He could have just taken over, but he didn’t…For you!

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Gift:  Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about the scriptures and Tradition. 

Reading:  He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”  (Luke 9:22) 

Observation:  What struck me today was that Jesus could have taken this opportunity to start his meteoric rise to power in the world.  I mean, at this point everyone knew that the miracles that he performed by raising the dead and healing the sick were from God.  All he would have had to do was continue to do these miracles in front of the authorities in power and they would all bow to his power and the world would know that He was God.  However, the plan that the Father has for us does not include us accepting the truth without our free will.  If presented with a unescapeable truth of his divinity, humans would not be able to deny that He was God.  It was God’s plan to show him to us in his sacrifice on the cross to give us the chance to believe or not believe.  It is in our suffering in this world for others, that we can prove that we are his followers and since it is not easy, only a true believer will do it. 

Personification:  Long-suffering (Positive Attitude) – Because we know we are loved by God, we are able to put up with the injuries, slights, and outrages of life.  When we recognize what Jesus gave up for us, how can we not be able to put up with the injuries and slights of this life.  For me, I hope to be able to keep the fruit of a positive attitude through all the issues that may come up in my life. 

Prayer:  Lord, help me to display the fruit of long-suffering in my life by keeping a positive attitude through any darkness that may fall in my path.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen. 

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