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☩Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time☩

Today's #GospelReading (#Luke12:49-53) <--22nd of October, 2015
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
[PHOTO: Happy Feast of St. Paul John II! On the right is a holy card of St. JPII along with some @SetonHall #fallfoliage and on the left is a First Class Relic of St. JPII (a drop of blood on his cassock) that was at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall all day today. May St. JPII's example and teachings encourage us to embrace the Gospel and to not be afraid in our pursuit of choosing Christ in all things! God bless you!]

☩Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time☩

Today's #GospelReading (#Luke12:1-7) <--16th of October, 2015
At that time: So many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees. “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”
[PHOTO: A sculpture of Jesus carrying the Cross that can be found at Our Lady of Good Council in NYC]

☩Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop☩
Today's #GospelReading (#Luke17:11-19) <--11th of November, 2015
As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.”
[PHOTO: A stained glass window @SetonHall's Immaculate Conception Chapel]

☩Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time☩

Today's #GospelReading (#Luke12:39-48) <--21st of October, 2015
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be 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. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” And 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? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But 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, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and 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.”
[PHOTO: Today is #BackToTheFutureDay (hence the picture from the movie). Just some food for personal & prayerful contemplation: if you know you were made for Heaven what are the things, people, and/or activities that are holding you back from living like you were made for Heaven? I encourage you to take these things to prayer and to confession (if applicable). God bless!]

☩Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent☩
Today's #GospelReading (#John7:40-53) <--12th of March, 2016
Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, “This is truly the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?” The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.” So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.” Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” They answered and said to him, “You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” Then each went to his own house.
[PHOTO: We @SetonHall had the privilege of hearing Sister Faustina (pictured) and Sister Jordan Rose (not pictured) from the #SistersOfLife speak about this #YearOfMercy last Thursday]

Ayer celebramos al Hijo y hoy festejamos el Inmaculado Corazón de la Madre. #Repost @gospelreading with @repostapp
☩Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary☩
Today's #GospelReading (#Luke2:41-51) <--4th of June, 2016
[PHOTO: Fr. Bogumil Misiuk's priestly ordination holy card which features Jesus with his Sacred Heart exposed and Our Lady with her Immaculate Heart exposed. Please pray for Fr. Bogumil and the nine other priests in his class who were all ordained on the 28th of May (last week!). God bless you!🙏💕]

☩Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time☩
Today's #GospelReading (#Luke9:43B-45) <--23rd of September, 2016
While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
[PHOTO: Please say a prayer for my friend, Dr. Edward (Ted) Sri -- he's about to give a talk entitled, "Who am I to Judge?: Truth, Mercy, & Engaging the Culture of Moral Relativism," at the #TOBcongress! Please pray that he (and each of us listening to him) are granted a spirit of understanding -- thank you!]

“The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones”. - Luke 16:10 #gospelreading #guadalupeshrine

☩Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time☩
Today's #GospelReading (#Mark13:24-32) <--15th of November, 2015
Jesus said to his disciples: "In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. "And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky. "Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. "But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
[PHOTO: @SetonHall Hikes & Spirituality with the #CommunityOfSaintJohn at the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ]


There are multiple ways people have understood today's gospel, Matthew 25:14-30, the parable of the talents. No matter how you interpret it, here are what I think are some important points:
¤ Whatever you interpret the "talents" to be, who gave them to the servants? The Master; in other words, God. Everything we have is from God, and it is our duty to reflect whatever glory we get back to Him. Let's stay humble, friends!
¤ The gospel reading says that right after the Master went on his journey, the servant who was given five talents set out "immediately" to make more. Let's not procrastinate in doing God's works! The devil uses the excuse, "I've got plenty of time," to make us put off prayer, confession, mass, and other things we need to/are called to do.
¤ A talent was equal to 10,000 denarii, which was a large fortune back in Jesus' time. The servants were unqualified to handle such huge amounts of money, just as we are unqualified to handle God's graces. But we remember: God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called
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Monday 20 November 2017 - Give me life, O Lord, and I will do your commands. To continue with the rest of today's #DailyPrayer click link in bio. #GospelReading #GospelReflection #MadonnaMagazine #JesuitCommunications

This weekend, as we hear the Parable of the Talents, let's pause for a few moments and think about how God expects us to use our gifts to grow His kingdom on Earth. It's often easy to look at others-the musician, teacher, doctor, missionary-and clearly see their gifts. We assume they have something to offer God; we assume their skills are useful for growing His kingdom on Earth. But what about the rest of us? What about office managers, stay-at-home moms, accountants, waiters, and engineers? What do we ordinary people have to offer? The truth is, God gives each one of us gifts, though some might not be as obvious as others. Ask yourself this: What fuels my passion? What is it that I love to do and do well? The answer to that question may very well point to your God-given gifts. The key, of course, is to recognize your gifts and use them for the good of others. Don't hide your gifts; don't bury them, like the fearful third servant did, where they can't impact anyone else. And don't squander them either, but instead, invest them in growing the kingdom of God.

Sunday 19 November 2017 - Happy are those who fear the Lord. To continue with the rest of today's #DailyPrayer click link in bio. #GospelReading #GospelReflection #MadonnaMagazine #JesuitCommunications

Our Lord is gracious and merciful. He feeds us His Body and Blood in the Sacrament of the Altar. Thanks be to God! Hear worship services this weekend at kfuo.org.⠀

#OneYear #Lectionary 23rd Sunday after #Trinity
#FirstReading Proverbs 8:11-22⠀
#Psalm 111⠀
#EpistleReading Philippians 3:17-21⠀
#GospelReading Matthew 22:15-22

Saturday 18 November 2017 - Remember the marvels the Lord has done. To continue with the rest of today's #DailyPrayer click link in bio. #GospelReading #GospelReflection #MadonnaMagazine #JesuitCommunications

Friday 17 November 2017 - The heavens proclaim the glory of God. To continue with the rest of today's #DailyPrayer click link in bio. #GospelReading #GospelReflection #MadonnaMagazine #JesuitCommunications

Thursday 16 November 2017 - Your word is forever, O Lord. To continue with the rest of today's #DailyPrayer click link in bio. #GospelReading #GospelReflection #MadonnaMagazine #JesuitCommunications

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - Rise up, O God, bring judgement to the earth. To continue with the rest of today's #DailyPrayer click link in bio. #GospelReading #GospelReflection #MadonnaMagazine #JesuitCommunications

Tuesday 14 November 2017 - I will bless the Lord at all times. To continue with the rest of today's #DailyPrayer click link in bio. #GospelReading #GospelReflection #MadonnaMagazine #JesuitCommunications

In today's gospel reading, the apostles recognize that they need to have a greater reliance & trust in God so that they can do the hard things God asks them to do. We need to see the same thing. It takes faith in God to not want to be punitive toward those who sin against us. It takes increasing faith to forgive people who harm us & sin against us. It is a recognition that we need to deepen our faith in Jesus to be the forgiving disciples that Jesus describes. If what Jesus is commanding us to do as forgivers seems too great, then it is a lesson for us to grow in our faith. Verse 6 contains a great truth for us today. A little bit of faith (the size of a mustard seed) can accomplish a great deal. We may be looking at our lives & thinking that we cannot be that person. We cannot be the gentle corrector & faithful forgiver that Christ is commanding. A little bit of faith can accomplish a great deal. A growing faith in the Lord will lead to surprising results in a transformed life.

Monday 13 November 2017 - Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way. To continue with the rest of today's #DailyPrayer click link in bio. #GospelReading #GospelReflection #MadonnaMagazine #JesuitCommunications

Sunday 12 November 2017 - My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. To continue with the rest of today's #DailyPrayer click link in bio. #GospelReading #GospelReflection #MadonnaMagazine #JesuitCommunications

As we near the end of the church year, we hear more about those who have gone before us and the second coming of Jesus. Those who have died in the faith are precious to our Lord, thanks be to God! Hear worship services this weekend at kfuo.org.⠀

#OneYear #Lectionary Twenty-second Sunday after #Trinity
#FirstReading Micah 6:6-8⠀
#Psalm 116:12-19⠀
#EpistleReading Philippians 1:3-11⠀
#GospelReading Matthew 18:21-35

“The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones”. - Luke 16:10 #gospelreading #guadalupeshrine

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