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THE POWER OF ASKING
"And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son…" – John 14:13
One suppertime, my eldest son, Bene, asked, "After dinner, can I play on the computer?" My wife replied, "Son, read a book." My son's facial expression didn't change. With a big happy smile, he asked, "Mommy, after I read the book, can I play on the computer?" My wife answered, "Son, after you read the book, go straight to bed."
Still with a grin on his face, he asked, "Mommy, after reading the book, before I go to bed, can I play on the computer for 30 minutes?" "No, I want you to sleep right away."
"Mommy, how about if I play just for 15 minutes?" The negotiation continued until my wife conceded.
My son expected to get what he wanted. He used his smile, his puppy eyes and his cuteness. He used compromise. But the important thing was he got what he wanted.
As adults, we don't do that anymore. We go to God and say, "Lord, please give me…." And when we don't get it, we say, "OK, never mind." We quit. Easily. But the universe adjusts to your expectations. If you expect nothing, you get nothing.
Ask. Not for a bit. Not for a little. Ask for a double portion! Bo Sanchez(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Is there something that I sincerely want to happen or have in my life? Do I persistently pray for it or do I easily give up?
Lord, grant me the grace to persevere in prayer, knowing that You are there, listening to me, and that You will grant what I ask for in a way that's best for me.
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It is important that we remember the dignity that work gives the human person. By working we all share in the creative work of God, contributing something of our own genius and sweat to the heritage we bequeath to future generations. Let us pray for our government leaders that they take their responsibility seriously to provide work for all the citizens of the country. This is not an option for them; it is their duty.
44 On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. 46 Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, "It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the
Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us, 'I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.' " 48 The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this and glorified the word of the Lord. All who were destined for eternal life came to believe, 49 and the word of the Lord continued to spread through the whole region. 50 The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers and the leading men of the city, stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their territory. 51 So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. 52 The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
P S A L M
Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
R: All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
1 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; his right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. (R) 2 The LORD has made his salvation known in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. 3 He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. (R) All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. 4 Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. (R)
G O S P E L
As we celebrate the day for workers in the Catholic calendar, we remember all those who toil for unjust wages and are in dangerous or unacceptable working conditions. We pray that those who enforce or allow such injusticeswill be convicted of their mistakes and bring change to the working conditions of their employees. We also pray for the workers that they will put in a just day's work for their wages.
John 14:7-14 (or Matthew 13:54-58)
7 Jesus said to his disciples: "If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him." 8 Philip said to him, "Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us." 9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the
Father'? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. 12 Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it."
think: As we celebrate the day for workers in the Catholic calendar, we remember all those who toil for unjust wages and are in dangerous or unacceptable working conditions.
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Deuteronomy 19-22
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WORK ON A HOLIDAY
Today's memorial was established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 not only to honor Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, but also to remind us that honest work can be a means to holiness. When we do our work honestly, we sanctify ourselves and others. By working honestly, we come to participate in God's continuing work of creation and Christ's redemptive work for humankind.
Thus, work is not a curse that befell upon the human race because of sin. Work is a blessing. Work is our dignity. Working honestly is a sublime expression of the image and likeness of God in us. It is also an integral part of our union with Christ.
Most people work but not all people work honestly. Most people work but not all people are happy with their work. And not all people work with the understanding that working honestly is their dignity as human beings.
While we thank God for our work today, let us ask from Him the grace that will always enable us to work honestly. While we thank God for workers, let us pray for those who refuse to work. While we thank God for the dignity of work, let us help others find the kind of work that befits a child of God and a disciple of Jesus.
It is quite ironic that while we celebrate work today, both in the Church and in civil society, there is no work today. It's a holiday. Let us make each day holy by our work. Work — and be holy! Fr. Bobby Titco
Am I happy with my work? Do I work honestly? How is my work an expression of the image and likeness of God in me? How is my work an integral part of my union with Christ? Does my work sanctify me and others?
Thank You, Lord, for the work I do. Guide me by the values of Your kingdom and help me by the power of Your hands as I work each day. I am Your child; may I give glory to Your name. I am a disciple of Jesus; may I become more and more like Him. Amen.
St. Marculf, pray for us.
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