Daily Catholic Mass – 2018-11-12 – Fr. John Paul

By | August 29, 2019


A READING FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE LETTER OF SAINT PAUL TO TITUS. PAUL, A SLAVE OF GOD AND APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE SAKE OF THE FAITH OF GOD’S CHOSEN ONES AND THE RECOGNITION OF RELIGIOUS TRUTH, IN THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE THAT GOD, WHO DOES NOT LIE, PROMISED BEFORE TIME BEGAN, WHO INDEED AT THE PROPER TIME REVEALED HIS WORD IN THE PROCLAMATION WITH WHICH I WAS ENTRUSTED BY THE COMMAND OF GOD OUR SAVIOR, TO TITUS, MY TRUE CHILD IN OUR COMMON FAITH: GRACE AND PEACE FROM GOD THE FATHER AND CHRIST JESUS OUR SAVIOR. FOR THIS REASON I LEFT YOU IN CRETE SO THAT YOU MIGHT SET RIGHT WHAT REMAINS TO BE DONE AND APPOINT PRESBYTERS IN EVERY TOWN, AS I DIRECTED YOU, ON CONDITION THAT A MAN BE BLAMELESS, MARRIED ONLY ONCE, WITH BELIEVING CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT ACCUSED OF LICENTIOUSNESS OR REBELLIOUS. FOR A BISHOP AS GOD’S STEWARD MUST BE BLAMELESS, NOT ARROGANT, NOT IRRITABLE, NOT A DRUNKARD, NOT AGGRESSIVE, NOT GREEDY FOR SORDID GAIN, BUT HOSPITABLE, A LOVER OF GOODNESS, TEMPERATE, JUST, HOLY, AND SELF-CONTROLLED, HOLDING FAST TO THE TRUE MESSAGE AS TAUGHT SO THAT HE WILL BE ABLE BOTH TO EXHORT WITH SOUND DOCTRINE AND TO REFUTE OPPONENTS. THE WORD OF THE LORD. THANKS BE TO GOD. LORD, THIS IS THE PEOPLE THAT LONGS TO SEE YOUR FACE. LORD, THIS IS THE PEOPLE THAT LONGS TO SEE YOUR FACE. THE LORD’S ARE THE EARTH AND ITS FULLNESS; THE WORLD AND THOSE WHO DWELL IN IT. FOR HE FOUNDED IT UPON THE SEAS AND ESTABLISHED IT UPON THE RIVERS. LORD, THIS IS THE PEOPLE THAT LONGS TO SEE YOUR FACE. WHO CAN ASCEND THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD? OR WHO MAY STAND IN HIS HOLY PLACE? HE WHOSE HANDS ARE SINLESS, WHOSE HEART IS CLEAN, WHO DESIRES NOT WHAT IS VAIN. LORD, THIS IS THE PEOPLE THAT LONGS TO SEE YOUR FACE. HE SHALL RECEIVE A BLESSING FROM THE LORD, A REWARD FROM GOD HIS SAVIOR. SUCH IS THE RACE THAT SEEKS FOR HIM, THAT SEEKS THE FACE OF THE GOD OF JACOB. LORD, THIS IS THE PEOPLE THAT LONGS TO SEE YOUR FACE. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA SHINE LIKE LIGHTS IN THE WORLD, AS YOU HOLD ON TO THE WORD OF LIFE. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO>>+ LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM LUCAM GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE.>>JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, “THINGS THAT CAUSE SIN WILL INEVITABLY OCCUR, BUT WOE TO THE ONE THROUGH WHOM THEY OCCUR. IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR HIM IF A MILLSTONE WERE PUT AROUND HIS NECK AND HE BE THROWN INTO THE SEA THAN FOR HIM TO CAUSE ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES TO SIN. BE ON YOUR GUARD! IF YOUR BROTHER SINS, REBUKE HIM; AND IF HE REPENTS, FORGIVE HIM. AND IF HE WRONGS YOU SEVEN TIMES IN ONE DAY AND RETURNS TO YOU SEVEN TIMES SAYING, ‘I AM SORRY,’ YOU SHOULD FORGIVE HIM.” AND THE APOSTLES SAID TO THE LORD, “INCREASE OUR FAITH.” THE LORD REPLIED, “IF YOU HAVE FAITH THE SIZE OF A MUSTARD SEED, YOU WOULD SAY TO THIS MULBERRY TREE, ‘BE UPROOTED AND PLANTED IN THE SEA,’ AND IT WOULD OBEY YOU.” VERBUM DOMINI LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE 1ST WELCOME TO FATHER EDWARD FROM THE DIOCESE OF GREEN BAY WISCONSIN HE WILL BE ON AT HOME WITH JIM AND JOY LATER AND YOU MAY BE FAMILIAR TO SOME OF OUR RADIO LISTENERS. SOMETIMES PEOPLE WHO ARE ON TELEVISION THEY RECOGNIZE OUR VOICE AND THEY WILL WILL RECOGNIZE FATHER EDWARD’S VOICE. AND OF COURSE TO FATHER WADE WHO IS ALWAYS WELCOME HERE IS 1 OF OUR BROTHERS AND CAN CELEBRANTS. IN THIS VETERANS DAY EXTENDED WEEKEND, 1ST OF ALL I WANT TO EXTEND TO ALL OF OUR VETERANS WHO ARE JOINING US THROUGH EWTN AND EXTENDED AND HEARTFELT PRAYERS IN HIGH ESTEEM FOR YOU AND YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO GOD MOST OF ALL. PATRIOTISM IN ITS PROPER SENSE IS A VIRTUE. WE THANK YOU FOR LAYING DOWN YOUR LIVES IN SERVICE OF GOD AND COUNTRY TO PROTECT WHAT WE HAVE SO OFTEN TAKEN FOR GRANTED. VERY OFTEN MEN AND WOMEN COME BACK FROM SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND OUR MORTALLY WOUNDED, NOT IN BODY BUT EMOTIONALLY, AND MENTALLY FROM THE THINGS THEY HAVE SEEN IN BATTLE. YOU CANNOT IMAGINE HOW HORRENDOUS THE SITUATIONS MAY HAVE BEEN THAT THEY HAVE SEEN AND BEEN INVOLVED IN. I AM THINKING OF A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS NOT ONLY WOUNDED PHYSICALLY, BUT IS EVEN MORE WOUNDED AND CRIPPLED BY DEPRESSION. AND CAN HARDLY GET OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING. DOES NOT WANT TO GO ON WITH HIS LIFE SOME DAYS. PRAY FOR THESE MEN AND WOMEN. AND IN THIS MONTH OF NOVEMBER, WE REMEMBER THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO NEVER MADE IT HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. AND TO THEIR LOVED ONES. ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO THEM ON LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM AND MAY THEY REST IN PEACE. AMEN. ST. LUKE’S VERSION OF THE PARABLE OF THE MUSTARD SEED IS BRIEFER THAN ST. MATTHEW AND ST. MARK’S VERSIONS. IT STARTS IN CHAPTER 13 OF ST. LUKE AND IS BROUGHT BACK INTO THE PICTURE TODAY IN CHAPTER 17, WITH TODAY’S TEACHING ON SIN, FRATERNAL CORRECTION, REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS. A LOT IS PACKED IN TODAY’S GOSPEL. THIS IS A SHORT GOSPEL. SIN, FRATERNAL CORRECTION, REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS. EVEN THOUGH IT IS BRIEF, IT STILL GETS THE POINT ACROSS. FAITH IS COMPARED TO THE SIZE OF A MUSTARD SEED, THE SMALLEST OF ALL SEEDS. ALTHOUGH SMALL, THIS MUSTARD SEED IS BIG ENOUGH TO CONTAIN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. LITTLENESS SEEMS TO BE A REQUIREMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. THINK ABOUT THAT. IN A WORLD WHERE BIGGER IS BETTER, EVERYTHING HAS TO BE BIGGER. AND MORE ELABORATE. THE LORD REQUIRES LITTLENESS IN THIS WORLD AND EVEN MORE SO IN THE NEXT. JESUS EMPHASIZES HOW LITTLE WE MUST BECOME TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. THE LORD IS CLEAR, IF YOU HAVE FAITH THE SIZE OF A MUSTARD SEED YOU WOULD SAY TO THIS MULBERRY TREE, BE UPROOTED AND PLANTED IN THE SEA AND IT WOULD OBEY YOU. BY THE MERE GLANCE AT A MUSTARD SEED, WE MAY BE DECEIVED OF ITS POTENTIAL. IT IS THE TINIEST OF SEEDS. HERE IS A SCHOOL OF MUSTARD SEEDS. PROBABLY IT HAS OVER 50 IN HERE. MAYBE MORE. MUSTARD SEEDS. JUST BY LOOKING AT THE SMALLNESS OF A SEED, TO THINK THAT JESUS WANTS US TO BE AS LITTLE AS A MUSTARD SEED, AND THAT THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS COMPARED TO 1 OF THE TINIEST OF THESE SEEDS. A MUSTARD SEED. IS HEAVEN REALLY AS SMALL AS A MUSTARD SEED? AS SMALL AS THIS? WHAT DOES THE SEED HAVE THE CAPACITY TO BECOME? 1 OF THESE SEEDS? THE GOSPEL TELLS US IT BECOMES THE LARGEST OF ALL PLANTS, THE GOSPEL SAY, WHERE ALL THE BIRDS IN THE AIR COME TO DWELL. IS THAT NOT HOW FAITH BEGINS IN EACH 1 OF US? VERY SMALL. SANCTIFYING GRACE IS VERY SMALL WITHIN US. BUT REALLY IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT IT IS NOT VERY SMALL. IT IS GOD’S DIVINE LIFE. WE MAY BE SMALL, WHEN WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY AND THE GIFT OF SANCTIFYING GRACE, GOD’S OWN DIVINE LIFE DWELLING WITHIN US, ALONG WITH ALL OF THE GIFTS THAT GO ALONG WITH THAT PRUDENCE JUSTICE FORTITUDE AND TEMPERANCE AND WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE UNDERSTANDING COUNSEL FORTITUDE PIETY IN FEAR OF THE LORD. ALL THESE GIFTS WE HAVE RECEIVED WITHIN US AT OUR BAPTISM AND THESE GIFTS GROW WITHIN US IN OUR LIFE. THEY HAVE THE CAPACITY TO GROW INFINITELY. WE ALSO HAVE THE CAPACITY TO LOSE THEM AS WELL. BY SIN. I AM REPENTANCE. BY UNREPENTANCE. TODAY WE RECEIVE A STARK WARNING OF THE DANGER OF SIN AND WHAT SIN CAN LEAD US TO. WE ARE GIVEN THE IMAGE OF A MILLSTONE BEING ATTACHED ONE SNACK BEING ATTACHED TO ONE’S NECK, BEING THROWN INTO THE SEA. WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO CAUSE OTHERS TO SIN. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A MILLSTONE? IT IS HUGE. HAVING THAT AROUND YOUR NECK AND BEING THROWN INTO THE SEA NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN ULTIMATELY, GOD DOES NOT WILL THAT FOR ANY OF US, BUT WE CHOOSE THAT. WE CHOOSE SIN. DESTRUCTION. GOD WANTS OUR SALVATION, AND HE WANTS FAITH TO GROW WITHIN US. HE DOES NOT WILL THAT WE BE LOST. HE DOES NOT WILL THAT ANYONE OF US HAVE A MILLSTONE WRAPPED AROUND US. WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO CAUSE OTHERS TO SIN, NOT JUST CREATING HAVOC IN OUR OWN LIVES WILLFULLY, AND CHOOSING SIN AND TURNING AWAY FROM GOD, BUT WE HAVE THE CAPACITY IF YOU WILL, PLANT SIN WITHIN OTHER PEOPLE. THIS IS EVEN MORE DANGEROUS THE LORD WARNS. ESPECIALLY EVEN FOR THOSE IN AUTHORITY. TO TEACH DOCTRINE THAT IS NOT PURE, THAT IS NOT SOUND. ULTIMATELY THAT IS NOT CATHOLIC. THOSE PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO PAY THE PRICE. EITHER IN THIS LIFE OR IN THE LIFE TO COME. WE PRAY NEVER TO FALL INTO THAT. NEVER TO FALL INTO INFLUENCING ANOTHER PERSON, HOWEVER YOUNG OR OLD, TO FALL INTO SIN. TO FALL INTO DESTRUCTION. THE LORD URGES US TO BE ON OUR GUARD. OUR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN WOULD IMMEDIATELY KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS. TO BE ON YOUR GUARD. WHAT ARE YOUR SURROUNDINGS? WHAT IS IN FRONT OF YOU? WHAT IS BEHIND YOU? WHAT IS BESIDE YOU? IT SOUNDS LIKE THE PRAYER OF ST. PATRICK. ON THE BREASTPLATE OF ST. PATRICK. CHRIST BESIDE ME CHRIST IN FRONT OF THE CHRIST BESIDE ME CHRIST IN THE CHRIST AROUND ME. BUT SERIOUSLY WHAT ARE YOUR SURROUNDINGS? WHO ARE YOU SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH? WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING INTO YOURSELF, INTO YOUR SENSES? WHAT IS IN FRONT OF YOU AND WHAT IS BEHIND YOU AND WHAT IS BESIDE YOU? THEY EVEN HAVE BEEN TRAINED THAT IS SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN, TO THE POINT OF RECOGNIZING ONE’S STATURE AND CAPACITY TO HURT THE OTHER PERSON. JUST BY LOOKING AT SOMEBODY. THEY ASSESS A SITUATION AND THE DANGER AND THE POTENTIAL DANGER. THEY ARE TRAINED TO KNOW THE PRECISE NUMBER OF STEPS EVEN AND HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE TO RUN TO A CERTAIN DESTINATION. HOW MANY STEPS ARE WITHIN A MILE? OR 2 MILES OR 3 MILES, HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE THEM TO SPRINT FROM A DEAD STOP UNTIL 1 MILE OR 2 MILES. EVEN IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF WEATHER AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF TEMPERATURES. THEY KNOW THIS. ARE WE TRAINED IN THIS WAY? DO WE TAKE OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE THIS SERIOUSLY? TO BE TRAINED AND TO KNOW OUR SURROUNDINGS? TO KNOW WHAT IS IN FRONT OF US AND TO KNOW THE DANGERS? ARE WE SO ASTUTE WHEN IT COMES TO THE AVOIDANCE OF SIN IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES? TAKEN A STEP FURTHER, ARE WE AWARE OF DANGEROUS AND SINFUL SITUATIONS OF OTHERS AROUND US? NOT JUST OUR OWN LIVES, BUT AS A SOLDIER TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE DANGER OF SIN IN OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES. THOSE CLOSEST TO US AND FAMILY. AND FRIENDS AND WORK SITUATIONS. THE LORD SAYS IF YOUR BROTHER SINS, REBUKE HIM AND IF HE REPENTS FORGIVE HIM. THIS IS DIFFICULT. THIS IS VERY DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHEN EXACTLY TO SAY THIS IS SIN THIS REQUIRES PRUDENCE. VERY OFTEN WE MAY SEE AND HEAR ABOUT OTHER GRIEVOUS BEHAVIOR AND WE DO NOT KNOW THE EXACT WAY TO APPROACH THE SITUATION. OR WHEN THE RIGHT TIME IS TO SAY SOMETHING. NOW SIN IS SIN. LET US GET THAT STRAIGHT. BUT THE RIGHT TIMING TO PRAY FOR THE LORD’S GUIDANCE FOR THE RIGHT TIME TO SPEAK AND WHAT TO SAY AND WHO TO SAY IT TO. THE RIGHT TYPE OF AUTHORITY. WE MUST PRAY. HOW OFTEN DO WE PRUDENTLY APPROACH THESE SITUATIONS? THE LORD GIVES US THE STRATEGIC PLAN. HE WANTS TO INCREASE OUR FAITH. HE WANTS TO INCREASE THE GIFTS OF FAITH WITHIN US. WE MUST PRAY. AGAIN LITTLENESS IS A REQUIREMENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD. TO BE VERY LITTLE BEFORE GOD. WHEN WE ARE LITTLE BEFORE GOD THEN WE WILL RECOGNIZE WHEN GOD IS SPEAKING. WHEN GOD WANTS US TO SPEAK UP. LITTLENESS DOES NOT MEAN BEING CHILDISH, BUT AS A CHILD IS DEPENDENT ON HIS OR HER PARENTS, WE MUST BE EVEN MORE DEPENDENT UPON GOD AS THE SUSTAINER OF NOT ONLY OUR NATURAL LIFE, BUT ALSO EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY THAT GIFT THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US IN GRACE WITHIN OUR SOULS. AND IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD, BIGGER AND MORE EXTRAVAGANT IS ALWAYS BETTER, BUT NOT IN GOD’S KINGDOM. LITTLENESS IS BETTER. MAY EACH OF US REMAIN LITTLE AND JUST LIKE THESE MUSTARD SEEDS, LOOKING AT THESE SEEDS AND HOW LITTLE THEY ARE, AND NO OUR GREAT POTENTIAL. BY GOD’S LIFE DWELLING WITHIN US. IF YOU HAVE THE FAITH THE SIZE OF A MUSTARD SEED, YOU WOULD SAY TO THIS MULBERRY TREE, BE UPROOTED AND PLANTED IN THE SEA AND IT WOULD OBEY YOU.

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