02 Aug Making a ‘Prophet’ (Mt 13:57) by Shane Kapler
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house” ~ Mt. 13:57 (full readings)
Shane’s Reflections: In Baptism we began a life of supernatural participation in the life of Jesus – and with it, His role of prophet. Sometimes we fare well when speaking out for the unborn, and at other times not. We must not be shocked by the negative encounters; it has always been the lot of the prophet, the lot of Christ’s disciples.
* Shane Kapler is the author of The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center and co-author of Tending the Temple. He works as a speech therapist in St. Louis, but his favorite “job” is being a Dad. Visit www.explainingchristianity.com.
Faith Challenge: When you face opposition, imitate the Apostles by letting the first words out of your mouth be joyful thanksgiving (Acts 5:41) that you have been given the HONOR of participating in Jesus’ mission and suffering disgrace for His Name. [This will be an act of the will. If we practice it long enough, the feelings may follow.]
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Eusebius of Vercelli
Faith Quote: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” ~ Mt 5:11-12
Through Christ our Lord,