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Archive for May, 2019

5-31-2019 Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Gospel LK 1:39-56

Visitation 2

Learn more about the Feast of the Visitation: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/visitation/

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/053119.cfm

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

One of the first persons to recognize the presence of the Lord was the baby John, still in his mother’s womb. Elizabeth was touched by the Holy Spirit and knew the baby in Mary’s womb was the Messiah. How many great men and women have been murdered by abortion? How many have died before we recognized their greatness? On this beautiful day, remember to recognize the child in the womb for the children of God that they are and celebrate their greatness, stop allowing them to die.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, let it be done unto me according to your word, amen.

 

Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

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5-30-2019 Gospel JN 16:16-20

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/053019-weekday.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.” So some of his disciples said to one another, “What does this mean that he is saying to us, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” So they said, “What is this ‘little while’ of which he speaks? We do not know what he means.”  Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing with one another what I said, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”

Grief turned into joy for the world. For over 2 centuries almost all people believed in God and Jesus’ death and resurrection. Now people are trying to deny their existence. So many now think they can do it with Him. They will sadly find out that it does not happen that way. Are you filled with the joy of the Lord? Try it, your life will change!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, following you brought me more joy than I have ever known. Life before you were in my life was dead and joyless. Thank you for being there for me! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen and Alleluia.

The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power, Alleluia!

5-29-2019 Gospel JN 16:12-15

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052919.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”

Are you open to the Holy Spirit? Do you hear His truth when He speaks? His truth is the word of God and He was sent to guide you and me. When hearing His voice, you hear the voice of the Lord. Are you ready to listen? Or are you obstinate and refuse to listen because it will interrupt your lifestyle? Eternal life should be more important to you!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I hear your word and listen. You always lead me on the right path to your truth, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen and Alleluia!

Heaven and earth are full of your glory, Alleluia!

5-28-2019 Reading 1 ACTS 16:22-34

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052819.cfm

The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas, and the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After inflicting many blows on them, they threw them into prison and instructed the jailer to guard them securely. When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and secured their feet to a stake.

About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened, there was suddenly such a severe earthquake that the foundations of the jail shook; all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted out in a loud voice, “Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.” He asked for a light and rushed in and, trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.” So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house. He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds; then he and all his family were baptized at once. He brought them up into his house and provided a meal and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.

True faith is preaching the word of God even when you are unjustly accused or imprisoned. Trusting in the God goes a long way. Paul and Silas were freed by God but they stayed in prison with those they were preaching to! That is faith and truly believing what you preach. Would you do that? Do you believe that strongly?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I have the strength of your Apostles to preach your word, no matter the circumstances. Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Your right hand saves me, O Lord, Alleluia!

5-27-2019 Gospel JN 15:26—16:4A

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052719.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

This is happening now. Babies are now being killed in the name of God. Christians are being murdered just because they believe in God, in the name of another god. Do you remember what He has said? The Word of God is not a book of fairy tales, they are God’s word to us and His messages on what will happen when we ignore it. His words are coming true because people no longer believe. Do you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I continue to pray for those who twist your words an do not see the truth. I pray for a conversion of heart and mind, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord takes delight in his people, Alleluia!

5-26-2019 Gospel JN 14:23-29

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052619.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.”

Do you keep His word? If you do you love the Lord. If you do not keep His word, you do not. It is very simple; Jesus lays it out for you! Do you believe Him? You should!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe what you teach, and I try to live your word. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, Amen and Alleluia!

O God, let all the nations praise you! Alleluia!

5-25-2019 Gospel JN 15:18-21

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/052519.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.”

If you believe in God and follow His word, you will be persecuted. Look at what is happening today. So many Christians being murdered, people who claim to be Christian show nothing but disdain and hatred for those who defend life and try to protect out children. We are a nation under God, not a nation above God. Sad how many people believe they know more than God. Where do you stand? Do you truly believe in God and are you willing to be persecuted? Or are you the persecutor?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you gave us your Son but so many no longer believe. I pray for their conversion and salvation in Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy, Alleluia!

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