August 24, 2017 (Feast of St. Bartholomew)

Little is known of St. Bartholomew in the Synoptics other than he is listed in the List of the 12 Apostles (paired with Philip). In the Gospel according to John, the name doesn’t appear at all, but there is a Nathaniel connected to St. Philip. This has led many commentators to link the two and say they are the same person. Perhaps, the most famous passage about Nathaniel is when he remarks “what good ever came out of Nazareth” when Philip tells him he has found the Messiah and He’s Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus then appears on the scene and tells Nathaniel He knew before He saw him under the tree, to which Nathaniel is very impressed. Jesus then says to him (in modern slang), “if you thought that was good you ain’t seen nothing yet.” One of the few jocular elements in the gospels. And, of course, Nathaniel observed far greater things in the time he spent with Jesus.

August 23, 2017 (Prayer)

A Prayer for my Prayers

“Knowing that my life’s highest purpose and its riches rewards are found in You, dear God, I ask for Your grace whenever I pray. In gratitude, may my prayer be a ready response, connecting all my blessings to You. In hope, may my prayer give me peace so that I can look forward with optimism. In need, may my prayer affirm my faith as I place my trust in You. Thank You for calling me to You in prayer, and for enriching my life through my devotion to Your Apostle, St. Jude. Amen.”

Aug. 22, 2017 (Queenship of Mary)

Do you realize that today is the Octave (8th day since) the Solemnity of the Assumption? Thus, we have the Queenship of Mary. These two Marian feasts are, of course, the 4th and 5th Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. They are connected. As a special privilege, Mary’s Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, assumed her body and soul into heaven and crowned her queen, the Queen Mom, if you will, since He is the King of the Universe, 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Mary, pray for us.

Aug. 21, 2017 (Prayer)

Mary Undoer of Knots

“O Virgin Mary, faithful Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of your children; Mother whose hands never cease to help, because they are moved by the loving kindness that exists in your immaculate Heart; cast your eyes of compassion upon me, and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life. You know all the pains and sorrows caused by these tangled knots. Mary, my Mother, I entrust to your loving hands the entire ribbon of my life. In your hands there is no knot which cannot be undone. Most holy Mother, pray for Divine assistance to come to my aid. Take this knot (mention need) into your material hands this day I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once and for all, in the name of your divine Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.”

WK 20A (2017)

In the Near East of Jesus’ time, “faith” is best understood as loyalty and allegiance to someone, no matter what. In the story, the pagan woman stays committed to Jesus no matter what He says and does. She wasn’t put off by Him. In the time of Jesus, this kind of loyalty is rewarded: Jesus cures her child.

In the news, we see how loyalty often is not rewarded. Long time employees are often let go close to retirement to keep them from getting full benefits. Others are let go and replaced by less skilled and lesser paying employees. Loyalty to the firm is not rewarded. WE see it in terms of committment to Jesus and His church. How many people do you know who were brought up in the Church, turn away from it for all kinds of reasons. They have lost their committment to Jesus and the Church. Often we hear how the third largest Christian denomination are fallen away Catholics who no longer attend the Catholic Church. What can you do to reacativate loyal committment to Jesus and His Church?