The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.

If you recall a few days ago, I said that sometimes God likes to deliver the message to His people directly.  Today is another one of those days.  Consider me like Jeremiah, who “penned” our message from God in the first reading today, I’m merely the guy with the computer God is using to deliver His message.  Substitute two words – Judah and Zion –  in the first reading and replace it with just about any city in the USA and you will see the message shine thru – the Psalm will support the message and give you plenty of food for thought today.

Reading 1 JER 14:17-22

Let my eyes stream with tears
day and night, without rest,
Over the great destruction which overwhelms
the virgin daughter of my people,
over her incurable wound.
If I walk out into the field,
look! those slain by the sword;
If I enter the city,
look! those consumed by hunger.
Even the prophet and the priest
forage in a land they know not.

Have you cast Judah off completely?
Is Zion loathsome to you?
Why have you struck us a blow
that cannot be healed?
We wait for peace, to no avail;
for a time of healing, but terror comes instead.
We recognize, O LORD, our wickedness,
the guilt of our fathers;
that we have sinned against you.
For your name’s sake spurn us not,
disgrace not the throne of your glory;
remember your covenant with us, and break it not.
Among the nations’ idols is there any that gives rain?
Or can the mere heavens send showers?
Is it not you alone, O LORD,
our God, to whom we look?
You alone have done all these things.

Responsorial Psalm 79:8, 9, 11 AND 13

R.     (9)  For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R.     For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name’s sake.
R.     For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Let the prisoners’ sighing come before you;
with your great power free those doomed to death.
Then we, your people and the sheep of your pasture,
will give thanks to you forever;
through all generations we will declare your praise.
R.     For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

 

Do something great for our Lord today – understand that it is through Him and Him alone that we receive all of our blessings.  Do not put your faith in the Government to do God’s work but trust in God alone.  God is my Father, you’re Father and He and only Him alone is the source of all creation.  For your name’s sake spurn us not, disgrace not the throne of your glory; remember your covenant with us, and break it not.  Among the nations’ idols is there any that gives rain?  Or can the mere heavens send showers?  Is it not you alone, O LORD, our God, to whom we look?  You alone have done all these things.

God’s will, not mine be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

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

Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your Mercy in us so that in difficult times we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will which is Love and Mercy itself.

 

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