Category: Message of the Day

OUT OF ORDER?

“Rebekah had been listening while Isaac was speaking to his son Esau.” —Genesis 27:5 Rebekah loved her son, Jacob, more than she loved her husband, Isaac. Therefore, she had no qualms about deceiving Isaac so as to further Jacob’s interests. Rebekah put her motherhood before her marriage. Rebekah had her relationships out of order. This set the stage for a series of lies in which Jacob got a “dose of his own medicine” (see Gn 29:23ff; 37:32ff). Jacob suffered tragically throughout his life as a victim of his own deceptions and those of others. Are any of your relationships out...

NO TURNING BACK

“Never take my son back there!” —Genesis 24:8 Abraham insisted that Isaac never go back to Abraham’s ancestral place of origin, the land of the Chaldeans. That was a place of pagan religion. Abraham, who had left that land to follow the call of God, knew that going back to his lifestyle before God called him might mean permanently turning away from God. We live in a culture of death. Temptations in the secular culture abound, and the pressure to “fall away from [our] sincere and complete devotion to Christ” may overcome us (2 Cor 11:3). Perhaps we have a...

WAKING UP TO FAITH

“The boat began to be swamped by the waves. Jesus was sleeping soundly.” —Matthew 8:24 Over the centuries, Church fathers and Scripture scholars have seen the Gospel boat as a representation of the Church. On occasion, the boat is rocked by violent storms, which threaten imminent destruction. Through it all, Jesus is constantly present to the Church, even when He seems to be sleeping (Mt 8:25). In the last few decades, the Catholic Church in the United States was “swamped” (Mt 8:24) by the storm of scandal. Some pundits even speculate that “we are lost” as a Church (Mt 8:25)....

MERCY IS NOT STRAINED

“Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger and abounding in kindness.” —Psalm 103:8 Abraham asked the Lord to spare the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah if there were ten innocent people in those cities (Gn 18:32). Yet the cities were destroyed by fire and brimstone because there were not ten innocent people in them, and possibly because Abraham stopped interceding for the inhabitants of these cities. Abraham possibly stopped interceding because: He thought he had reached the limits of God’s mercy. This was wrong because in the light of the new covenant we know the Lord’s mercy...

THE LAND OF THE FREE?

“You have been called to live in freedom.” —Galatians 5:13 “It was for liberty that Christ freed us. So stand firm, and do not take on yourselves the yoke of slavery a second time!” —Galatians 5:1 After we make the ultimate decision to convert, we spend all our time with the Lord and all our lives for Him. Then we get to know the Lord personally, and it doesn’t take us long to realize that the Lord is preoccupied with our freedom. We should expect this because Jesus’ mission is to set the captives free (Lk 4:18). He died on...

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