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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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It is already the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time and the middle of September!  Time flies!

Here are the Psalm and Gospel for Today:

Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

R. (8) The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
He pardons all your iniquities,
heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
crowns you with kindness and compassion.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
He will not always chide,
nor does he keep his wrath forever.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he put our transgressions from us.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.

Gospel Mt 18:21-35

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused.
Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!

I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”
The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!
How hard it is to forgive and accept forgiveness!  This past week we celebrated the Exultation of the Holy Cross and Our Lady of Sorrows!  What a reminder that we have the graces needed to forgive and accept forgiveness!
My mom and I started the 33 DeMontfort consecration to Jesus through Mary on September 11 for October 13 the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima!
Have a Blessed Week and pray for discernment!

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time and Labor Day!

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Today is the 22nd week in Ordinary Time and the Gospel is:

GospelMT 16:21-27

Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”

The Gospel of the Lord! Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

Just some of my reflection on this Gospel:

It is a daily that we take up our cross and follow Jesus and sometimes with effort.  That is one of our works in life and when we try to do it well with by the grace of God it is a great witness to others.  We must also be careful that in bringing others to Christ we don’t lose our way and miss Heaven!  Some people don’t think that is possible, yet we see in Scripture that it is!  We see it all around us in people who go to church and or minister, yet during the week don’t practice their faith.  We will be re-payed according to his conduct is the last line of this Scripture passage.  Again we work, as it takes work to have good conduct.

On Labor Day which is tomorrow in the USA.  Many people see labor/work as the result of sin or something bad.  Yet if we look at today’s Gospel, we see work as redemptive for us and others.  Yes Christ redeemed us, but it says we must take up our cross and He will repay all according to his conduct.  Work, not bad work, God doesn’t give us more then we can handle.  In Genesis it says God created all in 6 days and rested from His work on the 7th.(Gen. 1)  It also says that God settled man in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it (Gen2:15), before the 1st sin!  Work became challenging after the fall of man, but work was there before!

Have a great week!

 

Happy Feast of the Queenship of Mary 5th Glorious Mystery

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Today is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary!

Some scripture for this feast:

Gospel for today:

GospelMT 19:23-30

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich
to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you,
it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said,
“Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
Then Peter said to him in reply,
“We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you
that you who have followed me, in the new age,
when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory,
will yourselves sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or children or lands
for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more,
and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

A NT Scripture that talks about Mary as Queen.  “Remember in OT times the Queen was the mother of the King not his wife!”

Rev. 12:1-5

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman* clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.a2She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.*3Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon,* with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems.b4Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth.c5She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.* Her child was caught up to God and his throne.d

Assumption of Mary, 4th Glorious Mystery

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Today we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven body and soul, the 4th Glorious Mystery!

1st Reading and Psalm for today:

Reading 1RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB

God’s temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed One.”

The Word of the Lord!  Thanks be to God!

Responsorial PsalmPS 45:10, 11, 12, 16

R. (10bc) The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,
forget your people and your father’s house.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
So shall the king desire your beauty;
for he is your lord.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
They are borne in with gladness and joy;
they enter the palace of the king.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.

Happy Belated Solemnity of the Transfiguration of Jesus

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Yesterday was the Solemnity of the Transfiguration of Jesus, so the readings still cover this week, with the daily readings going along with.

Responsorial PsalmPS 97:1-2, 5-6, 9

R. (1a and 9a) The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
exalted far above all gods.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

GospelMT 17:1-9

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them ,conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,  then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,  they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

 

I was reflecting on how this Gospel reminds me of how I need to let Jesus transfigure me daily to be more like He wishes me to be!  It is good to realize we need to be transfigured daily into Jesus.  There are people out there who do not realize that they need to be transfigured daily to be more like Jesus!

I was also reflecting on death, partly due to the readings and the reminder of the Resurrection of the dead, but also because several dear people have died in the past week; from a good family friend in Florida to Bro. Michael and Fr. John McHugh both of SOLT to my mom’s sister, my aunt.  At the wake and funeral as I was watching people pay their respects, I thought about how I had been taught from childhood that at the coffin you say some prayers for the person, either the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory  Be or one of your own, which is always a great consolation!

Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament transforms me daily!

Happy and Blessed Solemnity of Pentecost!

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Happy Pentecost Sunday!

Praying you are having/had a beautiful day!

For today I am posting a copy of the Psalm and Sequence from the Mass.

Responsorial PsalmPS 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34

R. (cf. 30) Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
How manifold are your works, O Lord!
the earth is full of your creatures;
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD be glad in his works!
Pleasing to him be my theme;
I will be glad in the LORD.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
If you take away their breath, they perish
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Sequence — Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below; In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine, Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught, Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew; Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Amen.
Alleluia.

Some of the Saints for this week: St. Boniface, St. Norbert, & St. Ephrem!

Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

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Happy Feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth!  Mary was very early in her pregnancy at this time.  Because of her Yes, she knew she was pregnant before any signs were present.  When she greeted Elizabeth, John the Baptist leaped for joy at the presence of Jesus!

The Canticle of Mary.46v And Mary said:*

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;w

47my spirit rejoices in God my savior.x

48For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;

behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.y

49The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.z

50His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.a

51He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.b

52He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.c

The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.d

54He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,e

55according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”f

56

Our Lady of Fatima Centennial!

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Today 2 of the children who received the visits of Our Lady in Fatima, Jacinta and Francisco were named Saints!

A few of the prayers taught to the children at Fatima:

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.

Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit- I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.

Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

 

 

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!

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Happy and Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday!

Reading 1ACTS 2:42-47

Reading 21 PT 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you
who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,
to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.
In this you rejoice, although now for a little while
you may have to suffer through various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith,
more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire,
may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Although you have not seen him you love him;
even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,
you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The Word of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

GospelJN 20:19-31

I copied the 2nd Reading for today and copied the links for the 1st Reading and Gospel.

I was meditating on the Mercy of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  I see His Mercy countless times working in the broken children we serve.  I love the Divine Mercy image and have a picture of it in the dinning room.

What I see is the Mercy of Jesus works slowly over time.  The brokenness and trauma that the children have can happen overnight, however it does not heal overnight.  Sometimes the trauma can seem very healed, but as the child grows older and begins to gain understanding, the trauma can return.(Of course it was always there.)  I believe that this is so the child can be healed on another level.  The child heals on a very simple level when they are very young and can’t even put words to what happened.  They need to heal at a deeper level as they grow into the teen years and the memories of the trauma return or resurface.  This is the Mercy of Jesus in his healing the heart and memories of the broken.

Jesus, in His Resurrection did not have His wounds removed.  They were still there in glorious form. (See today’s Gospel) In a form that people could look at Jesus and be drawn to Him.  We will continue to see this as we go through the Easter Readings.  We see this in the Divine Mercy image!

May you have a Glorious Week!  Jesus I trust in You!

Happy and Blessed Triduum!

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The Holy Week concludes with the Triduum which begins on Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Last Supper and washing of feet.  Good Friday Service of the death of Christ.  Then on Holy Saturday there is nothing until dusk or dark and the Holy Saturday Mass begins with the holy fire outside the church.  This is the Mass where the Easter water is blessed and the Catechuman’s enter the Church.  It is a long Mass and the most Beautiful!