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Archive for May, 2016

5-31-2016 Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Gospel Lk 1:39-56

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Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women,nand blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Today we think what is in the womb are not children. Yet, John leapt in his mother’s womb as soon as Mary spoke. That is a child! And Mary recognized what the Lord had done in her life and gave Him praise. How often do we give praise to God for what He has done for us. Mary’s Magnificat is a prayer of thanksgiving, praise and a recognition of God’s work in her life. How long has it been since you have given Him praise?

 Prayer: Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

 

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5-30-2016 Reading 1 2 Pt 1:2-7

Memorial Day

Honoring those who gave their lives for the freedom of others

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Beloved: May grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power. Through these, he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature, after escaping from the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love.

How have you “escaped the corruption of the world because of evil desire”? Do you use the diving power Christ has bestowed on us all or do you allow the world’s power to guide you? We are given so much by God, and He asks so little from us. Following Him is easy if you follow His word. Who do you follow?

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, I beg the grace to continue to follow you in my life. The promises of this world are fleeting.  Your promises endure forever. In Jesus’ holy name I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen

In you, my God, I place my trust.

5-29-2016 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Reading 2 1 Cor 11:23-26

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Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Christ gave us His body and blood for our salvation. So many people today do not believe the truth of this. They do not believe that it truly is Him because they cannot see it. Their faith is not strong enough to believe that all things are possible through God. What do you believe?

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son. Taking His body and blood on a daily basis, feeds me, sustains me and blesses me. I give you all the glory through the name of Jesus your Son, Amen.

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

5-28- 2016 Reading 1 Jude 17, 20b-25

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Beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand by the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. On those who waver, have mercy; save others by snatching them out of the fire; on others have mercy with fear, abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh.

To the one who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished and exultant, in the presence of his glory, to the only God, our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, power, and authority from ages past, now, and for ages to come. Amen.

We are reminded in this reading that we must speak to those who sin and we must have patience with those who do not know any better. But we are also reminded of our duty to always speak with mercy. Our job on this earth is to spread Jesus’ message, to show His love and show others the way to Heaven. What is your mission?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, because of the mercy and forgiveness I have experienced I give you praise to all who will listen. I pray that they too will be open to receive what I have received and know the joy of living in your love. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

 My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

5-27-2016 Reading 1 Pt 4:7-13

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Beloved: The end of all things is at hand. Therefore be serious and sober-minded so that you will be able to pray. Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you. But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly.

How do you use the gifts God has given to you? Do you even realize what gifts you have? Have you opened yourself and allowed the Lord to show you your gifts? And when He has revealed them to you, use them wisely and in His service. Your life will be changed forever if you do.

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gifts you have revealed to me. I pray that I use them for your glory and praise. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord comes to judge the earth.

 

5-26-2016Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest Gospel Mk 10:46-52

St. Philip Neri

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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.

 

Do you have the courage to ask God to help you see? It takes courage to give Our Lord that kind of permission. We are blind to our faults and failings, our sin and the sin in the world. It is easier to “not see” and be comfortable than to see and do something to correct the wrongs of the world. We cannot correct them all, but we can correct those that occur in our own little world. Do you see them?

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of sight. Sometimes it is hard, but seeing with your eyes shows me a whole different world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

 

Come with joy into the presence of the Lord.

5-25-2016 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.”

How often do we think we do so much for God we should be treated better than any others? Doing things for God does not make us great in His eyes it is how we do it, with humility and no thought to being rewarded. The more we do without counting the cost, the greater we shall be in the kingdom of heaven. How do you count what you do?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I offer all that I do for you and the glory of your son Jesus Christ and in His holy name I offer praise, Amen.

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem, Alleluia!

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