23 Aug People in Our Lives (Ru 1:16) by Kevin McNicholas
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“But Ruth said, “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you! For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” ~ Ru 1:16 (full readings)
Kevin’s Reflections: Each day the readings at Mass serve to bring us further in our understanding of God and His Kingdom. This verse from Ruth in the First Reading is a favorite of mine because of Ruth’s faith, first in Naomi, and even more deeply in God. In these days, two widows would not have been respected or treated decently, but Ruth realized that through her faith she would be saved, which is why she stayed with Naomi. Another important point in this story is how God blessed Ruth as a result of her faith in Him and her fidelity towards Naomi, since she is a key female figure in the Old Testament and a Judge of Israel. God places people in our lives that we need to follow, we pray at Mass for “those who have gone before us marked with the Sign of Faith.” These are our parish priests, grandparents, parents, relatives, friends, and those whose devout examples inspire us and bring us closer to God.
* Kevin works at an alternative education program serving three counties in Southern Illinois. He and his wife Laura have a 10 month old miracle named Elliana (“the Lord Answers”) to love, and have been blessed during the 7 years of their marriage to travel to Catholic pilgrimage sites worldwide.
Faith Challenge: Identify a person in your life whose Faith in God is an example and inspiration to you. Let them know in person or through prayer, because living or dead, God chose them to help lead you closer to Him!
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Feast Day: St. Rose of Lima
Faith Quote: “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~ Mother Teresa
Through Christ our Lord,