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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 15, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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(In God’s infinite wisdom and love, He instituted the sacrament of holy matrimony so that a man and woman can naturally unite themselves together with Him in love so as to live out their calling to procreate and lead one another to life in holiness. It is when they abandon Him or leave Him out of the equation that Sin takes hold, takes over.

Some are not called to this special sacramental life but to another unique and special calling. They too are never alone for our Lord, our God is with them always. All are called to love and live out chaste, holy lives according to our Father’s Will.

May we all continue to live out are various calling to love and serve Him in all the days of our lives. With Him, through Him and In Him, who lives and reigns with our Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen

GOSPEL
Matthew 19:3–12

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?” He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.” They said to him, “Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?” He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery.” His disciples said to him, “If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” He answered, “Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom that is granted. Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 15, 2013 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI writes that.”precisely because Mary is with God and in God, she is very close to each one of us. While she lived on this earth she could only be close to a few people. Being in God, who is actually ‘within’ all of us, Mary shares in this closeness of God.” Our Lady “knows our hearts, can hear our prayers, can help us, with her motherly kindness. She always listens to us, and being Mother of the Son participates in the power of the Son and in His goodness. We can always entrust the whole of our lives to this Mother.”  The Blessed Mother’s birth into heaven generates in us “an ever new capacity to await God’s future” (Blessed John Paul II). “Mary lifted herself up to such lofty heights of heaven that the Word reached down from the highest pinnacle of heaven and took her in ” (Ambrose Audpert +784)

Let us pray…

Blessed are you, O God, in the Virgin Mary. Through her, your Son came into the world. Through Him, she entered into the new world of Your glory. Come and sow in our bodies the gift of eternal life so that one day we may enter with her into your Kingdom through Christ, Your Son and Son of Mary, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen

(Solemnity of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary)

GOSPEL
Luke 1:39–56

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.