19th Week: Aug 10-15: Reflections

Aug 10 Monday (St. Lawrence, Deacon, Martyr) : Jn 12:24-26: 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  25  He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. USCCB video reflections:

19th Week, Wednesday, Aug 12

Ezekiel 9:1-7; 10:18-22 / Matthew 18:15-20
Ezekiel has a vision of Jerusalem: “Only those who mourn will be saved. ”

Five years after arriving in Babylon, Ezekiel is returned to Jerusalem in a vision. He finds himself beside the Temple. What he sees may have been actual or symbolic. In any event, the meaning is clear: He sees a breakdown of the religion of Israel.

19th Week, Tuesday, Aug 11

Ezekiel 2:8 - 3:4 / Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
“Preach to the people of Israel. ”:  God speaks to Ezekiel

There was a movie that was shown some time back called "Bruce Almighty". It was about this ordinary man who was given godly powers for whatever reason. Power is indeed very attractive and appealing, and more so for the ordinary man on the street who seems to feel so powerless in all that is happening around him.

Aug 10: St. Lawrence: Liturgical Prayers

Monday August 10



As a deacon, Lawrence was placed in charge of the poor of Rome. When he was ordered to surrender the goods of the Church to the persecutors, he distributed them to the poor. When asked where the treasures of the Church were, he showed the poor… He was broiled alive. Rome venerates him as one of the greatest saints and co-patron of Rome with Peter and Paul. May we learn loyal service from him.

Aug 10: Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

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19 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting (See Responsorial Psalm) I will listen to the voice of the Lord,
for it speaks of peace.
His help is near for those who fear him.
May the Lord with his help be always with you.
R/ And also with you.

18th Week, Saturday, Aug 8

Habakkuk 1:12-2:4 / Matthew 17: 14-20
Habakkuk questions God: God promised that justice would prevail.
The Book of Habakkuk is nearly as short as the Book of Nahum. Habakkuk prophesied shortly before the fall of Jerusalem and the Temple (587 B.C.). He wrestled with the same question Job did: Why do good people seem to suffer and evil people appear to prosper?

19 Sunday A: In the Storms of life with Jesus

J saves PFrom Fr. Donald Planty:

The world’s attention is unfortunately, but understandably, regularly focused on the destructive force of natural events like hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis, as well as on the violent human forces contending in conflicts in Central Europe, in the Middle East, in Africa, and in Latin America. 

18th Week, Friday, Aug 7 - Video

18th Week, Friday, Aug 7

Nahum 2:1, 3; 3:1-3, 6-7 / Matthew 16:24-25
God speaks through Nahum: The city was doomed.

The Book of Nahum is one of the shortest books in the Bible. It celebrates the fall of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, Judah’s ancient enemy. Nothing is known of Nahum (ca. 650 B.C.), except what we find in this brief book.

Aug 6: Transfiguration of the Lord

Opening Stories:
1) The Samurai Warrior and the Zen Master

One day, a Samurai warrior went to a Zen master for instruction. "Please," the huge man asked in a thundering voice that was used to instant obedience, "teach me about heaven and hell."
The master scowled at the swordsman, then broke into mocking laughter. "Me, teach you about heaven and hell? I wouldn't waste a moment trying to instruct the brain of an overweight ignoramus like you! How dare you ask me for such a lofty insight?"
Well, upon hearing these words, the Samurai grew furious. No one could insult him like this and get away with it. Enraged, his face flushed and he drew his sword to chop off the teacher's head. Just as he was about to strike, the master raised his hand and calmly said "That, sir, is hell." 

18th Week, Thursday, Aug 6

Jeremiah 31;31-34 / Matthew 16:13-23
God makes a promise: “I will make a new covenant

At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “This cup is God’s new covenant sealed with my blood.” Luke 22:20. When the disciples heard these words, their thoughts went immediately to today’s reading from the Book of Jeremiah. From Jesus’ viewpoint, the new covenant didn’t destroy the old one any more than adulthood destroys childhood. It grew out of the old covenant as naturally as adulthood grows out of childhood. It brought the old covenant to its fulfillment. Speaking about the new covenant, Paul said, “No longer do we serve in the old way of a written law, but in the new way of the Spirit.” Romans 7:6

Transfiguration: Thursday August 6 - Liturgical Prayers

Transfiguration of Our Lord


Today God our Father tells us: This is my beloved Son. Listen to him. May the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ resound in your hearts and in your lives. May the Lord be with you always.
R/ And also with you.

18th Week, Wednesday, Aug 5

Jeremiah 31: 1-7 / Matthew 15: 21-28
God comforts his people: “Once again I will rebuild you.”

A woman dropped a beautiful orange vase, and it splintered into dozens of tiny pieces. She swept them up and threw them away. An hour later the woman discovered that her little daughter had retrieved the pieces from the wastebasket and pasted them on a piece of white cardboard. Then, taking some crayons, the little girl drew stems, leaves, and flowers, converting the pieces into a bouquet. The woman was moved to tears. Her daughter had made something beautiful out of something that was broken and useless.

18 Week, Wednesday, Aug 5 - Video

18th Week: Aug 3-8: Reflections

Aug 3-8: Aug 3 Monday: Mt 24: 22-36: And if those days had not been shortened, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect they will be shortened. 23j If anyone says to you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24False messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will perform signs and wonders so great as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect. 25Behold, I have told it to you beforehand. 26So if they say to you, ‘He is in the desert,’ do not go out there; if they say, ‘He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.*………………36 USCCB video reflections:

18th Week, Tuesday, Aug 4 - St. John Vianney

Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22 / Matthew 14:22-36
God speaks to his people: “I will restore my people.”

18th Week Monday Aug 3

18th Week, Monday, Aug 3

Jeremiah 28:1-17 / Matthew 14:13-21
Two prophets: One was false; the other, true.

Years ago, a Russian pianist gave a concert in New York. The next morning the music critic for the New York Times called the concert “disconnected” and “disappointing.” The music critic for the New York Herald Tribune, however, called the concert “blazing” and “electrifying.”