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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…

Monday's Thought of Day

Matthew 5:6 “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” REFLECTION: It is Jesus Christ that is the Light of the World and it is by His grace that you have His light.  This is a gift that is meant to be shared.  Each of us receives this light.  Some choose to ignore it or try to extinguish it through non-belief, others will keep it to themselves, but the correct action is to let it shine for all to see.  It is said in Matthew 6:5, “When you pray, do not be like hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so others may see them”.  When you shine the light of Jesus Christ, it is not to bring attention to yourself, but to glorify God.  We are all called to evangelize and we do this in many ways.  In Isaiah 6:8, we are told, “When I heard the voice of the LORD saying, “Whom shall I send?  Here I am LORD, send me”.  Sisters and brothers, do you hear the voice of the LORD?  Do you heed His calling?  …

Sunday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 20:15-16 “Are you envious because I am generous?  Thus the last will be first and the first last” REFLECTION: This comes from the parable in the Bible where the landowner hires workers for his vineyard.  He hires workers throughout the day and at the end of the day pays them all the same wage.  From a pure secular or business standpoint, this seems counterintuitive and unfair, but then God is not of this world.  This parable is not about what is fair or unfair, it is about God’s generosity.  God deals with all of us the same way and He expects us to do the same with our brothers and sisters.   We have a mentality where we honor the best athletes, the beautiful people, the wealthy, and everyone that is a “winner’, but God honors all.  We should reflect on the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus gave a discourse on the Beatitudes; He is honoring the downtrodden.  If honoring the best inspires us to bring out the best in us that God created us to be, then it is good, but if it causes us …

Friday's Thought of the Day

1 Timothy 6:10-12 “For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains.  But you, man of God, avoid all of this.  Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.  Lay hold of eternal life”. REFLECTION: Money in and of itself is not the evil, it is being consumed to make this the most important goal in your life that causes it to be evil.  Earlier in this passage, St. Paul wrote, “For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it”.  Money is a temporal obsession and does nothing to purify and sanctify our soul, which is the one thing we came into the world with and we will leave with.  What does benefit our soul is exactly what St. Paul was exhorting Timothy about: “righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness”.  It is these qualities that should be our goal in …

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 7:31-35 “Then what shall I compare the people of this generation?  What are they like?  They are like children that sit in the marketplace and call to one another.  “We played the flute for you and you did not dance.  We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.”  For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, “He is possessed by a demon”.  The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, “Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners”.  But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.” REFLECTION: What does children playing a flute or singing dirges have to do with the kingdom of God?  The children were disappointed because they were there to perform a task, but no one would listen; it fell on deaf ears.  Such was the same with Jesus.  He was there to proclaim the Good News, but not everyone would listen.  Jesus reinforced the parable by introducing John the Baptist into the mix.  John also preached the Good News and it lit…

Sunday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 18:15 "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him”.  REFLECTION: In life there will be disagreements, that is a given.  When you find yourself in a situation where you feel you have been wronged or injured, time is not on your side.  The worst thing you can do is to sit and brood about it; it will poison your mind and heart and make reconciliation much more difficult, if not impossible.  Reach out to the person you are having issues with and discuss your differences in a Christian manner.  If you do not do this, in essence you are judging that person, even worse, you are judging without all the facts.  Perhaps there is a very simple explanation or circumstance of which you were not aware.  After the discussion, and there is reconciliation, I am sure you will feel better, and you have salvaged a relationship.  Sisters and brothers, what is the second great commandment?  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  With love most, if not all…

Saturday's Thought of the day

Colossians 1:22-23 “He has now reconciled in his fleshly body through His death, to present you holy, without blemish, and irreproachable before Him, provided that you persevere in the faith, firmly grounded, stable, and not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven.” REFLECTION: When Jesus died on the cross and resurrected from the dead, He conquered sin and conquered death.  He did everything He could do for our salvation.  Let me repeat, he did everything He could do.  Through Christ’s death and resurrection, Jesus gave us a path through Him to experience salvation. He gave us a path, and it is a path we must travel. Jesus is the true Light that we must follow on this path.  Jesus shows us the righteous Way on the path.  And Jesus gives us the Truth to follow the path.  But we must be the ones that desire to stay on the path Jesus is showing us.  Just as it is said in Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; …

Tuesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 4:38-39, “After He left the synagogue, He entered the house of Simon.  Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with Him about her.  He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.  She got up immediately and waited on them.  To other towns I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” REFLECTION: Just as Jesus healed the illness of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law because Peter asked for help, He can heal your afflictions.  We must have faith in the mercy of Jesus and His ability to correct what is hurting us.  We must ask and believe He will bring us comfort.  It may not be the change we want and it is not fast enough, but maybe He is waiting for you to change so that the change or comfort He brings to you, you are ready to accept.  When Jesus started His public ministry, He was literally on a mission from God.  He was finished with His business in Capernaum and was off to spread the good new…