But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

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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:  And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,i to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,* for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,* to the extent of the full stature of Christ.  (Ephesians 4:7,11-13)

Observation:  The title of my post for today is the 7th verse of the 4th chapter of Ephesians.  I am hearing today, after attending our Mass at 8:30am this morning, that I am being given the grace to fulfill the mission that God has given me.  It is because God has a mission for me, and I feel obligated to use this grace to seek the path that he has laid before me, and not be sidetracked by something that would put my focus on something that was not of God.

Personification:  Patience  It is my hope that I will be able to show the fruit of patience in my life today.  I know that God is trying to build up patience in me, but I hope I can start displaying it, so he can stop building it up in me so much.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to display patience in my life, so that you will not have to build it up in me anymore.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

Can you imagine our Lord’s body being used for immoral sex? No…Are you sure?

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Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take Christ’s members and make them the members of a prostitute? 6 Of course not! (Or) do you not know that anyone who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For

“the two,” it says, “will become one flesh.”  But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.  Avoid immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. 7Do you not know that your

body is a temple 8 of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own.  For you have been

purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.  (1 Corinthians 6:15-20)

Observation:  Even before I read this morning, I had a feeling that the focus of my journal today was going to be on the reading that I am currently on in my personal reading of the Bible.  As I read the 15th verse, I was struck by the fact that Saint Paul was questioning the use of the members of Christ’s body being made members of a prostitute.  Instead of using the same verse in my title, I thought I would change it up and see if I could use the same shock that I am sure that Saint Paul had on believers in his time. 

Application:  I hope that my answer will always be the same that Saint Paul gave to the shocking statement that he made.  My answer should always be…Of course not!  I will look at my life and see that the things that are immoral should be avoided at all costs.  It is hard for me to see my body as a temple as it says in the 19th verse, but I will try to envision my body as an extension of the body of Christ and act accordingly. 

Prayer:  Lord, help me to see my body as a temple of the holy Spirit and act in a way that is respectful of God who is the owner and sole proprietor of my will that he purchased through the blood of Jesus Christ.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

Eagerly desire the greatest gifts…

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St Martin de Porres

St Martin de Porres

Scripture:   Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]? Do all interpret?  Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.  (1 Corinthians 12:27-31)  (NIV)

Observation:  This morning I was having a hard time with a verse from the Gospel of Luke that I read with the Mass readings for today.  So, when I got the assigned readings for my scripture journaling group today, I decided to see if there were some other verses that may be speaking to me today.  I found these because I am hearing today that I should be striving for greater gifts, as should all Christians, because if we are not striving for greater gifts than we are stagnant in our faith.  I think we all know what happens to a stagnant faith.

Application:  So today and from now on, I will work tirelessly to be able to display the greater gifts that are listed here.  I will work to be an apostle of Christ first, second a prophet, third a teacher.  I will work to have miracles performed in my life and the lives of those around me.  I will continue to work as a healer and give guidance to those that need it.  Lastly, and maybe most importantly, I will work to be able to speak other languages, so that I can meet a growing population in our church that speaks Spanish.

Prayer:  Lord, you know what I need before I ask, so it seems pointless to ask, but I will ask so others may know what I am striving to receive help from you for.  Please help me to stay vigilant always, to not only see you will for me but also to maximize every opportunity to learn from those around me the things that you would have me learn to meet the greatest gifts that you are giving me.   I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

Saint Martin de Porres, pray for me…