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Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’ And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
Some today say that having faith in the Lord is enough. But if we truly love the Lord, we will do His work here on earth. So we cannot just claim to be a follower, we also have to be a doer. What are you? Just a follower or are you willing to do the Lord’s work?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your work is more rewarding than any other thing I can do, be with me, guide me and lead me in your work, Amen.
The Lord is faithful in all his words.
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Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and ‘the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.'”
Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”
Our faith does not have to be big, if we give it to the Lord, no matter how small, He will help it to grow. Whatever we give to God He will return it a hundred-fold.
Prayer: Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever, amen. (Collect from daily Mass)
Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
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Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, “There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.” The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?” When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.
What better time to do the work of God than the Sabbath. Do not confuse God’s work with the world’s work. We are to honor the Lord on the Sabbath but doing God’s work is what He calls us to do. Our work should have its limits. When we have work in the world it needs to be put aside to do God’s work. How often to take time on the Sabbath to do just the Lord’s work? To honor Him is more important than the work of the world.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always remember that your work takes precedence over the world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Behave like God as his very dear children.
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As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
Do you call out to Jesus when you need something? Are you as brave as Bartimaeus to call out in a crowd and tell the Lord with your needs? Do you even ask Him? He knows what we need, but we need to ask and sometimes that is a hard thing to do. Is your faith that strong?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have learned to ask and to cry out to you. You never fail me, Lord, no matter my need. In Jesus’ name, I give you praise, Amen.
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
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Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them– do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”
And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.’”
We must fertilize our faith with the word of God or the ground will go fallow and bear no fruit. If you do not spend time taking the Word of God to heart you will become vulnerable to the lies of the evil one. Do you cultivate your faith or just ignore it and do nothing?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, my faith in you and what you do has grown through study and reading your word. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, Amen.
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.
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Jesus said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”
‘Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?’ We should be asking this question today. So many people believe what they hear or read without researching and learning the actual truth. Do you know what Jesus teaches? Or do you believe the hype you hear from people who do not believe or want Jesus’ teaching to be the way they want it to be? Learn for yourself the truth of Jesus’ teachings and the what people try to tell you. Become the person Christ wants you to be.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth is pure, and sets us free. I found you and will never allow anyone to lead me from you again. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
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Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
We see that now, families split and oppose each other. We look at what the Lord teaches and see two different sides. Jesus always speaks the truth and that is why He suffered the baptism of death on the cross. What He said was truth, what others heard was not. We can deceive ourselves into believing what we want to believe, even when it is not the truth. What do you believe? The truth or your interpretation of truth?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, there was a time when I believed what I wanted, and I made so many mistakes. Thank you for being there for me and helping me to see your truth. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.