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Tuesday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 7:13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” REFLECTION: Because we have free will there are many options in life we can choose.  The evil temptations are many and will constantly be pulling at us to go in that direction.  With Jesus there is but one way; Jesus is the Way.  Jesus’ Way is a narrow way but it is the way to God, it is a way of spiritual happiness and fulfillment.  It is not always an easy way and the way will have some hardships and persecution, but Jesus endured the Way of the Cross for all of us.  Jesus left us the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is our Protector and Compass to navigate the way and enter through the narrow gate to God, our Father.  In Jeremiah 21:8 we are told, “Behold I set before you the way of life and the way of death”. If we allow God's lov…

Friday's Thought of the Day

1 John 4:7-9, 11 “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.  Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.  In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might have life through Him.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another”. REFLECTION: John is basically summarizing the two great commandments: Love your God with your whole heart, mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself.  Abba Father sent His Son to be our brother in love.  This was a profound act of love on the part of God.  He was willing to sacrifice His Son, so that we may be free; so that we may experience His true love. Jesus’ death and resurrection sealed the New Covenant. God, through His Son, Jesus, set the covenant in place.  Our duty to maintain our part of the covenant is to love God, to love God with our whole heart, mind and soul.  When we do this, we are in a cove…

Thursday's Thought of the Day

Romans 8:15 “You have received the spirit of adoption as sons, through which we cry: Abba! Father!” REFLECTION: What a beautiful message Paul is giving to the Romans.  In John 14:18 Jesus tells His apostles when He leaves them and goes to His Father, our Father, “I will not leave you orphans”.  In verse 16 He assures them, “I will ask the Father and He will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of Truth”.  Jesus will be united with the Father in heaven, but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, will be with us, we will not be alone.  What does Paul mean when he says we will cry, “Abba!  Father!?  Abba is an Aramaic word that means father, but it is a more childlike version of the name father.  Today we would say “dada” as a child does for its earthly father.  In Matthew 11:25 Jesus tells us, “I give praise to You Father, LORD of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, You have revealed them to the childlike”.  To become ch…

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

2 Corinthians 9:6-7, 11 “Brothers and sisters, consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.” REFLECTION: We are all given talents from God and we are to use these talents to better ourselves and better the world He created.  When we do not measure up to our potential, we are not using God’s gift as He intended.  When we sow our God given graces with abundance, we are spreading His Word.  We were not created to sow sparingly, but when we do, we do not get the fullness of the graces God wants to give us, we are not all in. Sister and brothers, why wouldn’t we want all that God wants to give us? The only answer I can think of is that God is not the center of your life; He is not the most important aspect of your bei…

Tuesday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy” but I say to you love you’re your enemies, and pray for those that persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for He makes the sun rise on the bad and good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust”. REFLECTION: In the Old Testament there were many rules about who the Jews could associate with and who they were forbidden to associate with.  In fact, the Mosaic Law controlled literally every part of their life.  Jesus came with a different message, a more free message.  Jesus came to embrace saints and sinners alike. Remember, we are all made in our Father’s image and likeness.  How is it possible for us to love our enemies?  With God all things are possible.  By hating our enemies does it make the situation better?  Should we isolate them and pretend they do not exist?  We all live in this world that was created for all of us by God, we all have the same G…

Monday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 5:38-42 “Jesus said to His disciples: “You have heard that it was said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”.  But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.  When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.  If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well.  Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles.  Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow”. REFLECTION: When someone does you wrong and you retaliate, what have you really accomplished?  Is revenge going to make the situation better?  Jesus’ message was not a message of retribution but a message of love and mercy.  Before the coming of Jesus, the Jewish people were under the Mosaic Law and in Exodus 21:23-25 it was stated, “But if an injury ensues, you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, s…

Sunday's Thought of the Day

John 6:54-57 “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.  As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.” REFLECTION: Can you imagine what the Jews and even some of His disciples must have thought when Jesus spoke these words?  My guess is that they were horrified at the thought of eating someone’s flesh and drinking someone’s blood.  If we look at what Jesus said in John 6:32-35, “Amen, amen I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven, my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.””  The bread we consume is th…