The whole Gospel is for me? I wish it was…

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Gift:  Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.

Reading:  Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man

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Observation:  It would be awesome if I could say that Jesus could say this about me.  As I have said before, it would be incredible to have no duplicity in me.  The harsh reality for me though, is that there is still some amount of duplicity in me and I can’t wait for the day that I can say that Jesus is making this statement about me.  Whether in this world or the next, I really look forward to that day with much anticipation.

Personification:  Peace – Quiet, inner confidence that keeps us from feeling uptight and anxious.  Ok, maybe I should choose patience to focus on today, but I feel that the fruit of peace is displayed in patiently waiting for the return of our Lord.  I think it is obvious on so many levels that the world is deteriorating into the one explained in the book of Revelation that is ripe for a takeover by a false messiah, but I will patiently wait in quiet anticipation of the quick salvation that will come to those who don’t follow the false messiah with the peace that comes from the holy Spirit.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to see the angels descending and ascending to you and allow me to act with your will and not my own.  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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