07 Sep Be Courageous (Lk 6:7) by Dr. Rich Reich
“”The scribes and Pharisees were on the watch to see if He would perform a cure on the Sabbath so that they could find a charge against Him.” ~ Lk 6:7 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: In today’s Gospel, Jesus publicly displayed His healing of the man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, because He refused to be intimidated and manipulated by His enemies. Jesus is courageous, fearless, and confrontational. He did not compromise His principles to avoid opposition. He loved the man with the withered hand too much, just as He loves us. He loves us so much that He is willing to suffer and die for us. As LIFE Runners, we must be courageous like Christ; fearless and confrontational in the defense of the unborn. Naturally we want to avoid suffering. With Christ’s help, we can and must embrace certain sufferings. In defense of the unborn this may come in the form of rejection from friends or family; or insults from driving cars as we pray on the sidewalks. Love is the only thing stronger than our natural aversion to suffering. Let us be like Jesus, or we will be one of Jesus’ enemies. Let us suffer with Jesus, or we will inflict suffering on Him. Let us love enough to be courageous like Jesus.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio..
Faith Challenge: Be courageous like Jesus and through love, endure all suffering in defense of the unborn.
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Faith Quote: “Truth and the breastplate of righteousness—being right with God— strengthen us in all our endeavors. We need the shoes of preparation on any of life’s fields, along with the shield of faith—like football pads— to protect against the enemy’s attacks. The helmet of salvation, like a football helmet, also keeps us safe. Praying each day and putting on the full armor of God will help us gain an automatic first down—a deeper connection in God’s zone— and a sure win on any playing field.” ~ Jake Byrne, First and Goal
Through Christ our Lord,