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Archive for September, 2016

9-30-2016 Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church Gospel Lk 10:13-16

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/093016.cfm

Jesus said to them, “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.’ Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

Jesus is telling His Disciples that they speak for Him in this world. If we listen to them we are listening to Him. How well do you follow what they have passed on to us? Do you follow the oral traditions that they passed on to us? If not, you do not listen to Jesus and you are rejecting Him and His Father.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may all who do not believe in your words, whether spoken by you or your Apostles, open their hearts and minds to your words. May they believe the words you spoke as I do and come home to your truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

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9-29-2016 Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels Reading 1 Rev 12:7-12ab

3 Archangels

Learn more about the Archangels: http://www.catholic.org/news/saints/story.php?id=47798

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092916.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.”

This is the end of the story. Satan is cast out and the Blood of the Lamb prevails. This should cause you to rejoice. If it makes you uncomfortable or you do not believe, then you have been deceived. There is still time to repent, but do not wait.

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.  (Novena to the Three Archangels)

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

9-28-2016 Gospel Lk 9:57-62

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092816.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.”

Jesus wants us to be willing to give up everything for Him. Are you willing to put God before everything and everyone you care about? That is what He calls us all to do. Are you ready?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, there is nothing more important in my life than you. You lead me, guide me and show me the way to heaven. May I never lose sight of your guiding light, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Let my prayer come before you, Lord.

9-27-2016 Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest Gospel Lk 9:51-56

St. Vincent dePaul

Learn more about St. Vincent de Paul: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=326

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092716.cfm

When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.

Our Lord never forces anyone to accept Him. He makes sure we know He is there, but it is up to us to accept Him. And if we do not, He goes to the next person. If you expect Our Lord to twist your arm to believe in Him, you will have a long wait. But He is waiting for you to come to Him and be open to His presence. Are you ready?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for being there every time I refused to accept your invitation to come to you. When I finally said yes, you welcomed me with open arms and no recrimination. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, honor and glory for the work you do in me, Amen.

Let my prayer come before you, Lord.

9-26-2016 Gospel Lk 9:46-50

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092616.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 when we think we have it together and are doing a good job, Jesus throws us a curve. “For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” Does not sound like the gospel of today, does it? The gospel of today says we need to protect the most vulnerable by causing or allowing them to die. The children Jesus tells us to receive in His name, we are killing them to make our life easier. Is that what Jesus says here? No it is not. His Gospel is one of grace and mercy, the gospel of the world today tells us to eliminate the burden in the name of mercy. Do you listen to that nonsense?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to speak up against this gospel that the world teaches. Your mercy does not kill children and the most vulnerable. Your Gospel tells us to protect them and bring them to you. May I always listen to your words and follow your path. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Incline your ear to me and hear my word.

9-25-2016 Gospel Lk 16:19-31

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092516.cfm

Jesus said to the Pharisees: “There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me.

Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’ Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’

He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’”

The moral of this parable is pretty straight forward. If we do not do unto the least of our brothers, we are not doing what the Lord has commanded us to do. If we do not help those who are in need, we will lose our eternal life with Him. What do you do for those in need, the sick, the people on the street, the elderly? Can you mow a lawn, wash some windows, sit and talk? Or it may not take more than a smile and an acknowledgment of their existence. If you do not do it, who will?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, doing for those who are in need is hard. It is hard to leave my comfort zone, to step out of my box and help the least of your children. Help me when I falter, when I try to ignore them and drive away. Show me the people I can help Lord and gently remind me that they are your beloved children too. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen

Praise the Lord, my soul! Alleluia!

9-24-2016 Gospel Lk 9:, 43b-45

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092416.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.

Their understanding was clouded so they could not understand. Ever wonder why Jesus did this? Could He have wanted them to be more interested in learning from Him and not proclaiming who He was yet? Once they understood they proclaimed His word and told everyone what they had learned. Sometimes we do not understand what is happening but if we carry on in faith, we will eventually know the truth, just as they did. Do not be afraid as they were, trust as they did.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I do trust you even though sometimes I do not understand. Help me Father, to follow you through all the ups and downs of my life, knowing that it is not always for me to understand your ways. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

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