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5-31-2015 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Gospel Mt 28:16-20

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The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” 

Not just Priests and Bishops are to go out and make disciples of all nations. It is up to us to spread the word of the Lord. It is up to us to talk about the Trinity to tell the good news of Jesus. Do not sit back and think it is someone else’s responsibility. If you do not do it, then who will? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the words that are needed to spread your word. Take from me the fear of doing your work, help me to heed your promptings and speak when needed. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen! 

Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.


5-30-2015 Reading 1 SIR 51:12 CD-20

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I thank the LORD and I praise him; I bless the name of the LORD. When I was young and innocent, I sought wisdom openly in my prayer I prayed for her before the temple, and I will seek her until the end, and she flourished as a grape soon ripe. My heart delighted in her, My feet kept to the level path because from earliest youth I was familiar with her. In the short time I paid heed, I met with great instruction. Since in this way I have profited, I will give my teacher grateful praise. I became resolutely devoted to her—the good I persistently strove for. My soul was tormented in seeking her, My hand opened her gate and I came to know her secrets. I directed my soul to her, and in cleanness I attained to her.

How often do you praise the Lord? Do you seek His wisdom? He will teach you the way of His salvation if you listen, that is the virtue of His wisdom. Praise the Lord at all times, keep Him always in your heart. You will keep on His path if you do!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I praise the wonders you have done in my life, I praise for the gift of family and friends and for the wondrous works you have done. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

5/29/2015 Gospel MK 10:46-52

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Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple area. He looked around at everything and, since it was already late, went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

The next day as they were leaving Bethany he was hungry. Seeing from a distance a fig tree in leaf, he went over to see if he could find anything on it. When he reached it he found nothing but leaves; it was not the time for figs. And he said to it in reply, “May no one ever eat of your fruit again!” And his disciples heard it.

They came to Jerusalem, and on entering the temple area he began to drive out those selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers
and the seats of those who were selling doves. He did not permit anyone to carry anything through the temple area. Then he taught them saying, “Is it not written:

My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples? But you have made it a den of thieves.”

The chief priests and the scribes came to hear of it and were seeking a way to put him to death, yet they feared him because the whole crowd was astonished at his teaching. When evening came, they went out of the city.

Early in the morning, as they were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered to its roots. Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” Jesus said to them in reply, “Have faith in God. Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.”

How is your faith? Do you believe that when you ask in prayer your will receive what you ask for? Do you have the kind of faith that moves mountains? Jesus reminds us all the time that we need to have faith that the Lord will do what we ask. Are you faithful in your belief? Or, do you stop asking because you think He does not listen. Faith in God is something you can hold on to and believe in. Do not let anyone steal that faith.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, My faith in me waivers all the time, but my faith in you becomes stronger everyday. I know that you are in charge and all will be well when I trust. In Jesus’ holy name, I praise you! Amen.

The Lord takes delight in his people, Alleluia!

5/28/2015 Gospel MK 10:46-52

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As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him. So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, ‘Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.

We need to keep calling out to God, just as he did. Jesus asks us today “what do you want from me?” and we need to tell Him what we want. Many times we have not because we ask not. But we have to ask in humility not demanding as if He owed it to us. Then trust that the Lord will do what is best for you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for all the prayers you have answered. But I thank you also for not giving me what I wanted when it was not what I truly needed. In Jesus’ holy name I praise you and thank you, Amen.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made.

5-27-2015 Gospel Mk 10:32-45

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The disciples were on the way, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went ahead of them. They were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them what was going to happen to him. “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and hand him over to the Gentiles who will mock him, spit upon him, scourge him, and put him to death, but after three days he will rise.” Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” He replied, ‘What do you wish me to do for you?” They answered him, “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” They said to him, ‘We can.” Jesus said to them, “The chalice that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. Jesus summoned them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

If you wish to be great you must become a servant. Jesus was the greatest servant there ever was. He showed us what it means to love and serve our neighbors.  Do you serve or expect to be served? The answer to that may determine where you spend eternity. Christ gave His life for us, who will you give your life for?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, serving you is a joy. Thank you for the opportunity to be a servant in your world. I give you praise in the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen. 

Show us, O Lord, the light of your kindness.

5-26-2015 Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest Gospel Mk 10:28-31

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Peter began to say to Jesus, ‘We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

When you give to the Lord from your heart, you will receive more back than you could ever image. Try it, give to His Church and His people and you will never want for anything.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the lessons in giving that you have given to me. I try to always give to you first, sometimes it is hard, so please help me stay the course. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

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

5-25-2015 Gospel Mk 10:17-27

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As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments:

You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.”

He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.” 

It is hard to enter the kingdom of Heaven when you remain attached to the things of this world. We love our possessions, sometimes more than God. What are you willing to give up for Him? What are willing to give up so you may enter the kingdom of Heaven? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to divest myself of the possessions that take me from you. You are worth more than any material possession I have. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.

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