19 Aug Matthew 22:37 (All In)
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” ~ Matt 22:37 (full readings)
Steve’s Reflections: Today’s Gospel is where the rubber meets the road…Love of God and neighbor. Jesus explains that all the prophets and all the law can be summed up in loving God and neighbor. It is the definition of “all in.” I experienced an “all in” moment two years ago on a routine training run in the Black Hills. I got into trouble on a desolate stretch of trail. After getting sick and running out of water I realized that I was beginning to show signs of heat exhaustion at mile 15. The sun was so high in the hills that I could not find a shade tree. It was the hottest day of the year. I quietly recalled how the prophet Elijah curled up under the broom tree and prayed for death only to be visited by an angel. I came around a bend and saw a lone shade tree…my broom tree. I laid under it resigned to the good life God had given me and gave whatever I had left to our Lord. If ever I was “all in” I knew it was then. It was just me and God. I had no fear and I knew that my Father in heaven would care for my wife and children, friends and family. There were no deals or haggling with God. I knew this moment was prepared for me. My story ends well with a good Samaritan happening upon me, but I knew I had been given a gift that day. I knew what it was to be “all in” and the peace that awaits each of us one day.
Faith Challenge: What “broom tree” has the Lord prepared for you? Are you “all in”?
Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: Encouragement
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Feast Day: St. John Eudes (d. 1680)
Faith Quote: “Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make his spirit, his devotion, his affections, his desires and his disposition live and reign there.” ~ St. John Eudes, The Life and Reign of Jesus in Christian Souls
* 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.