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3-31-2019 Fourth Sunday of Lent Reading 2 2 COR 5:17-21

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/033119-yearc.cfm

Brothers and sisters: Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

We should be ambassadors for Christ. If we believe in Him, believe that He is truly God, we must work to change this world. We must work to change the hearts and minds of those who do not believe. Of those who pass laws that allows babies and older adults to be allowed to die for no reason, but they do not think they have any value. Do you think you are valuable? You are to God; His love is unending. And, His mercy is all encompassing. Like the prodigal son, we must come home, beg His forgiveness and Heaven will be rejoicing.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me when I speak of your love and mercy. Help me to bring your Good News to the world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

The joy of the Lord is my strength.

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3-30-2019 Saturday of the Third Week of Lent Gospel LK 18:9-14

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/033019.cfm

Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Which one are you? Do you think you are better than others, so you can stand proud before the Lord, ignoring those around you, telling Him how good you are? Or are you meek and humble acknowledging your sins, not comparing yourself to anyone but the law of the Lord? Never think you are “good enough” because when you do, you are being prideful and sinful. Always humble yourself before the Lord, and others. If you are truly as good as you think you are the Lord and others will see it.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know I am a sinner. I know that what I am is because of you and what I become is because of me. May I always keep you in my sights and become the best you want me to be. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.

God love you as you are but loves you too much to leave you there.

3-29-2019 Friday of the Third Week of Lent Gospel MK 12:28-34

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032919.cfm

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, He is One and there is no other than he. And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

This world certainly does not have much love for God or neighbor. There is so much hatred in today’s world, what are you doing in your piece of the world? How are you treating your neighbors, those that do not agree with your politics, those that look different than you? Look around you and see what you can do.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I do try to find you in all the people I meet. Sometimes it is hard, but I know you love them as you love me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.

Did you know God loves everyone, even those you do not?

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 JER 7:23-28

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032819.cfm

Thus says the LORD: This is what I commanded my people: Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.

But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed. They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts and turned their backs, not their faces, to me. From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day, I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets. Yet they have not obeyed me nor paid heed; they have stiffened their necks and done worse than their fathers. When you speak all these words to them, they will not listen to you either; when you call to them, they will not answer you. Say to them: This is the nation that does not listen to the voice of the LORD, its God, or take correction. Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speech.

We do not listen to the word of the Lord anymore! Hearts have been hardened and people think they can do better on their own, that they do not need God. They ignore the prophets and proclaimers of the word of God, claiming that they are not needed, they are delusional. They feel they are too smart to believe those silly, old fashioned words! Where do you stand? Are you a believer and proclaimer or someone who ridicules the believers?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know your truth is all I need, and that the world should be listening and following you. Thank you for your word, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

If we are not careful, the Word of God will be banned from OUR lips.

3-27-2019 Wednesday of the Third Week of LentGospel MT 5:17-19

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

 

Jesus did not abolish the law, but so many try to say He did. The same laws that Moses received are the laws we have to follow today. And our world today will have a lot to answer for to Our Lord. What we allowed to happen to our children, the laws passed that allow them to be murdered, those who abuse and abandon the children will have to stand before God and tell Him why. Why they allowed this, why they encouraged it and why they participated in it. What do you have to answer for? Have you looked at your life to see if you will be guilty or innocent?

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray for all those who have perpetrated these atrocities on our children and pray that the work I do can save lives. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

 

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

3-26-2019 Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent Gospel MT 18:21-35

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032619.cfm

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’ Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan. When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he had him put in prison until he paid back the debt. Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair. His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’ Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”

It is so hard to forgive! But when we remember how much God forgives us it does make it easier. The mistake we make is thinking that we have to be best friends with that person after we forgive. In a perfect world that can happen but, unlike God, we are not that perfect. We cannot always welcome these people back into our lives. God does not want us to be in toxic relationships, but we have to be able to give up the pain of the hurt with forgiveness. It is not easy to do, only God is perfect. But we have to try to be like Him and the harder we try the closer we come. Who do you need to forgive?

Prayer: Heavenly Father please forgive those I find it hard to forgive and give me the grace to be more like you. In Jesus’ holy name Amen.

Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Can you forgive yourself?

3-25-2019 Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord Gospel LK 1:26-38

Annunciation 2

Learn more about the Annunciation: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/annunciation-of-the-lord/

The link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032519.cfm

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Mary believed because she knew Scripture, she knew the Lord would come. She never doubted the word of the Lord! And think what it meant for her, an engaged woman, pregnant and not by her husband to be. She could be stoned or shunned and left alone, but she trusted Him. How often are we afraid of what is asked of us, afraid to step out in faith? Afraid of the world will say? Are you afraid to believe in the Lord because of what the world will say? Do not be, the world cannot offer you what the Lord can, it cannot offer you eternal life or joy and happiness in this world. Trust.

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.

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

Are you willing to say Yes to Our Lord?

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