Gift: Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.
Reading: But Peter and the apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men.* The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand* as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.We are witnesses of these things, as is the holy Spirit that God has given to those who obey him.” (Acts 5:29-32)
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God. He does not ration his gift* of the Spirit. (John 3:34)
Observation: I am hearing this morning in both the Gospel reading and the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, that I should not only not be afraid to preach the Gospel, but I should also block out all the voices that are telling me to be quiet. As Father Jaspers said in his homily this morning, we need to raise our voices and tell the truth about what we believe about the fact that our freedom of religion is under attack and the abortion industry is controlling the executive branch of our government.
Personification: Faithfulness It is my hope that I can be faithful to the Word of God in everything that I do today. It is not just the fact that I need to raise my voice on this blog, but also to everyone that I meet today and get the opportunity to minister to with the Word that comes from the holy Spirit to us when we focus on it.
Prayer: Lord, help me to use your Words and not mine to defend our religious freedom and all life from conception to natural death. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.