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BLESSED VIRGIN MARYAM AND FAMILY (FOR BLACK CATHOLICS)
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Her history. Her family. Her names. Her titles (in prayer litany). FOR RCIA, CCD, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, OR PERSONAL DEVOTION. FREE TO USE.
AM Now Muslim because of this guy his preaching forced me to change jazakAllah m***i I love u for sure
Praise The Lord.
CATHOLICISM IS NOT GOOD AND ALL CATHOLICS MUST REPENT OF IDOLATRY:
1.Dont bow down to graven images(exodus20,5)
2.dont call eachother father hence pope(matt23,8-9)
3.virgin mary is an ordinary sinner like me and was 4given by God.It is Jesus who is our intercessor and high priest.(hebrews3and john17)
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Courage is a virtue that precedes any successful venture. When the children of Israel were in battle with the Philistines, they got intimidated by the size of Goliath, the leader of the Pholistines. They were frozen with fear (1 Samuel 17:24). It took courage for the young man David to step forward to face the Philistines. Step forward with courage today to face your battles. You are more than a conqueror.
Welcome friend, create a destiny with Jesus and you to heaven join catholic wattsup group share love of god
Dear friends welcome to the wattsup group as christ soldiers. Share this link to your friends.

banange munyambe mummy wange ne bafa kati silina muntu gwembeera naye yadde sister oba brother silina kenina tandise kusabiliza bambi alina kyalina anyambe kubanga nessimu ssiyange waliwo anjazise nze Namatovu angel nina emyaka 15.0782804752,0700369370
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I THANK GOD FOR BRINGING HIS PEOPLE IN HIS FAMILY
WY catholia chruch pray a Rosary?
aRosary oneway 2 communication GOD
Guardian angels
NATALE MANCINI·MARTEDÌ 3 OTTOBRE 20171 lettura
Like the saints, the angels also serve God. Unlike the saints, the angels are pure spirits who have no naturale kingship with us. They have become our friends because their life is to do the will of God, and God has great love for his human creatures. Jesus taught us that every little one ( that is, every human being ) has his angel whos job it is to wacth over and pray for us.They are always by our side, to protect and lead us, and they rejoice when we ask for their prayers. O God, that in Your mysterious Providence send your heavenly angels to our custody and protection, make it so that on the path of life we are always supported by their help to convey us with them to eternal joy. For Christ our Lord.
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25/06/2021

Today In Mass

*FRIDAY, JUNE 25 2021*

*FRIDAY OF THE TWELFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B*

*Saint William of Vercelli, Abbot and Confessor*

*Saint Febronia of Nisibis, Martyr*

*Saint Prosper of Reggio, Confessor*

*Saint Solomon III of Bretagne, King and Martyr.*

*Saint Adalbert of Egmond, Abbot*

*Saint Eurosia, Virgin and Martyr*

*FIRST READING*

_“Every male among you shall be circumcised. Sarah shall bear you a Son''_

*A reading from the Book of Genesis 17: 1.9-10. 15-22*

When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless.” And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised.” And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her; I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “O that Ishmael might live in your sight!” God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him and make him fruitful and multiply him exceedingly; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year.” When he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.

_The word of the Lord._

*RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 128: 1-2. 3. 4-5*

_R/. *Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.*_

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, and walk in his ways!
By the labour of your hands you shall eat. You will be blessed and prosper.

_R/. *Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.*_

Your wife like a fruitful vine in the heart of your house; your children like shoots of the olive around your table.

_R/. *Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.*_

Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Sion. May you see Jerusalem prosper all the days of your life!

_R/. *Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.*_

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION*

_R/. *Alleluia Alleluia*_
Christ took our infirmities and bore our diseases.
_R/. *Alleluia Alleluia*_

*GOSPEL*

_“If you will, you can make me clean.”_

*A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 8: 1-4*

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to the people.”

_The Gospel of the Lord._

*REFLECTION ON TODAY'S WORD OF GOD*

_Theme: *Homage, Reverence and Respect.*_

To do homage to another is to publicly express reverence and respect. This is what this leper did to Jesus. He “did him homage.” But the leper went even further. He also expressed his certain faith that Jesus could cure him if He wished to do so. And Jesus did desire this. Jesus stretched out His hand to touch the leper and pronounced the words, “I will do it. Be made clean.” And with that, the leper was cleansed.

The first thing to note in this passage is that Jesus “touched” the leper. This was a forbidden practice, since lepers were unclean and touching them could spread their disease. But Jesus broke the norm and touched the man, revealing to him his innate dignity.

It is interesting to consider the question: Who paid whom a greater act of homage? Was the act of homage shown by the leper greater? Or the act of touching and cleansing the leper greater? Though we need not compare these two acts, it is helpful to reflect upon the profound fact that Jesus did show a form of homage to this unclean leper.

As was said above, to do homage to another is to publicly express reverence and respect to them. Without a doubt, Jesus did just this. He not only honoured the leper by His touch and healing, but He publicly expressed His love and respect for this man through this act.

Of course, the homage we owe to God is unique. It is the homage of worship. We must bow down before Him, surrendering our lives in total abandonment and trust. We must honour Him as God and express our love accordingly. But, in addition to Jesus showing His almighty power by this miracle, He also sets for us an example of how we must treat others. Every person, because they are made in the image and likeness of God, deserves our utmost respect, and they deserve to receive that respect in a public way. We must continually seek to honour and respect others and express that honour and respect for others to see. This is especially difficult when the person we are called to show respect for is considered by others as “unclean.” The leper is only a symbol of the many types of people whom the world considers unclean and unworthy. Criminals, the poor, the confused, the sinner, the homeless, the political opponent and every other person in our world deserves our utmost respect and reverence. Doing so does not justify their sin; rather, it cuts through the surface and looks at their innate dignity.

Reflect, today, upon the act of homage done by this leper to Jesus. And then reflect upon the act of homage Jesus offers this leper by publicly confirming his innate dignity. Who in your life is represented by this leper? Who is “unclean” because of the condition of their life, the sin they commit, or the public stigma they have? Whom is God calling you to reach out and touch with love and respect, for others to see? Seek out the leper in your life and do not be afraid to imitate this holy act of homage exemplified by our Lord.

_My holy Lord, You are worthy of all adoration, glory and homage. You and You alone deserve our worship. Help me to continually discover Your hidden presence in the lives of those around me. Help me, especially, to see You in the leper of our day. May my love and respect for them flow from my love for You and become an imitation of Your act of love for all._

*MY DEAR BROTHER/SISTER, I KINDLY ASK YOU TO GET A MOMENT AND RECITE THE ROSARY INVOKING OUR MOTHER MARY TO INTERCEDE FOR US TO JESUS FOR THE END OF COVID19 PANDEMIC AND ALL ITS EFFECTS SUCH AS DEATH, FEAR, POVERTY AMONG OTHERS.*

*ST. PADRE PIO PRAY FOR THE QUICK AND TOTAL END OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SO THAT THE FAITHFUL MAY BE ABLE TO GATHER AGAIN TO CELEBRATE THE SACRIFICE OF MASS*

*© ST. PADRE PIO PRAY FOR US*

Today In Mass

*FRIDAY, JUNE 25 2021*

*FRIDAY OF THE TWELFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B*

*Saint William of Vercelli, Abbot and Confessor*

*Saint Febronia of Nisibis, Martyr*

*Saint Prosper of Reggio, Confessor*

*Saint Solomon III of Bretagne, King and Martyr.*

*Saint Adalbert of Egmond, Abbot*

*Saint Eurosia, Virgin and Martyr*

*FIRST READING*

_“Every male among you shall be circumcised. Sarah shall bear you a Son''_

*A reading from the Book of Genesis 17: 1.9-10. 15-22*

When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless.” And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised.” And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her; I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “O that Ishmael might live in your sight!” God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him and make him fruitful and multiply him exceedingly; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year.” When he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.

_The word of the Lord._

*RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 128: 1-2. 3. 4-5*

_R/. *Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.*_

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, and walk in his ways!
By the labour of your hands you shall eat. You will be blessed and prosper.

_R/. *Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.*_

Your wife like a fruitful vine in the heart of your house; your children like shoots of the olive around your table.

_R/. *Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.*_

Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Sion. May you see Jerusalem prosper all the days of your life!

_R/. *Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.*_

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION*

_R/. *Alleluia Alleluia*_
Christ took our infirmities and bore our diseases.
_R/. *Alleluia Alleluia*_

*GOSPEL*

_“If you will, you can make me clean.”_

*A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 8: 1-4*

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to the people.”

_The Gospel of the Lord._

*REFLECTION ON TODAY'S WORD OF GOD*

_Theme: *Homage, Reverence and Respect.*_

To do homage to another is to publicly express reverence and respect. This is what this leper did to Jesus. He “did him homage.” But the leper went even further. He also expressed his certain faith that Jesus could cure him if He wished to do so. And Jesus did desire this. Jesus stretched out His hand to touch the leper and pronounced the words, “I will do it. Be made clean.” And with that, the leper was cleansed.

The first thing to note in this passage is that Jesus “touched” the leper. This was a forbidden practice, since lepers were unclean and touching them could spread their disease. But Jesus broke the norm and touched the man, revealing to him his innate dignity.

It is interesting to consider the question: Who paid whom a greater act of homage? Was the act of homage shown by the leper greater? Or the act of touching and cleansing the leper greater? Though we need not compare these two acts, it is helpful to reflect upon the profound fact that Jesus did show a form of homage to this unclean leper.

As was said above, to do homage to another is to publicly express reverence and respect to them. Without a doubt, Jesus did just this. He not only honoured the leper by His touch and healing, but He publicly expressed His love and respect for this man through this act.

Of course, the homage we owe to God is unique. It is the homage of worship. We must bow down before Him, surrendering our lives in total abandonment and trust. We must honour Him as God and express our love accordingly. But, in addition to Jesus showing His almighty power by this miracle, He also sets for us an example of how we must treat others. Every person, because they are made in the image and likeness of God, deserves our utmost respect, and they deserve to receive that respect in a public way. We must continually seek to honour and respect others and express that honour and respect for others to see. This is especially difficult when the person we are called to show respect for is considered by others as “unclean.” The leper is only a symbol of the many types of people whom the world considers unclean and unworthy. Criminals, the poor, the confused, the sinner, the homeless, the political opponent and every other person in our world deserves our utmost respect and reverence. Doing so does not justify their sin; rather, it cuts through the surface and looks at their innate dignity.

Reflect, today, upon the act of homage done by this leper to Jesus. And then reflect upon the act of homage Jesus offers this leper by publicly confirming his innate dignity. Who in your life is represented by this leper? Who is “unclean” because of the condition of their life, the sin they commit, or the public stigma they have? Whom is God calling you to reach out and touch with love and respect, for others to see? Seek out the leper in your life and do not be afraid to imitate this holy act of homage exemplified by our Lord.

_My holy Lord, You are worthy of all adoration, glory and homage. You and You alone deserve our worship. Help me to continually discover Your hidden presence in the lives of those around me. Help me, especially, to see You in the leper of our day. May my love and respect for them flow from my love for You and become an imitation of Your act of love for all._

*MY DEAR BROTHER/SISTER, I KINDLY ASK YOU TO GET A MOMENT AND RECITE THE ROSARY INVOKING OUR MOTHER MARY TO INTERCEDE FOR US TO JESUS FOR THE END OF COVID19 PANDEMIC AND ALL ITS EFFECTS SUCH AS DEATH, FEAR, POVERTY AMONG OTHERS.*

*ST. PADRE PIO PRAY FOR THE QUICK AND TOTAL END OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SO THAT THE FAITHFUL MAY BE ABLE TO GATHER AGAIN TO CELEBRATE THE SACRIFICE OF MASS*

*© ST. PADRE PIO PRAY FOR US*

22/06/2021

*TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021*

*TUESDAY OF THE TWELFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME B*

*Saint Thomas More, Martyr*

*Saint John Fisher, Bishop and Martyr*

*Saint Paulinus of Nola, Bishop*

*Saint Eusebius of Samosata, Bishop and Martyr*

*Saint Alban of Britain, Martyr*

*Saint Aaron of Brettany, Monk*

*Saint Precia of Epinal, Abbess*

*Saint Hespérius/Spire of Metz, Bishop*

*Saint Gregory of Agrigento, Martyr*

*FIRST READING*

_"Let there be no strife between you and me, for we are kinsmen."_

*A reading from the book of Genesis 13: 2,5-18*

Abram was very rich in livestock, silver and gold. Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not support them if they stayed together; their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and those of Lot's. (At this time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were occupying the land.) So Abram said to Lot: "Let there be no strife between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land at your disposal? Please separate from me. If you prefer the left, I will go to the right; if you prefer the right, I will go to the left." Lot looked about and saw how well watered the whole Jordan Plain was as far as Zoar, like the.Lord's own garden, or like Egypt. (This was before the Lord had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) Lot, therefore, chose for himself the whole Jordan Plain and set out eastward. Thus they separated from each other; Abram stayed in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the Plain, pitching his tents near Sodom. Now the inhabitants of Sodom were very wicked in the sins they committed against the Lord. After Lot had left, the Lord said to Abram: "Look about you and from where you are gaze to the north and south, east and west; all the land that you see I will give to you and your descendants forever. I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth; if anyone could count the dust of the earth, your descendants too might be counted. Set forth and walk about in the land, through its length and breadth, for to you I will give it." Abram moved his tents and went on to settle near the terebinth of Mamre, which is at Hebron. There he built an altar to the Lord.

_The word of the Lord_

*RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 15: 2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5*

_R/. *He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.*_

He who walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart and slanders not with his tongue.

_R/. *He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.*_

Who harms not his fellow man, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbour; By whom the reprobate is despised, while he honours those who fear the Lord.

_R/. *He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.*_

Who lends not his money at usury and accepts no bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be disturbed.

_R/. *He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.*_

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION*

_R/. *Alleluia, alleluia.*_
I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.
_R/. *Alleluia, alleluia.*_

*GOSPEL*

_"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you."_

*A reading form the holy Gospel according to Matthew 7: 6,12-14*

Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. "Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets. "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few."

_The Gospel of the Lord_

*REFLECTION ON TODAY'S WORD OF GOD*

_Theme: *"The Narrow Gate."*_

Is fear helpful? That depends. It depends upon which form of fear we are speaking of. First, there is a form of fear that is contrary to faith. It is a fear that leads us to doubt and even despair. It is a fear that results from the attack of the evil one and others who may sin against us. This form of fear is unhealthy and must be overcome through a faith that turns to our Lord with the utmost confidence and hope.

But there is also a holy fear that is most useful and one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Recall the Proverb that says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (Proverbs 9:10). At a minimal level, this holy fear makes you aware of your sins and the consequences of those sins, especially serious sin. And this holy fear leads you to fear the punishment that results from sin, leading you to avoid serious sin. But the ideal form of “fear of the Lord” we must strive for is “filial fear,” which is the holy fear of a son or daughter of God. This fear is one that is grounded in a profound love of God and leaves you so filled with a wonder and awe of the glory, goodness and majesty of God that you are filled with a desire to please Him and give Him great glory with your life. Thus, this “fear” leads you to a desire to avoid even the smallest of sin, because, in your love of God, you not only want to avoid offending Him, you also want to honour Him to the greatest extent possible.

The Scripture passage above should lead us to, at a minimum, a fear of not entering the gate to the “road that leads to life.” It is useful to consider Jesus’ teaching in a very straightforward way. Jesus essentially says that it is quite easy to walk through the gate that is “wide” and down the road that is “broad” in this life. In other words, it is exceptionally easy to embrace a life of sin and head toward “destruction.” Jesus further says that those who walk through this wide gate and down this broad road are “many.” This fact should be the cause of our honest daily examination. If this broad road is so easy, then we should honestly admit that we can easily find ourselves walking it.

The “narrow gate” and the “constricted” road are found and walked by only a “few,” according to Jesus’ words. Again, we should take notice of this and take it seriously. Jesus would not say this if it were not true. Therefore, if the gift of the fear of the Lord is alive in your life, and if you truly are a son or daughter of God, then you will daily strive to be one of those “few” who find this narrow way to holiness. And, ideally, you will do so out of your love for God and your desire to give Him the greatest glory you can.

Reflect, today, upon this challenging teaching of our Lord. Take Him at His word and evaluate your life in light of this teaching. What are you doing in life to be certain that you are one of those few who have begun to walk through this narrow gate? Does your love for God leave you with such a wonder and awe of the greatness of God that your deepest desire is to not only please Him but to glorify Him fully with your actions? Strive to enter the narrow gate and the constricted road and do not turn back. Though this requires much determination, sacrifice and love, the goal and end of the road are worth it.

_My most magnificent Lord, You and You alone are worthy of all glory, honour and praise. May everything I do in life lead to Your glory and may I avoid everything that harms my relationship with You. I love You, dear Lord. Help me to love You and glorify You with all my heart._

*HAPPY FEASTDAY TO ALL OUR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS CALLED JOHN FISHER OR THOMAS MORE*

*MY DEAR BROTHER/SISTER, I KINDLY ASK YOU TO GET A MOMENT AND RECITE THE ROSARY INVOKING OUR MOTHER MARY TO INTERCEDE FOR US TO JESUS FOR THE END OF COVID19 PANDEMIC AND ALL ITS EFFECTS SUCH AS DEATH, FEAR, POVERTY AMONG OTHERS.*

*ST. PADRE PIO PRAY FOR THE QUICK AND TOTAL END OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SO THAT THE FAITHFUL MAY BE ABLE TO GATHER AGAIN TO CELEBRATE THE SACRIFICE OF MASS*

*© ST. PADRE PIO PRAY FOR US*

*TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021*

*TUESDAY OF THE TWELFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME B*

*Saint Thomas More, Martyr*

*Saint John Fisher, Bishop and Martyr*

*Saint Paulinus of Nola, Bishop*

*Saint Eusebius of Samosata, Bishop and Martyr*

*Saint Alban of Britain, Martyr*

*Saint Aaron of Brettany, Monk*

*Saint Precia of Epinal, Abbess*

*Saint Hespérius/Spire of Metz, Bishop*

*Saint Gregory of Agrigento, Martyr*

*FIRST READING*

_"Let there be no strife between you and me, for we are kinsmen."_

*A reading from the book of Genesis 13: 2,5-18*

Abram was very rich in livestock, silver and gold. Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not support them if they stayed together; their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and those of Lot's. (At this time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were occupying the land.) So Abram said to Lot: "Let there be no strife between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land at your disposal? Please separate from me. If you prefer the left, I will go to the right; if you prefer the right, I will go to the left." Lot looked about and saw how well watered the whole Jordan Plain was as far as Zoar, like the.Lord's own garden, or like Egypt. (This was before the Lord had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) Lot, therefore, chose for himself the whole Jordan Plain and set out eastward. Thus they separated from each other; Abram stayed in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the Plain, pitching his tents near Sodom. Now the inhabitants of Sodom were very wicked in the sins they committed against the Lord. After Lot had left, the Lord said to Abram: "Look about you and from where you are gaze to the north and south, east and west; all the land that you see I will give to you and your descendants forever. I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth; if anyone could count the dust of the earth, your descendants too might be counted. Set forth and walk about in the land, through its length and breadth, for to you I will give it." Abram moved his tents and went on to settle near the terebinth of Mamre, which is at Hebron. There he built an altar to the Lord.

_The word of the Lord_

*RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 15: 2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5*

_R/. *He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.*_

He who walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart and slanders not with his tongue.

_R/. *He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.*_

Who harms not his fellow man, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbour; By whom the reprobate is despised, while he honours those who fear the Lord.

_R/. *He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.*_

Who lends not his money at usury and accepts no bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be disturbed.

_R/. *He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.*_

*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION*

_R/. *Alleluia, alleluia.*_
I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.
_R/. *Alleluia, alleluia.*_

*GOSPEL*

_"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you."_

*A reading form the holy Gospel according to Matthew 7: 6,12-14*

Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. "Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets. "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few."

_The Gospel of the Lord_

*REFLECTION ON TODAY'S WORD OF GOD*

_Theme: *"The Narrow Gate."*_

Is fear helpful? That depends. It depends upon which form of fear we are speaking of. First, there is a form of fear that is contrary to faith. It is a fear that leads us to doubt and even despair. It is a fear that results from the attack of the evil one and others who may sin against us. This form of fear is unhealthy and must be overcome through a faith that turns to our Lord with the utmost confidence and hope.

But there is also a holy fear that is most useful and one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Recall the Proverb that says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (Proverbs 9:10). At a minimal level, this holy fear makes you aware of your sins and the consequences of those sins, especially serious sin. And this holy fear leads you to fear the punishment that results from sin, leading you to avoid serious sin. But the ideal form of “fear of the Lord” we must strive for is “filial fear,” which is the holy fear of a son or daughter of God. This fear is one that is grounded in a profound love of God and leaves you so filled with a wonder and awe of the glory, goodness and majesty of God that you are filled with a desire to please Him and give Him great glory with your life. Thus, this “fear” leads you to a desire to avoid even the smallest of sin, because, in your love of God, you not only want to avoid offending Him, you also want to honour Him to the greatest extent possible.

The Scripture passage above should lead us to, at a minimum, a fear of not entering the gate to the “road that leads to life.” It is useful to consider Jesus’ teaching in a very straightforward way. Jesus essentially says that it is quite easy to walk through the gate that is “wide” and down the road that is “broad” in this life. In other words, it is exceptionally easy to embrace a life of sin and head toward “destruction.” Jesus further says that those who walk through this wide gate and down this broad road are “many.” This fact should be the cause of our honest daily examination. If this broad road is so easy, then we should honestly admit that we can easily find ourselves walking it.

The “narrow gate” and the “constricted” road are found and walked by only a “few,” according to Jesus’ words. Again, we should take notice of this and take it seriously. Jesus would not say this if it were not true. Therefore, if the gift of the fear of the Lord is alive in your life, and if you truly are a son or daughter of God, then you will daily strive to be one of those “few” who find this narrow way to holiness. And, ideally, you will do so out of your love for God and your desire to give Him the greatest glory you can.

Reflect, today, upon this challenging teaching of our Lord. Take Him at His word and evaluate your life in light of this teaching. What are you doing in life to be certain that you are one of those few who have begun to walk through this narrow gate? Does your love for God leave you with such a wonder and awe of the greatness of God that your deepest desire is to not only please Him but to glorify Him fully with your actions? Strive to enter the narrow gate and the constricted road and do not turn back. Though this requires much determination, sacrifice and love, the goal and end of the road are worth it.

_My most magnificent Lord, You and You alone are worthy of all glory, honour and praise. May everything I do in life lead to Your glory and may I avoid everything that harms my relationship with You. I love You, dear Lord. Help me to love You and glorify You with all my heart._

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