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Friday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 22:36-39 “Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?  Jesus said, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  The second resembles it: You must love your neighbor as yourself”. REFLECTION: Can you imagine a world where these two commandments were being followed?   Two little commandments that could make this world the world God created.  God made a perfect world and it was called Eden, but man sinned against God.  We are told we must love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul and mind.  God has done His part.  First, He “created mankind in His image” (Gen 1:27).  God reinforced His love of man when He said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish, but might have eternal life”.  I think God receives a check mark here for doing His part.  Sisters and brothers, have you done your part…

Monday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 19:16 “There was a man who came to Jesus and asked, “Master, what good deed must I do to possess eternal life?”  “If you wish to be perfect, go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven, then come follow me.”  But when the young man heard these words he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.” REFLECTION: What good is it if you have all the wealth and comfort the world can give, but do not have God as your true treasure, the center of your life.  Jesus basically told him to follow the commandments and the young man replied, “I have kept all these.  What more do I need to do?” When Jesus told him to sell all he had, Jesus was telling him to decide what is most important in his life: material wealth or spiritual wealth?Jesus challenges the young man to choose either God or material wealth.  He went away sad. In his misplaced understanding of joy, he was holding on the wrong treasure. He was a man of great wealth and could buy…

Sunday"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…

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…

Tuesday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 14:25-29 “He walked towards them and when the disciples saw Him walking on the lake they were terrified.  Jesus called out to them, saying, “Courage!  It is I.  Do not be afraid”.  “Lord if it is You, tell me to come to You across the water.  “Come, said Jesus”. REFLECTION: Courage.  That is the word Jesus said to Peter.  He told Peter to do something that is considered impossible for humans; walking on water.  Peter listened to Jesus’ command and got out of the boat and began to walk on the water.  When a strong wind came, he became frightened, lost faith and began to sink.  Peter cried out to Jesus, “Lord save me!”.  “Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him”.   Jesus sent His apostles away on the Sea of Galilee so that He could pray alone, yet when He perceived they were caught in a turbulent sea and in trouble, He came to their rescue.  Peter was an impulsive person and failed many times, but each time he failed, Jesus’ helping hand was there, and Peter grew in faith and l…

Monday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 14:15-21 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. REFLECTION: There are two important lessons to be taken from this verse.  Jesus is there to take care of our needs if we have faith and trust in Him.  The crowds hungered for His teach…

Sunday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 17:1-3, 5 “Jesus took with Him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone.  There in their presence he was transfigured; His face shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as the light.  Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared…  Suddenly a cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud came a voice which said, “This is my beloved Son, the Beloved; He enjoys my favor.  Listen to Him”. REFLECTION: In this passage, we are witnessing the divinity of Jesus Christ.  On this mountain, the true identity of Jesus is revealed.  This is also a very graphic sign of the passing of the Old Covenant to the New Covenant.  Moses climbed a mountain to hear the word of God and so did Elijah and now Jesus does the same.  Jesus becomes the bridge that binds the old to the new.  In Daniel 7:13 this moment was foretold, “I saw coming with the clouds of heaven, One like a son of man.  When he reached the Ancient of Days and was presented before…

Saturday's Thought of the Day

Ecclesiastes 7:8-9 “Better is a patient spirit than a lofty one.  Do not let anger upset your spirit, for anger lodges in the bosom of a fool.” REFLECTION: We say patience is a virtue and it certainly is.  If only we would practice more patience and be less reactionary, our lives would be so much better and calmer.  When we jump to conclusions, many times we make a situation much worse than it need be; we become angry.  In this verse, we are being told of the serious consequences of having anger in our hearts.  In the Bible, there are many references to those that are fools.  Those that may think they are wise, can actually be very foolhardy.  In Proverbs18:2 it is stated, “Fools take no delight in understanding, but only in displaying what they think”.  It is made even more clear in Proverbs 1:7, “Fools despise wisdom and discipline”.  In our passage, we are being cautioned not to have angry rage or react negatively to some incident with resentment.  This type of behavior shows a total …