Category: Message of the Day

HOW TO LIVE THE LIFE OF BLESSING

” ‘Rather,’ He replied, ‘blest are they who hear the word of God and keep it.’ ” —Luke 11:28 Elizabeth proclaimed of Mary: “Blest are you among women and blest is the Fruit of your womb” (Lk 1:42). Mary herself prophesied: “All ages to come shall call me blessed” (Lk 1:48). “While [Jesus] was saying this a woman from the crowd” confirmed Mary’s prophecy (Lk 11:27). The woman called out: “Blest is the womb that bore You and the breasts that nursed You” (Lk 11:27). Jesus agreed that His mother was blessed, but not so much for motherhood as for...

THICK WITH DEMONS?

“Next it goes out and returns with seven other spirits far worse than itself, who enter in and dwell there. The result is that the last state of the man is worse than the first.” —Luke 11:26 When someone is freed from an unclean spirit, seven other spirits more wicked than the first one can return to the person, if he opens the door to demons through his unrepented sins. Pope St. John Paul II called for a “new evangelization.” By this, he meant the evangelization of nations and cultures which were formerly Christian but have lost the faith. When...

BETTER YET…

“Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived of it.” —Luke 10:42 There are so many things in life we can’t control. People can’t choose their parents, siblings, their nation of birth, height, or skin color. So many things are beyond our control that we may be tempted to feel insignificant and without hope. Yet we have a great reason to rejoice. We have absolute control over having the Best. We are free to choose Jesus! When we choose Jesus for ourselves, we choose the Best. No other person can take us away from Him (Jn...

WHO’S WHO IN ACTING WITH MERCY?

“The one who treated him with compassion…” —Luke 10:37 The pagan sailors treated Jonah with mercy. They mercifully placed more importance on Jonah’s life than on their own safety, working hard and risking much to spare his life. Sadly, Jonah, the religious man, didn’t reciprocate that mercy back to the sailors. Through his guilt and disobedience, Jonah put their lives in great danger and it didn’t bother him a bit; he slept peacefully while they risked their lives to save him (Jon 1:5ff). Similarly, the religious authorities, the priest and Levite (temple assistant), did not treat the wounded man in...

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT OR DEATH

“The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit, but rather One That makes us strong, loving, and wise.” —2 Timothy 1:7 We live in a world of “destruction and violence,” strife and “clamorous discord” (Hab 1:3). What are we to do? “Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets, so that one can read it readily” (Hab 2:2). We receive visions from the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:17). We must not only have a vision and be able to express it, but we must also see the vision fulfilled (Hab 2:3). We do this by faith (see Hab...

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