Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-01-17 – Fr. John Paul

By | August 31, 2019


A READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS. THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYS: OH, THAT TODAY YOU WOULD HEAR HIS VOICE, “HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS AS AT THE REBELLION IN THE DAY OF TESTING IN THE DESERT, WHERE YOUR ANCESTORS TESTED AND TRIED ME AND SAW MY WORKS FOR FORTY YEARS. BECAUSE OF THIS I WAS PROVOKED WITH THAT GENERATION AND I SAID, ‘THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OF ERRING HEART, AND THEY DO NOT KNOW MY WAYS.’ AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, ‘THEY SHALL NOT ENTER INTO MY REST.'” TAKE CARE, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THAT NONE OF YOU MAY HAVE AN EVIL AND UNFAITHFUL HEART, SO AS TO FORSAKE THE LIVING GOD. ENCOURAGE YOURSELVES DAILY WHILE IT IS STILL “TODAY,” SO THAT NONE OF YOU MAY GROW HARDENED BY THE DECEIT OF SIN. WE HAVE BECOME PARTNERS OF CHRIST IF ONLY WE HOLD THE BEGINNING OF THE REALITY FIRM UNTIL THE END. THE WORD OF THE LORD. THANKS BE TO GOD. IF TODAY YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS. IF TODAY YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS. COME, LET US BOW DOWN IN WORSHIP; LET US KNEEL BEFORE THE LORD WHO MADE US. FOR HE IS OUR GOD, AND WE ARE THE PEOPLE HE SHEPHERDS THE FLOCK HE GUIDES. IF TODAY YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS. OH, THAT TODAY YOU WOULD HEAR HIS VOICE: “HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS AS AT MERIBAH, AS IN THE DAY OF MASSAH IN THE DESERT, WHERE YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME; THEY TESTED ME THOUGH THEY HAD SEEN MY WORKS.” IF TODAY YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS. FORTY YEARS I WAS WEARIED OF THAT GENERATION; I SAID: “THIS PEOPLE’S HEART GOES ASTRAY, THEY DO NOT KNOW MY WAYS.” THEREFORE I SWORE IN MY ANGER: “THEY SHALL NEVER ENTER MY REST.” IF TODAY YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA JESUS PREACHED THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM AND CURED EVERY DISEASE AMONG THE PEOPLE. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO>>+ LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM MARCUM. GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE.>>A LEPER CAME TO HIM AND KNEELING DOWN BEGGED HIM AND SAID, “IF YOU WISH, YOU CAN MAKE ME CLEAN.” MOVED WITH PITY, HE STRETCHED OUT HIS HAND, TOUCHED THE LEPER, AND SAID TO HIM, “I DO WILL IT. BE MADE CLEAN.” THE LEPROSY LEFT HIM IMMEDIATELY, AND HE WAS MADE CLEAN. THEN, WARNING HIM STERNLY, HE DISMISSED HIM AT ONCE. THEN HE SAID TO HIM, “SEE THAT YOU TELL NO ONE ANYTHING, BUT GO, SHOW YOURSELF TO THE PRIEST AND OFFER FOR YOUR CLEANSING WHAT MOSES PRESCRIBED; THAT WILL BE PROOF FOR THEM.” THE MAN WENT AWAY AND BEGAN TO PUBLICIZE THE WHOLE MATTER. HE SPREAD THE REPORT ABROAD SO THAT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR JESUS TO ENTER A TOWN OPENLY. HE REMAINED OUTSIDE IN DESERTED PLACES, AND PEOPLE KEPT COMING TO HIM FROM EVERYWHERE. VERBUM DOMINI LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE THIS WEEK IN THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS IT ECHOES TO US THAT IN TIMES PAST, GOD SPOKE IN PARTIAL IN VARIOUS WAYS TO OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH THE PROPHETS. IN THESE LAST DAYS, HE SPOKE TO US THROUGH THE SON. THE FATHER HAS SPOKEN HIS DEFINITIVE WORD TO US, – -, THE ETERNAL SON OF GOD. IN HIS SON, THE WORD, AND IN HIS BODY LANGUAGE EVEN. WE SEE IT IN THE GOSPELS. HOW JESUS WOULD PREACH AND TEACH AND LAY HIS EYES UPON THE PEOPLE AND LAY HIS HANDS UPON THE PEOPLE SO THAT EVEN BY HIS VERY BODY LANGUAGE HE COMMUNICATES A DEFINITIVE WORD. I MESSAGE. THE FATHER HAS SENT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO COMMUNICATE TO US THE FULLNESS OF THE REVELATION OF GOD, ABOUT WHO GOD IS, AND ABOUT WHO WE ARE, IN RELATIONSHIP TO GOD, AND ABOUT WHAT HE IS EXPECTING OF US IN OBEDIENCE, KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS AND ABOUT WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO ENTER INTO THIS LOVING COMMUNION IN RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. EVERYTHING IS SUMMED UP IN HIS SON. HE SHOWS US THE WAY OF OBEDIENCE TO HIS FATHER. HE DOES NOT JUST SHOW US, RATHER HE DOES NOT JUST TELL US, BUT HE SHOWS US HOW TO BE OBEDIENT. THE WORDS AND THE RESPONSE ORIOLE PSALM REFER TO THE TIME IN THE DESERT THAT THE ISRAELITES HARDENED THEIR HEARTS AGAINST GOD. IT SAYS OH THAT TODAY YOU WOULD HEAR HIS VOICE. HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS AS AJMER ABOUT, AS IN THE DAY OF MASS IN THE DESERT WHERE YOUR FATHER’S TEMPTED ME. THEY TESTED ME ALTHOUGH THEY HAD SEEN MY WORKS. 40 YEARS I ENDURED THAT GENERATION AND I SAID THIS PEOPLE’S HEART GOES ASTRAY, THEY DO NOT KNOW MY WAYS. SO I SWORE IN MY ANGER THEY SHALL NEVER ENTER INTO MY REST. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER WHAT THE LORD DID FOR HIS PEOPLE IN THE DESERT. WHEN THEY WERE COMING THROUGH. AFTER THEY WERE IN EXILE. AFTER THEY WERE IN SLAVERY. EVERYTHING THE LORD GOD DID FOR THEM. THE REBELLION TOOK PLACE AFTER GOD HAD WORKED ALL THE MIGHTY PLAGUES. THAT REBELLION TOOK PLACE AFTER HE HAD FREED THE ISRAELITES FROM PHARAOH. THERE REBELLION TOOK PLACE AFTER HE HAD PARTED THE RED SEA AND LET HIS PEOPLE PASS THROUGH ON DRY LAND WITH 2 WALLS OF WATER ON THEIR SIDES. SEEING ALL OF THIS. THERE REBELLION TOOK PLACE AFTER THE LORD HAD WORKED VARIOUS MIRACLES FOR THEM IN THE DESERT, RAINING DOWN THE MANNA AND QUAIL TO QUENCH THEIR HUNGER. THE REBELLION TOOK PLACE AFTER THE LORD STRUCK A ROCK AND WATER GUSHED OUT FROM THE ROCK. SO THEY HAD SEEN VARIOUS MIRACLES AND BEEN QUENCHED BUT THEIR HEARTS, EVEN AFTER THAT, HARDENED. THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS SAYS THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYS ALL THAT TODAY YOU WOULD HEAR HIS VOICE. HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS IS AT THE REBELLION IN THE DAY OF TESTING IN THE DESERT, WHERE YOUR ANCESTORS TESTED AND TRIED ME AND SAW MY WORKS FOR 40 YEARS. BECAUSE OF THIS I WAS PROVOKED WITH THAT GENERATION AND I SAID THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OF AIRING HEART, AND THEY DO NOT KNOW MY WAYS. SO I SWORE IN MY ANGER THEY SHALL NOT ENTER INTO MY REST. THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS ECHOES THE PSALM RESPONSE. THE EXACT SAME WORDS. SHOWING THE HARDENED HEARTS OF THE ISRAELITES AS A REMINDER TO THE 1ST CHRISTIANS, NOT TO LET THE SAME THING HAPPEN TO THEM. REMEMBER THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS SAYS THAT GOD SPOKE TO US AND FRAGMENTED IN VARIOUS WAYS BUT NOW HE HAS SPOKEN TO US THROUGH HIS SON. ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS WOULD EVEN SAY THAT GOD HAS SPOKEN EVERYTHING THROUGH HIS SON, HIS DEFINITIVE WORD. EVERYTHING WE NEED IS SUMMED UP IN JESUS. IN A LETTER TO THE HEBREWS THIS MORNING THE WARNING SAYS THE SAME THING CAN HAPPEN TO YOU AS DID TO THE ISRAELITES. YOU HAVE THE FULLNESS OF REVELATION. YOU HAVE THE SUN. THE SACRIFICE OF THE SON. IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU. THE SAME THING, THE HARDENED HEARTS THAT HAPPENED TO THE ISRAELITES CAN HAPPEN TO YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE THE FULLNESS OF REVELATION IN THE SUN. THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS SAYS TAKE CARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THAT NONE OF YOU MAY HAVE AN EVIL AND UNFAITHFUL HEART, SO AS TO FORSAKE THE LIVING GOD. ENCOURAGE YOURSELF DAILY WHILE IT IS STILL TODAY SO THAT NONE OF YOU MAY GROW HARDENED BY THE DECEIT OF SIN. WE HAVE BECOME PARTNERS OF CHRIST IF ONLY WE HOLD THE BEGINNING OF THE REALITY FIRM UNTIL THE END. THAT IS UNTIL THE END. UNTIL THE END OF OUR LIVES. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE CONSTANTLY STRUGGLE AGAINST. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT WE LET OUR HEARTS BECOME HARDENED EVEN IN THE MIDST OF EVERYTHING THAT THE LORD HAS REVEALED TO US IN DIVINE REVELATION, EVEN IN OUR OWN PERSONAL LIVES. EVERYTHING THAT THE LORD HAS BROUGHT US THROUGH AND SHOW TO US IN DIVINE REVELATION AND IN THE WAY AND MANNER THAT HE WORKS IN OUR LIVES WE CAN STILL TURN AWAY. WE CAN STILL HARDEN OUR HEARTS. THAT IS THE GREAT DANGER THAT THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS IS WARNING CHRISTIANS. THE 1ST CHRISTIANS AND US TODAY. THE LEOPARD TODAY’S GOSPEL HAD ENOUGH FAITH TO BEG THE LORD LORD IF YOU WILL, YOU CAN MAKE ME CLEAN. DO WE RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS NOT SO MUCH US WHO BEG, BUT THE LORD HIMSELF COMES TO BEG? THE LORD IS BEGGING FOR OUR LOVE. HE IS THIRSTING FOR OUR LOVE. FOR OUR COOPERATION. MORE SO THAN THE ISRAELITES THIRSTED FOR DRINK DURING THEIR EXILE, MORE SO THAN THE ISRAELITES WERE HUNGERING FOR THE FOOD DURING THOSE 40 YEARS, THE LORD HUNGERS FOR US. HE HUNGERS FOR OUR LOVE AND ULTIMATELY OUR OBEDIENCE. TO OBEY AND HEAR THE WORD, TO HEAR AND OBEY ULTIMATELY ARE THE SAME WORD. TO HEAR GOD’S WORD IS ALSO TO OBEY HIS WORD. JESUS STOOPS DOWN FROM ALL ETERNITY ULTIMATELY TO BEG, TO BEG FOR US AND TO REACH OUT HIS HANDS. AGAIN HE USES BODY LANGUAGE. JUST AS IN THE SACRAMENTS GOD TOUCHES US AS WELL, IN MANY OF THE SACRAMENT SITES MANY OF THE SACRAMENTS CHRIST CONTINUES THE MINISTRY BY THE LAYING ON OF HANDS AND THE BODY LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION. SIN IS THE REAL LEPROSY IN OUR LIVES THAT WE BATTLE WITH ON A DAILY BASIS. JESUS CHRIST CAME NOT MERELY TO HEAL US PHYSICALLY LIKE IN THE LIFE OF THIS LEPER, ALTHOUGH HE CAN AND HE HAS DONE SO COUNTLESS TIMES BY VARIOUS MIRACLES, BUT HE COMES TO LIBERATE US FROM THE LEPROSY AND THE CANCER OF SIN THAT EATS AWAY AT OUR SOULS AND THAT KEEPS US FROM COMMUNION WITH GOD. IT KEEPS US FROM LIVING THE LIFE OF OBEDIENCE AND FAITH. IN THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION IS ONE GREAT WEIGHT THAT WE ENTER INTO THE WAY THAT GOD HEALS OUR SOULS. WHEN WE HAVE FALLEN. SERIOUSLY AND EVEN IN SMALL MATTERS. THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION IS THE WAY THAT WE CAN RATHER NOT JUST US BUT THROUGH US AND GOD’S COOPERATION WITH GOD THAT GOD CAN GO IN AND ROOT OUT THE POISON. YOU KNOW WHEN SOMETIMES WE PERHAPS GET A BEE STING AND MOM OR DAD HAVE TO GET THE STINGER OUT. YOU KNOW HOW BAD IT HURTS. YOU DID NOT WANT THEM TO GO IN AND GET THE STINGER OUT, BUT ULTIMATELY GOD HAS TO GO IN AND GET THAT POISON OUT THAT VENOM. JUST LIKE SOMETIMES WE DO NOT LIKE TO GO TO THE DENTIST, RIGHT? WE HAVE A CAVITY OR SOMETHING THAT IS PREVENT THAT IS PAINFUL BUT WE NEED TO GET THE CAVITY OUT. WE NEED TO GET THE POISON OUT IN ORDER FOR US TO HEAL PROPERLY. WE MAY NOT LIKE IT, AND WE MAY NOT LIKE WHAT WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH IN ORDER TO GET THE VENOM OUT BUT WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT. THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE IS THAT GREAT SACRAMENT THAT THE LORD GIVES TO US TO WEED OUT THAT VENOM THAT POISON IN OUR LIVES. JESUS REACHES OUT TO EACH OF US IN WHATEVER KIND OF LEPROSY WE POSSESS. IT MIGHT BE VARIOUS KINDS. JUST GO DOWN THE LIST OF THE 7 CAPITAL SINS. PRIDE, AVARICE, GREED, LUST, ENVY, JEALOUSY, GLUTTONY, ANGER, SLOTH. THE VARIOUS 7 HEADED DRAGON THAT RAISES UP IN OUR LIVES. WE POSSESS THE FAITH OF THE LEPER IN THE GOSPEL? THE LEPER IN THE GOSPEL HAD AN EXPECTANT FAITH. ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT PERFECT HE KNEW THAT JESUS WAS THE LORD AND THAT HE COULD HEAL HIM. AND WE NEED TO BECOME VULNERABLE AND ALLOW JESUS TO HEAL OUR WOUNDS AND TO GO IN AND PULL OUT THE STINGER SO TO SPEAK. RIGHT? TO GO INTO THE CAVITIES, NOT JUST TO OUR TEETH, BUT TO GO INTO THOSE AREAS IN OUR LIVES, THOSE CAVERNS THAT WE HAVE EVEN PERHAPS CLOSED HIM OFF TOO. WE NEED TO ALLOW HIM IN. ALTHOUGH THE LEPER CRIED OUT TO THE LORD AND WAS HEALED, HE STILL DID NOT OBEY THE LORD AND WHAT THE LORD ASKED OF HIM. THE GOSPEL SAYS THEN WARNING HIM STERNLY, HE DISMISSED HIM AT ONCE. HE SAID TO HIM, SEE THAT YOU TELL NO ONE ANYTHING, BUT GO, SHOW YOURSELF TO THE PRIEST AND OFFER FOR YOUR CLEANSING WHAT MOSES PRESCRIBED. THAT WILL BE PROOF FOR THEM. JESUS KNEW THAT IF NEWS OF THIS MIRACLE BECAME WIDESPREAD THEN EVERYONE WOULD BE COMING TO HIM 1ST OF ALL AS A FREE MEDICAL DOCTOR AND NOT AS THE PROMISED MESSIAH. THIS IS WHY HE WARNS THE MAN NOT TO GO AND TELL ANYONE. WHAT WAS THE LEPER’S RESPONSE? THE MAN WENT AWAY AND BEGAN TO PUBLICIZE THE WHOLE MATTER EVERYWHERE. OF COURSE HE WAS EXCITED ABOUT WHAT THE LORD DID FOR HIM. BUT HIS HEART WAS NOT CONVERTED. SO MUCH SO THAT THE GOSPEL RELATES, HE SPREAD THE REPORT ABROAD SO THAT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR JESUS TO ENTER INTO THE TOWN OPENLY. AND TO EXERCISE HIS MINISTRY BECAUSE THIS MAN WAS DISOBEDIENT. THE MAN MIGHT’VE BEEN CURED OF HIS LEPROSY OF HIS SKIN AND HIS BODY PARTS, BUT HE WAS NOT CURED OF THE LEPROSY OF HIS SOUL, OF A PARTIALLY HARDENED HEART. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT EVEN THOUGH HE WAS CURED OF HIS LEPROSY, HIS RESPONSE TO THE LORD WAS DISOBEDIENCE. SEE HOW EASY IT IS TO FALL INTO DISOBEDIENCE. EVEN AFTER THE LORD PERHAPS CURES SOMEBODY PHYSICALLY, TAKES AWAY PAIN, TAKES AWAY THE LEPROSY OF SOMEBODY’S SKIN, IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE BLINDSIDED IN HALFHEARTED AND HE DID NOT LISTEN TO WHAT THE LORD COMMANDED US. THROUGHOUT SALVATION HISTORY THE SCRIPTURES SHOW US TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE LORD DOES GREAT THINGS IN OUR LIVES AND YET IN OUR ARROGANCE WE TURN AWAY AND WE CHOOSE ONLY TO HEAR WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR. AND NOT OBEY WHAT GOD HAS PLANNED. AND NOT LISTEN TO WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY IN OBEDIENCE. THAT IS THE GREAT CHALLENGE IN OUR LIVES. IT IS NOT TO BE HALFHEARTED. GIVE OUR HEARTS FULLY TO OUR LORD. MAY THE LORD HELP US TO UNCLOG OUR EARS AND OUR HEARTS TO OBEY HIS COMMANDS. ONLY BY HIS GRACE, AND OBEDIENCE OF FAITH IS THAT POSSIBLE.

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