May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Archive for October, 2016

10-31-2016 Reading 1 Phil 2:1-4

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/103116.cfm

Brothers and sisters: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also everyone for those of others.

When we do all for God, we do not consider ourselves important, we willingly give others credit and do not look for glory for ourselves. When we do all for God, the joy and honor is in the doing, not the accolades that may come from others. The joy is in knowing that we served others and live in the joy they received. Where do you receive your joy? How important are you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I do not need other people’s affirmations when I do your work. Knowing I said yes when you called is more important to me than what people say. You bring me joy and happiness, more than I ever knew I could have. Thank you for the many blessings and joys you have brought to my life. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

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10-30-2016 Reading 1 Wis 11:22-12:2

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/103016.cfm

Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth. But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you overlook people’s sins that they may repent. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned. And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it; or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you? But you spare all things, because they are yours, O LORD and lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things! Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little, warn them and remind them of the sins they are committing, that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O LORD!

How much does it take for us to realize how much God loves, and how perfect we are as His creation? The Book of Wisdom tells us that He loves all He creates and He would not create anything He hated. And we remain here because He loves us. He loves us as He created us. He did not make a mistake; we were chosen to be who we are by Him!! Why do we think He creates us wrong? That He made a mistake while forming us? When will we learn that God is perfect and He creates the best?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know you love me as I am, because you created me. But I also know that you call me to be better than I am now, to come closer to you and spread the word that you have laid in heart. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you honor, glory, praise and thanks for creating me in your image.

I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

10-29-2016 Gospel Lk 14:1, 7-11

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102916.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.

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.”

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less” ~ CS Lewis. How hard is it to think of yourself less? In all the choices we make every day, we are number one in most of them. What shall I eat, drink, wear, do, etc. That is not what Jesus means. When we think of ourselves less, we automatically put other people first, this is what Jesus is telling us. He is telling us to not worry about our place in life, worry about the other people in our lives and we will be exalted in heaven – the only place that really counts!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, it is hard not to put me first. Help me to see you in everything I do, each day. When I see you, I will put you first, and humility will be easier for me to achieve. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you all the honor, praise and glory, Amen!

My soul is thirsting for the living God.

10-28-2016 Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22

Sts. Simon and Jude

Learn more about Sts. Simon and Jude: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saints-simon-and-jude/

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102816.cfm

Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

We are one body in Christ, following the foundation He built with the Apostles and the traditions He passed down to us. Are you part of His body? Do you receive His body and blood? If you do you are truly one with Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, being part of the body of Christ is such a joy! Standing with others who believe as I do, who receive you in Mass is a blessing beyond all I could imagine. In Jesus’ holy name I give you thanks and praise, Amen!

Their message goes out through all the earth.

10-27-2016 Reading 1 Eph 6:10-20

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102716.cfm

Brothers and sisters: Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the Devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the Gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones and also for me, that speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may have the courage to speak as I must.

Spiritual warfare surrounds us today. We need to arm ourselves against the evil in this world. We are constantly assailed with lies and pressure to abandon the truth that Our Lord teaches and we need to protect ourselves with His armor and with much prayer. Put on the power of God every day and you will be able to stand with God. If you do not, you leave yourself open to the power of the evil one.

Prayer: Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work too may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guide me then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. ~ St. Augustine

Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

10-27-2016 Gospel Lk 13:22-30

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102616.cfm

Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’ And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Many people today think they will end up in heaven just because they are no worse than their neighbor, or they keep all the rules, or they are not “bad people”. They do not realize that purgatory and hell are real, and that God does not want us to go there – but we are the only ones that can prevent us from going there. There is more to following the Lord than these things. The narrow gate means we follow that narrow road of faith, love, joy, service and listening to the Word of God. It takes a lot to get to heaven and we are the only ones who keeps us from getting there.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Heaven and eternal life with you is my goal. Help me stay on the path of salvation in you, when I falter, help me up. When I become prideful, humble me. When I boast, help me to make sure it is only in you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord is faithful in all his words.

10-25-2016 Reading 1 Eph 5:21-33

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102516.cfm

Brothers and sisters: Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives  should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the Church, he himself the savior of the Body. As the Church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the Church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the Church, because we are members of his Body.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.

Total love. That is what God requires of us, not domination of one over the other. When we love unselfishly, we love as the Lord loves His Church. Where there is total love, there is equality and freedom. When two become one, they know the true meaning of love. Do you know the true meaning of love? Can you love someone more than your life,  just as Jesus loves the Church so much He gave His?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the closer I get to you, the more I love you. The more I love you, the more I want to give myself to you. Take my life Lord and make it yours. In Jesus’ holy name I offer all I have for you, Amen.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

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