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Wednesday's Thought of the Day

2 Timothy 4:17-18 “The Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it.  And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.  The LORD will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom.” REFLECTION: As Christians, followers of Christ, it is our duty to proclaim the Good News to all we encounter.  Our faith is a gift from God that has been nurtured by our brothers and sisters.  It is not a gift that we keep to ourselves, but a Godly gift we share with others.  God will give us strength, just as He gave us strength through the victories of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Christ’s victory was manifested with His resurrection and ascension, but He left His Holy Spirit to continually give us strength.  Sometimes when we are evangelizing we may feel we are in the lion’s mouth, but we are just being tested.  Our testing makes us stronger in our resolve and stronger in our faith.  God will recue us w…

Tuesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 11:39-40 “O you Pharisees!  Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are full of plunder and evil.  You fools! Did not the Maker of the outside also make the inside? REFLECTION: Such a rich and profound verse Luke is giving us today.  There may be times we want to put on a persona, a front, to mask our true feelings.  As Jesus said, our Maker, God, made the whole person, inside and out. When we put on a front, we are not being true to ourselves or to God.  The Pharisees, for the most part, were hypocritical in their actions.  In public they portrayed themselves as holy and pious men of God, but in reality, they were power hungry and greedy.  They talked the talk but did not walk the walk.  Sisters and brothers, are you always truthful to yourself and to others?  Do you talk one way and act the other.  Are you judgmental of others when you are guilty of doing what you are judging?  This is not healthy, both spiritually and emotionally.  God created all of …

Monday's Thought of the Day

Luke 11:29-32 “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah.  For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so the Son of Man will be to this generation.  The queen of the South will arise at the judgement with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.  At the judgement the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.” REFLECTION: What would Jesus say about this generation?  Are we looking for a sign or do we walk by faith?  There were many signs that foretold the coming of Christ, the Messiah, but they were ignored by many.  The Ninevites heeded the words of Jonah, a messenger of God, and repented and were saved.  The Queen of Sheba recognized God’s wisdom in Solomon.   The Jews dema…

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 9:61-62 “I will follow you, LORD; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”  Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand on the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
REFLECTION: If we are to follow Jesus, there can be nothing in our way.  We must make Jesus the center of our life; the most important element of our life.  There is no question that following Jesus and adhering to all of His teachings, is not always easy; it takes sacrifice.  Jesus is giving this person the stark reality that he must give up everything to be a true disciple of Christ.  What does a plowman have to do with this teaching?  When a plowman is plowing a field, he must always be looking forward and remain focused.  If he looks back, his furrows could become crooked.  The same would true for us. If we left everything to follow Jesus and started to look back, our path would become crooked and unmanageable.  Sisters and brothers, are you ready to commit to following the path with Jesus? …

Thursday's Thought of the Day

John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, say the LORD.  No one can come to the Father, except through me”.  Alleluia.” REFLECTION: When Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” is there any more we need?  Jesus shows us the Way to God, to have eternal life in the Heavenly Jerusalem.  There are many ways we can live our life.  We are all created with two very distinct features: free will and a soul.  These two personal features are intertwined and have a very close relationship to each other.  Through the actions of our free will, the state of our soul will be determined.  If we follow the way of Jesus when we exercise our free will, we will remain on the right way to God.  What Jesus tells us is the Truth.  His Truth is the one true truth.  In life we are exposed to many “truths” that will lead us in many directions.  What is true for one is not true for a Christian.  Again, we have the free will to follow the “truth” we want to believe, but if we believe that Jesus is …

Friday's Thought of the Day

John 1:47 “When Jesus saw Nathanael come He said of him, “There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit”. REFLECTION: What did Jesus mean when He called Nathanael a man “incapable of deceit”?  He was saying this is a man of honesty and honor.  He is someone that you trust.  This is what all people should be like, especially if you are a Christian.  Earlier in this passage Phillip brought his friend Nathanael to see Jesus because Nathanael was skeptical that anyone from Nazareth could amount to anything, much less be the promised Messiah.  Sisters and brothers, are we sometimes like Nathanael?  Are we quick to judge or reject others because they come from some place or position we do not like or find fault with?  But Jesus’ encounter with Nathanael transformed his life.  When Jesus spoke to him, he set him ablaze and he became a believer.  Jesus knows each of us better than we know ourselves.  Jesus knew Nathanael to be a good man and Jesus brought the best out of him. …

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Psalm 129:5, Luke 11:28 “Alleluia, alleluia!  My soul is waiting for the LORD, I count on His word.  Happy are those who hear the word of God and keep it.  Alleluia” REFLECTION: With all the natural disasters, racial divide, religious strife and decay of morality, I get strength just knowing God is always there. God’s love is bottomless and unconditional and is given freely. It is up to us, each and every one of us, to ask for God’s help and strength.  When you ask, it will be given; when you knock, the door will open.  It is healthy to remove yourself from the stress of the world and humble yourself before Almighty God and lay your burdens at His feet.  God wants us to be happy, He made us to be happy.  It is man that created stress and anxiety, but God has the cure.  Sisters and brothers, is your soul waiting for the LORD?  Are you happy when you hear His comforting words?  I highly suggest you abandon the manmade maladies and turn to the natural source of strength, Our LORD and Savior…