Lord, help me to live and be an agent to spread and establish the Kigdom of God in my family and society.
Jesus catches them in an inconsistency. Rabbis abhorred cruelty to animals, so it was legal to lead them from the stalls and water them. Jesus uses this as an example and calls them “Hypocrites”
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind….. Love your neighbor as yourself”! (Mt 22: 37,39)
" . . . in [the Lord] you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit." (Ephesians 2:22)
Let us give to God what is his due because he is always willing to give himself for you and me. Amen.
Jesus voluntarily gave up his life out of love for us, and “greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15, 13).
"Be dressed in readiness and keep your lamps lit." (LK 12:35)
Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks."....
“Seek first the Kingdom of God,” he said. Bend all of your life to do the will of God and you will be far richer and more content than the rich fool. Work for things that last forever and which you can really take with you.
"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God."
“everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God” (Lk 12:10)
Loving God, help us to keep in mind your forgiveness of all our sins. We ask to remember that your love is far greater than any of our wrong doings.
" 'Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge.' " (Luke 11:52a)
Luke wrote what some have called “the loveliest book in the world!” It being his feast day, I would like to share a few things about him that are really remarkable.
Heavenly Father, it is with great joy that we come together to learn about you and your son. We ask for your help that we can resist all the negative temptations of the outside world and work towards finding the peace within ourselves than can only come from following you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray.
Heavenly and most faithful God, hear our prayers, as we live our lives on this earth. Help us to understand your ways. Give us the graces we need that your Holy Spirit might come in and gift us with your gifts. Turn our stony hearts to lovers hearts that we may love you in all your creations through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord, help us to be more understanding of our role as your disciples. May we learn from your examples of compassion and love to be mindful of others and of ourselves.
"The Lord is a refuge for His people." (Joel 3:16)
God we thank you for always being there, watching out for us. We ask you today to remove fear from our lives. Help us to walk with courage in your love and mercy, especially when things in this world have us unsure and scared.
Dear and generous Father, we seek your blessing on us this day, send your spirit to fill our hearts, help us to be your loving children to the world around us.
"Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."
Loving God calm our anxious hearts, give us deep calm and peace as we work for your kingdom here on earth. We ask this through Jesus Christ.
Lord, help me to be a neighbor to others.
" 'Keep on doing what you have learned and received and ... the God of peace will be with you.' " (Philippians 4:9)
“Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling; naked, come to thee for dress; helpless, look to thee for grace; foul, I to the fountain fly; wash me, Savior, or I die.” (Methodist Hymnal 361: “Rock of Ages”)