Monday, October 11, 2021

† " .There is something greater than . ."


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"God writes his name on the soul of every man."
— Venerable Fulton Sheen

"Now, may our God be our hope. He Who made all things is better than all things. He Who made all beautiful things is more beautiful than all of them. He Who made all mighty things is more mighty than all of them. He Who made all great things is greater than all of them. Learn to love the Creator in His creature, and the maker in what He has made."
— Saint Augustine, p. 136
Augustine Day by Day

"Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love."
1 John 4:7-8


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Blessed Ambrose (1220-1286) was born in Siena, Italy, the son of a book illuminator. He was born so severely deformed that his parents could not bear the sight of him. They put their son in the care of a nurse who took the child with her to daily Mass at the Dominican church. The child, often fussy, would become calm when he was placed near the altar of relics, and would cry when he was removed. While praying at the altar, the nurse would conceal the child's hideous face with a scarf. This practice continued for a year. One day a pilgrim told the nurse to remove the baby's scarf and prophesied that the child would one day become a great man. A few days later, before the same altar, the child Ambrose stretched out his deformed limbs and pronounced the name of Jesus; from that moment he was miraculously healed into a beautiful and perfectly formed child. Blessed Ambrose grew in piety and was determined to become a Dominican friar. His family and friends opposed his plan and attempted to dissuade such a handsome and talented youth from becoming a poor friar. Ambrose overcame these obstacles and joined the Dominicans at the age of 17. He studied under St. Albert the Great along with St. Thomas Aquinas, and went on to become a preacher, teacher, missionary, diplomat, and peace-broker. His skills with diplomacy earned him the respect of kings and popes alike. His feast day is October 8th.


Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I Rom 1:1-7

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,
called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,
which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh,
but established as Son of God in power
according to the Spirit of holiness
through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship,
to bring about the obedience of faith,
for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,
among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm 98:1bcde, 2-3ab, 3cd-4

R. (2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.
Sing to the LORD a new song,

for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,

his holy arm.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
The LORD has made his salvation known:

in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness

toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;

break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Alleluia Ps 95:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 11:29-32

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
"This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here."


Daily Meditation: Luke 11:29-32

This generation . . . seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. (Luke 11:29)

When we think of Jonah, what often comes to mind is a childhood tale of a man who spent time in the belly of a whale. Yet we know that this story resonated deeply with Jesus because he refers to Jonah several times in the Gospels, including in today's passage. So what was it about Jonah that spoke to the heart of Jesus?

Perhaps Jesus saw some similarities in their missions. Like Jonah, Jesus was sent by the Father to invite people to repentance. In this way, both men were prophets. And like Jonah, Jesus would spend time in the darkness of a place that should have swallowed him up. For Jonah, it was the stomach of a great fish. For Jesus, it would be the darkness of death, which he would overcome on the third day.

Yet Jesus was also well aware that his mission went beyond that of a prophet. Jonah, or any prophet, points outside himself to God. Jesus pointed to himself as the Messiah. No more sin offerings to make some partial reparation with God were needed. No more sackcloth, as the Ninevites wore to signify their repentance. Now, repentance meant turning to Jesus, believing in him, and accepting his invitation to be reconciled to his Father.

Neither did Jesus ever try to run away from his calling the way Jonah did (Jonah 1:3). Rather, he loved and fully embraced the will of his Father by inviting us to receive God's forgiveness and mercy. That was, and still is, his mission—to call each of us, God's beloved children, to turn back to the Father.

That's what Jesus meant by the "sign of Jonah" (Luke 11:29): God himself, in the midst of his people, calling them to return to him. The sign isn't just the miracles of healing or the multiplication of fish and loaves. It's not even people being raised from the dead. All those point us to Jesus, the perfect sign of the Father's love. Just as he did for that crowd all those years ago, he is inviting you to turn to him, be forgiven, and receive him as your Lord.

"Jesus, I accept your invitation! I want to receive your mercy and forgiveness today."

Romans 1:1-7
Psalm 98:1-4


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From Today's Holy Scripture:
"Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ."


We pray in Psalms:
"All the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;

break into song; sing praise."


Our Lord speaks, the TRUTH speaks:
""This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah."

Fom a Spanish reflection today:
"Not even before his countrymen in Nazareth did he agree, because — demanding! —They wanted Jesus to sign his mission as prophet and Messiah through marvelous wonders, which they would like to savor like spectators seated from a movie theater seat. But that cannot be: the Lord offers salvation, but only to those who submit to Him through an obedience that is born of faith, who hopes and is silent. God claims that antecedent faith (which He himself has placed within us as a seed of grace).
A witness against the believers who maintain a caricature of the faith will be the queen of the South, who traveled from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and it turns out that "there is something more than Solomon here" (Lk 11 , 31). She says a proverb that "there is no deaf person who does not want to hear." Christ, condemned to death, will rise after three days: to whoever recognizes him, he proposes salvation, while for the others - returning as Judge - there will be nothing left to do, but to hear the condemnation for stubborn unbelief. Let us accept Him with advance faith and love. We will recognize you and recognize us as yours. The Servant of God Don Alberione used to say: "God does not waste the light: he lights the lamps as long as they are needed, but always at the right time."

In Mass today, Father said that we should seek Him.

That is, not to seek our will above all.
Our will is perverse and concupiscence makes us tend to sin.
We are imperfect and called to be perfect. What does this mean?
We are meant to need God for perfection.
I have witnessed a great need.
The people wish to see a sign. You should see what amount of work it takes to be a faint sign.
It takes much love to show great love.

Let's pray;
Lord, You have given a sign of repentance.

It was words Lord. Words of mercy.
And so I pray we learn to love Mercy, seek Mercy, and be mercy...and this provides tremendous light to the world..Help us BE!

from your brother in Christ,


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