18 Jul Exodus 14:12 (Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death)
“Far better for us to be the slaves of the Egyptians than to die in the desert.” ~ Exodus 14:12 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” The Israelites in today’s scripture basically said to the Egyptians: “We will give up our freedom if you spare our lives.” Today’s culture can probably relate more with the Israelites than they can with Patrick Henry. As Americans, we want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and typically our pursuit of pleasure outweighs our desire to be free. We would rather choose to be enslaved by our addictions than choose the freedom that Christ provides. As Christians, our freedom in Christ must be our highest priority; a priority that we are willing to die for. This is a commitment that we will never be able to make until we give our life to Jesus, Who died to free us. Lord, I would rather die than lose my freedom in You. Amen.
Faith Challenge: The next time you are tempted, pray to Jesus to free you.
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: St. Camillus de Lellis.
Faith Quote: “It is impossible for a man to be freed from the habit of sin before he hates it, just as it is impossible to receive forgiveness before confessing his trespasses.” ~ Ignatius
* 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.