†Saint Quote "The goodness of God is the highest object of prayer, and it reaches down to our lowest need. It quickens our soul and gives it life, and makes it grow in grace and virtue." — St. Julian of Norwich
†MEDITATION OF THE DAY "Know this: just as the wood of the ark saved the just from drowning, so too, by the mystery of His wooden Cross, does Christ, the Church's God and King, save us from drowning in the sea of this world. In the symbol of a thing made of wood He gave human beings a foreshadowing of both the judgment to come and the salvation of the just." — St. Augustine, p.137 AN EXCERPT FROM Augustine Day by Day
†VERSE OF THE DAY "For God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of [Jesus] Christ. But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us." 2 Corinthians
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ST. ALFRED THE GREAT
St. Alfred the Great (849–899 A.D.) was the fifth son of the King of Wessex in England. Legend has it that at the age of four he was sent to Rome to be anointed as king by Pope Leo IV. Alfred rose to the throne in 871 A.D. after the successive deaths of his father and older brothers. As king he fought valiantly against the Danish Viking invaders who threatened the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England. Alfred defeated the Vikings and enjoyed fifteen years of peace until the attacks were renewed. While other kingdoms fell to the raiders, he prevailed over them. Alfred then considered himself the defender of all Anglo-Saxon Christians against the pagan Viking threat, and after liberating villages from their control, he worked to restore what they destroyed. Wessex then became a rallying point against the enemy, which in turn consolidated the smaller kingdoms. This led to the unification of England under St. Alfred's sons and grandsons, who conquered the remaining lands seized by the Vikings and joined them to their kingdom. St. Alfred the Great was known as a courageous, just, and pious man, and the ideal Christian king. He brought learned men into his kingdom and excelled in his own academic ventures by translating into the Anglo-Saxon language many important religious and secular works that taught the ideal of Christian kingship, which he in turn endeavored to practice. His feast day is October 26th.
Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 480 Reading I
Brothers and sisters: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope.
For who hopes for what one sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.
126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6
R. (3a) The Lord has done marvels for us. When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming. Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing. R. The Lord has done marvels for us. Then they said among the nations,
"The LORD has done great things for them." The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed. R. The Lord has done marvels for us. Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert. Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing. R. The Lord has done marvels for us. Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown, They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves. R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
See Mt 11:25
R. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches."
Again he said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened."
Daily Meditation: Luke 13:18-21
It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. (Luke 13:19)
"Grow the kingdom of God in just fifteen minutes a day!"
Even though that headline sounds like it belongs in a grocery-store tabloid magazine, it captures the point behind the parables in today's Gospel.
Jesus uses these two parables to illustrate the miraculous potential for growth in the kingdom of God. They speak about the power and grace of God, especially his ability to do something far beyond what we would expect with even the smallest of seeds or the tiniest bit of yeast.
The same is true for us. Even with our smallest effort, God can do amazing things. Think about how powerful just fifteen minutes of prayer a day can be. That's only 1 percent of a twenty-four-hour day, but it's amazing what can happen in those few short minutes. You can touch the very presence of God. Guilt over past sins can be wiped away as you encounter his mercy. Your heart can soften with love for the people around you. You can even hear the Spirit speaking to you and opening the mysteries of Scripture to your heart! Now consider the effect all of this can have on your entire day: the peace, the guidance, the hope, the confidence.
Or from another angle, think about the impact that a one-hour lunch with a friend can make. During that time, you share a short story about something you learned in your prayer the day before. Or perhaps you mention some blessing God has given you. But that little story sits in your friend's memory like a seed. It takes root and grows. And perhaps, over time, your friend begins to pray, to come back to Mass, or to ask you more questions. All from a simple lunch date!
God can take any mustard seed-sized effort that you put into growing your faith and turn it into something surprisingly large and beautiful. Even just fifteen minutes a day can make a huge difference!
"Lord, thank you for promising to bring so much growth into my life and the lives of the people around me!"
Romans 8:18-25 Psalm 126:1-6
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From Today's Holy Scripture: "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us." These are words that will act on faith.
We pray in Psalms: "Although they go forth weeping, carrying the seed to be sown, They shall come back rejoicing, carrying their sheaves. The Lord has done marvels for us". We work now, and in faith, we know that our Lord will provide.
Our Lord speaks, the TRUTH speaks: "Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches."
The smallest parable speaks about the small seed. Did you find the clue word? Small. The meek. The humble. These are the ones who will inherit the world. Do you believe? Do you believe you were created for this inheritance?
Do you believe in the small one?
They say that Mother Mary in Heaven says that Jesus her Son is like the baby in the manger in Heaven. Is He really a toddler? No. She's speaking about His demeanor, His heart, His character, His very being. And He is precious beyond measure. Have you ever meant someone small like that? Can you be small like that? Gentle. And the smile the small one provides lights up the room, and the world changes. That's what a baby does, brings much joy, love, peace, and makes one provide like a temple over them...like Mother Mary as a tabernacle. Like all of us should be with the Holy Spirit of Jesus.
Let's pray: MY Lord, My precious Lord, Let us be the smallest to become the greatest. Let us be the last to be first.
Let us serve to be served. Let us realize what true love means. So others can take refuge in us as I take refuge in Thee.
from your brother in Christ, Adrian
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