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Song of Songs 3:1-4
Psalm 63
John 20:1-18

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene – one of the most important Saints.  The gospel writers considered her so important in the resurrection message that each of them includes her actions in their gospel writings.  We do not know a lot about her background.  We do know that she was a great sinner who was healed by Jesus of seven demons.  Mary Magdalene then followed Jesus and His Apostles as He was teaching and doing miracles.

There is great significance in Mary Magdalene being the first to discover that Jesus had risen.  She was a great sinner…just like us.  And significantly, she was a woman – at that time, a woman’s testimony carried no weight unless it was attested to by a man.  That is why she ran to the Apostles to tell them.

In today’s gospel, we see that Mary Magdalene sees Jesus but does not recognize Him.  She believed Jesus to be the gardener.  Well, in essence, He was.  How so?  Well, in the Garden of Eden, who cared for the Garden?  God did.  In that Garden is where the relationship with mankind began.  A new relationship was fostered there.  In the garden where Mary Magdalene saw Jesus, a new relationship was born.  Jesus is the resurrection bringing new life to sinners.

Mary Magdalene recognized Jesus only when He spoke to her.  We recognize our relationship with Jesus when we hear His words in scripture and in our silence when we spend time with Him.  As you approach the Eucharist at Mass, do you recognize Jesus?  And in that quiet moment right after you say “Amen”, thus declaring that Eucharist to be Jesus, are you listening for what He wants to tell you?

It is a great day!  Go smile at God today!

July 22

God sent people into our lives to share his Good News with us, and he sends us to others in turn.

Given our human perspective, it is easy to be troubled or otherwise misunderstand today’s Gospel passage.  Context is important to fully understand the message meant for the one who spoke to Jesus and especially for us.

	Today’s Gospel ends what scholars refer to as “Book 3” of Matthew’s Gospel, which consists of chapters 11 and 12.  In these two chapters, Jesus confronts an evil generation.  The evil generation is seen in the unrepentant cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum.  It is also seen in the Pharisees who, instead of rejoicing at the work of Jesus, accuse him of violating the Sabbath.  They go so far as to accuse Jesus of working on behalf of the devil.  Faced with this evil generation, Jesus wants to teach us who belongs to the Kingdom and Family of God.  

	Jesus’ response to being told that his mother and biological relatives are present is meant to reveal that He, as the Son of the Father in Heaven, is part of a bigger family.  And so are we.  In the new Family of God, the children of God are not those who are born naturally into it, but those who receive Jesus, who believe, and who act as God’s children by doing his will.  We may be given the gift of membership into God’s family through our infant Baptism.  But to fully enter God’s family, we must receive what Jesus has done for us, believe in His saving power, and respond to Him with childlike obedience.  Our membership as children of God is completed by our response.  The saving message of the gospel requires our response.

	What does childlike obedience to the Father look like?  Jesus has given us the supreme example of obedience unto death, even death on a cross.  He is not asking us to do something he himself has not done.  Obeying and fulfilling the will of God is beyond our natural strength.  But with God’s grace all things are possible.  Assisted by the gift of divine grace, the infused virtues of faith, hope, and charity, and the sevenfold gift of the Spirit, we can conform our lives to that of Christ and heed the Father’s will.

	Children spend each day learning new things from a loving parent.  They learn by watching, listening, and eventually by doing what they have been taught.  No matter how old we are, we too can do the same with our loving God, learning from His Son, and by being filled with the grace and power of the Holy Spirit.

Today’s Question for Prayer and Reflection
Am I a rebellious child or a docile child in relation to God the Father?

July 23

Call on the Lord for guidance.

The environment we choose to grow and live will often influence how our faith and relationship with God develops! Challenges and awkward situations will often get in the way of us pursuing holiness! There are times we can freely choose where we situate ourselves but sometimes, we find ours in a place where we don’t want to be! However it remains how we respond to such challenges! Christ has given us a blueprint to living a life for Him. It us rooted in the Word of God through Salvation history where we discover the redemption, He provides for us through the glory of the cross! The legacy He leaves in the establishment of the Church gives us the Sacraments which all circles around the availability of the Eucharist!!! This provides us nourishment for physical strength and healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation! The Priesthood gives us lives dedicated to God and bringing the Sacraments to us! The fertile ground is available in the Catholic Church that assures us of the grace we need when confronting the challenges of life!

July 24

Help those around us to know God's love.

2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Psalm 126
Matthew 20:20-28

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. James, the Apostle.  This is St. James the Greater, as opposed to the other James who was also an Apostle, St. James the Lesser – the reference to Greater and Lesser is simply a reference to their physical size.  St. James the Lesser is the son of Alphaeus and the author of the Epistle of St. James.

Before following Jesus, St. James the Greater was a fisherman with St. John, and a business partner of Sts. Simon and Andrew.  St. James was one of the Apostles who witnessed Jesus raising the daughter of Jarius from the dead, was there at the Transfiguration, and was with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  He was the first martyr when he was beheaded by Herod Agrippa in 44 AD.

St. James and St. John were called the Sons of Thunder by Jesus in reference to their great passion for His teachings. We hear in today’s gospel the mother of James and John requesting they sit at the right and left of Jesus in his Kingdom.  Jesus tells them they do not know what they are asking – there was to be a great sacrifice James was to make in order to follow Jesus.  A greater sacrifice than James could ever imagine.  Jesus saw their great passion, and that passion would lead them to great humility at the hands of Herod.

Jesus uses that moment to teach all of the disciples the great need for humility.  We need that same humility.  If we want to be near Jesus we need to approach Him and others with great humility, always placing their needs before ours.  Easy to say.  Can be really tough to do.  Where are you lacking humility?  Turn it around today!  When you approach the Eucharist, do you recognize Jesus and with humility place yourself in great service to Him just as St. James did?

It is a great day!  Go smile at God today!

July 25

We are redeemed through suffering and death.

July 26

Through Saints Joachim and Anne, God made fruitful his promises to Israel.

Jer 7:1-11
Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a, 11
Mt 13:24-30

Have you ever forgotten what you planted in your garden, and wondered what was growing there? Or seen something popping up that doesn’t look right? Unsure, we hold off from pulling out a green leafy stalk until we know what it is. Maybe it is something we meant to plant or maybe it is a weed, we just can’t be sure. The good seed and the weeds grow together while we patiently wait, because we could unknowingly pull out the wrong thing. 

Like good seed and weeds growing together, good, and evil co-exist in the world. Sometimes it is hard to recognize evil because it resembles good, it hides amongst the good, it masquerades as good. 

We cannot worry about evil, or let it stop us from bearing fruit that will bring about the kingdom. It will always be there. So, we have to be at peace that Jesus has his eye on the evil one and his agents. If we continue to boldly proclaim Jesus, to grow in love of neighbor, he will take care of the evil in the world, when he comes. It will not prosper; it will not prevail. 

In this Gospel today, Jesus is showing us that we must be patient. We may not be able to distinguish between the good seed and the bad, but eventually, Jesus will be the judge. He knows. 

Do we allow ourselves to judge and worry about the weeds, or do we concentrate on putting all our energy into becoming the people that God created us to be, bearing fruit for the harvest?

July 27

With God’s grace we can grow and bear good fruit.

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