October 28, 2023
Sts. Simon and Jude
Jesus Our Capstone
…Christ Jesus [is] the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together…
Ephesians 2:20-21

St. Paul knew something about architecture when he compared Jesus to a capstone. He also knew something about Jesus. The capstone is the central top stone in a masonry arch that locks the other stones in place and enables the arch to stand and bear weight. It holds everything together. The one who holds our faith, our community, our Church and our world together is Jesus. Nothing or no one else can do this.

We are sometimes tempted to put something else or someone else in the place of Jesus—perhaps a favorite religious practice, a particular prayer, a specific way of worshiping or a certain charismatic leader. But no, what holds us together is our shared love for the same Someone, namely Jesus.

How do your daily choices show that Jesus is central to your life? (Hint: You chose to read this reflection today, didn’t you?)

- Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D.

Ephesians 2:19-22 • Psalm 19:2-5 • Luke 6:12-16


October 29, 2023 at 09:36 AM

Lord, please hear our prayers for those in Lewiston, Maine and the surrounding areas. Also our continued petitions for the Ukraine and Middle East, and all those suffering around the world - also for their strength, courage and resilience to continue walking in faith. Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world! You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia and Sudan. Please protect and send aid to those in need and all who are at-risk. We pray for peace and rebuilding– we who are working towards it and for all those who are suffering or in danger from conflicts. We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this. Lord God please help those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

October 28, 2023 at 09:24 PM

Jesus I Trust in You Jesus I Trust in You Jesus I Trust in You Amen Amen Amen

October 28, 2023 at 03:00 PM

*** Here is what Jesus said quoting Scripture (Old testament) to the religious leaders of their rejection in Matthew 21:24, Mark 12:10-11, Luke 20:17, “Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you ever read what the Scriptures say, “ ‘The stone the builders didn’t accept has become the most important stone of all. The Lord has done it. It is wonderful in our eyes’? (Psalm 118:22-23)” *** Isaiah foretold the Cornerstone in Isaiah 28:16, “So the Lord and King speaks. He says,“Look! I am laying a stone in Zion. It is a stone that has been tested. It is the most important stone for a firm foundation. The one who depends on that stone will never be shaken.” *** What is Paul saying about the foundation in 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, “God has given me the grace to lay a foundation as a wise builder. Now someone else is building on it. But each one should build carefully. No one can lay any other foundation than what has already been laid. That foundation is Jesus Christ.” ******* What is the capstone or cornerstone you are building your house on? Anything or anyone in addition to or other than Jesus Christ?

October 28, 2023 at 01:34 PM

I have Christian/non Catholic friends who share with me that we as Catholics do not give enough emphasis on Jesus. I explain that by being in communion with humanity at large both living and past on that this is part of the relationship that we are called to be a part of by Jesus. Thank Jesus !

October 28, 2023 at 01:02 PM

Amen. :)

October 28, 2023 at 12:43 PM

I will be praying for all your requests at mass tonight, Cheryl and your friend Suzette, peggy and your Mom and Julie M and your grandson Kaleb.

October 28, 2023 at 10:36 AM

Amen to that I start my day with him and end my day with him and talk to him all day if I come across something I need to talk with him about God bless you all.

October 28, 2023 at 09:41 AM

Please pray for my 15 year old grandson Kaleb. He was hit by a car yesterday morning walking to school. Praise God that he had no head, spine, or internal injuries, but he did have a compound fracture of one leg. It took a lengthy surgery to put it back together. Now the difficult recovery begins.

October 28, 2023 at 05:39 PM

Praying for a speedy recovery of Kaleb.

October 28, 2023 at 11:59 AM

Julie I will pray for you and your grandson Kaleb and his family. I have 5 grandchildren and I would be devastated if any of them get seriously hurt. Praying right now. Ken

October 28, 2023 at 11:57 AM

Praying for Kaleb, his family and you, his grandmother, Julie. May God be with you all and comfort you. Blessings, Rita.

October 28, 2023 at 10:08 AM

Praying for your Grandson Kaleb this morning, Julie. Yes, thankful that there weren’t any more serious injuries. Sending prayers that the healing process goes well. He’s young, that’s a good thing. I feel your heart hurting for him. Our Lord Jesus will wrap Kaleb in His loving arms.

October 28, 2023 at 09:52 AM

Praying for healing for Kaleb

October 28, 2023 at 09:23 AM

My dear LFF, please join me in wishing my Mom(Giovanna) as we celebrate her first Heavenly Birthday! Nana would have been 100 years old today ❤️ She was so devoted to Our Lord Jesus Christ for as long as I have memories of her. Her life totally revolves around her family and Jesus and Mary. Thank you Mom for giving us such a happy life and for giving yourself to all of us. Miss you, Mommy

October 29, 2023 at 12:16 PM

Thanks for remembering your mother in such a beautiful way. It is nice to think that every day in heaven is celebrating someone’s birthday! I know Giovanna is watching you from above!

October 28, 2023 at 12:02 PM

Peggy I will pray for your blessed Italian grandmother, and you. Hope she meet all of my grandparents in heaven and my blessed wife. Ken

October 28, 2023 at 12:01 PM

Peggy, wishing your Mom, the brightest birthday in heaven. Think how happy she is right now. This helps me remember my own mother and mother in law. Thank you, Rita.

October 28, 2023 at 09:10 AM

Sr. Melannie your words reflect many emotions in me. For when we make Jesus/God the focus of our faith and belief we will stop judging others. Your basis of love is not for judgement but for faith. As long as we keep Jesus/God as our rock we will stop judging others how they believe but be thankful that they do believe.

October 28, 2023 at 08:57 AM

Dear Cheryl, I will pray to St Jude today for Suzette. It is his feast day, and he is a powerful patron. May he take all of our petitions for Suzette straight to our Lord and intercede on her and her family's behalf.

October 28, 2023 at 07:15 AM

I will pray for Suzette right now. You are so blessed to have a coworker who was a friend- often unusual in this world!

October 28, 2023 at 07:03 AM

Beautiful message Sr. Melannie....Jesus, I love you...you are always central in my life...LFF family, please pray for my sweet friend and loving coworker, Suzette, who has stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 40 and who has borne physical pain for all of her adult life...the doctors are sending her home today in the care of her family...Lord give her family and caretakers, the strength to make her days and nights as comfortable as possible...look over her...you are the healer of all

October 29, 2023 at 09:49 AM

Cheryl, Thank you for being such a good friend to Suzette. May she feel God’s presence on her journey through the love and care of others. Amen.

October 28, 2023 at 05:51 PM

Cheryl Praying for Suzette and her family may God comfort them.

October 28, 2023 at 12:03 PM

Cheryl, praying for your friend, Suzette. May the Lord surround her with his wonderful love and comfort her family too.

October 28, 2023 at 11:54 AM

Cheryl I will pray for you and Suzette and her family right now. You are a great friend and a prayer warrior. Ken

Mike E
October 28, 2023 at 11:27 AM

Prayers for Suzette and her loved ones.

October 28, 2023 at 09:13 AM

Sending love and prayers to your dear friend, Suzette today and in the coming days. Praying that Our Beloved Lord stays with her and her family. Dear Lord Jesus, please comfort Suzette with your love and healing touch. Thank you Cheryl, for reaching out to the LFF because we will pray for Suzette and for you as well.

October 28, 2023 at 09:03 AM

Oh Cheryl I am sorry to hear about your friend Suzette. Prayers for her and her families comfort. May peace come to all of them during this rough time.

October 28, 2023 at 08:36 AM

May God’s loving arms surround Suzette and her family at this time. I will keep her in prayer and you too Cheryl.

Joann D.
October 28, 2023 at 08:23 AM

Prayers for Suzette and her family

October 28, 2023 at 07:15 AM

Hi Cheryl, I am praying that Suzette's pain subsides and prayers that God will lift up Suzette's family surrounding them with love and strength.

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