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Archive for January, 2018

1-31-2018 Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest Gospel MK 6:1-6

St. John Bosco2

Learn more about St. John Bosco: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?aint_id=63

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/013118.cfm

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

The hardest people to talk to are the ones closest to us. They know all our good and bad points and when we try and speak the truth they are skeptical. Jesus frequently told those who were healed that their faith saved them. So, the lack of faith in his native place prevented Him from performing miracles. How do you react to those around you? Do you believe when they try and tell you about Christ? Do they believe you? Sometimes you have more success with people you do not know.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of my faith. I believe Lord and know that I am healed. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise!

Lord, forgive the wrong I have done.

 

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1-30-2018 Gospel Mk 5:21-43

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/013018.cfm

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.” He went off with him and a large crowd followed him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, Who touched me?” And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?” Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was. He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. At that they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.

Faith is a huge part of these healing’s. The woman and child were healed because of faith. The woman had the faith that Christ would heal her. And the official had faith that He would heal his daughter. How is your faith? Is it strong enough for the Lord to heal through you? He never ignores us when we believe.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have seen and experienced healing’s so many times that could only come from you. Thank you Lord for being active in my life, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Listen, Lord, and answer me.

 

1-29-2018 Gospel Mk 5:1-20

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012918.cfm

Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea, to the territory of the Gerasenes. When he got out of the boat, at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him. The man had been dwelling among the tombs, and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain. In fact, he had frequently been bound with shackles and chains, but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles smashed, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsides he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones. Catching sight of Jesus from a distance, he ran up and prostrated himself before him, crying out in a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me!” (He had been saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man!”) He asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “Legion is my name. There are many of us.” And he pleaded earnestly with him not to drive them away from that territory.

Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside. And they pleaded with him, “Send us into the swine. Let us enter them.” And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine. The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea, where they were drowned. The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the town and throughout the countryside. And people came out to see what had happened. As they approached Jesus, they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion, sitting there clothed and in his right mind. And they were seized with fear. Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happened to the possessed man and to the swine. Then they began to beg him to leave their district. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him. But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead, “Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.” Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.

Jesus wants us to tell the world what He has done in our lives. Think about what He has done for you, then share your story! People will believe you when you talk of the wonders of the Lord if you tell your own story. They cannot argue with what happened to you. We are told to be ready to tell our story at any time. What is your story?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am always willing to tell of the wondrous deeds you have done for me. Your grace and mercy have restored me to life and love. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Lord, rise up and save me.

1-28-18 Gospel Mark 1:21-28

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/012818.cfm

Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Jesus has the power to make unclean spirits flee. Why? Because they knew that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus ‘ power comes from God alone and they could not fight it. The power of God is stronger than any force, especially evil and they know that. Do you? Do you believe that God is greater than any force in your life? Trust in Him and let Him show you His strength.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you made the demons in my life flee. You give me the strength and power to resist when they seek to return. I give you all praise and honor for what you have done in my life! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

1-27-2018 Gospel Mk 4:35-41

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012718.cfm

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

Jesus can calm a sea, quiet the wind, why do you think he cannot work miracles in your life? He can calm any storm that comes into your life. Just give it to Him, trust and all will be well.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, come into my life and calm my storms. Help me to remember that these storms are only temporary, and you have everlasting peace, if I just give it to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Create a clean heart in me, O God.

1-26-2018 Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops Gospel Mk 4:26-34

Sts. Timothy and Titus

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Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/012618.cfm

Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.”

He said, “To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it. Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.

It only takes the smallest seed to sprout a huge tree of faith. The Lord works with the smallest thing you give to Him. Give Him your heart and He will do amazing things.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for taking the tiny kernel I gave you and helping me to grow in faith and learn of your love. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

 

1-25-2018 Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle Reading 1 Acts 9:1-22

St. Paul Conversion

Learn more about St. Paul: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=91

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012518.cfm

Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could see no one. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, AAnanias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is there praying, and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, that he may regain his sight.” But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.” So Ananias went and entered the house; laying his hands on him, he said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. He got up and was baptized, and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.

He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus, and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. All who heard him were astounded and said, “Is not this the man who in Jerusalem ravaged those who call upon this name, and came here expressly to take them back in chains to the chief priests?” But Saul grew all the stronger and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

The Lord chose one who hated Him and His followers to become one of the greatest Saints and Disciples. He opened his heart and mind to the voice of the Lord and when the Lord spoke, Saul listened. Have you heard Jesus’ call? Have you tried to ignore it because you do not believe in Him or do not believe a sinner like you can be called to do His work? See what the Lord did with Saul and take heart. Say yes when your call comes and do not doubt that it will come.

Prayer: Heavenly Father: Saying yes to your call is hard the first time, but it does get easier with each one. I pray my mind and heart will always be open to your call. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.

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