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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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  • The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light

    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

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  • 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 22, 2012


Sunday August 26th 2012 is the

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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August 26 2012 – (8/26/2012) – Readings

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

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

Eph 5:21-32

Jn 6:60-69

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Decide today whom you will serve

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.

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.

Jesus: 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.”

Pope Benedict XVI on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B




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Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by prepareformass on August 18, 2011


Sunday August 21st 2011 is the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

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August 21 2011 – (8/21/2011) – Readings

Is 22:15, 19-23

Ps 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8

Rom 11:33-36

Mt 16:13-20

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You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church

Christ gives to Peter the keys of the kingdom

Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

First Reading

Is 22:15, 19-23

Thus says the Lord, the GOD of hosts: Up, go to that official, Shebna, master of the palace,
 
I will thrust you from your office and pull you down from your station.
 
On that day I will summon my servant Eliakim, son of Hilkiah;
 
I will clothe him with your robe, and gird him with your sash, and give over to him your authority. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
 
I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open.
I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot, to be a place of honor for his family;

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8

I thank you, LORD, with all my heart; before the gods to you I sing.
 
I bow low toward your holy temple; I praise your name for your fidelity and love. For you have exalted over all your name and your promise.
 
When I cried out, you answered; you strengthened my spirit.
 
The LORD is on high, but cares for the lowly and knows the proud from afar.
 
The LORD is with me to the end. LORD, your love endures forever. Never forsake the work of your hands!

Second Reading

Rom 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!
 
“For who has known the mind of the Lord 2 or who has been his counselor?”
 
“Or who has given him anything that he may be repaid?”
 
For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Gospel

Mt 16:13-20

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi 2 he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
 
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, 3 others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
 
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
 
Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
 
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood 5 has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
 
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, 6 and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
 
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. 7 Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
 
Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Messiah.
 

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by prepareformass on August 20, 2010


Sunday August 22nd is The Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 22 2010 – (8/22/2010) – Readings

Is 66:18-21
Ps. 117:1, 2
Heb 12:5-7, 11-13
Lk 13:22-30

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Some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last.

God knows the heart.

Strive to enter through

the narrow gate.

First Reading

God gathers from all nations

Fugitives who  have never seen God’s glory will proclaim his glory among the nations

They will bring all your brothers and sisters from all nations to the Lord as their offering

Some will be made priests

Responsorial Psalm

Go out to all the world and tell the good news.

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Second Reading

Endure your trials as discipline. 

God treats you as sons and daughters

At the time discipline seems to be a cause of pain

Later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those trained by it.

Gospel

Strive for the narrow gate

Many will attempt to enter but not be strong enough

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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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