Daily Homily 2014-08-11

Monday 19th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

God cares for you.

Whenever Jesus spoke about the Way of the Cross the disciples would become very troubled. We are much the same, when we receive bad news it also can make us feel down and depressed.  Jesus counters this by demonstrating to his disciples that everything is in his care. Jesus shows His omniscience (that God knows all things) to Peter by asking him first about the temple tax and then He shows His providence by miraculously providing the money for the temple tax. Jesus was crucified, He did suffer and die, but it was all according to the plan of God. Jesus gave His life for us of His own free will by the power of the Holy Spirit. No matter what happens in our life God is with us and we need to remember that nothing can separate us from the love of God. God Knows everything and he has all power and so we have nothing to fear because God loves us. As he says in scripture; cast your cares upon the Lord because he cares for you.

Memorial Saint Clare

Born 16 July 1194 and died 11 August 1253 and First Abbess of San Damiano for 42 years. She was canonized on the 26 September 1255.

On the 20 March 1212 Saint Clare under the guidance of Saint francis committed herself to live for Jesus. With Saint Francis she cofounded the Franciscan Order of the Poor Clares and  she was especially insistent upon the character of total poverty for the Order. A truly great saint, Clare along with Saint Francis did much to help people to live and yearn for heaven here on this earth. And she especially encouraged Saint Francis by her support and prayers to continue his mission among the people of God.

 

Gospel

Matthew 17:21-26

21 And when they abode together in Galilee, Jesus said to them: The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:

22 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall rise again. And they were troubled exceedingly.

23 And when they were come to Capharnaum, they that received the didrachmas, came to Peter and said to him: Doth not your master pay the didrachmas?

24 He said: Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying: What is thy opinion, Simon? The kings of the earth, of whom do they receive tribute or custom? of their own children, or of strangers?

25 And he said: Of strangers. Jesus said to him: Then the children are free.

26 But that we may not scandalize them, go to the sea, and cast in a hook: and that fish which shall first come up, take: and when thou hast opened its mouth, thou shalt find a stater: take that, and give it to them for me and thee.

 

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Simone Martini, 1320

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