St.Luke, composed his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles after checking our his resources

Thursday, 10/18/18

Luke was an outsider who fell in with St. Paul twenty-five years Our
Lord's death and resurrection. He  dedicated both the Gospel according
to Luke to Theophilis, which translated meant "Friend of God,"

His works are loved for his stories about women: about the Angel appearing to
Mary, about one Mary leaving the work to her sister Martha, About Mary
Magdalen ate cross and at the Resurrection.    

Ignatius of Antioch is said to fav followed Peter as bishop of Antioch

Wednesday, 10/17/18

Toward the end of the first century, Ignatius, bishop ofAntioch was found guilty of refusing to burn incense to  the Roman gods. and he was sentenced to be bought to Rome where he would be thrown to the lions.

Put in the care of a platoon of soldiers who were retuning to Rome after service in the East. with them he was brought on a slow boat that stopped in every port in Asia Minor. And afterwards. he wrote
appreciation letters to seven groups that welcomed him along the way.

Writing ahead to the Christians in Rome, he begged them not to interfere with his being thrown to the lions. H wanted to be ground into wheat worthy of being one with Christ.

Religion pure and simple is keeping oneself untainted by tis world

Tuesday, 10/16.18

In the first reading Paul tells us that being circumcised
does not justify us in God's eyes.

In the Gospel Jesus says that observing rituals for
cleaning and eating do not justify us


Religion pure and simple is keeping yourself untainted by thist world.

Tuesday, 10/16/18

In the first reading Paul tells us that circumcision does not
Justify us in God's eyes.

Then, in the Gospel Jesus tells us that observing rules for
eating and cleansing do not make us good in God's eyes.

Sunday, 10/14/18

We had a ninety-eight year old woman in our parish, and
as a former president of the Jacksonville Women' Club,
she was invited to speak to their membership, and she
asked me to listen in,

The ladies in attendance were outstanding for their high
government and scholastic achievements, and I suspect
that may of them had come to secretly compare  to
their own self-sufficiency to what the old lady had
accomplished. (I might have had the intention of
comparing my achievements to  what the old lady could
boast of.)

The hostess invited the old lady to the speaker's podium,
handing her the mike. But brushing all that aside, the old
lady, like a football coach, thrust one fist then the other
across her middle. And, with each thrust, she joyfully
exclaimed, "Ive got my mind! I've got my mind."

 

Christian women in Galatia were taught how to write

Saturday. 10/13/18

In the year. 100 Ignatius, bishop of  Antioch, was brought
to Rome to be fed to the lions.

Emperor Trajan was reluctant to put the holy old man to
death, but Ignatius refused to burn incense to honor the
gods of Rome.

After traveling around Asia Minor in a slow boat Ignatius
wrote letters back to the Christians he visited with on the
way, and those letters have become treasured Christian
documents,  

For writing his letters in those years, Trajan had
a  Christian girl from Galatia. The girl was
unique in her ability to read and write,  One year our
Eighth Grade put on a play about those events, and,
we had Trajan's secretary singing.

"Christians in Galata taught me to write, but I was
made  slave by thugs who turned my days to night"

Today's readings do not move us, so we will look at Justin's 160 A.D description of the Mass.


Friday, 10/12/18

In 160 a.d. Justin ave the Roman senate this description off the Mass.


On that day that us called after the sun, all who are in the towns
and in the country, gather together for a communal celebration. And
then the memoirs of the Apostles or the writings of the Prophets
are read as much as time permits.

After the reader has finished his task, the one presiding give an
 address, earnestly admonishing his hearers to practice those
beautiful teachings in their lives.

Then, together all stand and recite prayers, and bread and wine
mixed with water are brought , and the president offers up prayers and
Thanksgivings as much as in him lies. The people chime in with Amen.

Then takes place the distribution to all attending of the thing over
which the Thanksgiving has been spoken, and the deacons bring
a portion to thr absent. Besides, those who are well-to-do give
whatever they will. What is gathered is deposited with the one
presiding who therewith helps widows and orphans.
















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Paul and Jesus recommend prayerful lives.

Thursday, 10/11/18

In the first reading Paul calls the Galatians stupid for thinking
their lives would be complete by their observing dietary laws
instead of their living in union with what is right and wrong in
God's eyes.

Likewise, it would be foolish of you to think God would
give you anything you ask for. God made us as mortals,
and it would be going against him to think prayer could
reverse that set plan of God by asking him to cancel out
the threats to our mortality.

A better type of prayer is asking God to shake up our
motivation to bring us to accomplish all we need do to
become all we can.
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Paul earned his fine Christian insights through fourteen years of prayer.

Wednesday, 10/10/18

None of us "though we speak with tongues of angels and
men" could express our Christian beliefs as clearly as Paul did,
but in today's first reading he tells us that his beautiful fluency
came to him through fourteen years of silent conversations with
 the Lord.

Paul achieved such a grasp of proper Christian behavior  that
when Peter went astray, Paul was capable of setting him straight.

Imagine sitting through a long evening chatting with Jesus.

Tuesday. 10/9/18

Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to him. is something
you could duplicate.

I come at it from a different Bible story, the one where John
the Baptist points out the Lamb of God, causing John and James
to follow Jesus.

They then sat though the evening, discussing
their concerns. Your memory of their long evening with Jesus
invites you to spend time with Jesus, chatting about your concerns.

We all are able to take the role of the Good Samaritan.

One Summer day, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, I was spinning down U.S. 9 5 when I spotted a young man stranded with a U-Haul. Pulling over., I found he had run of gas. While taking him down to the next Easy-Off, I got his story. He and his wife, both from Cuba, but meeting in Miami. had three children; and they had trouble living on what he could make in Miami.

He had got a better paying job near Boston where they had a fourth child. But then, when his wife came down with great cancer, their parents in Miami promised to take care of their little family if they could make it own there.

Selling what they could, they had plane free for the women and her kids, and they put the rest of their furniture in a U-Haul. Lacking money for a Motel, the man tried driving non-stop from Boston to Miami.

I paid for the gas, telling him to send on the money when he could. I wished him goodbye when he had poured it into his tank; and as I was leaving I heard him say. "I don't have to ask who you are."

Often people can pick out  a priest even when he is in old clothes, so I said, "Alright, who am I"
And he answered. "Why you are the Good Samaritan."    

A stable marriage is an invaluable thing for its children.

Sunday, 10/7/8

God said a man and his wife should cling together, so that
they become one flesh. Since they know that marriage is
for ever they take their time about coming together.

My four older sisters shopped around some, finding a
man they could stay with. That was a  and that was a
good thing for their children, giving all twenty nine of them
lasting stability.

However, if Moses saw circumstances that called for them
to split, sadly such circumstances could arise today. No one
is bound to stay with a union that would lead to an early
death.

Many prophets and kings hav longed to know what we know.

Saturday, 10/6/18

Jesus said, "Many ptophets and kings have longed to know what
what we know." And he said. 'No one knows the Father, except
the Son and the ones his Son has sent."

The followers of Buddha see God as all demanding, but not as kind
or understansibg, ststng.  Jesus is alone in calling God "Our Father who
gives us our daily bread."


We know mysteries of the Universe hidden from Job.

Friday, 10/5/18


Today's first  reading from the book of Job was composed 
twenty-five hundred years ago. In it God speaks of the mysteries of our universe that were known to him but 
not to Job. Job knew nothing about the size of our earth. about where the sun goes when it sets, about our distance from the stars.

Reading these words now, in October 2017, it strikes us that 
our scientists have cleared up some those ancient mysteries.
We now know the circumference of the path our earth takes around the sun, our distance from even the farthest stars.

We should rejoice in having so  many mysteries cleared up for us. 

We know many