05 Sep Luke 6:7 (No Compromise in Christ)
“The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the Sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.” ~ Luke 6:7 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: An aspect of my shy personality is that I like to avoid conflict at all costs. In today’s Gospel, Jesus decided not to avoid conflict. He could have cured the man with the withered hand on any other day other than on the Sabbath, but He refused to be intimidated and manipulated by His enemies. Jesus stood up for what He knew was the right thing to do, and He did not compromise His principles. Jesus asks us to do the same even if it means that we will suffer as He did. Lord, give me the courage to not avoid conflict, but to stand up for the Truth despite suffering. Amen.
Faith Challenge: Don’t compromise your principles. Stand up for your beliefs.
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. Bertin
Faith Quote: “Do what is right, be valiant for the Truth, teach it without compromise, and all lovers of the Truth will approve you; for all others, you need not care a rush.” ~ J. Thomas
* 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.