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11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JUNE 20 Thursday

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Jesus tells listeners to not put too much emphasis in the use of words when relating to God.

Prayer is not a conversation with God per se but a relationship.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.

God knows us in and out anyway, with our needs, frustrations, with our needs, frustrations, hopes, fears sins, and dreams.

 

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Sirach 48:1-14

Then came the prophet Elijah,

11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JUNE 19 Wednesday

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During this season, the faithful are summoned to do more works of charity,

to pray more intensely and to fast more meaningfully.

In today's Gospel, Jesus reminds us not to trumpet our religious practices out loud but rather to do them secretly.

Jesus also instructs us to keep our good deeds secret.

"Rend your heart, not your garment." 

 

 

St. Romuald, abbot

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2 Kings 2:1, 6-14*

(...) When Elijah and Elisha stood by the Jordan,

10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JUNE 14 Friday

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Jesus clearly said that the law of God didn’t just ask for pureness on the outside,

but also pureness in the soul.

God doesn’t just abhor sin on the outside, but even more so sin inside our hearts.

Jesus is making it clear again and again, that’s it not just the action that is sinful, but the thought also.

We must be careful about what we look at and what we think about. Lust will destroy us,

as will other sinful thoughts, as those sins will lead to even greater sins.

 

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1 Kings 19:9a, 11-16

On reaching the place,

11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JUNE 18 Tuesday

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 How merciful, just kind and forgiving the Lord is!

God does in fact pronounce judgment and wrath upon the perpetrators of injustice.

And yet when they humble themselves and beg for his mercy and forgiveness,

he shows himself a truly merciful.

 

1st Reading: 1 Kings 21:17-29

Then Yahweh spoke to Elijah of Tishbe,

10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JUNE 13 Thursday

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 We know that we are not on good terms with someone.

The holy voice from within us invites us, need to be reconciled with others.

We tend to overlook the smaller sins that we commit everyday unaware.

Even to our smallest sins. For if left uncheck, they might grow.

 

 St. Anthony of Padua, priest & doctor

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1 Kings 18:41-46

Elijah then said to Ahab,

11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JUNE 17 Monday

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 In the pursuit of justice, what is taken must be returned back or if not, its equivalent. That is the law of retaliation.

God gave this law through a tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye as a standard.

To prevent the excesses of revenge or the influence of personal bias destroying the social harmony within the nation of Israel.

 

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1 Kings 21:1-16

Now Naboth,

10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JUNE 12 Wednesday

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 At a time when the Teachers of the Law and the Scribes and Pharisees are preoccupied with its letter,

Jesus does not abolish the Law but comes to give it a deeper meaning and insight.

He did not come to abolish but to fulfill the law.

It’s a fulfillment based on a proper understanding of the role of the law in enhancing the lives of believers.

  

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1 Kings 18:20-39*

So Ahab sent for all the people

11TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JUNE 16 Sunday

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“What is the kingdom of God like?”

Jesus uses imagery culled from everyday life to explain what the kingdom of God is.

In the Gospel, tells of the faith which is as big as a mustard seed,

he must be referring to a sincere faith.

The kingdom gestates and sprouts, proximity to Jesus and his way puts us

in a position to learn more about the kingdom.

 

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Ezekiel 17:22-24

Thus says Yahweh:

FEAST OF ST. BARNABAS, APOSTLE JUNE 11 Tuesday

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The very name ‘Barnabas’ meant” son of encouragement” or son of consolation.”

It is all about healing the sicknesses of our souls bringing us back to a life of hope,

cleansing us from all that make us impure, and driving out our internal demons of fear, hatred, and violence. 

 

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Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3

The hand of the Lord

10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY JUNE 15 Saturday

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 The evil one, uses every form of subtle prevarication and equivocation in order to hide his true intention.

"If a man vows a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word.

He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth."

Make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet.

  

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1 Kings 19:19-21

Elijah left. He found Elisha,

10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JUNE 10 Monday

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 After all, none of those who are pronounced ‘blessed’ are what the world would ordinarily regard as such.

Our pride hinders us from seeing that we are totally dependent on God.

All who strive to live the Beatitudes set by Christ in the Gospel are on the way to becoming “Blessed!”

  

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1 Kings 17:1-6

Now Elijah, the prophet from