17 Nov 1 Mc 2:20,22 (Covenant with God) by Deacon Bob Waller
Deacon Bob’s Reflections: Mattathias, patriarch of the Maccabees, refuses to obey the demands of the king which would violate the Law, the religion of his fathers. If he had taken the easy path, and gone along with the sacrilegious behavior, he and his family would have won the king’s favor and would have been enriched with material wealth. Instead, Mattathias and his sons remain true to the Covenant with God, challenge the people to remain loyal to God, flee from their home, leaving behind’s all their possessions. This prompts me to ask, how many times in our lives do we take the easy path, avoiding possible criticism and ridicule from those around us in the workplace or in our social gatherings? Have we failed to defend what is right because it might cause us some loss of favor with those around us? As society attacks the sanctity of life and the institution of marriage, using a misguided argument of “rights” for all, do we remain silent? Is our commitment to our faith not strong enough to lead us to speak out and to take action? Lord, forgive me when I have denied You through my inaction and my silence. Help me to use Your grace to be Your instrument in all that I say and do.
*** Dcn Robert Waller is married to Susan. He is a retired Lt Col and associate professor of economics at the Air Force Academy, also serving as the Permanent Deacon for the Catholic Cadet Chapel community.
Faith Challenge: In our prayers, rather than giving God our list of wants, seek above all else to know His Will and to have the strength to do it…He knows what is best for us.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed & Patron Saint. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
Faith Quote: “God does not demand that I be successful. God demands that I be faithful. When facing God, results are not important. Faithfulness is what is important.” ~ Blessed Mother Teresa
* 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 (23% 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.