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

 St. Mark

  Learn more about St. Mark: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=305

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042517.cfm

Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for: 

God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble. 

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. 

Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. To him be dominion forever. Amen. 

I write you this briefly through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, exhorting you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Remain firm in it. The chosen one at Babylon sends you greeting, as does Mark, my son. Greet one another with a loving kiss. Peace to all of you who are in Christ. 

God stands with us – as long as we stand with Him. He will never desert you or leave you. But He asks for your faith and belief in Him through His Son. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us in the battle, do you call on him or do you try to do it on your own? If you do, you will fail in the end, because it is your eternal life that you will lose.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the grace, blessing and love you have given to me. When I turned my heart over to you Lord, my life changed. I have never been alone since then. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you honor, praise and glory, Amen, Alleluia!

For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord, Alleluia!

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