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12-10-2017 Second Sunday of Advent Gospel Mk 1:1-8

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/121017.cfm

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey. And this is what he proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

John appeared very strange to these people. Not only did he look like a little crazy, but he was preaching a baptism of forgiveness, a concept they were unfamiliar with. Yet they were moved to listen to him and be baptized. Something in them felt that what he was saying was right and good and they wanted to be a part of it. How do you feel when you hear the word of God? That it is good and true or something to run from? Seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit and you will be abundantly blessed.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you gave us a very special gift when you gave us your Son Jesus. He taught us how to receive and use the power of the Holy Spirit and I praise your holy name for that beautiful gift, Amen!

Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

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12-9-2017 Gospel Mt 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6-8

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120917.cfm

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.

At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Then he summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

We are sent out also to the lost sheep of His Church. We should be seed planters, planting the Word of God as we go, living as if we believe what we are teaching. We too have the power to do all that He told the Twelve, just let go of your sins, your doubts and your fears. The Lord will use you as He used the Twelve.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have seen the miracles you talk about and I give you all the praise and glory for what you do through me and others. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.

12-8-2017 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Gospel Lk 1:26-38

The Immaculate Conception

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120817.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 this 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.

This day we celebrate the birth of Our Lady, born without original sin, destined to be the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. She is our mother also, if we call Christ our Brother. If you deny her, you deny Christ.

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.

Sing to the Lord new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.

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12-7-2017 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Gospel Mt 7:21,24-27

St. Ambrose

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120717.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.

“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.”

If you build your life on God, you are building your life on solid rock. No matter what storms come, no matter what comes your way you will not be swayed. He will keep you grounded, He will keep you safe. Do you build on sand or on rock?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are the solid rock I have built my life on. Thank you for protecting me and keeping me grounded and safe. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Alleluia!

 

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12-6-2017 Gospel Mt 15:29-37

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120617.cfm

At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full.

If we give what we have to Jesus and trust Him, we will have more than enough of what we need. Trust in Him to supply your needs, body, mind and soul and you will never be without.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I gave you my trust many years ago and you have never failed me. You have always been there for whatever I needed. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

12-5-2017 Gospel Lk 10:21-24

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120517.cfm

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

Jesus tells us we must come as small children, and here He says it again. The childlike know Him but those who think they know it all do not! If we give our heart and soul to Him, to be used as He wants, opens us to all that the Lord has to give. Do you come to Him? How? Telling Him what you need or asking Him in humility?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am yours, do with me as you will. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

 

12-4-2017 Gospel Mt 8:5-11

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120417.cfm

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”

This non-believer recognized Jesus for who He was. He knew that Jesus was a healer, someone special, a man of God. This man risked his reputation, position and life for his servant. Are you willing to risk all you have, including your life, to bring someone to Our Lord?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that I may bring people to you, show them the way and trust in you completely. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

 

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