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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061617.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna. 

“It was also said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce. But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

I cannot imagine what Our Lord thinks of us as He looks down and sees what we are doing, how we ignore what His Son Jesus told us. With the nudity, porn in the movies, magazines and books we have, go far beyond just looking at a woman wrong. We allow divorce, living together all in the name of tolerance. When did we lose sight of what we were taught? These are not just vague admonishments, these are very direct and specific. And so many, churches included, do not pay the least bit of attention. Does it make you wonder what Our Lord thinks? It should and you should worry what is going to happen to those who allow this to happen – and that includes us if we say nothing.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, once upon a time I supported all these things and thought they were good. When I came home to you I learned how wrong I was and repented my ways and changed my thoughts. I pray Lord, that the hearts and minds of the world are changed and find You. Thank you for your guidance, you love and your mercy and in the name of Jesus, your Son, I give you honor, praise and glory.

To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise, Alleluia!

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061517.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. 

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” 

How are you on forgiveness? When you come to Church, do you have hatred or anger in your heart? Are there persons in your life that you need to forgive but think you cannot? Bring your hatred and anger to the Lord, ask for His help to forgive, otherwise you will be liable to judgement. What you harbor against those in your life need to see the light of the cross. Jesus forgave those who killed Him, how can you do any less?  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me the gift of forgiveness. By realizing how much you have forgiven me, for knowing your love and mercy, how could I not forgive those who have hurt me. Your grace is enough for me to heal and be healed. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The glory of the Lord will dwell in our land.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061417.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” 

So many people today are not teaching those commandments. They twist them and teach the opposite. How will they answer the Lord? How will they be able to stand before God and justify what they are doing? They are the least in this world, but are treated as stars and extolled by those who follow them. The greatest are those that stand firm and preach the true Word of God. Who do you stand with? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth has brought me much joy and happiness. What you teach is pure love and forgiveness. I pray that the world will turn to you and come home. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Holy is the Lord our God.

St. Anthony of Egypt

Learn more about St. Anthony: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=24

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061317.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

If we believe in God, we must live that belief. If we say the words but do not live them, no one will believe, they will laugh and scoff at the nonsense being spouted. If you have the light of the Lord in you, let it shine! That light will bring others to the Lord and show the glory of God. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you lit a fire in me that nothing can extinguish. That fire is love of you. Lead me and guide me so that I may always live what you preach. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Lord, let your face shine on me.

 

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061217.cfm

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the Church of God that is at Corinth, with all the holy ones throughout Achaia: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow. If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement. 

Paul is encouraging all who believe the word of God as preached by Jesus that whatever we may suffer, Christ has suffered it and we will receive the encouragement and strength that we need from God. What a beautiful promise – we share with Christ all that He endured. In this day and age it is easy to relate as we watch Christians being murdered, abused and harassed around the world. No country is exempt, but we have this beautiful promise. Does this give you the courage to stand firm? To speak the truth no matter what? I pray it does, for you and for me.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may this beautiful promise give me the strength I need when confronted with lies. Your truth is all that matters, Lord and I give you praise for giving me what I need to discern it. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Holy Trinity Picture

What is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: http://www.ucatholic.com/saints/holy-trinity-sunday/

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061117.cfm

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 

It is hard to fathom the immensity of the love our Lord has for us that He would send His Son to die for us. Outrageous Love, a love so great that He would do anything to bring us back to Him. He got our attention, conversions have happened over the centuries but we seem to be losing sight of that Outrageous Love. Where do you stand? Do you want eternal life or not?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son. I pray Lord, that others will remember how great a gift we have been given and come home to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

 Glory and praise forever!

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061017.cfm

In the course of his teaching Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.” 

He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” 

The Lord wants us to give from our hearts, not always our pocketbooks. To give a little when you have little means more than if you just toss in some money that you will not miss every time help is needed. If, like the widow, we only have a little to give, that is all the Lord wants. But not only money. Our Lord wants us to give our time and talent also. Sometimes money is not the answer. What do you give to the Lord? Do you give your time, talent and treasure? Or do you just throw money in the basket without a thought of what is really needed? Evaluate how you give of yourself for the sake of the Lord.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I offer you all I have, my time, talent and treasure as a praise gift back to you. Everything I have, I have because you gave it to me and I return it all to you for you to use as you see fit. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Blessed be God, who lives forever.

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