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The Daily Read: "All things are possible for God" May 23rd 2005

Monday, May 23, 2005

Jesus I Trust in You!! Posted by Hello
It is easy to want to give up. It is easy to think that there is no way out of a situation. Whether in the realm of the physical world or in the spiritual world it is easy to allow situations, people, ourselves or illness to make us think that we have no way out. I have faced those times again and again- we all have or will at some point- but we are reminded today in the readings that to the soul that calls to God, trusts in a Love that is so very powerful and so wonderful that all things are possible for God. The fruits of our prayers may not become manifest immediatly but through Grace and Mercy from the God of Love we can and we will bear fruit- we will overcome. The Office of Readings today speaks of Job and his refusal even in the midst of terrible suffering to give up- to give up on himself or to give up on God. The evil one wants us to not only fall into sin but to fall into dispair and loose hope- to loose trust in God's Infinate Love and Mercy. Whether the suffering comes at our own hands or by others we are given a wonderful chance encounter with Grace and Mercy to be transformed by God. Weaknesses when turned over to God become pregnate with the transforming power of Divine Love. The Good Fridays of life become Easter Sundays within our souls and those of others through Mercy and Grace. It was said once that incense only gives off it's perfume when placed on the burning coals and gold only becomes pure through the furnace. So, whether our day and week ahead brings joy or sorrow let us offer all to Our Lord that we too may be transformed and allow Him to transform the world through Christ within us. The Mass Readings for today are posted below. I ask that you spend some time to pray and meditate on today's readings and allow God's Word to be planted within your heart, your soul and your mind. Please remember to pray for the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI and his intentions. Please also pray for those who are suffering throughout the world that they may experiance God's transforming Love within their lives and within your life. Never give up- Never give up on yourself and Never Ever Give up on God. All things are possible for God. May Our Lord Jesus Christ richly bless you and those in your life and may Mary, the Ever Virgin Mother of God, keep us all beneath her protective mantle of Love and Grace.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!
May 23, 2005

Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I
Sir 17:20-24

To the penitent God provides a way back,
he encourages those who are losing hope
and has chosen for them the lot of truth.
Return to him and give up sin,
pray to the LORD and make your offenses few.
Turn again to the Most High and away from your sin,
hate intensely what he loathes,
and know the justice and judgments of God,
Stand firm in the way set before you,
in prayer to the Most High God.

Who in the nether world can glorify the Most High
in place of the living who offer their praise?
Dwell no longer in the error of the ungodly,
but offer your praise before death.
No more can the dead give praise
than those who have never lived;
You who are alive and well
shall praise and glorify God in his mercies.
How great the mercy of the LORD,
his forgiveness of those who return to him!

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7

R. (11a) Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.
Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile.

R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
my guilt I covered not.
I said, "I confess my faults to the LORD,"
and you took away the guilt of my sin.

R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.
For this shall every faithful man pray to you
in time of stress.
Though deep waters overflow,
they shall not reach him.

R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.
You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round.

R. Let the just exult and rejoice in the Lord.

Mk 10:17-27

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
"Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother."
He replied and said to him,
"Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth."
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
"You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."
At that statement, his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
"How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the Kingdom of God!"
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
"Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God."
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
"Then who can be saved?"
Jesus looked at them and said,
"For men it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God."
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