Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-01-14 – Fr. Matthew

By | August 31, 2019


A READING FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS. BROTHERS AND SISTERS: IN TIMES PAST, GOD SPOKE IN PARTIAL AND VARIOUS WAYS TO OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH THE PROPHETS; IN THESE LAST DAYS, HE SPOKE TO US THROUGH THE SON, WHOM HE MADE HEIR OF ALL THINGS AND THROUGH WHOM HE CREATED THE UNIVERSE, WHO IS THE REFULGENCE OF HIS GLORY, THE VERY IMPRINT OF HIS BEING, AND WHO SUSTAINS ALL THINGS BY HIS MIGHTY WORD. WHEN HE HAD ACCOMPLISHED PURIFICATION FROM SINS, HE TOOK HIS SEAT AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE MAJESTY ON HIGH, AS FAR SUPERIOR TO THE ANGELS AS THE NAME HE HAS INHERITED IS MORE EXCELLENT THAN THEIRS. FOR TO WHICH OF THE ANGELS DID GOD EVER SAY: YOU ARE MY SON; THIS DAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU? OR AGAIN: I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM, AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME? AND AGAIN, WHEN HE LEADS THE FIRST BORN INTO THE WORLD, HE SAYS: LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM. THE WORD OF THE LORD. THANKS BE TO GOD. LET ALL HIS ANGELS WORSHIP HIM. LET ALL HIS ANGELS WORSHIP HIM. THE LORD IS KING; LET THE EARTH REJOICE; LET THE MANY ISLES BE GLAD. JUSTICE AND JUDGMENT ARE THE FOUNDATION OF HIS THRONE. LET ALL HIS ANGELS WORSHIP HIM. THE HEAVENS PROCLAIM HIS JUSTICE, AND ALL PEOPLES SEE HIS GLORY. LET ALL HIS ANGELS WORSHIP HIM. LET ALL HIS ANGELS WORSHIP HIM. BECAUSE YOU, O LORD, ARE THE MOST HIGH OVER ALL THE EARTH, EXALTED FAR ABOVE ALL GODS. LET ALL HIS ANGELS WORSHIP HIM. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND; REPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO>>+ LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM MARCUM GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE.>>AFTER JOHN HAD BEEN ARRESTED, JESUS CAME TO GALILEE PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL OF GOD: THIS IS THE TIME OF FULFILLMENT. THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND. REPENT, AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL. AS HE PASSED BY THE SEA OF GALILEE, HE SAW SIMON AND HIS BROTHER ANDREW CASTING THEIR NETS INTO THE SEA; THEY WERE FISHERMEN. JESUS SAID TO THEM, COME AFTER ME, AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN. THEN THEY LEFT THEIR NETS AND FOLLOWED HIM. HE WALKED ALONG A LITTLE FARTHER AND SAW JAMES, THE SON OF ZEBEDEE, AND HIS BROTHER JOHN. THEY TOO WERE IN A BOAT MENDING THEIR NETS. THEN HE CALLED THEM. SO THEY LEFT THEIR FATHER ZEBEDEE IN THE BOAT ALONG WITH THE HIRED MEN AND FOLLOWED HIM. VERBUM DOMINI LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE FROM MOMENT TO PUT YOURSELF IN THE SITUATION OF 1 OF THE MEN ALONG THE SEA OF GALILEE, WHETHER SIMON, ANDREW JAMES OR JOHN. THIS IS PROBABLY A TYPICAL WORKDAY FOR THEM AS THEY ARE OUT ON THE SEA OR THEY ARE AROUND THE SEA OF GALILEE MAKING A LIVING BRINGING IN THEIR DAILY CATCH OF FISH. PERHAPS, THESE MEN ARE BEGINNING TO BECOME CONCERNED BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL THAT DAY. IT MIGHT BE THINKING ABOUT WHAT THEY BELIEVED OR MAYBE JAMES AND JOHN ARE CONCERNED ABOUT CATCHING SOMETHING FOR THEIR FATHER ZEBEDEE. THEY COULD BE DEALING WITH ALL SORTS OF FRUSTRATIONS AND DIFFICULTIES AT THE MOMENT. THE GOSPEL LEAVES THIS OPEN FOR US TO ENTER INTO THIS ACCOUNT. THEN JESUS APPEARS ON THE SCENE ALMOST AS IF FROM NOWHERE, PREACHING REPENTANCE AND THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND. THESE MEN HAVE MAY HAVE SIMPLY ALLOWED THE LORD TO PASS THEM BY HAD HE NOT STOPPED AND ENGAGED WITH THEM. SO FROM THE TEXT IN MARK, WE MAY ASSUME THAT THEY PROBABLY DID NOT HEAR OF JESUS BEFORE HAND BEFORE THIS OR DID THEY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HIM AT THIS POINT. THERE IS REALLY NOT MUCH INFORMATION IN MARK’S GOSPEL AT THIS POINT. SO JESUS 1ST INVITES SIMON AND ANDREW TO FOLLOW AFTER HIM AND HE SAYS HE WILL MAKE THEM FISHERS OF MEN. THEN JESUS APPEALS TO THEIR PROFESSION, THEY ARE FISHERMEN. HE MEETS SIMON AND ANDREW RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE AND HE ISSUES THEM A CHALLENGE. NOW IF WE WERE IN THEIR POSITION, WE MIGHT IMMEDIATELY THINK TO OURSELVES ABOUT PERHAPS ALL THE WORK THE STILLS NEEDS TO BE DONE OR WE MIGHT THINK, WHO IS THIS MAN WHO IS ISSUING THE CHALLENGER SPEAKING TO US NOW? WHAT DOES HE MEAN MAKING US FISHERS OF MEN? IS THERE ANY MONEY IN THIS PROFESSION? IN OTHER WORDS, WE WOULD PROBABLY BE TEMPTED TO THINK THINGS OVER 1ST OR MAYBE EVEN TO OVER THINK THINGS AND TO BE VERY SLOW TO RESPOND. YET THERE MUST’VE BEEN SOMETHING IN THE VOICE OF JESUS OR HIS CONVICTION OR PRESENCE PERHAPS THE WAY THAT HE SPOKE WITH AUTHORITY, THAT DREW SIMON AND ANDREW TO HIM. AND I AM WILLING TO BET THAT THESE MEN PROBABLY HAD VERY GOOD COMMON SENSE AND THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RECOGNIZE WHEN SOMEONE WAS TRYING TO BAMBOOZLE THEM. BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT JESUS THAT EXUDED A SENSE OF TRUST. SO THEY FOLLOWED AFTER HIM. AND LIKEWISE JAMES AND JOHN. HE GOES TO JAMES AND JOHNNY COST THEM IN MUCH THE SAME WAY. THEY IMMEDIATELY LEFT THEIR PREVIOUS LIVES BEHIND AND FOLLOW AFTER JESUS. THEY DID NOT WASTE ANY TIME IN MAKING THIS RADICAL CHANGE. NOW AS HE IS AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS PUBLIC MINISTRY AND AFTER BEING BAPTIZED BY JOHN IN THE JORDAN RIVER, JESUS ANNOUNCES IN THE 1ST PART OF THE GOSPEL READING TODAY THIS IS THE TIME OF FULFILLMENT. THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND. REPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL. ALREADY IN THE WORDS OF JESUS WE PICK UP ON THE SENSE OF URGENCY IN THE WORDS OF JESUS. THE ORIGINAL GREEK CONVEYS THIS SENSE EVEN MORE STRONGLY. JESUS IS REALLY SAYING THE TIME HAS BEEN FULFILLED. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, WHICH THE PROPHETS HAD FORETOLD OVER THE CENTURIES. THE FULFILLMENT IS RIGHT IN YOUR MIDST. IT IS AT HAND. IT IS IN THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST. HE IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN THE FLESH AND HE HAS COME TO BEGIN RECRUITING LABORERS FOR HIS WORK OF PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL AND CATCHING SOULS FOR THE KINGDOM. THAT AFTER ANNOUNCING THE TIME OF FULFILLMENT HE ECHOES THE SAME MESSAGE THAT HAS BEEN PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES OF THE PROPHETS. REPENT. THIS WORD REPENT COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD MEANOEO , OR YOU MIGHT BE MORE FAMILIAR WITH THE WORD METANOIA. IT LITERALLY MEANS CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR UNDERSTANDING CHANGE YOUR WAY OF THINKING. NOTICE THAT IT DOES NOT MEAN A CHANGE OF HEART. THAT FOLLOWS BUT THE 1ST THING THAT MUST CHANGE IS OUR MINDS BEFORE OUR HEARTS CAN CHANGE. IT IS WITH OUR MINDS AND WITH OUR INTELLECT THAT WE MUST EMBRACE THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL THAT JESUS IS PREACHING TO US. JESUS IS NOT SIMPLY LOOKING FOR MINDLESS ROBOTS TO FOLLOW AFTER HIM. HE IS NOT SIMPLY APPEALING TO OUR EMOTIONS EITHER BUT RATHER TO THE FACULTIES OF OUR SOUL. HE IS PREACHING HE IS APPEALING DIRECTLY TO OUR SOULS AND TO THE FACULTIES OF OUR SOULS, OUR INTELLECT AND OUR WILL. IF WE ARE HEADING IN A DIRECTION THAT IS CONTRARY TO THE LORD AND TO HIS WILL, IF WE ARE LIVING IN A WAY THAT IS CONTRARY TO HIS WILL, NAMELY LIVING IN SIN, THEN JESUS IS CALLING US NOT TO JUST MAKE A LITTLE CHANGE, HE IS SAYING MAKE A COMPLETE AND TOTAL CHANGE. BASICALLY OUR MINDS NEED TO MAKE A COMPLETE 180 ° TURN COMPLETELY AWAY FROM SIN AND TURN TOWARDS THE LORD, TURNED TOWARDS THE GOSPEL, THE GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION. JESUS DOES NOT WANT HALFHEARTED OR EVEN HALF BRAINED LOVERS. HE IS CALLING US TO GIVE OURSELVES ENTIRELY TO HIM. THIS REQUIRES NOT ONLY JUST A CHANGE IN OUR ACTIONS BUT MOST ESPECIALLY A CHANGE IN OUR THINKING. OUR THINKING HAS TO CHANGE 1ST BEFORE OUR ACTIONS. OUR ACTIONS FLOW FROM OUR THINKING. FOR EXAMPLE, PEOPLE MAY HAVE THE TENDENCY TO INTERPRET OBEDIENCE TO THE 6TH COMMANDMENT, BACK AT THE TIME OF JESUS THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, AS SIMPLY APPLYING TO ACTIONS, NO ADULTERY, NO FORNICATION OR OTHER SINFUL ACTS. YET JESUS MAKES IT CLEAR THAT EVEN OUR THINKING MUST CHANGE AND THAT WE MUST NOT EVEN COMMIT ADULTERY OR ANY OTHER SIN IN OUR THOUGHTS. JESUS IS CALLING FOR THIS KIND OF CHANGE THIS RADICAL CHANGE EVEN OUR THINKING ESPECIALLY IN OUR THINKING. IT IS A CHANGE OF MIND THAT NECESSARILY LEADS TO A CHANGE OF LIFE. WE REORIENT OUR LIVES ENTIRELY AWAY FROM SIN, WHICH LEADS TO DEATH AND ETERNAL PUNISHMENT, AND WE PROPERLY ORIENT OURSELVES TO THE LORD AND TO ETERNAL LIFE. WE CEASE TO FOLLOW OUR OWN WILL OR OUR OWN WHIMS AND FANCIES WE COMPLETELY ABANDON OURSELVES INTO THE HANDS AND THE WILL OF THE LORD AND WHAT BETTER PLACE COULD WE BE THAT IN THE HANDS OF THE LORD? IT IS SUCH A SIMPLE MESSAGE YET SO DIFFICULT TO GRANT. GRASP. IT DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE BUT WE DO GRAPPLE WITH THEIR OWN SINFULNESS. BUT IT IS A SIMPLE MESSAGE THAT THE LORD IS GIVEN US. AND THE APOSTLES TODAY ARE EXAMPLES OF THIS METANOIA, THIS RADICAL CHANGE OF MIND AND LIFE. THEY NOT ONLY COMPLETELY CHANGED THEIR LIVES AND FOLLOW AFTER THE LORD BUT THEY DO IT IMMEDIATELY. THEY PLACE THEIR TRUST IN THE LORD AND THEY DO NOT LOOK BACK. JESUS SAID TO NO ONE WHO PUTS HIS HAND TO THE PLOW AND LOOKS BACK IS FIT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD. THEY BECOME LOYAL DISCIPLES OF THE LORD AND THEY WERE EFFECTIVE EVANGELIZE IS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THEY BECAME BECAUSE OF THIS BECAUSE OF THIS THEY BECAME THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST THE CHURCH. AND THEY PARTICIPATED IN THE SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL TO ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD. AND WE KNOW THAT AS THEY FOLLOWED THE LORD, WE SEE THIS IN THE GOSPELS AND IN THE OTHER BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, THEY ENCOUNTERED DIFFICULTIES AND STRUGGLES ALONG THE WAY. SIMON CHALLENGED THE LORD AND HE TRIED TO GET HIM TO TURN AWAY FROM HIS CROSS AND THE LORD CALLED HIM SATAN. HE DENIED HIM 3 TIMES. JAMES AND JOHN SHOWED THEIR AMBITION BY TRYING TO GET A PLACE AT THE RIGHT HAND AND LEFT HAND OF JESUS IN THE KINGDOM. I DO NOT THINK YOU GET MORE AMBITIOUS THAN THAT. BUT THEY EXPERIENCED THE LORD’S MERCY AND FORGIVENESS THEY CONTINUE TO PERSEVERE DESPITE THEIR FAILURES DESPITE WHATEVER SELFISHNESS WAS STILL THERE. THEY STILL CONTINUE TO STAY WITH THE LORD AND FOLLOW THE LORD. THE ONLY PERSON WHO WAS ALWAYS UNITED TO THE LORD WHO NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM WHO NEVER HAD THIS NEED FOR METANOIA, WAS OUR LADY. HIS BLESSED MOTHER. SHE IS THE PERFECT MODEL DISCIPLE. THE ONE WHOSE ANSWER TO HER SON WAS ALWAYS YES. BUT EVERY OTHER PERSON IS ALWAYS CALLED TO THIS SORT OF RADICAL CHANGE OF MIND, TO TURN AWAY FROM A LIFE OF SIN, TO TRUST COMPLETELY IN THE LORD, AND TO TURN OUR LIVES OVER TO HIM. THE INVITATION OF THE APOSTLES. BY ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, IT REALLY SHOULD BE EASIER FOR US SOMEWHAT EASIER TO TURN OUR LIVES OVER TO JESUS THAN IT WAS FOR THE APOSTLES. THINK OF THE SITUATION. THESE MEN STILL HAD YET TO LEARN OF JESUS’S IDENTITY, HIS TEACHINGS AND THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH THE EARTH SHATTERING DEATH OF JESUS BEFORE HIS RESURRECTION. AT THE BEGINNING OF JESUS HIS PUBLIC MINISTRY, THE APOSTLES DID NOT ENJOY THE BENEFITS THAT WE ENJOY OF THE FULLNESS OF DIVINE REVELATION. THEY WERE EXPECTED TO SIMPLY TRUST IN THE LORD AND FOLLOW HIM ALL THE WAY TO THE CROSS. YET WE ON THE OTHER HAND WHO HAVE ENCOUNTERED THE AND HAVE COME TO KNOW THE LORD THROUGH HIS WORD AND THROUGH THE SACRAMENTS ARE OFTEN VERY SLOW TO RESPOND, IF WE RESPONDED ALL. JESUS’S MESSAGE OF REPENTANCE IS JUST AS URGENT TODAY AS IT WAS 2000 YEARS AGO. THAT URGENCY HAS NOT CHANGED. THIS LONG SPAN OF TIME HAS NO BEARING ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MESSAGE. 2000 YEARS IS NOTHING IN COMPARISON TO ETERNITY. 6000 YEARS IS NOTHING IN COMPARISON TO ETERNITY. SO WE OUGHT TO REFLECT ON THE QUICK AND TOTAL RESPONSE OF THE APOSTLES AND REALLY STRIVE TO IMITATE THEIR EXAMPLES. TO MAKE IT A DAILY PRACTICE TO GIVE YOURSELF OVER TO THE LORD. IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH MAKING THIS RADICAL CHANGE OF MIND, PERHAPS START BY MAKING AN ACTIVE SURRENDER AND AN ACTIVE TRUST EVERY DAY. YOU COULD SAY SOMETHING LIKE A VERY SIMPLE PRAYER LIKE TAKE IT FROM THE FATIMA PRAYER JESUS, I BELIEVE, I ADORE, I TRUST AND I LOVE YOU. HELP ME TO SURRENDER MYSELF MORE AND MORE INTO YOUR HANDS TODAY. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO A LOT OF WORDS. THE LORD KNOWS OUR HEARTS AND WHAT WE DESIRE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THAT DESIRE ASKED THE LORD FOR THAT DESIRE TO CHANGE YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS. THEN, WE DID NOT JUST DO IT BY OURSELVES, RELYING UPON THE GRACE OF THE SACRAMENTS AND OF PRAYER, WE STEP OUT IN FAITH AND REALLY STRIVE TO LIVE THIS RADICAL CONVERSION, THIS METANOIA,

8 thoughts on “Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-01-14 – Fr. Matthew

  1. Jason Williamson Post author

    Hello there…Im praying for all of you..please watch some videos here on Youtube by James White and by Dave Hunt and also by Roger Oakland…the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and it is inerrant and infallible and the final source of authority..

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  2. Nella Hashimoto Post author

    Thank you Father. God bless and keep you. Thank you EWTN

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  3. Jean Blythe Post author

    God bless you, Fr. Matthew for this excellent sermon. For a long time I thought there has to be something compelling about Jesus for so many to follow Him just because He calls them to Him. What I don't understand is why so many in effect say, "No, I won't follow God. I won't change my life." I think you explained why very well, and why others drop everything and follow. Thank you, Father.

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  4. Emmy Engelhardt Post author

    Thank you so much for your great Homily Father. God bless us all. Please do include us in your prayers and my daughter Beverly, I need justice. The Youth Officers in Dinslaken Germany take from me my daughter without my permission. The officer said I am confused. There is abuse of power inside the Youth Office in my place. This Officer is addicted to get children from the parents. Please I need my daughter back. Please pray for me and my daughter. I miss her so much, I need her so much. Please pray for us. Thanks in advance. Sincerely, Emmy

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