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Tuesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 1:46-49 “My soul magnifies the LORD, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden.  For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. REFLECTION: What a beautiful verse.  Mary is telling this to her cousin, Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist.  Upon seeing Mary, Elizabeth tells her, “Most blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb”.  Of course, Mary is with child, Jesus.  When the angel Gabriel appears to Mary, he addressed her as, “Hail favored one!  The LORD is with you”.   Mary had the courage to accept being the mother of Jesus.  Mary was a poor little Jewish girl.  She was not some rich person or a queen.  God chooses ordinary people and makes them extraordinary.  He did this with Mary and He did this with His apostles; and they all changed the world.  It is not our stature in life that makes us favored in the eyes of God, it is what is in our heart and soul.  Mary accep…

Monday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 17:24-27 “When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”  “Yes’” he said.  When he came to the house, before he had time to speak, Jesus asked him, “What is your opinion Simon?  From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census taxes?  From their subjects or foreigners?”  When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the subjects are exempt.  But that we may not offend them, go to the sea and drop a hook, and take the first fish that comes up.  Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax.  Give it to them for me and for you.” REFLECTION: We all have an obligation to pay our taxes, be it taxes to our country or contributions for the support of the Church.  In this passage, once again the Jewish leaders were testing Jesus and trying to trick Him.  Jesus went beyond what was expected and not only instructed Simon Peter to pay the temple tax, but to double th…

Sunday's Thought of the Day

1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a “At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.  Then the LORD said to him, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountain and crushing rock before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind.  After the wind, there was an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake, there was fire; but the LORD was not in the fire.  After the fire, there was a tiny whispering sound.   When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.” REFLECTION: As all powerful God is, you will not find Him in the wind, in earthquakes or in fire.  These events show the power of God, but you will only find God in the quiet of your heart, mind and soul.  To build a personal relationship with God, it is important to have daily prayer and daily face to face time with your LORD and Savior.  Elijah was one of t…

Saturday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 17:19-21 “Why could we not drive it out [the demon]?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith.  Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to the mountain, “Move from here to there, and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.” REFLECTION: Do you ever lose some patience with God?  Are you disappointed that perhaps God did not drop everything and immediately come to your aid?  Did you feel you were abandoned in your times of need?  In this passage, a man whose son was possessed by demons brought the boy to Jesus’ disciples to be cured, but they failed to drive the demons out.  Jesus cried out, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you?”  Was Jesus saying this to just His disciples because they could not do what they set out to do, or perhaps was He addressing each of us also?  Although Jesus’ rebuke may seem harsh, it really wasn’t; it was reality.  Jesus turned this into a teaching moment, not a moment w…

Friday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 16:24-26 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?  Or what can one give in exchange for his life?” REFLECTION: Jesus is telling His disciples they must make some very difficult choices in life.  Some of these choices seem to be very counterintuitive and bewildering.  Jesus is calling for a gut check in our decisions.  We must set our priorities to attain much higher goals, goals that will follow us for all eternity.  Jesus asks, “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” That is a question He is asking each of us, sisters and brothers.  Money not only is the root of all evils, it cannot buy you happiness, cheer a broken and lonely heart and you certainly cannot buy your way into h…

Thursday's Thought of the Day

John 12:24-26 “Jesus said to His disciples: Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.  Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve if for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.  The Father will honor whoever serves me.” REFLECTION: Jesus’ followers knew very well that new life is produced in nature through a transformation process.  A seed by itself is just a seed, but when planted and nurtured, it has new life.  Jesus likens the seed dying to give new life to the spiritual life.  Unless we are planted in our faith and nurtured, we will not grow.  When we die unto ourselves we rid ourselves of all that is not in communion with God’s will.  When we do this, we will bear much good fruit.  Just as the seed dies of itself to become wheat, we must go through the same transformation. …

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 15:21-28 “Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.  And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon”.  But He did not answer her a word.  And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us”.  He answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”.  But she came and knelt before Him, saying, Lord, help me”.  And He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs?”  She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”  Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith!  Be it done for you as you desire.”  And her daughter was healed instantly. REFLECTION: Very interesting passage.  This took place outside of the area Jesus did not normally minister in, and is now present-day Lebanon.  This woman was not Jewish, but a Ge…