03 Dec Matthew 9:29 (Do You Believe?)
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.” Matthew 9:29 (full readings)
Steve’s Reflections: One of the amazing things we see in scripture is the physical healings. I have often wondered what it would be like to experience this healing. Is it possible today? I have faith that it is not only possible, but actual. Why do I say this? Because there is still great faith today. There are members of our LIFE Group who have experienced miraculous physical healing. One thing is consistent in the Gospels, each healing Jesus performed was accompanied by an act of faith by the person being healed. Jesus said to the hemorrhaging women after she strained to get close enough to touch His tunic, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace (Luke 8:48).” Jesus also said to the Roman Centurion who thought himself unworthy to even receive Jesus in his home to heal his servant, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith (Luke 7:9).” In today’s readings we hear of how Jesus heals two blind men. It is not surprising that Jesus asks them for an act of faith (Mat 9:28), “Do you believe that I can do this?” Why would Jesus ask if it wasn’t necessary? Faith in Jesus is the most immediate and necessary element of our life; it is like the air we breathe.
* Check out this video and beautiful song, Breathe, by Michael W. Smith
Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: Let’s Keep CHRIST in Christmas
Feast Day: St. Francis Xavier “Wherever he went, he lived with the poorest people, sharing their food and rough accommodations.”
Faith Quote: “It is not the actual physical exertion that counts toward a man’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.” ~ St. Francis Xavier
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.