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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.

 

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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.

6-23-2019 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Reading 2 1 COR 11:23-26

Body and Blood 2

Learn more about the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/most-holy-body-and-blood-of-christ-cycle-c-sunday

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062319.cfm

Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Jesus never said think of me or it is just a memory of what I am doing. He said it is my body, do this and the blood is the new covenant, established by Him for us. We receive His body and blood, not bread and wine. Take Jesus out of your box and remember that He is God and with Him all things are possible. Come home to the body and blood of Christ, freely given for you and me as salvation for our souls.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you gave us your Son and we can partake of His body and blood at every Mass. Thank you for the gift of everlasting  life, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

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

6-22-2019 Gospel MT 6:24-34

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062219.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather  nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

What do you worry about? Are you concerned about your possessions or do you trust in the Lord? Do the work of God that He asks you to do and trust in Him. He will not forget or leave you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father you have always been there for me. No matter how far I stray you have always taken me back. And you have always provided for me even when I worked against your will. In Jesus’ holy name I give you thanks, Amen!

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

6-21-2019 Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious Gospel MT 6:19-23

St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Learn more about St. Aloysius Gonzaga: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=15

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062119.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

Where is your treasure? Do you see it around you in the things you own? Or are your riches in the things you do for God and man? If you can see your treasure, you are building in the wrong place. Turn your heart and mind to God, where your real treasure should be.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I do not have a lot and what I have is not valuable because what I do for you is more important than anything I can build here on earth. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

From all their distress God rescues the just.

6-20-2019 Gospel MT 6:7-15

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062019.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.’

“If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

We are not supposed to babble telling God what He should do and how to do it! We pray as Jesus taught us, in a short and concise way. Do you pray to Him?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your gift of the Our Father teaches us how we can pray to the Father and ask for His help. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Your works, O Lord, are justice and truth, Alleluia.

6-19-2019 Gospel MT 6:1-6, 16-18

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061919.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

When we do God’s work, He does not want us broadcasting it to the whole world, taking pride in what you are doing for Him. Many times, we do things and others cannot help but see us, but we must give all the glory and honor to our Lord, not to us. Are you proud of what you do, or do you let the Lord have the glory?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, all I do is for you and I pray that when people see me, they really see you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed the man who fears the Lord.

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