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Archive for June, 2016

6-30-2016 Gospel Mt 9:1-8

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/063016.cfm

After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why do you harbor evil thoughts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”– he then said to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to men.

Jesus can see what is in our minds and our hearts. When we sin today we do not want to go to confession because we do not want to talk about what we have done. We forget that He already knows what we have done, and He knows if we are contrite. Do you think you can hide your thoughts from God? Are you afraid of what He will find? If so, you may want to change what you do that you feel you have to hide from God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that you can see all and that you know my thoughts and my heart. May I always keep them pure and focused on you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

 The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.

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6-29-2016 Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul Reading 1 Acts 12:1-11

Sts. Peter and Paul

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062916-mass-during-day.cfm

In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them. He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also. –It was the feast of Unleavened Bread.– He had him taken into custody and put in prison under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. He intended to bring him before the people after Passover. Peter thus was being kept in prison, but prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God on his behalf.

On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison. Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, “Get up quickly.” The chains fell from his wrists. The angel said to him, “Put on your belt and your sandals.” He did so. Then he said to him, “Put on your cloak and follow me.” So he followed him out, not realizing that what was happening through the angel was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first guard, then the second, and came to the iron gate leading out to the city, which opened for them by itself. They emerged and made their way down an alley, and suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter recovered his senses and said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting.”

The Lord can work miracles. Like Peter, He will protect us when we stand up for Him and His word. Do not be afraid in these times, He will see you through whatever comes your way. How much faith do you have? How much trust? It is imperative to have both.

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I never fear speaking your words and have trust that all will be well. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

 The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.

6-28-2016 Gospel Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr Mt 8:23-27

St. Irenaeus

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062816.cfm

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

How many times have you felt engulfed by the waves of stress and fear? Do you turn to the man who makes the seas calm? Do you turn to Jesus and trust that He will take care of all your stress in life? The disciples show us that trusting in God is the only way to calm these storms, to bring order into our life and release our fear. Can you do any less?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always remember that you can calm the storm, you can take all my fears away if only I am willing to turn them over to you, in Jesus’ holy name I give you praise!

Lead me in your justice, Lord.

6-27-2016 Gospel Mt 8:18-22

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062716.cfm

When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other shore. A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, 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.” Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”

 That sounds so cruel, but Jesus is trying to make His point, that there is nothing and no one more important than following Him. He will take the problem in our lives, if we give them to Him and trust that He will fulfill His promises!

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have never let me down. Everything I have placed in your hands you have lifted from me. In the precious name of your Son Jesus, I thank you and offer you my love and trust, Amen.

Remember this, you who never think of God.

6-26-2016 Reading 2 Gal 5:1, 13-18

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062616.cfm

Brothers and sisters: For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love. For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another.

I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want. But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

If you want to know true freedom, believe in what Christ says. Give up the things and the desires that are not of Him. True freedom comes from trusting and believing and not allowing the world to lure into bondage.  Bondage tells you that you can do it alone, that you deserve everything you can get and getting even is the right thing, not forgiveness. Do not let the world lure you with false promises. Believe the one who spoke over 2,000 years ago and whose word still lives today. Do you ever wonder why it still lives and did not die like so many other beliefs? The truth does not lie.

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, for so long I believed the lies of the world and thought I was free! Today I know freedom that I never believed possible, because I gave up the world and took you at your word. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you thankful praise, honor and glory! Amen!

You are my inheritance, O Lord.

6-25-2016 Gospel Mt 8:5-17

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062516.cfm

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven, but the children of the Kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour his servant was healed.

Jesus entered the house of Peter, and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, the fever left her, and she rose and waited on him.

When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons,and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick, to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet: He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.

 What amazing things happen when we believe! Our modern world has taken away the wonder and the realization that miracles still happen. But we who believe in Christ, like the centurion, know that Jesus can – and will – do what we ask. Do you believe? He fulfilled all the prophecies, so we would believe.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe, help my unbelief! In Jesus’ holy name, I give you glory, honor and praise, Amen.

 Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.

6-24-2016 Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Gospel Lk 1:57-66, 80

John Baptist Naming

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 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062416-mass-during-day.cfm

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

John’s birth was a true miracle. Elizabeth was considered too old to conceive, Zechariah was struck dumb at the announcement but when he confirmed the name of the child that the angel had given to him, he was able to speak again! God asks us to do as He says and He honors His promises when we do. What has God asked you to do? Do you listen?

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, I hope I listen when you call on me. May I have the courage of John to speak your words, even in adverse times. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

 I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

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