John 20:17 (Letting Go)

22 Jul John 20:17 (Letting Go)

* Welcome God every morning before work by taking ~5 min to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (, which has snippets from Living Faith ( All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17

Jesus said to [Mary Magdalene], “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.” John 20:17

Living Faith snippets: Jesus told Mary to “stop holding on to me.” Jesus had accepted death not to return to his former life, but to ascend to the Father. We all must learn that there comes a time that we must release our hold on those we love and admire, when it is their time to ascend to the Father. by Fr. James McKarns

Rich’s comments: The Risen Christ tells Mary to let go. To let go of her fear. To let go of her desire to clutch onto material things. To let go of her desire to be in control. Jesus wants her to trust Him. To trust Him that the abundant life of God is stronger than the death of the world. To trust God enough to let go of all of our burdens. We need to stop holding on! Lord, I need to learn to let go and trust in Your plan. Amen.

ProLife news:
* The new C. Springs crisis pregnancy center is having volunteer work days each weekend to get ready for opening (across from the C. Springs abortion mill). Please reply to Pat if you would like to be part of a LIFE Group volunteer day.

Feast Day (St. Mary Magdalene): Read about Mary Magdalene from today’s gospel at
Our Prayers: Abortion, our enemies/our troops, natural disasters, depression/despair, prisoners, Vicki M. (her cancer treatment), Joe C. (11 yr old Devantae paralyzed), Kay C. (friend Nancy Wheeler cancer treatment), Kathy-jo P. (friend Maria has terminal brain cancer)
Faith quote: “Faith isn’t faith until it’s all you’re holding on to.” by unknown author
Through Christ Our Lord,
Romans 12:12
* Today’s Bible readings at
* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, thereby changing us & helping others. Wayne Watson lyrics, “When God’s people pray, there is hope reborn, there is sin forgiven, and miracles you can’t explain await!” “If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead & see Him.”
* Defend the unborn: ‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ Blessed Mother Teresa. Prayer to End Abortion. Ask Blessed Margaret of Castello for her prayers to end abortion.
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for non-believers (be a friend, make a friend, lead friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service.
Let’s joyfully live out the Good News and gladly tell others about it (Mark 16:15)!

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