LIFE Runners Devotions – audio and authors at liferunners.org/authors

10 May Consecrated in Truth (Jn 17:18-19)

As you have sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world.  And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth. ~ Jn 17:18-19 . Reflection: Despite the obstacles we face in our spiritual and physical journey on this earth, today’s reading...

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03 May Ask in Faith (Mk 10:51)

Jesus said to him in reply, 'What do you want me to do for you?' The blind man replied to him, 'Master, I want to see.' ~ Mk 10:51 . Reflection: What faith the blind man had in Christ to bless, heal & redeem him!  Quite often,...

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26 Apr Uncomplicated (Mk 15:16)

He said to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature." ~ Mark 15:16 . Reflection: How do you answer the call of Jesus to “proclaim the gospel to every creature”?  The example we set may be the only “Bible” some might ever read.  Do...

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19 Apr JOY!! (Ps 66:2)

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, sing praise to the glory of his name; proclaim his glorious praise. ~ Ps 66:2 . Reflections:  Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, sing praise to the glory of His name; proclaim His glorious praise. Say to God, "How tremendous are Your deeds!" We are well into...

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12 Apr Above All (Jn 3:31)

The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things. But the one who comes from heaven is above all. ~ Jn 3:31  . Reflection: As a Central Californian accustomed to training mainly on flatland, I must admit that I wasn’t fully prepared for...

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05 Apr The Light (Jn 3:20-21)

For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.  But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God. ~...

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29 Mar Apathy Kills (Gal 6:9)

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. ~ Gal 6:9 Reflection:  Apathy killed Jesus Christ.  The Jewish leaders were jealous (Mt 27:18) and Pilate was afraid (Jn 19:8).  However, they would not...

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15 Mar Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Mk 12:29-31)

Jesus replied, 'The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You...

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08 Mar Fulfilled (Mt 5:17) by Dave DiNuzzo Sr.

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. ~ Mt. 5:17 . Reflection: The fifth chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel is one of my favorite chapters in scripture. We read of...

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01 Mar Ash Wednesday (Ps 51:14) by Sr. Francelle Clark

Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain me. ~ Ps 51:14 . Sr. Francelle's Reflections: I look forward to the season of Lent with joy and excitement, because I know so many are going to get closer to Jesus. Lent prepares us for the...

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22 Feb Where Is God? (Is 58:2) by Shane Kapler

They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways, like a nation that has done what is just and not abandoned the law of their God. ~ Is 58:2 . Reflection: When our nation faces a tragedy, such as the acts of violence we...

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15 Feb Rend Your Hearts (Joel 2:12-13) by Valerie Johnson

Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. ~ Joel 2:12-13 . Reflection: “Even now…”, even after all that’s happened, no matter how bad...

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08 Feb Blood Speaks (Heb 12:24) by Becky Soske

"and you have approached Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and the sprinkled Blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel." ~ Heb 12:24 . Reflection: The blood of Jesus: a life offering gift that Paul said “speaks eloquently.” One may wonder how blood can speak.  Picture yourself...

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01 Feb Choose Love (Mk 7:14) by Justin Weiler

Hear Me, all of you, and understand.  Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come from within are what defile. ~ Mk 7:14 . Reflection: Sinning is a personal decision.  Selfishness and greed come from within.  We defile ourselves and point away from God’s...

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25 Jan Their Faith, Our Faith (Mk 2:5) by Shane Kapler

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Child, your sins are forgiven.’ ~ Mk 2:5 . Reflection: “Their faith” – Jesus forgave another man’s sins, because of the faith of his friends.  The implications are incredibly important for us, especially as citizens of the United...

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18 Jan Us against the World (1 Jn 5:5) by Rosemary Bernth

Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? ~ 1 John 5:5 . Reflection: It seems every cartoon villain has his or her own plan to take over the world:  mind control, weapons, deception, the list can...

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11 Jan Test the Spirits (1 Jn 4:2-4) by Rich Reich

This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh belongs to God, and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus does not belong to God. This is the spirit of the antichrist that, as you heard,...

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04 Jan Harder Than It Sounds (1 Jn 4:20) by Fr. Andrew Dickinson

If anyone says, 'I love God,' but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. ~ 1 Jn 4:20 . Reflection:   We live in a romantic world that makes love...

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31 Dec The Truth (1 Jn 2:18) by Shane Kapler

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. ~ 1 Jn 2:18 . Reflection:  On this final day of the year our minds naturally turn toward endings and new beginnings.  Today’s verse is a reminder that in...

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28 Dec A “Stand Up” Guy (Matt 2:13) by Rosemary Bernth

When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, 'Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to...

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25 Dec The Manger (Lk 2:7) by Fr. Daren Zehnle

She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. ~ Luke 2:7 . Reflection:   Though the word "chaotic" may be too strong to describe the circumstances of the Lord’s Birth, disorganized and messy seem to...

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24 Dec Fed with Christmas Spirit! (Lk 1:69) by Pat Castle

He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David. ~ Lk 1:69  ..  Reflection: Merry Christmas, LIFE Runners!  Wow, Advent ends tonight, the wait is over!  Mary's hope-filled crisis pregnancy will pierce the darkness forever when the Christ child is born...

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21 Dec Wise men and women still seek Him! (Is 25:9) by Pat Castle

Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the LORD for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that He has saved us! ~ Is 25:9 . Reflection: Let's look forward to saying today's verse on Christmas morning! Parents especially can relate...

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20 Dec Spirit Within (Lk 1:24-25) by Jean Noon

After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived, and she went into seclusion for five months, saying, "So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my disgrace before others."  ~ Lk 1:24-25 . Reflection: In the culture of...

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19 Dec My Rock (Ps 71:3-4) by Doug Young

Be my Rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are my Rock and my Fortress. ~ Ps 71:3-4 . Reflection:  "My Rock" - These words are my favorite 'word picture' in all of the Psalms.  I have personally been inspired by these verses from...

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14 Dec Prospering for God (Ps 1:3-4) by Kevin McNicholas

He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Whatever he does, prospers. ~ Ps 1:3-4 . Reflection: Ever meet one of those people who seem like everything they touch turns to gold?  Everything they...

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07 Dec Faith in Action (2 Mc 7:30) by Diane Overmann

"I obey the command of the law given to our ancestors through Moses." ~ 2 Mc 7:30  . Reflection:  I find it easy to stand up every Sunday and profess our Creed.  I know that in the graced moment I hope; no, I pray, that I would stand...

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24 Nov Life-saving Thanksgiving! (Lk 17:15-16,19) by Pat Castle

...realizing he had been healed, [he] returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him. Stand up and go; your faith has saved you. ~ Lk 17:15-16, 19 . Reflection: Thanks be to God for our LIFE Runners...

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16 Nov Angels Will Go Before You (Ex 23:23) by Bishop Paprocki

See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. ~ Ex 23:23 . Reflection:  By now, our LIFE Runners Team should be prepared physically and mentally to run the Philadelphia Marathon in just a few days!  But...

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09 Nov We do not run in vain (Phil 2:15-16) by Dr. Pat Castle

Shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain. ~ Phil 2:15-16 . Reflection:  Running a mile in under four minutes was one of athletics' greatest...

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02 Nov Compassionately Convicted! (Dan 9:9) by Fr. St. Andre

But Yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness! ~ Dan 9:9 . Reflection:  Is it possible to be absolutely convicted about the call to protect the unborn and yet to be compassionate ("to suffer with") towards those who uphold a right to aborting children?  The Gospel would tell us...

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26 Oct Ignoring God’s invite? (Mt 22:3-4) by Beth Bubik

Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.” Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. ~ Mt 22:3-4 .  Reflection: The world...

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19 Oct Spirit of Adoption (Rom 8:14-15) by Daria Monroe

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption. ~ Rom 8:14-15 . Reflection: Romans Chapter 8 provides an explanation of who we are in Christ. Paul begins the chapter with “no condemnation,” and ends...

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12 Oct Faith in Action (Mk 6:7) by Paul Westendorf

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. ~ Mk 6:7 Reflection:  This is the first time Jesus sent forth the Apostles.  Why send the Apostles?  After all, Jesus was the “Subject Matter Expert”, couldn’t He just do it?...

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05 Oct Least or Greatest, Our Choice (Mt 5:19) by Grant Fenske

Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven....

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28 Sep “VOTE PRO-LIFE” (Eph 6:4) by Dr. Pat Castle

Fathers… bring them [children] up with the training and instruction of the Lord. ~ Eph 6:4 . Reflection:  God commands fathers to oppose abortion (“bring them up”) and share the Faith with their children (“training and instruction”). Our Founding Fathers obviously embraced this as a responsibility to also bring...

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21 Sep Proclaim without fear (Acts 5:20) by Fr. Daren Zehnle

Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life. ~ Acts 5:20 . Reflection:  By telling the Apostles to go back into the temple area, the angel of the Lord effectively told them to go back into the public square and...

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14 Sep Listen – cheers! (Gal 2:2) by Dale Bartscher

I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles.  But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain. ~ Gal...

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12 Sep Loose Change (Acts 3:7) by Pastor Steve Selfridge

Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong. ~ Acts 3:7  . Reflection:  Many of us are talented.  We can do stuff.  We can make charts complete, we can balance the financial statement, we can fix the car, we...

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09 Sep Run to your Savior (Jn 10:11) by Dr. John Sturm

I am the good shepherd.  A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. ~ Jn 10:11 . Reflection:  The Parable of the Good Shepherd poses a dilemma for us  who are serving as the hired-hand and shepherd.  When the wolves are approaching the flock, the hired-hand’s instinct...

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07 Sep Compassion (Lk 7:37-39) by Sara Beaner

Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee.  Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears.  Then...

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02 Sep Adopted by God! (Mt 6:8-9) by Stephanie Kemp

Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. This is how you are to pray. ~ Mt 6:8-9 . Reflection: The “Our Father” is “the most perfect prayer” (Thomas Aquinas) and “the summary of the whole Gospel” (Tertullian). The Catechism says it is “a path that...

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30 Aug God grows! (1 Cor 3:7) by Matt Laugeman

Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. ~ 1 Cor 3:7 . Reflection:   Remain in the Spirit.  Every day when you wake, be mindful of our Lord’s presence, and be ready to answer His call!  In all...

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25 Aug Multiplication Problem (Mt 14:17) by Dr. Rich Reich

But they said to him, ‘Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.' ~ Mt 14:17 . Reflection:   As Christians, we can feel overwhelmed by the cultural meltdown that is taking place before our very eyes.  The cultural war seems to be occurring on multiple...

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22 Aug Breath of Life (Gen 2:7) by Joe Hourigan

…the LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being. ~ Gen 2:7 . Reflection: God breathed life into us… and counts every conceived baby as one of His...

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15 Aug Trying to see Jesus (Luke 9:9) by Doug Young

Herod said, “I myself had John beheaded; but who is this man about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see Him. ~ Luke 9:9 . Reflection: Herod kept trying to see Jesus. In Truth, Jesus is present in the person next to me, the...

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11 Aug In Service of the Gospel (2 Cor 9:6) by Fr. Michael Orsi

“The more you sow, the more you reap.” ~ 2 Cor 9:6 . Reflection: Putting oneself in the service of the Gospel is the charge that Christ gives all the baptized. This is especially true in regard to our responsibility for the protection of human life....

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09 Aug Temple of God (1 Cor 3:11) by Kathryn Lopez

Each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Cor 3:11 . Reflection: St. Paul asks us: “Do you not know that you are the temple...

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