All Or Nothing Our love for God is expressed in just how much we are willing to suffer for Him, sacrifice for Him, and be completely emptied out for Him. To be a "halfway" Christian is to be a lukewarm Christian - something which Christ detests.
No Exceptions When we start seeing ourselves and our circumstances as an exception to Christ's rule regarding forgiveness, we are placing our soul in terrible danger.
Beware The Bitter Root Ignorance is the bitter root of every sacrilege and desecration that has ever been committed among men.
Loving As Sons Of God God shows kindness to all of mankind in order to lead them to repentance. Should not His sons and daughters do the same?
Living By Faith If you are going through a time of suffering in your life, it is not because God has abandoned you. Rather, it is proof that He is very much at work in your life, for you are being pruned for greater fruitfulness.
Avoiding Sin At All Costs Jesus taught that if we want to make it to Heaven, we must be willing to take whatever measures are necessary in our lives to avoid sinning against God.
The True Calling Of Every Soul We were created by God and for God. We were created for His pleasure. This is the true calling that all of us must focus on.
Using Our Moments Jesus isn't asking you for tomorrow's hours, for they may never come. He's asking you for today's moments.
Where You Stand With Your Brother... It is contradictory to desire to draw close to God in one breath, why purposely avoiding and shutting out a brother or sister in Christ in the next breath.
If My Words Remain In You... To the extent that we are living in obedience to Catholic teachings is to the extent that Christ's words "remain in us." Many Catholics are not receiving answers to their prayers because they are picking and choosing which Catholic teachings appeal to their palate and rejecting those teachings that do not. To pick and choose what we want to believe, and to submit to our own opinions and interpretations, is to live as a Protestant, not as a Catholic.
Hospitality Following Jesus' Example 7 21 13 Follow Fr. Scurti for the 16th Sunday in ordinary time. July 21, 2013
Readings for Mass
First Reading: Genesis 18:1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 15:2-3, 3-4, 5
Second Reading: Colossians 1:24-28
Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
A Hundred or Sixty or Thirty-Fold Matthew 13: 1-9
Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
I will renew my effort with whatever prayer commitment I have allowed to waver or falter the most.
Two Hearts Beat as One Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
John 20: 1-2; 11-18
Do I suffer alone, or do I open my heart to Our Lord in all my trials?
Only Jesus, Only Jesus Luke 10: 38-42
Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time
After Mass I will make a visit to Christ in thanksgiving for having received him in the Eucharist, and I will take a moment to listen to what he has to tell me.
The Parental Vocation Matthew 19:13-15.
Saturday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time.
I will say a special prayer for my parents (especially if deceased) and give them a call to thank them.
From the Beginning It Was Not So Matthew 19:3-12.
Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
I will ask for an unbreakable hope in the power of God's grace acting in me
God Lifts Up the Lowly Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Luke 1: 39-56
I will be generous and joyful when I am asked to help out.
Tough Moments Matthew 18: 15-20
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
I will pray fervently before correcting anyone.
No Cheap Souls I will reach out to someone who is sick or has drifted away from the Church.
Death and Taxes I will find time to spend with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament today or find a way to give witness to Christ in the midst of my daily occupations
Prepare for the Unexpected Hour Luke 12: 32-48
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
I will do a good examination of conscience to see what more I can do to keep Christ and his interests at the top of my priorities and in the allocation of my time.
The Force of Love I will offer a sacrifice of fidelity to my prayer or apostolic commitments today for the souls in purgatory.
Selling Your Soul Matthew 16:24-28.
Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
I will perform some corporal work of mercy today
The Mysterious Man Matthew 16:13-23.
Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
Today I will pray for the gift of faith for those who don't believe.
Feed Them Yourselves! Matthew 14:13-21.
Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
I will ask for the grace to serve as Christ's vessel of evangelization, striving not to allow difficulties to cause me to lose heart.