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Archive for June, 2018

6-30-2018 Gospel MT 8:5-17

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/063018.cfm

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven, but the children of the Kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour his servant was healed.

Jesus entered the house of Peter, and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, the fever left her, and she rose and waited on him.

When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick, to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:

He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.

Jesus did not need to be physically there to heal the servant. His word was enough to heal, but it took the faith of the Centurion to prompt Jesus to do it. If we have the faith of this man, we too can ask Jesus to do anything and He will do what we ask, if it is good for our salvation. Do you believe? Do you ask? If not, why not?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I seek and I ask and I receive your healing and grace. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.

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6-29-2018 Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Gospel MT 16:13-19

Sts. Peter and Paul

Learn more about Sts Peter and Paul: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/solemnity-of-saints-peter-and-paul/

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062918-day-mass.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.”

Christ built His church upon Peter, the first Pope, the one who denied Him and also sought His forgiveness. He loved Peter and knew that He could do what would be asked of him. Jesus did not call Peter because he was prepared for the task, but because He knew Peter loved Him and would do as He asked. Spread the truth as was taught to him by Christ. And he did that, evidenced by the existence of the Catholic Church today. Do you stand on the truth and word of God or listen to those who have turned their back on Him?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray with you that we all become one, that your Church is recognized for what it is – your living truth on earth. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.

6-28-2018 Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr Gospel MT 7:21-29

St. Irenaeus

Learn more about St. Irenaeus: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=291

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062818.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Where is your house built? On the rock of the Word of the Lord or on the sand of worldly promises? If you believe in the Word of God you have to follow it. You cannot say you believe in him and do the things the world think are okay. What does your conscience tell you? The truth was planted in your soul before birth. Are you building on rock or on sand?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have my house on the rock of your word. Help me to stand on your word and never falter. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

6-27-2018 Gospel MT 7:15-20

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062718.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.”

The world is filled with false prophets these days. People who think they have an “in” with God that allows them to tell people what to believe, how to believe and if you do not believe what they say you are criticized, ostracized and harassed. Only the Lord has the truth and any that stray from His word are false prophets. Who do you listen to? Who do you follow?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth is all I need in my life. I ask for your help to never stray from your path. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

6-26-2018 Gospel MT 7:6, 12-14

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062618.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”

It is a narrow road that leads to heaven. Few people find it because they always looking for something better. If you keep your eyes fixed on heaven and the things of the Lord, you will find heaven. Where is your gaze?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I keep my eyes on you and not look for something that the world tells me is better. There is nothing better than you and I give you praise and honor! Amen!

God upholds his city forever.

6-25-2018 Gospel MT 7:1-5

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062518.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

How often do we judge by what we “think” others believe? Because they are in a different political party or religion we judge them without knowing them. Unfortunately, this now happens every day. We get half truths and conjecture passed off as the truth, and do not bother to look for the truth, check out what is really true. Do you believe what you read or are you willing to research the truth?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I never blindly accept what I hear or see. Help me to be guided by your truth and take the beam from my eye first. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Help us with your right hand, O Lord, and answer us.

6-24-2018 Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Gospel LK 1:57-66, 80

Birth of John the Baptist

Learn more about St. John the Baptist: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=152

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062418-day-mass.cfm

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

If Elizabeth had believed in abortion, the last Prophet of the Old Testament and the first Prophet of the New Testament would never have been born. Who knows how many Prophet’s have been destroyed in the womb, and will continue to be destroyed? When are we going to take the Word of God seriously as they did? When are we going to believe that what the Lord promises He does? Zechariah doubted and was silenced till he was able to do as the Lord instructed. What will it take for us?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I have the faith of Elizabeth and believe that you will do as you promise. And when I fail, call me back to your Word and truth. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

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