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In today’s gospel Jesus and the Pharisees discuss  fasting.  Why do we fast?  Below is a video from Matthew Kelley on just that topic.

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.
People came to Jesus and objected,
“Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast,
but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered them,
“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day.
No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak.
If he does, its fullness pulls away,
the new from the old, and the tear gets worse.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins,
and both the wine and the skins are ruined.
Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.

Discipline helps in our journey to holiness.

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Called to be Holy

By the gift of baptism we are made holy.  Our holiness is the gift that we offer to God.  We enhance our God given holiness by prayer, works of mercy, almsgiving and reception of the Eucharist.

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
and Sosthenes our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth,
to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,
with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you preserve yourself in holiness?

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Fortune Tellers?

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Be Made Clean

What is the leprosy of our time?

The answer is sin.  All of the corruption in our lives stems from the presence of sin.  When we turn away from the gospel and engage in sin we lose our way.  So, how do we find our way back to the Lord?  The answer is found in today’s gospel passage.

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said,
“If you wish, you can make me clean.”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched the leper, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.
Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them.”
The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

Ask the Lord to make you strong and he will do it.  Ask him to soften your heart and he will do it.  Ask him to take away your sinfulness and he will do it.

He will heal you and you will be made clean.

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Blood and Flesh

Jesus was a real man. Sometimes we forget that he had struggles just like we do.

Since the children share in blood and Flesh,
Jesus likewise shared in them,
that through death he might destroy the one
who has the power of death, that is, the Devil,
and free those who through fear of death
had been subject to slavery all their life.
Surely he did not help angels
but rather the descendants of Abraham;
therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way,
that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
to expiate the sins of the people.
Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
he is able to help those who are being tested.

Jesus was like us in so many ways. Talk to him in your prayers.  He will understand, listen and guide you in what is right.

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Power Over Evil

Today’s gospel passage shows us that Jesus has power and dominion over evil.  Why then do we fear so much about whether the Lord will love and protect us?  Unfortunately, it seems that sometimes we believe that God is impotent.

Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers,
and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

In the end, God wins and Satan is defeated.  Trust in the Lord, he cannot be defeated.

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