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Archive for September, 2015

9-30-2015 Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church Gospel Lk 9:57-62

St. Jerome

Learn more about St. Jerome: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=10

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/093015.cfm

As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding on their journey, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” And to another he said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” 

Nothing can come before God. When He calls He wants you to follow Him and not look back on your life. He will take care of you and prepare you for what He has planned. Do not look back, Jesus wants you to always look forward. He is the way forward. He will never lead you to something that you cannot do. Have faith and trust in God and you will always walk toward the light. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I never turn my back on you. I hope I can always keep my eyes on you and not look back on my past sins. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!

9-29-2015 Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels Reading 1 Rv 12:7-12ab

3 Archangels

Learn more about the Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2012-09-29

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092915.cfm

War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it. 

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them.” 

Michael is the Warrior who will protect us from all evil. Gabriel is the Messenger who brought the message of the Incarnation to Mary. Raphael is the Healer who protected Tobiah and healed the blind Tobit. They are the Archangels that stood against satan and his angels and they defeated them and threw them out of heaven. They will be with you and protect you, if you just call on them. A mighty army of God, ready to defend and protect us, on orders from God most high. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth. Saint Michael is our protector, I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger. Saint Gabriel is a messenger for the Good News, I ask him to help me clearly, hear your voice and to teach me the truth. Saint Raphael is the healing angel, I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to your throne of grace and deliver back to us the gift of recovery. Help us O Lord to realize more fully the reality of the archangels and their desire to serve us. Holy Angels pray for us. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.

9-28-2015 Gospel Lk 9:46-50

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092815.cfm

An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” 

Then John said in reply, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company.” Jesus said to him, “Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.” 

Just because someone is not the same faith as you does not mean they do not follow the truth. Jesus tells us this today but we still do not get it. He proclaimed the truth and now there are many different versions of His truth. Which one do you follow? Are you headed toward Jesus or away from Him? He knows, so you can only lie to yourself.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always follow the path you set out for me, the way of your truth. Help me to understand others who do not believe as I do, but believe in you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory.

9-27-2015 Gospel Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092715.cfm

At that time, John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us. 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.'” 

What do we do to protect our children? What do we teach them? We are leading them down the road to sin and causing them to stray from the truth. Are you doing anything to protect them? How do you protect your children? Do you protect your children? What about those of others? We are called on by God to care for them, protect them and bring them to Him. How do you do that? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always protect your little ones. Help me to guide them to you and away from the evil in this world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

9-25-2015 Gospel Lk 9:43b-45

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092615.cfm

While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying. 

They were afraid to ask Him. Have we changed any? If we do not ask, we will not be told, if we do not know, we can claim ignorance and do what we want. Sound familiar? How often do you use that excuse with God? Or do you just hide behind ignorance and live as you want? Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to following Christ. It is deadly to your soul. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, if I have ever pleaded ignorance of your word please forgive me and help me see where I am wrong. I want to learn your word and abolish all the ignorance in my life. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

9-25-2015 Gospel Lk 9:18-22

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092515.cfm

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone. 

He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.” 

Jesus was preparing them for His death. But we know they still had a hard time believing Him. Many still have a hard time believing Him today. Peter knew, but still doubted. Do you believe in Him? Your soul depends on how you answer. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe, help my unbelief. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God.

9-24-2015 Gospel Lk 9:7-9

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092415.cfm

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying, “John has been raised from the dead”; others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”; still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.” But Herod said, “John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see him. 

Herod “kept trying to see him.” The Him was Jesus. He continued looking because inside all of us is a hunger and thirst to see God. We search for Him and sometimes in all the wrong places. We try to find something that will fill that emptiness that only God can fill. Are you searching? Look for Him in His word. If you seek, you will find Him. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you searched my heart and I found you. The whole in my heart could only be filled by you, thank you for filling my heart. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord takes delight in his people.

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