Tagged: Daily Reflections

THE HOLY SPIRIT: PRAYER LEADER

“We do not know how to pray as we ought.” –Romans 8:26 Jesus said there is “the necessity of praying always and not losing heart” (Lk 18:1). We are to “never cease praying” (1 Thes 5:17). Jesus prayed early in the morning (Mk 1:35) and late at night (Lk 22:39-41). Because we are His disciples, we imitate Him and pray so much that we are in the spirit of prayer during all daily activities. Jesus continues to invite us to watch and pray at least one hour with Him (see Mt 26:40). Because we communicate with God in prayer, it...

I HOPE SO

“In His name, the Gentiles will find hope.” –Matthew 12:21 Mass Readings: July 22 First: Exodus 12:37-42; Resp: Psalm 136:1,23-24,10-15; Gospel: John 20:1-2,11-18 Listen to the Mass Readings As we begin the third millennium, with much of the world ensconced in the culture of death after ending the last with the only two world wars in history, the Lord is calling us to hope in Him. The Church through Pope Pius XII defined the doctrine of Mary’s Assumption in 1950. After all the centuries this doctrine was preached and believed, the Church chose to define it in 1950 as a...

THE PASSOVER

“It is the Passover of the Lord.” –Exodus 12:11 Mass Readings: July 21 First: Wisdom 8:9-16;Resp: Psalm 67:2-5,7-8;Gospel: Luke 9:1-6 Listen to the Mass Readings Through the Passover, the Lord freed the Israelite nation from centuries of slavery. The Lord chose to do one of His greatest works through a family meal accompanied by prayer. This Passover meal was so important that it became “a memorial feast” to be celebrated by all generations “as a perpetual institution” (Ex 12:14). A few hours before Jesus died on the cross to save us all from sin and for eternal life, He said:...

REST STOP

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you.” –Matthew 11:28 Mass Readings: July 20 First: Exodus 3:13-20; Resp: Psalm 105:1,5,8-9,24-27; Gospel: Matthew 11:28-30. Listen to the Mass Readings Imagine yourself coming to Jesus with this huge burden on your back. Jesus takes the burden off your shoulders (see Ps 81:7). Before you even can thank Him and walk away unburdened, He takes a humongous burden off of His back and puts it on yours. Now you’ve got more to carry than ever before. For some reason, however, His yoke is easy...

MOUNTAIN RANGE

“He came to Horeb, the mountain of God.” –Exodus 3:1 Mass Readings: July 19 First: Exodus 3:1-6,9-12; Resp: Psalm 103:1-4,6-7; Gospel: Matthew 11:25-27 Listen to the Mass Readings There are many mountains in life. For example, Mount Gerizim is the mountain of blessings for God’s obedient people, while Mount Ebal is the mountain of curses (Dt 27:12-13). Mount Sinai (Horeb) is the mountain of the commandments (Ex 19:2ff), and Mount Carmel is the mountain of restoring our covenant with God and overcoming idolatry and false prophets (1 Kgs 18:19ff). Ultimately, Jesus wants us to walk with Him to Mount Calvary,...

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