Saturday, October 10, 2020

The invited guests refused to come.

"On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples
A feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines." (Isaiah 25: 6).

Sunday 11th October 2020, 28th Week in Ordinary Time.

Consider this scenario: the king or president planned a state banquet to celebrate the wedding of his son. You are one of the lucky to receive an invitation. Let Jesus continue with this incredible story.

“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come." (Matthew 22: 2 - 3).

In this world, the Kingdom of God is the Church.  (Cf CCC 567).

You were invited to the great banquet where the king:
"Spread the table before you
in the sight of your foes; He anoints your head with oil; your cup overflows." (Cf Psalm 23: 5).

The King in the Parable is God the Father. The Son is Jesus Christ. "This mountain", in Isaiah 25 is the Church. You are one of the invited guests of honor. Here are some of the reactions of your fellow invited guests of honor: "Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business." To add insult to injury, "The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them." (Matthew 22: 6).

In America and Europe today, less than 25% of Catholics attend Sunday Mass and receive the Eucharist. How do you defend this? God is the cause, the principal cause of the prosperity of Europe and America. Does the King deserve to be treated with such scorn and indifference?

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, so that we may know what is the privilege and love that belongs to our invitation to the Eucharist.

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Friday, October 09, 2020

You are happy when you hear the word of God and observe it.

"Happy are those who hear the word of God and keep it." (Luke 11: 28).

Saturday 10th October 2020, 27th Week in Ordinary Time.

A woman shouted out to Jesus where He was teaching:
"Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked!" Jesus responded by laying down a new rule in the Kingdom of God:
"Still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it!"

In the first Reading from Galatians, we read:  "Through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3: 26). What does this mean? In the new dispensation, everything depends on faith. It is faith all the way.  How close are you to Jesus? It depends on your faith.

Below are a few things faith can do to bless our life everyday:
#1 Faith enlarges our hearts to receive the blessings of God.
#2 Faith enables us to rise above our fears.
#3 When you have faith, you see God's hand everywhere, always and at all times.
#4 Through faith, we enjoy the Sacrament of the Present Moment. You know  that Jesus is always in you, the hope of glory. Do you really believe this? When you truly believe this, you see Jesus close to you enabling you to handle any problem.

"Happy are those who hear the word of God and keep it." Those who hear the word of God and observe it are those who hear the word and believe the word they hear. No one observes the word he disbelieves.

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Thursday, October 08, 2020

The Feast of St Denis and St John Leonardi.

"Realize then that it is those who have faith who are children of Abraham." (Galatians 3: 7).

Friday 9th October 2020, 27th Week in Ordinary is the feast of St Denis, First Bishop of Paris, martyr and companions, martyr. (3rd century). We honor too St John Leonardi (1541 - 1609). Italian priest. John qualified first as a pharmacist before he decided to become a priest. He founded the Order of Clerics Regular to serve sick people and those in prison.

Yesterday, we saw through Galatians 3 that we received the Holy Spirit through faith and not through works. St Paul continues teaching us the beautiful subject of Faith today. We are children of Abraham because we share in that powerful faith that made Abraham great. "Consequently, those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham who had faith." (Galatians 3: 9).

How does faith impact our life from day to day?

#1 Faith is belief that Jesus will keep His promises come what may.
# 2 Jesus says: Fear is useless. What you need is faith.
#3 Lack of faith robs us of God's wonderful plans for us.

You may be at the threshold of your Promised Land. You need faith to push through the door.

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How to Recite the Divine Mercy Rosary

How to Recite the Chaplet:

The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary Rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and followed by a closing prayer.

1. Make the Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

2. Optional Opening Prayers
St. Faustina’s Prayer for Sinners
O Jesus, eternal Truth, our Life, I call upon You and I beg Your mercy for poor sinners. O sweetest Heart of my Lord, full of pity and unfathomable mercy, I plead with You for poor sinners. O Most Sacred Heart, Fount of Mercy from which gush forth rays of inconceivable graces upon the entire human race, I beg of You light for poor sinners. O Jesus, be mindful of Your own bitter Passion and do not permit the loss of souls redeemed at so dear a price of Your most precious Blood. O Jesus, when I consider the great price of Your Blood, I rejoice at its immensity, for one drop alone would have been enough for the salvation of all sinners. Although sin is an abyss of wickedness and ingratitude, the price paid for us can never be equalled. Therefore, let every soul trust in the Passion of the Lord, and place its hope in His mercy. God will not deny His mercy to anyone. Heaven and earth may change, but God's mercy will never be exhausted. Oh, what immense joy burns in my heart when I contemplate Your incomprehensible goodness, O Jesus! I desire to bring all sinners to Your feet that they may glorify Your mercy throughout endless ages (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 72).

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

(Repeat three times)
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!

3. Our Father
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.

4. Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

5. The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

6. The Eternal Father
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

7. On the 10 Small Beads of Each Decade
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

8. Repeat for the remaining decades
Saying the "Eternal Father" (6) on the "Our Father" bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" (7) on the following "Hail Mary" beads.

9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

10. Optional Closing Prayers
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

O Greatly Merciful God, Infinite Goodness, today all mankind calls out from the abyss of its misery to Your mercy — to Your compassion, O God; and it is with its mighty voice of misery that it cries out. Gracious God, do not reject the prayer of this earth's exiles! O Lord, Goodness beyond our understanding, Who are acquainted with our misery through and through, and know that by our own power we cannot ascend to You, we implore You: anticipate us with Your grace and keep on increasing Your mercy in us, that we may faithfully do Your holy will all through our life and at death's hour. Let the omnipotence of Your mercy shield us from the darts of our salvation’s enemies, that we may with confidence, as Your children, await Your [Son’s] final coming — that day known to You alone. And we expect to obtain everything promised us by Jesus in spite of all our wretchedness. For Jesus is our Hope: through His merciful Heart, as through an open gate, we pass through to heaven (Diary, 1570).

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

What do you depend on? Word of God or your filthy works?

"Did you receive the Spirit from works of the law, or from faith in what you heard?" (Galatians 3: 2).

Thursday 8th October 2020, 27th Week in Ordinary Time.

Our key Scripture for today is a blunt Question: "Did you receive the Spirit from works of the law, or from faith in what you heard?"
The answer is of course we received the Spirit by faith in the message of Jesus Christ. For faith comes when we hear the word of God.

The word of God comes to us when we read the Sacred Scriptures, when we hear the Scripture preached or shared. I hear the message of Jesus Christ a lot when I read spiritual books. I read the book of St Louis Marie de Montfort, THE SECRET OF THE HOLY ROSARY and I fell in love with the Rosary. I call such books anointed. They produce the same effect in your mind that good preaching produces.

We are saved by grace through faith. Every single day, Jesus blesses us with numerous favors. We receive these favors through His merciful love. The favors we receive from God do not depend on our works, for example: Prayers, studying the Scripture, attending Church services, making offerings to the Church,  giving alms to the poor, sheltering the homeless, etc. All these are WORKS. God considers all of them filthy works. Let me give an example: Sometimes when I am in prayer, thoughts of the next meal flash in and out of my mind. I hate it but can't always stop it. So this prayer is not pure enough to offer God. But God does not reject the prayer.

To grow in faith, do the following:
#1 Believe the word of God you read or hear.
#2 Obey or practice what you believe.
#3 Teach or share what you practice.
#4 Trust your experiences of God's merciful works in your life.

Ask, seek, knock and receive for it is Your Father's will to give you the Kingdom.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The Feast of the Holy Rosary.

"Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb." (Luke 1: 28, 42. Entrance Antiphon).

Wednesday 7th October 2020, 27th Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Today, the Church all over the world celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. We know the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Lady under many titles: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, etc. One Lady, many titles. Our Lady of the Rosary celebrates Mary as a powerful intercessor using the instrument of the Rosary. Here is what the Church says about the Rosary:

"The Rosary is very pleasing to our Mother in heaven; she herself has recommended it. There are two elements of the Holy Rosary: meditation on its mysteries and vocal prayer. The Rosary surely reaches the motherly heart of Mary and moves her to obtain abundant graces for us." (Roman Missal).

Two recent popes, Pope St Paul VI and Pope St John Paul II have highly recommended the Rosary. Most saints since the 1500s have said the Rosary without fail.

"Your Rosary is like a ladder that you climb step by step, drawing you closer to our Lady, which means finding Christ. It is a devotion which leads us to Christ through Mary." (Pope St Paul VI, Marialis Cultus).

THE SECRET OF THE HOLY ROSARY by St Louis Marie de Montfort helped to bring me back to the Church over 25 years ago. Since then I have said the Rosary every single day. Powerful pray. If you want to read the 15 Promises of Mary to those who say the Holy Rosary, click the link below:

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Monday, October 05, 2020

The One Thing that is necessary.

 “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (Luke 10: 41 - 42).

Tuesday 6th October 2020, 27th Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of St Bruno (1030 - 1101). Priest. German. Founder of the Carthusian Order. Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher (1811 - 1849). Virgin. Canadian. Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus and Mary.

Jesus said to Martha: "You are anxious and worried about many things."  Martha was distracted by what to eat and drink and making sure that everything looks fine. Jesus told her. Only one thing is necessary.

In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus warns that the people who allow themselves to be distracted by the physical and material affairs of this world will miss the one thing that is necessary.
"The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful." (Matthew 13: 22).

Mary turned her eyes upon Jesus and learned the one thing that is necessary.
St Bruno whose feast we celebrate today chose to serve God in the solitude of the monastery.
Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher helped establish the first Canadian parish solidarity for young women. She had a very busy life like Martha.

What is the one thing that is necessary? The only thing that is necessary is the Kingdom of God and His holiness. If you seek this above all things, God promises to provide ALL your needs.

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Sunday, October 04, 2020

The Feast of the Secretary of Mercy, St Maria Faustina.

“Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10: 29).

Monday 5th October 2020, 27th Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of the Secretary of Mercy, St Maria Faustina Kowalski (1905 - 1938). Polish. Nun of the Blessed Sacrament.

Jesus Christ our Merciful Savior communicated with St Maria Faustina His desire to have the Divine Mercy Devotion established. Maria was not well educated but she worked very hard to accomplish this divine purpose. Before she died in 1938, she left the world a book which has since become a classic: "Diary of St Maria Faustina Kowalski." This book recounts the conversations of the mystic Maria Faustina  with Jesus and established the Divine Mercy Devotion.

Our key Scripture for today is from the Parable of the Good Samaritan, (Luke 10: 25 - 37). You may call this a story of mercy.
What is mercy? From the Parable, we may say that mercy is when someone shows you pity in a moment of great need.

One day after shopping for groceries at Walmart, I was $5 short at the checkout counter. As I started to remove some groceries to make the right amount, the man behind me stepped forward and told the cashier he would pay the $5. I thanked him profusely in spite of my embarrassment. The man showed me mercy which I appreciated immensely.
One Saturday morning, I was again in the checkout counter in the same Walmart store. The man in front of me made a small purchase about $5. He did not have enough cash on him. I stepped forward and told the cashier to add it to my bill. The man refused to accept the offer. I pleaded with him to accept the little help and told him how someone helped me when I was in a similar situation some weeks ago.  I was sad to see him walk away without his grocery. He refused to give me the opportunity to show mercy and be a good neighbor.

Be a good neighbor.
Allow someone to be a good neighbor to you. Jesus is always a good neighbor.

Jesus gave us the Divine Mercy Devotion through St Maria Faustina. This devotion is summarized through the ABC of Mercy:

A = Ask for mercy.
B = Be Merciful.
C = Completely trust Jesus for mercy.

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