"On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.
In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy.
Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking,
“Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?”
But they kept silent; so he took the man and,
after he had healed him, dismissed him". (lk 14:1-4)
“Brothers and sisters: Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the Devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the rulers of this present darkness, with evil spirits in the heavens.” (eph 6:10-12)
The world is very complacent in being individualistic and prideful. We fight for the things we believe in whether they are for our own justice or the dignity of others. In order to fully understand the grace of obedience, we must first acknowledge that everything we have and do is a gift from the Father in heaven.
“You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundations of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone…you are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (EPH 2: 19 – 22)
"When Jesus saw her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” (Lk 13:12)
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him,"You shall love the Lord, your God,with all your heart,with all your soul,and with all your mind.” (mt 22:36-37)
"For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil? He said to him in reply, “Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.” (LK 13: 6-9)
"you see the clouds rising in the west you say immediately that it's going to rain and so does. when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it's going to be hot and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time? (LK 12:54-56)
"Now to God, who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine by the power at work within us, to God be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:21)
Ephesians is one of Paul’s great letters and here we find him at his confident best. He lays it right out there in no uncertain terms. He basically said that he was absolutely called as a latter day apostle and specifically to take Christ’s message to those who were NOT jewish.
“For he (Christ Jesus) is our peace, he made both one and broke down the dividing wall….He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.” (EPH 2: 14-18)
Today we hear a parable about greed and how fruitless it can be in the end. We've all heard the saying "You can't take it with
you" so why are we as a society always attempting to get the latest-and-greatest of this and the next-big-thing of that?
“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. For great is the LORD and highly to be praised; awesome is he, beyond all gods.” (Ps 96: 1-4)
"Into whatever house you enter, first say ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; (…or her!) but if not, it will return to you.” (Luke 10:5-6)
Gretchen loved Henry very much. They started out as friends seven years ago when they per chance found themselves seated together at a high school basketball game. There was a chemistry. When their team scored the winning basket as time ran out, they both stood cheering and spontaneously turned to each other and slapped a "high five". That was the start.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved". (eph 1:1-6)
"The Lord said:
Woe to you Pharisees!
You love the seat of honor in synagogues
and greetings in marketplaces.
Woe to you!
You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.” (lk11:43-44)
How many times do stand in fear, confused of what tomorrow will bring forgetting that we were actually set free from all worries we became victorious through Christ our savior.
Have you ever eaten a fortune cookie or read your horoscope? perhaps you were just looking for a sign in your life..... This was common not only in the old testament but also in the time of Jesus...
“Addressing the Lord in prayer implies radical confidence, the awareness of entrusting oneself to God who is good.” (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)
We as Catholics, especially in the United States, often find ourselves explaining our faith or correcting falsehoods that have
been spread around by our Protestant brothers and sisters. Many times its just a misunderstanding of a particular facet of our
faith that seems to have stuck out as very wrong to them and these misunderstandings can make social interactions difficult at
oday Jesus is challenged by his opponents with the claim that he is acting through the power of Satan. Jesus responds by saying that the kingdom of Satan can not exist if it is divided. He then asks his detractors whether they drive about Satan and are thus part of Satan.
“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)
"He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.” (lk 11:2-4)
Each and every person relates to God in his or her own UNIQUE way. Yes, many of us are also in groups which relate in collective ways, but ultimately God expects each individual to relate in a personal way to each divine Person of the Trinity.