today's Mass readings (We must become like virgins / Perfect prayer)

Th (6-18)

2 Cor 11:1-11:

Brothers and Sisters: If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me! Please put up with me. For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God since I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted from a sincere and pure commitment to Christ. For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough. For I think that I am not in any way inferior to these “superapostles.” Even if I am untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; in every way we have made this plain to you in all things. Did I make a mistake when I humbled myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge? I plundered other churches by accepting from them in order to minister to you. And when I was with you and in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my needs. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. By the truth of Christ, this boast of mine shall not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

**St Mt 6:7-15: **

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.

St Paul says we should be presented to Christ as pure virgins…

If this isn’t proof that we (most of us over the age of 20) need Purgatory… well, i don’t know what is… How many of us are as pure as a virgin? :hypno:

Nowadays its like: “Virgin… What’s that?” . :confused: . :smiley:

so God already knows what we need and we don’t have to pray…

no, i don’t think that’s what he means… I think Jesus is mostly telling us to pray that God’s will be done…

God’s will is not really done much on Earth… Roe v Wade… etc… :frowning:

i had a friend once (until i became fanatically Catholic…) who once told me she wanted prayer for some relationship gone awry in her life. She was asking the whole world to pray for her… She told me she asked this one friend to pray for her intention and the friend (who, strangely wasn’t Catholic) told her she would pray that God’s will be done in the situation. My ex-friend got very upset, said to me, “What kind of prayer is that? I want someone who is going to believe with me that i will get exactly what i ask for” (words to that effect)… But even then (before i was fanatically Catholic)… I sided with the friend…

why would a person want something that is NOT in God’s will?? Well, you wouldn’t… once you think about it…

but again, God’s will is not done in this world… much…:(*

I would refer you to Ephesians 5. We, the Church, are the chaste, virginal Bride of Christ. Christ washes us clean with his Blood. This imagery of being wed to Christ has its roots in the book of Genesis and its fulfillment in the eschaton, in the book of Revalation. As a fanatical Catholic, you might be interested in checking out the Theology of the Body for Beginners, by Christopher West. It will explain the Marriage Supper of the Lamb with us, His Bride, and how that all pertains to being made male and female, in God’s image.

thanks. that reminds me… How does one normally get the encyclicals as they are released???

do you ahve to subscribe to that Roman Catholic newspaper ?

or does the Church psot them on the internet

Oh, distracted. That is one of the best parts about being Catholic! It’s all totally free!!! We aren’t going to be “left behind” because we can’t afford the latest from Dr. Jack Van Impe!!!

You don’t even have to buy the encyclicals, they are all online.

wow… thanks…

and none of us can “afford” Mr. Van Impe… :smiley:

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