In the Book of Job we hear of God’s power and might; Luke’s Gospel shows Jesus chastising the towns that refused to accept his message. Our response today: to call upon the Lord to guide us with wisdom and strength!
Monthly Archives: September 2016
We celebrate the strength of the archangels today, calling upon them for assistance in our moments of need.
Archangel Michael, Guido Reni, 1636, Santa Maria de Concezioni, Roma.
Calling upon the strength of our Guardian Angels, Cathedral School and the Knights of Columbus are honored to pray for those in law enforcement, fire and rescue that they may continue to protect and serve us with God’s grace.
The psalm response “Let my prayer come before you, O Lord” reminds us that even in our darkest moments we turn to the one who knows us, loves us, and helps us when we need it most.
Study: Reflect on a moment when your faith was on fire. What people or events helped make this happen?
Pray: Is your faith struggling right now? Ask the Lord to renew the fire within your heart.
Serve: Is there someone in your life who is struggling with their faith? How can you help support them?
The Second Letter to Timothy and the Gospel of Luke offer us a couple of crucial insights regarding our faith in Jesus Christ.
The words to Timothy are inspiring: “I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God…for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but of power and love and self control…Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.”
We have received the grace of Jesus Christ through our sacraments, prayer, and the power of the Holy Spirit. There is power in these words! Our lives are transformed when we open out hearts to the fire of faith, and we receive strength to face the difficulties and challenges of life with God’s help.
Sometimes we can lose sight of the great gift of our faith. We can take it for granted, leave it uncultivated, or perhaps stop feeding it with the proper fuel. Yet when we nourish our faith in Jesus Christ, the power of the Lord’s love renews us and directs us to share our lives with others in dynamic ways. We become so much more when our faith is burning bright; indeed, we shine as sons and daughters of God.
But how does this faith start? In Luke’s Gospel the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith, and the Lord reminds them that faith – like a seed – always begins as a tiny thing. Just as a single spark can become a roaring fire, so too, our faith can blaze forth when we willing call upon God’s help.
How do you see your faith today? Is it burning hot or only a tiny ember? We hold firm to the conviction that the Lord can take even the smallest spark and infuse it with holy fire. May we ask the Lord to touch our faith so we can glow with the love of Jesus Christ.
The parable of the rich man and Lazarus invites us to see the needs of others with the clarity of God’s grace.
The disciples did not understand what Jesus said about his suffering and death, and they were afraid to ask for more information. Yet as they eventually would move from fear to faith we are inspired to face whatever confronts us this day – knowing that the Lord will help us every step of the way.
The Lord asks his disciples “Who do you say that I am?” After hearing their responses the Lord offers an intense answer: he is the Christ who will suffer, die and be raised on the third day. May the example of Padre Pio inspire us to embrace the intensity of our lives with the grace and guidance of Jesus.
And if you are looking for some prayers that were important in the life of Padre Pio, check out these two links:
When Herod asked “Who is this Jesus?” he was responding to the Lord’s ministry – where Jesus and the Apostles are proclaiming the Good News and healing the sick. May we continue this work through our words and actions today.
Matthew heard the call of Christ and responded by bringing lots of imperfect people to the Lord. We, too, can take comfort that the Lord welcomes our response – not because we’re perfect, but because the Lord longs to heal and renew our lives.