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Archive for February, 2017

2-28-2017 Gospel Mk 10:28-31

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022817.cfm

Peter began to say to Jesus, ‘We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Jesus is so right in this. When we give up anything for Him and His word, we get it back over and over again. The blessings multiply and the graces flow from Him. What have you given up for Him? If nothing, what are you afraid of? He is a God of promises and He keeps His. Trust Him, you will not want.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know I have given up things for you, but it seems like nothing. I feel you have done so much more for me than I have ever done for you. In Jesus’ holy name I give you honor, praise and glory, Amen!

 To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

2-27-2017 Gospel Mk 10:17-27

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022717.cfm

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.” He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”

Jesus is asking us to be willing to give up everything we have to follow Him. We do not have to sell everything we own, but we have to be willing to give it up if He asks. He does not want us to have any attachments that will keep us from loving and following Him. What are you willing to give up? Do you say everything – but? That is not what He wants. He wants all of you, are you willing?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, whatever I have is yours. I would give it all up if it meant it was the only way I could follow you. Help me to continue to use what you have given me for your children and your work. In Jesus’ holy name,


Amen.

Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.

2-26-2017 Gospel Mt 6:24-34

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022617.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field,nwhich grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

How much do you trust in the Lord? Do you think that what you own or what you earn is really from your own efforts? Do you believe that the Lord will provide for you? Do you trust Him enough to place your life and all you own in His care? If you do not, you are foolish, because nothing is possible unless you have God in your life. Trust Him, you will be pleasantly surprised!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, everything I own, everything I have belongs to you. I am nothing without you Lord. You have proved it to me so many times that I cannot and will not doubt you anymore. In Jesus’ holy name I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen!

Rest in God alone, my soul.

2-25-2017 Gospel Mk 10:13-16

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022517.cfm

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced the children and blessed them, placing his hands on them.

How do we treat our children today? We fight over when they are really human beings, many believe it is okay to kill them before they are born because they are not really human! I think God has a difference of opinion with us over that. Jesus knew the value of children, but we have sadly lost that concept. They are now considered a convenience or worse as a mistake that needs to be gotten rid of. How sad we cannot have the joy that our Lord has over children. When did we lose our morality?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we were all once children, why do we forget that? Your babies are precious and I ask Lord that I never lose sight of the gift that they are to us. In your holy name I give praise to the infant Jesus, Amen.

The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

2-24-2017 Gospel Mk 10:1-12

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022417.cfm

Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The Pharisees approached him and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” They were testing him. He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?” They replied, “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.” But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Not much changes in the course of history. Moses gave into the pressure of his people to change God’s law. Many today are pressuring the Church to do the same. The sad part is that many of them, like Moses, have given in. But the Catholic Church believes the word of God to be true and unchangeable. Do you think you can change God’s laws? It is not a good idea, evidence the fractures in many churches today. What is your stance?

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray I may never give in to the pressure of the people who no longer believe in God’s law. I hold strong to your truth, my Lord, the only truth that matters. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.

2-23-2017 Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr Gospel Mk 9:41-50

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Learn more about St. Polycarp: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=99

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022317.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

“Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.”

Stay salty!!! Stay salty and you will have a fire for God that cannot be quenched. Stay salty and you will have a love for God and others that knows no bounds. Are you willing?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I stay salty, on fire for you. I pray nothing ever quenches that fire and that it stays burning for you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

2-22-2017 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Gospel Mt 16:13-19

Chair of St. Peter

Learn more about the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/chair-of-saint-peter/

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022217.cfm

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Peter was inspired by the Holy Spirit to recognize Jesus for who He is. He allowed himself to be open to the prompting of the Spirit. Are you open to what the Lord wants to do for you? Do you let Him into your heart and mind?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have free reign in my heart, mind and soul. Please help me to always be open to your promptings. In Jesus holy name, Amen.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

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