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Tuesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 13:18-21 “Jesus said, What is the kingdom of God like?  What shall I compare it with?  It is like a mustard seed which a man took and threw into his garden: it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air sheltered in its branches.  Another thing He said:  What shall I compare the kingdom of God with?  It is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through.” REFLECTION: What does a mustard seed and yeast have to do with the kingdom of God?  Both the mustard seed and the yeast have potential to become something greater than what they currently are.  If the mustard seed was not planted, it would not grow and would remain just a lowly mustard seed.  If the yeast remained in a jar, it would not become the agent to make nourishing bread, and would remain just a yellow powder.  The mustard seed and yeast are metaphors for us.  We are all created in the image and likeness of God.  We were given free will to do as we choose.  God wan…

Monday's Thought of the Day

Luke 13: 15-1 “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering?  This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from her bondage?  When He said this, all his adversaries were humiliated, and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by Him.” REFLECTION: There are a number of takeaways from this passage from Luke.  The Jewish leaders owned their animals, and their animals did work for them. Therefore, they would do whatever was necessary to tend to them, even if it was on the sabbath.  They criticized Jesus for healing a person that was afflicted for eighteen years on the sabbath. Is a person not more important than an animal?  This is why Jesus called them hypocrites, and deservedly so.  The second takeaway I get from this passage is that Jesus’ compassion knows no time restraint or limit for helping those that believe.  He …

Saturday's Thought of the Day

Luke 6:12 “Jesus went out into the hill to pray and he spent the whole night in prayer to God.” REFLECTION: My dear brothers and sisters, do you call yourselves Christian?  If you do, the definition of a Christian is to be a follower of Christ, to be Christ-like.  Christ is our leader and if you are a follower, you follow His example.  Jesus spent time each day in prayer, do you?  Before each major decision or before an event of significance, He prayed.  In this passage from St. Luke He prayed to His Father and after a night in prayer, the next morning He named His twelve apostles.  Before He began His public ministry, He spent forty days and nights in prayer and fasting.  During this time, He was also tempted by Satan three times, but He resisted because the time praying gave Him strength and resolve to move forward, as His Father commanded.  After the Last Supper, He went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray once again to His Father for He knew He would soon be arrested and sentenced to…

Friday's Thought of the Day

Luke 12:57-59 “Why not judge for yourself what is right?  For example, when you go to court with your opponent, try to settle with him on the way, or he may drag you before the judge and the judge will hand you over to the bailiff and the bailiff will have you thrown into prison.  I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the very last penny.” REFLECTION: This passage from Luke is all about taking control of your life.  If you have an issue, it is in your best interest to work it out and not let the decision fall into someone else’s control. If that happens, the consequences to you may be more severe and costly.  The same holds true with your position with God.  If, through your behavior and lifestyle, you have a “dispute” with God, don’t you think it would be in your best interest to settle your differences with God.  God can set us free from the guilt of sin, if we only go to Him and amend our transgressions and amend our lifestyle.  If we do not do this, the consequences, th…

Thursday's Thought of the Day

Luke 12:49-53 “I came to cast fire upon the earth and how I wish it were already blazing.  Do you think I have come to establish peace on the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division.  A father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” REFLECTION: On the surface this is one of the most confusing and counterintuitive discourses by Jesus.  Has Jesus come to set the world on fire and to divide families?  Yes, on the surface and taken on face value it causes us to pause. But let’s dig deeper into what Jesus is telling us.  In biblical times fire was associated with God.  As evidenced in Exodus 3:2, “the LORD appeared to him as a fire flaming out of a bush.” God’s glory in Ezekiel 1:4 was with “flashing fire.”  In Deuteronomy 4:24, it “is a consuming fire,” and in Isaiah 66:15-16, “The LORD will come in fire, His …

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 12: 39-40 “You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief would come, he would not let anyone break through the wall of his house.  You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” REFLECTION: What does a thief have to do with the kingdom of God?  Jesus likes to tell stories to illustrate a point.  The household Jesus is referring to is each of us and the thief is the evil one, Satan.  Satan is always on the prowl and if we do not safeguard ourselves, he will certainly try to break into our soul.  Just as a thief is always looking for an easy entry, so is Satan.  What is the most important treasure God gives to us?  It is something that will always be with us for eternity, our soul.  It makes no difference if we go to hell or to heaven, our soul is our ticket for entry.  God offers us His kingdom and our soul is the great treasure referred to in Matthew’s passage in 13:44, “The kingdom of heaven is lik…

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? …