22 Jul John 20:18 (Testimony)
“I have seen the Lord.” ~ John 20:18 (full readings)
Steve’s Reflections: Today is the memorial of Mary Magdalene one of the revered disciples of Christ in the Bible. Mary stands out in the Bible as one who comes from a dramatic transformation after Christ cast out seven demons (Luke 8:2). She stayed close to our Lord during his passion and death, and she also had the distinction of being the first to see the Risen Christ. Mary clearly was a women of great devotion. She stayed with Jesus to the end. She stood by His tomb in the early morning of His resurrection, and also stayed on after the other disciples had left the empty tomb. Jesus rewards her steadfast devotion by appearing first to her. Today’s Gospel captures her testimony to the apostles and disciples after her encounter with Jesus at his tomb. From her mouth the Risen Lord is first proclaimed.
Faith Challenge: Are you able to share with others what Christ has done for you? Take a moment to reflect on the moments you have, “seen the Lord.”
Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: The Holy Spirit
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 St. Mary Magdalene
Faith Quote: “The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” ~ 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.