02 Jan 1 John 2:24 (Leaky Vessels)
“Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father.” ~ 1 John 2:24 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: When I experienced my metanoia (change of heart) in 2006, it was a powerful spiritual experience. I had a very strong craving for Jesus Christ, and I could not get enough of Him. Now it is 5 years later, and the feeling has slightly faded. I seek, but can no longer find the fire that once drew me so strongly. In the first reading today, St. John tells me not to let the memory fade with the feeling or doubt the reality of my first experience of faith. We are imperfect vessels (jars of clay, 2 Cor 4:7) and we leak; therefore, we need to be constantly re-filled with the Spirit. We must devote ourselves to the teachings of the Church and study the Scriptures daily, both of which helps us grow. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. How can we expect to remain in Him if we do not increase our faith? Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ, and if we are ignorant of Him, we cannot remain in Him. Lord, let me know You better through the Scriptures. Draw me closer to You and deepen my faith. Amen.
Faith Challenge: Read God’s Word daily and remain in Jesus.
Counter-Culture News: LSN, LifeNews, Priests for Life, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Faith Quote: “Ignorance of Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” (Catechism, 133)
Through Christ our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.