Day 169 – June 18

Today’s Readings:

1 Chronicles 15-16
Acts 4:1-22
Job 13

And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” – Acts 4:18-20

Today in the Book of Acts, we find Peter and John threatened if they do not stop speaking of the name of Jesus. What a change we see in Peter! He is no longer afraid to speak what He has seen and heard. His heart has been healed by receiving the mercy and forgiveness of the Lord at the seaside. He knows what it is to deny the truth; and He sees no reason to make the same mistake twice. The Holy Spirit has transformed this cowardly disciple into a man full of courage.

What are the moments in our lives we feel threatened to live our faith out in the open? To proclaim the Good News to all those we encounter?

Let us ask today for a special grace to live more for Jesus, like Paul and John, not afraid of what others may do to us; may we have reverent fear of losing souls meant for God, lost because we were afraid to speak the Holy Name, Jesus.

May God bless you.

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Day 166 – June 15

Today’s Readings:

1 Chronicles 9-10
Acts 2:1-21
Job 10

“…there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance..” – Acts 2:3-4

Pentecost. The day promised by the Lord Jesus. The Comforter, the Paraclete had come at last. It is the day of wonder in the Church, a day where men hiding in fear found their courage to speak. It was a day that not only transformed the Apostles, it transformed the landscape of Jerusalem. The wonder and awe experienced by the Christians that day could not be contained; they had to go out and tell others what they now understood. Jesus is the Messiah! God has walked among us! Pentecost became the moment that frightened men found their courage to proclaim the Good News, at all costs. Let us ask the Lord Jesus to send down His Spirit anew into our hearts, renew our fervor to speak of the things of God.

May God bless you.

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Day 75 – March 16

Today’s Readings:

Deuteronomy 9-10
Mark 14:54-72
Psalm 75

Up until that moment, when Peter opened his mouth in the courtyard of the High Priest, he had kept his word to Jesus. He showed valiant courage that night. First, in the garden when he drew his sword and cut off the ear of the High Priest’s servant. And then, the audacity to show himself in the courtyard of that same High Priest. He was fulfilling his word to Jesus spoken at the Last Supper, “Even though all should have their faith shaken, mine will not be…Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you.”

And then, in the courtyard, he opened his mouth and his courage unraveled. He denied Christ the first time, yet he tried to remain steadfast in his promise to stay with Jesus. He resisted the fear rising in his heart. Not once, but twice. Most people would have recognized the danger they were in and would have disappeared at once, upon being recognized. But Peter stayed.

Peter was indeed a courageous man, with a heart for his Lord. It could be, he would have stayed there still if not for the cockcrow, to remind him of Jesus’ words, “before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times.” It was only when his heart was rent in this reminder that he lost courage and fled.

The characters of Peter and Judas are often compared, but in truth, there is no comparison. Peter lived the rest of his life very aware of that one defining moment. All of us face a moment in our lives that we are not proud of; a moment where we fall in weakness. But it is in just these moments we are defined, not so much by the act as to what we do afterwards.

Peter gives us a great example as one who, took his weakest point, and made it an opportunity to portray God’s mercy. We will hear him confess his weakness; it will become part of his testimony of God’s glory. How despite his failing, God has forgiven him.

We all will face a defining moment, like Peter. Let our failing not be what defines us, where we are tempted to hide in shame like Judas. No, let it be the moment we turn back to God, find His mercy, and tell others of the Divine goodness of God.

May God Bless you.

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