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At that time, John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone e driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us. Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'”
I wonder sometimes what people are thinking of when they abuse children. Our Lord speaks directly against this, but so many people ignore it, even those who should know better. And, we allow it to become the norm in our world. What has happened to us? Have we lost our humanity? What do you do to stop it? What am I doing? Is it enough?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to open my eyes to what is happening in the world and to do what you direct to fight it. Help those children who are abused and bring them healing and peace in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
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War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them.”
The deceiver, the accuser, he is still at work doing on earth what he can no longer do in heaven. But we have salvation through the Anointed one, He does not accuse or deceive, He builds up, He loves, He forgives and He forgets. Who do you follow? The accuser or the one who forgives and forgets?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I chose you, the one who has forgiven me for my sins and the one who loves me beyond anything I once believed possible! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
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Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.'” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.
He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
In his heart, Peter knew who Jesus was, the Holy Spirit spoke to Him. But Jesus did not want them to tell anyone. He tried to warn them what was happening, but we know they did not listen! Do you listen? Do you let the Holy Spirit talk to you and fill you with His power? You will be amazed if you do.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, the gift of the Holy Spirit has helped and guided me so often since I finally listened. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you thanks, Amen!
Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
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Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! What profit has man from all the labor which he toils at under the sun? One generation passes and another comes, but the world forever stays. The sun rises and the sun goes down; then it presses on to the place where it rises. Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north, the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds. All rivers go to the sea, yet never does the sea become full. To the place where they go, the rivers keep on going. All speech is labored; there is nothing one can say. The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor is the ear satisfied with hearing.
What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun. Even the thing of which we say, “See, this is new!” has already existed in the ages that preceded us. There is no remembrance of the men of old; nor of those to come will there be any remembrance among those who come after them.
“Nothing is new under the sun” yet we think every time we sin we are doing something no one else has done before. When we think that we have reached new lows in immorality and sin, we discover it has all been done before. We hesitate to go to confession, but the Priest has heard it all already. Do not be afraid to come home because you think you are the only one who has sinned like you have. “Nothing is new under the sun”.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, when I realized that what I did was not new it made it so easy to beg your forgiveness. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen and thank you!
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
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Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.” Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and curing diseases everywhere.
We are still tasked with bringing the Word of God to everyone we meet. We have it easier as we have access to many resources to do it, not just walking from town to town. Do you take advantage of what you have available to spread God’s word? Use your resources for good, not for evil. Make your world a better place to live.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, spreading your word has become my life’s work, sharing your word, love and mercy with all I encounter. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my feet.
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The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him but were unable to join him because of the crowd. He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you.” He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”
Jesus has told us that we must be willing to leave everything behind for Him, including our mothers, fathers and families. We must be willing to live just for Him, listen to His word and do His will. What have you given up for the Lord?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you come first in my life, not always, but now I understand now that all I have comes from you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
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Jesus said to the crowd: “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away.”
We are all given gifts by the Lord. If we hide them and do not use them, they could be taken away. Because we were given these gifts to not only use for others, but to bring others to God. What have you done with your gifts? Are they hidden or visible to everyone?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I try to always use the gifts you gave me for the benefit of all. Help me to remember and not try to hide or neglect them. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!
The just one shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.