I lift up my eyes toward the mountains; whence shall help come to me? My help is from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

I know it’s unusual for me to post on Sunday’s, but I feel like I need to for a couple of reasons.  Last week I only posted a couple of times because of my work load and being at work early each morning last week.  More importantly, Today’s Readings are absolutely beautiful this morning but close with a rather ominous tone.

Once again Jesus tells us to pray – without ceasing.  We are asked to call upon God, to be persistent in what we are praying for and, unlike the arrogant judge in the Gospel, God will hear our prayer and lovingly answer it.  Pray fervently for what is just in your life…The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.

The Psalm last night brought a tear to my eye while playing it…

R.(cf. 2)  Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
I lift up my eyes toward the mountains;
whence shall help come to me?
My help is from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
May he not suffer your foot to slip;
may he slumber not who guards you:
indeed he neither slumbers nor sleeps,
the guardian of Israel.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
The LORD is your guardian; the LORD is your shade;
he is beside you at your right hand.
The sun shall not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
The LORD will guard you from all evil;
he will guard your life.
The LORD will guard your coming and your going,
both now and forever.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

And from our second reading from Paul to Timothy…

All Scripture is inspired by God
and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction,
and for training in righteousness,
so that one who belongs to God may be competent,
equipped for every good work.

ALL Scripture is inspired by God.  I believe that bears repeating…ALL Scripture is inspired by God.  His Word; His Truth; His Light.  Those three words – Word, Truth and Light can be summed up in one word – Jesus.  Jesus is the Word, the Truth and the Light.  No one can come to the Father except through Christ.

So what is it that would be “justice” in your life that would cause you to pray fervently for?  Only by way of example am I putting this in my blog, but the following is what I pray for fervently each and every day.  These are the intentions I pray with my Rosary.

I pray for my wife Sarah, my mother Judy, my mother-in-law Bernice.

For the sick:  my sister Janice’ and her upcoming surgery; my brother Jeff (cancer); my brother in law Mark (cancer); my son-in-law Garrett (some strange blood disease); David (cancer); Ellen (cancer)

For those expecting babies:  Jerome and Megan; Justin and Mary; Tim and Taylor; Joe and Logan.

For the repose of the souls of the just:  my father Jack; my father-in-law Ignatius; my sister-in-law Karin; for John Snyder; Jim Schmidt and Tiffany Lentz.

For any special intentions asked by friends/family or people who request through this blog.

For the conversion of sinners.

For the end to all abortions.

For an end to all abuses.

For peace, perseverance and purity of heart.

For the Pope and our Church.

For the President and our Country.

On Sunday’s, I pray for the following:

For Bell Electrical Contractors, Inc. – my work family.

For St. Mary Magdalen – my faith family.

For Fr. Siefert and Arch-Bishop Carlson – my local “shepherds”.

I pray for intercessory prayers to the following Saints…

St. Cecilia, St. Blaise, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Mary Magdalen, St. Jerome, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Stephen, St. Gabriel, Michael and Raphael, St. Joseph and St. Mary.

the Dorhauer’s, the LePage’s, The Schumacher’s, the Caruso’s, the Kennedy’s, and my ring of close friends – the McMossRoeCornHauerSkinAcher’s

I know that is a mouthful, but it is my hope that my persistence will be heard by God and answered justly.

I don’t want to end this post on a down note, and I promise not to, but I did mention above that our Gospel ends today in a rather ominous tone…please read and reflect on this.

But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?

Will He?

In reading this and in listening to recent news reports that ALL faiths, with the exception of Atheists and Agnostics, are declining in the United States – a country founded on religious freedom.  We must all pray that this trend changes.  I can’t think of anything more JUST to pray for than to have people coming back to God, coming back to Church, coming back to the Word, the Light and the Truth.  Again, no one comes to the Father except through Christ.  So I will add another prayer to my litany above.  I will pray that we all find the Word, the Light and the Truth – I will pray that all who have abandoned the Faith find their way back to it.  I will pray that those who have never had God in their life walk down that narrow road – somehow, someway and convert to the faith of Christ and His Church.

Do something great for our Lord today – do this one thing for our Lord everyday…PRAY.  When you pray, pray for justice and it shall be granted to you by God.  Please remember the number one rule too – this was posted as the number one rule in our house anyway – ALWAYS ask with Please AND ALWAYS answer with Thank-You.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

But you, man of God, pursue righteousness,
devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.

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