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10-31-2015 Gospel Lk 14:1, 7-11

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On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. 

He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place. Rather, when you are invited,  go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’ Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” 

How is your humility? Do you put others before yourself or do you put yourself above others? When we allow ourselves to put others first, we become more like Jesus. The place of honor is for those who are chosen, it is not something we choose for ourselves. Humble yourself before God, you will be exalted in Heaven. 

Prayer; Heavenly Father, grant that I may always humble myself before you, I seek your glory in Heaven. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord will not abandon his people.

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10-31-2015 Gospel Lk 14:1-6

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/103115.cfm

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?” But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him. Then he said to them “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?”  But they were unable to answer his question. 

Jesus was condemning them for obeying the letter of the law, not the spirit. Jesus tells us we must obey the laws that come from God but we cannot make laws, in God’s name, that hurts others. Do you obey the laws without mercy? Be careful you do not become a Pharisee, use your heart along with your head. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always follow your laws but remember your mercy. Just as you have been merciful to me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

10-29-2015 Reading 1 Rom 8:31b-39

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102915.cfm

Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us? He did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us. Who will condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written: 

For your sake we are being slain all the day;

we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered. 

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Has anyone condemned you for being for Christ or have you allowed others to come between you and the Lord? The world is so full of distractions today that it is sometimes hard to keep your focus on Christ. Do not let anyone separate you from the love of Christ. It is not worth your life. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I never allow myself to be separated from you. You are worth more to me than anything the world has to offer. In Jesus’ holy name, I praise you, Amen. 

Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.

10-28-2015 Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles Gospel Lk 6:12-16

Sts. Simon and Jude

Learn more about Sts. Simon and Jude: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/saint.aspx?id=1182

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102815.cfm

Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. 

Jesus always went alone and prayed before He made important decisions. When He chose the twelve, He knew He was choosing sinners, one who would betray Him. But He chose them anyway. He is the Savior of all, including sinners. He is your Savior, He brought salvation to all the world, have you accepted yours?  

Prayer: Heavenly Father thank you for sending us your Son to save us from ourselves. I accept your salvation and I pray that all will accept the salvation you have brought us. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Their message goes out through all the earth.

10-27-2015 Gospel Lk 13:18-21

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102715.cfm

Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.” 

Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.” 

The Kingdom of God is beyond all that we can compare it to here on earth.  Until we enter the Kingdom we will not know what it is like. We will always try to find something that we can compare it to, because we want to find heaven on earth. Nothing here will ever come close, but if we find Jesus and take Him into our heart, we will be close. How close to heaven are you? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always keep you in my heart so I may be as close to Heaven as possible here on earth. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

The Lord has done marvels for us.

10-26-2015 Reading 1 Rom 8:12-17

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102615.cfm

Brothers and sisters, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. 

Why would you choose to live in the flesh when we know that is the way to death? If you are afraid, that is not from God. He never sends the spirit of fear to us, He sends us joy, light and life. We are His adopted children and therefore we are sons and daughters of God. Why would you give that up? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your gift of life. I choose to live in freedom in you Lord and call you Father. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Our God is the God of salvation.

10-25-2015 Gospel Mk 10:46-52

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102515.cfm

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. 

How well do you see? Can you see what is before your eyes? Many people see with their eyes, but many are blind even though they have their sight. If we ask, Jesus will give us sight. The sight to see Him in everything, the sight that brings joy because you see the truth in a world filled with lies. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I was blind, but now I see. Thank you for the gift and grace of sight. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

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