Do not reject the cross…]

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Gift:  Fortitude (Courage)

Reading: 11 Join with others in being imitators of me, 12 brothers, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us. (Phillipians 3:17)

Observation: Paul does not say these words to his followers in Phillipi to boast, he says them to say that since they know him as a disciple of Jesus Christ, they should imitate him in his acceptance of the suffering that he is enduring for the cross.  People have told me that suffering is not necessary and you should ask God for anything that you want, and the universe will give it to you…However, God in his infinite wisdom, will not grant this request if it does not go along with the plan of salvation that he has for even one of his children.  Therefore, I should ask and know that God may very well allow me to keep suffering my cross for the sake of building his kingdom, and I should make joyful noises and praise him for allowing me my suffering.

Personification:  Long-suffering (Positive Attitude) As it says on the format for journaling page, I should put up with the injuries, slights and outrages of life, because I know that God loves me.  I will choose to display this fruit today by keeping a positive attitude about all of the sufferings that may come along in my life, because I know that he means them to bring greater glory to his name and to continue to build his kingdom and who am I to stand in the way of that.

Prayer: Lord, please allow me to suffer today and for the rest of my life in silence, so that everyone around me knows that I have accepted my cross and I want for nothing but to do your will.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Don’t let it return void…

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Gift:  Understanding

Reading: So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.  (Isaiah 55:11)

Observation: I am hearing this morning that I should not let the word of God return to him void.  Although, I am well aware of my inability to be worthy of preaching the Gospel, I will put out as much effort as the Lord gives me the strength to put out.  I think this particular section of the word of God in the book of Isaiah is specifically talking about the coming of the Savior that will forgive us our many sins, so that we can be going about the work of the Lord in his glory and not our sin.  I should pay particular attention, as should we all, to the words of Jesus today and every day, in the Gospels.

Personification:  Long-suffering (Positive Attitude) I am hearing a special call to keep the fruit of long-suffering or a positive attitude through the trials that I will put myself through, and remember that the word of God brings power and glory to everything that we do.

Prayer: Lord, remind me constantly of your power to accomplish anything and use me as a tool to accomplish what you would have me do today.  I am sorry that I have not always been focused on your will for me in my life.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Gift: Piety

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Although this is the Holy Father words from yesterday’s Mass at St Peter’s, I believe it relates to exactly why I feel like I should be hearing the call to follow the church and the Word more closely in my life.  (I also love the video of St Peter’s in Rome and I will use whatever excuse I can to post it.)

Reading:  Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father.  And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life.  (1 John 2:24-25)

Observation:  The admonition that I am hearing this morning is that now that I am aware that I know him who is from the beginning, I must let what he said remain in me.  Meaning that all that he gave us through the church and all that he actually said, should become every part of my whole being.  As the 25th verse says, he has promised that eternal life is what waits for me if I can do this, and it is not a quantity but a quality of life that he is speaking of here.  As John the Baptist says in the Gospel reading from the Gospel of John today, I feel like John the Baptist in that I am not worthy to untie the sandals of his feet, but I hope he supplies me with the grace necessary to follow his footsteps.

Personification:  Long-suffering (Positive Attitude)  It seems like whenever I feel like God is revealing a truth to me, like he has been for the past three days, that is when I must remember to display the fruit of long-suffering or I should be recognizing that I must display a positive attitude through whatever trials that may come my way.  I guess, today especially, I feel like I should be getting the message that the eternal life, that comes from following the will of God in my own life, will not be easy, but I should remember that just being on the path that he prepared for me will continue to give me great joy.

Prayer:  Lord, bring me a new sense of understanding as it relates to following your will for me and allow me to display the fruit of long-suffering to everyone that I meet today and for the rest of my life.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Gift: Understanding

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Reading:  Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.  They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise.  That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘Lord’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”   (Luke 20: 34-38)

Observation:  This was Jesus’ response to a question from the Sadducees about marriage in the next life.  I am hearing this morning that the Word of God is telling me to not be so sensitive about what others tell me about their faith.  Someone had noted in a picture that my wife did of an incredible young man that passed on to the next life at the end of last summer, that the wings she put on him are not accurate, since we don’t literally get wings we go to heaven.  It made me feel wierd every time I showed the picture to anyone, as if I was teaching something about our faith incorrectly.  However, this Gospel reading today shows that Jesus used this reference of being like angels, to explain those that are deemed worthy of the coming age.

Personification:  Long-suffering (Positive Attitude)  I will work on my ability to deal with other people today while displaying the fruit of long-suffering or positive attitude.  As always, it will take the grace of God to be able to deal with some people that come at me as if nothing I ever do is right.  I know that I must be willing to listen to everyone, but I need God’s grace to understand that it is not the will of God for me to be constantly second guessing the decisions that I make in order to be overly sensitive to opinions that aren’t even rooted in the Word of God.

Prayer:  Lord, please give me the strength to stay positive about the decisions that I make in direct response to the will of God, and help me to not second guess your directions.  I ask this in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Gift: Understanding

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What an awesome way to pass on the Word of God…Thank you…God bless you…

Reading:  They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.”  (Luke 17:37)

Observation:  Today, I am feeling the call to remind all of my friends that Jesus is returning to get his believers.  I am reading this morning that where the body is, the vultures will gather to mean, even though it sounds like something terrible, that Jesus is telling his disciples in response to their question that He will be returning to get his believers where his body is.  Since his body was resurrected and returned to Heaven with the Father, where would we find his body?  I think we should remember that this is a response to a question about where the rapture is going to take place…

Personification:  Long-suffering (Positive Attitude)  In order to be able to display the fruit of a positive attitude in response to today’s observation, I must go to work to get as many people as close to the body of Christ as possible.  Take heart that whoever I bring the Word to today and for the rest of my life will be taken up to Heaven when he returns if only they stay close to the body until he returns.

Prayer:  Lord, please help me to bring the Word to as many people as possible and to specifically remind everyone that Jesus said that he would return to where the body is.  If I have misinterpreted this verse, please send me a messenger with a better understanding of this scripture to fix my error, but allow me the grace necessary to get your message to as many people as possible.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.