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Archive for September, 2017

9-30-2017 Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church Gospel Lk 9:43b-45

St. Jerome

Learn more about St. Jerome: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=10

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/093017.cfm

While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

They were afraid to ask Jesus. How many times are you afraid to ask Jesus? Why, He is such a loving, caring brother. I know I am sometimes afraid not so much to ask, but afraid of His answer. Learning to trust Him is part of growing to love Him. Ask and you will receive. Not always what you want to hear, but never be afraid to say yes, because He is always there.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have learned to ask and not be afraid. I have learned that no step I take when you lead me, is a wrong one. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

 

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9-29-2017 Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels Reading 1 Rv 12:7-12ab

 

 

 

 

3 Archangels

 

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092917.cfm

War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them.”

Here we are told that satan has deceived the whole world. He has deceived the world by promoting lies as truth, by accusing and making sure our sins stay before us. He distracts and keeps the world from knowing the truth. Do you follow and believe a liar or the truth in our Heavenly Father?

Prayer: Heavenly Father thank you for giving me the angel to guard and protect us. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.

9-28-2017 Gospel Lk 9:7-9

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092817.cfm

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying, “John has been raised from the dead”; others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”; still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.” But Herod said, “John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see him.

He had John murdered because he was a coward. He was fascinated by John and his conviction to speak the truth, even when it put his life in danger. So when he heard about what Jesus did, he had to see Him to see who He was. Speaking the truth can win even the most hardened heart. Herod went seeking the truth in Jesus, but never found it. Do not be like Him, seek the truth now, do not wait.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth is worth my life. If I am ever called upon to put your truth before my life, give me the strength to follow John’s example. In your holy name, Amen!

The Lord takes delight in his people.

 

9-27-2017 Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest Gospel Lk 9:1-6

St. Vincent dePaul

Learn more about St. Vincent dePaul: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=326

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092717.cfm

Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.” Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

All we need is the truth to spread the Word of God. We are told, to tell the truth and if it is not received, go on. We are to plant seeds of truth, not to try and persuade or harangue others into believing. Do you plant the seeds of truth? How do you do it? With love or a sharp tongue?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always speak your word in truth, knowing when to stay and when to leave. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Blessed be God, who lives forever.

9-26-2017 Gospel Lk 8:19-21

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092617.cfm

The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him but were unable to join him because of the crowd. He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you.” He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

Jesus was inviting all of us into His family. The family of God! Have you said yes to His invitation? It is still waiting for you, just say yes.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, it took me a long time but I finally said yes. Thank you for waiting for me and never abandoning me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

 

9-25-2017 Gospel Lk 8:16-18

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092517.cfm

Jesus said to the crowd: “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away.”

Many of us make sure we let everyone know when we do good, but do we let everyone know when we do wrong? No, of course not, we try to hide it in the darkness! But we forget that Our Heavenly Father sees all that we do. Whether it is done in darkness or light He does see it all. He just wants us to go to Him and ask forgiveness, then He will shine the light on all we do.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for shinning your light on all that I do. I ask your forgiveness for what I may do in the darkness and I am grateful you bring me back into the light. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

The Lord has done marvels for us.

9-24-2017 Gospel Mt 20:1-16a

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092417.cfm

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. Going out about nine o’clock, the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.’ So they went off. And he went out again around noon, and around three o’clock, and did likewise. Going out about five o’clock, the landowner found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’ When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.’ When those who had started about five o’clock came, each received the usual daily wage. So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage. And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’ He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’ Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

How often do we get jealous of someone who comes to faith late in life being extolled or honored for what they have done. We think we deserve these honors because we have been faithful all our lives. Sound familiar? We think we deserve more because we have given more, but we fail to see that Our Lord is so generous that He will give His blessings to all who come to Him, no matter how late in life. Who benefits most by an early and life long conversion? We do, we get our reward by living the life He wants, by the joy and happiness that is ours when we say yes. Do not begrudge anyone God’s blessings. They are free for all – even and especially repentant sinners.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your blessings are far beyond what I deserve and more than I could ever earn! Thank you for what you have done and are still doing in my life, in Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, Amen.

The Lord is near to all who call upon him.

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