May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Archive for January, 2019

1-31-2019 Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest Gospel MK 4:21-25

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Learn more about St. John Bosco: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=63

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/013119.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.” He also told them, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

We think that what we do is hidden from God, that He does not see the sins we commit! He sees the good and bad that we do, He sees into our heart. That is why He gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation, so we can confess the sins that only we and God see. You cannot hide your light, when you confess your light burns brightly, when you use the gifts you have been given by God, your light burns brightly. Do you think your gifts come from you? Do not delude yourself, you can do nothing without God. When you try, it turns to ashes.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have given me more than I deserve, but your grace is so abundant, you keep on giving! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

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1-30-2019 Reading 1 HEB 10:11-18

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/013019.cfm

Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying:

This is the covenant I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord: “I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them upon their minds,” he also says:

Their sins and their evildoing I will remember no more. Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer offering for sin.

Our Priests stand for Christ here on earth and forgive our sins. When we repent and ask, no sacrifice needs to be made. Christ already offered it and He gave His Priests on earth the power to forgive sins, through Him. Come home, ask for forgiveness and live in His love. You have the promise of the Holy Spirit that once forgiven they are no longer remembered.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your forgiveness is all I need. You restored my life and gave new life to my soul. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

1-29-2019 Gospel MK 3:31-35

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012919.cfm

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you.” But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

Following the word of God is more important than family relationships. When we follow God’s will we automatically become part of His family, His brothers and sisters. Following His word brings us life affirming actions and lifesaving eternal salvation. Follow His word or do not claim kinship.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your words have brought me into a family of love, joy and peace. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.

1-28-2019 Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church Gospel MK 3:22-30

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Learn more about St. Thomas Aquinas: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=2530

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012819.cfm

The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.” 

Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.  Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

You cannot claim God as your father if you allow satan to drive what you believe. What do you believe in? Do you honestly believe what the Lord says and the bible? If you do, you are for God. But if you support the agenda that supports death of babies you are not for God. Which platform do you stand on? You cannot stand on both.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I stand with you and your truth. There is nothing the world can tell me that I believe, unless I hear it from you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.

1-27-2019 Gospel LK 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012719.cfm

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Jesus came to set the captives free. Have you been set free? Have you allowed the Lord into your life to set you free? He came for you, do you believe that? Let Him into your heart and find out.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you came to me and set me free. You have given me a new life of freedom and joy. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

1-26-2019 Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops Reading 1 2 Tm 1:1-8

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Learn more about Sts. Timothy & Titus: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saints-timothy-and-titus/

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012619.cfm

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God for the promise of life in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my dear child: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 

I am grateful to God, whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did, as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day. I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears, so that I may be filled with joy, as I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and that I am confident lives also in you. 

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God. 

Do not be a pew sitter. The Lord has given you many gifts to share with His people. If you do not get up and do something you are misusing the gifts you were given. His people need you now. Are you willing to act? If not, are you willing to tell the Lord why?

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always answer your call to stir up the flame of your love in others. In Jesus’ holy name, I ask for your words and your help, Amen.

 Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.

1-25-2019 Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle Reading 1 ACTS 22:3-16

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Learn more about the Conversion of St. Paul: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/conversion-of-saint-paul/

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012519.cfm

Paul addressed the people in these words: “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today. I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering them to prison. Even the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify on my behalf. For from them I even received letters to the brothers and set out for Damascus to bring back to Jerusalem in chains for punishment those there as well.

“On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’ My companions saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who spoke to me. I asked, ‘What shall I do, sir?’ The Lord answered me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told about everything appointed for you to do.’ Since I could see nothing because of the brightness of that light, I was led by hand by my companions and entered Damascus.

“A certain Ananias, a devout observer of the law, and highly spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me and stood there and said, ‘Saul, my brother, regain your sight.’ And at that very moment I regained my sight and saw him. Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors designated you to know his will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of his voice; for you will be his witness before all to what you have seen and heard. Now, why delay? Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away, calling upon his name.'”

Paul was called to tell his story. We all have a story to tell, a story that God wants us to tell. We must share how He has worked in our lives, how He has changed us and made us new. Do you tell your story? More than ever, you must stand up for the Lord, you must tell your story and bring hearts to Him. Are you ready?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I give you all the glory for the transformation in my life. Your love, grace and mercy have brought me home. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News, Alleluia, alleluia.

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