Thank you Lord God ! Thank you Lord Jesus!
Thank you special St. Joseph. Thank you all holy one's! Amen
Thank you for a great devotion today, Mary! It reminds me of the
Christ in me by Jeremy Camp
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?
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
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!
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