04 Jul Genesis 28:18-19 (Bethels)
“Early the next morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head, set it up as a memorial stone, and poured oil on top of it. He called that site Bethel.” Genesis 28:18-19 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: During Jacob’s travels, he came upon a pagan shrine. There he went to sleep using one of the stones from the shrine as a pillow. Then he had a dream in which he met God and was provided a special revelation. When Jacob awoke, he anointed the stone with oil and named the site Bethel, which means “the house of God”. God is present everywhere, but sometimes it is difficult for people to recognize His presence amidst life’s turmoils and tragedies. The Lord wants us to make many Bethels in our lives; places where others can witness God’s love, forgiveness, and healing. Show God’s presence in your home, in your interactions with others at work and in your community. Lord, may I make Your presence known to others by sharing Your love, forgiveness, and healing. Amen.
Faith Challenge: Make many Bethels in your life so that others may see the presence of God.
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. Elizabeth of Portugal
Faith Quote: “People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him.” ~ Pearl Bailey
* 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.