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5-31-2017 Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Gospel Lk 1:39-56

The Visitation

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 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/053117.cfm

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Amazing words. Elizabeth knew immediately that Mary was pregnant. Remember there was no telephones or internet back then! Elizabeth knew through the power of the Holy Spirit. And “the infant in her womb leaped for joy”. She knew that it was a child, not a collection of cells. She knew it was a baby, not a thing. For all their lack of education, they were a lot smarter than we are today. We kill our children under the false impression that they are not human yet. We have even passed laws that infants can be killed just before they are born. How did we get so dumb? How did we allow our civilization to become so barbaric? Why do we allow the killing of our children? Why do we no longer care about life?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that all mothers are as overjoyed as Mary and Elizabeth are about their children. May all fathers be as loving as Joseph and Zachariah, welcoming their children with joy and happiness. May we all proclaim the Magnificat as our song. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen and Alleluia.

Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

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5-30-2017 Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 20:17-2

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/053017.cfm

From Miletus Paul had the presbyters of the Church at Ephesus summoned. When they came to him, he addressed them, “You know how I lived among you the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia. I served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and trials that came to me because of the plots of the Jews, and I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or from teaching you in public or in your homes. I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus. But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know, except that in one city after another the Holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me. Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s grace.

“But now I know that none of you to whom I preached the kingdom during my travels will ever see my face again. And so I solemnly declare to you this day that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you, for I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.”

Paul faced his coming trials with faith and courage. He never shrank from speaking the truth of Our Lord. He had faith that wherever the Lord led him, He would be there for him. Can you say that? What kind of faith do you have? Are you ready to face a future of truth, trusting in God? It will lead to a life of freedom if you will say yes.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the freedom that I have received by living in your truth is amazing. You give me strength, courage and the words I need to do your work. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen and Alleluia.

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Alleluia!

5-29-2017 Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 19:1-8

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052917.cfm

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior of the country and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They answered him, “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” He said, “How were you baptized?” They replied, “With the baptism of John.” Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. Altogether there were about twelve men.

He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.

Have you been baptized but do not know the Holy Spirit? Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit? That is the fullness of the baptism that comes from God. Many people today do not believe in the miracles that can occur when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. They say that such things died out when the Apostles died. But they cannot believe in the promises of Christ. He said that He was sending a helper who would be with us always – the Paraclete. Jesus did as He promised. Do you believe Him or not?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I rejoice that I was baptized not only in the Trinity but in the Holy Spirit. My heart and mind opened to you as never before and I now give you praise, honor and glory unceasingly and forever! Amen and Alleluia!

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Alleluia!

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5-28-2017 The Ascension of the Lord Gospel Mt 28:16-20

The Ascension

Learn more about The Ascension of the Lord: http://www.catholic.org/lent/ascension.php

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052817-ascension.cfm

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

This is the great commissioning. The Lord sent His disciples out into the whole world. Not just Israel but the whole world, the gentiles, the non-believers. We too are given this commission by our baptism. What have you done to spread the message of Christ? Do you speak it and live it? You were commanded to do so by Our Lord, what stops you? He sent the Holy Spirit to guide and help us and He is here with us. What is stopping you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your gift of preaching and teaching has helped many to spread your word to the ends of the earth. Lord, I want to be part of that ministry, help me to preach and teach in Jesus’ holy name, Amen and Alleluia!

 God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord, Alleluia!

5-27-2017 Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 18:23-28

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052717.cfm

After staying in Antioch some time, Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence through the Galatian country and Phrygia, bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus. He was an authority on the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and, with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the Way of God more accurately. And when he wanted to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. After his arrival he gave great assistance to those who had come to believe through grace. He vigorously refuted the Jews in public, establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Just knowing the words are not enough. We must know the whole truth behind the words. Even though Apollos knew the words of Jesus he did not “know” Jesus. Once he did he was able to help spread the word of God and showing who Jesus really is. How well do you “know” Jesus? Do you know the words but not the man? Without knowing the man, you cannot know the whole truth. Take time to get to know Him then His words will come alive.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I feel so close to you. You are my father, brother, friend, you are all the relationships I need. You have saved me, cared for me and loved me. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you thanks and praise, Amen and Alleluia!

God is king of all the earth, Alleluia.

5-26-2017 Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest Reading 1 Acts 18:9-18

St. Philip Neri

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 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052617.cfm

One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision, “Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you. No one will attack and harm you, for I have many people in this city.” He settled there for a year and a half and taught the word of God among them.

But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews rose up together against Paul and brought him to the tribunal, saying, “This man is inducing people to worship God contrary to the law.” When Paul was about to reply, Gallio spoke to the Jews, “If it were a matter of some crime or malicious fraud, I should with reason hear the complaint of you Jews; but since it is a question of arguments over doctrine and titles and your own law, see to it yourselves. I do not wish to be a judge of such matters.” And he drove them away from the tribunal. They all seized Sosthenes, the synagogue official, and beat him in full view of the tribunal. But none of this was of concern to Gallio.

Paul remained for quite some time, and after saying farewell to the brothers he sailed for Syria, together with Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had shaved his head because he had taken a vow.

The words of Our Lord to Paul are still true today. “Do not be afraid.” He was also told not to stop preaching the word of God because is was with Him and He will protect Him. Just as He will today. He will give us the words and He will protect us, but we must have faith in Him. Do you? Are you afraid? Of what? The Lord is with you if you are preaching His truth. We should only fear when we are not standing with Him, in His truth and word.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are always there for me when I need a word of truth, whether for myself or for others. You stand with me and keep me safe and for that I give you praise, glory and honor for always honoring your promises. Amen and Alleluia!

God is king of all the earth, Alleluia!

5-25-2017 Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 18:1-8

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052517-thursday-sixth-easter.cfm

Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. He went to visit them and, because he practiced the same trade, stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. Every sabbath, he entered into discussions in the Synagogue, attempting to convince both Jews and Greeks.

When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began to occupy himself totally with preaching the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. When they opposed him and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your heads! I am clear of responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” So he left there and went to a house belonging to a man named Titus Justus, a worshiper of God; his house was next to a synagogue. Crispus, the synagogue official, came to believe in the Lord along with his entire household, and many of the Corinthians who heard believed and were baptized.

For Paul, this was the last straw. He was tired of preaching to people who would not listen. So, he went to the Gentiles – that is us! He preached the truth and he preached the word of God. That was all that was needed. He did not need fancy preaching or lots of music, all he needed was the truth. Why have so many turned Sunday services into rock concerts? All we need is the truth, Paul proves that. Have you tried preaching just the truth of the Word?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth is all I need. I love music but all that is necessary for my salvation is your truth and your word. Thank you for giving that to me. In Jesus’ holy name I give you praise and glory, Amen and Alleluia!

The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power, Alleluia!

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