Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

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Reading 1 GAL 1:13-24

Brothers and sisters:
You heard of my former way of life in Judaism,
how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measure
and tried to destroy it, 
and progressed in Judaism
beyond many of my contemporaries among my race,
since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.
But when he, who from my mother’s womb had set me apart
and called me through his grace,
was pleased to reveal his Son to me,
so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles,
I did not immediately consult flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem
to those who were Apostles before me;
rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus.

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to confer with Cephas
and remained with him for fifteen days.
But I did not see any other of the Apostles,
only James the brother of the Lord.
(As to what I am writing to you, behold,
before God, I am not lying.)
Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
And I was unknown personally to the churches of Judea
that are in Christ;
they only kept hearing that “the one who once was persecuting us
is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”
So they glorified God because of me.

Responsorial Psalm PS 139:1B-3, 13-14AB, 14C-15

R. (24b) Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Truly you have formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
My soul also you knew full well;
nor was my frame unknown to you
When I was made in secret,
when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

 

 

Alleluia LK 11:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are those who hear the word of God
and observe it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village 
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. 
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? 
Tell her to help me.” 
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. 
There is need of only one thing. 
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”

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St. Francis of Assisi: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, October 04, 2022

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Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181.
In 1182, Pietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. Far from being excited or apologetic because he’d been gone, Pietro was furious because she’d had his new son baptized Giovanni after John the Baptist. The last thing Pietro wanted in his son was a man of God — he wanted a man of business, a cloth merchant like he was, and he especially wanted a son who would reflect his …

Keeping Our Promises / Cumpliendo Nuestras Promesas

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Have you ever broken a promise? Of course you have. I think if we all think about it and are honest with ourselves, we have all probably broken a promise we made at one point or another. You have probably seen the aftermath of what happened when that promise was broken; People got hurt, trust was shattered, relationships were affected. I know when I have broken a promise I immediately feel guilt. I think this guilt comes because we all know deep down in our bones that promises are not meant to be broken.

This brings us to our First Reading for today where we hear that the Galatians have been quick to forsake Paul and Christ for the sake of another gospel. They came to learn about Christ through Paul’s teachings and gave their hearts over to him, until another gospel popped up that seemed more alluring. Take a moment to think about this for a second. Jesus had recently died for their sins. There may have even been people present who were alive when it happened. They were there at the beginning of Christianity. They had been told about the promise of eternal life through this Jesus of Nazareth who died and actually rose from the dead. And then, a different gospel comes along and they are quick to dismiss what Jesus did for them.

It is probably easy to look at the Galatians and wonder how they could do all this, but this wasn’t a new phenomenon. Since the beginning of time God has been making promises with his people and we have been breaking those promises. But no matter what, God remains faithful. We call these promises covenants and there are many throughout the Old Testament, culminating in the New Covenant in Christ. Today in the Responsorial Psalm, we read that the Lord will remember his covenant forever and the Catechism tells us, “God chose Abraham and made a covenant with him and his descendants. By the covenant God formed his people and revealed his law to them through Moses. Through the prophets, he prepared them to accept the salvation destined for all humanity. God has revealed himself fully by sending his own Son, in whom he has established his covenant forever.” (CCC 72-73)

God remembers the covenant he made with Abraham. He remembers the covenant he made with Noah and with Moses. He remembers the covenant he made on the cross, the covenant he made for us. God is always faithful to his covenant. The question is, are we faithful to him? Let’s take some time today to thank God for what he did for us on the cross and ask for the grace to remain faithful to his covenant of love forever.

From all of us here at Diocesan, God bless!

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¿Alguna vez has roto una promesa? Seguro que sí. Creo que si todos lo pensamos y somos honestos con nosotros mismos, probablemente todos hayamos roto una promesa que hicimos en un momento u otro. Probablemente hayas visto las consecuencias de lo que sucedió cuando se rompió esa promesa; las personas resultaron heridas, la confianza se rompió, las relaciones se vieron afectadas. Sé que cuando he roto una promesa me siento culpable inmediatamente. Creo que esta culpa viene porque todos sabemos en el fondo de nuestros huesos que las promesas no están hechas para romperse.

Esto nos lleva a nuestra primera lectura de hoy, donde escuchamos que los gálatas facilmente abandonar a Pablo y Cristo por otro evangelio. Llegaron a aprender acerca de Cristo a través de las enseñanzas de Pablo y le entregaron su corazón, hasta que apareció otro evangelio que parecía más atractivo. Tómese un momento para pensar en esto por un segundo. Jesús había muerto recientemente por sus pecados. Incluso puede haber personas presentes que estaban vivas cuando sucedió. Estaban allí al comienzo del cristianismo. Se les había dicho acerca de la promesa de la vida eterna a través de este Jesús de Nazaret que murió y resucitó de entre los muertos. Y luego, aparece un evangelio diferente y rápidamente descartan lo que Jesús hizo por ellos.

Probablemente sea fácil mirar a los gálatas y preguntarse cómo pudieron hacer todo esto, pero este no era un fenómeno nuevo. Desde el principio de los tiempos, Dios ha estado haciendo promesas con su pueblo y nosotros hemos estado rompiendo esas promesas. Pero pase lo que pase, Dios permanece fiel. A estas promesas las llamamos pactos y hay muchas a lo largo del Antiguo Testamento, que culminan en la Nueva Alianza en Cristo. Hoy en el Salmo Responsorial leemos que el Señor recordará para siempre su alianza y el Catecismo nos dice: “Dios eligió a Abraham y selló una alianza con él y su descendencia. Dios eligió a Abraham y selló una alianza con él y su descendencia. De él formó a su pueblo, al que reveló su ley por medio de Moisés. Lo preparó por los profetas para acoger la salvación destinada a toda la humanidad. Dios se ha revelado plenamente enviando a su propio Hijo, en quien ha establecido su alianza para siempre.” (CIC 72-73)

Dios recuerda la alianza que hizo con Abraham. Recuerda la alianza que hizo con Noé y con Moisés. Recuerda la alianza que hizo en la cruz, la alianza que hizo por nosotros. Dios es siempre fiel a su alianza . La pregunta es, ¿le somos fieles? Tomemos un tiempo hoy para agradecer a Dios por lo que hizo por nosotros en la cruz y pidamos la gracia de permanecer fieles a la alianza de amor para siempre.

De parte de todos nosotros aquí en Diocesan, ¡Dios los bendiga!

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Tommy Shultz is a Business Development Representative for Diocesan. In this role he is committed to bringing the best software to dioceses and parishes while helping them evangelize on the digital continent. Tommy has worked in various diocese and parish roles since his graduation from Franciscan University with a Theology degree. He hopes to use his skills in evangelization, marketing, and communications, to serve the Church and bring the Good News to all. His favorite quote comes from St. John Paul II, who said, “A person is an entity of a sort to which the only proper and adequate way to relate is love.”

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Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Reading 1 GAL 1:6-12

Brothers and sisters:
I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking
the one who called you by the grace of Christ
for a different gospel (not that there is another).
But there are some who are disturbing you
and wish to pervert the Gospel of Christ.
But even if we or an angel from heaven
should preach to you a gospel 
other than the one that we preached to you,
let that one be accursed!
As we have said before, and now I say again,
if anyone preaches to you a gospel
other than the one that you received,
let that one be accursed!

Am I now currying favor with human beings or God?
Or am I seeking to please people?
If I were still trying to please people,
I would not be a slave of Christ.

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it,
but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm PS 111:1B-2, 7-8, 9 AND 10C

R. (5) The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
or:    
R. Alleluia.
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
or:    
R. Alleluia.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
sure are all his precepts,
Reliable forever and ever,
wrought in truth and equity.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
or:    
R. Alleluia.
He has sent deliverance to his people;
he has ratified his covenant forever;
holy and awesome is his name.
His praise endures forever.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
or:    
R. Alleluia.

 

 

Alleluia JN 13:34

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I give you a new commandment:
love one another as I have loved you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 10:25-37

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?
How do you read it?”
He said in reply,
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.”
He replied to him, “You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, 
“And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, 
“A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
‘Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.’
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

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Work of Faith / Obras de Fe

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From our human perspective, wouldn’t it be great if Jesus were like the fairy godmother from Cinderella? “Bibbity, bobbity, boo! More faith for you!” We can all enjoy a good chuckle knowing that isn’t how Jesus works. And then we have to pause and really sit in the fact that, no, that isn’t how Jesus works.

Jesus is a miracle worker. But He isn’t ours to command. Jesus is a healer. But we don’t get to decide when it is our time to die. Jesus is a teacher. But we do not get to demand knowledge we aren’t mature enough or wise enough to handle. God is God, we are not.

Just prior to this Gospel reading in Luke, Jesus told the apostles that if someone sinned against them seven times and seven times asked to be forgiven they ought to extend that forgiveness. He warned them about allowing sin to work through them to the detriment of others. Jesus is paving the way for what it means to not only be a disciple but also a teacher of faith. 

This scared the apostles. Did they have enough faith? Who could have enough faith to withstand such temptation and be required to extend such forgiveness? They quickly asked Jesus to increase their faith. 

Jesus didn’t wave His wand and pour more faith into them. That’s not how faith works. Faith is like a muscle. It has to be exercised to grow stronger. We don’t need God to give us more, we need to learn how to use the faith we have already been given. 

Faith is a free gift from God. As it is a gift, it is up to us to accept it. Once we accept it, we have to learn how to use it, how to rely on it. How? By becoming humble servants of God, trusting in His Will for our lives. We have each been given specific work to do upon this earth which will bring God glory. Just as we have duties within our own family, we have duties as members of the Mystical Body of Christ, our heavenly family.

At the close of our life when we stand before God, let us all hope to be able to say, “we have done what we were obliged to do.” May we stand proud of how we followed God’s Will, how we obeyed His commands and did the work He had so carefully chosen for us to do.

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Desde nuestra perspectiva humana, ¿no sería genial si Jesús fuera como el hada madrina de la Cenicienta? “¡Bibbity, bobbity, boo! ¡Más fe para ti!” Todos podemos disfrutar de una buena risa sabiendo que no es así con Jesús. Y luego tenemos que hacer una pausa y realmente darnos cuenta del hecho de que, no, no es así con Jesús.

Jesús es un obrador de milagros. Pero no es nuestro lugar mandarlo. Jesús es el sanador. Pero no podemos decidir cuándo es nuestro momento de morir. Jesús es el maestro. Pero no podemos exigir conocimientos que no seamos lo suficientemente maduros o sabios para manejar. Dios es Dios y nosotros no lo somos.

Justo antes de esta lectura del Evangelio de Lucas, Jesús les dijo a los apóstoles que si alguien había pecado contra ellos siete veces y siete veces pedía perdón, deberían extender ese perdón. Les advirtió acerca de permitir que el pecado obrara a través de ellos en detrimento de los demás. Jesús está allanando el camino para lo que significa no solo ser un discípulo sino también un maestro de fe.

Esto asustó a los apóstoles. ¿Tuvieron la fe suficiente? ¿Quién podría tener la fe suficiente para resistir esa tentación y ser requerido extender el perdón? Rápidamente le pidieron a Jesús que aumentara su fe.

Jesús no agitó su varita y derramó más fe en ellos. La fe no funciona así. La fe es como un músculo. Tiene que ser ejercitado para crecer más fuerte. No necesitamos que Dios nos dé más, necesitamos aprender a usar la fe que ya nos ha sido dada.

La fe es un don gratuito de Dios. Como es un regalo, depende de nosotros aceptarlo. Una vez que lo aceptamos, tenemos que aprender a usarlo, a confiar en él. ¿Cómo? Haciéndonos humildes servidores de Dios, confiando en Su Voluntad para nuestras vidas. A cada uno de nosotros se nos ha dado un trabajo específico para hacer en esta tierra que traerá gloria a Dios. Así como tenemos deberes dentro de nuestra propia familia, tenemos deberes como miembros del Cuerpo Místico de Cristo, nuestra familia celestial.

Al final de nuestra vida, cuando estemos delante de Dios, esperemos todos poder decir: “hemos hecho lo que estábamos obligados a hacer”. Que estemos orgullosos de cómo seguimos la Voluntad de Dios, cómo obedecimos Sus mandamientos e hicimos el trabajo que Él había escogido tan cuidadosamente para nosotros.

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Reading 1 Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4

How long, O LORD?  I cry for help
 but you do not listen!
 I cry out to you, “Violence!”
 but you do not intervene.
 Why do you let me see ruin;
 why must I look at misery?
 Destruction and violence are before me;
 there is strife, and clamorous discord.
 Then the LORD answered me and said:
 Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets,
 so that one can read it readily.
 For the vision still has its time,
 presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
 if it delays, wait for it,
 it will surely come, it will not be late.
 The rash one has no integrity;
 but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9

R. (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD;
 let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
 let us joyfully sing psalms to him.
R. 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.
R. 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.”
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Reading 2 2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14

Beloved:
I remind you, to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.

Take as your norm the sound words that you heard from me,
in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit
that dwells within us.

Alleluia 1 Pt 1:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The word of the Lord remains forever.
This is the word that has been proclaimed to you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 17:5-10

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.

“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded,
say, ‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.'”

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The Little Way / El Caminito

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Prayer

Simplicity

Obedience to God’s will 

These principles are the foundation of St. Therese’s Little Way. In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives the Disciples insight into this truth so much a part of St. Therese’s teaching. Following God isn’t about great heroics, but a reversal of power found where the meek and humble are exalted and the wise and learned fail to understand. 

This school year it has been difficult to get my morning prayer habit back into a routine. I have a puppy who wants up well before the alarm and expects my undivided attention even before my eyes are open. There is much to do in the beginning of the school year and it is easier to get my computer out and mark a few things off my to-do list in the morning when the house is quiet. 

St. Therese reminds me not only to pray…but to keep it simple. I don’t need an elaborate routine or a huge chunk of time. Simply stopping to ask God to keep all of my work in line with his will is enough. 

God doesn’t look for grand gestures, he wants to be included in our simple, everyday moments. This year we have incorporated prayer more closely in our everyday routines at school. In the morning, before we enter the school, the students and I talk about opportunities to show mercy or kindness to another during the day before we pray the Act of Charity. We pray together before going to lunch. We have incorporated the Prayer after Eating as we take a couple of deep breaths and pray together to transition our bodies and minds from the fun and chatter of the lunchroom back to the focus of the classroom.

These simple routines with my students have led me to attach simple prayers to routine actions I take during the day. I breathe, “Come, Holy Spirit” as I turn on my computer. As I walk through the school and make sure the lights and heat are off, I ask our Blessed Mother to take care of those who inhabit this room for so much of the day. God doesn’t want grand acts from me, but to incorporate simple prayer into all I do.

I am so grateful for St. Therese and Her Little Way, a way of humility and childlike trust in our God that leads us ever closer to His will. 

Prayer

Simplicity 

Obedience to God’s will

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Estos principios son la base del Caminito de Santa Teresa. En el Evangelio de hoy, Jesús les da a los Discípulos una idea de esta verdad que es una parte tan importante de la enseñanza de Santa Teresita. Seguir a Dios no se trata de grandes hazañas, sino de una inversión de poder que se encuentra donde los mansos y humildes son exaltados y los sabios y eruditos no logran comprender.

Este año escolar ha sido difícil lograr que mi hábito de oración matutina vuelva a ser una rutina. Tengo un cachorro que quiere levantarse mucho antes de la alarma y espera toda mi atención incluso antes de que abra los ojos. Hay mucho que hacer al comienzo del año escolar y es más fácil sacar mi computadora y marcar algunas cosas de mi lista de cosas por hacer en la mañana cuando la casa está tranquila.

Santa Teresa me recuerda que no solo ore… sino que sea sencilla. No necesito una rutina elaborada o una gran cantidad de tiempo. Simplemente detenerme para pedirle a Dios que mantenga todo mi trabajo en línea con su voluntad es suficiente.

Dios no busca grandes gestos, quiere ser incluido en nuestros momentos sencillos y cotidianos. Este año hemos incorporado más oración en nuestras rutinas diarias en la escuela. Por la mañana, antes de entrar a la escuela, los estudiantes y yo hablamos sobre las oportunidades de mostrar misericordia o bondad a los demás durante el día y luego rezamos el Acto de Caridad. Rezamos juntos antes de ir a almorzar. Hemos incorporado la oración después de comer mientras tomamos un par de respiraciones profundas y oramos juntos para hacer la transición de nuestros cuerpos y mentes de la diversión y la charla del comedor al enfoque del salón de clases.

Estas rutinas simples con mis alumnos me han llevado a agregar oraciones simples a las acciones rutinarias que realizo durante el día. Respiro, “Ven, Espíritu Santo” mientras prendo mi computadora. Mientras camino por la escuela y viendo de que las luces y la calefacción estén apagadas, le pido a nuestra Santísima Madre que cuide de aquellos que habitan esta sala durante gran parte del día. Dios no quiere grandes actos de mí, sino que incorpore la oración simple en todo lo que hago.

Estoy muy agradecida por Santa Teresita y su Caminito, un camino de humildad y de confianza infantil en nuestro Dios que nos acerca cada vez más a Su voluntad.

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Sheryl is happy to be the number 1 cheerleader and supporter for her husband, Tom who is a candidate for the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. They are so grateful for the opportunity to grow together in this process. Sheryl’s day job is serving her community as the principal for St. Therese Catholic School in Wayland, Michigan. Since every time she thinks she gets life all figured out, she realizes just how far she has to go, St. Rita of Cascia is her go-to Saint for intercession and help. Home includes Carlyn, a very, very goofy Golden Retriever and Lucy, our not-so-little rescue puppy. 

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Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

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Reading 1 JB 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17

Job answered the LORD and said:

I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be hindered.
I have dealt with great things that I do not understand;
things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.
I had heard of you by word of mouth,
but now my eye has seen you.
Therefore I disown what I have said,
and repent in dust and ashes.

Thus the LORD blessed the latter days of Job
more than his earlier ones.
For he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels,
a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.
And he had seven sons and three daughters,
of whom he called the first Jemimah,
the second Keziah, and the third Kerenhappuch.
In all the land no other women were as beautiful
as the daughters of Job;
and their father gave them an inheritance
along with their brothers.
After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years;
and he saw his children, his grandchildren,
and even his great-grandchildren.
Then Job died, old and full of years.
 

Responsorial Psalm PS 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130

R. (135) Lord, let your face shine on me.
Teach me wisdom and knowledge,
for in your commands I trust.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
that I may learn your statutes.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
I know, O LORD, that your ordinances are just,
and in your faithfulness you have afflicted me.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
According to your ordinances they still stand firm:
all things serve you.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
I am your servant; give me discernment
that I may know your decrees.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.
The revelation of your words sheds light,
giving understanding to the simple.
R. Lord, let your face shine on me.

 

 

Alleluia See MT 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 10:17-24

The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus,
“Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”
Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power
‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy
and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.

”At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

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Our Place / Nuestro Lugar

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I know a lot of people say this, but my dad was one of the smartest men I have ever known. I will go a step further — he was one of the wisest men I ever knew. When I was a kid monkeying around at the dinner table, he would put me in my place. I deserved it. And when my wife and I got married and my parents came to visit us, my dad shocked me, asking if he could sit in the recliner. At home, he always sat in the recliner. But he knew this was my home, not his. He knew his place, too. I wish he was still alive to sit in my recliner any time he wanted.

I share this because today’s readings are all about our place. Specifically, they’re all about how we see ourselves, where we are, in our relationship with God. In the First Reading, we are nearing the end of the book of Job. He has suffered much but refused to turn from his God. And when he gets that audience with the Lord, he begins to question what has been going on. But does God give him comforting words? Far from it. To paraphrase, God asks, almost sarcastically, “Hey, where were you, Job, when I created this? Did you help when I made that?”

Job is taken aback. Is this the response to expect from a loving God? Job rightfully replies, however, “I won’t say another word.” Because Job realizes, as should we, that this is God. God, who created everything, to whom everything belongs, has chosen to reveal himself to Job. He has everything, He can do anything, but He has chosen to be with Job, and with us. He has chosen to love us. Didn’t God, after all, originally bet on Job’s faithfulness? He is in our corner, but he isn’t some simple buddy. We have to remember he is God — God! — who has chosen to create us, care about us, love us. And send us His son.

This brings us to the Gospel. Jesus has done some amazing things in Bethsaida and Capernaum and Chorazin. Why, if Tyre and Sidon, two of the most sinful places in the Old Testament, had witnessed these things, they would have repented immediately. Jesus is speaking to us here. We have seen what he did. We have heard it preached and read about it in the Gospels. What does it mean to us? How do we react? Do we repent and believe in the Gospel? Do we become disciples and try to live as Jesus wants us to live? What is our place in relationship to this Lord and Savior, and the One who sent Him?

Let’s contemplate that today. Do I know my place when it comes to God, when it comes to Jesus? Is it the right place? Do I treat our Lord as some great vending machine, “gimme this, gimme that”, or do I give him the love, the praise, and the worship deserving of the Lord of the universe, who is all good and deserving of all our love. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. 

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Sé que mucha gente dice esto, pero mi papá fue uno de los hombres más inteligentes que he conocido. Iré un paso más allá: fue uno de los hombres más sabios que he conocido. Cuando yo era niño haciendo el tonto en la mesa, él me ponía en mi lugar. Me lo merecía. Y cuando mi esposa y yo nos casamos y mis padres vinieron a visitarnos, mi papá me sorprendió cuando me preguntó si podía sentarse en el sillón reclinable. En casa, siempre se sentaba en el sillón reclinable. Pero él sabía que esta era mi casa, no la suya. Él también conocía su lugar. Quisiera que todavía estuviera vivo para sentarse en mi sillón reclinable cuando quisiera.

Comparto esto porque las lecturas de hoy son todas sobre nuestro lugar. Específicamente, se trata de cómo nos vemos a nosotros mismos, dónde estamos, en nuestra relación con Dios. En la Primera Lectura, nos acercamos al final del libro de Job. Ha sufrido mucho, pero se negó a apartarse de su Dios. Y cuando obtiene esa audiencia con el Señor, comienza a cuestionar lo que ha estado pasando. Pero, ¿le da Dios palabras de consuelo? Para nada. Parafraseando, Dios pregunta, casi con sarcasmo: “Oye, ¿dónde estabas, Job, cuando creé esto? ¿Me ayudaste cuando hice eso?

Job se sorprende. ¿Esta es la respuesta que se espera de un Dios amoroso? Sin embargo, Job responde correctamente: “No diré una palabra más”. Porque Job se da cuenta, al igual que nosotros, de que esto es Dios. Dios, que creó todo, a quien todo pertenece, ha elegido revelarse a Job. Él tiene todo, Él puede hacer cualquier cosa, pero ha elegido estar con Job y con nosotros. Él ha elegido amarnos. Después de todo, ¿no apostó Dios originalmente por la fidelidad de Job? Él está en nuestro rincón, pero no es un simple amigo. Tenemos que recordar que él es Dios, ¡Dios! que ha elegido crearnos, cuidarnos, amarnos, y envíanos a Su hijo.

Esto nos lleva al Evangelio. Jesús ha hecho algunas cosas asombrosas en Betsaida y Capernaum y Chorazin. Bueno, si Tiro y Sidón, dos de los lugares más pecaminosos del Antiguo Testamento, hubieran sido testigos de estas cosas, se habrían arrepentido inmediatamente. Jesús nos está hablando aquí. Hemos visto lo que hizo. Lo hemos oído predicar y lo hemos leído en los Evangelios. ¿Qué significa para nosotros? ¿Cómo reaccionamos? ¿Nos arrepentimos y creemos en el Evangelio? ¿Nos convertimos en discípulos y tratamos de vivir como Jesús quiere que vivamos? ¿Cuál es nuestro lugar en relación con este Señor y Salvador, y Aquel que lo envió?

Consideremos eso hoy. ¿Conozco mi lugar cuando se trata de Dios, cuando se trata de Jesús? ¿Es el lugar correcto? ¿Trato a nuestro Señor como una gran máquina expendedora, “dame esto, dame aquello”, o le doy el amor, la alabanza y la adoración que merece el Señor del universo, quien es todo bueno y merecedor de todo nuestro amor. Nuestro Salvador Jesucristo sufrió y murió por nosotros. En su nombre, Dios mío, ten piedad.

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Mike Karpus is a regular guy. He grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, graduated from Michigan State University and works as an editor. He is married to a Catholic school principal, raised two daughters who became Catholic school teachers at points in their careers, and now relishes his two grandchildren, including the 3-year-old who teaches him what the colors of Father’s chasubles mean. He has served on a Catholic School board, a pastoral council and a parish stewardship committee. He currently is a lector at Mass, a Knight of Columbus, Adult Faith Formation Committee member and a board member of the local Habitat for Humanity organization. But mostly he’s a regular guy.

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