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Archive for November, 2017

11-30-2017 Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle Gospel Mt 4:18-22

St. Andrew

Learn more about St. Andrew: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=109

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/113017.cfm

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

When Jesus calls us, He knows what we can do. We think we will fall short or fail Him, but if we have trust, as His disciples did, we will do the great things He has planned for us. What has the Lord called you to do but you have said no? We do not think that we are saying no, we think we are being humble. But humility is not denying God’s call. You are walking away from His grace. Can you live without His grace?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have learned that I cannot hide from you. When you call I have learned to say yes, because whatever it is, I always receive grace and blessings. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

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11-29-2017 Gospel Lk 21:12-19

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112917.cfm

Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

Jesus knew that He would not be the only one to die for what He taught. He was preparing His followers for what was to come. And it did come, many died because they clung to Jesus. But they only died a physical death, they live eternally with Him. Are you prepared to die for what the Lord teaches? Are you willing to die physically for the chance to spend eternal life with the Lord? If not, what are you willing to die for?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that if the day comes when I am asked to give my life for you I can do so as bravely and freely as my ancestors in faith did. To live with you in eternity is all I desire, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Give glory and eternal praise to him.

11-28-2017 Gospel Lk 21:5-11

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112817.cfm

While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here– the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”  Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”

Many say these times have come. With all that is going on in the world, is it time for Jesus to come? It does not matter what we want, when it is time, He will come. What we should be doing is working to make the world better, to turn the tide of hatred among Nations, to bring Jesus’ word to those who do not believe. Start in your own life, bring love into your relationships, repair those who are torn, bring love to those who hurt. Be Jesus in your circle and it will expand.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that when people see me, they see your love, joy and forgiveness brought to life. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Give glory and eternal praise to him.

11-27-2017 Gospel Lk 21:1-4

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112717.cfm

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

The Lord wants you to give from your heart. He wants all of you, heart, mind, soul, and body, if you do not give Him your all, you are still attached to the world. What do you have to give up to become His?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I give you my all, everything I am and everything I own. Use me Lord, for what you what you desire. I Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Glory and praise forever

11-25-2017 The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Gospel Mt 25:31-46

Christ the King

Learn more about the Feast of Christ the King: http://www.catholic.org/news/hf/faith/story.php?id=57764

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112617.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

We never know when we will see Christ. He is in the person you pass on the street and try to ignore. He is in the person you are mad at and refuse to speak to. He is in those you love and those you should love. Jesus is in all of us. The hard part is seeing Him in the people around us, not walking by Him, not refusing to speak to Him. Open your eyes and your heart and allow the Lord to touch you and see Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you opened my eyes many years ago to what is around me. By your grace I see you in the least and the greatest of my brothers and sisters. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

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

11-25-2017 Gospel Lk 20:27-40

 

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/112517.cfm

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘Lord’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Some of the scribes said in reply, “Teacher, you have answered well.” And they no longer dared to ask him anything.

Do not believe in asking the Saints in heaven for intercession? Jesus tells us here that we should, that Abraham called Him the God of the living, not the dead. And Christ has further told us that if we die in Him we do not die but live on in eternity. What do you believe? Do you not believe Jesus? Have your own creed? Pray for the intercession of the Saints for your eternal salvation, you may need the help.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the gift of the Saints in Heaven is a pure treasure for us. In Jesus’ name, I give you praise, Amen!

I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord.

11-24-2017 Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs Gospel Lk 19:45-48

St. Andreww Dung Lac and Companions

Learn more about St. Andrew Dung-Lac: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=540

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112417.cfm

Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.

Do you wonder what Jesus would think about our churches today? Coffee bars, snack areas, and all manner of things for sale? Is your church a house of prayer or commerce?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may our houses and churches be holy, honoring you and not the world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.

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