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

Archive for June, 2019

6-30-2019 Gospel LK 9:51-62

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/063019.cfm

When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him.  On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.  When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”  Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.

As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”

And to another he said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”  To him Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Jesus wants us to be willing to give up everything we have to follow Him. We have to be willing to turn our backs on the world and follow Him. Are you willing? Can you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I follow your call and you give me the strength to do that. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

You are my inheritance, O Lord.

6-29-2019 Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles – Mass during the Day Gospel MT 16:13-19

Sts. Peter and Paul

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062919-day.cfm

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. “Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

The Lord built His church on the rock that was Peter. Not that the church be of human foundations but of Gods. He established His church and gave all power to Peter so when Jesus was gone from earth, we would continue with what He started. A supernatural church built by God Himself. And that same church carries on today offering His body and blood to us just as He did at the Last Supper. Do you hunger for Him? Do you partake of the body and blood come down from heaven? Come to His table!

Prayer: Heavenly Father you feed me daily with your word and your body. I give you all thanks ad praise!

The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.

6-28-2019 Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Reading 1 EZ 34:11-16

Sacred Heart

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062819.cfm

Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. I will lead them out from among the peoples and gather them from the foreign lands; I will bring them back to their own country and pasture them upon the mountains of Israel in the land’s ravines and all its inhabited places. In good pastures will I pasture them, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing ground. There they shall lie down on good grazing ground, and in rich pastures shall they be pastured on the mountains of Israel. I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy, shepherding them rightly.

The Lord loves us so much. His heart is filled with the love and compassion of a kind Father. We celebrate today that heart that overflows with His love for us. Do you take advantage of that love? He is the shepherd who will search until He finds you. Seek and you shall find.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have loved me into existence and everyday I thank you for that love. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you thanks, Amen.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

6-27-2019 Gospel MT 7:21-29

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062719.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.

The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Where have you built your house? On the solid rock of Our Lord or the sand of popular opinion? If you build on sand and still proclaim the Lord, you will find your foundation is not strong and you will wander away. Trust in the rock of our salvation and build your house with Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I climbed out of the sand and found you. Your love has made my foundation strong and unshakable. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, Alleluia!

6-26-2019 Gospel MT 7:15-20

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062619.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.”

Who do you listen to? The Lord or the false teachers of today who twist the word of God to suit their lifestyle and what they believe? God’s word does not change, it means the same today as it did when He first proclaimed it. Who do you believe?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your word is my truth. No one can make me believe your word has changed to suit their desires. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord remembers his covenant forever, Alleluia!

6-25-2019 Gospel MT 7:6, 12-14

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062519.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”

How do you treat others? Do you treat them as you want to be treated? Or is your opinion the only one that counts and you let them know it? Treating people with respect and kindness is a lost art. When Jesus was accused by Pilate He did not defend Himself or hurl accusations at His accusers. He stood in silence and let them convict themselves. How do you treat people who do not agree with you? Are you the angry crowd or the silent Jesus?

Prayer: Heavenly Father when I am falsely accused or mistreated because of you, help me to be civil and maintain precious silence as Jesus did, Amen.

He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

 

6-24-19 – Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Gospel LK 1:57-66, 80

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Learn more about the Nativity of St. John the Baptist: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/solemnity-of-the-nativity-of-saint-john-the-baptist/

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062419-day.cfm

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

What ties your tongue? Can you speak the truth as Zechariah did? He learned that when the Lord speaks, He means it! Have you learned that? Can you proclaim the truth of the Lord against popular opinion?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, John let us know who the baby in the womb was. May all see him for what he did – proclaimed the truth of the Lord. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

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