DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Acts 16:1-10, Psalm 100:2-3, 5, John 15:18-21
My Beloved, the Church today follows the same pattern that the Apostles and elders did from the very beginning. The hierarchy of Bishops with the Pope as the Vicar of Christ leads, guides and directs Your Church through Your Holy Spirit. She remains true and faithful to Your teaching. She preserves and hands it down teaching without error, for she has Your solemn promise that she cannot do so in matters of faith and morals. You have given her the authority to bind and loose.
When her members obey her and are faithful to her teachings the Church grows strong and vibrant and she draws many more into her fold as they believe the Good News through her witness and testimony. If all her members rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance none will stray.
Psalm 100:2-3, 5
My Lord, we are called to be a people of joy. We must serve the Church gladly attentive to the needs of those around us. We are called to minister in whatever way is required knowing that God who calls us will equip and supply all we need to be effective.
You are true to all Your promises. Your love endures forever and all who come after us will also taste the sweetness of Your divine love.
My Beloved, we ought not to get sad and discouraged when people reject us, hate us and persecute us. Your enemies hated You precisely because You showed them up for the hypocrites they were. Although they were powerful You were not afraid to name their sins to their faces.
We acknowledge You as our Lord and Master and if the world rejected You we can expect no less from it. To those whose hears are open to the Truth You will grant the gift of faith and life through our witness. Teach us Lord to be patient in tribulations never losing our love, joy and peace because You have won the victory.