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When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”
The Lord will do what we ask of Him, if we believe. The leper did not say maybe or could you, he said “YOU CAN”. That is faith and that is the kind of faith that we need when we go to the Lord. Do you ask in faith or are you never really sure God can do what we ask? Oh ye of little faith.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that you can and will do whatever I ask, if it is for my wellbeing and does not affect my life in you. I realize that you know better than I do what I need and I am willing, Lord to trust my life to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.
Learn more about the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2013-06-29
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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.”
Jesus gave the leadership of His Church to Peter. Peter who was imperfect, filled with fear at times and denied Christ when He was unjustly arrested. Jesus knew we would be just like Peter, but Jesus also knew that like Peter we would find forgiveness in His mercy, dispensed by His Priests. The keys to the Kingdom of Heaven have passed down for over 2,000 years to all of Peter’s successors. Jesus trusted him, do you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your gracious gift of love, joy and mercy that we have received over the years from the descendants of Peter. You give us the same love a you gave him. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
Learn more about St. Irenaeus: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=291
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062817.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.”
What kind of fruit do you bear? If you speak the truth of God, you are bearing good fruit, preaching and living His word. If not, your life reflects the darkness of lies and deceptions. If you think you can hide your lived truth, you are wrong. By your fruits you will be known and darkness brings no life or growth.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth is all I need to live my life. Your light, freedom and mercy bring the light of love into my life. Thank you and praise your holy name! Amen!
The Lord remembers his covenant forever, Alleluia!
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062717.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”
The Lord never said it would be easy to find Him. Many of us start on the broad road because it looks more attractive, fun things to do, everything our senses can desire. The narrow path is usually rocky, twisted, hilly, and can be dry and dusty. But if we preserver, that is where we will find God. Because He wants us to not only appreciate what He has for us but when we fight for something, it means more. Are you willing to take that narrow path for eternal happiness and salvation? Or are you only interested in instant gratification? Choose wisely.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, my path to you has not been easy but the rewards are worth all the pain, sorrow and hurts along the way. Living in your love is worth more than anything I had in my old life. In Jesus’ holy name I give you thanks and praise, Amen!
He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062617.cfm
Jesus said to his disciples: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”
We must be careful what we criticize in others. Many times, what we see and dislike in others is our own biggest fault. When you find yourself becoming angry or upset ask yourself why. Do not rush to judgement, only the Lord can do that. And if what you see is morally or legally wrong, you can judge the action, but NEVER the person. Make sure you do not confuse the two.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always see your truth in everything. If I am quick to judge, be quick to remind me of your word. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you honor and praise, Amen.
Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062517.cfm
Jesus said to the Twelve: “Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
When we hear the voice of the Lord, we must share it. He speaks to us in so many ways and we tend to ignore Him. But we cannot. We must trust in the Lord, remembering how much He cares for us, how much He loves us. What has the Lord said to you lately? Do you pay attention or ignore the voice of truth? The Lord knows, you cannot hide your actions from Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you speak to me all the time! I thank you for your wisdom and guidance. You help me Lord when I am in trouble or at a loss for words. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you honor, praise and glory, Amen!
Lord, in your great love, answer me.
Learn more about the birth of John the Baptist: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2012-06-24
Link to today’s Gospel: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062417.cfm
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.
Sometimes the Lord uses extraordinary means to get our attention and to reinforce the necessity of trusting in His word. As soon as Zechariah wrote the name the angel had given him, he could speak again. Even though he was a Priest he did not trust that the Lord could give him his heart’s desire. Where do you place your trust? Do think “not even God could do this or that”? You might want to reread Zechariah’s story and rethink that. “For nothing is impossible with the Lord”.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I trust you with all I have and all I am. You are the only one who will not fail me. I know that when I do not get what I ask for it is because you have something even better in store for me. May I never lose my faith and trust, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.