in the world that there is no God? Do you believe that He could not exist if evil does? Read what Jesus says and it explains the good that is in the world. Without God there would be no goodness, no healing, no light. There be would only darkness. God is the strong man, the one who will protect you, the one who will save you. You cannot do it on your own, only He can bring you out of the darkness and bring you to the light. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for bring me into the light and forgiving my sins. Your grace is what I need to keep me from returning to darkness. In Jesus’ holy name I give you praise, Amen!

Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

1-25-2015 Gospel Mk 1:14-20

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012515.cfm

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” 

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him. 

Jesus is calling us today to come and follow Him. He wants us to join the Apostles and spread His word. He has given us eternal life, we must tell others of the gifts we have been given. The time is near, we do not know when, but we must act as if it is tomorrow. Are you ready? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, lead me and guide to the people that need to hear your word. Give me the words to use and the gift of discernment on when to use them. In Jesus’ holy name I ask all this, Amen. 

Teach me your ways, O Lord

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