"But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
So they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.”
“Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure; you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter.” (Jas 5:4-5)
“You have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.” (James 4:14)
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me."
"0 faithless generation!" Jesus answered. "How long am Ito be with you? How long am Ito bear you? Bring him to me!"
“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect!” (MT 5: 48)
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13)
I prayed the Rosary. I went to daily Mass. I went to confession every week. I tried to meticulously obey my parents and teachers.
“My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if a man with gold rings and fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor person with a shabby clothes also comes in, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say ‘Sit here, please,’ while you say to the poor one, ‘Stand there,’….have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges…?” (James 2:1-4)
"Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes, he laid his hands on the man and asked, "Do you see anything". Looking up the man replied, "I see people looking like trees and walking. Then he laid hands on the man's eyes a second time and he saw clearly."
“Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?” (Mk 8:18)
“Faith produces perseverance and let perseverance be perfect so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1-14)
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you,
whoever is angry with brother
will be liable to judgment;
and whoever says to brother, ‘Raqa,’
will be answerable to the Sanhedrin;
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’
will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift."
I want you to imaging for a moment that you have miraculous powers. What would you do with your powers?
Today is a day of romance, of kind gestures, and of love. Valentine’s Day is generally celebrated by couples to symbolize the love they have for each other.
“When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.” (Mark 7: 30)
"Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.”
I know we have all heard this at one time or another...wash your hands, it's time for dinner...
still the funny thing is if your snacking on something during the super bowl, you did not wash your hands before reaching in for a handful of chips and dip....
“As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized Jesus. They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.” (Mark 6: 54-56)
"I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling,and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom." (1Cor 2:3-4)
“Moved with pity for them for they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things..” (MK 6: 34)
In my daily office that I read there is a phrase I read often..... It is the Joy of God when one of his saints dies..... This is true also this day when John the Baptist is beheaded..... He is now in the company of the saints in heaven...... The story that is told is simple....John spoke out against Herod and his unlawful relationship with his brother's wife....
Paul Miki was born in late 1500's into a wealthy Japanese family. Educated by the Jesuits he joined them and became a well known and successful preacher - gaining numerous converts to Catholicism. The Japanese ruler, fearful of the Jesuit's influence and intentions, began persecuting Catholics.
“When the Sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him?’” (Mk 6: 1-2)
"My son, Absolom, my son, my son, Absolom, my son." (2 Sam 19: 1)