Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thought for Thursday August 17

When Israel came forth from Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of alien tongue,
Judah became his sanctuary,
Israel his domain.
Matthew 18: 21 – 19: 1   Peter approached Jesus and asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
How would I feel about this question if I were Andrew, Peter’s brother?  How often do people probably forgive me, without me even knowing, for being rude, insensitive, oblivious, lazy, abrasive, etc.?
Action:  Forgive seven people today for those little things that annoy you.  You’ll feel better.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thought for Wednesday August 16

The glory of the Lord is higher than the skies.
From the rising to the setting of the sun
is the name of the LORD to be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
above the heavens is his glory.
The glory of the Lord is higher than the skies.
Matthew 18: 15 – 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
How has gathering with others enhanced my relationship with Christ?  Can I have a complete relationship with God without having a relationship with his whole family?
Action:  Gather with others for Mass, for prayer, for pilgrimage, for adoration, and to do the work of the church in today’s world.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Thought for Tuesday August 15

The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
They are borne in with gladness and joy;
they enter the palace of the king.
The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.

1 Corinthians 15: 20 - 27   The last enemy to be destroyed is death, for "he subjected everything under his feet.”

Is death my enemy?  How do I plan to defeat death?

Action:   Defeat death today by celebrating being alive.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Thought for Monday August 14

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
He has granted peace in your borders;
with the best of wheat he fills you.
He sends forth his command to the earth;
swiftly runs his word!
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
Deuteronomy 10: 12 – 22  Moses said to the people: "And now, Israel, what does the LORD, your God, ask of you but to fear the LORD, your God, and follow his ways exactly, to love and serve the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul, to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD which I enjoin on you today for your own good?  Think! The heavens, even the highest heavens, belong to the LORD, your God, as well as the earth and everything on it.
Does God ask too much?  Is loving and serving God a task or a journey?
Action:  Follow his ways exactly – too much?  Focus on getting one thing right today.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thought for Friday August 11

It is I who deal death and give life.
“Learn then that I, I alone, am God,
and there is no god besides me.
It is I who bring both death and life,
I who inflict wounds and heal them.”
It is I who deal death and give life.

Matthew 16: 24 – 28  Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

For me, what is the hardest part of carrying my cross?   Where do I get the support I need to do it?

Action:  Do something to support someone you know who seems to be carrying a big cross.