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5-31-2018 Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Gospel LK 1:39-56

The Visitation

Learn more about the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary:  https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2018-05-31

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/053118.cfm

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,

he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel

for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

the promise he made to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Mary was joyful that her cousin had finally become pregnant! Traveling in those days was hard and dangerous, but Mary knew she had to get to her cousin to help her. The infant in Elizabeth’s womb “leaped for joy” at the sound of Mary’s voice. How could a blob of tissue or a non-feeling, thinking mass respond this way? We try to dehumanize the child in the womb, but this clearly shows us we are wrong and babies truly are human, thinking and feeling. How do you protect these children that are in danger?

Prayer: Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

 

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5-30-2018 Reading 1 1 PT 1:18-25

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/053018.cfm

Beloved: Realize that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious Blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished Lamb. He was known before the foundation of the world but revealed in the final time for you, who through him believe in God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere brotherly love, love one another intensely from a pure heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, for:

“All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the field; the grass withers, and the flower wilts; but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

This is the word that has been proclaimed to you.

Christ redeemed us from our sins, but we have to accept it. Have you accepted what He did for you? Have you accepted the Church He died to give you? Have you accepted the teachings of the Catholic Church? Because that is what He died to give you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your Church is the rock and foundation of my life. Without you and your Church I would be nothing. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem, Alleluia!

5-29-2018 Gospel MK 10:28-31

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052918.cfm

Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

When you give up all for the Lord you can become subject to persecution, ridicule and many will treat you badly. You become first in the Kingdom of God when the world treats you as the last. Humility, integrity and love are gifts from the Lord. Embrace them and give your life for Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I only want to be first in your Kingdom. I want no honors from the world because you are greater than all and offer me eternal life. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

The Lord has made known his salvation.

5-28-2018 Gospel MK 10:17-27

Barn Flag

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052818.cfm

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.” He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”  Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”

Jesus does not really expect us to give up everything we own to follow Him. He asks us to be READY to do it if needed. Men and Women who join religious communities give up their possessions to answer God’s call. If we become too attached to our possessions, we lose sight of what is important and we cannot properly follow the Lord. What holds you backing from giving everything to Our Lord?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have not much in worldly possessions, but I give them all to you to do with as you chose. May I always be willing to say yes to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

The Lord will remember his covenant forever, Alleluia.

5-27-2018 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Gospel MT 28:16-20

Holy Trinity 2

Learn more about the Holy Trinity: https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-trinity-sunday-542485

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052718.cfm

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until  the end of the age.”

The great command. Jesus sent His disciples out to teach His word, not the word written but what He taught them. The word that was handed down spoken with tradition. The word that was not encased in a book, but what Jesus told them. There was so much more than is now in our Bibles, do you open your heart and mind to the traditions these Disciples taught? You should, that is what Jesus wanted.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your word. The gift you gave us through Jesus and His Disciples. May all learn what you truly taught and come home. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

5-26-2018 Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest Gospel MK 10:13-16

St. Philip Neri

Learn about St. Philip Neri: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=97

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052618.cfm

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced the children and blessed them, placing his hands on them.

We prevent the children from coming to Jesus when we do not take them to Church or teach them. God wants our pure, open hearts to come to Him, like those of a child. What child have you brought to God?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I never prevent a child from coming to you. Help me to teach them and guide them to your precious love.

Let my prayer come like incense before you.

5-25-2018 Gospel MK 10:1-12

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052518.cfm

Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The Pharisees approached him and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” They were testing him. He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?” They replied, “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.” But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

More words of Jesus that we ignore! The world thinks marriage is for just as long as it “feels good” or they are “in love”. Jesus says differently and he tells them that Moses was wrong to allow the bill of divorce. How long can we ignore the word of God before we have to pay the consequences? The Marriage ceremony says “till death do us part” and we should be taking it seriously. Is not that what Jesus said?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that those who are divorced may use the grace of annulment through the church and those who are married will see their marriage through, not just throw it away when they are tired of it. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

The Lord is kind and merciful.

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