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

Archive for November, 2016

11-30-2016 Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle Gospel Mt 4:18-22

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Learn more about St. Andrew: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=109

Link to today’s readings:  http://usccb.org/bible/readings/113016.cfm

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus calls us today to be “fishers of men”, do you hear the call? We have the perfect opportunity today to bring people to the Lord. But we must “leave our nets and follow Him”. Are you ready to do that? Are you willing to leave your old life behind and give your all to Christ, just as the Apostles did?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I give my life to you to use as you need. May I cast your net and become a true fisher of men, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

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11-29-2016 Tuesday of the First Week in Advent Gospel Lk 10:21-24

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 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112916.cfm

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

The childlike are the ones who come to the Lord with a heart open and believing what the Lord has promised. We need to come to Him in this way. If we do not believe with an open heart and mind, we will miss all that He has for us. How do you approach the Lord? Do you see but not see and hear but not hear? Think about it, you will see what the Lord is telling you and hear what He has to say.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I hope I will always see what you want me to see and hear what you want me to hear. Your marvels are wondrous to those who believe. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen.

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.

 

11-28-2016 Monday of the First Week in Advent Gospel Mt 8:5-11

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 Link to today’s readings: Gospel Mt 8:5-11

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.”

It takes a humble man to give up his authority to another. This centurion recognized the power that Jesus had and he had respect for that. He believed Jesus could heal from a distance and that belief saved his servant. Do you have that kind of faith? Are you able to see Jesus for who He is, the Son of God? Do you have that belief?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Jesus is your Son, He will come again and judge us on our faith. My faith is strong, Lord, I believe that you have healed me and forgiven me of my sins. In Jesus’ holy name, I offer you praise, honor and glory, Amen.

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

11-27-2016 First Sunday of Advent Reading 2 Rom 13:11-14

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What is Advent: http://catholicism.about.com/od/holydaysandholidays/p/Advent.htm

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112716.cfm

Brothers and sisters: You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and lust, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.

We are entering a time of waiting and anticipation. We know Christ is coming, we do not know when. We must prepare ourselves for that time. If we participate in the ways of the world, we will not know Christ when He comes. We will be asleep and we will lose eternal life. Put on the armor of God and live as if you believe, as if you want to spend eternity with Our Lord.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I do want to spend eternity with you. I want to be ready and awake when you come again. Your forgiveness has allowed me to awaken to the ways of the world and yearn to be with you. In Jesus’ holy name, amen.

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

11-26-2016 Gospel Lk 21:34-36

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112616.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Our hearts have become drowsy. We no longer see evil for what it is, we allow the world to tell us what is right or wrong. We have allowed ourselves to be lulled into acceptance of all that goes against what Jesus has taught us. Are you ready to be awakened? The Son of Man is coming, are you ready?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I allowed the world to blind me, but thanks to your love I have awakened to the truth. Thank you and I promise to do all I can to spread your word, to help awaken the world to the truth. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you honor, glory and praise, Amen!

Marana tha! Come, Lord Jesus!

11-25-2016 Gospel Lk 21:29-33

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112516.cfm

Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

“…but my words will not pass away.” The word of the Lord does not and cannot change. The world today is trying to tell us that the word of God is wrong, that we need to conform to their thoughts and ideas. Jesus tells us differently. Whose word do you believe?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I stand firm on your word and I give you thanks and praise for the words of hope, joy and love that you have given us, in Jesus’ holy name, I pray Amen!

Here God lives among his people.

11-24-2016 Thanksgiving Day Reading 2 1 Cor 1:3-9

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Learn more about Our Thanksgiving Day Celebration: http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112416-thanksgiving.cfm

Brothers and sisters: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Just as Paul gave thanks to God for the people in Corinth, we give thanks to God for the people in our lives. Those we love and those we should love. It is a day of reunion and celebration, but more importantly it is a day we share our love with one another. Celebrate today by going to Mass and giving thanks to God for all His gifts to you, especially the people in your lives.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for all that you have done for me and in my life. You have blessed me with many beautiful people who love me and bring grace, joy and love into my life. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you all the glory, Amen.

 I will praise your name for ever, Lord.

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