Readings and Reflections with Cardinal Tagle: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 27,2014
God says to Solomon, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” “The Lord was pleased that Solomon” asked for an understanding heart instead of for long life or riches. For with such a request, God can work miracles. “All things work for good for those who love God.” The desire of Solomon is what characterizes the heart of the man who sells all he has to buy the treasure-bearing field. The desire of Solomon is what sets apart the merchant who risks his whole livelihood to buy what he judges to be the “pearl of great price.” They can make these sacrifices with certainty because that treasure, that pearl corresponds to the deepest longings of the “understanding heart “ – it is Christ himself.read more
Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time & Saints Joachim and Anne July 26,2014
“Lord, may your word take deep root in my heart and that I may bear good fruit for your glory. May I hunger for your righteousness now that I may look forward to the day of judgment with joy rather than with dismay.” In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
Stand at the gate of the house of the LORD,
and there proclaim this message:
Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah
who enter these gates to worship the LORD!
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Reform your ways and your deeds,
so that I may remain with you in this place. Put not your trust in the deceitful words:
“This is the temple of the LORD!
The temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD!” Only if you thoroughly reform your ways and your deeds; if each of you deals justly with his neighbor;
if you no longer oppress the resident alien,
the orphan, and the widow;
if you no longer shed innocent blood in this place,
or follow strange gods to your own harm, will I remain with you in this place,
in the land I gave your fathers long ago and forever.read more
Feast of Saint James the Greater, Apostle July 25,2014
“Lord Jesus, make me a servant of love for your kingdom, that I may seek to serve rather than be served. Inflame my heart with love that I may give generously and serve joyfully for your sake.” In your Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.
2 Cor 4:7-15
Brothers and sisters:
We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.read more
Muslim near death experience sees Jesus and becomes a Christian. A Muslim man living in Toronto Canada has a near death experience and sees Jesus or Isa. As a physician, I know patients who had similar encounters with Jesus Christ.
Many claim that numerous paths lead to GOD. I also agree with this assumption. However, when someone truly seeks GOD, they will find GOD, which I know is Christ Jesus for He claimed to be GOD, was crucified for it, and then rose from the dead to establish His claim.read more
Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Sharbel MakhlufJuly 24,2014
“Holy Spirit, fan the flame of God’s love within me and consume me with your fire, that I may grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and ever seek to do his will. May my heart never grow dull and may my ears never tire of listening to the voice of Christ.” In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13
This word of the LORD came to me: Go, cry out this message for Jerusalem to hear!
I remember the devotion of your youth,
how you loved me as a bride,
Following me in the desert,
in a land unsown.
Sacred to the LORD was Israel,
the first fruits of his harvest;
Should any presume to partake of them,
evil would befall them, says the LORD.read more
Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Bridget of Sweden July 23,2014
“Lord, faith in your word is the way to wisdom, and to ponder your divine plan is to grow in the truth. Open my eyes to your deeds, and my ears to the sound of your call, that I may understand your will for my life and live according to it”. In your Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.
Jer 1:1, 4-10
The words of Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah,
of a priestly family in Anathoth, in the land of Benjamin.read more
“Lord Jesus, you have triumphed over the grave and you have won new life for us. Give me the eyes of faith to see you in your glory. Help me to draw near to you and to grow in the knowledge of your great love and power. Lord, may I never fail to recognize your voice nor lose sight of your presence in your saving word.” In your Name, I pray. Amen
Mi 7:14-15, 18-20
Shepherd your people with your staff,
the flock of your inheritance,
That dwells apart in a woodland,
in the midst of Carmel.
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,
as in the days of old;
As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,
show us wonderful signs.read more
Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Lawrence of Brindisi July 21,2014
“Lord, give me your wisdom and increase my love for your ways. Help me to resist temptation and all will. “Lord, give me your wisdom and increase my love for your ways. Help me to resist temptation and all willfulness that I may wholly desire to do what is pleasing to you. “Fullness that I may wholly desire to do what is pleasing to you.” In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.read more
Readings and Reflections with Cardinal Tagle: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time A July 20,2014
In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mt 13:24-43) Jesus explains the meaning of the parable of the weeds in the field. He said, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”read more
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