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This liturgical season we are reading the Gospel of St Luke. We are in the month of September 2019. If you ever wanted to read the full Gospel, you can join in the universal church in reading the Daily Readings at Mass daily.

Today its 10th September and we read the Gospel of St Luke, Chapter 6:20-26, where Jesus is giving us the Beatitudes. I was meditating on these readings early morning and read before that passage and after that passage to get a full understanding of that scene, I discovered a few interesting things. The Holy Spirit always leads us to be ready to receive the Word of the Day, whatever our hearts, minds and souls are open to receive the Divine Word, the love that is seeking to know God more. The Holy Spirit opened my mind to a few interesting scenarios – that Jesus had a lot of people following him and it wasn’t until some time later, even after a few miracles that He decided to select the 12 Disciples from among them. Also the passage relating to the powerful presence of Jesus wherever He went. On this previous Sunday the Gospel passage was St Luke chapter 14:25 ‘Now great multitudes followed him’.

If we read the passages before Jesus sermon, we find that He had just chosen His 12 Disciples after praying the whole night before and early morning, He selected the 12. After that He came down from the mountain to a level place where He could be seen by the crowds that followed Him.

And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came forth from him and healed them all”.

The previous 4 chapters of St Luke’s Gospel describes Jesus’ birth upto the time when He started his ministry in chapter 4 where he goes into the desert to fast and pray for 40 days and nights – before his work began.

Jesus was surrounded by crowds and many people wherever He went, His presence was so powerful.

We learn that before he selected his disciples He prayed a lot on the mountain the whole night. From this we learn the importance of praying before any decisions we make. It is easy to get side tracked and allow ourselves to be overcome by worries about these decisions, but if we focus our minds on God and entrust in His Will, we will find peace, because we know that we have entrusted this matter to God and its in His hands. We still need to keep praying no matter what the outcome of that decision is.

May God Bless you!

~Mary

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20140605-153110.jpgI was driving yesterday and tuned in the radio. There was a lot of discussions on state of the nation issues, welfare, pensions, unemployment, which was enough to send me into a spirit of desolation! We daily hear news of the state of the world, the violence erupting at any place, at any time, the economy, governments, marriage, identity, religious freedom, etc. People are angry, they have worked hard all their lives and to be deprived of their rewards at retirement is unfair; our local farmers are unhappy that their family business is affected; parents of schoolchildren are unhappy with the system; people out of work at middle age because employers are not employing them. The pension is not guaranteed anymore. Its overwhelming the complexity of these issues and we feel totally powerless. Jesus said ‘Trust in Me’ when times get difficult.

During Eucharistic Adoration I surrendered all these problems of the world to the Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, saying to Him ‘why Lord do we have so many problems today’. The reply came ‘You were born for this moment in history, to face it and be courageous’. It was a surprise to hear it, but I needed to hear it!

We are all born for this time to be brave and courageous, we have to face these problems with God on our side. With God’s help only we can find the strength and courage to do whatever He tells us. Each of us have gifts that is given to us by God and we can only pray and ask Him what it is He wants us to do in this present age. We can very well shirk our duties, let someone else do it, shrug our shoulders and say ‘well blame the world’ and bury our head in the sand.

God has created you for this moment in world history, to be loving to your family, forgive, help one another at home and those around you, someone on the street needs your help, offer them help, stand up for justice for the good of all around us, not just for ourselves, but for the good of all. Increase your prayer life, yes even in the middle of housework, study, working, travelling to and from school or work, at the doctors, wherever, just say a little prayer.

Spend time at Mass, receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, Confession, Eucharistic Adoration, daily Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet. It seems a lot to build into your daily time schedule, but if you give God the time, He will reward you a hundredfold.

A lot of people want to help the world with donating their time and it seems out of reach, but with prayer we can achieve more. Pray for the Missions, the hungry, the homeless, those in prison, those at war, for the sick, the disabled, the dying, the elderly. God will fill our souls with immense Grace we need to lead a more fulfilling spiritual life and prepare us for our Eternal Home.

Shalom!

 

 

 

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“God most powerful!
No evil can resist you because you are goodness itself,
no smallness can oppose you for you are greatness;
no time, for you are eternity;
no weakness, for you are power;
no ignorance, for you are wisdom;
no hate, for you are love;
no vice, for you are virtue;
no falsehood, for you are truth;
no suffering, for you are glory;
no imperfection, for you are perfection itself.
Therefore can anything resist, deflect, or diminish you? “
– Blessed Raymond Lull (1234-1316), martyr, Feast day June 30

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6a4113eba39b54c2d1ce30909b714028Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us.
Both are good when both are possible.
Otherwise, prayer is better than reading.
If a man wants to be always in God’s company, he must pray regularly and read regularly.
When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us.
– Saint Isidore of Seville (560-636), Bishop, Doctor of the Church, Feast day April 4

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Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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The 5 “Ps” of Praying


THE ROSARY

THE ROSARY

  1. Passage:  Read Daily Gospel.
  2. Posture:  Relaxed and peaceful. A harmony of body and spirit.
  3. Place:  Where you are alone and uninhibited in your response to God’s presence.
  4. Presence of God:  Be aware of it and acknowledge and respond to it.
  5. Pray: Read the Gospel of the day very slowly aloud and listen carefully and peacefully to it.

Read aloud or whisper in a rhythm with your breathing – a phrase at a time, with pauses and repetitions when and where you feel like it.

Do not be anxious, do not try to look for profound thoughts.

Be content to be like a child who climbs into its mother’s lap and listens to her words and her story.

When you finish, remind yourself that God continues to live in you during the rest of the day.

Close with an Our Father.

http://www.apostleship-prayer.org

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