Refreshing Store

Empty Flower Basket – Seeds from what store? Heaven, is best

Greetings on this the Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20; PS 132:11, 12, 13-14, 17-18; Mt 6:19-23
Notes: What is in your pantry?

What food stores do you have in your home right now?
We are in Hurricane season (June 1st – November 30th, each year) and we are instructed to place in our store many items to survive an extended period of time without access to food markets.

Our store is our survival.

So in Jesus’ instruction to ‘store up treasures in heaven’ isn’t creating things for use while in heaven (like a heavenly reward). It is for our life here on Earth.

Our store should be from heaven and the gifts from heaven are the best gifts to aid us in this life. Our supply and our reserve.

A pontifical blessing by a Bishop:
V: Blessed be the name of the Lord.
R: Now and forever.
V: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R: Who made heaven and earth.

V: May Almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
R; Amen.

Friday and Saturday readings lead well into the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ on Sunday.

Taking part in the eucharistic sacrifice, which is the fount and apex of the whole Christian life (LG, 11)

Also translated: Source and Summit.

First reading
For six years he remained hidden with her in the house of the LORD, while Athaliah ruled as queen over the land.

A reminder our store is in the Lord. Our safety is in the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.

Alleluia Verse
Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

Gospel Portion
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
But store up treasures in heaven

  • For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
  • What your eye looks to, there is the source of your light.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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