Friday, July 31, 2009

Jul 31 - Homily: Soldier of God

Gospel Mt 13:54-58

Today we read and we have here our Lord Jesus Christ in His own country. He went about doing good, yet left not any place till He had finished His testimony there at that time. His own countrymen had rejected Him once, yet He came to them again .
They upbraid Him with His father. Is not this the carpenter's son? Yes, it is true He was reputed so: and what harm in that? No disparagement to Him to be the son of an honest tradesman. They remember not (though they might have known it) that this carpenter was of the house of David (Lu. 1:27), a son of David (ch. 1:20); though a carpenter, yet a person of honour . They upbraid Him with His mother , they were offended in Him: they stumbled at these stumbling-stones, for He was set for a sign that should be spoken against, Lu. 2:34; Isa. 8:14.
Our Lord answered to their affront by saying : "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor." And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith .
Unbelief is the great obstruction to Christ's Grace and Mercy . The gospel is the power of God unto salvation, but then it is to every one that believes, Rom. 1:16. So that if Mighty works be not wrought in us, it is not for want of power or grace in Christ, but for want of faith in us.
By grace ye are saved, and that is a mighty work, but it is through faith, Eph. 2:8.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jul 30 - Homily: Parable of the Net

Gospel Mt 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples:
"The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth

"Do you understand all these things?"
They answered, "Yes."
And he replied,
"Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old."
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jul 29 - Homily: Busy Martha

Although being overly busy lead Martha to be distracted from listening to the Lord on one occasion, in today's Gospel Martha's action in going out to meet our Lord was an act of faith which brought her closer to Him and shows that we must be both active and prayerful.

Jul 26 - Homily: Bread from Heaven - Video - Catholic Online

Jul 26 - Homily: Bread from Heaven - Video - Catholic Online

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time ( July 18 )

Exodus 12:37-42
Psalm 136:1 and 23-24, 10-12, 13-15
Matthew 12:14-21

"He will not break a bruised reed until he brings justice to victory"

Matthew quotes from the "Suffering Servant" prophecies of Isaiah to explain how Jesus the Messiah would accomplish his mission – not through crushing power – but through love and sacrificial service (Isaiah 42:1-4).
In place of a throne Jesus chose to mount the cross and wear a crown of thorns. He was crucified as our Lord and King (John 19:19; Philippians 2:11)
There is no greater proof of God's love for us than the sacrificial death of his only begotten Son for our sake and our salvation (John 3:16).
Jesus died not only for the Jews but for all the Gentile nations as well.
Isaiah had prophesied centuries before, that the Messiah would bring justice to the Gentiles. To the Greek mind, justice involved giving to God and to one's fellow citizen that which is their due (whatever is owed to them).
Jesus taught his disciples to give God not only his due, but to love him without measure just as he loves us unconditionally – without limits or reservations.
Jesus brings the justice of God's kingdom tempered with divine Love and Mercy. He does not bruise the weak or treat them with contempt, but rather shows understanding and compassion. He does not discourage the fainthearted but gives hope, courage, and the strength to persevere through trying circumstances.
No trials, failings, and weaknesses can keep us from the mercy and help which Jesus offers to everyone who asks.
His grace is sufficient for every moment, every situation, and every challenge we face. When we meet trials and difficulties, we must rely on God's help and grace.
Let us pray and meditate :
Lord Jesus, Your Love and Mercy knows no bounds.
Give me strength when I am weak, hope when I am discourged, peace when I am troubled, consolation when I am sad, and understanding when I am perplexed.
Make me an instrument of Your Love and Peace to those who are troubled and without hope.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Exodus 11:10—12:14

Psalm 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18

Matthew 12:1-8

In our first bible text from the Old Testament Exodus 11:10—12:14 we can understand that warning is here given to Pharaoh of the last and conquering plague which was now to be inflicted. This was the death of all the first-born in Egypt at once, which had been first threatened (ch. 4:23, I will slay thy son, thy first-born), but is last executed; less judgments were tried, which, if they had done the work would have prevented this. See how slow God is to wrath, and how willing to be met with in the way of his judgments, and to have his anger turned away, and particularly how precious the lives of men are in his eyes: if the death of their cattle had humbled and reformed them, their children would have been spared; but, if men will not improve the gradual advances of divine judgments, they must thank themselves if they find, in the issue, that the worst was reserved for the last.

It's so awesome relevant connection between the Old and New Testament , the Lord's Passover - A sign of His passing over you, when he destroyed the Egyptians , to memorize and remember that day . Without remembering God’s saving deeds, we easily forget that we belong to God , without keeping the active memory of God’s saving deeds dear to us , we won’t really understand what Jesus means by I desire mercy, not sacrifice.

God bless and be you all passing through !

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time : July 12 - 18

This is a great week to grow in a sense of not being alone. It is so difficult to find intimacy with God in the midst of our everyday lives if we go through our lives, either trying to do it alone or simply not acknowledging the fact that God is always with us. We could make this the special gift we ask for each week: “Lord, let me know and experience that you are with me, every day, all the time.”
If we walk through each day this week with a little more confidence in God’s presence, God’s merciful love for us, God’s protection and care for us, then the Gospel message of Jesus can find a way into our hearts much more freely. Imagine, if with this confidence, we could start asking Jesus:
Lord, I don’t want to keep seeking myself this week. I don’t want to be so absorbed in my needs , I want to find myself, the life you offer me, by surrendering more, by letting go of what I cling to. Help me be freer this afternoon and when I get home from work.”
We could make this prayer, have this conversation with Jesus, while walking from one place to another, while shopping, over a lunch break, while doing laundry, sitting at an airport or driving to a meeting . This week, we can find concrete times in our week, in real encounters and responsibilities of our very busy lives to say these or similar words:
“Lord, help me to be more childlike today. Help me simply come to you when I’m burdened or just tired, rather than all the other places I tend to go for relief. Let me be yoked to you as I carry out the promises of my life today. Free me from my impatience and tendency to judge others. Teach me how showing others the mercy you have showed me is more important that my hard driving sacrifice.”
May Lord Jesus be with each one of us today , this week and to the eand of times . Amen

Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen