Mass Readings For June 23, 2012

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2 Chronicles 24:17-25
Psalm 89:4-5, 29-34
Matthew 6:24-34

2 Chronicles 24: 17 – 25
17 Now after the death of Jehoi’ada the princes of Judah came and did obeisance to the king; then the king hearkened to them. 18 And they forsook the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Ashe’rim and the idols. And wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt. 19 Yet he sent prophets among them to bring them back to the LORD; these testified against them, but they would not give heed. 20 Then the Spirit of God took possession of Zechari’ah the son of Jehoi’ada the priest; and he stood above the people, and said to them, “Thus says God, `Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.'” 21 But they conspired against him, and by command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD. 22 Thus Jo’ash the king did not remember the kindness which Jehoi’ada, Zechari’ah’s father, had shown him, but killed his son. And when he was dying, he said, “May the LORD see and avenge!”

23 At the end of the year the army of the Syrians came up against Jo’ash. They came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus. 24 Though the army of the Syrians had come with few men, the LORD delivered into their hand a very great army, because they had forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers. Thus they executed judgment on Jo’ash. 25 When they had departed from him, leaving him severely wounded, his servants conspired against him because of the blood of the son of Jehoi’ada the priest, and slew him on his bed. So he died; and they buried him in the city of David, but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings.

Psalms 89: 4 – 5, 29 – 34
4 `I will establish your descendants for ever, and build your throne for all generations.'” [Selah]
5 Let the heavens praise thy wonders, O LORD, thy faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
29 I will establish his line for ever and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30 If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my ordinances,
31 if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges;
33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips.

Matthew 6: 24 – 34
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.




  1. How many times O Lord have I worried about all the things you speak of in the Gospel of Mathew of today? I’m so sorry dear Lord that I do all these things instead of trying to store up heavenly treasure’s.
    For some reason all my life, I grew up poor, we didn’t have much. What I did have I treasured as a lot of my friends had so much more than me and I could see they didn’t care. Then when I got older, I for some reason had to make sure I didn’t run out of clothes, socks, shoes, etc. I would buy more than enough. I didn’t thank God for it either, that I had enough to take care of me including food. I never gave one thought then to giving to other’s my older things I could no longer wear, not rags, or give to different organization’s. It was about me. And only me.
    In Viet Nam. For some reason the Marine Corps was a bit selfish as I when it came to neccessary clothing i.e. socks and boots. It was nearly impossible to get either one, which is just as vital as the weapon I carried. I had to find a way to keep my team, this time I didn’t think of myself. I thought of my men. Wow, that was a great feeling. I didn’t pray in Nam, or maybe I did when it got rough, I don’t know. But somewhere in the back of my p brain I remember when I finally traded with an Army Supply SSgt, AK-47, SKS’S, Pith Helmet’s, 9MM pistol’s NVA Flags, anything which I’m sure he found a way to ship home, which I could’ve cared less, just give all I can use for my men, and me.
    When I came back from Nam, I never could buy “one” of anything. I think it was from my childhood, which was great, and Nam, not having what I needed, or afraid I’d run out.
    But who was it that directed me to find the way to get what I needed in Nam? It just didn’t appear at or in front of my face. I heard it without knowing in my head from His holy Spirit, how, who, when, to get.
    I remember maybe twice in Nam a Priest came to give Mass if I was back two days off a patrol, and he gave us “general absolution.” So we could receive the body of Christ. I did it not for good intention’s, but just because I was Catholic.
    I exploded using credit cards. If I wanted something, being so materialistic, it didn’t matter how much it cost, I HAD TO HAVE IT.
    I got in a financial mess. Bankruptcy. Just before the bankruptcy was filed, I bought a bass boat. Yea.
    Finally got out of the mess. Things got better. Credit got better. And once again, I started all over. This was my master instead of God.
    I treasured a pair of socks more than I did receiving the body and blood of Jesus.
    And now as I am older, I see the mistakes I’ve made. I haven’t bought any dress clothes, socks, shirts, shoes, for 10-15yrs. I looked like a rag muffin. To me, that’s disrespectful to our Lord to come to His house in rags. Oh I know, it doesn’t make the person, clothing. Yet before I die, I wanted to show the Lord my respect by dressing well. That was also hammered into me being a Marine. I was always sharply dressed. Proud to be. Didn’t go to mass most of the time. But if I went out, I was sharply dressed, in civilian clothes.
    So I guess what I’m trying to say is, I don’t want or need to worry about what I’m to wear. God surely has allowed me to get things I need. I’ve prayed about it. I got tired as I said of looking like some old man in rags.
    Yes now I give to other’s. As I made a pact with the Lord, that if I save, no credit card’s, to get some decent wear, I also would give just as much to charity. O I know we’re not to let the right hand know what the left hand is doing. But, I felt like just saying this as it helps to write about all my wrongs, and be blessed with all the right and good things that come from God. I don’t worry what I will wear anymore, eat, drink, sleep, and all. I’m doing the best I can to store up treasure’s that God has wanted me to do, for Heaven’s sakes. Don’t be like me as I was. The older I get the more I can see the mistakes I’ve made. The ol’ sayin’, “if only I.” I’m tryin’ to prepare for death. As it can come in a blink of an eye. Not a constant worry, but I want to do some good before I see the Lord and receive what I sowed. Giving is the most wonderful feeling I’ve ever had. So, just know that God in my mind doesn’t mind if you get what you need, he’ll either let you or he won’t. But also give, give, give. Never worry as He said, about anything. Trust Him with all your being. Thanks for letting me share.