Day 175 – June 24

Today’s Readings:

1 Chronicles 27-28
Acts 7:22-43
Job 19

“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. – Job 19:25

Job protests the treatment he receives from his so called ‘friends’, and despite what he describes as an abandonment by God, he still testifies to his faith in God as the one who redeems.

To ‘redeem’ is to buy back, or to make up for the lack or wrong-doing of a person. We hear today Stephen, in the Book of Acts, telling of the sin of the people Israel, who chose to reject God and the consequences of that choice. And yet, despite the times when we too reject God, he waits in the wings for us to turn back to Him that we may be saved.

Job understood this. He placed all of his hope in that future event – the one we know all too well when we look upon the Cross of Christ – that even in the misery of Job’s current state, he would be at peace because God promised to redeem him and his people. May we have the patience of Job, and his faith, to approach the setbacks of life with courage, putting all of our trust in our future – a future bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ.

May God bless you.

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Day 168 – June 17

Today’s Readings:

1 Chronicles 13-14
Acts 3
Job 12

“…it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.” – Acts 3:16

“It is in the name of Jesus…” The one, sweet word brings strength to those who hear it with faith. But do we believe? Or are we content to remain at the gate like the beggar? Jesus wants to work through us, if only we lay our ‘power’ at the gate and let him reign in our souls.

May God bless you.

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Day 155 – June 4

Today’s Readings:

2 Kings 11-12
John 14
Psalm 149

“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. – John 14:25-26

Jesus is preparing the disciples for his going to the Father, and the coming of the Holy Spirit who will instruct them in the truth. This promise of the Holy Spirit is fulfilled on the Feast of Pentecost which is celebrated today, 50 days after Easter.

Jesus promised an advocate to come and instruct them in truth. The Holy Spirit, also called the Comforter, Intercessor, Guide, Revealer, Teacher, Witness, is to be with us, so we are not alone in our battles, but can rely on His gifts to come to our aide.

Today, let us turn to the third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit, asking for the sevenfold gifts of grace. Wisdom. Understanding, Fortitude, Fear of the Lord, Patience, Counsel, and Knowledge. The embracing of these gifts in our lives will be manifest by the fruits of the spirit, as a testimony of our growing in faith.

Come Holy Spirit, teach us all things, that we may truly become one, in faith and love of God.

May God bless you.

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Day 152 – June 1

Today’s Readings:

2 Kings 5-6
John 12:27-50
Psalm 146

“My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” – 2 Kings 5:13

Signs. We want signs for our belief. 2 Kings today, Naaman refuses at first to go down and wash to cure his leprosy. He is looking for some external sign of divine power. In the Gospel of John, we read how Jesus came performing many signs and yet the people did not believe.

Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear, that the many proofs about us will guide our hearts to a true faith. Not a faith built on proofs, but a faith built on the promise in God’s Word, of salvation through Jesus Christ. Let this be our greatest joy.

May God bless you.

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Day 149 – May 29

Today’s Readings:

1 Kings 21-22
John 11:1-29
Psalm 143

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26

Jesus’ dialogue with Martha, the brother of Lazarus, is a central catechesis into the mystery of the Christian faith, a call to belief that stretches beyond life in the current state to a life that will extend into eternity. Jesus asks Martha if she believes that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life through which all mankind must pass. This is the question each of us must answer for ourselves. Do you believe this?

Our faith demands an answer to this question. Let us seek like Martha, to go out to meet Jesus with all the anguish of our hearts, and find our response to this question. Like Martha, may we ‘come to believe’ in Jesus without question, that He is the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who comes to save the world.

May God bless you.

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