Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bearing insult for the name of Christ

"If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you."  (1 Peter 4: 14)

"Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.
*Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.h Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you."  (Matthew 5:  11 - 12)

Habit & the 3rd law of motion

Habit acts as the 3rd law of motion! Grace breaks the force of habit.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Where is your Wolfland?

Matthew 10:16 16 
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves."

Jeremiah 1:5-8 5 
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,and before you were born I consecrated you;I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me,“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,and whatever I command you, you shall speak.8 Do not be afraid of them,for I am with you to deliver you,declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 1:17-19 17 
"But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.18 And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.”

Where is your Wolfland? Your Wolfland is your primary Missionland. Where do you face the most challenge in your life? Family, Finances, Job, Health, Tools, Food and Future?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

You planned evil but God.....

"Come closer to me,” Joseph told his brothers. When they had done so, he said: “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
But now do not be distressed, and do not be angry with yourselves for having sold me here. It was really for the sake of saving lives that God sent me here ahead of you."

The marvels of divine providence is beyond compare.  God sees His work from beginning to the end.  But man sees only the appearances.  Trust completely in God's providence.
"Divine providence consists of the dispositions by which God guides all his creatures with wisdom and love to their ultimate end."  (Catechism of the Catholic Church #321)
"Then he called down a famine on the land,
destroyed the grain that sustained them.
He had sent a man ahead of them,
Joseph, sold as a slave.
They shackled his feet with chains;
collared his neck in iron,
Till his prediction came to pass,
and the word of the LORD proved him true."  (Psalm 105: 16 - 19)
"Christ invites us to filial trust in the providence of our heavenly Father (cf. Mt 6:26-34), and St. Peter the apostle repeats: "Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you" (I Pt 5:7; cf. Ps 55:23). (Catechism of the Catholic Church #322)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

God is in full control

"The LORD foils the plan of nations,
frustrates the designs of peoples.
But the plan of the LORD stands forever,
the designs of his heart through all generations"  (Psalm 33: 10 - 11)

Trust in God at all times.  His eternal purpose will always be accomplished come what may.

"But I trust in you, LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
My destiny is in your hands;"  (Psalm 31: 15 - 16)

What a delightful thought that my destiny is in the hands of a God whose all powerful and loving providence directs everything.  I fell completely safe.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Please stop fighting

"The LORD will fight for you; you have only to keep still.” (Exodus 14: 14)

What and where are you fighting today? Where do you need the Lord to fight for you?  Where do you need to surrender, to trust and obey?  Health, Family, Finances, Job, Tools and Property, Food and Future?

"I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me." (Philippians 4: 13)

Monday, July 08, 2013

Your faith has saved you

"She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured." (Matthew 9: 21 - 22)

In the Eucharist, we touch not just the cloak of Jesus, we touch Jesus substantially in His flesh, blood, soul and divinity.  This is the faith of the Church.  I believe it.  Why then are some not healed or transformed by this experience?  The answer is in Matthew 9: 22:  “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured." Faith!

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines Faith in #166 thus:
"166 Faith is a personal act - the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals himself. But faith is not an isolated act. No one can believe alone, just as no one can live alone. You have not given yourself faith as you have not given yourself life. The believer has received faith from others and should hand it on to others. Our love for Jesus and for our neighbor impels us to speak to others about our faith. Each believer is thus a link in the great chain of believers. I cannot believe without being carried by the faith of others, and by my faith I help support others in the faith."  (CCC #166)
Our woman with the issue of blood heard about Jesus from someone whom she trusted.  She believed what she heard.  She then acted out her faith in seeking Jesus.  Her faith brought her healing.  Now that she is healed, her personal witness to what happened to her will spread faith in the name of Jesus.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Peace of Christ be with you

"And let the peace of Christ control your hearts; Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly."  (Colossians 3: 15, 16)

"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 or afraid"  (John 14: 27)

In you O Lord, I have found my peace!

O Prince of Peace, you are my peace.  Let me be enveloped completely by your peace.  You promise us the peace which the world cannot understand.  Let your peace cover my family, health, finances, job, tools, food and future.  Amen