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10-18-2019 Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist Gospel Lk 10:1-9

St. Luke

Learn more about St. Luke: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=76

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101819.cfm

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'”

The Lord sends us out also. We should be spreading His word, because there are still too few people out in the world to proclaim His word. Are you spreading His word? Are you willing to be a laborer for the Lord? You should be ready to bring His peace, especially now.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, with your peace in my I try to share it with my world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

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10-17-2019 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Rom 3:21-30

St. Ignatius of Antioch

Learn more about St. Ignatius: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=677

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101719.cfm

Brothers and sisters: Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, though testified to by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction; all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as an expiation, through faith, by his Blood, to prove his righteousness because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed, through the forbearance of God– to prove his righteousness in the present time, that he might be righteous and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.

What occasion is there then for boasting?  It is ruled out. On what principle, that of works? No, rather on the principle of faith. For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Does God belong to Jews alone? Does he not belong to Gentiles, too? Yes, also to Gentiles, for God is one and will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith and the uncircumcised through faith.

God will judge us on our faith, not our works. But if we truly believe in Him, follow Him and do as He commands, do we not do works? Works are a natural outflow of faith so we cannot say we have one or the other. We must have both. Do you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the things I do in your name I do because I want all to know the love you have for me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

10-16-2019 Gospel Lk 11:42-46

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101619.cfm

The Lord said: “Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces.   Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”

Pride brings so many downfalls. When we have more pride in what we do than the credit we give to God, we are making ourselves gods. The Lord wants us to come to Him with a humble heart, ready to give thanks to Him for what He has done for us. Do you recognize what comes from Him? Do you give thanks?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, without you I am nothing. Without you I can do nothing, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Lord, you give back to everyone according to his works.

10-15-2019 Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Gospel Lk 11:37-41

St. Teresa of the Child Jesus

Learn more about St. Teresa: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=105

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101519.cfm

After Jesus had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”

What we think and feel on the inside is so much more important than what people see on the outside. If you are well groomed, covered in fancy clothes and jewelry, it means nothing if you allow your interior to rot with envy, greed and hatred. You can pretend all you want but the Lord sees you and knows your heart. You cannot hide from him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father help me to keep my thoughts pure and my heart set on you, not the world. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

 

11-14-2019 Gospel Lk 11:29-32

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101419.cfm

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”

How do you think this world will be condemned at the end of time? With the lying, cheating, killing of babies, attempting to change what God has created to something obscene and so many doing all this in the name of God. We cannot change what God has created, calling truth a lie does not make it so. Who do you follow? The world and it’s lies or God and His truth?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I followed the world and realized they had it all wrong. With the help of good people and your grace, I learned the truth, Amen.

The Lord has made known his salvation.

10-13-2019 Gospel Lk 17:11-19

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101319.cfm

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master!  Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”

Do you give thanks when you receive what you prayed for? Or do you forget? When we ask, we should start offering praise for blessings not yet received. In fact, you should be grateful for everything you have. It all comes from God; nothing is from our own power. The grace of God should be sufficient for you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the graces and blessings I have received from you are priceless and without number. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, Amen!

The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

10-12-2019 Gospel Lk 11:27-28

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/101219.cfm

While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

Jesus was honoring the yes of His mother when Mary said yes to God’s message. When we are like Mary and say yes when God speaks and obey His word, we are the ones who are blessed. Do you say yes? Or do you ignore Him?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I learned to say yes to your call and life is so much better when I follow your word. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

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