Monday, August 12, 2013

Gospel Reading: Dependence on God - Lk 12:32-48

Dependence on God
Lk 12:32-48

32Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.

33Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.

34For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. 

35"Gird your loins and light your lamps 

36and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.

37Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.

38And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.

39Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.

40You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."

41Then Peter said, "Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?"

42And the Lord replied, "Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute (the) food allowance at the proper time?

43Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.

44Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.

45But if that servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk,

46then that servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful.

47That servant who knew his master's will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely;

48and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.

Gospel Reading: The Paradox of the Grain of Wheat - Jn 12:24-26

Jn 12:24-26
The Paradox of the Grain of Wheat
24Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
25Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.
26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Gospel Reading: The Conditions of Discipleship - Mt 16:24-28

Mt 16:24-28
The Conditions of Discipleship

24Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
25For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
26What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
27For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory, and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct.
28Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

Friday, August 9, 2013

Gospel Reading: Peter's Confession about Jesus - Mt 16:13-23

Mt 16:13-23
Peter’s Confession about Jesus
13When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do the people say that the Son of Man is?” 14They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.: 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of livingGod.” 17Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my hevenly Father. 18And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Messiah.

                21From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed on the third day be raised. 22Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” 23He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Gospel Reading: The Canaanite Woman's Faith - Mt 15:21-28

Mt 15:21-28
The Canaanite Woman’s Faith
21 Jesus... withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity in me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23 But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps on calling out after us.” 24 He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But the woman came and did him homage saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of children and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” 28 Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.: And her daughter was healed from that hour.