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DAILY DEVOTIONS:

Mar
20

'Christ Working With Us'

St. Joseph

It is he who shall build a house for my name. And I will make his royal throne firm forever.

- 2 Samuel 7:13

Some days I'm impatient to do God's work, certain I can make things better. At such moments, I'm a little King David, deciding to make a house for God, thinking I have what it takes. But so often, what I may think of as "my" best work, happens when I have no idea what I'm doing. Now why is that? My spiritual director would say, "If you could do it, you would think you were the one doing it." The Lord's response to David reminds us: we're not the ones who make God's dwelling place. It's Christ, graciously working with us.

Joseph is a sign here. In faithfulness, he does what can't be done without God, making a home for Christ. Like Abraham, he believes. His righteousness isn't in being able to fulfill the law, but in his relationship with God.

Faith is pure gift, waiting for us humans to pick it up, unwrap it and use it.

I will sing of your mercy forever, Lord.

- Mary Marrocco
 
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Thank you Lord God ! Thank you Lord Jesus!
Thank you special St. Joseph. Thank you all holy one's! Amen
Paul | Posted on: 2017-03-20 13:02:25
 
Thank you for a great devotion today, Mary! It reminds me of the song.....

Christ in me by Jeremy Camp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgGP3g1rjA8

I don't always understand how it works just as Mary and Joseph didn't understand after 12 years raising Jesus! Why would a perfect Son of God disappear on a family trip and made His earthly parents worry sick?

Paul expressed that to the Corinthians in 2 Co 13:5-6, "Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test."

Paul told us what it looked like in his life in Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me."

Why faith needs to be tested? 1 Peter 1:6b-7, "if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

Doesn't God know my heart and my faith? You see, the testing is not for His sake but for my sake! I really don't know this faith in God until I go through trials/testing to learn the love, the power, and the person of Jesus Christ! The result is 'praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.'

I used to and continue to ask questions like Mary did, "Why have you done this to us (me)?"

Why do You allow pain and suffering to take place?
Why did You test Adam and Eve by forbidding them to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
Why did You give us freedom to choose?
Why can't I get a divorce, I am miserable?
Why can't I live with my boyfriend/girlfriend, I don't want to get a divorce once I get married?
Why is my spouse so sick?
Why did You take him/her so soon?
Why did my child die so young?
Where were You when I needed You most?
Why can't You make it easier for me to love my enemies?
etc.......

You know what.....God is still God no matter how much I question Him! God is big enough to handle any questions I have. As matter of fact, He loves to answer my questions. That is why He gave me the Bible (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)!

Paul said the same thing as Mary's spiritual director in Romans 4:2-5, "For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,"

In the Message, Romans 4:2-5, "But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.” If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift."

Yes, 'faith is pure gift'! Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." I was blind, and now I see! I was lost, and now I am found! Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, Who loves me unconditionally and died for me while I was still a sinner! My life is Yours! Have Your way in me, Lord! Amen!
Salina | Posted on: 2017-03-20 10:50:06
 
Amen. :)
freeter | Posted on: 2017-03-20 08:57:30
 
Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconcilliation. Please Lord have mercy. Amen
A Sinner | Posted on: 2017-03-20 07:26:11
 
 
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