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Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 1:46-49 “My soul proclaims the greatness of the LORD; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant”. REFLECTION: Today we celebrate and commemorate the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth, who would soon bear forth a son, John the Baptist.  Mary was also carrying a child, Jesus.  What great joy these beautiful women had.  Can you imagine the fear but utter joy Mary had in her heart?  She was a lowly Jewish girl that had no great wealth or social status, yet the angel of the LORD came to her and asked if she would be the mother of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.  When Jesus began His earthly mission He also chose ordinary people to follow Him.  Jesus did not come to be the king the Jewish people were expecting, He came to be a King, a Messiah, and deliver us from the burden of sin.  His victory over death was our victory.  He came to do great things for His people, just as a good king should do.  Sisters and brot…

Monday's Thought of the Day

John 16:33 “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” REFLECTION: The Jewish leadership really got it wrong. Their King was right in front of them, and they chose to crucify Him as a criminal. With His resurrection, He truly conquered the world.  He brought salvation to this sinful world.  Just as Jesus said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2: 19). Jesus raises each of us up as well.  Sisters and brothers, do you recognize your King, do you see Him standing right in front of you?  As Christians, we can cast aspersions upon our Jewish brethren for the death of our King, our Savior, but do we do the same each time we sin?  Being Christian is not always easy, but I have a sign in my room that says, “No guts, no glory”.  It takes courage to be a Christian but the glory we receive is everlasting.  Pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters, pray for the people of the Muslim faith.  Pray for all Christians and non-Christia…

Sunday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 28:18-20 “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” REFLECTION: Today we commemorate and celebrate the Ascension of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Sent by the Father, His earthly mission is now complete.  It was forty days since His crucifixion and now He is returning, victoriously, to His Father, our Father.  Biblical numerology is significant and the number forty is prominent.  Moses went into the mountains for forty days to seek God, Jesus fasted in the desert for forty day to prepare for His earthly mission.  The Jews wandered in the desert for forty years before they entered the Promised Land.  Elijah fasted for forty days before He conquered the priests of the pagan god, Baal.  Jesus spent forty days to prepare…

Saturday's Thought of the Day

John 13:37-38 “Master, why can’t I follow You now?  I will lay down my life for You.”  Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me?  Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.” REFLECTION: To me, the companion Bible verse to John’s verse is from Matthew 26:41, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”.  Jesus gives, really gives His all for us and sometimes what we give back is so little.  Matthew’s verse comes from Jesus when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to His Father before His arrest.  He brought Peter, James and John with Him, His most trusted apostles.  Jesus was in great anguish because He knew what was getting ready to happen.  He knew He would be betrayed, arrested and ultimately die a humiliating death by crucifixion, and He wanted some of His apostles to keep watch with Him.  They could not even stay awake.  Jesus rebuked them three times before He was arrested.  Sisters and brothers, how many times have we answer…

Friday's Thought of the Day

John 16:20-22 “Amen, amen I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.  So you also are now in anguish.  But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you”. REFLECTION: Jesus knows what His apostles will go through when they see that He will be arrested, and ultimately bear the anguish and humiliation of death by crucifixion.  A lot is being exposed to the apostles during this Last Supper.  Try to imagine yourself sitting at the table with Jesus and He is telling you all that will happen.  This is a person for whom you have given up everything, and have followed for approximately three years.  He is Your Messiah, but you never thought His time on earth would end in crucifixion, apparent defeat. Jesus knew they would be frightened, and He knew they would deny Him out of fear.  But He also knew that anguish would disappear when His resurrection from the dead would give the…

Thursday's Thought of the Day

John 7:37-38 “Jesus stood up and exclaimed, “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: “Rivers of living water will flow from within Him”. REFLECTION: Jesus made this statement while attending the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles.  This feast day was one of the big three festivals, the other two being Pentecost and Passover.  This festival was typically held in late September or early October.  The feast had a double significance.  It was a time of great joy because the crops were all harvested by then and it also celebrated the Jewish exile and the dependence of the Jewish people on the will of God.  Since the harvest was already completed, the people now awaited the gentle rains to prepare the ground for new crops, new life. The verse “Rivers of living water will flow from within Him” is significant and is a reference to the time the Jews were in the desert and were thirsty. Moses was commanded to strike the rock, and a river of water …

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 …

Tuesday's Thought of the Day

John 14:25-27 “Jesus said to His disciples, ”Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give it to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled”. REFLECTION: This was told to the apostle at the last supper.  Even to the end, Jesus showed His love for His followers.  Jesus’ peace is not like any other peace; it is divine peace.  True peace comes from walking daily with Jesus.  True peace is praying to Jesus every day of your life.  True peace is reserving time each day to have face to face time with Jesus and talk to Him and more importantly, to listen to Him.  When you have the peace of Jesus in your heart, mind and soul, then you will not be troubled.  You have trouble when Jesus is not in your heart, mind and soul.  In verse 25 Jesus tells them, “I have told you this while I am with you.  The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name – He will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have told you”.  The next day Jesus was cru…

Friday's Thought of the Day

John 14:1 “Jesus said to His disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” REFLECTION: Jesus was addressing His apostles with these words because He knew the difficulties they would encounter when He was gone.  Jesus wanted to assure them that even when they faced adversity, their faith would see them through it.  In verse 3 Jesus told them, “And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”  We too will have adversity in our life.  We will be tested for our faith, for our belief in God.  As Christians, what are our end goals?  Is it not to go to the place that Jesus prepared for us?  Sisters and brothers, your faith in Jesus Christ will get you through all adversity….if you truly believe.  If you need more assurance of the power of Jesus Christ, meditate on what He told His apostles and what He is telling us, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life”.  Way, Truth…

Thursday's Thought of the Day

John 13:16-17 “Amen, amen I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sends him.  If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.” REFLECTION: As an act of humility, Jesus performed a task for His apostles by washing their feet. This was a menial task reserved for the servants.  Jesus washed the feet of all of His apostles, even the one that was to betray Him, Judas.  Jesus knew he would be betrayed and most would either refuse to wash the feet of their betrayer or have bitterness towards him.  Jesus loved His apostles unconditionally, just as He loves each of us and therefore humbled Himself to all.  This was done at the Last Supper and Jesus knew His apostles were going to meet with opposition and He wanted to prepare them.  After He was finished He asked them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?”  He answered and told them, “If I, therefore, the master and the teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s f…

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

John 12:46 “I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.” REFLECTION: “I am the Light of the world”.  Jesus truly is our light, it is He that takes us out of darkness and into the light of His graces, love and mercy.  When we are in the darkness, we are in evil and away from God.  In Sacred Scripture light is associated with God’s truth and life.  In Psalm 27, it was written, “The LORD is my light and salvation”.  The light exposes the truth whereas darkness hides the truth from us.  With light there is warmth and comfort and as Christians we are drawn to the Light of Christ.  Later in this passage Jesus proclaimed, “I did not come to condemn the word, but to save it.”  Jesus came into this world knowing exactly what His fate was to be, yet He came as the sacrificial Lamb of God.  He came to save us, He came to show God’s never ending love for His people.  Sisters and brothers, we all have times of darkness, times when life is hard and…

Tuesday's Thought of the Day

John 10:24-25 “So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”  Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe.  The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me.” REFLECTION: The Jewish people were expecting a different Messiah from what they saw in Jesus.  This caused many of them to question who Jesus really was.  They remained leery even when they witnessed the great things Jesus was doing.  Jesus was not keeping them in suspense, they remained blinded by their own misconception of what the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, was.  Jesus, the Savior of the world, was standing right in front of them and they didn’t even realize it. Sisters and brothers, do you always recognize Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah?  Do you put your full faith and trust in Him?  Kingdoms come and kingdom go, but the Kingdom of God is eternal and everlasting.  Jesus came from His Father, our Father, to…