"If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8: 31B)
“Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groaning, And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God….:” (ROM 13: 26, 28)
"Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like?
To what can I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.
When it was fully grown, it became a large bush
and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.”
Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
It is like yeast that a woman took
and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch of dough was leavened.” (Luke 13: 18-21)
"Jesus went up to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles…” (Luke 6:12-13)
"O God be merciful to me a sinner" (Lk 18:13)
"If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in YOU, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to YOUR mortal bodies also, through the Spirit that dwells in you." (Romans 8: 11)
“For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self, but I see in my members another principle at war with the law of my mind, taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.” (Rom 7:22-23)
The first reading is from Romans, six verses, nineteen through twenty three..... It speaks clearly of sin...... we have a simple choice..... be a slave to sin or be a slave to God.... now that does not sound like much of a deal does it.... being a salve... so let's take a moment and focus on the words once more.... be a slave to sin or a slave to God or perhaps you prefer be a slave to what the world wants and desires or slave to a heavenly family.....
"Jesus said to his disciples: 'Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.'" (Luke 12:39-49)
The first reading today is Paul’s letter to the Romans (Rom 5:12, 15 B; 17-19 20B-2) dealing with his Theological understanding of original sin and redemption. It is Paul at his theological best. The second reading (Lk 12: 35-39) has Jesus telling his apostles to be ever vigilant and always prepared. Taken together they constitute a great meditation.
"Jesus told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21)
Jesus tells a story of a defenseless widow who has been refused of her rights. Through sheer persistence she wears down an unscrupulous judge until he gives her justice. Persistence pays off, and that's especially true for those who trust in God.
By the late 1640s the Jesuits appeared to have been making progress in their mission to the Huron, and they claimed to have made many converts at this time. Nevertheless, within Huron communities, the priests were not universally trusted.
"I am sending you like lambs among wolves. carry no money bad, so sack, no sandals". (Lk 10:3-4)
“I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in his word. My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn.”
(Ps 130: 5-6AB)
Jesus was angry with the religious leaders because they failed to listen to God's word and they misled the people they were supposed to guide in the ways of God. The scribes devoted their lives to the study of the Law of God and regarded themselves as legal experts. They divided the ten commandments and precepts into thousands of tiny rules and regulations.
"The Pharisee was amazed to see (Jesus) did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. The Lord said to him, Oh, you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.” (LK 11: 38 – 41)
“All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God.” (Ps 98: 3)
"Where are the other nine?" (Luke 17: 17b)
"While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed.”
He replied, “Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.” (Lk 11:27-28)
“I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wonderous deeds.” (Ps 9:2)
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you." (Lk 11:9)
There are times where we find ourselves disappointed in the way GOD carried out His plans, simply because they did not match our expectations. We retreat to hill as Jonah did, to separate ourselves from our disappointments. And when GOD asks "Have you reason to be angry" we boldly say, yes!
I remind you, to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.
I love this reading. “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather of power and love and self control”.
Think about it… God is telling us not to fear, no matter what or who comes against us. Instead of being afraid, he gave us a spirit of POWER." (2 TM 1:6-8, 13-14)
"THE ONE WHO TREATED HIM WITH COMPPASION" ... then Jesus said " GO AND DO THE SAME". (Luke 10: 37)