November 12, 2020
St. Josaphat
With the Help of God
O God, fill me with the desire to share my blessings with others.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
Psalm 146:5 (responsorial)

One of those oft-misattributed quotes is that God must love the poor because he made so many of them. It is not clear who actually first wrote those words, but there is a truth wrapped in its cynicism. God does love the poor, the suffering, the stranger.

The responsorial psalm today reiterates a message true both to ancient Judaism and to our Catholic faith: The Lord is on the side of the weak and the helpless. In Jesus’ actions, we see this deep love for the suffering and the marginalized. In modern society, it is easy to think that God’s blessings fall on those who are materially well off. But, in fact, Scripture tells us that it is the poor, the prisoner, the refugee for whom God has a preferential love. Those of us who are materially blessed may carry an extra burden, but in becoming the hands and feet of Christ, we fulfill God’s promise to the oppressed and imitate our Savior.

- Greg Erlandson

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November 12, 2020 at 04:02 PM

Greg, thank you for your devotion. **** It's nice to see my old LFF friends continue to post: Tim, Salina, Patrick, Patrick, freeter, A sinner, and Ken (Kjc). ** If we were to realize that we are all brothers and sisters, abortion, racism, and apathy would lose their hold on us. A good and honest legal system can somewhat control the evils of our society, but permanent change in the hearts of individuals must take place . The Holy Spirit teaches us that we are one body, and “if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members share its joy” (1 Cor 12:26). With the Help of God, we can all come together in unity to share our love and blessings with one another. God Bless our Living Faith Family.

Tim
November 13, 2020 at 09:43 AM

Tillie, glad to see you are feeling better, I can feel your strength in your words. They are strong, encouraging and heartfelt. Thank you for you being you and sharing the much needed encouragement with us everyday. I pray that we all can partake in your daily message, Amen.

November 12, 2020 at 09:30 AM

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Patrick
November 12, 2020 at 01:57 PM

I fully agree

November 12, 2020 at 09:20 AM

God’s love is so deep for ALL as witnessed in Paul’s letter to Philemon: 1. Paul is old and in prison 2. Onesimus has become like a son to Paul 3. Onesimus was useless as a runaway slave 4. Onesimus is now both useful to Paul and Philemon (probably because Onesimus has come to the faith) 5. Paul is sending Onesimus back to Philemon even though he would like to keep Onesimus as a helper to him and his mission to declare the Gospel 6. Paul asks Philemon to receive and welcome Onesimus as a brother in the faith and not as a slave that he was 7. Paul wants Philemon to volunteer in compliance to his request and not as a demand because Philemon owes Paul his life! What does that mean to me? It means even I am poor as a prisoner of Christ as Paul was in actual prison, I still have something or someone I have to give up for the good of the Gospel! Why would I do that? Because I want my heart to be refreshed in Christ as Paul wanted in his letter to Philemon! So what am I supposed to give up when I am so poor that I have nothing to give up? Here is the prompting of the Holy Spirit to me this morning: 1. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob! (Psalm 146:5a) 2. I am the vine, you are the branches, says the Lord: whoever remains in Me and I in him will bear much fruit! (John 15:5) 3. For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you! (Luke 17:21c) One word: Jesus!!! I need to give away JESUS :-)

Patrick
November 12, 2020 at 01:56 PM

Amen to that Salina

November 12, 2020 at 08:58 AM

Amen.

November 12, 2020 at 08:25 AM

Amen.

November 12, 2020 at 08:07 AM

Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory. Amen

November 12, 2020 at 07:21 AM

Good Morning Living Faith Family. Today, we hear the story of Paul seeing the goodness of another even if he was a slave today, does not mean he is to be a slave tomorrow. Paul asked his followers in his letter to send for this salve, but he wanted his help as a man, believer not as a slave to service and share the word of God. We can encourage many people and see the good that lies within. Good that some day be shared with others to grow our Church and bear much fruit for our God. Jesus, reminds us in today’s Gospel, to be on guard of the imposters who will come after he is no longer with them. He says to them do not go, because no one know the time or day that the Son of God will return to judge the living and the dead. Jesus also told them that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer, die, but on the third day he will rise again. Jesus, was only trying to prepare the disciplines to what was around the corner for them in following him. Blessed are we this day to have all of you, our Living Faith Family, our continued prayers for you and your families. May we also remember the souls in Purgatory this day in our prayers as well. Amen.

Kjc
November 12, 2020 at 08:22 AM

Tim Good morning Amen. You are right on again. Living faith family please pray for the souls in purgatory and the people who need some one to pray and care for them. Ken .

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