"Rejoice, O young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart, the vision of your eyes; Yet understand that as regards all this God will bring you to judgment."
“some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ (Lk 9:19)
"Nothing is new under the sun.
Even the thing of which we say, "See, this is new!"
has already existed in the ages that preceded us.
There is no remembrance of the men of old;
nor of those to come will there be any remembrance
among those who come after them." (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11)
" I desire mercy, not sacrifice, I did not come to call the righteous but sinners." (Matt. 9:13)
Lord, you bless us with family and friends, both spiritual and natural. Help me to love them with charity and grace. May I always prefer your will and seek to do what is right and good in all my relationships
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lamp stand so that those who enter may see the light.” (Luke 8:16)
"If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with worldly riches, who will trust you with true wealth?" (Luke 16:11)
“the seed is the word of God and that those on the path are the ones that have heard.” Lk 8:4-15
“Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the twelve and some women who had been cured of evils spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.” (Luke 8:1-3)
"Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that he was buried and that he was raised on the third day "(v3, 4)
“we do not acknowledge you because of the cruelty that godless and foolish men prepared you to effect upon the most gentle Lord, but because of the wisdom and goodness of him, who of his own free will, took you up… They chose you that they might carry out their evil deeds; he chose you that he might fulfill the work of his goodness.” (St. Anselm)
"A man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow." (Lk 7:12)
“Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. but say the word and let my servant be healed”. (Lk 7:6)
“...I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost [sinner], Christ Jesus might display all his patience…” (1 Timothy 1:16a)
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the Body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one Body, for we all partake of the one loaf. (1 COR 10:15-16)
O Lord give us the humility to see our faults before we criticise others. Help us always to praise rather than to criticize, to sympathize rather than to discourage, to build rather than to destroy, and to think of people at their best rather than at their worst. Amen.
Loving God, we thank you for Mary, the mother of Jesus, and all the ancestors who came before. Jesus is truly man and truly God. We thank you for Mary’s role in this wonderful story.
“They are borne in with gladness and joy; they enter the palace of the king. The place of your fathers your sons shall have; you shall make them princes through all the land!” PS 45:16-17
“Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,and he spent the night in prayer to God”. (Lk 6:12).
“Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough…” (1 Corinthians 5: 7a)
"For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:27-28)
"Lord, may I honor you in my work and in my rest and treat my neighbor with respect and kindness
Loving and compassionate God, give us the spirit of adventure. Help us not to be afraid of trying new things. But help us also to put those new things in a new way …
“Alleluia! Come after me, says the Lord, and I will make you fishers of men
“To the other towns also, I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” (Lk 4:40)