JEREMIAH 26:11-16, 24; PSALM 69; MATTHEW 14:1-12
The first reading today tells us that the authorities desired to kill Jeremiah because of God’s message that he delivered. Today, those who deliver the true message of God are not spared from attacks from authorities and followers alike. However, in response, Jeremiah told them that they may kill him but they can never kill the message of God. In the Gospel, we read of the beheading of John the Baptist to fulfill an imprudent promise. Herod took his life; but the life of the gospel continued. No man can put an end to the Gospel.
Today the Church celebrates the memorial Alphonsus Liguori, he was an Italian Catholic bishop, spiritual writer, composer, musician, artist, poet, lawyer, scholastic philosopher, and theologian. A lawyer becomes holy! There are possibilities for those who are in Christ Jesus. With his many attributes, skills and talents he preached the gospel message. No matter how hard men may try they can never end the Gospel message. Therefore, let us the saints to witness to God through our talents, offices and gifts. St Alphonsus, Pray for Us
SAINT ALPHONSUS LIGUORI FOR ARTHRITIS.
St. Alphonsus, preacher, confessor, founder, bishop, doctor of prayer and friend of the poor, you are also the special patron of all who suffer from arthritis and the pains of many years. When our fingers twist with pain, keep us focused on the hands of Christ pierced with ugly nails. When our knees knob with endless aches, allow us to see the knees of Jesus smashing to the street under the heavy cross.When our backs stiffen with soreness, let us remember the back of Christ thrown across the cold, rough wood of the cross. When our joints, hips, arms, legs and knuckles hurt so much that tears well up in our eyes, help us to recall the tears, the sweat and the blood that flowed from our crucified Jesus Who suffered so much more for each of us. St. Alphonsus, afflicted with curvature of the spine and nailed to a wheelchair cross in your final years, teach us to unite all our pains with the dreadful sufferings of Jesus on the cross. We ask you to ease our pains but more so to enable us to be one with Jesus in his great act of dying and rising. Amen.
HAPPY NEW MONTH OF AUGUST