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Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Galatians 5:22-25 “The fruits of the Holy Spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.” REFLECTION: The gifts that we receive from the Holy Spirit are enough to sustain us on this earth and flourish as a Christian, a true believer.  If you look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit, would this not describe exactly the life Jesus lived?  He embodied all of these characteristics.  As Christians we are to follow in the footsteps of Christ; we should embody these also. When we crucify our flesh we are getting rid of our bad and destructive habits of the flesh.  We do this with the intervention of the Holy Spirit.  The last line of the verse, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit”, is so important.  If we ask for the gifts from the Holy Spirit, …

Tuesday's Thought of the Day

John 16:7-8 “But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.  For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.  And when He comes, He will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation”. REFLECTION: During this discourse at the Last Supper the apostles were sad and dismayed in the words Jesus was telling them.  He let them know that He must return to the Father to complete His mission on earth.  Even though He told them in the past the Son of Man would be put to death, the realization was becoming evident.  He wanted to comfort them by letting them know they would not be left alone, they would not be orphans, He would send them all the help they would need in the Advocate, the Holy Spirit.  The root of the word convict is convince.  The Holy Spirit will help the apostles convince the world of the righteousness of Jesus.  He will be with the apostles to show people what is right and what is wrong.  Sisters and brothers that is still the role of the …

Monday's Thought of the Day

John 15:26-27 “Jesus said to His disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.  And you also testify because you have been with me from the beginning.” REFLECTION: Jesus’ time on earth was coming to an end, His earthly mission would soon be given to His most trusted apostles.  Jesus chose His apostles to carry on the work He started, and Jesus knew they would face much adversity.  This is why He is giving the Advocate, the Holy Spirit to be with them at all times.  An advocate is someone who will defend you when you face adversity and guide you along the way to help you make good decisions.  An advocate is someone you can talk to when you need help.  This is exactly what the Holy Spirit is.  He was there for the apostles and He is there for each and every one of us today.  Through the gifts of the Holy Spirit we are able to testify for Jesus, just as the apostles were able to testify.  Si…

Saturday's Thought of the Day

John 15:18-19, 21 "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me.” REFLECTION: Jesus is not of this world, but brings with Him the world of His Father.  Jesus was sent to this world to change the world.  Many people did not want to accept the changes Jesus was bringing.  Jesus was a real threat so some and therefore they despised Him and wanted to destroy Him. It was not just Jesus they hated, it was His message, His Word.  Jesus knew when He was gone from this world, they would still reject His message and those that followed Him would have real hardship.  But if we believe that Jesus truly is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no sacrifice would be too much.  With Jesus there is no middle ground; you are either fo…

Friday's Thought of the Day

John 15:15 “I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing.  I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father”. REFLECTION: What does it mean to be a friend of Jesus?  It meant more in Jesus’ day than it does today.  In Isaiah 41:8 Abraham was called a “friend of God”.  This means he had a special relationship with God; he spoke with God.  Jesus called His apostles friends because He had a special relationship with them and they had a special relationship with Him.  Jesus shared His all with His apostles.  He wanted to prepare them to continue the mission of salvation He started.  Jesus’ love was so strong, it was a sacrificial love. He gave His all, and He gave His life.  Sisters and brothers, do you have a special relationship with Jesus Christ?  Can you truly call Him friend? Do you have daily talks with Him?  Jesus told His apostles all He knew, He poured His love out for them.  Do you pour your love out to…

Thursday's Thought of the Day

John 15:9-10 “Jesus said to His apostles, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you.  Remain in my love.  If you keep my commandment, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in His love”. REFLECTION: If you were ever wondering how to be a true Christian, this verse says it all.  Jesus’ entire message centered around love; love of God and love of your fellow brothers and sisters.  If you love God, truly love Him, you will keep His commandments.  Jesus’ love of His Father was proven when He came to earth, sent by the Father, to have victory over sin, our sin. God’s love for us is immeasurable and never ending. Jesus loves His Father and He loves each of us and His love was manifested on the Cross.  When we show our love for our brothers and sisters, and Jesus and God, we embrace our own cross.  When we love until it hurts and offer this up, we are showing love of God, just as Jesus did.  Sisters and brothers, do you love until it hurts.  Do you…

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” REFLECTION: The vine was a well-known topic of conversation for the Jewish people of Jesus’ time.  There were many vineyards in Israel and the vine became a national symbol.  There were good vines and there were bad vines.  Isaiah called some of the vines “Vineyards of the Lord’ and others he called, “yielded wild grapes”.  The prophet Jeremiah called some, “His choice vine” and others, “degenerate and wild vine”.  Jesus is the true vine, just is He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  The branches get life from the vine; without the vine the branches will perish.  God the Father is the Vinedresser.  The vine and the branches are given life and strength through our Father.  Just as a vinedresser carefully prunes the vine so that good fruit is produced, so it is with God. He wants to produce good fruit in you and me.  The parts of the vine that …