Tuesday, November 24, 2015


And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 
Lk 21:25-28. 34-36 

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Thursday, November 19, 2015


My kingdom does not belong to this world.
Jn 18: 33b-37

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Learn a lesson from the fig tree.
Mk 13:24-32

Tuesday, November 03, 2015


A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.

Mk 12:41-44

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.

Rv 7:2-4, 9-14

FROM ChurchYear.Net

Every day in the Church year has a saint day, but the Solemnity of All Saints is when the Church honors all saints, known and unknown. This is similar to the American holidays of Veterans Day and Presidents Day, when a group of people are honored on a specific day. While we have information about many saints, and we honor them on specific days, there are many unknown or unsung saints, who may have been forgotten, or never been honored specifically. On All Saints Day, we celebrate these holy men and women, and ask for their prayers and intercessions.

The concept of All Saints Day is connected to the doctrine of The Communion of Saints. This is the concept that all of God's people, on heaven, earth, and in the state of purification (called Purgatory in the West), are spiritually connected and united. In other words, Catholic and Orthodox Christians (and some Protestants) believe that the saints of God are just as alive as you and I, and are constantly interceding on our behalf. Remember, our connection with the saints in heaven is one grounded in a tight-knit communion. The saints are not divine, nor omnipresent or omniscient. However, because of our common communion with and through Jesus Christ, our prayers are joined with the heavenly community of Christians. St. Cyril of Jerusalem (AD 350) testifies to this belief:
We mention those who have fallen asleep: first the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, that through their prayers and supplications God would receive our petition...(Catechetical Lecture 23:9).
The Catholic Catechism concisely describes this communion among believers, by which we are connected to Christ, and thus to one another:
"Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness...They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us...So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped."

"...as Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ, so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as from its fountain and head issues all grace, and the life of the People of God itself: We worship Christ as God's Son; we love the martyrs as the Lord's disciples and imitators, and rightly so because of their matchless devotion towards their king and master. May we also be their companions and fellow disciples (CCC 956, 957)!
There are thousands of canonized saints, that is those individuals officially recognized by the Church as holy men and women worthy of imitation. Because miracles have been associated with these people, and their lives have been fully examined and found holy by the Church, we can be assured they are prime examples of holiness, and powerful intercessors before God on our behalf. There are also many patron saints, guardians or protectors of different areas and states of life. For instance, St. Vitus is the patron saint against oversleeping, and St. Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint of air travelers. It may sound crazy to have a patron saint against oversleeping, but keep in mind the Church has something meaningful for every area of our human lives. All of these saints are celebrated throughout the year, as many have their own feast days (for instance, St. Hilary of Poitiers, whose feast day is celebrated January 13).

Christians have been honoring saints and martyrs since at least the second century AD. The Martyrdom of Polycarp, probably written near the middle of the second century, attests to this reality:

Accordingly, we afterwards took up his bones, more precious than the most exquisite jewels, and more pure than gold, and deposited them in a fitting place, so that when being gathered together, as opportunity is allowed us, with joy and rejoicing, the Lord shall grant us to celebrate the anniversary of his martyrdom, both in memory of those who have already finished their course, and for the exercising and preparation of those yet to walk in their steps (18).


Tuesday, October 20, 2015


But he kept calling out all the more,
"Son of David, have pity on me."

Mk 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd...

The book of Joshua relates how Yahweh delivered Jericho into the hands of Israel.
And to Joshua the LORD said, "I have delivered Jericho and its king into your power. Have all the soldiers circle the city, marching once around it. Do this for six days, with seven priests carrying ram's horns ahead of the ark. On the seventh day march around the city seven times, and have the priests blow the horns. When they give a long blast on the ram's horns and you hear that signal, all the people shall shout aloud. The wall of the city will collapse, and they will be able to make a frontal attack."

"Jesus, son of David, have pity on me."

By calling Jesus, son of David, Bartimaeus was publicly proclaiming his faith in Jesus as the Messiah. For the Messiah was expected to be from David's line. And in fact, Joseph was from David's line. Hence, when Augustus Caesar ordered a census of the Roman empire Joseph had to go to Bethlehem which was the city of David.

And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.

Bartimaeus was making a commotion. His behavior was almost scandalous. It was understandable that the told him to keep quiet.

But he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me."

Bartimaeus could not let the opportunity pass. It might never come back.

He threw aside his cloak.

The cloak was spread on the ground. Alms were thrown on the cloak. By throwing aside the cloak, it seems as if Bartimaeus was setting aside his life as a beggar in order to follow another way of life.

Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?"

This behavior of Jesus was perplexing to me. Why would he ask Bartimaeus that question? Was the answer not obvious? Surely Bartimaeus would not answer: "I want a house." A commentator offers this explanation: Jesus was giving him the chance to profess his faith publicly. By answering: "Master, I want to see", Bartimaeus was telling everyone that he believed Jesus had the power to give him his sight.

In the same way when we pray, we do not inform God. He already knows what we are going to ask for. When we pray we are expressing our faith in the power and goodness of God.

Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you." Immediately he received his sight.

We need faith if God is able to give us the good things he wants to give us.

And followed him on the way.

Bartimaeus threw aside his cloak because he no longer had need of it. He was not going to go begging anymore. From now on he was going to be a follower of Jesus.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Can you drink the cup that I drink
or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"

Mk 10:35-45

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