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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Our Lady of Grace pray for us and lead us all to Your Divine Son Our Lord Jesus Christ!! Posted by Hello
Being on vacation here in Oklahoma where there are not always lot of Catholic Churches near by makes me appreciate even more just how blessed I am to be so close to Christ Truely Present in the Most Holy Eucharist. I think it is one of those things that we don't realize how lucky we are until we don't have it around as much anymore. I know that we (at least I) do the same thing with people in our lives we don't really appreciate them until they are gone. The Catholics that live in these parts of the country are really hearty and faithful people who will happily drive 50 plus miles one way to make their Sunday obligation. These folks, their priests, deacons and bishops are very faithful and holy people who despite occasional hardship boldly proclaim Christ's Love and Mercy and the Truth of His Bride, the Holy Catholic Church. I wish all Christians were so dedicated. Today, I ask simply that in your prayers that you pray for the Catholic Christians in non Catholic areas that they may recieve an outpouring of special graces to sustain them. I also ask that you pray for a increase in vocations in these areas of the country, for the deacons and priests who presently serve and for the bishops of these 'mission' areas. Of course, please remember the Holy Father and his intentions and the Church Militant throughout the world. Please say a prayer for me as I make a pilgramage tomorrow and for my intentions. Please Trust in Christ and in His Mercy and Love.

The Mass Readings for today are posted below to aid you in your discovery of Christ and His Bride so that you may draw closer and drink from the stream also.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!

June 22nd, 2005
Wednesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I
Gn 15:1-12, 17-18

The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision:

"Fear not, Abram!
I am your shield;
I will make your reward very great."

But Abram said,
"O Lord GOD, what good will your gifts be,
if I keep on being childless
and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer?"
Abram continued,
"See, you have given me no offspring,
and so one of my servants will be my heir."
Then the word of the LORD came to him:
"No, that one shall not be your heir;
your own issue shall be your heir."
He took him outside and said:
"Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
Just so," he added, "shall your descendants be."
Abram put his faith in the LORD,
who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.

He then said to him,
"I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans
to give you this land as a possession."
"O Lord GOD," he asked,
"how am I to know that I shall possess it?"
He answered him,
"Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old she-goat,
a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon."
Abram brought him all these, split them in two,
and placed each half opposite the other;
but the birds he did not cut up.
Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses,
but Abram stayed with them.
As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram,
and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him.

When the sun had set and it was dark,
there appeared a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch,
which passed between those pieces.
It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abram,
saying: "To your descendants I give this land,
from the Wadi of Egypt to the Great River the Euphrates."

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9

R. (8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.

The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations–
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.

R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

Mt 7:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
but underneath are ravenous wolves.
By their fruits you will know them.
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,
and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down
and thrown into the fire.
So by their fruits you will know them."
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