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

1st Sunday

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120317.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch. Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'”

Watch, Jesus will come when you least expect it. If you are not watchful, you will miss Him. Are you awake? Or drugged by the enticements of the world?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I watch daily for your return!

Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120217.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Have you become drowsy? Have you allowed yourself to be lulled by the world and its promises? Have you believed the lies of those who will tell you that God is no longer relevant in your life? Have you believed the lies over the truth?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth is eternal, you truth cannot be changed. I praise you that I opened my heart and mind to you and stopped believing those who do not care about me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Give glory and eternal praise to him.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120117.cfm

Jesus told his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

The word of God is eternal. No matter what happens to us or to this world, the Word of God will remain the same. Try as people might today, the Word of God does not and cannot change. What was true when Jesus came and spread the Word is still true today. Do you believe it? Or, do you think they are no longer relevant? Try to change them at your peril.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your words are true and embedded deep in my heart and soul. I pray for those who think they can change and manipulate what you have created. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Give glory and eternal praise to him!

St. Andrew

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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/113017.cfm

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

When Jesus calls us, He knows what we can do. We think we will fall short or fail Him, but if we have trust, as His disciples did, we will do the great things He has planned for us. What has the Lord called you to do but you have said no? We do not think that we are saying no, we think we are being humble. But humility is not denying God’s call. You are walking away from His grace. Can you live without His grace?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have learned that I cannot hide from you. When you call I have learned to say yes, because whatever it is, I always receive grace and blessings. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112917.cfm

Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

Jesus knew that He would not be the only one to die for what He taught. He was preparing His followers for what was to come. And it did come, many died because they clung to Jesus. But they only died a physical death, they live eternally with Him. Are you prepared to die for what the Lord teaches? Are you willing to die physically for the chance to spend eternal life with the Lord? If not, what are you willing to die for?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that if the day comes when I am asked to give my life for you I can do so as bravely and freely as my ancestors in faith did. To live with you in eternity is all I desire, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Give glory and eternal praise to him.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112817.cfm

While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here– the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”  Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”

Many say these times have come. With all that is going on in the world, is it time for Jesus to come? It does not matter what we want, when it is time, He will come. What we should be doing is working to make the world better, to turn the tide of hatred among Nations, to bring Jesus’ word to those who do not believe. Start in your own life, bring love into your relationships, repair those who are torn, bring love to those who hurt. Be Jesus in your circle and it will expand.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that when people see me, they see your love, joy and forgiveness brought to life. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Give glory and eternal praise to him.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112717.cfm

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

The Lord wants you to give from your heart. He wants all of you, heart, mind, soul, and body, if you do not give Him your all, you are still attached to the world. What do you have to give up to become His?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I give you my all, everything I am and everything I own. Use me Lord, for what you what you desire. I Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Glory and praise forever

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