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EWTN Daily Catholic Mass – 2014-11-25- Fr. Leonard Mary MFVA

EWTN Daily Catholic Mass – 2014-11-25- Fr. Leonard Mary MFVA


A READING FROM THE BOOK OF REVELATION I, JOHN, LOOKED AND THERE WAS A WHITE CLOUD, AND SITTING ON THE CLOUD ONE WHO LOOKED LIKE A SON OF MAN, WITH A GOLD CROWN ON HIS HEAD AND A SHARP SICKLE IN HIS HAND. ANOTHER ANGEL CAME OUT OF THE TEMPLE, CRYING OUT IN A LOUD VOICE TO THE ONE SITTING ON THE CLOUD, “USE YOUR SICKLE AND REAP THE HARVEST, FOR THE TIME TO REAP HAS COME, BECAUSE THE EARTH’S HARVEST IS FULLY RIPE.” SO THE ONE WHO WAS SITTING ON THE CLOUD SWUNG HIS SICKLE OVER THE EARTH, AND THE EARTH WAS HARVESTED. THEN ANOTHER ANGEL CAME OUT OF THE TEMPLE IN HEAVEN WHO ALSO HAD A SHARP SICKLE. THEN ANOTHER ANGEL CAME FROM THE ALTAR, WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THE FIRE, AND CRIED OUT IN A LOUD VOICE TO THE ONE WHO HAD THE SHARP SICKLE, “USE YOUR SHARP SICKLE AND CUT THE CLUSTERS FROM THE EARTH’S VINES, FOR ITS GRAPES ARE RIPE.” SO THE ANGEL SWUNG HIS SICKLE OVER THE EARTH AND CUT THE EARTH’S VINTAGE. HE THREW IT INTO THE GREAT WINE PRESS OF GOD’S FURY. VERBUM DOMINI DEO GRATIAS. THE LORD COMES TO JUDGE THE EARTH. THE LORD COMES TO JUDGE THE EARTH. SAY AMONG THE NATIONS: THE LORD IS KING. HE HAS MADE THE WORLD FIRM, NOT TO BE MOVED; HE GOVERNS THE PEOPLES WITH EQUITY. THE LORD COMES TO JUDGE THE EARTH. LET THE HEAVENS BE GLAD AND THE EARTH REJOICE; LET THE SEA AND WHAT FILLS IT RESOUND; LET THE PLAINS BE JOYFUL AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM! THEN SHALL ALL THE TREES OF THE FOREST EXULT. THE LORD COMES TO JUDGE THE EARTH. BEFORE THE LORD, FOR HE COMES; FOR HE COMES TO RULE THE EARTH. HE SHALL RULE THE WORLD WITH JUSTICE AND THE PEOPLES WITH HIS CONSTANCY. THE LORD COMES TO JUDGE THE EARTH. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA REMAIN FAITHFUL UNTIL DEATH, AND I WILL GIVE YOU THE CROWN OF LIFE. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO. LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM LUCAM. GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE. WHILE SOME PEOPLE WERE SPEAKING ABOUT HOW THE TEMPLE WAS ADORNED WITH COSTLY STONES AND VOTIVE OFFERINGS, JESUS SAID, “ALL THAT YOU SEE HERE- THE DAYS WILL COME WHEN THERE WILL NOT BE LEFT A STONE UPON ANOTHER STONE THAT WILL NOT BE THROWN DOWN.” THEN THEY ASKED HIM, “TEACHER, WHEN WILL THIS HAPPEN? AND WHAT SIGN WILL THERE BE WHEN ALL THESE THINGS ARE ABOUT TO HAPPEN?” HE ANSWERED, “SEE THAT YOU NOT BE DECEIVED, FOR MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME, SAYING, ‘I AM HE,’ AND ‘THE TIME HAS COME.’ DO NOT FOLLOW THEM! WHEN YOU HEAR OF WARS AND INSURRECTIONS, DO NOT BE TERRIFIED; FOR SUCH THINGS MUST HAPPEN FIRST, BUT IT WILL NOT IMMEDIATELY BE THE END.” THEN HE SAID TO THEM, “NATION WILL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM. THERE WILL BE POWERFUL EARTHQUAKES, FAMINES, AND PLAGUES FROM PLACE TO PLACE; AND AWESOME SIGHTS AND MIGHTY SIGNS WILL COME FROM THE SKY.” VERBUM DOMINI LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE IT IS ALWAYS A TRAGIC THING WHEN WE HEAR OF ATHLETES OR ACTORS OR MUSICIANS OR WRITERS OR EDUCATORS, POLITICIANS, WHO WERE ONCE HAD THE INTENTION TO DO GOOD AND TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN SOCIETY. TO SPREAD THE GOOD WORDS AND BE POSITIVE. WHAT HAPPENS IS THE TRAGEDY IS WHEN WE HEAR OF A PEOPLE WHO STARTED OUT WITH GOOD INTENTIONS SOMEHOW END UP REALLY BAD EXCHANGING THIS GOODNESS FOR THINGS LIKE SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS, GLORIFICATION. TODAY THIS IS WHAT JESUS IS TALKING ABOUT IN THE SCRIPTURES. WE HAVE HERE FROM THE GOSPEL OF LUKE, JESUS TALKING ABOUT THE TEMPLE. YOU SEE, THE LEADERS AND THE TEMPLE HAVE GROWN VERY COLD. ONCE A PEOPLE WHO HAD STARTED OUT WITH GOOD INTENTIONS, NOW ALL WERE BASICALLY INTO THEMSELVES. HAD FALLEN IN THE THINGS LIKE NARCISSISM AND INDIVIDUALISM AND CONSUMERISM. ANY OTHER TYPE OF “ISMS” YOU CAN THINK OF. BUT THE TEMPLE HAD BECOME CORRUPTED, AND AS WE HEAR FROM THE LORD, IT WAS FACING DESTRUCTION. WE OURSELVES AND OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE, GOD BLESSES US WITH SO MUCH, HE PROVIDES ABUNDANTLY FOR US AT ALL TIMES, THERE ARE OCCASIONS… HE BLESSES AS ABUNDANTLY AT ALL TIMES …. BUT WE DRIFT AWAY SOMETIMES IT IS SIN OF SELF AND THE EGOS AND THE NARCISSISM AND ALL TYPES OF ISMS. WHAT HAPPENS WITH BECOME CORRUPTED BY SOMETHING, WE EXCHANGE THE GOD OF ALL CREATION, OUR LORD AND GOD FOR ANOTHER GOD, FOR A SMALL GOD. JESUS SPEAKS TODAY ABOUT “OTHERS WILL COME IN MY NAME SAYING ‘I AM HE.'” THERE ARE SO MANY FALSE GODS TRYING TO TAKE THE PLACE OF GOD THE ALMIGHTY IN OUR LIVES. IT IS ALMOST LIKE A PULL LIKE A MAGNET, IT IS A PULL TO FALL INTO DIFFERENT SIN TYPES DIFFERENT, TO MAKE THINGS OUR GOD OR EVEN TO MAKE OURSELVES A GOD. TODAY IN THE GOSPEL, AS WE HEAR ABOUT THE TEMPLE, WE LEARN ABOUT JESUS LISTENING TO PEOPLE WHO ARE A ADMIRING AND ADORING WHAT THEY SAW AROUND THE TEMPLE. THIS WAS A SPECTACULAR PLACE. SOMETHING MARVELOUS TO BEHOLD. IT WAS MADE OUT OF THIS BEAUTIFUL MARBLE AND THERE WAS GOLD FURNISHINGS AND ALL OF THIS WONDERFUL ALL THESE WONDERFUL THINGS. SO JESUS STEPS IN AND SAYS IT, THERE IS NOT GOING TO BE ONE STONE LEFT UPON ANOTHER, IT WILL NOT BE THROWN DOWN. WELL, WHAT IS GOING ON OVER HERE? THE PEOPLE, OF COURSE THEY ARE ADMIRING THE TEMPLE AND AlL OF WHAT THEY HAVE, BUT YET, AT MANY LOCATIONS THEY ARE MORE INTERESTED IN THE TEMPLE THAN THEY ARE IN THE GOD WHO MADE THE TEMPLE. SO JESUS NOW IS GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION TO COME. ALL RIGHT NOW IF WE LOOK BACK INTO THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL, WE LOOK, WE SEE OVER AGAIN WE SEE A NATION THAT FIRST STARTS OFF LOVING GOD, THAT IS BLESSED BY HIM. BUT THEN EVENTUALLY, THEY FALL INTO SIN, AND IT IS ALWAYS SOME KIND OF IDOLATRY. WHETHER A FORM OF SELF IDOLATRY OR IDOLATRY OF THINGS. WHAT HAPPENS? WELL THEY ARE DESTROYED. WHY? BECAUSE THEY STARTED TO WORSHIP THE FALSE GODS. THE INTENTION THAT WAS ORIGINALLY THERE WERE, THAT GOD WAS ONE GOD THE LORD THE ONLY GOD THAT WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO BE GOOD AND LIVE LIKE HIM, WAS NOW GONE BECAUSE OF THE WORSHIP OF. THE FALSE OF IN THE HISTORY, ESPECIALLY AS WE LOOK IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, THIS HAPPENS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THEY START OFF WANTING TO DO GOOD AND WORSHIP WELL AND THEN THEY FALL INTO SIN AND THEN THEY ARE DESTROYED AND THEN THEY REPENT AND COME BACK TO GOD AND THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN; AND IT IS ALMOST LIKE A CYCLE AND THIS IS WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT HERE. THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ISRAEL NATION IS NEAR. THIS IS WHAT JESUS IS PROPHESIED RIGHT NOW. HIS PROPHESYING THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE THAT OCCURRED SOMEWHERE AROUND 70 A.D.. THIS IS WHAT IS ONE TO HAPPEN. WHY? BECAUSE OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE TEMPLE. IT HAS BECOME CORRUPTED. IT HAS BECOME TAINTED WITH IDOLATRY. INSTEAD OF A TRUE AND PURE WORSHIP, TO GOD. SO REMEMBER, THROUGHOUT THE GOSPELS, JESUS CONTINUES TO ADDRESS THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. LIKE IN LUKE CHAPTER 18, WE SEE JESUS SPEAKING ABOUT HE IS TELLING A STORY OF A MAN WHO WAS A PHARISEE AND HE WAS BOASTING ABOUT HIMSELF, AND THEN HE SAYS THERE WAS ANOTHER MAN WHO WAS BEATING ON HIS CHEST PRAYING FOR MERCY. WHAT WE SEE HERE? WE SEE AN IMAGE OF WHAT THE TEMPLE WORSHIP WAS LIKE AMONG THE JEWISH RELIGIOUS LEADERS AT THAT TIME. THAT YOU KNOW, IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE SELF. YET JESUS AT THE SAME TIME WAS SAYING, YOU SHOULD BE LIKE THIS. THE CRYING OUT FOR GOD’S MERCY IN FOR HIS GRACE AND STRENGTH, BUT YOU’RE NOT DOING THAT. YOU’RE MUCH MORE INTERESTED IN YOUR SELF. THEN WE HEAR JESUS SAY, “I DESIRE MERCY MORE THAN SACRIFICE.” WHAT WAS HAPPENING WITH THE SACRIFICE THEN? IT WAS CORRUPTED AGAIN. CORRODED BY SELF. BY SELF-INTEREST. BUT TO JESUS ONE’S TRUE WORSHIP AND TO TRUE LOVE AND PURE HEARTS COMING TO HIM. THAT IS WHAT HE IS ASKING FOR. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN? WELL, THEY’RE GOING TO END UP LIKE THE PROPHETS OF TOLD THAT THEY KILLED AND PUT INTO JAIL. GOING TO DO THE SAME THING TO JESUS, AND THIS IS WHY WHEN LIKE WE APPROACH SCRIPTURE THIS IS LUKE CHAPTER 21 COMING TOWARD THE END OF LUKE, BUT ALWAYS TOWARDS THE END OF JESUS SPEAKS ABOUT THE COMING OF THE END TIMES, THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE AND BEFORE THAT REMEMBER, ABOUT THE PARABLES ABOUT THE VINEYARD WHEN THE MASTER LOANED HIS VINEYARD OUT TO TENANTS AND OVERTIME HE SENT WORKERS BUT THEY WERE KILLED AND ALL THAT AND FINALLY HE SENT HIS SON. THIS IS WHAT JESUS IS ADDRESSING HERE. IS THE SON AND A NOW THEY’RE GOING TO REJECT HIM AGAIN. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN? THEY’RE GOING TO BE DESTROYED. BUT IT IS DESTRUCTION THAT THEY BROUGHT UPON THEMSELVES. BECAUSE LIKE THEY HAVE REMOVED THEMSELVES FROM GOD AND MADE THEMSELVES GODS, WELL, NOW THEY ARE EXPOSED TO ALL KINDS OF DANGERS. THE GREATEST OF ALL DANGERS IS TO SATAN HIMSELF. THEY’RE NOT THINKING PURELY. THEY ARE PRONE TO NEGOTIATE WITH THINGS THAT ARE EVIL TO COMPROMISE BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT THINKING WITH THE MIND OF GOD. WORD OF GOD IS NOT THE FIRST PRIORITY. THIS IS NOT COMING TO MIND FIRST. IT IS MORE ABOUT THEMSELVES. IS MORE ABOUT CONQUERING THEIR CAPTORS AT THIS TIME WHICH WAS THE ROMAN EMPIRE. WHAT DOES THIS SAY TO US? YOU KNOW, WE’RE ALL ATTEMPTED IN VARIOUS WAYS. YOU KNOW IT IS EASY TO MAKE OURSELVES A GOD WITH A SMALL “G”. WHAT PREVENTS THIS? A PURE HEART. YOU KNOW AND THINKING ABOUT OF COURSE OUR APPROACH TO WORSHIP. AND WORSHIPING GOD. HOW WE PREPARE OURSELVES? THINKING OF, WELL WHAT IS HAPPENING AS A RESULT OF MY WORSHIP OF GOD? AND BY LOVING GOD MORE AND IS MY LIFE FRUITFUL? YOU KNOW IS IT OF COURSE IN MY OFFERING SACRIFICE? MAYBE INVOLVED AND VERY BUSY, YET AM SHOWING MERCY? IS THE SACRIFICE I AM PUTTING IN RESULTING IN MERCY, OR IS IT OR AM I MEAN AND CRUEL, AND WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE? ON GOD SAYS, THE LORD SAYS WE ARE A TEMPLE, A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. IS THIS TEMPLE PURE? IS IT SOMETHING THAT IS SHINING WITH THE GRACE AND LIGHT AND LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST THE LORD? BUT, IT HAPPENS. WE FALL INTO THINGS. AND SOMETIMES WE CAN EVEN MAKE LIKE THE LITURGY ITSELF A GOD, WITHOUT PUTTING INTO MIND THAT THIS, IT IS BECAUSE OF THE LITURGY THAT WE DRAW STRENGTH AND THE THIS IS OUR WORSHIP OF GOD BUT INSTEAD WE’RE MORE CONSUMED WITH THE PERFECTION TYPE OF MENTALITY INSTEAD OF WHAT MIGHT WANT TO DRAW TO THIS? THE LITURGY IS THE SOURCE OF LIFE FOR THE CHURCH. IT IS OUR DRINK AND FOUNTAIN FOR CHARITY AND FOR DOING GOOD WORKS. IT COMES FROM HERE, BUT WE ARE CONSUMED IN SO MUCH ABOUT HOW THINGS SHOULD BE DONE AND ALL OF THAT WITHOUT EXPERIENCING THE FOR A FULLNESS, THEN THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG. WE NEED TO APPROACH THE LORD WITH THE PURE HEART AND ASK HIM AGAIN TO RESTORE THIS LOVE WE HAVE FROM THE BEGINNING. REMEMBER, HERE THEY HAVE LOST A GOOD INTENTION. THEIR INTENTION FOR OFFERING A PURE SACRIFICE TO GOD. NOTHING ACCEPTABLE SO, AND WITH A PURE HEART, WITH ALL OF THEIR LOVE. THIS WAS GONE NOW. YOU SEE SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO THINK BACK TO OUR ORIGINAL INTENTION TO LOVE GOD AND TO KNOW AND SERVE HIM. TO SPREAD HIS WORD. TO FALL IN DEEPER LOVE WITH HIM. ANOTHER THING TO THINK OF IS, IS HE STILL OUR FIRST LOVE OR HAVE WOULD PUT OTHER LOVES IN FRONT OF HIM? HE CALLS US TO BE PURE OF HEART AND TO DO ALL THINGS FOR THE LOVE OF HIM AND NOTHING ELSE. TO PREVENT OURSELVES FROM BEING CORRUPTED BY THE IDEALS OF THE WORLD. THIS IS A PLACE OF WORSHIP THAT WE COME TO SERVE AND TO KNOW GOD, AND IN YESTERDAY’S GOSPEL, WE SEE SOMEBODY WITH A VERY PURE HEART. THEY DID NOT HAVE MUCH. IT WAS A WOMAN WHO ONLY HAD TWO COINS, AND SHE WAS A POOR WOMAN BUT SHE GAVE EVERYTHING SHE HAD. THIS IS WHAT THE LORD WANTS FROM US. THAT WE BE LIKE THIS WOMAN WHO HAD BARELY NOTHING GIVE OUR AND HERSELF FOR LOVE OF HIM AND THAT WE BE LIKE THIS MENTIONED EARLIER LUKE CHAPTER 18 THE PERSON WHO WAS ALWAYS IN NEED OF GOD AND IS MERCY AND HIS STRENGTH, THIS IS HOW WE SHOULD APPROACH THE LITURGY OR IN THE WORSHIP OF GOD IN ANY FORM. WITH A PURE HEART AND OPEN HEART TO RECEIVE ALL OF GOD’S LOVE AND TO DO IT WITH PURE LOVE AND PURITY OF INTENTION. THIS IS WHY WE ARE ALWAYS RIGHT WITH GOD. WHEN THE DEVIL SEES US PURE, YOU WILL NOT ATTACK US. HE WILL IN VARIOUS WAYS BUT WE WILL NOT FALL INTO HIS TEMPTATIONS AND TRICKS BECAUSE THE HEART IS PURE. SOME MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND LET US APPROACH THE LORD OUR GOD THE DAY AND OFFER OURSELVES TODAY. THE SCRIPTURE SAYS MAKE A CONTINUAL OFFERING OF OURSELVES WHEN THAT IS HOLY AND PLEASING AND ACCEPTABLE TO GOD, AND HOLY AND PLEASING AND ACCEPTABLE TO GOD OF OURSELVES IS THAT OF A PURE HEART AND A HEART FULL OF LOVE WHO NEEDS GOD WITH THE HEART OF A CHILD WITH THE HEART OF FAITH KNOWING THAT GOD CAN DO ALL THINGS AND KNOWING HE IS THE GOD OF OUR LIVES. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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