1 Kings 10-12; Acts 4

A brief editorial: with what’s going on in our country – immediately and notably what happened last night in Charlotte – I offer that you consider if you aren’t already doing it consider adding the St. Francis prayer to your daily prayers:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Acts 4: 17-19  “…let us give them a stern warning never again to speak to anyone in this name.”  So they called them back and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. Peter and John, however, said to them in reply, “Whether it is right in the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.

 A simple idea for reflection: when put on the spot about your Christian beliefs, what will be your response, whether it’s a server in a restaurant that takes offense at you saying grace or your healthcare employer who threatens you with dismissal if you don’t participate in an abortion?  As Jesus said, those who deny him before men he will deny before his Father.  And I believe you don’t have to be Nostradamus to see a future that the pressure is going to be on Christians to increasingly deny.

GOD’S ANSWER:  You will be judged ultimately by what is most important to you.  Great love demands great sacrifice, as any of you who are good parents know.

 

 

 

 

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