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Archive for February, 2018

2-28-2018 Gospel MT 20:17-28

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022818.cfm

As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.” Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” They said to him, “We can.” He replied, “My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus is reminding us that we must be humble in our life so that we do not try to take center stage in any situation. We must give our life, whole and complete, to God and allow Him to place us in the place allotted to us. Do you wait on the Lord or do you think you can do it better? That you can do it alone? You cannot. Whatever you achieve on your own is always overshadowed by what the Lord can and will do for you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to take the place you have assigned for me. I tried to live my life on my own and it was a complete disaster. Thank you for rescuing me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.

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2-27-2018 Gospel MT 23:1-12

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022718.cfm

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

If religious people tell you one thing and do another, you should really look at what they say. If they preach the gospel but do not live it, then follow what they say, but do not do what they do. Too often today a gospel of prosperity is taught, the preachers live it and expect you to give your last cent to it. The Lord honors what you can give to help other, no matter how small. But be sure it truly helps others.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to discern the proper place for my donations. May my money be used for your kingdom, not some one else’s. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

 

2-26-2018 Gospel LK 6:36-38

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022618.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”

This could not be clearer. As we treat others, so we are treated. We are called to be like Our Father. We are called to be merciful to those in our life, whether we believe they “deserve” it or not. How merciful are you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have forgiven me much, your mercy has been unending. I give you praise and glory for the what my life has become, Amen.

 Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.

2-25-2018 Reading 2 ROM 8:31B-34

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022518.cfm

Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?

Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us, who will condemn? Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised— who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

We have God on our side. If we love Him, follow His commandments and trust in Him, He will give us not only what we need but everything He has to give. Christ died for us, He died so we might have eternal life. He does intercede for us as the merciful judge. Who do you want on your side? Him or the world?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I choose you to be on my side and to live eternally with you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

2-24-2018 Gospel MT 5:43-48

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022418.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers and sisters only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

The best way to change a person is to pray for them – especially those you do not like. But be prepared, the person who will be changed is you. How you see them will change radically and, in your changes, they too may change. It is easy to love those who love you, Jesus asks us to step out of our box and love those that are hardest for us to love. Who do you need to pray for?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you forgave me of my sins, how can I do any less for those who have hurt me. In praying for them, I bring forgiveness and peace into my heart and hopefully they too will open their hearts to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

2-23-2018 Gospel MT 5:20-26

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022318.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples:  “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

Do you go to receive the body of Christ at Mass and have a grudge against someone? Do you forgive as our Father forgives you? This is very clear and there is really no way around it. Loving and forgiving as God does is what we have to do. Do you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have forgiven me so much, I cannot withhold my forgiveness from those who hurt me. Thank you for the gift of love you have given to me and I praise you that I can offer it to others in return, Amen.

If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

2-22-2018 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Gospel MT 16:13-19

Chair of Peter

Learn more about the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/chair-of-saint-peter/

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022218.cfm

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.”

Through the power of the Holy Spirit Peter knew who Jesus was. And Jesus built His Church on Peter. Not his confession, not his belief, but He gave Peter the keys of His Church and the authority to build it here on earth. This authority has come down through the centuries in an unbroken line of Popes. Just as Jesus decreed.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving your authority to Peter on earth. Because of that, we have your presence in the Mass, Eucharist, and Sacraments. In Jesus’ name, I give you praise and thanks for your blessings, Amen.

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

 

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