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Perseverance

Reflection:

Today’s reading from Isaiah reminds that nothing outweighs the advantages of knowing Jesus Christ even when persecution comes our way. The life of a faithful Christian will encounter challenges from the world otherwise we are not living truly faithful lives. The world which despises Jesus  will laugh at us, mock us, and persecute us but we will never turn our back on  Him. A similar analogy would be a faithful Detroit Lions fan will support and defend the team even when everyone else in the world ridicules them. When we face adversity our faith is truly tested. As James states, “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Therefore when, not if, trials and persecution come our way may we speak with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to defend the gospel  and never become discouraged because He is our help.

Reading (Isaiah 50: 4 – 9):

The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.
Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; And I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.

The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Let him confront me. See, the Lord GOD is my help; who will prove me wrong?

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March 31, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Are we the chieft priests & pharisees?

Reflections:

“What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.” The chief priests and the Pharisees were obviously more concerned about protecting themselves (power & pride) than accepting the truth of Jesus. They refused to believe the truth even though as they stated he was performing many signs to validate that He was the Son of God, but the mere fact that people were turning to Him created havoc for the Sanhedrin because they feared the consequences upon their position and lives in Israel. How often do we brush off, take light, or merely reject opportunities to preach the gospel with our words and deeds? When Christians act in such a manner we have accepted the lives of the chief priests and Pharisees rather than disciples of Jesus. Therefore as Paul states in his letter to the Corinthians, “No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.” Let us today and always strive for perfection in bringing others to God by all that we say and do in our lives.

Reading (John 11: 45 – 56):
Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come
and take away both our land and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.” He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him.

So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, but he left for the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim,
and there he remained with his disciples.

Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before Passover to purify themselves.
They looked for Jesus and said to one another as they were in the temple area, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?”

March 27, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Vengeance

Reflection:

The simple yet unforgettable truth is that the Lord is always with us! Although friendship is a gift from God, people can turn vengeful and vindictive scrutinizing your every step to find fault in you to falsely justify their actions. As the reading states these “were” my friends and obviously no longer due to their hardness of heart. So Christians must not be alarmed or bent out of shape when this happens because it happened to Jesus who is the Son of God. The Jews tried to stone Him for blasphemy since they were unable to accept the truth He was the Son of God. Jesus never responded in anger and wrath to the Jews over their vengefulness but rather preached “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.” May this be our example today!

Reading (Jeremiah 20: 10 – 13):
I hear the whisperings of many: “Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!” All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine. “Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him.”
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion. O LORD of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and heart,
Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause. Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, For he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment