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  • "Religion is not a Technology!" - There needs to be a personal relationship there. - Father Ted Tyler
    If the close relationship between the Last Supper and the mystery of Jesus' death on the Cross is emphasized on Holy Thursday, today, the Feast of Corpus Christi, with the procession and unanimous adoration of the Eucharist, attention is called to the fact that Christ sacrificed himself for all humanity. His passing among the houses and along the streets of our city will be for those who live there an offering of joy, eternal life, peace and love.

    In the Gospel passage, a second element catches one's eye: the miracle worked by the Lord contains an explicit invitation to each person to make his own contribution. The two fish and five loaves signify our contribution, poor but necessary, which he transforms into a gift of love for all.

    "Christ continues today" I wrote in the above-mentioned Post Synodal Exhortation, "to exhort his disciples to become personally engaged" (Sacramentum Caritatis, n. 88).

    Thus, the Eucharist is a call to holiness and to the gift of oneself to one's brethren: "Each of us is truly called, together with Jesus, to be bread broken for the life of the world".

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  • Loving Means Acting Like The Good Samaritan

    Today, for example, the liturgy invites us to reflect on the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan (cf. Lk 10: 25-37), which introduces us into the heart of the Gospel message: love for God and love for neighbour. But the person speaking to Jesus asks: who is my neighbour? And the Lord answers by reversing the question and showing through the account of the Good Samaritan that each one of us must make himself close to every person he meets: "Go and do likewise" (Lk 10: 37).

    Loving, Jesus says, means acting like the Good Samaritan. And we know that he himself is the Good Samaritan par excellence; although he was God, he did not hesitate to humble himself to the point of becoming a man and giving his life for us.

    Love is therefore the "heart" of Christian life; indeed, love alone, awakened in us by the Holy Spirit, makes us Christ's witnesses.
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  • Texts of St. Josemaría:

    Our Lady was a guest at one of those noisy country weddings attended by people from many different villages. Mary was the only one who noticed the wine was running out. Don’t these scenes from Christ’s life seem familiar to us? The greatness of God lives at the level of ordinary things. It is natural for a woman, a homemaker, to notice an oversight, to look after the little things that make life pleasant. And that is how Mary acted.

    “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)

    If our faith is weak, we should turn to Mary. Because of the miracle at the marriage feast at Cana, which Christ performed at his Mother’s request, his disciples learned to believe in him (cf. John 2:11). Our Mother is always interceding with her Son so that he may attend to our needs and show himself to us, so that we can cry out, “You are the Son of God.”

    Grant me, dear Jesus, the faith I truly desire. My Mother, sweet Lady, Mary most holy, make me really believe! (Holy Rosary–Appendix, Wedding Feast at Cana)

    The Christian apostolate — and I’m talking about an ordinary Christian living as just one more man or woman among equals — is a great work of teaching. Through real, personal, loyal friendship, you create in others a hunger for God and you help them to discover new horizons — naturally, simply. With the example of your faith lived to the full, with a loving word, which is full of the force of divine truth.

    Be daring. Count on the help of Mary, queen of apostles. Without ceasing to be a mother, Our Lady is able to get each of her children to face his own responsibilities. Mary always does the immense favor of bringing to the cross, of placing face to face with the example of the Son of God, those who come close to her and contemplate her life. It is in this confrontation that Christian life is decided. And here Mary intercedes for us so that our behavior may lead to a reconciliation of the younger brother — you and me — with the firstborn Son of the Father.

    Many conversions, many decisions to give oneself to the service of God have been preceded by an encounter with Mary. Our Lady has encouraged us to look for God, to desire to change, to lead a new life. And so the “Do whatever he tells you” has turned into real self-giving, into a Christian vocation, which from then on enlightens all our personal life. (Christ is Passing By, 149)

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    pope benedict address to diplomatic core - vatican.va As a new year begins, our own hearts and the entire world continue to echo the joyful message proclaimed twenty centuries ago in the night of Bethlehem, a night which symbolizes humanity’s deep need for light, love and peace. To the men and women of that time, as to those of our own day, the heavenly hosts brought the good news of the coming of the Saviour: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined” (Is 9:1). The mystery of the Son of God who became the son of man truly surpasses all human expectations. In its absolute gratuitousness this saving event is the authentic and full response to the deep desire of every heart. The truth, goodness, happiness and abundant life which each man and woman consciously or unconsciously seeks are given to us by God. In longing for these gifts, each person is seeking his Creator, for “God alone responds to the yearning present in the heart of every man and woman” (Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, 23). Humanity throughout history, in its beliefs and rituals, demonstrates a constant search for God and “these forms of religious expression are so universal that one may well call man a religious being” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 28). The religious dimension is an undeniable and irrepressible feature of man’s being and acting, the measure of the fulfilment of his destiny and of the building up of the community to which he belongs. Consequently, when the individual himself or those around him neglect or deny this fundamental dimension, imbalances and conflicts arise at all levels, both personal and interpersonal.
  • Each of us has dignity

    The Parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son are reminders that each one of us has dignity and are worth everything to God who wants a relationship with us and for us to be happy forever.
  • The Multitudes Were Following After Him

    The crowds were following Jesus when he turned around and made them think about something. Easy is it to follow him when it is convenient. Hard is it to follow him when doing so will cause us discomfort. Sometimes doing the right thing will cause us some discomfort but it is the cross that we are asked to bear.
  • Narrow Gate

    There is a question that has always nagged believers: Will there be many or few people saved? During certain periods this problem became so acute as to cause some people terrible anxiety.

    This Sunday's Gospel informs us that Jesus himself was once asked this question. "Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, 'Lord, will only a few people be saved?'"

    The question, as we see, focuses on the number -- How many will be saved? Will it be many or few? In answering the question, Jesus shifts the focus from "how many" to "how" to be saved, that is, by entering "through the narrow gate."

    We see this same attitude in regard to Jesus' second coming. The disciples ask "when" the return of the Son of Man will happen and Jesus answers indicating "how" we should prepare ourselves for that return, and what to do during the time of waiting (cf. Matthew 24:3-4).

    Jesus' way of responding to these questions is not strange or discourteous. He is just acting in the way of one who wants to teach his disciples how to move from a life of curiosity to one of true wisdom; from the allure of idle questions to the real problems we need to grapple with in life.

    From this we already see the absurdity of those who, like the Jehovah Witnesses, believe they know the precise number of the saved: 144,000.

    This number, which recurs in the Book of Revelations has a purely symbolic value (the square of 12 -- the number of the tribes of Israel -- multiplied by 1,000) and is explained by the expression that immediately follows: "A great multitude that no man could number" (Revelations 7:4, 9).

    Above all, if 144,000 is really the number, then we can both close up shop. Above the gate to heaven there must be a sign like the ones parking lots put up: "Full."

    If, therefore, Jesus is not so much interested in revealing to us the number of the saved as he is in telling us how to be saved, we can understand what he is trying to tell us here. In substance, there are two things: one negative and the other positive.

    It is useless, or rather it is not enough, to belong to a certain ethnic group, race, tradition, or institution, not even the chosen people from whom the Savior himself comes. What puts us on the road to salvation is not a title of ownership ("We ate and drank in your presence..."), but a personal decision, followed by a consistent way of life. This is even more clear in Matthew's text which contrasts two ways and two gates, one narrow and the other wide (cf. Matthew 7:13-14).

    Why are these ways respectively called "narrow" and "wide"? Is it perhaps that the way of evil is always easy and pleasant to follow and the way of goodness always hard and tiresome?

    Here we must be careful not to cede to the usual temptation of believing that here below everything goes magnificently well for the wicked and everything goes terribly for the good.

    The way of the wicked is wide, but only at the beginning. As one goes down this way it gradually becomes narrow and bitter. In any case, it becomes very narrow at the end because it finishes in a blind alley.

    The joy that is experienced in it has the characteristic of diminishing more and more as one tastes it, and it finally causes nausea and sadness. We see this in certain forms of intoxication experienced in drugs, alcohol and sex. A larger dose or stronger stimulation is needed each time to produce pleasure of the same intensity.

    Finally the organism no longer responds and it begins to break down, even physically.

    The way of the just is instead narrow at the beginning, when one starts off on it, but it then becomes a spacious boulevard because hope, joy and peace of heart are found in it.

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  • Faithfully Waiting

    Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

    Be watchful for you know not the day nor the hour

    You also must be ready for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour

    To whom much is given much will be expected

    Keep your lamps burning

    Watchful Servants/Faithful or Unfaithful Servant

    Are you faithful to God?

  • Thoughts on Greed

    Greed and envy focus a person on self. Those who pursue wealth seek security and safety. They use their riches to shield themselves from life's vicissitudes and to find comfort and confidence in material things. In the pursuit of wealth they lose sight of the real meaning of life because they are seduced by the illusion that with their fortune they can control their lives. Yet one day everyone will die - possessions cannot protect against that day. source: Catholic-Bible-School.org

    Novena Prayer to St Martha "St. Martha, I resort to thy protection and aid and as a proof of my affection and faith I offer this light which I shall burn every Tuesday. Comfort me in all my difficulties and through the great favor thou didst enjoy when the Savior was lodged in thy house,. Intercede for my family that we may always hold God in our hearts, and that we may be provided for in all our necessities, I ask, St. Martha, to overcome all difficulties as thou didst overcome the dragon at thy feet."

  • Pope Benedict XVI on the sinful woman redeemed by love

    The manner in which she chose to come before Jesus, bathing his feet with tears and drying them with her hair, kissing them and sprinkling scented oil upon them, was done to shock those who viewed people in her condition with the merciless eye of the judge. What is striking, on the other hand, is the tenderness with which Jesus treated this woman, exploited and judged by so many. In Jesus she found at last a pure eye, a heart capable of loving without exploiting. In the gaze and heart of Jesus she received the revelation of God-Love!

    To avoid any misunderstanding, it should be noted that Jesus' mercy was not expressed by putting moral law in parentheses. For Jesus, good is good and evil is evil. Mercy does not change the connotations of sin but consumes it in a fire of love.



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Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by prepareformass on August 15, 2009


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August 23, 2009 – (8/23/2009)

Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b

Ps 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21

Eph 5:21-32 or 5:2a, 25-32

Jn 6:60-69

 

Jesus told his disciples that “there are some of you who do not believe.”

 

Jesus: “Do you also want to leave?”

Simon Peter: “Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.

We have come to believe and are convinced

that you are the

Holy One of God.”

Joshua addressed all the people:
“If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide
today
whom
you will
serve…

the gods your fathers served
beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites
in whose country
you are now dwelling. As for me and my household,
we will serve the LORD.” But the people answered,
Far be it from us to forsake the LORD
for the service of other gods.

Sunday August 23 2009 is the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

For it was the LORD, our God,
who brought us and our fathers
up out of the land of Egypt,
out of a state of slavery.

He performed those
great miracles
before our
very eyes
and
protected
us
along our
entire journey and among the peoples
through whom we passed. Therefore we also
will serve the LORD,
for he is our God.never_foresake_thee Jesus said,
“just as the living Father sent me and I have life
because of the Father,
so also the one who
feeds on me
will have life
because of me.” The disciples said,

“This saying is hard;perplexed who can accept it?”  

 Jesus said,


“It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail.”

“The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.”

Taste and see
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the goodness
of the Lord

When the just cry out,
the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;

and those who are

crushed in spirit

he saves.

Wives should be subordinate
to their husbands
as to the Lord.

For the husband
is head of his wife

just as Christ is head of the church,

he himself the savior of the body.
As the church is subordinate to Christ,

so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives,

even as Christ LOVED THE CHURCH
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,

He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh
but rather nourishes and cherishes it,
even as Christ does

THE CHURCH,

because we are

MEMBERS of HIS BODY.

For this reason a man shall
leave his father and his mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.

This is a great mystery,
but I speak
in reference to
CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

The words I have spoken to you are
Spirit and Life.

But there are some of you

who do not

believe.

Jesus knew from the beginning

the ones who
would not
believe

and the one
who would
betray him.

And he said,
“For this reason
I have told you
that no one can come to me
unless
it is granted him
by my Father.”

As a result of this,
many of his disciples returned
to their former way of life
and
no longer
accompanied him.

Jesus then said to the Twelve,
“Do you also want to leave?”

Simon Peter answered him,
“Master, to whom shall we go?”

“You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe
and are convinced that you
are the Holy One of God.”

AMEN
and
AMEN

GOD BLESS YOU

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by prepareformass on August 9, 2009


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August 16, 2009 – (8/16/2009)

Prv 9:1-6

Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

Eph 5:15-20

Jn 6:51-58

Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;

whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

Sunday August 16 2009 is the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns; she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine, yes, she has spread her table.

Taste and see
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the goodness
of the Lord
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears. Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity,

because the days are

EVIL.

Therefore,

do not continue in ignorance,

but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.

And do not get drunk on wine,

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in which lies debauchery,

but be filled with the Spirit,holyspiritlove

addressing one another in

psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts,

giving thanks always and for everything

Give-Thanks

in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

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Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,

 

you do not have life within you.

For my flesh is true food,
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and my blood is true drink.

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my

blood remains in me and I in him. 2jesus

 AMEN
and
AMEN

GOD BLESS YOU

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by prepareformass on August 3, 2009


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August 9, 2009 – (8/9/2009)

1 Kgs 19:4-8

Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Eph 4:30—5:2

Jn 6:41-51

Jesus is the bread of life. He is the bread that comes down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever.

Sunday August 9 2009 is the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert,
until he came to abroom tree…He prayed for death saying:
“This is enough, O LORD!
Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”…but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat.Elijah looked and there at his head was

a hearth cake

and a jug of water.

After he ate and drank, he lay down again,
but the angel of the LORD came back a second time,
touched him, and ordered,

“Get up and eat,
else the journey
will be too long for you!”

He got up, ate, and drank;
then strengthened by that food,
he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.

And be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,
as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us
as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma

The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven, ” and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?

“Stop murmuring among yourselves.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will
raise him on the last day.

It is written in the prophets:They shall all be taught by God.Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.

Amen, amen, I say to you,

whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

Taste and see

Eucharist

the goodness

of  the Lord

AMEN

and

AMEN

GOD BLESS YOU

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by prepareformass on July 20, 2009


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July 26, 2009 – (7/26/2009)
2 Kgs 4:42-44

Ps 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18

Eph 4:1-6

Jn 6:1-15

Christ’s miracle of the feeding of the thousands with a few loaves as a sign of the Eucharist.

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“Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”

Sunday July 26 2009 is the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

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When they had had their fill, Jesus said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.”

A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God, twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits, and fresh grain in the ear.Elisha said,“Give it to the people to eat.”

But his servant objected,

“How can I set this before a hundred people?”

Elisha insisted, “Give it to the people to eat.”

“For thus says the LORD,

‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.’”
And when they had eaten, there was some left over,

as the LORD had said.

The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,

with all humility and gentleness, with patience,

bearing with one another through love,

striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:

one body and one Spirit,

as you were also called to the one hope of your call;

one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

one God and Father of all,

who is over all and through all and in all.

AMEN

and

AMEN

GOD BLESS YOU

So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks,
and distributed them to those who were reclining,
and also as much of the fish as they wanted.

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