06 Jan 1 John 5:12 (First things First)
“Whoever possesses the Son has life…” ~ 1 John 5:12 (full readings)
Steve’s Reflections: “Mr. Tuesday”, Rob Rysavy, recently wrote beautifully about his revelation that the world rejects the sacredness of LIFE because it has already rejected the sacredness of God’s only son, Jesus Christ. This hit me hard because I could relate with his frustration regarding the apathy we often see in others toward the preeminent moral issue of our time, abortion. I often say, “First things First” when thinking of right priorities in life. This is no truer then when we contemplate our own lives and the reflection they give to others of Jesus Christ. My children understand what I mean when I say this to them…we clean our rooms before we play, we go to church instead of sleeping in, we give God the first-fruits of our time, treasure and talents, etc. If we are to attain the pearl of great price (salvation) we must be willing to sell anything and give everything to be “all in”. On this twelfth day of Christmas, have you put “First things First”?
Faith Challenge: As we pack away the Christmas decorations and box up our Christmas memories, let us not forget to bring Jesus Christ with us into the world.
Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: Time is short…
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now. >
Saint of the Day: St. Andre Bessette (d. 1937)
Faith Quote: “It is with the smallest brushes that the artist paints the most exquisitely beautiful pictures.” ~ St. Andre Bessette
* 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). Matt 28:19.