29 Jul (Do you believe this?)
“Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” ~ John 11:27 (full readings)
Steve’s Reflections: Most will recognize Martha as the “busier” half of Mary and Martha, but today’s Gospel brings the depth of her faith to light. Have you ever approached the Lord in crisis? Martha did just that in today’s Gospel – her brother Lazarus had died. She sent for Jesus because she knew he would come. She also believed that the Father would hear Jesus. His words to Martha are some of the most comforting in all of scripture, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” Today’s scripture is her response to Jesus’ question, “Do you believe this?” Due to her great faith that day Jesus raised Lazarus from the day.
Faith Challenge: Jesus’ words echo for each one of us today, “Do you believe this?” Expect a “resurrection”!
Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: Tom is still around!
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. >
Feast Day: Memorial of St. Martha
Faith Quote: “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” – C.S. Lewis
* 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.