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Saint John Paul II, Pope (Optional Memorial)
The Lord chose him for himself as high priest,
and, opening his treasure house,
made him rich in all good things. Cf. Sir 50:1; 44:16, 22
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God;
therefore, in accordance with his promise,
the Lord gave him growth for the good of his people.
O God, who are rich in mercy
and who willed that Saint John Paul the Second
should preside as Pope over your universal Church,
grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching,
we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ,
the sole Redeemer of mankind.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Brothers and sisters: I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
R. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
Exult, you just, in the Lord;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the Lord on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises. R.
For upright is the word of the Lord,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full. R.
But the plan of the Lord stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.
Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. R.
But see, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine. R.
I consider all things so much rubbish
that I may gain Christ and be found in him. Phil 3:8-9
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
Prayer over the Offerings
Accept this sacrifice from your people, we pray, O Lord,
and make what is offered for your glory,
in honor of blessed Saint John Paul,
a means to our eternal salvation.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Good Shepherd has laid down his life
for his sheep. Cf. Jn 10:11
Prayer after Communion
May the Sacrament we have received, O Lord our God,
stir up in us that fire of charity
with which blessed Saint John Paul burned ardently
as he gave himself unceasingly for your Church.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Daily Meditation: Ephesians 3:14-21
[He] is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
The imagination of children seems limitless. One day they’re famous baseball players, the next they’re engineers raising a fabulous Lego skyscraper. And of course, they’re getting a pony for their birthday. Anything is possible.
As God’s children, we’re invited to live in that same sense of unlimited possibility. In whatever way God stirs your heart and mind toward serving him, whatever he calls you to, he is prepared to give you the strength and the boldness and the opportunity to do it.
God has plans and purposes for you, and he invites you to step into them anew every day. He created your imagination to inspire you as you work out the details of that purpose. It won’t always look like what you first envision. St. Francis of Assisi burned passionately to restore God’s Church that had “fallen into disrepair”—and he began by trying to reconstruct a tumbledown church building. Over time, Francis came to understand more exactly what the Lord had in mind. You can’t see the end at the beginning, but you can spend time with the Lord, asking him about the things that move and excite you. What do you imagine yourself doing for him? Write it down and talk to him about it, about your expectations and limitations, about the possibilities that swim before you and the hurdles you need his help to clear.
Then experiment. God’s plans for you begin where you are right now. Expect him to guide you, perhaps with a growing excitement about your vocation, recurring thoughts to intercede for someone, or a new sense of direction to serve. There is so much God can do, even through your ordinary life.
You can’t ask too much of God! He will help you and guide you. Begin the conversation with him and aim high. Remember that St. Paul is on his knees asking the Father to empower you as you work out the details of his purposes (Ephesians 3:14). While you might not end up with the “pony” you’re asking for, God can and will do far more through you than all you ask or imagine.
“Lord, thank you for your plans for me. Open my eyes to see how you want to use me today.”
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
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