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07/07/2019

Today's gospel reminds us that, in addition to the twelve Jesus selected and sent out as apostles, he chose and sent out 72 to prepare the way for him, as he made his way to the surrounding towns and villages.

As Fr. Julio noted in reflecting on this gospel episode today, these 72 were neither popes nor cardinals, priests nor bishops--rather, they were ordinary lay persons like you and me, chosen by Jesus to assist with his ministry. We, too, are chosen by Christ to help in spreading his Good News of love and mercy around the world. Let us pray for the courage, the wisdom and the generosity to do just that.

Today's Readings:
Isa 66:10-14c
Ps 66:1-7, 16, 20
Gal 6:14-18
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

07/06/2019

Through lies and deceit, Jacob and his mother Rebekah finagle from his elderly and blind father Isaac the blessing that by right belonged to Jacob's elder twin Esau. We read this story not as an example condoning lying and deceit; rather, it shows how God can work good from apparent evil, whereby Jacob eventually becomes the father of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Gracious and Merciful God,
though I am weak and limited,
I believe that you can work good
through my weaknesses, sins and limitations.

Today's Readings:
Gen 27:1-5, 15-29
Ps 135:1b-6
Matt 9:14-17

07/05/2019

Today's lengthy reading from Genesis recounts, among other things, the death and burial of Sarah, the wife of Abraham, and how he performed the usual mourning rites and burial of his beloved wife.

Let us remember today our beloved deceased and ask God's gift of eternal rest on them. Let us pray also for all who are facing death and/or will die today, especially those who will die alone.

Today's Readings:
Gen 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67
Ps 106:1b-5
Matt 9:9-13

On this US Independence Day, let us pray with all those participating at Mass today, with the Collect Prayer:"Father of ...
07/04/2019

On this US Independence Day, let us pray with all those participating at Mass today, with the Collect Prayer:

"Father of all nations and ages,
we recall the day when our country
claimed its place among the family of nations;
for what has been achieved we give you thanks,
for the work that still remains we ask your help,
and as you have called us
from many peoples to be one nation,
grant that, under your providence,
our country may share your blessings
with all the peoples of the earth."

Today's Readings:
Gen 22:1b-19
Ps 115:1-6, 8-9
Matt 9:1-8

Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. May we, like Thomas, give our ALL to Jesus, acknowledgi...
07/03/2019

Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. May we, like Thomas, give our ALL to Jesus, acknowledging him as "My Lord and my God."

Today's Readings:
Eph 2:19-22
Ps 117:1bc, 2
John 20:24-29

07/02/2019

God's MERCY is shown in clear detail in today's first reading, when Lot and his family are saved by God, while the sinful cities of Sodom (where Lot's family was living) and Gomorrah were destroyed.

When and where have I experienced God's mercy?

Merciful God,
my gratitude for your ever-present mercy
knows no bounds.

Today's Readings;
Gen 19:15-29
Ps 26:2-3, 9-12
Matt 8:23-27

06/30/2019

Today's readings emphasize the significance of HOW I respond to God's invitation to follow him. They help me to reflect on how quickly I respond or whether I typically find a hundred excuses why I can't do it right now. Further, do I to follow with whole-hearted enthusiasm, or am I more likely to drag my feet?

God of Love and Mercy,
I thank you for your invitation to me to follow you.
Grant me the grace to follow you
with all my heart and soul.

Today's Readings:
1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21
Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
Gal 5:1, 13-18
Luke 9:51-62

We celebrate today another Solemnity, this one of St. Peter and St. Paul, remembering and honoring two of the greatest a...
06/29/2019

We celebrate today another Solemnity, this one of St. Peter and St. Paul, remembering and honoring two of the greatest apostles, martyrs and proclaimers of God's Good News. May they inspire us to live our faith as intensely as they did.

Today's Mass Entrance Antiphon gives us plenty on which to reflect:
"These are the ones who, living in the flesh, planted the Church with their blood; they drank the chalice of the Lord and became the friends of God."

Today's Readings:
Acts 12:1-11
Ps 34:2-9
2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18
Matt 16:13-19

The Church always celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the Sunday on which...
06/28/2019

The Church always celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the Sunday on which we celebrate Corpus Christi (the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ). Just as Valentine hearts and heart emojis symbolize the love one human has for another, this feast is a way of calling to mind the extravagant, extraordinary, intense, unimaginable love of Jesus for each of us.

Sacred Heart of Jesus,
pray for us.

Today's Readings:
Ezek 34:11-16
Ps 23:1-6
Rom 5:5b-11
Luke 15:3-7

06/27/2019

Though today's reading from Genesis--relating the pregnancy of Hagar, the birth of her son Ishmael, and her plea to God on behalf of her son--could not be characterized as "a pretty story," it reveals to us how God shows mercy to ALL those who pray to him, not just to a few favored ones.

Merciful God,
teach me how to be merciful,
just as you are merciful.

Today's Readings:
Gen 16:1-12, 15-16
Ps 106:1b-5
Matt 7:21-29

06/26/2019

In our first reading today, God speaks to Abram in a vision these words of comfort, consolation and grace: "Fear not, Abram! I am your shield."

A significant exercise for each of us today might be to insert our own name in place of Abram's, hearing God speak these words personally to me.

Loving God,
I thank you for relieving me of my fears--
every one of them, no matter how large or how small--
and for being always my shield, my protector.

Today's Readings:
Gen 15:1-12, 17-18
Ps 105:1-4, 6-9
Matt 7:15-20

06/25/2019

Today's first reading relates how when strife developed between the herdsmen of Abraham and those of his nephew Lot--when all were migrating, with their many animals and other possessions, toward the land that would later become known as the Promised Land--Abraham wisely suggested that the two families separate and each seek their own section of land.

God of all graciousness,
please bless all families,
and help them to settle wisely and justly
any difficulties that arise within and among them.

Today's Readings:
Gen 13:2, 5-18
Ps 15:2-4ab, 5
Matt 7:6, 12-14

The Church celebrates today the Birthday of St. John the Baptist, son of Elizabeth and Zechariah, and cousin and forerun...
06/24/2019

The Church celebrates today the Birthday of St. John the Baptist, son of Elizabeth and Zechariah, and cousin and forerunner of Jesus. May we, like John, acknowledge and live out John's words of humility that "he [Jesus] must increase, I must decrease."

St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

Today's Readings:
Isa 49:1-6
Ps 139:1b-3, 13-15
Acts 13:22-26
Luke 1:57-66, 80

On this Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, one of numerous reflections we might make is that of the sp...
06/23/2019

On this Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, one of numerous reflections we might make is that of the spiritual writer Caroline Pignat [in "Living with Christ"], who focuses on the responsibility Jesus gives the Twelve when he tells them to "Give them [the crowd] some food yourselves"--a seemingly impossible task, considering there were many more than 5,000 people to be fed!

Pignat comments:
"What 'impossible task' might Jesus ask of us this week? … How will we respond? If we focus on our few loaves and fish, we see only what is lacking. We feel unprepared, and eventually we talk ourselves out of acting. It isn't enough anyway. What difference would I make? But if we focus on Jesus, and give him our all, we become part of the difference he will make. In today's celebration, bring Jesus your fish and loaves. Give him your all, and trust that in him all are fed, that all are filled."

Today's Readings:
Gen 14:18-20
Ps 110:1-4
1 Cor 11:23-26
Luke 9:11b-17

06/17/2019

There will be no posts from the Santuario today or the next several days, as the post-er will be on vacation visiting family. Thanks for your understanding and blessings throughout the year!

06/16/2019

On this solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, let us remember and pray to God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As it is also Father's Day, let us pray for all fathers that they may imitate the love of God the Father for all those given into their care.

God, our Father,
we place into your loving care
all of our fathers and father figures,
living and deceased.
May your love inspire those still living
to love deeply and unselfishly
all those you've placed into their care.

Today's Readings:
Prov 8:22-31
Ps 8:4-9
Rom 5:1-5
John 16:12-15

06/15/2019

Today's Psalm Response:
"The Lord is kind and merciful."

It is always good to recall and to celebrate how God has been kind and merciful to me, and to not be afraid to share that Good News, that is, my participation in the Gospel, with others.

God of Kindness and Mercy,
I thank you and praise you
for the numerous ways you have shown me your kindness and mercy. May I follow the example of your Son Jesus
in showing that kindness and mercy
to those whose lives intersect with mine.

Today's Readings:
2 Cor 5:14-21
Ps 103:1-4, 9-12
Matt 5:33-37

06/14/2019

As Paul continues to speak to the Corinthians, he tells them that whatever sufferings he is enduring or has endured--and he lists many--do not prevent him from preaching the Gospel. In fact, these afflictions are a way of joining himself to Christ's sufferings, that "always carrying about in the Body [of Christ, the Church] the DYING of Jesus, so that the LIFE of Jesus may also be manifested in our body."

O God of Mercies,
teach me how to join my sufferings,
afflictions, trials, limitations
to those of your Son Jesus,
so that his life may be manifested to others
through me.

Today's Readings:
2 Cor 4:7-15
Ps 116:10-11, 15-18
Matt 5:27-32

June 13 marks the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, a saint especially near and dear to many visitors to the Santuario and ...
06/13/2019

June 13 marks the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, a saint especially near and dear to many visitors to the Santuario and northern New Mexico, as well as to numerous others throughout the world. As patron of lost objects, this Portuguese Franciscan saint and biblical scholar had a special gift of being able to make the Christ of the Gospels come alive for those to whom he preached. Thus, he is often depicted holding the Christ Child on an open Bible.

St. Anthony, pray for us!

Today's Readings:
2 Cor 3:15--4:1, 3-6
Ps 85:9ab, 10-14
Matt 5:20-26

06/12/2019

In Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he makes it clear to his readers that it is God himself who qualified Paul to be his minister: "Not that of ourselves we are qualified to take credit for anything as coming from us; rather, our qualification comes from God, who has indeed qualified us as ministers of a new covenant."

This can serve as a reminder to us as well that whatever good we do, we do because God has qualified us for that task. God has made us ready to do it, given us the gifts and talents to do so. Therefore, let us praise God for being our "qualifier"!

Today's Readings:
2 Cor 3:4-11
Ps 99:5-9
Matt 5:17-19

06/11/2019

Please remember in your prayers this week the Sons of the Holy Family gathered at their seminary in Silver Spring, Maryland, for their annual meetings and prayer time together. May God bless them abundantly in their lives and their ministry.

06/11/2019

Today the Church celebrates St. Barnabas, not among the Twelve, yet an early apostle, who was responsible for accepting the newly converted Paul into the Christian community and then becoming Paul's partner for many years in spreading the Gospel.

Who is a companion in the faith for me? Do I have a prayer group with whom I pray? A Scripture Sharing group? A spiritual director? A "soul friend" with whom I share faith? Another person or group with whom I spread the Good News by serving, perhaps at a Soup Kitchen, at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop, or in another form of service?

Gracious God,
thank you for those with whom I can share faith.
Help me to be a blessing to another(s)
as we share the Good News of your great love
and wondrous deeds with others.

Today's Readings:
Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3
Ps 98:1-6
Matt 5:13-16

In 2018 Pope Francis designated the Monday after Pentecost as the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church...
06/10/2019

In 2018 Pope Francis designated the Monday after Pentecost as the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, whose motherly care we celebrate today.

O God, father of mercies
whose Only Begotten Son,
as he hung upon the Cross,
chose the Blessed Virgin Mary, his Mother,
to be our mother also,
grant, we pray, that with her loving help
your Church may be more fruitful day by day
and, exulting in the holiness of her children,
may draw to her embrace all the families of the peoples.
[from today's Mass Collect]

Today's Readings:
Gen 3:9-15, 20 or Acts 1:12-14
Ps 87:1-3, 5-7
John 19:25-34

On this Pentecost Sunday, the last day of this year's Easter Season, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Par...
06/09/2019

On this Pentecost Sunday, the last day of this year's Easter Season, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, our Advocate, our Consoler. For what would I like to ask the Spirit to console me--disappointment in my plans? the loss of a once-fruitful relationship? a growing conflict with a co-worker? a feeling of God's absence? difficulty in caring for an aged parent? a child's apparent abandonment of the faith? loss of my ability to speak or walk? other?

Holy Spirit, Consoler,
console me in my pains, disappointments,
losses, and weaknesses,
as well as those of my family and friends.

Today's Readings:
Acts 2:1-11
Ps 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34
1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Rom 8:8-17
John 20:19-23 or John 14:15-16, 23b-26

06/08/2019

Although Paul was under house arrest for 2 years, awaiting his trial in Rome, he continued to receive visitors and to preach the Gospel of God's love, mercy and forgiveness. Under what difficult circumstances have I been able to share the Good News? What persons have inspired me by their enduring great challenges to proclaim the Gospel? Death of a loved one? Illness? Unemployment? Conflict? Natural disaster? Estrangement? Other?

Holy Spirit,
we thank you today for the way in which Paul
was able to share your Good News,
as well as for those other persons,
and even I myself,
who have been blessed with your presence
to proclaim the Gospel,
especially in difficult circumstances.

Today's Readings:
Acts 28:16-20, 30-31
Ps 11:4-5, 7
John 21:20-25

06/07/2019

Today's Responsorial Psalm begins:
"Bless the Lord, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name."

Perhaps today can be a day of special praise to God for all the blessings I've been given--whether good health, loving parents, helpful kids, generous employees, gracious neighbors, great weather for growing things and for restful relaxation, a prayerful and serving Church community, … . For what and how will I praise God today?

Today's Readings:
Acts 25:13b-21
Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab
John 21:15-19

06/06/2019

So much of the news in recent days concerns the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, on this date in 1944. Let us thank God for all those who gave their lives and service to help turn the tide of World War II. Let us also pray for peace and alternative ways of settling our conflicts, whether on the world stage, in our country, our Church, our communities, our families and our own hearts. Jesus prays in today's gospel, "...may they be one." May we pray and also work for that unity for which Jesus prayed.

God of Love and Mercy,
we turn to you to give us hearts
of peace, mercy, reconciliation and unity.

Today's Readings:
Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
Ps 16:1-2a, 5, 7-11
John 17:20-26

06/05/2019

As Paul meets with the leaders of the Church in Ephesus to say farewell, he commends them to God. Let us pray today for all of our Church leaders--including Pope Francis, our bishops, priests, deacons, vowed religious, and all those lay leaders who devote their lives to serving God and us.

Gracious God,
we commend to you
all the leaders of our Church,
including the priests who serve at the Santuario,
as well as [insert name(s) of Church leaders
for whom you would like to pray].

Today's Readings:
Acts 20:28-38
Ps 68:29-30, 33-36ab
John 17:11b-19

06/04/2019

In today's first reading, Paul tells the leaders of the Church in Ephesus that he will be leaving them shortly, much as Jesus told his disciples about his leaving to return to the Father. We might take example from Paul and Jesus for when we need to take leave of some we love--doing so with serenity and grace--, believing full well that God will be with us--whether it is leaving parents for university or for beginning life with a new spouse, letting go of a dear friend who is dying or leaving a job we loved, still loving a partner who is afflicted with dementia and lives "in a different world," or....

Dear God,
we thank you for sending your Spirit to be with us
when we leave a previous world for a new one,
or when we let go of someone who is leaving
for something new.

Today's Readings:

06/03/2019

Today's first reading concludes with Paul preaching boldly about the Good News. How bold am I when it comes to sharing the Good News of God's immense love, forgiveness, mercy, presence? Or, do I shy away from doing so, afraid of what others might say?

Come, Holy Spirit,
send me your courage,
your steadfastness,
your boldness
in passing on God's great gifts.

Today's Readings:
Acts 19:1-8
Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab
John 16:29-33

Today much of the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension. As Jesus ascends to the Father, the apostles stand l...
06/02/2019

Today much of the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension. As Jesus ascends to the Father, the apostles stand looking up at the sky, when two men dressed in white (same as when the women disciples went to anoint Jesus' body and instead found an empty tomb) appear and ask, "Why are you standing there looking at the sky?" In other words, Jesus is gone, now it's time for YOU to get to work, sharing the Good News of God's love, mercy and forgiveness.

This prompting to get to work is our message as well. How will I respond? What gifts of the Spirit do I need in order to share God's Good News? What gifts of the Spirit do I already have?

Please and thank you,
Spirit of God,
for equipping me with your gifts.

Today's Readings:
Acts 1:1-11
Ps 47:2-3, 6-9
Eph 1:17-23 (or Heb 9:24-28; 10:19-23)
Luke 24:46-53

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