Unless you become like children

Unless you become like a child…

Today, Thursday October 2, 2014 is the Memorial of the Guardian Angels

Here is a quote from today’s Mass readings:
Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

I think that this verse which reminds us to become like a child is very fitting for the feast day of guardian angels.  We teach our children about their guardian angels when they are frightened, but do we remember to turn to our guardian angels when we are in trouble? They are still there for us as adults, helping us fight off the forces of darkness in our lives.

Here are the complete readings for today
Reading 1: Job 19:21-27
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 27:7-8a, 8b-9abc, 13-14
Gospel: Matthew 18:1-5, 10

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Jesus Help Me Simplify My Life

Jesus, help me to simplify my life

Today, Wednesday October 1, 2014 is the Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Here is a quote from St. Thérèse:
Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what You want me to be and becoming that person.

Thérèse is my confirmation saint. She faced many difficulties in her life, but always focused on following Jesus with simplicity.  Today’s Mass readings also speak of the trials we face in life.  We must place our trust in God, as Thérèse did.

Here are the complete readings for today
Reading 1: Job 9:1-12, 14-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 88:10bc-11, 12-13, 14-15
Gospel: Luke 9:57-62

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Let my prayer come before you Lord

Let my prayer come before you, Lord

Today, Tuesday September 30, 2014 is the Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

From today’s Mass readings:
O Lord my God, by day I cry out;
at night I clamor in your presence.
Let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my call for help.

Today’s readings remind us to turn to God when we face struggles in our lives. Prayer is powerful and God does hear us. Job certainly suffered and Jesus was frequently rejected, but they continued to pray.

Here are the complete readings for today
Reading 1: Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 88:2-3, 4-5, 6, 7-8
Gospel: Luke 9:51-56

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Love is patient Love is kind

Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind

Today, Wednesday September 17, 2014 is the Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time.

From today’s Mass readings:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, love is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

We were talking about the unrest in Ferguson Missouri at our youth group meeting a couple of weeks ago. One thing that came up in the discussion was how the events are being talked about in social media, including plenty of rude comments about differing opinions. We felt that the missing piece was love. If we could start by loving our brothers and sisters, even if we don’t agree with or understand each others’ point of view,  then perhaps our dialog would at least be meaningful.

Here are the complete readings for today
Reading 1: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33:2-3, 4-5, 12 and 22
Gospel: Luke 7:31-35

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Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

Today, Monday September 15, 2014 is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.

From the Stabat Mater which is read on this memorial:
O sweet Mother! font of love,
Touch my spirit from above,
Make my heart with yours accord.

When we are overcome with sorrow, we can turn to Mary. She suffered many sorrows in her life, but remained devoted to Jesus.

Here are the complete readings for today
Reading 1: 1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17
Gospel: John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35

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The Lord is near to all who call upon him

The Lord Is Near to All Who Call upon Him

Today, Saturday September 6, 2014 is the Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time.

From today’s responsorial psalm:
The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.

Sometimes we don’t get what we pray for, but prayer always brings us closer to God. Perhaps that knowledge of God’s presence is the answer to our prayers.

Here are the complete readings for today
Reading 1: 1 Corinthians 4:6b-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145:17-18, 19-20, 21
Gospel: Luke 6:1-5

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We Are God’s Co-Workers

Today, Wednesday September 3, 2014 is the Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church.

From today’s first reading:
Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor. For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

When we volunteer or work in ministry we might be very tempted to think we are accomplishing great things. But in truth it is God accomplishing great things through us.

Here are the complete readings for today
Reading 1: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21
Gospel: Luke 4:38-44

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We have not received the spirit of the world

We Have Not Received the Spirit of the World

Today, Tuesday September 2, 2014 is the Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time.

From today’s first reading:
We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God. And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.

As Christians, the things we say and do should not be based in the wisdom of the world, but in the wisdom of God. The world tells us to seek after money, fame, and power. But in the Spirit, we know that lasting happiness only come from seeking the will of God.

Here are the complete readings for today
Reading 1: 1 Corinthians 2:10b-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13ab, 13cd-14
Gospel: Luke 4:31-37

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Whoever Boasts, Should Boast in the Lord

Today, Saturday August 30, 2014 is the Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time.

From today’s first reading:
It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written,
Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.

We are proud of many things we do, but we should remember that it all comes from God.  And the things we say and do matter very little compared to the awesome things Jesus Christ has done for us.

Here are the complete readings for today
Reading 1: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33:12-13, 18-19, 20-21
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30

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For the Foolishness of God Is Wiser than Human Wisdom

Today, Friday August 29, 2014 is the Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist. Today’s daily Mass readings are below.

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

Sometimes God’s plan doesn’t make sense to us. Maybe it is best to accept that we don’t know everything and to trust in the wisdom of God.

First Reading

1 Corinthians 1:17-25

Brothers and sisters: Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the learning of the learned I will set aside.

Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith. For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

Exult, you just, in the Lord;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the Lord on the harp;
with the ten stringed lyre chant his praises.

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

For upright is the word of the Lord,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full.

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

The Lord brings to naught the plans of nations;
he foils the designs of peoples.
But the plan of the Lord stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

Gospel

Mark 6:17-29

Herod was the one who had John the Baptist arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.

Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him.

She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee. Herodias’ own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.” He even swore many things to her, “I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom.”

She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?”

She replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”

The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request, “I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”

The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her. So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison. He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

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