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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-27-14, OM, St. Angela Merici, Virgin
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Posted on 01/26/2014 6:59:23 PM PST by Salvation

January 27, 2014

Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

 

 

Reading 1 2 Sm 5:1-7, 10

All the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said:
“Here we are, your bone and your flesh.
In days past, when Saul was our king,
it was you who led the children of Israel out and brought them back.
And the LORD said to you, ‘You shall shepherd my people Israel
and shall be commander of Israel.’”
When all the elders of Israel came to David in Hebron,
King David made an agreement with them there before the LORD,
and they anointed him king of Israel.
David was thirty years old when he became king,
and he reigned for forty years:
seven years and six months in Hebron over Judah,
and thirty-three years in Jerusalem
over all Israel and Judah.

Then the king and his men set out for Jerusalem
against the Jebusites who inhabited the region.
David was told, “You cannot enter here:
the blind and the lame will drive you away!”
which was their way of saying, “David cannot enter here.”
But David did take the stronghold of Zion, which is the City of David.

David grew steadily more powerful,
for the LORD of hosts was with him.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 89:20, 21-22, 25-26

R. (25a) My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him.
Once you spoke in a vision,
and to your faithful ones you said:
“On a champion I have placed a crown;
over the people I have set a youth.”
R. My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him.
“I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
That my hand may be always with him,
and that my arm may make him strong.”
R. My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him.
“My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him,
and through my name shall his horn be exalted.
I will set his hand upon the sea,
his right hand upon the rivers.”
R. My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him.

Gospel Mk 3:22-30

The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus,
“He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and
“By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”

Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
“How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided,
he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder his house.
Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies
that people utter will be forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”
For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”



TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; ordinarytime; prayer
For your reading, reflection, faith-sharing, comments, questions, discussion.

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From: 2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10

David is Anointed King of Israel at Hebron


[1] Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, “Behold, we
are your bone and flesh. [2] In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was
you that led out and brought in Israel; and the Lord said to you, ‘You shall be
shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’” [3] So all the
elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with
them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. [4] Da-
vid was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. [5]
At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem
he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

Capture of Jerusalem


[6] And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inha-
bitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind
and the lame will ward you off”—thinking, “David cannot come in here.” [7] Never-
theless David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. [10] And Da-
vid became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.

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Commentary:

5:1-5. David’s consecration as king of Israel is told quite simply but the account
emphasizes details of primary importance in salvation history: the tribes of the
North and the South are all brothers: “we are your flesh and bone” (v. 1); the ima-
ges of the shepherd (v. 2), David’s original profession, conveys the notion of a ru-
ler and king who governs not for his own advantage but for the welfare of his sub-
jects; David’s covenant with the leaders (v. 3) is in line with the general doctrine
of covenant which is the basis of God’s relations with his people, and of those be-
tween Israelite and Israelite; the figures given for David’s reigns (seven as king of
Judah, forty as king of Judah and Israel) are symbols of plenitude. Even in the
New Testament the numbers seven and forty have the same connotation (cf. Mt
4:2; 18:22; Rev 1:11; Acts 4:22; etc.). Hebron, the place where David was also
anointed king of Judah, was the main city of the South; within it was the cave of
Mach-pelah (cf. Gen 25:9) and close to it was the sacred oak of Mamre. Howe-
ver, it was replaced by Jerusalem perhaps to show that a new kingdom warran-
ted a new royal base.

David is a figure of Jesus Christ on many counts, but they all derive from the fact
that he is king: Jesus Christ, too will be acclaimed King of Israel. “But what did
it mean for the Lord to be acclaimed the King of Israel? What did it mean to the
King of all ages to be recognized as the king of men? Christ did not become the
King of Israel in order to demand tributes or to raise armies and make war a-
gainst the enemies [of Israel]; he became the King of Israel to reign over souls,
to give counsel that leads to eternal life, to bring those who were filled with faith,
hope and Love to the Kingdom of heaven” (St Augustine, “In loannis Evangelium”,
51, 4).

The liturgy of the Church uses this passage from the book of Samuel for the so-
lemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, together with the passage a-
bout the crucifixion (Lk 23:35-43). Jesus won his kingdom through his obedience,
which has its climax in death on the cross, bringing about the definitive salvation
of all mankind.

5:6-8:18. After being consecrated and acknowledged as king of all the tribes of
Israel, David devotes himself to building up a true kingdom with institutions, capi-
tal and frontiers. In these chapters we are told first of how he won Jerusalem and
chose it to be the political capital (5:6-12). The account goes on to deal with the
setting-up of the ark in Jerusalem (which makes it the religious capital: 6:1-23),
the institution of dynastic succession, to ensure the permanence of the monar-
chy (7:1-29), and, finally, the pushing out of frontiers thanks to territory taken
from the Philistines, thereby bolstering the country’s security (8:1-18).

In addition to dealing with social and political matters, this section is imbued with
religious teaching: Jerusalem, now established as the capital, becomes the sign
of divine protection (chap. 6); Nathan’s prophecy guarantees that dynastic suc-
cession is part of God’s salvific plan (chap. 7); and victory over the Philistines
means that God will ensure that peace reigns within the new frontiers.

5:6-12. Jerusalem was to be the capital, the center of national life, and also the
religious and doctrinal center up to New Testament times. In that city the Church
will be born, and from there its message will radiate.

As regards contemporary extra-biblical sources, the city is mentioned in Egyptian
texts of the nineteenth to eighteenth century BC as being a place hostile to Egypt
and letters from the fourteenth century BC found in El-Aniama, in northern Egypt,
mention it along with Gezer, Ashkelon and Lachish all Canannite cities but of no
great importance.

The Jebusites considered the fortress unassailable (cf. Josh 10:1-15; 15:63; Judg
1:21) so much so that they thought it could be defended even by the blind and the
lame (vv. 6 and 8). But David somehow managed to take it (see the RSVCE note).
He developed it (vv. 9-10), built his palace there, and declared it the city of David,
that is, the capital of the kingdom.

Its geographical position on the border between the north and south meant that
Jerusalem was strategically well situated, and it showed David was lord of all the
land, as God willed. To take Jerusalem he had first to overcome the Philistines (vv.
17-25), but the sacred writer, by bringing forward his account of the conquest of
Zion and putting it in here, is using literary license to emphasize that David’s main
military achievement was the taking of Jerusalem and the establishment there of
his court.

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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From: Mark 3:22-30

Allegations of the Scribes


[22] And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He (Jesus) is pos-
sessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons He casts out the demons.”
[23] And He called them to Him, and said to them in parables, “How can Satan
cast out Satan? [24] If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot
stand. [25] And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to
stand. [26] And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot
stand, but is coming to an end. [27] But no one can enter a strong man’s house
and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then indeed he may
plunder his house.”

Sins Against the Holy Spirit


[28] “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever
blasphemies they utter; [29] but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—[30] for they had said, “He
has an unclean spirit.”

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Commentary:

22-23. Even Jesus’ miracles were misunderstood by these scribes, who accuse
Him of being a tool of the prince of devils, Beelzebul. This name may be con-
nected with Beelzebub (which spelling is given in some codices), the name of a
god of the Philistine city of Eqron (Accaron), which means “god of the flies.” But
it is more likely that the prince of devils is called Beelzebul, which means “god
of excrement”: “excrement” is the word Jews used to describe pagan sacrifices.
Whether Beelzebub or Beelzebul, in the last analysis it refers to him to whom
these sacrifices were offered, the devil (1 Corinthians 10:20). He is the same
mysterious but real person whom Jesus calls Satan, which means “the enemy”,
whose dominion over the world Christ has come to wrest from him (1 Corinthians
15:24-28; Colossians 1:13f) in an unceasing struggle (Matthew 4:1-10; John 16:
11). These names show us that the devil really exists: he is a real person who
has at his beck and call others of his kind (Mark 5:9).

24-27. Our Lord invites the Pharisees, who are blind and obstinate, to think along
these lines: if someone expels the devil this means he is stronger than the devil:
once more we are exhorted to recognize in Jesus the God of strength, the God
who uses His power to free man from enslavement to the devil. Satan’s dominion
has come to an end: the prince of this world is about to be cast out. Jesus’ vic-
tory over the power of darkness, which is completed by His death and resurrec-
tion, shows that the light has already entered the world, as our Lord Himself told
us: “Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast
out; and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (John
12:31-32).

28-30. Jesus has just worked a miracle but the scribes refuse to recognize it “for
they had said `He has an unclean spirit’” (verse 30). They do not want to admit
that God is the author of the miracle. In this attitude lies the special gravity of
blasphemy against the Holy Spirit—attributing to the prince of evil, to Satan, the
good works performed by God Himself. Anyone acting in this way will become
like the sick person who has so lost confidence in the doctor that he rejects him
as if an enemy and regards as poison the medicine that can save his life. That
is why our Lord says that he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be
forgiven: not because God cannot forgive all sins, but because that person, in
his blindness towards God, rejects Jesus Christ, His teaching and His miracles,
and despises the graces of the Holy Spirit as if they were designed to trap him
(cf. “St. Pius V Catechism”, II, 5, 19; St. Thomas Aquinas, “Summa theologiae”,
II-II, q. 14, a. 3).

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States


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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Readings at Mass


First reading

2 Samuel 5:1-7,10 ©

All the tribes of Israel then came to David at Hebron. ‘Look’ they said ‘we are your own flesh and blood. In days past when Saul was our king, it was you who led Israel in all their exploits; and the Lord said to you, “You are the man who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you shall be the leader of Israel.”’ So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a pact with them at Hebron in the presence of the Lord, and they anointed David king of Israel.

  David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned for forty years. He reigned in Hebron over Judah for seven years and six months; then he reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.

  David and his men marched on Jerusalem against the Jebusites living there. These said to David, ‘You will not get in here. The blind and the lame will hold you off. (That is to say: David will never get in here.) But David captured the fortress of Zion, that is, the Citadel of David.

  David grew greater and greater, and the Lord, the God of Hosts, was with him.


Psalm

Psalm 88:20-22,25-26 ©

My truth and my love shall be with him.

Of old you spoke in a vision.

  To your friends the prophets you said:

‘I have set the crown on a warrior,

  I have exalted one chosen from the people.

My truth and my love shall be with him.

I have found David my servant

  and with my holy oil anointed him.

My hand shall always be with him

  and my arm shall make him strong.

My truth and my love shall be with him.

My truth and my love shall be with him;

  by my name his might shall be exalted.

I will stretch out his hand to the Sea

  and his right hand as far as the River.

My truth and my love shall be with him.


Gospel Acclamation

Ps24:4,5

Alleluia, alleluia!

Teach me your paths, my God,

make me walk in your truth.

Alleluia!

Or

cf.2Tim1:10

Alleluia, alleluia!

Our Saviour Jesus Christ abolished death

and he has proclaimed life through the Good News.

Alleluia!


Gospel

Mark 3:22-30 ©

The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, ‘Beelzebul is in him’ and, ‘It is through the prince of devils that he casts devils out.’ So he called them to him and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot last. And if a household is divided against itself, that household can never stand. Now if Satan has rebelled against himself and is divided, he cannot stand either – it is the end of him. But no one can make his way into a strong man’s house and burgle his property unless he has tied up the strong man first. Only then can he burgle his house.

  ‘I tell you solemnly, all men’s sins will be forgiven, and all their blasphemies; but let anyone blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and he will never have forgiveness: he is guilty of an eternal sin.’ This was because they were saying, ‘An unclean spirit is in him.’


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Perpetual Novena for the Nation (Ecumenical)
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Prayers for The Religion Forum (Ecumenical)
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Jesus, High Priest
 

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.

Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem.  He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.

St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.

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Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

Pray the Rosary

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

2.  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 shall 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

3.  The Lord's Prayer:  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. (3) 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 in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

5. Glory Be:  GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer.  Repeat the process with each mystery.

End with the Hail Holy Queen:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

 

The Mysteries of the Rosary

By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary.
The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.


The Joyful Mysteries
(Mondays and Saturdays)

1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) [Spiritual fruit - Humility]
2. The Visitation (Luke 1: 39-56) [Spiritual fruit - Love of Neighbor]
3. The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20) [Spiritual fruit - Poverty of Spirit]
4. The Presentation (Luke 2:21-38) [Spiritual fruit - Purity of mind & body]
5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) [Spiritual fruit - Obedience ]

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~ PRAYER ~

St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
 Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we  humbly pray,
 and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
 by the power of God,
 Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
 Amen
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A Prayer for our Free Nation Under God
God Save Our Country web site (prayer warriors)
Prayer Chain Request for the United States of America
Pray for Nancy Pelosi
Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform (Freeper Prayer Thread)
Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life
[Catholic Caucus] One Million Rosaries
Non-stop Rosary vigil to defeat ObamaCare

From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

"Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

   

PLEASE JOIN US -

Evening Prayer
Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?  


There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.    Please forward this to your praying friends.


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Feast of
the Holy Name of Jesus


Luke 2:21 "...Et vocatum est Nomen eius IESUS"
("And His Name was called JESUS")

Psalm 90:14 "Because he hoped in me I will deliver him:
I will protect him because he hath known My Name."

Zacharias 10:12 "I will strengthen them in the Lord,
and they shall walk in His Name, saith the Lord."

Apocalypse 3:8 "I know thy works. Behold, I have given before thee a door opened, which no man can shut: because thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied My Name."

Apocalypse 15:4 "Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and magnify Thy Name?..."

 

Blessed be the most holy Name of Jesus without end!

 

January Devotion: The Holy Name of Jesus

The month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. This feast is also celebrated on January 3. Here is an explanation of the devotion.

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has associated entire months to special devotions. The devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus has been traditionally associated with the month of January, due to its celebration on January 3. The name Jesus was given to the Holy Child at God's command (Luke 1:31). The Holy Name is all-powerful because of the Person who bears it; we honor it because of the command of Christ, that we should pray in His Name and because it reminds us of all the blessings we receive through our Holy Redeemer. Hence St. Paul was able to write to the Philippians: ". . . at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth" (Phil. 2:10). By means of this devotion we also make amends for improper use of the Holy Name.

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

Prayer/Hymn in Honor of the Most Holy Name of Jesus - Iesu, Dulcis Memoria

Iesu, Dulcis Memoria is a celebrated 12th century hymn attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), Doctor Mellifluus. The entire hymn has some 42 to 53 stanzas depending upon the manuscript. Parts of this hymn were used for the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, which was formerly celebrated on the Sunday between the Circumcision and Epiphany, or failing such a Sunday, on January 2. The part below was used at Vespers. In the liturgical revisions of Vatican II, the feast was deleted, though a votive Mass to the Holy Name of Jesus had been retained for devotional use. With the release of the revised Roman Missal in March 2002, the feast was restored as an optional memorial on January 3.

Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast!
Yet sweeter far Thy face to see
And in Thy presence rest.

No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find,
A sweeter sound than Jesus' name,
The Savior of mankind.

O hope of every contrite heart!
0 joy of all the meek!
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!

But what to those who find? Ah! this
Nor tongue nor pen can show
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.

Jesus! our only hope be Thou,
As Thou our prize shalt be;
In Thee be all our glory now,
And through eternity. Amen.

---Roman Breviary

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

O Divine Jesus, Thou hast promised that anything we ask of the Eternal Father in Thy name shall be granted.

O Eternal Father. In the name of Jesus, for the love of Jesus, in fulfillment of this promise, and because Jesus has said it, grant us our petitions for the sake of Jesus, Thy Divine Son. Amen.

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

 

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Phil:2:10-11

 


 

 

The Most Holy Name
The Power of Jesus’ Name
What does IHS stand for? The meaning of the Holy Name of Jesus [Catholic Caucus]
Litany Of The Holy Name of Jesus
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January 2014

Pope's Intentions

Universal: That all may promote authentic economic development that respects the dignity of all peoples.

For Evangelization: That Christians of diverse denominations may walk toward the unity desired by Christ.

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Daily Gospel Commentary

Monday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day
Saint Ambrose (c.340-397), Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the Church
Commentary on Saint Luke's gospel, 7, 91-92 ;  SC 52

His kingdom is indivisible and eternal

“Every kingdom divided against itself is heading for ruin”. Because people were saying that he cast out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, Jesus wanted to show by these words that his kingdom is indivisible and eternal. Rightly, too, he answered Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world” (Jn18,36). So those who do not put their hope in Christ but think that demons are cast out by the prince of demons, Jesus says, do not belong to an eternal kingdom... When faith is rent apart, can the divided kingdom stand?... If the kingdom of the Church is to endure for ever it is because its faith is undivided, its body single: “There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all and in all” (Eph 4,5-6).

What sacrilegious stupidity! The Son of God took flesh to crush the evil spirits and snatch the prize from the prince of this world, he also gave power to men to destroy the evil one (cf. Lk 10,19)... yet some people call the power of the devil to their aid. Nevertheless, [as Luke says], it is the “finger of God” (11,20) or, as Matthew says, “the Spirit of God” (12,28) that casts out demons. By this we understand that the Kingdom of God is indivisible as a body is indivisible since Christ is God's right hand and the Spirit seems like his finger... “For in Christ dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily” (Col 2,9).


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Monday, January 27, 2014
Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10
Psalm 89:20-22, 25-26
Mark 3:22-30

When we hear heretical voices about us..., when we see that the sanctity of marriage and the priesthood are attacked without fear of rebuke, have confidence, for the Holy Church is incorruptible.

-- St Augustine


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Just A Minute Just A Minute (Listen)
Some of EWTN's most popular hosts and guests in a collection of one minute inspirational messages. A different message each time you click.

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The Angelus 

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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. 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

Hail Mary . . . 

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

Hail Mary . . . 


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray: 

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen. 


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Saint Angela Merici, Virgin

Saint Angela Merici, Virgin
Optional Memorial
January 27th


traditional holy card

 

St. Angela (1470-1540) was born in northern Italy. In 1535, she founded the Order of Ursulines, the first women's teaching order approved by the Church. Italy then was rife with violence and immorality. St. Angela believed that the formation of Christian women in society's greatest need.

Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003

 

Collect:
May the Virgin Saint Angela never fail to commend us
to your compassion, O Lord, we pray,
that, following the lessons of her charity and prudence,
we may hold fast to your teaching
and express it in what we do.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

First Reading: 1 Peter 4:7b-11
Keep sane and sober for your prayers. Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another. As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who utters oracles of God; whoever renders service, as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies; in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Gospel Reading: Mark 9:34b-37
On the way [to Capernaum] they [the disciples] had discussed with one another who was the greatest. And He [Jesus] sat down and called the twelve; and He said to them, "If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all." And He took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in His arms, He said to them, "Whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me."


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Jan 27 - St. Angela Merici 1470-1540, (Founder-Ursuline Order) [Catholic Caucus]
[St.] Angela Merici: A Great Saint And A Great Citizen Of Desenzano
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Information: St. Angela Merici

Feast Day: January 27

Born: 21 March 1474, Desenzano del Garda, Province of Brescia, Lombardy, Italy

Died: 27 January 1540, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy

Canonized: May 24, 1807, Rome by Pope Pius VII

Major Shrine: The Merician Centre (including the now subterranean Church of St Afra, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy)

Patron of: sickness, handicapped people, loss of parents

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Interactive Saints for Kids

St. Angela Merici


Feast Day: January 27
Born:1474 :: Died:1540

Angela was born in the small Italian town of Desenzano, Lake Garda, Italy. Her parents died when she was ten. She and her only sister, who was three years older, loved each other very much.

A rich uncle took the girls into his home. While still suffering from the loss of her parents, Angela's sister also died. The older girl died even before a priest could arrive to administer the last sacraments.

Angela worried about her sister's soul but Jesus revealed to her that her sister had been saved. Angela felt peace return to her own soul and thanked the Lord in prayer. She wanted to do something to show her gratitude. So she promised to spend the rest of her life serving Jesus totally.

She joined the Secular Fransiscan Order when she was fifteen and received a vision telling her that by her example she would lead other holy women to God.

In Crete, while on a pilgrimage to Holy Land, she was struck blind. Her friends wanted to return home, but she insisted on going on, visiting the shrines with as much devotion and enthusiasm as if she could see. On the way home, while praying before a crucifix, she got back her sight at the same place where it had been lost.

When she was about twenty-two, Angela began to notice that the children of her town knew little about their religion. Angela invited some of her girlfriends to join her in teaching religion classes. Angela's friends were anxious to help her with the children.

At that time there were no religious orders of teaching sisters. No one had ever thought of such a thing. St. Angela Merici was the first to gather together a group of women to open schools for children.

On November 25, 1535, twenty-eight young women offered their lives to God. It was the beginning of the Ursuline order. Angela placed the congregation under the protection of St. Ursula and this is how they got their name.

The women stayed in their own homes at first. Because of many difficulties, it was a long time before they could live together in a convent. Angela died on January 27, 1540, when her congregation was still in its beginning stages.

Her trust in God had seen her through many hard tests in her lifetime. There was no doubt in her mind that the Lord would take care of the mission she had begun. And so he did.

The Ursuline Sisters have now spread to many countries. The order continues its works for Jesus and his Church, especially in the education of children and young adults.


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CATHOLIC ALMANAC

Monday, January 27

Liturgical Color: Green

Today is the optional memorial of St.
Angela Merici, founder of the Ursuline
Sisters. In 1524, she was struck blind
while preparing for a pilgrimage to the
Holy Land. She went anyway and her
sight was miraculously restored upon
her return.

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Catholic Culture

 

Daily Readings for:January 27, 2014
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: May the Virgin Saint Angela never fail to commend us to your compassion, O Lord, we pray, that, following the lessons of her charity and prudence, and express it in what we do. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

RECIPES

o    Genoise Book Cake

o    Overnight Basic Italian

o    Pasticcio di Polenta

o    Polenta

o    Risi e Bisi

o    Rose Petal Coconut Cake

o    Rose Petal Pound Cake

o    Salmon Primavera with Lemon Butter Sauce

ACTIVITIES

o    Nameday Celebration Prayers and Ideas for St. Angela Merici

o    Practical Suggestions for Christian Living (Holy Orders)

PRAYERS

o    Litany of St. Angela Merici

o    Novena for Purification

·         Ordinary Time: January 27th

·         Optional Memorial of St. Angela Merici, virgin

Old Calendar: St. John Chrysostom, bishop, confessor and doctor; St. Angela Merici

St. Angela was born in northern Italy. In 1516, she founded the Order of Ursulines, the first teaching order for women approved by the Church. According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. John Chrysostom. St. Angela Merici's feast is celebrated on June 1, except in the convents of her order where it is also celebrated today.


St. Angela Merici
The saint was born in 1474 in the diocese of Verona. Early in life she dedicated herself to Christ as His bride. After the death of her parents, she desired to live solely for God in quiet and solitude, but her uncle insisted that she manage his household.

She renounced her patrimony in order to observe most perfectly the rule for Franciscan Tertiaries.

During a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1524, she lost her eyesight temporarily. Pope Clement VII, whom she visited in Rome, desired her to remain in the Holy City. Later she founded a society for girls, under the protection of St. Ursula; this was the beginning of the Ursuline Order. St. Angela was almost seventy when she died; her body remained incorrupt for thirty days. Remarkable phenomena occurred at her burial in the Church of St. Afra.

— Excerpted from The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

Patron: Bodily ills; disabled people; handicapped people; illness; loss of parents; physically challenged people; sick people; sickness.

Symbols: Cloak; ladder.

Things to Do:


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Mark
  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Mark 3
22 And the scribes who were come down from Jerusalem, said: He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of devils he casteth out devils. Et scribæ, qui ab Jerosolymis descenderant, dicebant : Quoniam Beelzebub habet, et quia in principe dæmoniorum ejicit dæmonia. και οι γραμματεις οι απο ιεροσολυμων καταβαντες ελεγον οτι βεελζεβουλ εχει και οτι εν τω αρχοντι των δαιμονιων εκβαλλει τα δαιμονια
23 And after he had called them together, he said to them in parables: How can Satan cast out Satan? Et convocatis eis in parabolis dicebat illis : Quomodo potest Satanas Satanam ejicere ? και προσκαλεσαμενος αυτους εν παραβολαις ελεγεν αυτοις πως δυναται σατανας σαταναν εκβαλλειν
24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. Et si regnum in se dividatur, non potest regnum illud stare. και εαν βασιλεια εφ εαυτην μερισθη ου δυναται σταθηναι η βασιλεια εκεινη
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Et si domus super semetipsam dispertiatur, non potest domus illa stare. και εαν οικια εφ εαυτην μερισθη ου δυναται σταθηναι η οικια εκεινη
26 And if Satan be risen up against himself, he is divided, and cannot stand, but hath an end. Et si Satanas consurrexerit in semetipsum, dispertitus est, et non poterit stare, sed finem habet. και ει ο σατανας ανεστη εφ εαυτον και μεμερισται ου δυναται σταθηναι αλλα τελος εχει
27 No man can enter into the house of a strong man and rob him of his goods, unless he first bind the strong man, and then shall he plunder his house. Nemo potest vasa fortis ingressus in domum diripere, nisi prius fortem alliget, et tunc domum ejus diripiet. ουδεις δυναται τα σκευη του ισχυρου εισελθων εις την οικιαν αυτου διαρπασαι εαν μη πρωτον τον ισχυρον δηση και τοτε την οικιαν αυτου διαρπαση
28 Amen I say to you, that all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme: Amen dico vobis, quoniam omnia dimittentur filiis hominum peccata, et blasphemiæ quibus blasphemaverint : αμην λεγω υμιν οτι παντα αφεθησεται τα αμαρτηματα τοις υιοις των ανθρωπων και βλασφημιαι οσας αν βλασφημησωσιν
29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin. qui autem blasphemaverit in Spiritum Sanctum, non habebit remissionem in æternum, sed reus erit æterni delicti. ος δ αν βλασφημηση εις το πνευμα το αγιον ουκ εχει αφεσιν εις τον αιωνα αλλ ενοχος εστιν αιωνιου κρισεως
30 Because they said: He hath an unclean spirit. Quoniam dicebant : Spiritum immundum habet. οτι ελεγον πνευμα ακαθαρτον εχει

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22. And the Scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casts he out devils.

BEDE; The Scribes also coming down from Jerusalem blaspheme. But the multitude from Jerusalem, and from other regions of Judea, or of the Gentiles, followed the Lord, because so it was to be at the time of His Passion, that a crowd of the people of the Jews should lead Him to Jerusalem with palms and praises, and the Gentiles should desire to see Him; but the Scribes and Pharisees should plot together for His death.

23. And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
24. And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.
27. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
28. Verily I say to you, All sins shall be forgiven to the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
29. But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost has never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
30. Because they said, He has an unclean spirit.

PSEUD-CHRYS. The blasphemy of the Scribes having been detailed, our Lord shows that what they said was impossible confirming His proof by an example. Wherefore it says And having called them together to him, He said to them in parables, How can Satan, cast out Satan?

As if He had said, A kingdom divided against itself by civil war must be desolated, which is exemplified both in a house and in a city. Wherefore also if Satan's kingdom be divided against itself, so that Satan expels Satan from men, the desolation of the kingdom of the devils is at hand. But their kingdom consists in keeping men under their dominion. If therefore they are driven away from men, it amounts to nothing less than the dissolution of their kingdom. But if they still hold their power over men, it is manifest that the kingdom of evil is still standing, and Satan is not divided against himself.

GLOSS. And because He has already shown by an example that a devil cannot cast out a devil, He shows how he can be expelled, saying,

No man can enter into a strong man's house, &c.

THEOPHYL. The meaning of the example is this: The devil is the strong man; his goods are the men into whom he is received; unless therefore a man first conquers the devil, how can he deprive him of his goods, that is, of the men whom he has possessed? So also I who spoil his goods, that is, free men from suffering by his possession, first spoil the devils and vanquish them, and am their enemy. How then can you say that I have Beelzebub, and that being the friend of the devils, I cast them out?

BEDE; The Lord has also bound the strong man, that is, the devil: which means, he has restrained him from seducing the elect, and entering into his house, the world; The has spoiled his house , and his goods, that is men, because He has snatched them from the snares of the devil, and has united them to His Church. Or, He has spoiled his house, because the four parts of the world, over which the old enemy had sway, He has distributed to the Apostles and their successors, that they may convert the people to the way of life.

But the Lord shows that they committed a great sin, in crying out that that which they knew to be of God, was of the devil, when He subjoins, Verily I say to you, All sins are forgiven, &c. All sins and blasphemies are not indeed remitted to all men, but to those who have gone through a repentance in this life sufficient for their sins; thus neither is Novatus right, who denied that any pardon should be granted to penitents, who had lapsed in time of martyrdom; nor Origen, who asserts that after the general judgment, after the revolution of ages, all sinners will receive pardon for their sins, which error the following words of the Lord condemn, when He adds, But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, &c.

PSEUD-CHRYS. He says indeed, that blasphemy concerning Himself was pardonable, because He then seemed to be a man despised and of the most lowly birth, but, that contumely against God has no remission. Now blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is against God, for the operation of the Holy Ghost is the kingdom of God; and for this reason, He says, that blasphemy against the Holy Ghost cannot be remitted. Instead, however, of what is here added, But will be in danger of eternal damnation, another Evangelist says, Neither in this world, nor in the world to come. By which is understood, the judgment which is according to the law, and that which is to come. For the law orders one who blasphemes God to be slain, and in the judgment of the second law he has no remission. However, he who is baptized is taken out of this world; but the Jews were ignorant of the remission which takes place in baptism. He therefore who refers to the devil miracles, and the casting out of devils which belong to the Holy Ghost alone, has no room left him for remission of his blasphemy.

Neither does it appear that such a blasphemy as this is remitted, since it is against the Holy Ghost. Wherefore he adds, explaining it, Because they said, He has an unclean spirit.

THEOPHYL. We must however understand, that they will not obtain pardon unless they repent. But since it was at the flesh of Christ that they were offended, even though they did not repent, some excuse was allowed them, and they obtained some remission.

PSEUDO-JEROME; Or this is meant; that he will not deserve to work out repentance, so as to be accepted, who, understanding who Christ was, declared that He was the prince of the devils.

BEDE; Neither however are those, who do not believe the Holy Spirit to be God, guilty of an unpardonable blasphemy, because they were persuaded to do this by human ignorance, not by devilish malice.

AUG. Or else impenitence itself is the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost which has no remission. For either in his thought or by his tongue, he speaks a word against the Holy Ghost, the forgiver of sins, who treasures up for himself an impenitent heart. But He subjoins, Because they said, He has an unclean spirit, that he might show that His reason for saying it, was their declaring that He cast out a devil by Beelzebub, not because there is a blasphemy, which cannot be remitted, since even this might be remitted through a right repentance; but the cause why this sentence was put forth by the Lord, after mentioning the unclean spirit, (who as our Lord shows was divided against himself,) was, that the Holy Ghost even makes those whom He brings together undivided, by His remitting those sins, which divided them from Himself, which gift of remission is resisted by no one, but him who has the hardiness of an impenitent heart. For in another place, the Jews said of the Lord, that He had a devil, without however His saying anything there about the blasphemy against the Spirit; and the reason is, that they did not there cast in His teeth the unclean spirit, in such a way, that that spirit could by their own words be shown to be divided against Himself, as Beelzebub was here shown to be, by their saying, that it might be he who cast out devils.

Catena Aurea Mark 3
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Temptation of Christ

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26 posted on 01/27/2014 5:36:46 PM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Mark 3:22-30

Saint Angela Merici, Virgin

How can Satan drive out Satan? (Mark 3:23)

If you’ve ever been near an airfield as a huge jet takes off, you know that it can be a very powerful experience. The deafening noise, the forceful gust, and the shaking ground can make your pulse quicken and your whole body tingle.

Now imagine that you can erase the airplane and the noise, but keep that excited feeling. That’s how some people have described their experience of the Holy Spirit: a quickened pulse, a sense of awe, and an excitement over all that his power can accomplish.

Sometimes, however, the Holy Spirit’s work can be very subtle: perhaps a chance encounter or an answer to an unspoken prayer. It’s this kind of experience, this subtle work of God, that can be overlooked all too easily.

In today’s Gospel reading, the people see Jesus’ miracles and fear that his power is of demonic origin. But Jesus is quick to attribute the miracles to the Holy Spirit. He even rebukes them for slandering the Holy Spirit. It’s striking to see him defending the Spirit as if he were a brother or a close friend.

This close relationship with the Holy Spirit is something that God wants us to develop as well—a relationship so close that we can detect his subtle movements just as easily as his more obvious ones. Pope Francis recently urged us along the same lines:

“Let’s ask ourselves: are we open to the Holy Spirit? Do I pray to him to enlighten me, to make me more sensitive to the things of God? This is a prayer we need to pray every day, every day: ‘Holy Spirit, may my heart be open to the Word of God, may my heart be open to good, may my heart be open to the beauty of God, every day.’ ”

Today, try to identify the Spirit’s work in your life. Pray that you may be open to the word of God, to the goodness in the world, and to the beauty that we experience in creation and in our relationships. Don’t wait for the noise of the jet!

“Holy Spirit, show me the ways that you are working in my life and the path that you have planned for me. Help me to recognize and acknowledge the big and little miracles you have done in my life.”

2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10; Psalm 89:20-22, 25-26


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Marriage=One Man and One Woman 'Til Death Do Us Part

Daily Marriage Tip for January 27, 2014:

“Marriage is a lifelong partnership of the whole of life.” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan) Partnership here means sharing in life together, helping each other, journeying together toward heaven. Does that describe your marriage?

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Regnum Christi

Identity Confusion
| SPIRITUAL LIFE | SPIRITUALITY
Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 3:22-30

The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.” Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin." For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."

Introductory Prayer:Lord, I believe that you are the source of all goodness. I know that your goodness is both a challenge and a promise. I trust that your goodness will envelop me if I allow myself to be found by you. I love you for wanting to fight the battle against evil for my sake.

Petition:Lord, help me not to be afraid of the battle against evil.

1. Not Indifferent:With Jesus on earth, another world becomes evident around us: the world of evil spirits. Jesus has come to take control of the kingdom. The devils are in a panic and begin to lose ground. Jesus is a threat to evil. His goodness, truth and holiness are capable of putting the devils into submission. When Christ takes a stronger hold on my life, things begin to change. Do I let Christ challenge evil in my heart? In the world around me?

2. Not One of Them  Jesus brings change: But change is not evil per se. The change that Jesus brings is good, since he comes to put demons in their place, bringing about good. This awakening of the good worries the devil. The conquest over evil is not always done in peace and tranquility. Does the spiritual opposition I face as I try to overcome evil in my life cause me to hesitate in the fight or to wish that Jesus and his teachings would not be so demanding? Do I realize that facing difficulties is a sign of growth in Christian authenticity? Do I let the goodness of Christ radically define my life? Even in the face of opposition?

3. Only Good: Think of the joy that people experienced when Jesus freed them from the power of the Evil One. Think of the joy we feel after making a good confession, attending a good retreat or progressing in virtue. Jesus comes into our life to bring the joy of freedom from evil. He is God’s goodness made flesh. Do I rejoice to have Christ as my friend? Do I try to listen to his teachings with a willing heart, thankful for the chance I have to abide in God’s heart by living the life of grace? What an amazing friend I have! I can trust in his power to lead me along the path of life.

Conversation with Christ: Christ, I know that you are more powerful than evil. Help me to face up to evil in my life, encouraged by your friendship and strength. In your name Lord, I will walk with confidence.

Resolution: I will do something to share my faith with others today.


29 posted on 01/27/2014 7:28:04 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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<< Monday, January 27, 2014 >> St. Angela Merici
 
2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10
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INTIMACY OR BLASPHEMY?

 
"I give you My word, every sin will be forgiven mankind and all the blasphemies men utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven." —Mark 3:28-29
 

The Holy Spirit is pictured as a dove, a symbol of Israel (see Ps 74:19), re-creation (see Gn 8:11ff), love (e.g. Sg 5:2), and peace. The Holy Spirit knows the depths of God (1 Cor 2:11) and the depths of our hearts, from which He cries out "Abba" ("Father") (Gal 4:6). The Spirit dwells within our bodies as His temple (1 Cor 6:19) and is the Spirit of truth (e.g. Jn 14:17), that is, of true, faithful love. We can have a true, deep, tender, intimate relationship with the indwelling Holy Spirit.

On the other hand, we can refuse intimacy with the Spirit and abuse Him by blaspheming (Mk 3:29), grieving (Eph 4:30; Is 63:10), quenching (1 Thes 5:19), insulting (Heb 10:29), and "always opposing" Him (Acts 7:51). We can lie to the Spirit (Acts 5:3) and even evict Him from the temple of our bodies by "trashing" His temple through committing mortal sin.

In our relationship with the Holy Spirit, we tend to go to extremes — a docile tenderness and intimacy or a brutal, violent, blasphemous rejection. Let us stop our abuse of the Holy Spirit. Let us love the Spirit, Who is Love (see 1 Jn 4:16).

 
Prayer: Holy Spirit, You are all the Love I will ever need. Teach me to love You.
Promise: "David grew steadily more powerful, for the Lord of hosts was with him." —2 Sm 5:10
Praise: St. Angela's parents and older sister all died when she was a young teenager. Angela then dedicated her life to discipling and caring for troubled girls.

30 posted on 01/27/2014 7:37:58 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Just forming....anyone think it's not a baby? Pray to end abortion.

31 posted on 01/27/2014 7:41:37 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Beautiful.


32 posted on 01/27/2014 7:43:00 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit?

by Food For Thought on January 27, 2014

For our reflection today, we concentrate on one verse: “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, never have forgiveness.” What exactly is this unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit has two functions: to reveal God’s truth to people and to enable people to recognize that truth when they see it and hear it. If a person refuses the guidance of the Holy Spirit long enough and often enough, he will in the end become incapable of recognizing the truth when he sees it. He can no longer recognize God’s beauty and goodness. He comes to a stage when his own evil seems to him good and when God’s good seems to him evil. He so often and consistently disobeys God’s will to a point that this sinful behavior becomes a way of life with no qualms or conscience. That was the stage to which the Scribes and Pharisees had come. That is why they could look at Jesus and say that he was Beelzebul, the prince of devils, the all evilone.

Why should a sin against the Holy Spirit be unforgivable? What differentiates it from all other sins? When a person reaches that stage, repentance becomes impossible. There is only one condition of forgiveness and that is penitence. But if a person, by repeated refusing God’s guidance, has got his moral values inverted until evil to him is good and good to him is evil, he is conscious of no sin, he cannot repent and therefore he can never be forgiven.

So long as a person sees loveliness in Christ, so long as he hates his sin even if he cannot leave it, there is still hope for repentance and forgiveness. It is only when serious sin means nothing at all, when Christ means nothing anymore, that’s when a person has shut himself out from the love of God and his kingdom. There is a dreadful warning here. We must listen to God in all our days that our spiritual hearing never becomes spiritual deafness.


33 posted on 01/27/2014 8:08:00 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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