DAY 43 - MARY, QUEEN OF VIRGINS, PRAY FOR US
OIL - OBEDIENCE IN LOVE
PRAY A ROSARY
- Rosary of the Day: Glorious Mysteries
- Traditional 54 Day Rotation: Joyful Mysteries
Seventeenth S. after Pentecost (26th S. Ord. Time)
JOHNNY APPLE SEED
Job, Chapter 28, Verse 28
to mortals he said: See: the FEAR of the Lord is wisdom; and avoiding
evil is understanding.
Fear God; Avoid Evil and maintain your integrity
In Job we learn that the trials of Job tested his fear of God, tested if he would avoid evil, and tested whether he would maintain his integrity.
Job’s trials began when the Sabeans fell upon all of Job’s sons and daughters. They killed the servants with the edge of the sword. They kidnapped Job’s eldest sons and stole their livestock. They abducted Job’s ten children.
But Job feared God, avoided evil and maintained his integrity.
Fire of God fell from Heaven burned up the sheep, charred the servants and consumed all of them. Despite hearing about burnt livestock and charred workers,
Job feared God, avoided evil and maintained his integrity.
Chaldeans raided Job’s servants from three different directions. They fell upon the camels. They killed those servants with the edge of the sword. They carried away the valuable sheep, oxen and she asses. Despite receiving this bad report —guess what?
Job feared God, avoided evil and maintained his integrity.
The trials kept coming. This time a great wind from the wilderness came and struck the house, which fell upon the young men and killed them.
Job feared God, avoided evil and maintained his integrity so much that even after that destruction and preceding calamities that befell him, he did something we all should do when we are faced with calamity. Job fixated his attention on the LORD rather than focusing on his problems.
So, Job arose that day, rent his cloak, shaved his head, fell down upon the ground and worshipped the LORD his God.
“Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither,” Job declared. “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Job’s trials continued when Satan struck Job with boils from the bottom of his foot to the top of his head. Job’s skin was so inflamed, and his body was so irritated that he scraped himself with ceramic shard to relieve his itching and suffering.
But still, Job feared God, avoided evil and maintained his integrity.
Job sat down among the ashes. Job’s wife questioned whether Job should still maintain his integrity. She advised Job to curse God and die. Curse God and die? Was Mrs. Job advising Mr. Job to commit suicide? It certainly sounded like it.
“No,” Mr. Job probably thought, not listening to nor heeding Mrs. Job’s advice. “I will fear God! I will avoid evil! I will maintain my integrity!”
Choosing to live was downright hard! Job lost loved ones. Job lost his house, his possessions and his wealth. Job lost his health and his wife’s respect. Even Job’s three friends —Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite— questioned Job and disrespected Job’s God. But cursing God and dying was not an option! So, despite all of Job’s trials, he feared God. Job avoided evil. Job maintained his integrity.
All of us have been attacked by the enemy. Many have lost a spouse, a child or loved one.
Due to COVID-19 some are laid-off, unemployed or underemployed. Some are dealing with financial uncertainty, financial instability or financial ruin. Many are facing divorce, are going through divorce or are recovering from divorce.
This New Year’s brings apprehension about the future. Will terrorists target our country and if so, when where and how? Will earthquakes shake our land? Will lightning or drought or terrorism cause forest fires that engulfs rural communities? Will racial friction trigger rioting in urban communities? Will hurricanes or tornadoes blow away our cities or flood waters envelope our homes? What about the economy? What about the future? What about this or that and so on and so forth? The questions are endless.
We can’t control anything that could happen or may happen or will happen. But we can certainly control how we respond to such happenings.
Whatever you’re going through and whatever you’re dealing with, be like Job! Fixate your attention on the LORD rather than focus on the problems. Fear God, avoid evil and maintain your integrity.
ON KEEPING THE LORDS DAY HOLY
The Eucharistic Assembly:
Heart of Sunday
The table of the Body of Christ
42. The table of the word leads naturally to the table of the Eucharistic Bread and prepares the community to live its many aspects, which in the Sunday Eucharist assume an especially solemn character. As the whole community gathers to celebrate "the Lord's Day", the Eucharist appears more clearly than on other days as the great "thanksgiving" in which the Spirit-filled Church turns to the Father, becoming one with Christ and speaking in the name of all humanity. The rhythm of the week prompts us to gather up in grateful memory the events of the days which have just passed, to review them in the light of God and to thank him for his countless gifts, glorifying him "through Christ, with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit". The Christian community thus comes to a renewed awareness of the fact that all things were created through Christ (cf. Col 1:16; Jn 1:3), and that in Christ, who came in the form of a slave to take on and redeem our human condition, all things have been restored (cf. Eph 1:10), in order to be handed over to God the Father, from whom all things come to be and draw their life. Then, giving assent to the Eucharistic doxology with their "Amen", the People of God look in faith and hope towards the eschatological end, when Christ "will deliver the kingdom to God the Father ... so that God may be everything to everyone" (1 Cor 15:24, 28).
Sunday after Pentecost
This Sunday recognizes the double love of God and neighbor.
IN the Introit of the Mass, the justice and mercy of God are praised. Thou are just, O Lord, and Thy judgment is right. Deal with Thy servant according to Thy mercy. Blessed are the undefiled who walk in the law of the Lord (Ps. cxviii.).
Grant to Thy people, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to avoid the contagion of the devil, and with a pure mind to seek Thee, the only God.
EPISTLE. Eph. iv. 1-6.
Brethren: I, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called, with all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity, careful to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. One body and one spirit, as you are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in us all, Who is blessed forever and ever. Amen.
The words, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, confound those who assert that a man may be saved in any belief. There can be but one true religion; they who profess it should be united by the bond of charity, and their lives be worthy of their vocation to the true faith.
GOSPEL. Matt. xxii. 35-46.
At that time the Pharisees came nigh to Jesus, and one of them, a doctor of the law, asked Him, tempting Him: Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind; This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets. And the Pharisees being gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying: What think you of Christ? Whose son is He? They say to Him: David’s. He saith to them: How then doth David in spirit call Him Lord, saying: The Lord said to my Lord: Sit on My right hand, until I make Thy enemies Thy footstool? If David then call Him Lord, how is He his son? And no man was able to answer Him a word: neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions.
Why is this commandment to love God and our neighbor called the great commandment? Because in these two are contained all the others, so that he who fulfils these fulfils the whole law. For whoever loves God with his whole heart does not murmur against God; does not dishonor His name by cursing and swearing; does not desecrate the Sabbath-day, because he knows that all this is offensive to God. On the contrary, he hopes in God; gives thanks and praise to God; sanctifies the Sundays and holy-days, because he knows this to be pleasing to God; observes the precepts of the Church, because he knows it to be the will of God that he should hear the Church; honors his parents; does no injury to his neighbor; does not commit adultery; does not steal; slanders no one; bears no false witness; pronounces no unjust judgment; is not envious, malicious, unmerciful, but rather practices towards every one the corporal and spiritual works of mercy; and all this because, out of love to God, he loves his neighbor as himself. Thus, love fulfils all the commandments.
What is the meaning of the question, “What think you of Christ?” Christ put this question to the Pharisees in order that, by their own answer, He might convince them that He was not merely a lineal son of David, but that He was the Son of God, begotten from eternity, on which account He called Himself David’s Lord. That Christ is the Son of God, our Lord, our Teacher, our Lawgiver, our Redeemer and Savior, we Christians know well, for we daily profess it; but how many of us, in deeds, deny it, since we do not follow His teaching nor observe His commandments! What, then, will Christ one day be to such? What but a judge to condemn, and a God to punish?
Why must we love our neighbor? Because we are all, not merely by descent from Adam, but much more through the grace of Jesus, children of God and members of one family. As children of God, we bear in us the likeness of God. But God loved and still loves all men; for the salvation of all He has given up His only Son, that all may be saved; shall we then love one and hate another, and yet think to be like God? Through the grace of Jesus, we are all redeemed, made members of His body, yes, partakers of His body and blood. Therefore St. Paul admonishes us: “You are all one in Christ” (Gal. iii. 28), be therefore careful to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephes. iv. 3). How natural is it for the members of one body not to wound each other! Jesus, our Redeemer, gave His life for us when we were His enemies, and even on the cross prayed for His murderers. We are His disciples. But can we be allowed to call ourselves so without possessing this mark of His discipleship? (John xiii. 15.) Thus, everything incites us to love: the law of nature and of revelation, the example of Christ, all the promises and hopes that we have. In truth, how, without love, could we hope to enter the kingdom of love? There can be no answer to this reasoning: “Would you be a disciple of Jesus, an heir of His kingdom? then love like Him; and He has shed His blood for His mortal enemies.
Johnny Appleseed Day
There’s a story from the early days of America, discussing this near-mythical figure that traveled the wilds of America spreading apple seeds everywhere he went. He was known and lauded for his kind, generous ways, and the importance he placed on the apples. To this day he is depicted in stories and song as the man who made apples an American institution and is one of the most beloved characters in its mythology and history. What many people don’t know is that Johnny Appleseed was no mere legend, but was, in fact, a missionary known by the name of John Chapman. Born in Leominster, Massachusetts in 1774. While the most common display of the man who would be known as Johnny Appleseed is of him randomly spreading apple seeds everywhere, the truth of his methods was a bit more pragmatic. He travelled throughout Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, and the lands that would become West Virginia planting nurseries. He would fence them in and leave them in the care of a neighbor who would then sell shares in the trees, and then come back every year or two to tend them. His very first nursery was built on the bank of Broken straw Creek, south of Warren Pennsylvania, but dozens more were to follow. His work wasn’t focused just on apples, however. He had a deep and abiding love for animals of all kinds, including insects. He may have been one of the first ethical vegetarians and spent much of his life taking pains not to harm animals. One popular story about him recounts his attitudes towards animals:
“One cool autumnal night, while lying by his camp-fire in the woods, he observed that the mosquitoes flew in the blaze and were burned. Johnny, who wore on his head a tin utensil which answered both as a cap and a mush pot, filled it with water and quenched the fire, and afterwards remarked, “God forbid that I should build a fire for my comfort, that should be the means of destroying any of His creatures.””
How to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day
Celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day is best done by indulging yourself in the delicious fruit that he helped to spread across the US. Whatever form you choose to have it in, whether a fresh apple off a tree or a rich and flavorful apple pie, be sure to take some time to appreciate the results of his efforts. You may also take a day off of eating meat and be extra kind to animals on this day, in remembrance of his efforts and his beliefs.
35 Promises of God cont.
“And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”-1 John 5:14
is my grandson “Mackie’s” birthday, please pray for his intentions.
· Today in honor of the Holy Trinity do the Divine Office giving your day to God. To honor God REST: no shopping after 6 pm Saturday till Monday. Don’t forget the internet.
· Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Growth of Catholic Families and Households
· Iceman’s Total Consecration to Mary-Day 16
· Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus
· Make reparations to the Holy Face
· Go to MASS
Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896.
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