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Monday, June 27, 2022

† "...Let Me Go First. .. ."

 
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†Saint Quote
"The poor have much to teach you. You have much to learn from them."
–St. Vincent de Paul

†Today's Meditation
"Consider that the love of divine charity is so closely joined in the soul with perfect patience, that neither can leave the soul without the other. For this reason (if the soul elect to love Me) she should elect to endure pains for Me in whatever mode or circumstance I may send them to her. Patience cannot be proved in any other way than by suffering, and patience is united with love as has been said. Therefore bear yourselves with manly courage, for, unless you do so, you will not prove yourselves to be spouses of My Truth, and faithful children, nor of the company of those who relish the taste of My honor, and the salvation of souls."
—St. Catherine Of Siena, p. 10

An Excerpt From
Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena

†Daily Verse
"And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son."
–1 John 5:11

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†St. Laszlo

St. Laszlo (c. 1040-1095), also known as St. Ladislaus I of Hungary, was born to a royal family in Krakow, Poland. His father became King Bela of Hungary, and his mother was the daughter of the King of Poland. He was raised as a Christian, spending his childhood in the court of the Polish king. After the death of his father and brother, he became the King of Hungary in 1077 and also later the King of Croatia in 1091. He was a beloved king, highly regarded as a moral and pious man and a great leader. He is remembered for his accomplishments in bringing peace and stability to his country following the strife of civil war, for his success in defending the kingdom of Hungary against the invading Cumans, and for politically and financially supporting the spread of Christianity in his kingdom. According to legend, while in battle he witnessed a Cuman warrior abducting a Hungarian girl. He pursued the enemy, defeated him, and liberated the girl. Because of his skills in military and diplomacy, as well as his religious devotion and chivalry, St. Laszlo was chosen to lead the first Crusade to the Holy Land, but died before the mission commenced. He was canonized by Pope Celestine III. His feast day is June 27.

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Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 377
Reading I

Am 2:6-10, 13-16

Thus says the LORD:
For three crimes of Israel, and for four,
I will not revoke my word;
Because they sell the just man for silver,
and the poor man for a pair of sandals.
They trample the heads of the weak
into the dust of the earth,
and force the lowly out of the way.
Son and father go to the same prostitute,
profaning my holy name.
Upon garments taken in pledge
they recline beside any altar;
And the wine of those who have been fined
they drink in the house of their god.

Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorites before them,
who were as tall as the cedars,
and as strong as the oak trees.
I destroyed their fruit above,
and their roots beneath.
It was I who brought you up from the land of Egypt,
and who led you through the desert for forty years,
to occupy the land of the Amorites.

Beware, I will crush you into the ground
as a wagon crushes when laden with sheaves.
Flight shall perish from the swift,
and the strong man shall not retain his strength;
The warrior shall not save his life,
nor the bowman stand his ground;
The swift of foot shall not escape,
nor the horseman save his life.
And the most stouthearted of warriors
shall flee naked on that day, says the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm

50:16bc-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23

R. (22a) Remember this, you who never think of God.
"Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
and cast my words behind you?"
R. Remember this, you who never think of God.
"When you see a thief, you keep pace with him,
and with adulterers you throw in your lot.
To your mouth you give free rein for evil,
you harness your tongue to deceit."
R. Remember this, you who never think of God.
"You sit speaking against your brother;
against your mother's son you spread rumors.
When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
Or do you think that I am like yourself?
I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes."
R. Remember this, you who never think of God.
"Consider this, you who forget God,
lest I rend you and there be no one to rescue you.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God."
R. Remember this, you who never think of God.

Alleluia

Ps 95:8

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

Gospel

Mt 8:18-22

When Jesus saw a crowd around him,
he gave orders to cross to the other shore.
A scribe approached and said to him,
"Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
Jesus answered him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."
Another of his disciples said to him,
"Lord, let me go first and bury my father."
But Jesus answered him, "Follow me,
and let the dead bury their dead."

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Daily Meditation: Matthew 8:18-22

The Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head. (Matthew 8:20)

When Jesus said he had nowhere to lay his head, he wasn't just talking about a physical place to sleep. Though he traveled from town to town and probably slept in a different location every night, he was giving up more than a comfortable bed. In order to preach the good news, he and his disciples had to leave behind family, friends, and jobs for an unpredictable life. Ultimately, they would be rejected and persecuted by many of the people in their hometowns.

This is why Jesus' words to the would-be disciple are so poignant. Following Jesus might mean losing the sense of belonging that we associate with the idea of "home"—a place of family, traditions, and refuge.

In order to follow Jesus today, some people still have to give up their sense of home, or even their physical homes. They might experience suffering and isolation, and they might even be arrested or killed. Though that's not the situation most of us face, being a believer still means experiencing a certain sense of not belonging. You might be the only one in your family to practice your faith or the only one in your neighborhood who attends church on Sundays. You might have different moral values than your coworkers or a different approach to raising your children—all as a result of your faith.

For the disciples, giving up the security and comfort of home was worth it because they had found the Messiah. They wanted to be as close to him as possible. Like them, you also have found the treasure of being with Jesus every day. You can hear from him through the Scriptures and feel his presence in your times of prayer. You have the knowledge and assurance of a God who loves you, as well as the hope that one day you will be with him in your true home, heaven.

Today, renew your commitment to follow Jesus, even if it means not quite fitting in. Ask him to strengthen you and give you courage. Above all, remember how blessed you are to be walking with him each day.

"Lord, give me the courage and strength to follow you."

Amos 2:6-10, 13-16
Psalm 50:16-23

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From today's 1st Holy Scripture:
"They trample the heads of the weak
into the dust of the earth, and force the lowly out of the way."

What happens when the lowly get forced out?

And who are the lowly? What if I told you that the lowly are the holy? And the lowly make room for the holy. I'll let you ponder that as we continue.

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We pray in Psalms:
"You sit speaking against your brother;
against your mother's son you spread rumors.
When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
Or do you think that I am like yourself?
I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes." Remember this, you who never think of God."

How quickly we push out the lowly...with our own words. And our Lord lives among the lowly. All in name of our priorities in life.

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In today's Gospel we heard our Lord:
"Lord, let me go first and bury my father."
But Jesus answered him, "Follow me,
and let the dead bury their dead."

We read these Holy Scriptures yesterday in Mass and our visiting priest spoke about how our Lord Jesus was rejected as a heretic for saying stuff like "let the dead bury the dead" among other things.

And since His word is a double edged sword, it can be taken for the good or the bad. Like the time I invited co-workers to have a bible study, and I read where our Lord said we must love Him above all, even family and spouses, and a worker stormed out upset with the teaching, and basically rejected it.

And this same mentality was used to contradict our Lord. Instead of prying into what He really means, like when He says "This is my body you must chew on", when He speaks about Himself as the temple, "destroy this temple and I will raise it up in 3 days", and so on and so forth.
And I find myself today, trying to lead a family business, and I say things that gets people messed up and mad, but they are not trusting, rather, they are distrusting and trying to quit. All the while, I mean full well for them...IF they are faithful. I intend to buy a worker a mansion even, or another to start up his own trucking company. But, instead, they are wanting to do things on their own, their own hard way, without me. All because they choose faithlessness.

But I stand for the faithful. I ask people to bless God and perhaps we will be blessed. Not an eye for an eye. We don't bless God to be blessed but we do it in faith that He will be honored.

So what does it mean to let the dead bury the dead?

A theologian, bible scholar I follow once said that this very well could've meant that the would-be disciple would follow Christ only after the parent died, and who knows when that would be. And so, they would be choosing an alternative to true life...which is God Himself, Jesus.
And so, I hear similar things nowadays:

"Once I retire, I'll have more time for the Lord". (Often untrue)
"Once I get my business rolling, I'll be my own boss and make time for the Lord". (Most often not true).
"Once I get a raise I can do more, for the Lord". (If it ain't happening now, it won't happen later).
So, what excuse do I have for not putting out everything for the Lord?
What is your excuse?
What is our excuse for truly not believing, and leaving everything behind to follow God, right this moment?
You see what my life is like in these daily writings, I have a large family, tons of responsibilities at work and at church and I means TONS. Yet, I have to make time. I have no other option. I have to make time for what is most important. Right now, that most important is you.
God.

I Do What I Most Love.
Let us Love God with ALL Our Might.
And this is a decision. Not a feeling.

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Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful upon the mountains

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who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,

who publishes salvation,

who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."

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Friday, June 24, 2022

† "...What Man Among You. .. ."

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†Saint Quote
"Christ is my Spouse. He chose me first and His I will be. He made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve."
–St. Agnes

†Today's Meditation
"Oh, how painful it is to Me that souls so seldom unite themselves to Me in Holy Communion. I wait for souls, and they are indifferent toward Me. I love them tenderly and sincerely, and they distrust Me. I want to lavish My graces on them, and they do not want to accept them. They treat Me as a dead object, whereas My Heart is full of love and mercy. In order that you may know at least some of My pain, imagine the most tender of mothers who has great love for her children, while those children spurn her love. Consider her pain. No one is in a position to console her. This is but a pale image and likeness of My love."
—Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska, p. 1447

An Excerpt From
Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska - Divine Mercy in My Soul

†Daily Verse
"But without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him."
–Hebrews 11:6

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†Nativity of John the Baptist

A family relation of Jesus, St. John the Baptist is called "the Forerunner" because he was sent by God to "prepare the way of the Lord" ahead of Jesus' public ministry. The birth of St. John the Baptist to his elderly and previously barren parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth, is recorded in St. Luke's Gospel. His birth was announced to his father Zechariah by the Archangel Gabriel, who also brought the news of Christ's birth to the Blessed Virgin Mary. John the Baptist's nativity is one of only three birthdays celebrated by the Church, along with the nativities of Jesus and Mary. Though not an official dogma, according to ancient tradition St. John the Baptist was freed from original sin at the moment his mother heard the greeting of the Blessed Virgin at the Visitation, causing John to leap in his mother's womb through the action of the Holy Spirit. So, like Jesus and Mary, St. John would have been born without sin, and therefore his birthday is also worthy of special honor. Because Christ praised John the Baptist so highly by saying "Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist," he was one of the most highly venerated saints in the ancient and medieval Church. He has two feasts: his nativity on June 24th and his passion on August 29th.

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Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lectionary: 172
Reading I

Ez 34:11-16

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I myself will look after and tend my sheep.
As a shepherd tends his flock
when he finds himself among his scattered sheep,
so will I tend my sheep.
I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered
when it was cloudy and dark.
I will lead them out from among the peoples
and gather them from the foreign lands;
I will bring them back to their own country
and pasture them upon the mountains of Israel
in the land's ravines and all its inhabited places.
In good pastures will I pasture them,
and on the mountain heights of Israel
shall be their grazing ground.
There they shall lie down on good grazing ground,
and in rich pastures shall they be pastured
on the mountains of Israel.
I myself will pasture my sheep;
I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD.
The lost I will seek out,
the strayed I will bring back,
the injured I will bind up,
the sick I will heal,
but the sleek and the strong I will destroy,
shepherding them rightly.

Responsorial Psalm

Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6.

R (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;

he refreshes my soul.
R The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
He guides me in right paths

for his name's sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley

I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff

that give me courage.
R The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me

in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.
R The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness follow me

all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD

for years to come.
R The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Reading II

Rom 5:5b-11

Brothers and sisters:
The love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person
one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.
Not only that,
but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Alleluia

Mt 11:29ab

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord,
and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

OR:

Jn 10:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord,
I know my sheep, and mine know me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

Lk 15:3-7

Jesus addressed this parable to the Pharisees and scribes:
"What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,

'Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.'
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance."

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Daily Meditation: Luke 15:3-7

Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep. (Luke 15:6)

Today, on this feast of the Sacred Heart, we are presented with two portrayals of Jesus. One is the familiar image associated with the Sacred Heart devotion: Jesus pointing to his heart, which is aflame with love and encircled with thorns. The other comes from today's readings portraying Jesus as the Good Shepherd. So how are they related?

The good shepherd in Jesus' parable takes the incredible risk of leaving the rest of his flock; he doesn't want to lose a single one of his dearly beloved sheep. Similarly, God took an incredible risk: he sent his own Son to live among us, his sheep. That's what the heart represents in the Sacred Heart image. God, the Creator of the universe, took on a human heart so that he could be our Good Shepherd and call each of us by name (John 10:3). In coming to us in the flesh, God fulfilled the promise he made to Ezekiel in today's first reading: "I myself will pasture my sheep" (34:15).

Not only did God come as a human being to teach and guide us, however; he also came to save us by laying down his life for us. That's what the circle of thorns in the Sacred Heart image brings to mind. Through his passion, death, and resurrection, Jesus ensured that none of us would have to be lost forever. Just as a good shepherd protects his flock from the dangers of the wilderness, Jesus rescued us from Satan, sin, and death. He rescued us even when it meant a crown of thorns, a brutal scourging, and an excruciating death on the cross.

As Jesus showed us in his parable of the lost sheep, God's love and mercy are without limits. He isn't angry that the lost sheep made the mistake of wandering away in the first place. No, his only desire is to find that lost one and carry it on his shoulders back to the rest of the flock. So on this great feast, gaze on the image of the Sacred Heart and thank the Good Shepherd with all your heart for what he has done for you.

"Jesus, Good Shepherd, I praise and thank you for your never-ending love and mercy!"

Ezekiel 34:11-16
Psalm 23:1-6
Romans 5:5-11

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From today's 1st Holy Scripture:
"As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep"

Do you believe the Lord is still shepherding? I do.

And how? Through you! Look no further, because the Lord is living and active through people, all day, every day. I'm seeking lost souls, I'm shepherding and so are you.

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We pray in Psalms:
"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul."

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In today's Gospel we heard our Lord:
""What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?"

Who comes to mind? God? What about St. Augustine's mother...Monica?
Doesn't she fit the role of seeking one that is lost and leaving everything behind to save...her son? For eternity.
What parent goes to these extents nowadays? The world teaches that there's not much you can do when raising kids, and some even teach "let them teach themselves" (choose their own sexual identity, and philosophies,etc). This is devil talk. Who raises them? The darkness always wants to take over...that is its design.

And so, it is not natural to pray. It's not natural to be self sacrificing. This takes effort.

And this email is to encourage you to such. To turn to Him...more and more.

Let's Pray:

1 Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All,
How can I love thee as I ought?
And how revere this wondrous gift,
So far surpassing hope or thought?
Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;
Oh, make us love thee more and more.
Oh, make us love thee more and more.

2 Had I but Mary's sinless heart
To love thee with, my dearest King,
Oh, with what bursts of fervant praise
Thy goodness, Jesus, would I sing.
Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;
Oh, make us love thee more and more.
Oh, make us love thee more and more.

3 Thy Body, Soul, and Godhead, all,
O mystery of love divine.
I cannot compass all I have,
For all thou hast and art are mine.
Sweet Sacrament, we thee adore;
Oh, make us love thee more and more.
Oh, make us love thee more and more.

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