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

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Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple–amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.

We have to put Our Lord first in our heart and in our life. Without Him, nothing else is possible so how can we put Him second? Who is first in your life? If not Our Lord, it is not worth it.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I finally got it and put you above all else. At times I may forget and if I do, please bring me back to you, Amen.

To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071518.cfm

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Our Lord calls us today to preach repentance and pray for those who are sick. We do not have to go out as the Twelve did, but in our lives, we can preach with our lives and by not avoiding or watering down God’s holy word. You are called, what is your answer?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I say yes when you call and trust that you will show me where I need to go and the words to speak. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

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

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Learn more about St. Kateri Tekakwitha: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=154

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Jesus said to his Apostles: “No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!

“Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

The Lord knows what we do. We think we can hide what we do, what we think, but the Lord is very aware of our actions, thoughts, and most of all our heart. When we go to Confession, we are just verbalizing what God already knows, but we have the chance to verbalize our faults and seek His forgiveness. Have you gone lately? Remember, He already knows. He is just waiting to forgive you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you know me so well, and you love me anyway. Thank you and I give you praise and thanksgiving, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

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Jesus said to his Apostles: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”

We are being hated today because of Christ. People are ridiculed, hated and martyred because they believe in Christ. But we must be fearless like the Apostles and speak the truth of God. He will give us the words you need to speak, are you willing to stand for Christ?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your words are everlasting life for me. I trust that you will give me the words I need when I need them. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

My mouth will declare your praise.

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Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words— go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”

Jesus tasks us to spread His word, to teach others and bring them the salvation of God. But if they do not listen, that is not on us, it is on them. We are not to browbeat them, if they do not listen. How do you spread His word? Do you do it in peace or in anger? Do as the Lord commands you in gentleness and allow Him to be the judge.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me always to be true and honest in speaking your word and allow it to work on the hearts of others. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Let us see your face, Lord, and we shall be saved.

St. Benedict Fra Angelico

Learn more about St. Benedict: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=26

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Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

Jesus’ mission was to the people of Israel, to bring them home but they rejected His message. Now many did believe, but most did not. Why? Many because they would have to give up their lifestyle and they could not do that. Are you rejecting the call of Christ because you do not want to give up the things of the world? You do not know what you are missing if you ignore His call. Look at the Israelite’s who did not listen and what they lost. Do not wait to answer His call.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I praise you for going to the pagans and others with your message of mercy, grace, and love. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Seek always the face of the Lord, Alleluia!

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071018.cfm

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”

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.”

Satan will not drive out demons from those whom they inhabit. They stay and do as much damage as they can. Only the Lord can drive them out, but the Pharisees could not see that. We are like sheep without a shepherd in this day and age, trying to lead ourselves without Him. It does not work. We need Our Lord, but the Pharisees of this age cannot see it. Do you need the Lord? Can you see your need?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know I need you and I pray every day that I do not forget that. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The house of Israel trusts in the Lord, Alleluia

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