Father, Reveal how much you love us and expose any sin in or lives that hinders us from obeying you. In Jesus name amen.
"When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous." Luke 14:12-14.
Loving God, help us to find joy in serving you. Help us to hand over to you any burdens that we bear….we know that with you the yoke is easy and our burdens are light. Amen.
"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." (Lk 14:11)
"For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people." (Romans 9:3)
“The souls of the just are in the hand of God” (Wis 3:1)
O God we celebrate all the saints today that are in communion with you. We also ask for all of us, the saints in the making, to follow your words of the beatitudes and live them out in our actions this day.
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)