09 Apr Lies for Sale (Matthew 28:12-13)
“They assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, ‘You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.”” ~ Matthew 28:12-13 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Happy Easter Monday! Satan could not stop Jesus from rising from the dead. However, he has been able to stop many people from believing in the risen Lord by purchasing lies. In today’s Gospel, we witness Satan’s first attempt to keep the great news of Jesus’ resurrection from a world enslaved by death. He did this by having the elders bribe the guards at Jesus’ tomb to lie about the resurrection. Today, money from large organizations are funding the culture of death. Planned Parenthood spends millions of dollars each year to ensure that the American taxpayer will continue subsidizing its abortion services. Last year, Planned Parenthood’s efforts bought in a record $363 million in government funding. It generates so much by making false claims about how public funding reduces the number of abortions, but the numbers tell a different story. From 2000 to 2009, Planned Parenthood saw an 80% increase in taxpayer funding and a 69% increase in the number of abortions it performed. The abortion industry is all about making money and not at all about protecting the lives of women and their unborn children. What’s your price? Can you be bought? If so, Satan will buy you like the guards who pocketed the money and lied about Jesus’ resurrection. Satan will buy you, your lies, your SILENCE, and your soul. Lord, I have no price. I am willing to give up anything and everything to be your witness. Amen.
Faith Challenge: Don’t let greed prevent you from being a witness to the Lord. Serve the Lord and not money.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption,Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayerson ourwebsite. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Waldetrudis
Faith Quote: “Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor.” ~ Alexander Pope
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (23% pregnancies). 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). Mt 28:19.