Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-07-09 – Fr. Paschal

By | September 7, 2019


A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS IN THE COURSE OF THE NIGHT, JACOB AROSE, TOOK HIS TWO WIVES, WITH THE TWO MAIDSERVANTS AND HIS ELEVEN CHILDREN, AND CROSSED THE FORD OF THE JABBOK. AFTER HE HAD TAKEN THEM ACROSS THE STREAM AND HAD BROUGHT OVER ALL HIS POSSESSIONS, JACOB WAS LEFT THERE ALONE. THEN SOME MAN WRESTLED WITH HIM UNTIL THE BREAK OF DAWN. WHEN THE MAN SAW THAT HE COULD NOT PREVAIL OVER HIM, HE STRUCK JACOB’S HIP AT ITS SOCKET, SO THAT THE HIP SOCKET WAS WRENCHED AS THEY WRESTLED. THE MAN THEN SAID, “LET ME GO, FOR IT IS DAYBREAK.” BUT JACOB SAID, “I WILL NOT LET YOU GO UNTIL YOU BLESS ME.” THE MAN ASKED, “WHAT IS YOUR NAME?” HE ANSWERED, “JACOB.” THEN THE MAN SAID, “YOU SHALL NO LONGER BE SPOKEN OF AS JACOB, BUT AS ISRAEL, BECAUSE YOU HAVE CONTENDED WITH DIVINE AND HUMAN BEINGS AND HAVE PREVAILED.” JACOB THEN ASKED HIM, “DO TELL ME YOUR NAME, PLEASE”” HE ANSWERED, “WHY SHOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW MY NAME?” WITH THAT, HE BADE HIM FAREWELL. JACOB NAMED THE PLACE PENIEL, “BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN GOD FACE TO FACE,. HE SAID, “YET MY LIFE HAS BEEN SPARED.” AT SUNRISE, AS HE LEFT PENIEL, JACOB LIMPED ALONG BECAUSE OF HIS HIP. THAT IS WHY, TO THIS DAY, THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DO NOT EAT THE SCIATIC MUSCLE THAT IS ON THE HIP SOCKET, INASMUCH AS JACOB’S HIP SOCKET WAS STRUCK AT THE SCIATIC MUSCLE. VERBUM DOMINI DEO GRATIAS. IN JUSTICE, I SHALL BEHOLD YOUR FACE, O LORD. IN JUSTICE, I SHALL BEHOLD YOUR FACE, O LORD. HEAR, O LORD, A JUST SUIT; ATTEND TO MY OUTCRY; HEARKEN TO MY PRAYER FROM LIPS WITHOUT DECEIT. IN JUSTICE, I SHALL BEHOLD YOUR FACE, O LORD. FROM YOU LET MY JUDGMENT COME; YOUR EYES BEHOLD WHAT IS RIGHT. THOUGH YOU TEST MY HEART, SEARCHING IT IN THE NIGHT, THOUGH YOU TRY ME WITH FIRE, YOU SHALL FIND NO MALICE IN ME. IN JUSTICE, I SHALL BEHOLD YOUR FACE, O LORD. I CALL UPON YOU, FOR YOU WILL ANSWER ME, O GOD; INCLINE YOUR EAR TO ME; HEAR MY WORD. SHOW YOUR WONDROUS MERCIES, O SAVIOR OF THOSE WHO FLEE FROM THEIR FOES. IN JUSTICE, I SHALL BEHOLD YOUR FACE, O LORD. HIDE ME IN THE SHADOW OF YOUR WINGS. I IN JUSTICE SHALL BEHOLD YOUR FACE; ON WAKING, I SHALL BE CONTENT IN YOUR PRESENCE. IN JUSTICE, I SHALL BEHOLD YOUR FACE, O LORD. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD SAYS THE LORD I KNOW MY SHEEP AND MINE KNOW ME. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO>>+ LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM MATTHEUM GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE.>>A DEMONIAC WHO COULD NOT SPEAK WAS BROUGHT TO JESUS, AND WHEN THE DEMON WAS DRIVEN OUT THE MUTE MAN SPOKE. THE CROWDS WERE AMAZED AND SAID, “NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS EVER BEEN SEEN IN ISRAEL.” BUT THE PHARISEES SAID, “HE DRIVES OUT DEMONS BY THE PRINCE OF DEMONS.” JESUS WENT AROUND TO ALL THE TOWNS AND VILLAGES, TEACHING IN THEIR SYNAGOGUES, PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, AND CURING EVERY DISEASE AND ILLNESS. AT THE SIGHT OF THE CROWDS, HIS HEART WAS MOVED WITH PITY FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE TROUBLED AND ABANDONED, LIKE SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD. THEN HE SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, “THE HARVEST IS ABUNDANT BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW; SO ASK THE MASTER OF THE HARVEST TO SEND OUT LABORERS FOR HIS HARVEST.” VERBUM DOMINI LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE AS CHRISTIANS, WE ARE NATURALLY ATTRACTED TO THAT TIME WHEN OUR LORD WENT ABOUT ALL THE TOWNS AND VILLAGES PREACHING AND HOW WONDERFUL THAT TIME WAS. WE ALSO IMAGINE THAT WE WOULD HAVE BEEN AMONG THOSE WHO BELIEVED WE ENCOUNTERED HIM, NOT OF THOSE WHO REJECTED JESUS, WHO ESCRIBED HIS WORKS OR HIS WORDS TO OTHER SOURCES. IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANYONE WHO WOULD CLAIM THAT THE WORDS AND DEEDS OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF CHILDREN OF MEN, JESUS CHRIST COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO ANYONE OTHER THAN GOD. YET WHEN WE VIEW THE FULLNESS OF OF REVELATION, WHEN WE JUST VIEW THE CRUCIFIX WE REALIZED THAT WHILE GRACE IS GIVEN TO ALL THAT THEY MAY BE SAVED, NOT ALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FAITH. IT IS NOT THAT GOD IS NOT GIVING THE GIFT OF FAITH, WE JUST DO NOT SAY YES. WE HAVE FREE WILL TO RECEIVE THAT. SO THE GIFT OF FAITH IS OFFERED IN EVERY ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING GOD, WHEN HE CALLS AND REVEALS HIS LOVE TO US. IN OUR WEAKNESS, WE ARE EXPECTING THE JACOB WRESTLING WITH AN ANGEL MOMENT. WE LOOK FOR MIRACLES OR BIG MOMENTS TO BE THE FOUNDATION OF OUR BELIEF IN THE BLESSING OF OUR LIFE. SO THE GOOD GOD, HOWEVER, WILL NOT BE PUT TO THE TEST AND NEED NOT. THAT THE MIRACLE GROUNDING OUR PERSONAL SALVATION IS 1ST OF ALL LIFE. GOD HAS IN LOVE CREATED US FOR LOVE. HIS LOVE PROCEEDS PRECEDES ANY GOOD THAT WE MIGHT DO, FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD THAT THAT GOOD IS FOUND IN HIM WILLING US SIMPLY TO BE. THIS IS OUR SECURITY, THE VERY FACT WHICH SHOULD BE UNASSAILABLE, THAT EVERY PERSON IS CREATED, GIVEN LIFE AT THE MOMENT OF CONCEPTION AND ENDOWED WITH INALIENABLE RIGHTS AND EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE FROM THE CREATOR WHO HAS CALLED HIM OR HER TO BE. IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS, WE FIND JACOB WRESTLING WITH THE ANGEL WHO REVEALS THE FACE OF GOD, HIS PRESENCE AND BLESSING. THE LORD REVEALS HIMSELF NOT AS AN IMPERSONAL FORCE, BUT AS THE GOD WHO INTERVENES, WAS WILLING TO WRESTLE WITH MEN. OUR GOD ENTERS INTO HUMAN HISTORY, OUR PERSONAL STORY, IN ORDER TO CARE FOR US AND BLESS US, TO SAVE US FROM SIN AND DEATH, TO SAVE US FROM FOLLOWING THE PATH AWAY FROM HIM. GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES. SOMETIMES, IN THIS HOLY RELATIONSHIP, AS FRAIL CREATURE TO OUR CREATOR, WE ARE LIKE JACOB WHO RECEIVES THE NAME ISRAEL MEANING ONE WHO CONTENDS OR STRIVES WITH GOD. WE ARE CREATED WITH THE DESIRE TO KNOW GOD, TO SEE HIS FACE, TO BE CLOSE TO HIM. UNLIKE JACOB, WE USUALLY GIVE UP WHEN THE WRESTLING GETS TOUGH. SOMETIMES AS A RESULT OF SEVERE PAIN IN OUR LIFE SIGNIFIED BY THE POPPING HIS HIP OUT OF THE SOCKET, WHETHER THAT PAIN IS PERSONAL OR SOMEONE WE LOVE. BUT FAITH IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE, A CHALLENGE, EVEN IN THE FACE OF SO MANY TESTAMENTS TO GOD AND HIS CARE FOR US. THERE’S A BEAUTIFUL SECTION ON THE BATTLE OF PRAYER IN THE CATECHISM BEGINNING WITH PARAGRAPH 2725. PRAYER IS BOTH A GIFT OF GRACE AND THE DETERMINED RESPONSE ON OUR PART. IT ALWAYS PRESUPPOSES EFFORT. THE GREAT FIGURES OF PRAYER OF THE OLD COVENANT BEFORE CHRIST, AS WELL AS THE MOTHER OF GOD, THE SAINTS AND HE HIMSELF, ALL TEACH US THIS, PRAYER IS A BATTLE. AGAINST WHOM? A QUESTION. AGAINST OURSELVES AND THE WILES OF THE TEMPTER WHO DOES ALL THAT HE CAN TO TURN MAN AWAY FROM PRAYER, AWAY FROM UNION WITH GOD. WE PRAY AS WE LIVE, BECAUSE WE LIVE AS WE PRAY. IF WE DO NOT WANT TO ACT HABITUALLY ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, NEITHER CAN WE PRAY HABITUALLY IN HIS NAME. THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE OF THE CHRISTIANS NEW LIFE IS INSEPARABLE FROM THE BATTLE OF PRAYER. THAT IS THE END OF THE QUOTATION. ULTIMATELY THE BATTLE IS NOT AGAINST GOD, GOD IS CONSTANTLY GIVING US GRACE. BUT IT IS AGAINST THOSE THINGS THAT WOULD PREVENT US FROM LIVING TOTALLY IN HIM FROM TOTAL CONFIDENCE IN HIM. OUR FRAIL UNDERSTANDING, IMPATIENCE, THE MENTALITY OF THE WORLD, DRYNESS, LACK OF FAITH AND 1 OF THE MOST PREVALENT, LAZINESS OR A LACK OF VIGILANCE. THE SPIRIT INDEED IS WILLING BUT THE FLESH IS WEAK. THIS LITTLE SENTENCE WE PRAY AS WE LIVE BECAUSE WE LIVE AS WE PRAY THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE OFTEN THINK IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW WE LIVE. IF I AM LIVING AND I PRAY I NEVER LIVE IN SIN BUT IF WE ARE OUT OF THE STATE OF GRACE BECAUSE OF MORTAL SIN WE HABITUALLY LIVE IN MORTAL SIN, THEN WE ARE NOT GOING TO SEE GOD. JESUS SAYS BLESSED ARE THE PURE OF HEART FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD. IF WE DO NOT HAVE PURITY OF HEART BECAUSE OF OUR ACTIONS THAT NOT JUST IN CHASTITY ABOVE ALL, UNCHASTITY IS A UNIQUE WAY TO PREVENT US FROM SEEING GOD BUT IN ALL OF THOSE OBSTACLES NOT LIVING THE LAW OF GOD WE WILL NOT HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND FULFILLING PRAYER LIFE. SO THOSE WHO SAY THAT THEY LOOK FOR GOD IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES, THEY ARE USING OTHER FORMS OF PRAYER THAT ARE NOT CHRISTIAN AND THEY ARE NOT LIVING A CHRISTIAN LIFE, YES GOD REVEALS HIMSELF AT TIMES THOSE NOT LIVING IN THE STATE OF GRACE IN ORDER TO CONVERT THEM TO HIMSELF IN ORDER TO CONVERT THEM AWAY FROM THE PATH LEADING AWAY FROM HIM. OUR LIFE OUR PRAYER LIFE IS GOING TO BE IMPROVED AS OUR LIFE IMPROVES. THERE ARE NOT 2 SEPARATE THINGS. THAT AS WE PRAY WE RECEIVE GRACE TO LIVE A GOOD LIFE AND AS WE LIVE A GOOD LIFE WE SAY YES TO THAT GRACE AND OUR PRAYER LIFE INCREASES. DOES THAT MEAN IT WILL NOT BECOME A BATTLE OR REMAIN A BATTLE? NO. SO HOPEFULLY THAT MAKES SENSE. ENCOUNTERING GOD IS A GIFT. A GRACE. BUT IT IS ALSO A TASK. FAITH IN GOD IS A GRACE FREELY OFFERED BY THE ONE WHO REVEALS HIMSELF. THE TRUTH ABOUT WHO GOD IS AND HOW HE HAS BEEN REVEALED TO US MOST PERFECTLY IN CHRIST THAT HE HAS SHOWN HIS FACE TO US, THIS HAS TO BE TAUGHT TO US. JESUS IS THE ONE SENT WHO REVEALS GOD’S FACE TO US, HIS LOVING CARE, HIS DESIRE TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS AND TO GIVE US NEW LIFE. HIS OWN LIFE. HE POURS IT OUT UPON US. GOD IS FAITHFUL TO HIS CHILDREN, HIS LOVE ALWAYS PRECEDES US, LIGHTING UP THE WAY THAT JESUS IS THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. HE HIMSELF SHOWS US AND TEACHES US HOW TO PRAY. AND HE STILL WALKS WITH US.

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