20 Dec Luke 1:38 (FAITH)
“Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.'” Luke 1:38 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: We should all be very grateful that Mary, the virgin mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, was humble and obedient to the Lord. She trusted Him and said “yes” to a pregnancy without a natural father. She said “yes” to persecution and rejection, knowing that an unwed mother with an illegitimate child in her time was completely unacceptable, unlike today’s culture. Mary is our model of faith (FAITH=Forsake All, I Trust Him), for she displayed the kind of faith and commitment that God looks for in all of His children. Mary submitted to the will of God, allowing Him to use her in His plan to bring Jesus into the world so that we may all come to know Him and be saved. Lord, may we all have the courage to imitate the faith of Mary and say yes to You Lord, especially those mothers who are considering an abortion. Amen.
Faith Challenge: Try to imitate the faith of Mary by forsaking all (materialism, individualism, hedonism, etc.) and trusting in Him (FAITH=Forsake All, I Trust Him).
Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action
* Planned Parenthood reports: abortions up, adoptions down, business is good
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). View, add, update Prayers on our website. Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Dominic of Silos
Faith Quote: “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa
Through Christ Our Lord,
* 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.
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