Friday, July 19, 2019

Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr

Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr

Today’s Audio Mass Readings – Lectionary: 351

1st Reading – 1 PT 4:7-13

The end of all things is at hand.
Therefore be serious and sober-minded
so that you will be able to pray.
Above all, let your love for one another be intense,
because love covers a multitude of sins.
Be hospitable to one another without complaining.
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another
as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God;
whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies,
so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ,
to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you,
as if something strange were happening to you.
But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ,
so that when his glory is revealed
you may also rejoice exultantly.

Responsorial Psalm – PS 96:10, 11-12, 13

R. (13b) 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.
R. 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.
R. 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.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.

Alleluia – See JN 15:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I chose you from the world,
to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – MK 11:11-26

Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple area.
He looked around at everything and, since it was already late,
went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

The next day as they were leaving Bethany he was hungry.
Seeing from a distance a fig tree in leaf,
he went over to see if he could find anything on it.
When he reached it he found nothing but leaves;
it was not the time for figs.
And he said to it in reply, “May no one ever eat of your fruit again!”
And his disciples heard it.

They came to Jerusalem,
and on entering the temple area
he began to drive out those selling and buying there.
He overturned the tables of the money changers
and the seats of those who were selling doves.
He did not permit anyone to carry anything through the temple area.
Then he taught them saying, “Is it not written:

My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples?
But you have made it a den of thieves.”

The chief priests and the scribes came to hear of it
and were seeking a way to put him to death,
yet they feared him
because the whole crowd was astonished at his teaching.
When evening came, they went out of the city.

Early in the morning, as they were walking along,
they saw the fig tree withered to its roots.
Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look!
The fig tree that you cursed has withered.”
Jesus said to them in reply, “Have faith in God.
Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain,
‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’
and does not doubt in his heart
but believes that what he says will happen,
it shall be done for him.
Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer,
believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.
When you stand to pray,
forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance,
so that your heavenly Father may in turn
forgive you your transgressions.”

Catholic Daily Reflections

Forgiveness Nourishes Our Prayer

Saint Justin Martyr – Memorial

“When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.” Mark 11:25

Prayer is something that many struggle with. When we’ve come to a deep faith in Christ, we want to grow closer and we want to know how to pray. But often times this can be a struggle and many can give up on it after good intentions begin to fade away.

Though there are many things that could be said about prayer, the Scripture above does highlight one of the greatest obstacles to a healthy prayer life. The obstacle Jesus speaks of is the lack of forgiveness.

When we come to Christ, in prayer, we need to first cleanse our hearts if we are to hear Him speak. And if we come to Him while holding on to a grievance toward another, this is an obstacle that must be dealt with first. In fact, if we hold on to that grievance and try to pray, our prayer will most likely not be very effective.

Just prior to this Scripture passage above, we have the story of Jesus cleansing the Temple. He turned over the tables and drove the merchants out because they were desecrating the Temple by their greed. We should see this story to also be a story about our own souls. Our souls are temples of God and Jesus does not want sin in our soul. In fact, He wants to root it out with a passion and with much zeal. The goal is to let Him do this and to let Him cleanse our souls of sin, especially the sin of a lack of forgiveness. Doing so will allow our souls to become places of prayer and worship.

Reflect, today, upon whether you want to grow in prayer. If you do, then start by cleansing your heart of all sin. Confession is the best way to do this. Start by looking at any sin of anger or a lack of forgiveness. By choosing to forgive and letting go of anger, you are allowing Jesus to drive this vice out of your soul. The result will be that you are in a much better place to invite Christ to make your heart His dwelling place. With that done, your prayer life will greatly increase.

Lord, please do forgive me. I see my sin and I am sorry. I also forgive those who have sinned against me. Help me to let go of any anger I may have and to let Your love take its place. Jesus, I trust in You.

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